When one of the top shooters in The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and The International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) recommends something related to shooting, people listen.

The IDPA is the “governing body of a shooting sport that simulates self-defense scenarios and real life encounters.” The IPSC “was established to promote, maintain, improve and advance the sport of IPSC shooting, to safeguard its principles and to regulate its conduct worldwide in order to cultivate the safe, recreational use of firearms by persons of good character.”

Gene Talarico Simmons is, in the words of ROBAR® President, LtCol USMC (Ret) Freddie Blish, “the Glock Star…Gene is one of the top shooters in IDPA and IPSC.”

Checking out Simmons’ Facebook bio adds to that:

Retired after 31+ years with the American Red Cross as a Station Manager assigned to US Military Bases. Was a school teacher for 2 years and then PADI Scuba Instructor for 3.5 years and for past 30 years have worked for the Red Cross.


Been assigned to MS, FL, NC (twice), SC, Guam, Panama, Spain, Kansas and South Korea. Have deployed to Egypt, Hungary, Iraq (8 months), Kuwait (8 months) and Afghanistan (4 months).


I enjoy lifting weights and shooting pistol matches. Was Guam National IPSC Champ, Panama IPSC National Champ, USPSA 2007 Senior Division National Production Champ, Mississippi IDPA SSP Champ and Kansas Production Champ at one time or another.

Gene and Freddie have been great friends and shooting buddies since 1990. So Freddie hooked him up with NP3® for his Glock™ 19.

Simmons writes:

I want to thank my long time friend and shooting buddy Freddie Blish for doing such a great job on my Glock™ 19. ROBAR did a wonderful job on the pistol. Even Lewis Pops Freeman said it is a really nice pistol and goodness knows he is no Glock fan like some of us.


If any of my shooting buddies want a pistol done up right, give Freddie and his team of gunsmiths a call. Rifle, pistol or shotgun. And if you want a finish that is about rust proof as you can get and will slip, slide and glide; have the gun NP3‘ed.


Gene added:

…my new CCP Glock 19. Thank you to Sam Henderson for pulling my name out of the hat at the IDPA Masters last year. Very special thanks to Freddie Blish at ROBAR for doing all the great work on it. Yes, everything that is not polymer has been NP3’ed. It shoots great.

For further information, if you’re wondering about NP3®:

Robar’s® NP3® finish is an electroless nickel-based finish for steel, stainless steel and aluminum alloys that co-deposits sub-micron particles of PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), otherwise known as Teflon™, with electroless nickel.


NP3® metal finish offers many benefits. NP3® permits firing for longer periods of time between cleaning, dirt and powder residue have no wet or oily surface to cling to. When cleaning is required, the effort needed is minimal – usually requiring only a soft cloth. NP3® is very corrosion resistant. It provides a high lubricity and low friction coefficient, greatly increasing the life expectancy of a firearm due to reduced friction wear. NP3® is a satin gray, non-reflective color ideal for all firearms.

Gene Simmons, thanks for the kind words!

Freddie and everyone at ROBAR® appreciate your friendship and your testimonial. May you have many more years tearing it up in the IDPA and the IPSC!

#Semper Vinco

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