Roadmap

“Run a stage once, and then look at the components of the stage that are giving us trouble. The sport requires the same stuff over and over and over again. All you have to do is identify what those elements are, and then practice them in isolation.”

Steve Anderson

In general, I don’t like comparing myself to other people, because it’s a no-win situation. Someone else will ALWAYS be better than you at something: There is no such thing as a master of everything.

But.

I think I’m pretty good at analyzing where my issues with practical shooting lie, what I lack is having a higher standard to measure myself against. I need to start recording the runs of the A Class shooters (and better) in my squads to see where they are picking up the seconds on a stage compared to my performance. In order to be better, I need to learn from my betters.

Team Benelli Gets It

VERY happy to see this happening.

Muller and Kaleta set out to find and develop a shooting team that met those high standards.

“We had to fill out an online questionnaire and tell them why we’d be good for Benelli,” said team member Aaron Hayes, a custom gun maker. “Shooters always want to get a sponsor and get free stuff; they think it’s about shooting.”

“We pay a lot of attention to how our people are equipped to support 3-gun, the Second Amendment and the brand,” he (Meuller) said. Effective brand ambassadors, he believes, need to know how to handle tough questions about firearm ownership with a microphone thrust in their face.

Muller, who is active as a spokesperson for the NRA, brought in staff from America’s 1st Freedom magazine; Theresa Vail, former Miss America contestant from Kansas and host of The Outdoor Channel’s ‘Limitless;” and Stephanie Spika, Benelli’s social media expert. 1st Freedom helped them with critical thinking on complex Second Amendment issues, while Vail taught them how to deliver their answers effectively. Spika coached them on the online skills necessary to communicate in the digital age.

SO like this. Kudos to Team Benelli for understanding their goal is to win hearts and minds (and sales) not just just win matches.

15:01

Little bit of advice: If the target demographic for your product tends to own lots and lots of guns, headlining a pro-gun control rally might NOT be considered a wise career move.

But why let that stop you?

On July 17, country singers Tim McGraw and Billy Currington will headline a fundraiser for gun control group Sandy Hook Promise in Connecticut. McGraw’s “A Concert For Sandy Hook Promise” will also feature country singers Billy Currington and Chase Bryant.

What, were the Dixie Chicks not available?

On Red Dots On Glocks

Based on my limited experience with the suckers, I’ve found that if it’s properly co-witnessed with the iron sights, a red dot is essentially just a really big, easily viewable fiber optic front sight. The body index skills you already have and the sight alignment skills you already know will work in 95% of the situations you’ll face. Red dots shine (pun intended) when there’s a 30 yard shot or longer to be made, then they really, really help. They’re not a magic wand that allows you to make a shot anywhere, anytime, but they definitely make your pistol perform just a little bit better at a time when you may need it the most.

Three yards and a cloud of sand

After spending a few months here in the 239, I’m still trying to figure out why this is called “The Gunshine State”.

The shall-issue CCW process is pretty easy, to be sure, and they do have local preemption, but that’s about it. There’s a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases, no NICS bypass for CCW holders and their reciprocity sucks.

The eyes of the firearms rights lobby here seem to be on legalizing open carry and allowing campus carry, and these are noble and good things to pursue, but it seems to me that laws that would make gun ownership easier for everyone would increase the grassroots support for those laws, making them easier to enact.

Sauce for the goose…

Just thinking…

How many “progressives” are out there right now defending the rights of a minority to live as they please in the state of Indiana (and else) would BLANCH at the idea of defending the rights of people (minority or not) to protect their lives as they please?

Why is one civil right worth fighting for and another one should be banned?

The Peephole Gets A 21st Century Upgrade

I like this little gadget. It’s small, unobtrusive and gives you a record of who knocked on your front door.

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When someone knocks, the device wakes up, takes a picture and reconnects to your Wi-Fi network. It then sends a picture and a timestamp to Peeple’s servers. And you finally receive a push notification on your phone to check out who is at the door. Because the device only needs to wake up when someone is knocking, the battery is supposed to last six months on a single charge.

Between this and the wide variety of inexpensive alarm systems out there, there’s really no reason NOT to have an alarm system these days. Look, we talk about dogs, safes, signs and firepower all we want, but the fact of the matter is, nothing protects your home from fire or other disasters while you’re away: Why not add an alarm system to give your home a fighting chance while you’re not there?

The current revolution in personal empowerment that allows us to shop for anything we want when we want to, read the news we want when we want to and protect ourselves outside the home without a cop also allows us to easily protect our homes when we’re not there.

A mile wide, an inch deep

Something I’ve found out after almost a year on the other side of the gun counter: If you want to work in the industry, having some knowledge about a bunch of firearms related things trumps knowing every little thing there is to know about, say, the AR-15. You never know who is going to walk in the door / send you an email / call on the phone, so being able to talk intelligently about sporting clays with one guy and then switch over and chat about concealed carry for women five minutes later is a very, very useful skill.

And not just “Yeah, my Dad had a gun like that, but I never shot it” type conversations, either. If I have one piece of advice for anyone who wants to get into the industry, it’s shoot a bunch of guns in a bunch of different settings. Don’t just go to one range and do one type of shooting all the time: If you plink, try shooting clays. If you shoot scatter guns, try precision rifle. Take a good pistol course. Shoot 3 gun, bullseye and go hunting. Learn a little bit about a bunch of things, because that helps you understand HOW your customers use their guns, and that helps you sell them the guns they want and or/need to enjoy those activities a little bit more.