Thursday, June 16, 2016


Q: Jonathon, what do you love most about the hunt for Morels? 
A: The thing I love most about Morel hunting is being outdoors with family and friends.

Q: When is the best time of year to look for Morel mushrooms? 
A: Michigan weather is unpredictable as we all know, and if it's a cold spring, you can expect it to be a later Morel season. For perfect conditions, you want a lot of rain followed by some sunny/warm days. If it's raining for a few days, then a sunny 70 degree day follows, I will be in the woods shortly after, looking for them. 

I found mushrooms this year early in April but generally the best time is the last week of April or the first week of May. By that time of year, we are past those cold winter days and have had some good showers and warm days for those Morels to grow. You don't want to wait too long because once the under-canopy starts to grow up, it blocks out the sunlight for the Morels. Once we get close to June and the forest floor is covered, it becomes really hard to find them.

Q: What's your favorite recipe using Morels or your favorite way to cook them up?
A: My favorite way to prepare them is to let them soak in some water with sea salt. The next step is to cook the mushrooms on low heat to get the water out of them. I then drain the water from the pan. Next, I add some butter, garlic salt and pepper, turn up the heat to medium and cook them until they brown up.

Q: Who in your life taught you how to spot them?
A: I taught myself from reading articles in magazines and just walking in the woods a lot. I have learned from trial and error over the years.

Q: Where are the easiest places to find Morels (or what type of environment do they grow best in)? 
A: I typically have the best luck in open, mature hardwoods. I have heard that near dead ash or elm trees are the best, but for me, I have never had much luck. In my spots there are a lot of live elms and I can usually find mushrooms not far form their bases. Also, southern-facing slopes are the best and where you typically can find the most Morels.

Q: How do you determine false vs. real Morels?

The best way to determine a false Morel vs. a real one is to cut it in half vertically. These are the things to look for in a real Morel: cap is usually longer than the stem, the bottom of the cap is attached to the stem. The mushroom is one piece and hollow all the way from the cap to the stem

For false Morels the cap is smaller than the stem. The cap attaches to very top of the stem. The best way i can tell is when you cut a false Morel the cap and stem do not appear to be one piece and is not hollow all the way through.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Beginners Guide: UTM's and Why You Should Be Training with Them for Home Defense

Beginners Guide: UTM’s and Why You Should Be Training with Them for Home Defense

Do you keep a gun in your home for home defense? How often do you train in safe, realistic home defense situations? Have you ever wanted to try your skills at effectively defending a home? In our upcoming Ann Arbor Arms Academy Inaugural Shoot House, the weekend of June 18 and 19, you will be using Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM’s) to safely practice defending a home.
Understanding how to safely and effectively negotiate the environments you live in with a gun in hand is critical to being truly prepared for the worst-case scenario. Our in-house UTM (Ultimate Training Munitions) shoot house simulates a home like setting and introduces you to the basics of home defense.

Details on how UTM’s operate and how they work for you:
·         Has normal weapon function, recoil and realistic and consistent cyclic rates
·         Replaces dry-fire practicing
·         Enhances live-fire practicing
·         Minimal noise and emissions
·         The UTM Civilian Target Ammunition (CTA) is the safest, most reliable and accurate alternative to live ammunition
·         The expanding cartridge combined with the UTM Conversion creates a blow-back system that realistically and reliably cycles the firearm
·         Consistent shot-to-shot muzzle velocities (Average of 375 feet per second), essential for safe indoor target training
·         Intended for all responsible gun owners, novice to professionals
·         The UTM Target Shooting Conversion is uniquely designed to prevent the discharge of traditional “live” ammunition
·         “Fail-Safe” technology is achieved by utilizing a 3mm offset firing pin design, which will only work with the rim fire power load used in the UTM Target Ammunition, but not with a “live” center fire cartridge
·         In the event a “live” cartridge is chambered and the trigger is pulled, the conversion offset firing pin will strike outside the primer pocket of the “live” round. This makes it impossible to detonate the “live” ammunition in the UTM converted weapon
This technology only previously available to military, law enforcement and professional training organizations is now available to everyone for the first time ever! Now you have the freedom to target shoot virtually anywhere, and not use a single round of your live ammunition stock. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned shoot house student, the UTM Target Shooting Round will revolutionize and enhance how you practice defending yourself, your family and your home!

