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It’s Not the Gun, IT’S YOU!

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“It’s not the gun, it’s You!” Well, that statement has been said by many a somber speaking Instructor across this country at many a range. All the while, their student having a look of bewilderment; not understanding the fundamentals of the machinery within their grip and the complete lack of accuracy achieved on target.

Who’s to Blame?

Many a shooter often finds themselves on a relentless pursuit for the perfect gun, the perfect trigger with the perfect sights and all the latest greatest tweaks and modifications to go with it.  Better yet, you also have the shooter that is a jumper!  Yes, they jump from one manufacturer to the next: Glock, Sig Sauer, HK, Beretta, Smith & Wesson, Colt, Cz, Springfield, to you name it! They actually think if they can find the perfect gun, they will have the perfect gun and make flawless shots.

I know what some of you are thinking! Hey, there’s truth to that! ” I like to trick out my gun!”. Sure that’s fine. Yes, you are absolutely right. There’s some truth to it. Don’t get me wrong, I love a better trigger, better sights and an easier to use handgun than just what comes in stock.  But there’s more to it than that. Here’s Why!

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Fix the Shooter, Not the Gun.

The reason I’ve said this to thousands of shooters of the years is simple. When you modify a practical handgun for defense SOO much that you may have over complicated it’s soul purpose. Coinciding with that is the fact that when you have so many accessories or after market parts on the gun that it will go out of spec and fail. I’ve seen it many a time and have made the same errors “modding out” my glocks. Once again, the K.I.S.S. method still applies.

Here’s another reason. Let’s just say you don’t have your tricked out gun available or you are for whatever circumstance you have found yourself in are needing to shoot another gun. I’ve seen many a shooter either law enforcement or civilian simply cannot adapt and have more failures than successes by “usually have my gun” with them.

When you fix the shooter and not the gun, you can apply all the concepts of firearms fundamentals at work and literally pick up any of them and have a higher level of success than not. One last example and the one that seems to be the biggest adjustment made to modern pistols is bumping the sights over to compensate for the shooter’s terrible trigger control and discipline.

So, after all the searching and fixing everything else, most people find out that their target never looked any better! In Fact, I used to bet people that it wasn’t their sights and show them on the range constantly, it’s mainly how you use your sights and “HOW YOU PULL THE TRIGGER”.

Isn’t that Funny?

Isn’t that funny, it’s just like “LIFE”? We want to blame other people, blame other things or circumstances. We are so willing to discard good working and usable resources even people that we cared about; all for the sake of not losing face.

You know, It’s hard to look in the mirror sometimes and realize we are the one’s to blame. Isn’t It? It’s our perception of things, even how we respond to events, people and circumstances that happen in our lives. So, My question to you today is this:

What are you doing about it?

What are you doing today to fix yourself and not the gun? How are you reflecting on those changes? When are you going to take action upon them? These changes are vital and thaty need to take place so you can evolve yourself to be a better shooter, better manor woman of faith, spouse, friend, leader, parent and one that’s super important to me…. American?

 

That’s all for today! Please stay tuned with me on my YouTube channel, like, comment and share and I’ll see you next time! Have an Awesome Day!!

 

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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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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