Team Freedom Gunworks
My name is Bobby Keigans and I am the head gunsmith and owner of Freedom Gunworks Inc. My passion for shooting came at a very early age in life. I started with Archery at age 5 and fired my first rifle at age 7. I started competing in Archery at age 14 shooting everything from FITA/Olympic style Archery to 3D competitions competing all the way to the world level. I am a lifetime NRA member and certified rifle, pistol, and shotgun instructor. As an adult, I was a private contractor in the armed security sector before starting Freedom Gunworks. I began shooting USPSA and IDPA in March of 2008 to sharpen my skills and have won multiple State and Sectional matches. It was the lack of quality handguns that were competitive at that level that brought me to the career I now know. I learned the importance of ultra reliable handguns and wanted to bring that to the shooting community. I've had the opportunity to learn from some of the very best in the business and I bring an unsurpassed level of craftsmanship to the table. If it's not perfect, it doesn't go out the door! Aside from handguns, my real passion is precision long range rifle shooting. I've built match winning guns and with those guns I compete all across the county in various types of competition from benchrest to F-Class and tactical/sniper style competitions.
I am a God fearing country boy, born and raised in South Georgia. I was a consumer for a really long time so I know what people expect. Quality product, valued priced, reasonable time frames, solid warranty, and excellent customer service! It is my goal to offer the very best custom 2011 handguns available on the market today.
I have always been interested in the shooting sports. I have been an avid deer hunter for many years. I participated in 3-D archery competitions and hunted deer with a bow and arrow for many seasons. I began shooting USPSA in 2005 after meeting Gary and Barbara Thibodaux. They were very supportive and became my shooting mentors and friends. I am now a “B” class Limited shooter. My wife Peggy also began shooting USPSA after attending a “Babes with Bullets” camp in Shreveport. This is where we first met Susan Kiegans. My wife has become a very good “D” class Production shooter. We enjoy attending and participating in matches. It’s something we can do together. We have attended several major matches over the past few years. They include Area 4, Area 2, Louisiana Gator Classic, Tennessee Section, Alabama Section, Mississippi Classic, Arkansas Section, American Handgunner, Space City and the ICORE Southern Regionals. I also participate in local ICORE matches and have attended the Memphis Charity Challenge. I am currently a “B” class ICORE shooter. I became a Freedom Gun Works shooter in 2010. It’s people like Bobby and Susan Keigans, with their constant encouragement and support, that make shooting USPSA so enjoyable. I also participate in quite a few local matches throughout the year. I am currently on the Board of Directors of Cajun Action Shooters in Thibodaux. I am also a part of the group of people of organize and put on the Louisiana Gator Classic (fondly known locally as the Boudreaux-Thibodaux Nationals). If it hadn’t been for my involvement in USPSA I would not have had the opportunity to meet such a friendly and talented group of people like Jerry Miculek, Annette and Elliot Aysen, Blake and Steve Miguez, Max Michel, Sr. and Max Michel, Jr., and of course Bobby and Susan Kiegans. Now that I have retired I have become involved in assisting Gary Thibodaux with the GAT Bullet business. I hope to continue to participate in USPSA and ICORE competitions with my lovely wife, Peggy, for many years to come.
I took an interest in handguns and began shooting competitively in Production Division of USPSA during the summer of 2009. I quickly moved to Limited, and I accepted an offer to be a part of Team Freedom Gunworks in January of 2011. I have had a great experience representing FGW, and the support that Bobby and the team have given me has allowed me to progress much faster than I ever expected. I’ve also had the privilege of being mentored by several high level shooters whose guidance and encouragement have helped me immensely. I maintain a busy shooting schedule while attending my senior year at Mississippi State University studying Mechanical Engineering.
I spent 20 years in the U.S. Army as an Intelligence Analyst/linguist, working against Russian Army communications systems. During that 20 years, I also did 7 years as an International Rifle Shooter, and U.S. National Team member with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. I retired from the Army in 1995 near Ft. Benning, in Phenix City, AL.
