Cheaper Than Dirt!’s The Chronicle newsletter and The Shooter’s Log blog provide much of the best editorial in the outdoor industry—and it is all free! Over 1.4 million opt-in subscribers receive The Chronicle on a weekly basis and over 1 million visitors enjoy the The Shooter’s Log each month. In its effort to provide premium content to readers and visitors Cheaper Than Dirt! is continually looking for sources of new, original, engaging authors and sources and is proud to announce of the addition to two new writers Mike Seeklander and Michael Bane to supplement the four industry veterans announced a few weeks ago.
Mike Seeklander is owner of Shooting-Performance LLC (www.shooting-performance.com), a full service training company, and the co-host of The Best Defense, the Outdoor Channel’s leading self-defense and firearm instruction show.
Previously, Seeklander was Chief Operating Officer, Director of Training, and a Senior Instructor at the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, OK where he was directly responsible for the development of more than 50 firearm-training programs.
Prior to that, as an employee of the federal government, Seeklander served as the Branch Chief and Lead Instructor for the Firearms division with the Federal Air Marshal Service as well as a Senior Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training.
Currently, a nationally ranked competitor on the practical handgun competition circuit, Seeklander has authored/produced instructional books, DVD’s and developed hundreds of lesson plans specifically related to both basic and advanced firearms training.
Seeklander is the current I.D.P.A. BUG (Back up Gun) national champion and winner of the 2011 Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships production division title. The United States Practical Shooting Association currently ranks Mike as a Grandmaster.
For over a decade, Michael Bane has redefined firearms television with a string of hugely successful series on Outdoor Channel, including the longest running shooting show ever, Shooting Gallery, now filming it’s 15th season, and the breakaway Gun Stories with Joe Mantegna.
Bane helped launch the then fledgling United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) by creating and becoming the first editor of its journal, Front Sight. Bane was active in the birth of the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) with his good friend master gunsmith Bill Wilson (with whom he co-wrote the first book on “combat-modifying” the 1911 pistol in the early 1980s).
With Ruger’s Ken Jorgensen and competitor Nelson Dymond, Bane created the Ruger Rimfire Challenge, now administered by NSSF. Along with then NSSF President Doug Painter, Bane created and ran the NSSF Media Education Program—considered one of the most successful media outreach program ever launched by the firearms industry.
Bane is an active competitor in Cowboy Action Shooting and 3-Gun, has produced books and video on training and concealed carry, and in 2013, he hunted Africa for the first time. Bane continues to host Shooting Gallery and co-host The Best Defense appeared as a guest in the top-rated History Channel show After Armageddon.