readership might be interested in. I had no hard and fast criteria, other than these loose guidelines: 1) Gear manufactured, training provided or equipment sold should be of interest to the military/LEO/armed citizen/contractor demographic; 2) The business should be owned, operated or recommended by military/LEO/armed citizen/contractors I know or have a good rapport with; 3) The business should be the 'tactical equivalent of a ma and pa' type store if possible.
Keeping that in mind, please take a look at Coye Knives of Oklahoma. Bill Coye has a long association with the LE and military community developed after nearly two decades in the field (on the street) as a medic, then a paramedic, then a flight medic and finally flight nurse. He went to AFG to serve as a civilian medic and frequently holds auctions and contests giving away knives to veterans as well as providing knives to personnel and small teams going downrange. In addition, he runs a Crime Scene Cleanup business called Apex Bioclean (his full time "day job") and hires only veterans for the business.
When it comes to the latter Bill says candidly, "Frankly some of these guys are hard to work with, but I don't mind at all. I'm an RN/Paramedic first and have a working knowledge of TBI/PTSD and I figured I could do more here to support our military than working behind the wire running a civilian clinic in Kabul giving Hep B shots..."
All Coye Knives are made one a a time in the shop on his property (now that he's moved up from a garage shop!) to exacting standards. He has a deep and abiding fascination with metallurgy, equating it to the biological dynamics and relationships of the body. This manifests in the quality of his work.
Bill Coye has an excellent reputation with the veterans, currently serving personnel and LEOs in his area. Keep Coye Knives in mind for Small Business Saturday.
Coye Knives: http://coyeknives.com/