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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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Elections

The Department of Two-tiered Justice

We have a two-tiered justice system in this society, to our utter shame as a representative republic

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In November 2018, an investigation by the Senate Judiciary Committee showed that all of the allegations made against Brett Kavanaugh, including those by star witness Christine Blasey Ford lacked credibility and, in most cases, were demonstrably false. The Judiciary Committee offered the evidence in a highly detailed 414-page report to Congress.

Now 35 months later, nothing has happened to those who perjured themselves to Congress, on live television. In March 2021, Senator Chuck Grassley, the former Senate Judiciary Committee chairperson who presided over the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, sought to know why those individuals who had perjured themselves still have not been prosecuted.

Justice Requires the Truth

In a tweet Grassley wrote (paraphrased), “More than two years ago we had some bogus allegations against now Justice Kavanaugh. We know that people lied to Congress and that’s against the law, so I sent a criminal referral to DOJ for prosecution. I sent a letter to DOJ this week wanting to know why these people haven’t been prosecuted two years later.”

Many people would like to know, Senator Grassley! And we have other compelling concerns. The Russiagate criminals who won’t serve time in prison is disheartening. James Comey, who lied to Congress, likely will never see a day in jail. Nor will Andrew McCabe, who was dismissed for lack of candor and a bevy of other infractions. James Clapper will likely never spend a day in jail, although he lied to Congress, and then lied about his lie claiming that he was confused.

Perhaps the greatest criminal director that CIA has ever endured, William Brennan, might never spend any time in prison. He knowingly conspired with Barack Obama and Joe Biden in the White House, and actually presented information clearly showing that Hillary Clinton had purchased a phony dossier in the effort to damage Donald Trump.

None of these people are likely to be indicted, yet some belong in prison for life, for high treason.

Criminals at the Top

The granddaddy of American political criminals, Barack Obama, will likely never spend a day in prison, and is now enjoying his third term as president via his ability to whip around the pathetic Joe Biden. Obama’s weaponization of federal agencies, his undermining of Trump before, during and after Trumps time in office amounts to serious treason which will go on punished. No president before Obama has ever acted in such a despicable manner.

The people in the Obama Administration, including the Eric Holder. Holder was the first attorney general to be held in contempt of Congress. His whose criminality in terms of allowing Black Panther intimidation in Philadelphia and a variety of other egregious acts is well-documented. Yet, he will never spend one minute behind bars.

Lois Lerner, who graduated a year ahead of me at Bloomfield High School in Connecticut, quashed the Tea Party movement. She unlawfully used the power of her office to harass, intimidate, and thwart Tea Party members, but she’ll never see a day in prison. Indeed, for eight years, she’s been on the public dole, receiving a healthy pension and enjoying her retirement from ‘public service.’

Hillary Clinton will never spend a day in prison for the 33,000 subpoenaed emails that she deleted. Contrast this with rank and file service men and women who will spend 6 to 12 months in a federal penitentiary for deleting even one email.

All of Hillary Clinton’s corrupt staff will never see a day in jail. John Podesta, whose crimes are well-documented, belongs in a federal penitentiary. Huma Abedin, whose obfuscation and manipulations for Hillary Clinton deserve scrutiny, won’t spend a day behind bars.

And More…

All of the nefarious activities that went on to get Joe Biden ‘elected’ and nearly all of the criminals and treasonous individuals who participated in the fraud remain free and uncharged. Don’t even get me started on Hunter Biden and the Biden crime family. Hopefully, as the 2020 election-related crimes are more fully exposed, the clamor from the Right will be loud and long. However, nearly a year  has passed with no results.

Will the puppet masters wait for Biden to die, use the 25th Amendment against him, or keep him on the string for as long as possible? It’s anyone’s guess. Meanwhile, they will do everything in their power to indict those on the Right for the slightest of offenses, including process crimes, while wholesale ignoring the treasonous activities of those on the Left.

We have a two-tiered justice system in this society, to our utter shame as a representative republic. Until justice is dispensed equally, regardless of party, the struggle before us remains abundantly clear.

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The People Who Size You up Instantly

Beware of people who conveniently assess what you need, while missing the boat about their own needs

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I went to a social gathering and, arriving early, few others had arrived. So I took out my notepad and pen, and leisurely started making notes. A lady who saw me, asked what I was writing, which, of course, could be either a friendly way to start a conversation, or intrusive, depending on your point of view. I took it as the former, and shared with her my predisposition to take notes outside of my office where I generate ideas that don’t readily emerge at my desk.

Apparently my explanation was not satisfactory for her. In rapid succession she told me, ‘You need to get a drink. (Actually, I don’t drink.) You should to stop making notes. You ought to relax. (Making notes is relaxing to me.) You need to get a life.’

Paradoxically, I am the author of the books, Breathing Space and Simpler Living, and the audiobook, Get a Life. I also own the registered trademarks for the programs, Relaxing at High Speed and Managing the Pace With Grace. I have delivered 1,060 lectures on these topics for three decades.

Quick and Wrong

It’s beyond strange when someone at a social gathering, in such short order, will assess what I need to do, with one pronouncement after another. When told that I needed to relax, I said, “If I was any more relaxed, I’d fall asleep.”

I came away from that experience recognizing that people who will readily tell you what you need are the ones who need what they’re telling you. You might have noticed a somewhat similar phenomenon in the workplace.

Suppose you work in a company that is crowded, noisy, and busy almost all the time. However, in your own office or cubicle, whichever the case might be, you’re able to maintain order.

Perhaps you have installed some sound barriers, if that is appropriate, and have crafted a workspace where you can get things done. People who walk by notice that your office equipment, resources, and possessions are organized. Guess what? Some office mates won’t tell you this, but they are uncomfortable with your organizing skills.

If they could find a simple way to articulate it, they would tell you, “Loosen up.” You don’t need to be so neat and orderly.” Why are they itching to tell you this? Because your level of organization makes them feel inadequate.

Be Like Me, I’ll Feel Better

Much like the lady at the social gathering, who told me ‘what I needed,’ some people in your immediate environment, in observing your capacity for taking charge of your space, and perhaps noting your higher-than-average level of productivity, would rather that you acted and proceeded in a different way. You might not hear that from them, but that is some might be thinking.

Beware of those people who so conveniently assess what you need, while completely missing the boat about their own needs. They fail to realize that what they’re telling you, is probably what they need to address for themselves.

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