DELPHOS — Safety is the priority of a relatively new gun shop in Delphos.
GreyFox Defense recently opened at 207 S. Main St., Delphos. Owner Jeff Jacomet says they’ve owned the building for about a year and didn’t start doing anything with it until last February.
“We’re just now getting everything set up with the firearms as well as the training and ammunition and that stuff, so it’s all coming together finally,” said Jacomet.
GreyFox Defense is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and by appointments Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Jacomet’s day job is with the Lima Police Department, where he’s been since 2004. He’s been in law enforcement for 32 years, and he’s been a firearms instructor since 1994.
“It’s something I’ve always done, and I like training civilians and have had over 1,000 people take my concealed carry training. So we thought we would expand,” Jacomet said. “I have two other guys that train with me, Aaron McGomery and Aaron Rode. They do a lot of women’s self-defense and tactical training here as well.”
Jacomet realizes firearms can be a divisive topic.
“Everybody has their opinions on firearms, and I think and hopefully the majority would too that training is the main problem,” Jacomet said. “People just aren’t educated on their function — how they work. And with kids these days playing video games, I don’t think that kids realize what happens when a trigger is pulled. It’s not something that’s on a controller. It’s something real, and the effect is much, much more devastating than a video game is.”
The store itself has firearms for sale, as well as ammunition. It also offers concealed carry classes.
They have a firearms simulator and have a trailer where they can go on-site for training for families or business groups.
“Our primary goal is training,” Jacomet said. “We love to go out and get the public educated on firearms, self-defense and personal protection. So many people want the training but many times feel intimidated. We like to take the fear out of the equation, let people learn at their own pace, in a safe environment with no pressure.”
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.