A Lawyer and a Warrior

  • Joey Upper

High Achiever

We’re not the only ones who think Abdul Guice is a pleasure to have in the academic community.

Guice completed both Sonoran Desert Institute’s Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate and Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree programs.

“After finishing that Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate program in 2015, I went on to graduate from the associates program in 2018,” Guice recalled during our interview.

Guice’s ability to multi-task between two completely different industries is not unheard of within the firearms community, but how common is it to see a lawyer with a second job?

But Guice is also much more than that. He’s also a lawyer, a former defensive player for Wake Forest University and SDI’s DEAC Outstanding Graduate for 2019.

“Abdul Guice is a veteran, family man, and a successful lawyer,” Mike Olson, SDI’s vic president of academic affairs, said.

“Now, thanks to Sonoran Desert Institute’s Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate and Associate of Science Degree in Firearms Technology, he has added ‘firearms industry business owner’ to his list of accomplishments!”

He’s also a Navy and Coast Guard veteran. The man does it all, and he does it with an eager, earnest spirit.

Guice’s ability to multi-task between two completely different industries is not unheard of within the firearms community, but how common is it to see a lawyer with a second job?

“From 9 to 5 I’m an attorney, but I also own GLF Armory,” Guice said.

He’s also a Navy and Coast Guard veteran. The man does it all, and he does it with an eager, earnest spirit.

A Father’s Lesson

“Abdul Guice learned early on that he would have to earn his achievements; his father taught him that nothing is owed,” Olson said of Guice. “Abdul applied this lesson time and again by earning his degree at Wake Forest University, teaching high school, returning to grad school to become a lawyer and serving in the Navy and the Coast Guard. When it was time to extend his successes to his passion for firearms, Abdul attended Sonoran Desert Institute. … By applying the grit he learned as the son of a widowed school teacher … Guice managed to balance the duties of a young and growing family, full-time employment as a legal counselor, his education at SDI, and the stringent process of becoming a federally licensed firearms dealer.”

But enough of us bragging on Guice (for the moment). Guice had plenty to say about his time with us at SDI.

A Lifelong Learner

He loved the chance to build a muzzleloader.

“My favorite experience at SDI was working on our muzzleloader,” Guice said. “It was a challenging experience, but it was a huge, huge reward.”

As Olson recalled: “His tenacity paid off: The Guices had planned a marketing campaign for the small firearms shop Abdul opened with his wife, but through sheer word of mouth they’re already getting more business than they can handle! In addition to practicing law, fixing or building firearms at GLF Armory, LLC and spending time with his family, Abdul volunteers for an annual women’s self-defense program, providing legal advice on the escalation of force. He also helps with the NRA’s Continuing Legal Education Program and is planning to continue his development with welding training. Abdul Guice personifies the concepts of ‘lifelong learner’ and the commitment to continuous improvement.”

SDI and the DEAC aren’t the only ones who noticed, either. Colion Noir found Guice to be pretty interesting, adding another feather to his cap.

“After graduating from SDI, one of the coolest things I did was build a rifle for Colion Noir,” he said.

We’re thrilled to have Noir partnered with us within the industry.

He represents us well.

“If I knew someone was interested in SDI, I would tell them to do it!” Guice said. “Go 100 percent in. It’s an awesome opportunity.”

He’s certainly made the most of it.

“You are only limited by your thoughts and actions,” Guice once said. “You are 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.”

Abdul Guice is a 2018 SDI graduate.

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