Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Constitutional Carry: My Opinion

Constitutional Carry is no requirement in a state to have a license to carry a gun.
I don’t like Constitutional Carry. I am a fierce gun rights advocate. I am a Life member of the NRA and have taught safety and shooting for over 25 years. I say this because I don’t want you to think I don’t care about gun laws. But as a gun “expert” (whatever that is), I feel that those that own a gun, or especially those who carry a gun, should be licensed. The licensing process does a couple things. It weeds out some with its background check. I think that is important although I don’t think we should have mandatory background checks for private sales. I know, that seems like a dichotomy, but that’s my stance. I have trained many people from all walks of life and backgrounds, one thing I have learned is that most people need gun training. There are those who arrogantly think they know enough, until an instructor gets them on a range. I can honestly say that I continue to learn. I have evolved in my beliefs about shooting. I’m not the same instructor I was when I finished the military small arms instructor’s course as a 25 year old. Many people who have guns are dangerous or careless with them. There is a plethora of You Tube videos out there to confirm my beliefs. I’m afraid if constitutional (con) carry becomes law in all states we will have a potential for many people with guns that they are not proficient with. With this carelessness comes a blasé attitude toward storage and handling. I’ve seen it many times. Someone is around me with a pistol and keeps muzzling me until I have to grab the barrel and physically move it to a safe direction. Or the person that picks up a gun and immediately puts their finger on the trigger. Just Google “007 James Bond poster.” You will see Roger Moore and Sean Connery holding a gun like a tough guy. Then you may notice that their finger is not straight. They have a finger on the trigger and all that tells me is that these actors who are supposed to be portraying someone experienced with guns have not done their homework. James Bond would never hold a gun that way! He is supposed to be the smooth, professional who knows what he is doing. Not an actor whose only exposure to a gun is posing for a picture holding a prop.
Constitutional Carry does nothing for our freedom except put inexperienced people out there with guns. I realize that some states “classes” for concealed weapons licenses are a joke, but that should change. I also think the cost of getting a license should not be prohibitive. Just like a driver’s license, you should be responsible with a potentially dangerous thing. Some think the government should stay completely out of the 2nd Amendment, but a minimal regulation is OK by me. The problem is that often laws are made without some expert advice. Some of the requirements for a CCL should take some training to learn. Many states have little to no requirements and others have information that is not needed to carry and use a gun.
I also feel that if you carry a gun you should receive additional training and practice. To encourage this the state could give a rebate on the cost of a license to lessen the financial burden of additional training and practice. The state could give some money to schools or instructors that train these citizens to offset the cost. It should be a little easier is all I’m saying. It should not be free, because it should cost a little and take effort to get and maintain this license. Practice is sorely lacking in all of this. I shudder to think what some of these people would do if they had to actually fire their weapon at a threat.
Carrying a gun is serious business and should be an endeavor that is entered into with thought and preparation. I won’t even talk about the implications of killing another human being and how lightly some think of that. It is an act that can ruin a person’s life legally, emotionally, and financially. But beside that, the actual being ready part is challenging. Most people would be responsible but they need incentive. They like the idea of having a gun for protection but aren’t really gun nuts. They would do what needs to be done if it were reasonable with their time and money. Let’s face it, it’s not cheap. You take an initial class ($100 to $150), then the license ($50 plus $20 for fingerprints). This is not including ammo and the cost of the gun. So if you add other training and ammunition costs, the average person is not as interested as they were initially. It can be easier. I mean if the state is getting involved anyway then maybe they should do it right!
I feel the same about open carry. I’m not sure what the point is. Just because you can? I don’t want good guys or bad guys to know I am armed. The first person to die in a serious bank robbery is the guard with the gun. He or she is clearly the biggest threat to the robber. I don’t want to get into a gun fight but I would like the element of surprise in certain situations. As a concealed carrier I rarely have surprise from a direct threat to me.
Training should be ongoing. There are so many great schools and great instructors out there. Find a good source of training and then also do it yourself. Go to the range. Learn safe dry fire. This is effective and requires little cost. Maybe some snap caps. But learn drills that are true to your defensive needs. There can be a lot of fluff out there.
As in all things on LDS Gunsite, this is truly only my opinion.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Overwatch: Drill of The Month For December

Jeff Cooper taught this drill along with the original El Presidente

El Presidente and Variations (pistol, 12 rounds) Jeff Cooper
3 IPSC targets at 10 yds, spaced 1 yd apart edge to edge Facing up range, (surrender position) turn, draw and fire 2 rds at T1-T3. Reload, fire 2 rds at T1-T3.
Par times: (for a clean run)
D Class: 15 seconds
C Class: 11.25 seconds
B Class: 7.5 seconds
A Class: 6.0 seconds
Master Class: 5.3 seconds
Grand Master Class: 4.75 seconds
Original API (American Pistol Institute) par time was 10 seconds

Variations: Vice Pres (shot at 7 yards).
Demi-Presidente (10 yards, 2rds T1-T3, reload, 1rd to head of T1-T3. Same par)

