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Deep Concealment Appendix Carry

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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!  

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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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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