The North Carolina Justice Academy located in Salemburg, NC hosted the
Ruger Mini-14 Armourer aka Armorer Training Field School this year for
selected North Carolina Department of Correction and OSDT staff from
July 21 through July 23 and consisted of two classes; each being one and a
half days in length. After a three hour drive from The Brown Creek
Correctional Institution in Polkton, NC, I checked into the
Administration Building on the afternoon of July 20th and assigned a room on
the third floor.
There are two beds to each room and the bathroom/shower is connected to
another room, whereas four share the bathroom/shower area. Being use
to a King size bed, I certainly didn't want to do any serious rolling over
in the bed...another grin is in order. Pix below of a partial view of
The accommodations were excellent and certainly do not have any
complaints since I was once housed at Umpstead Correctional Center's old
PERT (Prison Emergency Response Team) barracks building. Those
that attended that Remington Armorer training, I guarantee you
will never forget that place!
All meals were provided on site and think I spent about 5 dollars out of
pocket....grin on being frugal! Below pix of the cafeteria:
Things haven't changed too much for a few of the buildings since my first
visit to the NCJA in Salemburg, NC in February 1979 for the
Correctional Officer Basic Training Class. Below are a few inside pixs
of the cafeteria with pix of new ALE recruits that were in their basic
folks were apparently just out of college and hard to believe I ever looked
that young...maybe another grin is in order; I know I had to grin!
A friendly greeting from one of the cafeteria staff and after checking
your name on the roster provided for each class member, it didn't take long
to get the tray loaded up. Several meats and plenty of various
vegetables were served during the lunch and diner meals and a good
fresh salad and dessert bar was available also. Pixs below:
For those not desiring what was on the main entree line, there is also a
short order grill type set-up providing grilled hamburgers and hot dogs.
Above pix of ALE students in a military style formation going
through the chow line. Those folks did some early morning runs
before breakfast and marched where ever they went on campus. Takes me
back to around 1964 to Great Lakes, Illinois during my Navy boot camp
training days which lasted a very, very long 12 weeks!
A view of the dining area and there were not a lot of training going on
during the short 1.5 day Ruger armorer school but certainly did enjoy meeting old friends
and making some new friends too.
Our classroom was located in the Royal Classroom building which has been there
seemingly forever and have trained in that building many times over the
years and hard not to think of Jim Holmes (deceased) who was Mr.
Firearms in the late 1970's and 1980's. I attended his Firearms
Instructor training class in 1982 (if my memory is correct) when the
Firearms Instructor course was only 40 hours long and Jim Holmes practically
wrote all the lesson plans himself for firearms training at that time.
Pix below of the Royal Classroom building:
Below pix of Mr. Bob Wood, Chief Armorer Special Projects Coordinator of
Ruger Firearms who was our instructor for the school. Bob has the
black shirt on with the Ruger logo in this pix:
About the time the class got started Lt. William Dias, Security
Specialists who coordinated this armorer school came around with the
familiar OSDT forms for all to sign;
The following thumbnail pixs taken and I got most of the class in the
pixs but apologize if I missed anyone:
In summation, this was one of the best armorer schools I have attended.
Bob Wood gave an excellent and outstanding presentation allowing plenty of hands on
experience field stripping and armorer stripping the weapon down and putting it back together. The
trouble shooting section was really helpful and Bob knows his way around the
Ruger products. You owe it to yourself to visit
www.ruger.com and serf their site.
You will find Bob Wood on video going over a pile of Ruger weapons as far as
field stripping them down, putting them back together and cleaning and
maintenance of the weapon . The Ruger Armorer School for the Mini-14
goes beyond the normal consumer field stripping of the weapon and I left
out some pixs that were more or less of a proprietary nature.
After we went through the "gauging" of the Mini-14 and a review, it was
evaluation time for the course followed by a written test.
The test was reviewed and everyone did very well as evidenced by the
number of correct answers from the class. Bob Wood had covered all the
necessary material and then it was time to pass out the Ruger Armorer's
Course Certificates and we received a bonus from Bob Wood consisting
of a Ruger Law Enforcement cap, Ruger Firearms patch, Ruger Armorer's patch,
Ruger tie pin along with two punches, file, ceramic stone, allen wrench,
screwdriver and spring pin. We received some very cool Ruger posters
with parts nomenclature for the Min-14 and a couple other Ruger rifles and a
current Armorer's manual. Also, each Ruger armorer has the opportunity to purchase a Ruger
firearm of choice at a much reduced price from the MSRP direct
from the factory without any time limit on the purchase with weapon
purchased sent direct to a FFL
holder from the Ruger factory. See pix below:
This will no doubt be my last Ruger armorer school/class to attend since
the certification is valid for three (3) years and I should have reached my
retirement goals by then.
My all time favorite Ruger weapons are the Sporting Clay over/under in 12
gauge and the Super Redhawk double action revolver in ..44 magnum caliber topped with a Leopold 2X scope.
Bill aka Mickey Porter July 23, 2009.