Check out the internals of UTM ammunition!

Home Defense Shoot House with Steve Fisher of Sentinel Concepts

WHEN: Saturday June 18 – Sunday June 19 (9AM to 6PM both days)
*INCLUDED EQUIPMENT: UTM (Ultimate Training Munitions) Glock in 9mm, holster, 100 rounds of UTM ammunition
EQUIPMENT: Please bring wrap around eye protection, gun belt and range appropriate attire. This practical application course does not require armor or helmets
AMMUNITION REQUIREMENT: All ammunition is INCLUDED IN COST. All equipment and ammo will be issued on day one of training

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

ANN ARBOR ARMS ACADEMY LAUNCHES NEW LESS LETHAL OPTIONS PROGRAM: Self defense classes now offered at Ann Arbor Arms Academy



CONTACT:        Tatiana Whitlock
                           45 Metty Drive
 Ann Arbor, MI 48103
PHONE            734-531-6650
DATE:                March 2, 2016


ANN ARBOR ARMS ACADEMY LAUNCHES NEW LESS LETHAL OPTIONS PROGRAM Self defense classes now offered at Ann Arbor Arms Academy


Ann Arbor Arms Academy (A4) is pleased to announce an innovative Less Lethal Options (LLO) self-defense training program. The addition of the LLO program offers a non-gun-centric exploration of alternative life saving tools and self defense techniques. A4 brings to the classroom what alternatives one has to keep from being defenseless in situations where a firearm is not an option.

The Less Lethal Options program allows us to reach individuals who are either not interested in firearms or who cannot carry a firearm at their place of business or on school grounds said Director of Training & Development, Tatiana Whitlock.

Less Lethal Options programs include hand-to-hand self-defense, edged weapons defense, short stick and monkey fist classes, and pepper-spray courses.  An Introduction to Less Lethal Options class has also been launched to provide a comprehensive overview of what tools and types of training are available to individuals.

Leading the program as primary instructor is internationally recognized Japanese martial artist, author and Ann Arbor businessman, Nicklaus Suino. Considered one of North Americas foremost martial arts teachers, Suino is a leader in the Japanese martial arts community both in the United States and abroad. 

Partnering with local professionals and experts like Nick is a vital part of the A4 mission to support the Ann Arbor community said Ann Arbor Arms owner, Bill Pinon.

Catering to all skill levels from the extreme novice to the seasoned enthusiast, A4 offers Less Lethal Options programs for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skill levels in a safe, structured and welcoming environment.

This is an opportunity to learn a range of self-defense options in an atmosphere of professionalism and respect.  Effective self-defense starts but doesnt end with firearms. At A4 you can learn to apply the fundamentals across the force continuum, said Suino.

In addition to teaching martial arts, Suino consults for businesses and individuals who want to improve their effectiveness using the physical, mental, and intangible principles of mastery. Suino believes that practice of the self-defense arts can have a profound positive effect on people's lives.

We are adding programs based on the needs of our students and members of the community. Being a college town, there is a strong interest in firearms alternatives and techniques in Ann Arbor. The LLO program is designed with leading experts in their fields to bring these options to the greater Ann Arbor community said Director of Training & Development, Tatiana Whitlock.

Ann Arbor Arms Background: Ann Arbor Arms (A3) is a family owned business that was created out of the enthusiasm and passion for shooting sports, coupled with the love and concern for the protection and well-being of friends and family.  Ann Arbor Arms was founded in 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan and has developed into what has now become the most premiere personal defense retail, educational, and firearms training facility in the United States.  A3 officially launched Ann Arbor Arms Academy (A4) in December of 2015. Ann Arbor Arms is in its newly constructed 25,000 square foot facility located at 45 Metty Drive in Ann Arbor.  The facility includes over 6,000 square feet of retail and classroom space, along with 24 indoor shooting lanes which includes a state of the art tactical training bay. While memberships that give access to exclusive training venues are available, one does not need to be a member to use the pistol and rifle ranges or attend A4 classes.  The A4 Less Lethal Options course descriptions and schedule can be found online at For more information on all A4 programs and instructors visit them at their location, 45 Metty Drive in Ann Arbor, Michigan or online at


Nicklaus Suino

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Major Changes To Michigan Concealed Carry in 2015

We at Ann Arbor Arms would like to share with you an update from Gary C. Bengtson, a practicing firearms attorney who you can find teaching the legal portion at some of our monthly CPL classes. For the most updated legal information regarding Michigan Firearms Law, please visit the Michigan State Police website.