I started pistol shooting in 2007 after the Virginia Tech massacre, my daughter was a student there, and only one building away, and she lost some friends in it. I decided I need to carry a pistol. One thing lead to another, and I started USPSA shooting. I have been shooting USPSA Pistol, 3-Gun and IDPA for 4 years now. Bobby is trying to get me to shoot long range matches, but USPSA seems to get in the way.
When we started a local outdoor club, 3 years ago, I started setting up, helping run matches, and now am Match Director for our local USPSA and 3-Gun matches, as well as Alabama Sectionals. I had the good pleasure of meeting Bobby and Susan at one of our matches, and we have become fast friends ever since. I love promoting Freedom Gun Works, the sport, and enjoy running matches, though running matches slows my progress as a shooter, but I still have a heck of a lot of fun. Travis Tomasie and Daniel Horner will never be worried about me at a match, but I did get them to join our club. I am that annoying guy the observes someone looking at a gun magazine in a store, or wearing a shooting hat, and just has to go up to see if they know about our club, and the matches.
I live in South East Louisiana where Sugar Cane fields extend all the way into the swamps and you know exactly where you are. Having no real “seasons” here, just hot and not too hot, I was able to hunt and fish year round. I am a trained Tug Boat Captain, but went ashore 10 years ago and work in operations and transportation logistics. I luckily married into the shooting scene. My in-law owns and operates a range within 20 minutes of my home. Starting in benchrest rimfire, I quickly moved into the bi-weekly practical pistol competitions. From there, to USPSA, which has my full and undivided attention. I am also blessed with having 3-team mates within a stones throw to learn and train with. My joining Freedom Gunworks in December of 2012 was one of the best honors I have ever been given. I am a strong advocate for Freedom Gunworks products and look forward to growing with the company.
Started shooting in my mid 40's. Midlife crisis due to having no one to take care of anymore! Needed something for 'me'. I also got my motorcycle license at the same time and rode a Suzuki SV650 for about 10 years. Fell in love with shooting and got involved with USPSA in 2005. Met my late husband at the range! Massachusetts is very anit-gun and I became alarmed at all the restrictive laws trampling on our 2nd amendment rights so I became involved with the Second Amendment Sisters, which is a national organization devoted to protecting our right to self defense per the 2nd amendment. I was the Boston Area Coordinator for Second Amendment Sisters for many years and organized shoots and events geared to introducing inner-city woman to firearms and the shooting sports. I am also on the Board of Directors of Commonwealth Second Amendment (Comm2A), a Massachusetts based non-profit dedicated to preserving and expanding the rights of gun owners in the northeast. I am an NRA certified pistol instructor and teach on a regular basis, gearing my training to women and I end every class with the introduction to USPSA video! I am the co-founded of Boston Urban Action Shooters, based at the Boston Gun and Rifle club located in Dorchester, Ma. We hold USPSA matches indoors during the winter months. I became an R.O. 3 years.
I am not the greatest shooter but I have an absolute love for the sport and I've attended several Babes with Bullets Camps to further my skills. I believe that my enthusiasm for and love of shooting USPSA has encouraged many new shooters to give it a try. I am proof that this sport can be enjoyed by anyone, young, old, athletic or not, as long as you're safe, want to have fun and meet some of the greatest people in the world.
My name is Alan Lavender and I started competitive pistol shooting in February of 2006. I started shooting IDPA and transitioned to shooting both USPSA and IDPA by late 2006. I was hooked on the sport and started making many friends shooting matches around the area. In April of 2008 I rented a huge track loader and started pushing up berms and moving dirt on the back part of my property in Phenix City, AL so that some of my new friends could have a place to practice. I rented the equipment for a week, and by weeks end had managed to push up 6 pistol bays and part of a rifle range. In June of 2008 I opened this new range under the name of East Alabama Gun Club and started taking memberships to try and recoup some of the expense incurred building the facility. Today EAGC hosts USPSA, IDPA, SASS, 3-Gun, Multi-Gun, and Ruger Rimfire matches as well as supports close to 200 members. EAGC hosted the 2011 USPSA AL Sectional and will do so again in 2012. I have been very fortunate to meet and make some very close friends along my shooting journey, which include, Bobby and Susan Keigans, EAGC's VP and FGW team member Mark Kauder, my beautiful girlfriend Leigh Schwandt, who shares a passion for the shooting sports and industry, and who has helped keep my head above water on many occasions, and so many others who have put blood, sweat and tears in helping me establish EAGC. I am currently classified "A" class in USPSA Limited 10 division, and Master class in CDP division in IDPA.
