Our Team

Christopher Swainhart, Executive Producer

ChrisSwainhartChris’s first photographic experience was in a darkroom at age three, quietly watching while his father developed and printed photos. Since then the award-winning cinematographer has filmed all over the world, producing hundreds of commercial film projects for companies worldwide. His background is in music with a Master’s from University of Cincinnati CCM.

Deb Ferns, Women’s Shooting Sports Specialist

In 2004 Deb Ferns co-founded the Babes with Bullets firearms academy program with Kay Miculek. Over fifteen years they were the only traveling firearms academy specializing in teaching novice women, utilizing an all-female training staff or world and national shooting sports champions. Ferns authored a book “Babes with Bullets” detailing the wave of middle age women coming into a variety of shooting sports. In 2009 she founded the Women’s Outdoor Media Association. In 2018 Deb started the Ladies Adventure Camp Experience as a way to mentor novice ladies in the hunting fields. Her LACE program is now part of the NSSF +One Initiative.

In 2013 Deb won a multi-gun national title as a senior in “Heavy Metal Division” and in that same year Babes with Bullets was awarded the Outdoor Channel Golden Moose award in recognition of their firearms educational training videos. They are the only women’s firearms program ever awarded by both Outdoor Channel and the Outdoor Writers Association of America. For 2020 Deb is spearheading GunStuff’s documentary on Women in the Shooting Sports.

Scott A. Kiefner, Product Specialist

Scott explains gun safety and features of our products during our product videos. A former Marine infantry machine gunner 3 Battalion 5th Marines, Scott served as a sniper between 1992 to 1996. Scott served on the Special Operations Response Team at United States Penitentiary Terre Haute Indiana from 1996 to 2002. Served in the Federal Air Marshal service From 2002 till 2016. Scott understands what it takes to protect yourself and your family.

Christopher Lower, Director

Chris has been working professionally in commercial TV broadcast in Cincinnati for over a decade. Chris builds the product videos you see on our site. Chris spent seven years in the Cincinnati Fox19 news crew before moving to their features program, Cincy Weekend. We are delighted to have Chris aboard GunStuff to share his love for art and filmmaking, telling stories and sharing the perspectives of others through TV segments, journalistic vignettes, and short documentaries. A graduate of Brown Mackie College in Cincinnati, Chris is a lifelong resident of Greater Cincinnati.

Katie Derrick, Social Media

You’ll find Katie on the road coordinating social media at NRA, SHOT, NASGW, USCCA, and other events. Katie holds a communications and advertising degree from Brigham Young University.

 

Mike Miller, Associate Producer

From the banking industry, Mike has finally found a home that he believes in. Having hunted his whole life, going shooting with his dad, uncles, and cousins, Mike wants to see that continue for generations and show other families how much fun guns and the outdoors can be thru safety and education.

Mike assists in producing our TV segments. Mike has a Bachelor’s in Marketing from Morehead State University.

Sydney Ballard, FFL Specialist

Sydney heads up our Customer Service department. A whiz with computers and well-acquainted with eCommerce, Sydney makes sure your orders ship out in a timely matter. In the case of a firearm order she meticulously files all of the ATF paperwork and makes sure your firearm heads your way as quickly as possible to the FFL of your choice.

Sydney is working on her marketing degree from Northern Kentucky University and has a background in fine art and design which makes her in demand as she also assists in the production of our TV show.