Ivan Gelo

Ivan served as a full time police officer with an Arizona agency for 26 years. He spent the majority of his career as a SWAT officer fullfilling 20 years as an operator. He is a LE state certified Firearms, Rifle, Defensive Tactics, Active Shooter, and High Risk Stops Instructor. Additional duties with his agency included his work at a detective, Field Training Officer, police academy Recruit Training Officer and Lead Firearms Instructor, Rifle Instructor and Ballastic Shield Instructor. In the last 4 years of his career was on contract with the AZPOST (Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training) as a Training Specialist-overseeing instructor Schools and the various SME's throughout the state of Arizona. Ivan began competing in 1990 and actively participates in USPSA, IDPA and multigun matches. He is a ranked a Master class in IDPA and A class is USPSA.

Recent Posts

Springfield Armory® SAINT™ Edge Pistol -- The Holy Grail of AR Platforms?

Posted by Ivan Gelo

Dec 7, 2018 4:07:35 PM

A few decades ago, law enforcement "specialized units" began the transition from the 9mm subgun to the more-effective .223 / 5.56 weapon systems. My first select-fire 5.56 system was a 16-inch barreled rifle, which transitioned over the years to a few different, shorter 10-to-11.5-inch barreled AR systems.

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Topics: Range Life

Your Primary Every-Day Carry Accessory

Posted by Ivan Gelo

Oct 18, 2018 1:00:00 PM

 

Being gun people, in a gun culture, where a few cancerous cells can impact the masses, an every-day carry (EDC) gun is often just another accessory that we put on or take with us in our daily travels. 

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Topics: Everyday Carry

3 Quick and Compact Drills For Your Sub-Compact Carry Gun

Posted by Ivan Gelo

Jul 31, 2018 11:00:00 AM

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The Springfield 911: Up Front With The Backup

Posted by Ivan Gelo

Jan 25, 2018 2:24:10 PM

When I started my law enforcement career over 27 years ago, it was common to carry a backup gun in an ankle rig or some type of vest carrier holster. More often than not, the weapon of choice was a semi-automatic .380 ACP.

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The SAINT Edge - Ready For Anything & Everything

Posted by Ivan Gelo

Nov 15, 2017 8:00:50 PM

Are you ready? The latest Springfield Armory® innovation is here ... and it's an all-new, competition-ready, LE-ready, hunting-ready SAINT - The SAINT Edge 5.56.

Drumroll, please... 

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4 Dry-Fire Drills to Challenge Any New Shooter

Posted by Ivan Gelo

Aug 18, 2017 8:21:14 AM

The concept of dry-fire (or for those purists out there, we can use the term dry-practice) is often dismissed by many but also inversely and unfortunately overused by others. (For example: Due to some law-enforcement (LE) agencies’ ammunition budget constraints, dry practice is often the big replacement for live fire.) In a perfect, money-is-no-object world, dry-fire should compliment as much live fire as time and funds allow.

Dry-practice should also be a fairly significant and useful portion of your training package—especially when learning a new technique or focusing on specific principals like the four below.

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Topics: Video Series

Learn to Use the New XD-E DA/SA Handgun: Features & Functionality

Posted by Ivan Gelo

Jul 13, 2017 2:58:46 PM

Over my 25-plus years as a police officer, I have carried a small variety of duty weapons with varied trigger systems. Starting in 1990, I carried a double-action/single-action (DA/SA) duty gun in .45ACP. Years later, I opted to carry a double-action-only (DAO) system in .45ACP and the same system in 9mm.

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Topics: Range Life

The SAINT™ with Free Float Handguard and Its First Match

Posted by Ivan Gelo

Jun 20, 2017 3:41:45 PM

With more than 20 years in law enforcement, I have carried a variety of AR weapon systems. Always a huge fan of Springfield Armory®, I was pumped in 2016 when I heard that they were releasing their first AR—the SAINT™.  In anticipation of its availability, I got on the wait list and purchased the very first SAINT that my favorite gun dealer received.

In the following six months, I exclusively shot my SAINT™ rifle during training, while instructing classes and in a variety of 2-and-3-gun matches. Firing more than 2,000 rounds during this time period (a combination of budget-minded .223 ammunition, XM193 and duty ammo), the rifle never hiccuped and ran with no malfunctions.

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Topics: Range Life


Springfield Armory® recommends you seek qualified and competent training from a certified instructor prior to handling any firearm and be sure to read your owner’s manual.  These articles are considered to be suggestions and not recommendations from Springfield Armory®.

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