By: Gary C. Bengtson (

November 6, 2015

Various public acts of 2015 effectuated a major revision of Michigan’s concealed carry statute.  Most the changes are effective December 1, 2015, and they primarily modify the “behind-the-scenes” procedure for government processing of a concealed pistol license application, although significant substantive changes were made in certain concealed carry provisions, as outlined below.  It is important for instructors, applicants and licensees to become familiar with these changes, because each of these groups is affected to one degree or another by these modifications to the law. 

The biggest change concerns the county concealed weapon licensing boards.  Effective December 1, 2015, all county concealed weapon licensing boards were eliminated.  The Michigan State Police are now tasked with determination of applicant eligibility for concealed carry and the county clerks are directly responsible for issuing and administrating licenses. 

The cost of applying is now $100.00.  The cost of renewal is $115.00.

Below is a list of the most relevant changes to Michigan’s concealed carry statute.  This is not an exhaustive list of all changes, and if you have specific questions about how the amended law affects you, it is advised that you review the law and / or consult with an attorney.


Any application for restoration of firearms rights pursuant to MCL 750.224f now goes to the circuit court in the county where you reside. 

The Michigan State Police shall provide an electronic format (typically CD-ROM) compilation of firearms laws and forms for appeal of license denial, and county clerks shall distribute these to applicants.

Only one submitted application for a concealed pistol license may be made per year.

If the Secretary of State maintains a digitized photograph of applicant (from driver’s license records), no photograph need be submitted with application but if the Secretary of State has no digitized photo of applicant, then a passport quality photo must be submitted.  By 2018, the Michigan State Police shall directly provide for renewal of a concealed pistol license by mail or online.


There are no significant changes to prohibited premises for concealed carry or to penalties for illegal carry in those prohibited areas.


The county clerk must now notify a licensee when their concealed pistol license is getting close to expiration, no more than 6 months and no less than 3 months before expiration.  Renewal is allowable if the license is not expired or for one year after expiration of the license.  If an individual applies for renewal prior to expiration, the expiration date is extended until renewal or disqualification.  A renewal applicant must still certify they’ve had 3 hours of review time and 1 hour of range time within the preceding six months.


The County Clerk shall issue emergency concealed carry licenses to applicants issued a personal protection order or if the county sheriff determines by clear and convincing evidence the safety of an applicant or applicant’s family is endangered by inability to acquire immediate licensure.  Clear and convincing evidence includes an application for a personal protection order not yet issued, other records or video / audio evidence etc.  An applicant for an emergency license must be eligible for a license pursuant to a criminal background check.  A licensee issued an emergency license must complete a training course within 10 business days of applying for the emergency license and must also apply for a regular license within 10 days.  The emergency license is valid for 45 days.  The clerk may provide exemption from premises restrictions if acceptable proof is provided of qualification for the exemption.  No more than one emergency license may be granted every 5 years.  Residency requirement of 6 months may be waived for emergency license. 


Before amendment, a CPL license could not issue to someone who was the subject of a personal protection order.  Now, a license cannot issue to someone who is the subject of a personal protection order if that order includes a restriction that the application is not allowed to purchase or possess a firearm.

A license may not issue to an applicant with a diagnosis of a mental illness that includes an assessment that the individual presents a danger to himself or herself or to another at the time the application is made, regardless of whether he or she is receiving treatment for that illness.  Prior to amendment, a mere diagnosis without a finding of danger to self or others was automatically disqualifying.

There are some relatively significant modifications to the list of temporarily disqualifying 8 year and 3 year misdemeanors.  Please review the law or talk to an attorney if you have questions about these changes, which are too numerous to list here.

