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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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Tech Tools Leading to Our Fast-Forward Future

Researchers will likely develop nearly every tech tool you’ve seen in science-fiction movies and television

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Lowell Catlett, a retired professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business, observes that all the high tech products on your desk and in your home will soon be antiques from a capability stand point. The almighty chip grows smaller and more powerful, and thanks to advanced microscopics, they’re proceeding towards a time in which the chip will be no thicker than a fraction of a human hair. In fact, microscopic motors today are no thicker than a human hair!

A World of Marvels

Scientists and engineers will likely soon develop nearly every technology you’ve ever seen in sci-fi movies, Superman comics, and all of the versions of Star Trek. Many miraculous breakthroughs are available now, but simply are not cost-effective for the masses. Existing sunglasses – far beyond the ill-fated Google Glass – allow you to watch any television show while you’re wearing them, wherever you are.

As “sun glass” technology is perfected, future models can be built right into your eye. You’ll automatically have protection from sun glare as daylight levels change. Laser technology in sunglasses for U.S. Air Force pilots will enable them to fire missiles or operate plane controls through their eye movements!

Professor Catlett says, “Once you combine laser and computer technology, you’re able to read smart books – books that know when you’ve lingered on a word and hence, don’t understand its meaning.” So, then and there, while you’ve got your magic sunglasses on and are reading this book, a synonym pops up on the screen.

Instant Updates

Well-funded fire and police departments will equip each of their officers with such sunglasses to instantaneously give them updated information in the field. A firefighter entering a burning building could be told to turn left to safety, rather than right. A police officer could be told that the bridge is out 50 yards ahead and to take a hard right into the sandbank.

One day, politicians will be fitted with such technology. A new algorithm for identifying thumb prints, ten times faster than what currently exists, is nearly ready. Hence, about 30 seconds after you look at someone across a room his name will spell out in the corner of one of your lenses. No more forgetting old what’s-his-name.

Every sales force worth its salt will be outfitted with such lenses. Imagine, you walk into a new company, you don’t know a soul, and soon enough you’re greeting everyone by his/her first name. Until the technology is widely known, you’ll be regarded as some type of wizard.

Think Your Way Through It

The electronic headband, an emerging product, allows you to think your way to everything you want to do in your home. Sitting in your armchair, you’ll be able to lock the doors. You’ll be able to start your coffee maker. Want the television on or off? You’ve got it. Same with the lights. Refrigerator door. Windows up or down.

If you want to write a letter to your sister in Des Moines, you’ll only need to think the letter. You’ll be able to “program” your personal computer, write, and e-mail the message simply through your thoughts.

Soon, jet pilots flying billion dollar planes will be able to sit in the cockpit, think about what they want to do next, and have the plane be totally responsive. “Ultimately,” says Catlett, “machinery will be totally user-friendly. No instructions, no need to speak, no need to do anything, just think what you want to do.”

The Ubiquitous Computer

The world will enter a stage of the “ubiquitous computer.” Computers will be all around you, anywhere you go, built into the side of walls. They’ll be so powerful and all encompassing that they’ll be virtually invisible.

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Work-life Balance and the Five-Mega-Realities

Work-life balance is the ability to experience a sense of control and to stay productive and competitive at work while maintaining a happy, healthy home life with needed leisure

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In the 1st edition of my book Breathing Space which appeared in 1990, I discussed five major trends – what I called mega-realities – that influenced every aspect of our being, and from which no one was immune. Briefly, these five mega-realities include:

* an expanding volume of knowledge
* mass media growth and electronic addiction
* the paper trail culture
* an over-abundance of choices
* population growth.

Knowledge – In one way or another, everyone fears being under-informed. The enormous volume of new knowledge broadcasted and published in every field exceeds our ability to keep pace. More words are published and broadcast in a day than you could ingest during your lifetime. America leads the world in sheer volume of information generated and disseminated.

The impasse of this over-information era is that the time necessary to learn the rules for effective living now exceeds your lifetime. This is why management books so often miss the mark: they list dozens — if not hundreds — of rules, when you are already grappling with more rules than you can handle.

Mass Media – The effect of the mass media on our lives continues unchecked. More than four out of five American households own DVD players. In 1972, three major television networks dominated television – ABC, NBC and CBS. Now, there are more than 500 full-power independent television stations. Many cable TV subscribers receive up to 200 channels that offer more than 72,000 shows per month.

With its sensationalized trivia, the mass media glut obscures fundamental issues that do merit concern, such as preserving the environment or feeding the poor.

Paper Trails – Like having too much data and eyewitness reports, having too much paper to deal with makes you feel overwhelmed and overworked. Americans today are consuming three times as much paper as ten years ago. There are two basic reasons why society spews so much paper:

* We have the lowest postal rates in the world.
* We have the widest base of paper-generating technologies.

The typical executive receives more than 200 pieces of unsolicited mail each month – about 12 pieces daily. The average family receives more than 100 catalogs that they did not request, on top of those they did request.

An Overabundance of Choices – Having choices is a blessing of the free market economy, but it’s overwhelming, increases time expenditure, and is a mounting form of exhaustion. More than 1,260 varieties of shampoo are on the market. More than 2,000 skin-care products are for sale. An excess of 75 different types of exercise shoes are available, each with scores of variations in style, function, and features.

Population – From the beginning of creation to 1,850 AD, world population grew to one billion. It grew to two billion by 1930, and is now approaching eight billion. Every three years, nearly 250,000,000 people are added to the planet.

Each day, world population (births minus deaths) increases by more than 265,000 people. Geometric growth in human population permeates and dominates every aspect of our earth, its resources, the environment, and all living things.

The Quest for Work-life Balance

Against this backdrop, the quest for work-life balance is more vital than ever. Predictably, a preponderance of speakers, trainers, authors, journalists, and others whose professions entail regular communication with the masses, proclaim the virtues of achieving and maintaining work-life balance.

However, a glaring question arises. What, exactly, is work-life balance? Compared to the legions of instances in which the term is cited, surprisingly little has been written in articles and books about what the concept actually entails.

During my 33 years in pursuit of understanding why the pace of society has sped up, what the impact has been on the typical individual, and how each of us can forge our own sense and experience of breathing space throughout our lives, I have honed and refined the tenets of what I consider work-life balance.

What Exactly is Work-life Balance ?

For several years now, those who apparently have no idea what work-life balance is and have virtually never experienced it are proclaiming that it is passe — in favor of work-life harmony or work-life integration.

The truth is, these terms all mean approximately the same things. You can split hairs anyway you want, and I suppose that’s a good way to differentiate a program if you’re seeking to offer one to clients, but the reality is work-life balance is the overarching issue of our time that all career professionals strive to achieve.

Work-life balance is the ability to experience a sense of control and to stay productive and competitive at work while maintaining a happy, healthy home life with sufficient leisure. It is attaining focus and awareness, despite seemingly endless tasks and activities competing for your time and attention.

Work-life balance entails having some breathing space for yourself each day; feeling a sense of accomplishment, while not being consumed by work; and having an enjoyable domestic life without short-changing career obligations. It is rooted in whatever fulfillment means to you within 24-hour days, seven-day weeks, and however many years you have left.

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