SilencerCo Blog Team Adds Dabbs and Skipalis
Last October, SilencerCo launched a new blog with news, tips, tactics and stories from bloggers and vloggers around the nation. Recently, the SilencerCo blog team added two new communicators, Will Dabbs and Avery Skipalis.
Born and raised in the rural Mississippi Delta, Will is a mechanical engineer who formerly served as an Army helicopter pilot flying UH1H, OH58A/C, CH47D and AH1S aircraft. He is scuba qualified and has parachuted out of perfectly good airplanes at 3 o’clock in the morning. While in Alaska he served as the OIC (Officer in Charge) of the Army’s High-Altitude Rescue Team and summited Mount McKinley, at 20,320 feet – the highest point in North America – six times … at the controls of an Army helicopter, which is the only way sensible folk climb mountains. After eight years in the Regular Army, he resigned his commission and went to medical school. He has delivered 60 babies, wrung human blood out of his socks and felt a heartbeat from the inside. Will works in his own urgent care clinic, maintains a business with some like-minded friends building precision rifles and has written professionally since 1989.
He has been married to his high school sweetheart since 1987, has three awesome adult children and teaches Sunday School. Turn-ons include vintage German machineguns, flying his spunky RV6A airplane, Count Chocula cereal and the movie “Aliens.”
Avery Skipalis is the owner of Skip’s Tactical Solutions, an organization that focuses on empowering women, men, and children to make sure that no one else becomes a victim. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. She gained her firearms experience from the military where she’s been a military firearms instructor for 12-1/2 years. She’s also a certified NRA Rifle/Pistol instructor and GLOCK Advanced Armorer since 2015. She’s attended Sig Sauer Academy, FN Armorers courses, Special Operations Command Armorers courses as well as multiple Advanced Shooting schools across the U.S. Avery resides in Florida with her husband and two children. Currently, she is serving in the United States Air Force and loves sharing her passion with others. She’s a podcaster, and has a YouTube channel, “Skip’s Tactical Solutions.” Avery thinks it’s important that women also feel like they’re in control of their safety.
Avery is an ice cream connoisseur, meditates daily, always has chewing gum with her, enjoys a good word search challenge and loves the beach.
The Rest of the Team
Barbara Baird is the managing editor of the SilencerCo blog. She brings years of experience from newspaper, magazine and online publication worlds to this new editorial task. Barbara publishes Women’s Outdoor News, featuring news and stories about women by women who hunt, fish, shoot and lead lives of outdoor adventure. Her bylines can be found in the outdoor industry’s top magazines. She’s currently working on two books: one on ARs and the other on water mills of the Ozarks. In her spare time, she hopes to learn how to play the bagpipes.
Jason Baird is a retired Air Force B-52 navigator and “rocket scientist” and also, a retired professor of mining and explosives engineering. While in the military, he served as the commander of an elite rifle team that competed internationally. He owns and operates Loki Incorporated, a successful small business participating in a wide range of energetic materials and ballistic resistance topics and performing test and expert witness services. As a hobby, he enjoys building useful stuff out of wood and steel. He also runs a brush hog on his own property, and enjoys using a wide variety of power tools. Oh, and he’s known as “Dr. Bomb,” or “the Bomb,” to friends.
Larry Case lives in the mountains of West Virginia and has been a hunter, shooter and outdoorsman his entire life. Larry served for 36 years as a DNR Law Enforcement Officer, (Game Warden) and retired as a District Captain. Larry now writes articles for the country’s finest gun and hunting related magazines and websites. He also pens a newspaper column that appears weekly in eight newspapers in five states. Larry will admit to being somewhat addicted to turkey and squirrel hunting, but refuses any treatment. He blogs at “Guns and Cornbread.” He also can play “Tequila” on a duck call.
Ashlee Lundvall writes a blog titled “Redefining Life,” that follows her rise from a debilitating injury as a teenager to Ms. Wheelchair USA in 2013. Her first book, “A Redefined Life,” was released in February of 2016, and she was recently invited to join the National Pro Staff for Mossy Oak and the NRA’s Disabled Shooting Sports committee, and is on the President’s Council for Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. Ashlee also is the recipient of the 2017 SCI Foundation Pathfinder Award. Ashlee truly shines as a keynote speaker at outdoor industry and disability related events and conferences. She is passionate about mentoring newly injured patients, and loves to pass on her love for adapted outdoor recreation! She recently designed and managed the build of a fully-adaptive home for herself and her family in the mountains of Wyoming, where she hopes to raise chickens in her spare time.