See “Overwatch: Drill of the Month” page for more drills

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Gun Inventory: A Man Has To Know His Limitations

“I know what guns I have, why do I need an inventory?” This was the question I received when I suggested to some students that they inventory their guns. My answer to his question is this, do you know the serial numbers of all your guns? Do you have a picture of each gun so there is no question if your gun is stolen or your house burns down? If you have a gun for years and then sell it, wouldn’t it be good to have information on that gun if the police come looking for it because it was used in crime and your bought it from Cabella’s? Having specifics and a picture of your guns, and even selling information, can save you a lot of headaches.
There are several apps for your phone or device or programs for your computer. These make it easy to keep track of everything including accessories like magazines and scopes. Also there are some that keep track of ammunition in the same way.
I have played around with some of these apps but I prefer just a general record. On my Word document I include:
Make, model, caliber, barrel length, finish/color, capacity, and action
Serial number
How many magazines I have for that particular gun
Purchase information
When, cost, seller, location
If gun was sold:
Buyer information, date sold
Picture of the gun from all sides
Where the gun is stored (I even put what color the case is if it’s in a case)
The reason I keep inventory is so that I can keep track of our guns. Knowing where they are is important to me if they are stashed or locked up in places other than our main safe. I won’t get into this in depth but we live in the country in a secluded location. We have guns safely put in various locations in our home and out of our home. You may even want to cache some guns or ammo. It’s important to know where your guns are to maintain control of them and for safety reasons. I use my guns often and I try to maintain a routine of keeping them in the same places to keep them safe and secure.
It’s also good to know the exact model numbers when shopping for accessories. If you have more than 5 guns the salient details of each gun may escape your memory.
In addition to an electronic inventory I have a binder that I keep all hard copy items concerning my guns. I have manuals, receipts for both guns purchased and guns sold. I keep specific info or instructions I’ve pulled off the internet about specific modifications I may have done to each gun. I keep insurance info in there. I keep updated gun laws for my state in there. I have applications for concealed carry or maybe FFL information. I keep hard copies of training in this binder and a log of due dates for licenses and certifications.
These records can also have pictures taken of them and be included in your electronic record.
Records are very important because they can tell a story of gun history such as repairs. It can give a history of training also.
Keeping records can be very beneficial to your gun world. I highly recommend you use it to the utmost of your advantage. If any guns are stolen or my house burns down I want a record of my investments in guns for insurance and legal reasons.
Be organized and keep an inventory.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Overwatch: Drill of the Month For November

November 2018

Reload Drill (pistol, 9+ rounds, 3 magazines) VTAC – Kyle Lamb Target: BC Steel 10y – Draw and fire 3 hits, reload fire 3 hits, reload fire 3 hits for total time. Vary from slide lock, to speed reload, etc. Work through as many magazine pouches as you want.

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See “Overwatch: Drill of the Month” page for more drills

Friday, November 16, 2018

Concealed Carry And Forgiveness

If you carry remember to have ADD. Avoid, Deter, De-escalate. You have to be that type of person. I consider myself to be an aggressive person. But I also try to defuse situations that will get me in trouble. I’m not politically correct, but I don’t want to find a fight. If one comes to me, I feel I can end the fight, but I don’t go looking. Remember what the ancient prophet Moroni encouraged, don’t be “...a man of blood.”
If you pay attention to the news, you’ll have most likely seen the story about a recent joke made on Saturday Night Live about former Navy SEAL and Congressman-Elect, Dan Crenshaw. The joke was made by SNL’s Pete Davidson and drew a large amount of backlash from Veteran’s organizations across the country, despite Crenshaw shaking it off.

A few weeks ago, Pete Davidson appeared on SNL offering an apology to surprise guest, Dan Crenshaw. While the appearance by Davidson and Crenshaw was shaping up to be a run-of-the-mill apology, Crenshaw turned it into an amazing message for Veteran’s Day.

“But, seriously, there’s a lot of lessons to learn here. Not just that the left and right can still agree on some things but also this, Americans can forgive one another. We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other. This is Veteran’s Day weekend, which means that it’s a good time for every American to connect with a Veteran. Maybe say, “Thanks for your service,” but I would actually encourage you to say something else. Tell a Veteran “Never forget.” When you say “Never Forget” to a Veteran, you are implying that, as an American, you are in it with them, not separated by some imaginary barrier between civilians and Veterans, but connected together as grateful fellow Americans; who will never forget the sacrifices made by Veterans past and present. And never forget those we lost on 9/11; heroes like Pete’s father.” (Pete Davidson’s father was a firefighter who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.) “So I’ll just say, Pete? Never forget.”

