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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!  

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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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Two out of three ain’t bad

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Here are three movies, each having received at least one Oscar nomination:

All Quiet on the Western Front — here is a remake of the 1930s classic, and I was prepared to have this be the same old trench warfare, with all the accompanying platitudes. Instead, I was surprised. This was well done, with decent acting, and a few hand-to-hand combat sequences unlike anything I have previously seen, some truly touching. It is a German production, but all in English. Although it’s on the long side, I think it is worthwhile.

Everything Everywhere All at Once — starring Michelle Yeoh, and receiving 11 Oscar nominations is alternatively amusing, excessively noisy, clever, confusing, and lacking boundaries. It is without a raison d’être, as with other movies during this awards season, notably The Banshees of Isherin and Tár. Everything Everywhere is getting rave reviews, but I say “skip it.” As one reviewer put it, the plot seems to suggest “that what makes life meaningful is the recognition that because there is no inherent meaning, all things and moments are equally meaningful.” Oh, sure thing….

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Aftersun — a subtle but touching recollection of a 30-year old woman, when she was on a long vacation with her divorced father, 20 years earlier, before the new school year starts. Not much happens, yet we are drawn to this twosome, and the screenplay and the director skillfully lead us to an articulated but implied conclusion. Newcomer Paul Mescal, as the father, received an Oscar nomination and (Miss) Frankie Corio, as the 10-year old daughter, is equally good. Aftersun is not for the masses, but I found it to be worthwhile.

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The Left Is Fueling a New Racism

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It’s my firm belief that the number of Americans holding racist views is small, whether white, black, or Hispanic. At this point in our history, the vast majority of Americans try to live up to the challenge delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. We keep moving toward the hard-fought dream he envisioned of an America where a citizen’s character would mean more than the color of their skin.

We are a different country today. I’ve presented leadership programs to hundreds of companies over the last 40 years. I’ve seen the work they’ve done to embrace diversity and advance capable employees and leaders from all races. Many minority members have advanced and earned their rightful place in making this great American economy work. At a time we should be celebrating and furthering our progress, our American culture is under attack from the left. Angry race-baiters are doing everything they can to increase our racial divide through pushing the 1619 Project, CRT, and BLM. They make extreme racist claims with a clear goal—to expand the government gravy train that only racial “victims” can justify.

I lived in pre-civil rights Atlanta where there were separate schools, separate bathrooms, and the baseball team was the Atlanta Crackers! Today, it’s more likely that leftist blacks are the ones who want separate schools, separate rights, and special reparations for their race.

As one anonymous post asserted, “Only in America can an ethnic group of black awareness month, black holiday, black only colleges, black only dating sites, and black only bars and clubs…and turn around and call everyone else racists!” You don’t have to look far to find evidence of extreme black racist demands.

In California, the San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee released a report calling on the city to pay every qualifying black California resident $5 million and absolve them of their outstanding personal debt. This is madness. California was a free state and did not condone slavery, but the committee is doing all it can to justify reparations: “While neither San Francisco, nor California, formally adopted the institution of chattel slavery, the tenets of segregation, white supremacy and systematic repression and exclusion of Black people were codified through legal and extralegal actions, social codes, and judicial enforcement.” To the left, this “failure” warrants millions of innocent California citizens being forced to pay higher taxes to fund exorbitant benefits to one race they haven’t abused in any way.

In Washington, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) is proposing a law that could codify black racism in America. There is a common mantra in her political speeches: White America is defined by institutional racism, systemic racism, white supremacy, and white nationalism. She attacks “white” America and seems to see the clan in the face of every white citizen. Such general attacks are evidence of a new racism—black racism.

Read for yourself Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s proposed law, the Leading Against White Supremacy Act of 2023. The legislation promises to criminalize criticism of any minority that is subsequently used to incite anybody else to commit a hate crime. The law reads: “A conspiracy to engage in white supremacy inspired hate crimes shall be determined to exist between two or more persons, at least one of whom published material advancing white supremacy, white supremacist ideology, antagonism based on ‘replacement theory,’ or hate speech that vilifies or is otherwise directed against any non-White person or group could, as determined by a reasonable person, motivate actions by a person predisposed to engaging in a white supremacy inspired crime.”

This is a chilling attack on freedom of speech against one race—caucasians. In short, if you criticize a minority and another person states that your statement was all the motivation needed to do a hate crime, you may be jailed because your criticism “motivated” a hate crime you did not commit. Get the message—be silent and conform or we will put you away.

Black racism is real and just as evil as white racism. Both must be soundly rejected by responsible citizens. As a Christian, I affirm my Savior’s claim that all God’s children matter! No responsible citizen should be shamed into silence by the irresponsible racist attacks of the left. Be proud of yourself and of America. Whether black, brown or white, success as a small business person or advancement as a good employee had to be earned by hard work, long hours, and diligent sacrifice. As with Americans for generations, it was not handed to you. You didn’t depend on government handouts to get ahead, you had to find a way to earn your own American Dream.

Reparations will never happen! Politicians can’t even afford to fund the entitlements they’ve already promised. Special black racist demands are unethical, divisive, and risk fueling a new racism backlash. Politicians from the left keep making the promises to fuel racist anger and secure special interest donations and votes.

Don’t fall for their racist rants and demands. Depending on government entitlements is never the answer. Instead, get busy following the models and learning from citizens of all races who have made America work for themselves and their families.

Let’s reclaim the American Dream Martin Luther King, Jr. affirmed. Do not judge a fellow citizen by the color of their skin. Celebrate the character of the vast majority of good American citizens you meet. Keep rejecting racism of any kind. It’s time to stand proud and applaud hard work and success wherever we find it, no matter what the race. May it always be so in this great republic we treasure…America!

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