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Hello Again, Everyone! Stephen Powell here, The GunLife Coach.  

I’ve been carrying a firearm for most of my adult life spanning nearly 30 years whether in the military, law enforcement or as an armed citizen. And now, after teaching thousands of shooters it has actually broadened my knowledge on best practices due to the different types of people, gear and guns they carry.

So, Today, I’m going to give you my top three best practices for EveryDay Carry. Of course, I’m speaking to those of you who conceal carry their handgun, have been carrying or on your quest to do just that. I like to teach in concept so my goal for this article/video is to give you three concepts that you can adapt to and modify as you evolve!  

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How would we would do that? 

Well, some of us have body changes throughout our lives. Our careers, and lifestyles can change. Even the amount of physical fitness we possess is a factor. We must consider one of my all-time favorites, the amount of training we possess.

Let’s Get Into It!

IS IT IN THE MOST CONCEALABLE POSITION?

Keep it Hidden! I have found over the years that it’s best not to show your cards until the right time! Because of this factor; I’m referring to the element of surprise, it’s best that we “Deep Conceal” our EDC.

We don’t want anyone to know that we are carrying a gun, telegraphing that we have a gun for any reason.  There’s an old tactics phrase I learned back in the day, “Surprise, Speed and Violence of Action”. Three key elements for success in combat. 

This is all good common sense, and goes along with why I don’t think open carry is a good plan.  If I’m a criminal, (which I’m not!), I would be sizing up my victim’s based on their potential threat to me! Does this person have a gun or NOT? Whether concealed or unconcealed they may target you because they know you have a gun.  DO you really think they are going to be startled because you have a gun? Don’t assume..  Here’s something to think about; If violent criminals aren’t intimidated by a cop with a gun; what makes you think they would be intimidated by you? And, you don’t have backup!!  Something to think about!

Keep it Hidden!

Deep Concealed Carry!

IS IT IN THE EASIEST TO RETRIEVE POSITION?

Can You Get it? The average armed conflict according to statistics anywhere from 1-5 seconds! Are you ready for that?  Understanding everything about YOU, from your mindset to where you put that pocket rocket on your body makes a difference! You honestly don’t have time to think. 

When I say that I am referring to the fundamentals you have acquired to accomplish the task of eliminating your threat before they do you! Why? Because, you don’t have time to be fumbling around with too big or small of a gun and retrieving from God knows where to “go to work”! 

It must be in the easiest to retrieve position so you can get to it, retrieve it and USE IT!

Here’s a fun little fact: Did you know that the average draw speed time of the average law enforcement officer nationwide is approximately two seconds? Now, they have exposed holsters and hopefully hundreds of hours of training. Looking at this, you are already at a disadvantage aren’t you? Your gun is concealed, you don’t have that level of training and you don’t have time to take “two Seconds” to draw your gun! Why’s that? Because you don’t know how slow or fast the event is unfolding!!!

IS IT IN THE BEST DEFENSIBLE POSITION?

Can You Protect It? This one is one concept that most fail to realize and practice! If you found yourself in a physical altercation and they saw you going for your gun or knew where your gun was on your body; how would you defend your gun from them taking it? This is why gun/holster placement is so crucial to your survival?  Is it within good reach? Can you hold on to it in it’s holster? An ankle holster is probably not something you want wear; especially in shorts (JOKE, okay, but seriously don’t do that)! This concept also speaks to the first, If nobody knows you have it, then it will be easier for you to defend it! Out of sight; out of mind!

AVERAGING THESE CONCEPTS

Other Factors to Consider. We aren’t finished yet!! You have these concepts and I’m sure you can average them out, but there are still many other factors to consider! Here’s my list:

  • The Type and Size of Firearm chosen
  • Body position choice
  • Holster 
  • ammo carrier
  • your abilities and disabilities 
  • Wardrobe & styles
  • off body carrying choice (backpack, fanny-pack, purses or satchels)

I’m sure there may be some other factors to consider but this is a pretty well rounded view of everyday carry for you to learn and understand for your success!  

Thanks again for tuning in, please feel free to follow me on social media links here and comment as you like, I’ll look forward to hearing from you all and stay tuned for more.

God bless you and our nation!

Stephen D. Powell

 

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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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Pink Pussy Hats Deliver a Strong, Wrong Message

If the D.C. pink pussy hat wearers had had a unified message, then donning such hats did not help

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Donald Trump received numerous awards from the NAACP and other such groups, years before he ran for president. At one point, he had a black girlfriend for two years. Yet, the nanosecond that he circulated his MAGA hats, standing for “Make America Great Again,” those on the left called him a racist.

Automatically, The Worst Interpretation

Congress representatives such as AOC said that America was never great. Making America great again was attacked by the Left as referring to when white people ruled, and black people were subservient. MAGA suddenly meant ‘make the white majority supreme and keep minorities down.’ Do everything you can to return to the days of Jim Crow, redlining, and prejudice!

