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AR-15s: What You Should Know!

Today in this article and video, I’m giving you an overview on my take on one of the most used, most versatile, and most controversial rifle platform in the country!

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What You Should Know

Today in this article and video, I’m giving you an overview on my take on one of the most used, most versatile, and most controversial rifle platform in the country!

I go over my setups, best practices and tips on building and buying your own “American Rifle – 15”!

Whether you are new to the game or not, this article/video will shed some light on the versatility of this platform and its uses. If you are getting one for recreation or hunting, competition or defense there’s definitely a path for you to make one your own!

AR-15 Brief History

Did you know that the A.R. -15 Does not mean Assault Rifle -15! NO, not at all! That’s just some political spin to control people with fear and fill their hearts with hate and discontent for an inanimate object. It actually stands for the “ArmaLite Rifle” 15. That’s because that’s the name of the rifle company who made it. This handy little rifle was adopted by the Dept of Defense and given the designation of the “M-16”.

In Brief, the rifle was actually birthed out of the AR-10 platform and modified to the 5.5.6nato round a close cousin to the .223Remington by a Mr. Eugene Stoner.

Many variants have been produced since then and we now have literally 10-30million of this firearm platform in the hands of Americans nationwide. So, if you think this firearm platform is a problem……. Think Again… Seriously! If it were a problem you would know it.

Why We Use Them!

Well, as long as I can remember, I wanted an AR-15. I ended up going into the USAF, and was issued the Military version and did well with it under Army and Air Force standards as an expert. I love this platform; it’s so versatile and adaptable to the shooter… I’ll give you an example.

Hunting

Let’s say you like to shoot varmint or just want to ring steel and shoot long distance even out to 1000yards.  Well, with the right caliber of a .308 Winchester, 6.5Creedmore, 300Winchester Magnum you can sling hot fishing weight out that far with supreme accuracy!

Or, let’s say you want to hit the maximum effective range of the standard AR-15, that’s still 600meters and out west here, I’ll tell you with some West Texas, Eastern NM windage, you can accomplish ringing some steel or taking down those pesky critters after your livestock as well.

Self Defense

I know what you might be thinking! I’m in the city, and there’s no way in Hates, I care about varmint, but what you do care about is protection. Well, there’s a solution for that too in the AR platform. 9mm, 300blkout, 5.56nato and others are there for your self defense options. In my video I discuss some of these thoroughly.

There are many configurations to a decent AR platform for self defense and you don’t need to spend the most or get the coolest to have it work for you and your purpose. Even a decent 9mm platform can be versatile for recreational and defensive training.

Since you are choosing to use it for self defense, I will tell you that it is Supremely important for you to train like your life depended on it.  It’s vital for you to know all the ramifications of pushing a projectile down range that doesn’t stop until its energy is spent or strikes a mass that is harder than itself. “Bullets don’t stop when you want them to“.

Competition & Recreation

I can’t begin to tell you all the well developed organizations out there doing great things to build a great responsible culture for the youth and their shooting communities! Seriously, there are thousands upon thousands of good Red blooded Americans that are in some very serious competitions with this what I like to call this “American Rifle” platform..

From 3 Gun Matches, PCC (Pistol Caliber Carbine) to Precision Rifle (PRS), there are many out there to choose from locally, regionally and they each have their national matches as well. It’s also encouraging to see so many women get involved with the shooting sports up to 30% of shooters on the ranges and in classes are ladies!

Having started Patriot Outdoors in New Mexico around 2006, I saw hundreds of shooters just come out to the range to plink! Steel, work on their accuracy, just enjoying the hobby of understanding their fundamentals and taking care of the firearm in their possession. I think many people around the country are not really exposed to the good natured fellow Americans that just love their hobbies with their firearms.

As a father teaching my three sons and daughter, it was a proud moment when they learned how to shoot their firearms! Yes, all of them learned to shoot, maintenance an AR-15. Why Not? In my opinion, you can kill the curiosity of the cat by exposing them to knowledge, skill and attitude to keep things proper and yes, I’m saying it again, “IN CONTEXT”.

WORD OF ADVICE, when possessing any firearm: Know your Target, Know your Distance, Know your bullet (what it is capable of doing and traveling) and know your capabilities and limitations.. You aren’t James Bond or John J. Rambo! Violence isn’t a “Tarantino” flick! It is faster, life-changing, surreal and more violent than you can possibly imagine. The closer to your reality your training, the higher the probability of your success and survival.

AR Platform SET UP

This is debatable. Everyone has their opinion on which twist rate of barrel to what stock or trigger and optics used to make it work for you. I’ll give you my two cents and keep it at a 35K foot view not to confuse you due to the supreme lack of availability of products in the market place.

