Kenneth “Mick” Grise of Scottsdale, Arizona is the designated recipient of the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month Award for March.
Mick is Vice President of Papago Concealment Systems of Scottsdale and also Vice President for Sales and Marketing of Papago Investigations and Consultants of Arizona.
In nominating Grise for the Award, John Michael Snyder, CCRKBA Public Affairs Director, said “a number of recent developments have shown that people across the country need and want to be able to carry concealed firearms for their own personal safety and protection.
“One indication of this fact is the popularity of state laws allowing the carrying of concealed weapons with a state-issued permit. As a number of sponsors of these laws have indicated, one of their reasons for promoting these laws is that they serve to enhance the public safety by enabling law-abiding citizens to protect themselves, their loved ones and their property from the perpetrators of criminal acts, especially violent criminal acts.
“Another indication of the growing popularity of the concealed carry concept is the development of business enterprises which exist, basically, because of the popularity of the carrying of concealed firearms by law-abiding citizens.
“One of these business enterprises is Griseâ€™s company, Papago Concealment Systems, which produces the Anytimer.
“The Anytimer is a $100.00 holster which looks like an executive-organizer notebook, but inside is a foam-padded compartment tailored to look like a handgun.
“In discussing the product, Grise says one reason for its development is that people who have executive or other office jobs want to be able to go to work while carrying a concealed firearm and still feel that they are attired properly for their occupational responsibilities.
“Mick Grise is contributing to the maintenance of the right to keep and bear arms by helping to make it possible for law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms. It is for this reason that I think he is worthy of this Award.”
Mick is an investigator with expertise in military advisement, undercover and covert operations, and general protection and security. He oversees the development of distributorships across the country for the Anytimer new product line, and evaluates marketing methods and Papagoâ€™s present product line at industrial shows.
He is a former Marine, having been wounded in action in Vietnam, and is a Purple Heart recipient.
Mick is a Life Member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans.
Mick told POINT BLANK that he and his partners in Papago, Dan Tschudy and Roger Otterstein, have extensive law enforcement, military and corporate backgrounds. He said the three recognized a need among professionals and fulfilled it with their creation of the Anytimer. It allows the professional to carry his or her gun in an inconspicuous manner rather than the conspicuous method of wearing a fanny pack around oneâ€™s waist.
The appointment book cases are of reinforced leather that unzip to reveal a black, sculpted foam insert which securely holds the firearm in place while providing easy accessibility. The inserts are “interchangeable” by means of a velcro system; allowing the use of inserts for multiple gun styles – with just one leather case.
The interior of the case contains a recessed area to hold an additional magazine(s) or speedloader(s). Inside the front cover are slots for managing business cards, and an acetate view window for credentials or concealed weapons permit.
The Anytimer measures 6-3/4 inches wide by 9-1/2 inches long by two inches thick. Mick says this size allows a business person to carry his or her firearm in a professional and inconspicuous manner.
Mick says also that the Anytimer design makes it more acceptable to the doctor, lawyer, real estate representative and professional who dresses in a manner where wearing a fanny pack might attract unnecessary attention, as opposed to carrying a stylish appointment book.
Mick and the Anytimer have attracted a lot of attention in Arizona. Last fall, the ARIZONA REPUBLIC featured a photograph of him holding the product along with an article on “Armed and fashion-conscious: Arizonans with concealed weapons – Packinâ€™ heat in style is part of the New West.”
According to the article, written by Beth Silver of the Associated Press, “many men and women prefer to go armed and anonymous, and theyâ€™re finding ways to pack a piece in style.”
Readers of POINT BLANK who would like to contact Mick Grise may write him at Papago Concealment Systems, Inc., 8708 North 68th Street, Suite 2, Scottsdale, Arizona 85257, or call him at (602) 423-9345.