Intro - I'm going to do this in parts, amongst several posts, as it's my story of how I got to OFA and my impressions. This is going to be an essay, if you want the cliff notes Cliff Notes They are an incredible group, dont ever hesitate to choose OFA for your training needs. These guys are grass roots and local, if they dont have the class you are looking for, theyll work with you, heck they did a Sunday class for us even when there wasnt one. This is the way customer service is supposed to be, really simple: have customer, give service. All the while, you feel as if your needs are the focus of their attention. It just doesnt get any better than that. First let me give you some background on me. I'm a gun owner, a gun nut really, it didnt happen all at once, it happened slowly read on, youll see what I mean. As far as guns go I have more than I need but nowhere near all that I want. Though I was raised around guns, aside from Hunters Education in Middle School(yes Victoria, there really were times people brought guns to school for good), my formal training is pretty sparse. My first training class was in Salem(probably about 15yrs ago), which was more of a $35 lecture, but it met the requirements to get your CHL in Oregon. At that time, my main thrust was to have my CHL so I could carry if I wanted to, but I never took the time to complete the application and get my CHL, then, about 5 years ago I got the bug to start taking a more active role in the safety of myself and my loved ones. As a result I signed up for Basic Handgun Safety an NRA course taken at Douglas Ridge Rifle Club and instructed by Mike Jones. Good class, good guy, no complaints. Afterwards I applied for and got my Oregon CHL and probably a year later I got a gun I wanted to carry and a decent holster. Ive pretty much been carrying ever since. I then started listening to Tom Greshams Gun Talk radio show on AM1410 here in the PDX Metro area on Sundays from 11-2 .mix this with a Michael Bane podcast, the Gunrights Radio Network, some firearms centric shows on TV like Tactical Impact or The Best Defense .and you pick some stuff up, but doing is so much different than listening or watching. So I picked up a couple Rob Pincus DVDs, pretty soon I was looking to expand my horizons even further, my in-laws lived in the Vancouver, Washington area at the time and I was yearning for a Utah permit, I could have gotten a Washington one, but why not just get the Utah permit and cover a whole bunch more ground? In essence Im a couch potato enthusiast that has finally decided to get off the couch.