Baraka Ulrich James
Founder/President MASF – Modern American Shooting & Firearms a 501(c)(3) charity/nonprofit education organization
I am a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, NRA Certified RSO, NRA Life member. I’ve been shooting for 26 years (shooting seriously since 2012) and am a law-abiding citizen, Civilian (no military or Law enforcement experience) 17 years of physical security experience from body-guarding to bouncing/club/private security. Martial artist (Kumdo (Korean Sword-fighting like Kendo), Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai). I am semi-proficient in Korean/Hangul and less proficient in a few other languages. Full time I am a SME of 18 years in Network Engineering/Network Security Engineering/Cyber Security field. I have been shooting Archery since I was 5 with a re-curve bow, won 6 Archery tournaments and most recently have been shooting a crossbow. I am a hunter with both bow and rifle. I enjoy Anime, Chess, GoStop (Korean card game) and Heavy Metal music \m/!
I created MASF because of a traumatic experience in my life. I lost my father when I was 38 days old; he was a victim of unlawful gun violence. I truly believe that if he had a gun with gun education, training and the proper mindset he may have had a fighting chance against the 8 criminals who murdered him that day. A gun in the hands of someone who is properly trained can become an “equalizer”, especially in a case where the attackers outnumber you or the attacker is of a larger size.
There is a famous quote that relates to this by Samuel Colt “God made man, but I made them equal”.
I believe you and you alone are responsible for your own safety and the safety of your loved ones.
Our goal at MASF is to have every law-abiding American educated and trained to be able to confidently and safely carry a gun daily; to arm them with the proper mindset so that they have the ability and the means to be able to protect themselves and their loved ones. Our hope is that our efforts will make it so that other children do not have to grow up as I did without a parent.
Vice President MASF – Modern American Shooting & Firearms a 501(c)(3) charity/nonprofit education organization
My name is Allen Sams, I have been an outdoorsman and gun enthusiast most of my life. As a young boy growing up in the late 70’s early 80’s we were not allowed to stay in the house. Like most moms in the day, mine wanted us to play outdoors. We grew up building forts, log bridges, dams, makeshift traps, and any manner of things young boys dream up.
When age permitted the gun entered my life. I grew up seeing my father and uncles coming home with their harvests from successful hunts and always looked forward to the day I could participate. I was bought a bb gun, taught safety and fundamentals, moved to a 22lr later a 30-30 lever action, and so on. It wasn’t until 2012 that my firearms education truly began, that was the year of my 1st formal class by a top notch trainer. Since then I try to train 3 to 4 times a year with a professional firearms instructor and take those tools gained in class and train on my own or with a close group of friends once a week or so , I have also started getting into local competition as well.
It was Baraka James, president of MASF who got me to my 1st class, we had been friends for many years but then he created MASF. With MASF we share a common goal bordering on an obsession, our goal is to get everyone that decides to own a firearm to get the training, education, and mindset required to be safe and possess the ability to protect themselves, their families, and others when the need arises. It is our hope and intention to make a physical home for MASF and provide training, by hosting vetted trainers in all manner of personal protection as well as a scholarship program to help those that can’t afford the training to receive it at our facility or a trainer in their area.
- Mobile: 540-222-4155
- Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyung In James
Secretary MASF – Modern American Shooting & Firearms a 501(c)(3) charity/nonprofit education organization
Content homemaker, mother of three beautiful children and devoted wife. Passionate about getting her fellow ladies trained, proficient and confident with their firearms to protect themselves as well as their most treasured assets (loved ones). She uses her logistics training from the USMC to get firearms trainers and students connected across the United States. She loves to meet and talk to the everyday people who are just like her to get them more comfortable with the gun world; whether it is for home protection, personal daily carry or just plain fun.
- Mobile: 201-701-3293
- Email – Kjames@masf.co
Karie Thomas is a dedicated 2nd amendment supporter, hunter, firearms instructor, armorer and sponsored USPSA competitor.
Karie is an advocate for the second amendment and conceal carries daily. She has pursued training for defensive handgun, close quarter combat, vehicle based incidents, and tactical rifle and stays current on her CPR/First Aid and gun shot wound trauma training.
In the winter, Karie enjoys hunting deer and is a firm believer that having the ability to stalk, hunt and harvest both small and large game is a challenging life skill worth developing.
She holds several instructor certifications to include NRA certified Instructor in Pistol, Rifle and Personal Protection in the Home, NRA certified Coach in Shotgun, and NRA certified Chief Range Safety Officer.
By the end of 2017 she will hold 15 armorer certifications to include a variety of pistols, rifles and shotguns manufactured by Benelli, Bushmaster, FN, Glock, IWI, LWRC, Remington, Ruger, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson, and Springfield.
As a sponsored USPSA competitor, Karie competes in over 60 matches a season and shoots 40,000 rounds annually of her own reloads. In support of the sport, Karie is NROI certified as a Range Officer.
Karie volunteers her time to assist with the NOVA Chapter of The Well Armed Woman at her home range at NRA headquarters. She also volunteers as a co-host for Civilian Carry Radio.
Karie is excited to join the MASF team as she strives to be a role model for women, young and old, to encourage women to join the shooting sports and hunting community, to empower women to take accountability for their personal protection through proper training in firearms safety, fundamentals, and mindset.
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