This is a great opportunity that was taken to express real connective views. I too tire of the politics and baloney of the right and the left. I try to stay away from each of these sides as an independent. But I always find myself back toward the right when it comes down to it. But what I really like in this message is the word “forgiveness.” If more in politics and our individual opinions would remember the importance of forgiveness I think we could see more progress in this country. We don’t have to back down from our opinions, just forgive others for what we perceive as offense to our side and this country. Being offended is always a choice. We don’t have to be. Elenor Roosevelt said this:
“No one can offend you without your permission.” We can suck it up and not be offended because someone doesn’t agree with us. As a concealed carrier, we must be slow to temper and hard to offend.
Not only is it important to be this way when you carry a lethal weapon, but it makes your life much easier in every aspect. I am confident enough and self-assured enough in my own life and opinions to not be upset all the time. It takes maturity and discipline.
Forgiveness is freedom. Even if the other party remains angry and holds a grudge. You don’t have to, you can forgive and be free again.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Veteran's Day Remembrances

President Wilson said in November of 1919:
"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"
The fighting of World War I stopped at 11 a.m. of the 11th month (Nov), on the 11th day. It was called Armistice and it was celebrated on November 11th to commemorate that Armistice. As time went on and WWII came to pass the day was eventually changed to a Monday and celebrated as Veteran’s Day. In 1978 is was changed back to the original November 11th and has been this way ever since.
Veteran’s Day is coming upon us Sunday, November 11, 2018. Please remember this day and celebrate it appropriately. Veteran’s that want to be involved in celebrations will be. Those who want to take it easy will do that too. We know there is a parade. Please don’t tell us we should be there. Also, don’t ask stupid questions like “Did you kill anyone?” These are personal things that are only shared when needed. If one of us was involved in combat we generally don’t want to talk about it, or we have already talked about it with the people of our choice. Saying Thank you is appropriate, but don’t tell us why you didn’t serve because we frankly, don’t care. Be respectful.
One good way to pay respect on Veteran’s Day is to fly the flag. Contrary to others “free speech” ideas the United States flag is something that we respect. If you feel a need to desecrate this symbol that we fought under, and watched others die under, please do so somewhere away from us.
If you fly the flag here are some guidelines:
The Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. They are:
• The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
• The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speaker’s desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
• The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard
• The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
• The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
• The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

Displaying the Flag Outdoors
When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting from a window, balcony, or a building, the union should be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff.
When it is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag - of a state, community, society or Scout unit - the flag of the United States must always be at the top except that the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for Navy personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.
When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag's union should be farthest from the building.
When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor - to its own right.
..The other flags may be smaller but none may be larger.
..No other flag ever should be placed above it.
..The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.
When flown with the national banner of other countries, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same size. They should be raised and lowered simultaneously. The flag of one nation may not be displayed above that of another nation.
Raising and Lowering the Flag
The flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously. Ordinarily it should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset. It should be illuminated if displayed at night.
The flag of the United States of America is saluted as it is hoisted and lowered. The salute is held until the flag is unsnapped from the halyard or through the last note of music, whichever is the longest.
Displaying the Flag Indoors
When on display, the flag is accorded the place of honor, always positioned to its own right. Place it to the right of the speaker or staging area or sanctuary. Other flags should be to the left.
The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of states, localities, or societies are grouped for display.
When one flag is used with the flag of the United States of America and the staffs are crossed, the flag of the United States is placed on its own right with its staff in front of the other flag.
When displaying the flag against a wall, vertically or horizontally, the flag's union (stars) should be at the top, to the flag's own right, and to the observer's left.
Parading and Saluting the Flag
When carried in a procession, the flag should be to the right of the marchers. When other flags are carried, the flag of the United States may be centered in front of the others or carried to their right. When the flag passes in a procession, or when it is hoisted or lowered, all should face the flag and salute.
The Salute
To salute, all persons come to attention. Those in uniform give the appropriate formal salute. Citizens not in uniform salute by placing their right hand over the heart and men with head cover should remove it and hold it to left shoulder, hand over the heart. Members of organizations in formation salute upon command of the person in charge.

The Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem
The pledge of allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention, facing the flag, and saluting.
When the national anthem is played or sung, citizens should stand at attention and salute at the first note and hold the salute through the last note. The salute is directed to the flag,
My wife was a typical military wife. She is fiercely patriotic. Because of her service by supporting my service she is part of the military in a very real way. When she sees a worn and faded flag in front of any store or restaurant, she talks to managers to tell them to replace the flag. She has done it all over the town we live near and she has even done it when we were on vacation and in other places. She understands the sacrifice of those who paid the “last full measure of devotion” for that flag and for this country. She and I feel that disloyalty to the flag is disloyalty to those who gave all for us.
I am a veteran. I served in a combat support role but found myself in the thick of that combat. As we were rolling down a runway at egress speed, being shot at, I saw out the starboard door of the aircraft the United States flag that I fought under. I watched as some good friends and brothers died with that same flag attached to their uniform.
If you want to thank a veteran, fly and respect the flag that represents so much to us. Our country was “conceived in liberty.” And it has been through much and has “long endured.” The least we can do is show respect that those who served so richly deserve.
Be mindful that some veterans experience in the military was not pleasant because of combat circumstances. Veterans Day and Memorial Day aren’t always days of celebration for them.

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