For the past few months, I’ve been working extremely hard on a book. It’s just a small ebook, but it’s something that I’m really proud of. It’s called Green Light Shooting’s Introduction to Firearms.
I made a VLOG on this and if you haven’t seen it, you can check that out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2KORzLnOYY
Basically, it’s a book that is designed for beginners to the firearm world. I’m talking like, wayyy beginner. I essentially wrote this book for myself when I was first learning about guns.
It’s an intimidating thing to learn. The people around are so worried about safety (as they should be), but it almost makes it feel like they don’t trust you. That was my biggest fear going into it. I personally know that I am the most trustworthy person in the world and I hate to think that someone else might not trust me. That kept me from learning for a long time because everyone has got to start somewhere. Not only that, but all the resources I could find online to learn more were just a little intimidating.
I wanted to make sure that this book was written in a much more approachable way. I wrote in a way that I would have wanted things laid out for me when I was first learning. And here’s the best part, for the first week that it’s online, I am going to give it away for free on Amazon for all of my Green Light followers. After that first week, the price will go up to $0.99 for another week. Then finally it will rise to the full price of $2.99.
As I said in the video, I’m obviously not doing this for the money. I genuinely enjoyed writing it and being able to share it is an awesome feeling. I have come a LONG way since I first learned what a Glock was. I know there are other people out there who are in the same shoes I was and I hope this book helps you to bridge the gap and feel a little more confident walking into a shooting range or a gun store.
As a treat for you guys, I wanted to share my first chapter here so you can get an idea for how the book is written. I appreciate all the support! Thanks for reading.
Chapter 1 – Who Am I and What is this Book?
My name is Chad Shellabarger. I’m a 25 year old normal guy living in Utah with my beautiful wife. I own a company that does video production work for other companies around the western United States. I graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in Film and Media Arts. Today, two of my biggest passions in life are cameras and guns, but it wasn’t always that way.
Growing up, I was never the stereotypical, hyper-masculine guy. I was relatively small framed, I played soccer instead of football, and I knew absolutely nothing about firearms. They intimidated me. The only things I ever heard about firearms was how devastating they were and how many lives they had taken. Because of that, I was honestly afraid of guns and wanted nothing to with them.
As I got older, firearms started working their way back into my mind. They started becoming something “cool”. My friends would always talk about the exciting hunting trip that I missed out on or the newest Call of Duty video games that I just had to check out. I eventually got into first-person shooter video games and really enjoyed learning about what was out there. Even if my only learning source was from Call of Duty. But as time went on and my interests grew deeper, the thing that really got me intrigued was a television show called Top Shot. I was glued to the TV screen whenever that show would come on. I would watch these guys shoot these amazing shots on these unforgettable courses and think, “Man, I really want to do that.”. A part of it was definitely the competitive side in me, but more importantly, I realized these guys were having a great time shooting guns and no one was getting hurt. That’s when it clicked. Shooting and firearms don’t always have to be about defending yourself or hurting someone else. They don’t have to be pure politics and big egos. With proper care and a safe mindset, shooting can be an extremely fun and rewarding sport.
Here’s the thing: I wanted to get into shooting because I thought it would be a blast to see if I could hit those tiny targets way out there with a gun. I’m not one of those guys that’s going to preach the second amendment or push gun politics on anyone. I just want to help people like me, who love the idea of learning more about guns and the sport of shooting but just aren’t sure where to start. I want to help the people that feel intimidated to walk into a gun store because they have no idea what to expect and don’t want to do something wrong. I’ve been on both sides of that story. I’ve been the kid who didn’t dare walk into the gun store, and I’ve been the gun store employee when someone walks in who knows absolutely nothing about guns.
People always say, “There are a million books on guns for beginners out there. Why would anyone care about yours?”. It’s true, there is a ton of good information out there for beginners, but I think what this book has to offer over everything else can be summed up in one word: Relatable. I’ve been in your shoes. I know what it feels like to rack the slide back on a semi-automatic handgun and think I broke it because it was stuck in the rear position (that’s a true story by the way. It was a $1,300 Colt Gold Cup Match 1911 and I was absolutely freaking out). I know what it feels like to be completely lost when the people around you are talking about the differences between generations in Glocks. Hell, I know what it feels like to be completely lost when people are talking about what a Glock even is!
The point I’m trying to make is I know what it feels like to be intimidated by guns and the people who love them. I remember what things I wanted to learn right away and what things made the most impact on my gun knowledge. I also remember the things that clicked in my mind and made learning the easiest. So I hope to use those things and pass them along to you so that you can feel confident walking into a gun store, a shooting range, or even your crazy Uncle’s house when he shows you his newest gun.