About Swanson Media Group
Swanson Media Group (SMG) founder and managing editor, Trampas has always been involved in many aspects of the shooting sports world. From age five, Trampas started hunting with his father, Rick and grandfather,Charles. Later during his tenure as a Deputy Sheriff, Trampas attended several tactical and logistical training schools to expand working knowledge of handguns, rifles, shotguns and tactics at advanced levels. When an opportunity to start writing gun reviews was presented to him, Trampas welcomed it with open arms. He always jokes that when he first started this, the only thing he wrote in his past were police reports.
Since founding SMG Jan 1, 2016, Trampas along with his wife / business partner and camera lady, Candace have complied a group of talented individuals in the firearms field to help test the guns and gear so readers will gain a true evaluation of the product at hand. With the early addition of Craig Reinolds, our home testing grounds affectionately known as The Swamp has become a staple in the industry for testing and evaluating some of the top firearms, gear and knives available.
Along the way, Trampas, Candace and Craig welcomed writing royalty, the UK's Bill Pryce-Thomas of PMCI Magazine fame on board along with Steve Blaschette from Luxembourg as key overseas assets. The Gear Locker's very own, Eric Fine also joined shortly after launching the group and has proved to be a fantastic friend and asset to the team. Trampas' father, Rick Swanson signed on to document his outdoor adventures while field testing many of our hunting products on hand for review. Coming to us from Brazil, firearms trainer, author and 4th Dan Master Ninjutsu , Rodrigo Muller of Muller Consultants brings his knowledge of martial arts, tactics, explosives and firearms to both Swanson Media and regularly as a guest instructor for Swanson Training Group. Recently, Swanson Media Group welcomed Eric Adam and his video editing skills into the fold along with glamour beard, Jared Peltz and his bushcraft / survival skills working knowledge. Rounding out the team just in time for the 2017 trip to SHOT SHOW in Las Vegas, SMG welcomed the King of Kydex, John Phillips of Survivor Creek Tactical to the team to get his expert opinions on holsters, sheaths and all things kydex in the industry as well as swing a pretty mean camera when need be.
These days so much more than stuffy old police reports are written! The wide variety of backgrounds each team member brings offers informative and thought provoking articles that have been published monthly print and online publications such publications as .22 SHOOTER Magazine, as well as currently in Raider Magazine, PMCI Magazine, TheGearLocker.net, PracTacSys.com, Webyshops.com, American Woman Shooter, 1800GunsAndAmmo.com, and 1800Gear.com along with appearing in several blogs, affiliate review and product websites such as our sponsor, BullGator Outtfiters and their BullGator Camo product line.
Swanson Media Group is rapidly growing with the support of great industry friends and family. We welcome you to come along and share the experience with us as we keep our readers updated on all things firearms related!!
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