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MY TOP 5 GUNS for Everyday Carry

Everybody has their favorites and here are mine! I’ve got many reasons to brag on all of these firearms. Having used them   for so long they’ve proven their worth and durability time and time again. I have no problem endorsing these models for my family, friends and the thousands who have been in my care!

I think it’s important to note that one shouldn’t modify their firearms so much so that it brings it out of spec to where it will not perform appropriately. Keep in mind to fix the shooter not the gun… One who tricks out their gun first without training is setting themselves up for disappointment. You can only modify a gun so much before you realize that you still have to know how to shoot!

My Personal Favorite – Sig P365XL

for myself,  I carry a Sig Sauer P365XL, a variant of the original P365 which is slightly smaller. My wife carries that model due to her being so petite.  The reasons I chose this model are capacity, compatibility and comfort on body.  There are many quality shooters and Instructors that may not agree on the exact model or make but this we do: Can I get the most amount of ammo and compatibility in a thinner format that I can beat up and train with and not compromise quality and accuracy?

The Sig P365XL answers that question for me. It’s not too short either in grip or barrel, I can deeply conceal it w a 12rd mag and carry a 15rd mag with ease, the night sights, trigger and ease of use of this model works well for me! I’ve been and still am a Glock fan and Glock & Sig are my two go to’s. Sig also makes the P365XL with an external safety, and if you do get that model you’ll have to train to use it all the time or your performance won’t be there. Thus far, I have just over 3,700rds down range with it and have had no hiccups to say the least! I find it to be a safe pistol with it’s internal safeties and having grown up with Glock, to me it’s a mute point when it comes to safety, reliability and performance.

The Glock Models G43, G43X, G48

The Glock models are probably my most subconscious performing platform. I’ve had the pleasure of running them hard for nearly 30 years now. When it comes to my full-size pick; I’ve used my Glock 17, 4th Generation (from 2011)  the most with over 150K rounds downrange so far with recommended maintenance.
I haven’t modified any of them much only slightly. If you want a long lasting, good working gun remember, too many bells and whistles increase potential failure.

You will be just fine with a possible textured “stippled” grip, an easier trigger, checkout Haley Strategic’s Skimmer Trigger, (Good people there), night sights that are made of steel that illuminate at night, also see Haley Strategic, MeproLight and Trijicon for sights.

My EDC Glock 43, ZT knife, Surefire light, Ridge Wallet, Benchmade Tac Pen, Luminox Watch, Aurum Brothers bracelet.

The Glock 43 is a great choice as is the 10rd mag, fuller gripped G43X and its longer barreled brother the G48. These models are “single stacked magazine” handguns so they are thinner, lighter and easier to conceal than their bigger brothers the G17, G19 & 26 in 9mm.  The Glock 43 has a factory 6rd mag. In my professional opinion and depending on your hand size, you will be more satisfied with a higher capacity mag by purchasing a two round extension for this model, I chose Taran Tactical but there are others out there. Overall, love these models and carried the 43 for years. Solid performer, you can beat it up, neglect it and it will still give you the bang for your buck you need when it matters most!

The Springfield Armory HELLCAT

The Springfield Hellcat is new player on the scene and they came to win. Shooters from all over were curious to the new kid on the block in 2019 and many have been impressed to say the least. Surprised by its durability, performance and fit & feel to the hand with it’s semi aggressive texture it is pleasing for sure.  Springfield came to compete with the Sig P365 for sure.

This evil kitty isn’t as thin as the Glocks but, it is more comparable to the Sig P365 series due to it also having stack and a half mags and not to mention it’s whopping high capacity flush 11rd magazine and the extended 13rd magazine and red dot optic capability model! All in all, the recoil is lighter than expected and if you go and test drive one, my hope is that you get to take it home!

The Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 2.0

When it comes to pioneering the Smith & Wesson came out early with its M&P Shield and now the 2.0 and their Ez models on the scene with better triggers and ergonomics and easier slides to rack. It’s a sleek platform, very concealable and I recommend the 9mm caliber models more than others for less shock and awe of the higher calibers on the gun overall, reduced recoil and lighter carrying.

The Shield’s have metal mags, noticeable ergonomics and the point and shoot ability needed especially for new shooters. If you’re grabbing the shield for defense, I’d grab some night sights for your gun. Having the capacity of 6 and 8rds is what is standard and the 8rounders are the most popular. When deep concealing, depending on your body frame and other factors you may want the flush magazine and that is completely up to you.

The recoil when firing it is comparable to the Glock 43’s recoil, more so than the Hellcat and P365 series guns. It’s a bit snappy but I know very petite shooters that can handle it with ease, so don’t let that steer you away from test driving it. Overall, a dependable option, and it’s proven itself over the years for sure.

Revolver…Anyone?

And in this corner and last but not least is the wheel gun category! I’m a fan of the Smith & Wesson snubnose models and I prefer the MP340 in 357magnum. If you’re asking me what other companies would be good to use, I’ll give them to you in order based on my experience of failures, their reliability and overall performance. Colt, (if you can find one) Smith & Wesson, Ruger and Taurus. For availability and bang for your buck stick with S&W and Ruger (the Ruger LCP model is comparable).  Most shooters new to the game  prefer less recoil enjoy the .38special calibered, 442, 642 and a couple of others with hammers. For EveryDay Carry, hammerless is the most popular and easiest to retrieve in pockets and holsters without impeding draw-stroke.

Why a revolver? Because it’s easy to point and shoot, deeply concealable, you can tell it’s loaded fairly easily, reliable and less moving parts overall. Shooter comfort is pretty high when handing one over and it’s proven track record of throwing hot fishing weight in the right direction is very consoling.

Why not a revolver… Well, do understand there’s a steeper learning curve in loading and reloading which you will have to use more dexterity under pressure to accomplish the task. As well as understanding how to put some finesse on a longer, heavier trigger travel of this little pocket rocket but if that’s your affection, get after it cowboy or cowgirl, you can do it!

I’m not speaking like a politician, I’m being pragmatic. A revolver does answer the call for personal defense as do the semi autos.  Weigh out the pros and cons and decide for yourself. If you happen to have the option to grab a couple, well, God Bless America, DO IT!

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Remember, when it comes to choosing you will need to find the gun that honestly feels good in your hands and evaluate the following: hand size, gun size, holster chosen, holster placement on your body, clothing style and your body’s abilities to skin that smoke wagon when you need it and hang on to it when it’s unleashing flame out of it’s mouth!

Bottom line, there are several other solid manufacturers and models out there that I didn’t mention. There have been many who’ve asked for me to share my experience on what I’ve seen work over the years so I accommodated.

Whatever handgun you choose not only make sure it works, but it works for you and you incorporate it with a consistent safe, training regiment to help you evolve your skills!

That’s all I got for you today! Stay tuned, Stay Safe and may God bless you and this Great Nation!

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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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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