The rifle or pistol itself shouldn’t be made of plastic. Get an aluminum receiver. You do need what we call “iron sights” but we also say ‘flip up sights” which will work on any AR out there. If you want more accuracy and faster target acquisition a minimal “red dot” optic or even magnified depending on your intent on range or purpose will suffice. I prefer these manufacturers and they are like “backsides” everyone’s got one! LOL

BCM, Daniel Defense, LWRC, Breachers Customs, when it comes to guns. Optics stick with Aimpoint if you can afford it, Holosun, Sig Sauer, and Trijicon for Red Dots and others. If you want more of a hunting scope go with Leupold, US Optics and Nikon or even a Bushnell Elite.  A good manufacturer of accessories would be BCM, Ergo Grips, Daniel Defense and Magpul..  Magazines, I only go with two, Magpul and Lancer. You probably will want a rifle strap from Viking Tactics, Magpul or Blue Force Gear also. Don’t forget an amazing trigger. I’m a big fan of Timney Triggers. There’s so much more to it, but do your research, reach out if you like, I’ll be glad to share more.

Legislation

So, yeah about that… Yes, there’s legislation and it’s coming.. The Powers that be, in my opinion are not kind to the land of the free and the home of the brave. You should act now and stand for what is right according to our forefathers intentions and let freedom ring, keep the freedoms you have and hold our politicians in check and accountable to the citizenry that voted for them. Let’s be intelligent, respectable and diplomatic in nature but not apathetic or we will lose our rights… Stay Tuned for more on this subject.

In closing, Feel free to comment and share and don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube! Pass this video along to your friends as well and let’s educate others on what it really means to have an American Rifle -15! That’s all I got for you today! 

Stay True America, We Need You!

Stephen D. Powell ~The GunLife Coach

 

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Stephen D. Powell is an Air Force veteran with more than 18 years of combined federal, military & civilian law enforcement experience. Powell has been teaching professionally for over 25+years as a firearms Instructor for numerous organizations and agencies rated with the NRA, NM & TX DPS and a Sig Sauer Academy Master Instructor. His company, Patriot Outdoors, Inc, has been operational in the defensive training industry since 2004, starting a thousand acre training facility located in Eastern New Mexico. Patriot has provided crucial and relevant firearms training to DOD and SOCOM, state and local law enforcement and armed citizen students. Over the past several years, Powell has appeared on several Fox News, Sirius XM radio, various regional newspaper, radio and tv shows, promoting military veteran entrepreneurship and patriotism as well as educating the shooting industry on range development, media relations and key second amendment issues. Patriot Outdoors is currently operating out of the Phoenix Valley, Arizona and with a new channel of The GunLife Coach to inspire and motivate other in life and on the range!



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Multitasking Renders You Less Productive

Multitasking sends a message to your subconscious that this is how you must proceed to stay competitive and succeed

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Dividing your attention to complete multiple activities at once can make you less effective at everything you’re doing.

From CEOs to newbie hires, everyone has numerous tasks to manage throughout the course of a day, week, month, and year. The multitude of responsibilities on your plate requires the capacity for self-management, time management, and the effective allocation of your resources. However, don’t confuse legitimate workplace skills with the contemporary, ill-advised phenomenon called multitasking.

A False Promise

Multitasking might appear to be a reliable way to tackle many issues that compete for your time and attention. It seems intuitive that if you can juggle both A and B concurrently, you’re achieving a productivity gain and saving significant time. But the fallacy in that argument is surmising that the human brain can double-up or triple-up on tasks with no loss of attention, focus, or effectiveness.

A plethora of psychological studies have shown that the human brain can only give “sharp attention” in one direction at a time. Seeking to give this level of attention in multiple directions yields a reverberating type of attention allotted to each activity and predictably results in a loss of mental acuity and productivity.

A clear example of multitasking is when you’re driving along the highway and speaking on a smartphone. Even if you switch to the hands-free speaker phone feature, both activities compete for your brain’s vital sharp attention. So you execute neither activity as effectively as you could by undertaking one activity at a time. It’s also prudent to point out that driving while talking on the phone-hands-free or not-contributes to distracted driving and an elevated rate of vehicular accidents.

Multitasking Coexists Best With Routine

Certainly, it’s okay to multitask while completing some repetitive and familiar work activities. You can run a print job while you work with a file on your screen, for example. As long as the printer has adequate toner and the paper feeds through as designed, there is no deficit in multitasking in this manner.

Nevertheless, for whatever task you are attempting to handle, the fact that you are running a print job at the same time is likely to diminish your overall effectiveness.

The loss in mental acuity will be relatively minor, and you might not even be aware of it. The real risk of workplace multitasking, however, is that you never quite retreat to that mental space where you can offer concerted concentration and, hence, your best work. But if you trace your actions over time, you’ll likely see that for the larger tasks you executed effectively, you stopped multitasking and focused on the task at hand.