Donald Trump had no inkling that anyone would stumble over the phrase, “Make America Great Again.” It was his vision that every citizen who wanted to participate could be part of a glorious future. Leftists would have none of that.

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From inauguration day on January 20, 2017, and then beyond, women on the Left protested the Trump administration and G.O.P. policy by wearing what some have called pink “pussy” hats. Perhaps the protesters who wore these hats, in the shape of female genitalia, thought that somehow they brought appropriate attention to their cause.

Undesirable Attention

Where is the gravitas in wearing a pink pussy hat? Whatever attention it does bring, is not the sort that they necessarily seek. Can you take someone seriously who dons a hat that symbolizes the middle part of the female body?

For moment, suppose that men were marching to generate greater attention on, say, prostate cancer. Would they gain advocates by wearing hats that appeared to be symbolic of male genitalia? Would people regard them in earnest? Would their message have a strong impact? Or would their hats be a distraction?

We know that people at rallies wear hats intended to invoke a particular reaction. If one accepts that symbology has impact, then any fool with any kind of hat only needs to wear it. If the D.C. pink pussy hat wearers thought that they were making an impact, they had only to look to history to see that the hats were both inappropriate and unnecessary.

Many of the most effective messages in our history occurred in Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1963 didn’t resort to props as he appealed to the nation. His words were powerful, his logic was simple, and his emotional impact was strong.

Unified and On Target

Other than Madonna dreaming about blowing up the White House, can anyone recall their words? If the D.C. pink pussy hat wearers had had a unified, coherent message, then donning such hats did not help. Their hats spoke louder than their words.

Were any messages of eloquence included in any editions of Vital Speeches or in other speech compilations? Did any speech make it into textbooks? Can anyone recite any selected verses uttered that day? Did anything said get taught in classrooms? Will speech coaches employ the words spoken that day to demonstrate rhetoric skills? Do students in debate clubs reflect on such words?

The answer: ‘no,’ five consecutive times.

Pretend that a speaker is coming to your group to deliver a message. You’re not sure of the content, but you know it will be political. You’re eager to attend. The speaker shows up and as she’s introduced and delivers her message she’s wearing a pink pussy hat. Honestly, can you say that her impact is as great as it would have been without the ridiculous adornment?

Hats Off

The vital difference between MAGA hats and pussy hats is that MAGA hats are baseball caps with lettering which makes a statement. Both men and women wear them. There are no sexual organs or innuendos involved. The same is true for those wearing baseball caps with other messages.

“Let’s Go Brandon,” which is meant to mock Joe Biden, offers a message on the front of the cap. If you remove the lettering, or cover it, you have an everyday baseball cap. The only message that lasts from the protest on January 20, 2017, is that a large gathering of women who sought to make an impact beclowned themselves.

What symbology will they employ for the 2024 election?

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Bite-Sized Motivation

The insights or wisdom we need to get us going often don’t have to be more than a few words

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I’ve spoken to 1075 audiences at conventions, conferences, and meetings, and have had the opportunity to hear probably 800 other speakers as well.

The insights, perspectives, or wisdom we need, to get us going often don’t have to be more than a few words. Here are 52 of my own six word “speeches,” drawn from my keynotes and breakout session on the topic of work-life balance. Some of these likely will resonate with you:

Choose from what you already have.
Everyone needs breathing space, especially you.
Information overload obscures meaning and relevance.
Deep breathes are essential for well-being.

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Make every day an organized day.
Allow your natural rhythms to rule.
Stay confident and in control daily.
Manage your time, manage your life.

Slow down to plot your course.
Look for the best in others.
Make yourself indispensable on the job.
Compete with yourself, not with others.

Learn to take control of today.
Manage your time to make time.
Take control of your desk clutter.
You’re the best when you’re fresh.

Do something to take control now.
Major projects often require a jumpstart.
Methodically pare down your paper piles.
Don’t attempt too much at once.

Evaluate your situation and what’s important.
Narrow your priorities to stay focused.
Avoid making promises you can’t keep.
Learn to embrace your many talents.

Take the time to become organized.
Become aware of how you react.
Arrange your space; help isn’t coming.
Manage the flat surfaces in life.

Periodically challenge yourself to perform better.
Take long, deep breaths as needed.
Reclaim your places, spaces, and graces.
Start big projects well in advance.

Don’t rush the truly important things.
Make the best use of today.
Schedule accordingly: plan for your future.
Be kind, cut yourself some slack.

Opportunity knocks, but are you answering?
Conventional wisdom has diminishing value.
When practical, substitute time for money.
The market for top talent lives.

The self-reliant survive and thrive.
Leadership requires forethought and super-vision.
Learn from and capitalize on mistakes.
Firmly face the future with confidence.

“Now” holds a lot of opportunity.
Control but don’t curb your enthusiasm.
Treading water won’t propel you forward.
Have you ever really tested yourself?

Life goes on; do your best.
Continually seek out the higher ground.
Luck is distributed evenly, but disguised.
You must be doing something right.

 


 

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