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Do YOU know the Basics? – Gun Handling

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Gun Handling Basics

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Rules Get Boring, Huh?

For so many of us we feel as though we have a decent understanding of the firearm safety rules. This long list of what to do and what not to do!  I know it can be boring admit it! We go over them time after time and eventually we skip a step, or have inconsistencies in our own personal safety for convenience or we just get down right lazy!

But, you can also admit that accidents or NEGLIGENCE happens! Sometimes, fatally so. We can’t have that now can we?

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Back Story

As an Instructor teaching as long as I have for as many people as I have from all walks of life and even teaching overseas; I’ve realized I had to paraphrase and get to the point quickly to get my thoughts across and ensure I can make a positive impact with my students and keep an Excellent level of safety. I’ll be honest, I cannot recall exactly how I came across these two key phrases I’ve taught, spoken, told, yelled over the nearly 30 years now, being on ranges. I do know this; They work!

TWO KEY PHRASES THAT SAVE LIVES

Here ya go… Burn these phrases into your subconscious!

  1. Finger Discipline: keeping your finger along the side of the frame or receiver of ANY firearm, and NOT curling it into the trigger well UNTIL you are absolutely ready, confident about your abilities and sights aligned with themselves and your target, the area is safe, target identified and the down range area is cleared for firing.
  2. Muzzle Management: Having the awareness of anything that is beyond the end of the barrel (the muzzle). When you are holding ANY firearm and it’s easier to make mistakes with shorter barrels; you are being vigilant as to where the barrel is pointed within your area. AND, I might add that wherever it is pointed it (if it were to just as they say, “go off”) BS.. LOL  It would to cause any personal property or bodily injury damage!

Can you Handle it?

Some other factors to consider:

Do I know if the gun is unloaded or not?

Do I know how to load, reload and unload it?

Where is the gun pointed even if no one is holding it.  Some people don’t think about this at all? Even if you are not handling it, “we always assume they are loaded” is it pointed in a safe direction?

If you don’t know; don’t mess with it to try to figure it out. Leave it alone and get someone who knows what the hell they are doing to show you!  With learning anything in life, if ya don’t know, go slow!  This is how accidents happen, over easily treatable mistakes on safety.

Well, that’s all I got for you today! Tune in next time for more Gun Basics and please feel free to Like, Comment and Share on my social media! Subscribe to my The GunLife Coach channel , DO IT NOW! For more training in the Phoenix Valley and mobile training to your area checkout my company HERE!

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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Academic Underachievement As a Permanent Condition

Academic achievement occurs through individual effort: One boy and one girl after another rising above

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On the state and local level, as decisions are made about how and in what form we will educate the nation’s children, an age-old issue remains. The underlying causes of income inequality and civil unrest likely has less to do with media-inflamed coverage and more to do with a lingering issue that few people want to earnestly discuss: educational disparity.

In virtually every U.S. school system, the disparity year after year, decade after decade, and even longer, in mathematics competency, reading proficiency, test scores, honor roll status, and graduation rates, between African American students and other students is disturbing.

A Disturbing Reality

Here in the third decade of the third millennium, with a male African American high school dropout rate at 40% across the U.S., can anyone view the situation optimistically? Any responsible American would understandably be concerned.

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As Eric Hanushek, who is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, as well as a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, exclaimed “It’s remarkable.” Following his extensive analysis of the situation, he remarked, “I knew that the gap hadn’t been closing too much, but when I actually looked at the data I was myself surprised.”

In one community after another, and one school system after another, when strenuous efforts to bridge the gap do not bear fruit, invariably someone yells “foul,” as if some grand conspiracy is occurring and a magic wand, yet to be waved, could suddenly redress all. And, as if hard-working, dedicated teachers are not attempting their utmost for each of their students.

An Undesired Path

Consider the school system in Chapel Hill-Carrboro, North Carolina. This locale, deemed, “The southern part of heaven,” by a variety of writers, is among the most progressive in the United States. The teachers and educators here have a vested interest in demonstrating that their school system, beyond all others, can succeed in the vital area of closing achievement gaps between whites and minorities.

Nevertheless, year in and year out the gap remains. So, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education becomes primed to try anything! Another in an endless line of supposed “fixes” was to eliminate the advanced math classes in the middle schools and to lump all non-pre-algebra students together, with similar plans to eliminate other advanced classes such as in language arts.

Just as you cannot easily erect a sound building on quicksand, and you cannot expect to solve a decades-old problem by starting with a shaky foundation. Taking a lowest common denominator approach to developing school curriculum has never consistently worked, anywhere. It frustrates the students and dramatically increases a teacher’s burden – all such students must then be taught at individual learning speeds. Do you know any superhuman teachers? If so, could you afford them?

Face the Real Issues

Permanently closing the academic gap between underachieving students and the rest of the student population requires addressing reality – airing the truth about the disparity – not resorting to politically “correct” psychobabble and curricula finagling for another ten years, and then another ten, and then another.

This disparity encompasses such issues as the number of hours the television is on in given households, family or parental encouragement for completing homework assignments, a regular workspace, and established hours for studying in a quiet environment, among other factors.

Until solid analysis, exploration, and programs that address these issues are undertaken, no amount of wrangling with classes will prove to be the “winning formula.” And, school boards will have no chance of effectively addressing the continuing problem of poor academic performance among student groups.

In Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story The Sign of Four, detective Sherlock Holmes says, “…When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” The schools in U.S. communities routinely exhaust talented teachers with a task that cannot be solved by them, nor is it theirs to solve.

Students Eager to Learn

However improbable to those who wish to pretend otherwise, academic achievement occurs through individual effort: One boy and one girl after another rising above and cracking the books, then coming to class as serious students, eager to learn, and primed to excel. Such achievement is not likely to occur any other way.

Otherwise, expect that income inequality and civil unrest will continue for decades into the 21st century.

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When America Loses THIS, It Loses Everything

We are in a battle for the soul of our country. And that battle is over truth.

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We are in a battle for the soul of our country. And that battle is over truth. Truth must be the foundation of everything that we believe, honor, value, and esteem. If we don’t know what truth is, how can we stand for America? The left is at war with the truth and tries to reposition what it is that we believe to be true so that they can change society. We must stand for truth. PolitiCrosssing founder Chris Widener expands on the need to fight for truth in the short video below.

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