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Mystery Writers Academy: Firearm Terminology--Avoid common terminology mistakes, with Dean Barton

  • 08/26/2021
  • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Barton’s Custom Shop, 10300 Janie Place, Building B, Boise, ID 83714


  • Firearms types and actions, firearm feeding devices–magazine vs clip, ammunition types and components, and holster types–retention vs non-retention holsters. Limit 15 registrants.

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The Mystery Writers Academy presents Firearm Terminology: Avoid common terminology mistakes, by Dean Barton, on Thursday, August 26, 2021, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm at Barton’s Custom Shop, 10300 Janie Place, Building B, Boise, ID 83714.

Firearm terminology to be covered: Firearms types and actions, firearm feeding devices–magazine vs clip, ammunition types and components, and holster types–retention vs non-retention holsters.

Because of the limited space only 15 people can attend. Please RSVP with the link in this email message. Once the 15 limit is reached, a waitlist will be available. For those not vaccinated, please wear a mask for the safety of others. If you have questions, address them to Patricia Marcantonio at patriciamarcantonio66@gmail.com.


Dean, an Idaho and local native, obtained a Federal Firearm License 30 years ago.  This enabled him to begin his gunsmithing business, Barton’s Custom Shop, where he has repaired and built many custom competition handguns over the years. He’s a self-taught gunsmith having learned the trade through experience and training materials.

He is a life member of the NRA, United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA), and the Nampa Rod & Gun Club (NRGC).

Over the past 20 years, Dean has held a number of offices on NRGC board including Treasurer, Range Safety Officer, Vice President, and currently President.  He was an NRA certified Range Officer and certified NRA instructor and is currently an USPSA Certified Range Officer and Chief Range Officer.

Dean started hunting ducks and pheasants when he was 12-years-old. Due to the cost of ammunition, he started loading shotgun shells to be able to keep up with his shooting. Two years later, he began to deer hunt and again needed more ammunition.  He used a relative’s ammunition loading press to reload 100 rounds that would last him for 2 years.

His hunting experience grew to include upland game and waterfowl with some trap shooting.  Needing more ammunition, he purchased a progressive loading press and reloaded over 1,500 shotgun shells per year.

Besides hunting, he began shooting in both rifle and pistol matches. While shooting high power matches at 200, 300 and 600 yards, he was shooting 600 rounds of either 30 06 or 223/556 per month.  Competing in pistol shooting requires an enormous amount of ammunition.  This resulted in reloading 15,000 rounds a year with two progressive loading machines to keep up with the high demand of ammunition for his competition fever.  For over 60 years, he has reloaded countless rounds of various types of ammunition. 


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