Sending the Wrong Message

Multitasking sends a message to your subconscious that this is the way you have to proceed to stay competitive and succeed. When multitasking becomes ingrained in your psyche, you’re telling yourself deep down that you can’t make it in real estate any other way. You end up missing the benefits derived from practicing the art of “doing one thing at a time.”

Multitaskers have trouble “seeing the forest for the trees” and often fail to focus on the most critical components of their day-to-day operations, abandoning less palatable tasks because they require creativity, concentration, and analysis.

As an everyday practice, repeated often, multitasking separates those who continually scramble to keep pace from those who rise to the top.

Avoid the Bind

Since we all face multiple priorities on the job, it’s easy to equate managing multiple priorities with multitasking. The larger and more vital the task, the more essential to focus on it intently. Practice doing one thing at a time. When you’ve finished a project or have taken it as far as you can, only then should you switch focus to your second most important task, and so on.

As your day and work unfold, mastering the art of doing one thing at a time is the best way to proceed. You may, however, multitask on issues that represent the routine or familiar and that carry few consequences for lost time on the trail. In general, though, your best strategy for high productivity is to forsake multitasking and its false promise as you handle the multiple priorities that you face.

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Culture Jamming, by Kalle Lasn

America has been subverted by corporate agendas and its elected officials bow before corporate power as a condition of their survival in office

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Here are excerpts from the culture-shaking book, Culture Jamming by Kalle Lasn, published by  William Morrow in 1999, which rings truer now than ever!

A Multitrillion-dollar Brand

America is no longer a country. It’s a multitrillion-dollar brand…. essentially no different from McDonald’s, Marlboro or General Motors. It’s an image “sold” not only to the citizens of the U.S., but to consumers worldwide. The American brand is associated with catch-words such as “democracy;’ “opportunity” and “freedom.” But like cigarettes that are sold as symbols of vitality and youthful rebellion, the American reality is very different from its brand image.

America has been subverted by corporate agendas. Its elected officials bow before corporate power as a condition of their survival in office. A collective sense of powerlessness and disillusionment has set in. A deeply felt sense of betrayal is brewing.

By The People?

American culture is no longer created by the people. Our stories, once passed from one generation to the next by parents, neighbors and teachers, are now told by corporations with “something to sell as well as to tell.” Brands, products, fashions, celebrities, entertainments, the very spectacles that surround the production of culture, are now our culture.

Our role is mostly to listen and watch-and then, based on what we have heard and seen, to buy.

A free, authentic life is not possible in America today. We are being manipulated in the most insidious way. Our emotions, personalities and core values are under siege from media and cultural forces too complex to decode. A continuous product message has woven itself into the very fabric of our existence.

Most North Americans now live designer lives: sleep, eat, sit in car, work, shop, watch TV, sleep again. I doubt there’s more than a handful of free, spontaneous minutes anywhere in that cycle.

Smile Button Culture

The human spirit of prideful contrariness and fierce independence has been oddly tamed. We have evolved into a smile-button culture. We wear the trendiest fashions, drive the best cars industry can produce and project an image of incredible aff1uence-cool people living life to the hilt.

Behind that happy mask is a face so ugly it invariably shocks the hell out of my friends from developing countries who come to visit, expecting the giddy Americana depicted on TV and finding instead a horror show of disconnection and anomie.

Our mass media dispense a kind of Huxleyan “soma.” The most powerful narcotic in the world is the promise of belonging. And belonging is best achieved by conforming to the prescriptions of America™. In this way a perverted sense of cool takes hold of the imaginations of our children. And thus a heavily manipulative corporate ethos drives our culture.

The Facade of Cool

Cool is indispensable, and readily, endlessly dispensed. You can get it on every corner (for the right price), though it’s highly addictive and its effects are short-lived. If you’re here for cool today, you’ll almost certainly be back for more tomorrow.

American cool is a global pandemic. Communities, traditions, cultural heritages, sovereignty, whole histories are being replaced by a barren American monoculture.

Living in Japan during its period of sharpest transition to a western way of life, I was astonished by the speed and force with which the American brand took hold. I saw a culture with thousands of years of tradition behind it vanquished in two generations. Suddenly, high school girls were selling themselves after class for $150 a trick so they’d have cash to buy American jeans and handbags.

The Earth cannot support the lifestyle of the cool hunting American-style consumer. We have sought, bought, spewed and devoured too much, too fast, too brazenly, and now we’re about to pay.

Killing the Planet

Economic “progress” is killing the planet. This did not fully hit home for me until nightmarish environmental stories suddenly appeared on the news: acid rain, dying seals in the North Sea, medical waste washing up on New York beaches, garbage barges turned away from port after port, and the discovery that the milk in American mothers’ breasts had four times the amount of DDT permitted in cow’s milk.

To people like me, for whom time had always seemed like a constant, eternally moving train which people got on and, seventy years later, got off, it was the end of innocence. The premonition of ecocide — planetary death — became real and it terrified me. It still does.

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