I was introduced to pistol shooting by both my brother and sister –in-law in October of 2008. Through the encouragement of my peers, I decided to join the USPSA matches in February 2009. Having only participated in 3 matches during that year I became classified as a “C” class shooter, Production Division. In 2010, I decided to stop procrastinating and start shooting competitively in the Production Division. During that time I was introduced to a 1911and fell in love with the platform and in August, I switched over to Single Stack Division, classified “C”. By mid-2011, I was classified as a “B” class shooter. It was with the help and support of several mentors that I was able to advance in class divisions.
2011 has been a “building-block” year for me. I’ve participated in multiple matches (local, sectionals, and area) and learned quite a number of new techniques. This past year, I have made new friends who are avid shooters like me and I now consider them as my extended family. It truly is a blessing to be part of this shooting community!
Aaron has been an avid competition shooter since 2008, specializing in USPSA Pistol, Tactical Rifle/Shotgun and 3-Gun matches. In USPSA, he is currently classified as "Master" in Open division, where he shoots a custom-built 9-major STI 2011. In Tactical Rifle/Shotgun and 3-Gun matches, Aaron shoots a custom-built LaRue/JP AR-15, and a custom-tuned Saiga-12. Aaron has competed in various Regional, Sectional and Area Matches, as well as the USPSA Nationals.
Aaron's "home range" is Shongum Sportsman's Association in Hackettstown, NJ, but he regularly competes at matches throughout Area 7 and 8.
- 2011 Ohio State Championship; Single Stack div. winner (HOA)
- 2011 KY Battle in the Bluegrass; Production div. winner (HOA)
- 2011 KY State Multi-gun Championship; Tac-Optics div. 7th Overall
- 2011 Alabama State Championship; Production div. 2nd Master
- 2011 Indiana State Championship; Limited 10 div. winner (HOA)
- 2011 Tennessee State Championship; Single Stack div. winner (HOA)
- 2010 Ohio Buckeye Challenge; Limited 10 div. winner (HOA)
- 2010 KY Battle in the Bluegrass; Single Stack div. winner (HOA)
- 2010 Area 6 Championship; Single Stack div. 1st Master
- 2010 USSA Pro-Am Championship; Limited AM Champion (HOA)
- 2010 IN State Championship; Limited div. 2nd Master
I remember shooting 22 rifles with my father when I was about 6 years old in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. Since then I've never looked back as far as firearms are concerned. I've been caught up in competition pistol shooting since 2008. Although I have various rankings in USPSA and IDPA my pistol of choice is the 1911. Between these two sports I will have shot close to 70 match's this year alone. While most of these are local monthly and weekly match's in the tri state area of Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. I have competed in 7 major matches around the country this year too. I am always glad for the opportunity to represent Freedom Gunwork's wherever I roam.
I am very involved with my home club the Bluegrass Sportsmen's League in Wilmore, Ky. We have 1500 acres containing some beautiful wooded areas and ranges of all sorts. I have served two terms as a Director for the Pistol Division and I am currently into my second term as Pistol Division President and Director at Large for the main club. I do new shooter orientations for USPSA and IDPA along with helping to run other various aspects of the match's there. Our big match of the year is the "Battle in the Bluegrass"!!!