The “safety disqualification” has been eliminated.  Prior to amendment, the county concealed weapon licensing boards had discretion to deny a license to an applicant if there was clear and convincing evidence the applicant was a danger to himself or to others (where the applicant would otherwise qualify).  With the elimination of the concealed weapon licensing boards, this discretion has also been eliminated.  Now, either an applicant qualifies or does not qualify pursuant to the criminal or mental health history of the applicant.

The county clerk gives an applicant a receipt upon application for a license.  If a license or notice of statutory disqualification is not provided within 45 days of fingerprinting, the receipt itself shall serve as a concealed pistol license when carried with qualifying identification.  This receipt is valid as a concealed pistol license until the formal license or a statutory disqualification is issued.  The receipt is required to have this language on the receipt.

Any disqualification notification sent by the county clerk must include each statutory disqualification, the source of the record used and the contact information for the source of the record and the right of appeal.


Qualifying training must be no more than 5 years old (before amendment there was no limitation written into the law).  Certificates must now have the name and telephone number of the instructor and the name and telephone number of the training organization (typically the NRA) and the instructor’s certification number along with any expiration date of certification.  The law no longer references “the 8 hour pistol safety course” so any course will qualify so long as it meets the requirements for the course, which remain unchanged.  Training must still be at least 8 hours in length.  An applicant can apply using any training certificate that does not meet the requirements of the law at the time of certification issuance if evidence is provided that demonstrates the certificate or training meets applicable requirements.  The amendment still contains the requirement that the certificate of completion state “This course complies with section 5j of 1927 PA 372”.


A blood alcohol level of .10 or higher alcohol shall equal revocation of the license.  If the blood alcohol is .08 to less than .10 the court shall (not may) suspend the license for 3 years (before amendment the statute stated not more than 3 years).  If the blood alcohol is .02 to less than .08 the court shall (not may) fine the licensee $100 (before amendment the statute stated not more than $100) and the court shall suspend the license for 1 year.  The language in this section cleans up any confusion regarding use of the words revoke and suspend in the prior law.

A refusal to submit to a breath test shall (not may) result in suspension for 6 months (the statute used to state, without specification, “suspend or revoke”).  In addition, and this is a big change, a refusal to take a breath test is a state civil infraction with a $100 fine.  Before amendment, a refusal just resulted in the loss of license privileges.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Top 10 Last Minute Gifts at Ann Arbor Arms

Top 10 Last Minute Gifts at Ann Arbor Arms

1. Ammunition
 Who couldn't use more ammo??  Always a great item to stock up on.
2. White River Knives - Michigan Made!
 From survival knives to fillet knives, extremely durable and made in Coopersville, MI!

3. Pelican Rifle Case
Heavy duty, waterproof, military style rifle and shotgun cases, each comes with a lifetime guarantee.
4. Soundgear Electronic Hearing Protection
Hearing is valuable, give it the care it needs.  Remarkable technology for protecting your ears.
5. Fenix Flashlight
Small or large, these flashlights are extremely durable and our PD-35 model shines up to 960 lumens bright!
6. Condor Rifle Bag
Fully padded for maximum protection for built-in extra storage.
7. Benchmade Knives - Made In The USA!
Whether you are using a Griptilian as a basic cutting tool or a professional grade rescue hook to perform a quick cut in an emergency situation, you can count on a Benchmade to get the job done.

8. Howard Leight Hearing Protection
Howard Leight is continually developing new designs, materials and technologies that take comfort and protection to the next level.
9. GPS Range Bag
 The GPS backpack-style range bag features padded walls and bottom to protect your firearms and ammunition while traveling to and from the range.
The bag features padded walls and bottom to protect firearms and ammo while traveling to and from the range. - See more at:
The bag features padded walls and bottom to protect firearms and ammo while traveling to and from the range. - See more at:
The bag features padded walls and bottom to protect firearms and ammo while traveling to and from the range. - See more at:
The bag features padded walls and bottom to protect firearms and ammo while traveling to and from the range. - See more at:
10. Ann Arbor Arms Gift Card
Always available for that person who "has everything!"