Although I am a Property Supervisor for a construction company during the week I also work part time for Bluegrass Firearms Instruction. I serve as an instructor for NRA Basic Pistol, Intro to IDPA, Kentucky Conceal & Carry Deadly Weapons, Intro to USPSA, and Advanced Conceal & Carry.
Scott "Scooter" Jacob
I started hunting as a child but learned as a young adult that it was the shooting that I enjoyed. I started competing in USPSA in 1994 and have not looked back. I also enjoy shooting ICORE, Steel Challenge, and NRA Action Pistol matches. In November of 2010, I proudly accepted the invitation to be part of the Freedom Gunworks "Family".
Some notable finishes are:
- 1997 LA Gator Section Championship - 2nd B-Limited
- 2005 Gator Classic - 2nd A-Limited
- 2006 ICORE Southern Regional - 3rd B-Limited & High "Six-Shooter"
- 2007 ICORE Southern Regional - 2nd B-Limited
- 2007 Gator Classic - 2nd B-Revolver
- 2008 Gator Classic - High Over All Single Stack.
JR Robinson, like many others on the FGW team, was introduced to firearms at a young age. He has many fond memories of childhood days spent at the range learning the fundamentals of shooting from his grandfathers, or days in the woods hunting while learning to stalk and shoot.
JR participated in the 2011 Alabama Sectional, his first USPSA match, at the encouragement of Freedom Gunwork’s Owner Bobby Keigans. JR was instantly hooked! He traveled for the remainder of 2011 to participate in multiple local, state, and sectional matches. 2011 built a solid shooting foundation for JR to learn and grow on. He looks forward to moving up in classification shooting his FGW 6” limited gun as well as participating in future long range shooting competitions with his FGW Custom Long range rifle.
I began shooting USPSA in late 2011 at the age of 14 with my father after I decided I wanted to compete in a sport other than the usual sports. With the suggestion and support from my mother to try the shooting sports, I began going to the range more with my father training and preparing for the action shooting sports. Since competing in my first local match, I have continued to train and improve and hope to be at the top of the game one day and I have expanded into the world of 3 gun and precision rifle competitions on a limited basis. We were fortunate enough to meet and shoot with some members of the FGW team where we met Mark Kauder specifically. We contacted Bobby Keigans and after some conversations, Bobby was gracious enough to offer me a spot on the FGW team. I am truly blessed to be a part of such a great team and family and each teammate has been very supportive and welcoming. I could not have asked for a better group of people for support and hope to be a part of the family for a long time. I am also thankful for the chance to be a part of the shooting sports community which is the best group of people around and during my brief time have met and shot with some of the top shooters, made many friends, attended the USAMU Junior Action Shooting Clinics and have become a mature, responsible supporter of the shooting sports.
Mitchie Santiago of Sterling Virginia. I started shooting since 2004 in LIMITED DIVISION until 2008, stopped for a while and started shooting again November 2011. I switched to OPEN DIVISION in early 2012 and earned my B card. Glad to be part of TEAM and FAMILY of FREEDOM GUN WORKS. SEE YOU AT THE RANGE! " Control your shoots - shoot straights - shoot fast " My Accomplishments:
Growing up in northern NJ I had very little exposure to handguns until my early thirties. My inspiration to learn to shoot came one morning while on vacation in the late nineties when I watched an episode of Shooting USA featuring Doug Koenig shooting steel plates at blazing speeds. I knew instantly that I needed to learn how to do that. After purchasing my first pistol, I would head out to the range every few weeks armed with a couple of boxes of ammo and a handful of paper plates and try to recreate Doug’s performance. But it wasn’t until 2009 when I joined Shongum Sportsman Club and began attending their monthly USPSA match that I really started to learn how to shoot. Shortly after that I was joined in the sport by my two brothers and my brother-in-law. This created a very competitive family rivalry that helped drive my need to practice and improve. Training twice a week throughout the year for the past few seasons and competing in two to three matches per month has helped me work up to my current classification of “A” in Limited 10. And since 2013 I have been proudly representing Freedom Gunworks as a member of their shooting team.
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