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Ten Tips for Better Firearms Training

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Ten Tips for Better Firearms Training

 

These are great and not what you (I) would ordinarily expect! When I first saw the title of our underlying original article by Jim Grant I immediately thought about things like this:

 

“Squeeze, don’t pull.”

 

“Cheek smushed against the stock.”

 

“Pull back firmly, while holding her slightly down and left.”

 

And…

 

Basic safety rules, etc.

 

No, no, no. Jim’s advice is much more simple – brilliantly simple! He wrote up his recent range training experience for Guns.com, and a must read Article. Please read that. It is advice all shooters need to hear, regardless of level or experience.

 

And unlike so many of the lists we do here, this one isn’t the usual 1…2…3…blah… It’s a Top Ten Countdown! You’re going to love each one.

 

Sir Winston demonstrates nos. 7, 5, and 4. The cigar could be no. 11…

 

Drum roll, please … The top ten shooting course tips are:


  1. Snacks!

 

Yeah. Food. You see where this is going, huh? All common sense and too often overlooked.

 

If you’re out working for hours, the last thing you want is for the old blood sugar to crash. Pack some protein bars or Snickers (don’t be that … grumpy, crazy guy/gal from those commercials).

9. Sleep!

The average adult gets, needs rather, between 6 and 10 hours of sleep each night. That’s where the 8 hour average comes in. You may be over or under; whichever – just make sure you get the zzz’s. Then you’ll be wide awake and might actually hit something!

8. Hydration!

 

These are so easy, it hurts…

 

Unless you shoot inside at some posh facility, the odds are you’ll be sweating. Treat shooting work like any other sport of outdoor activity. It is that demanding. Drink plenty of water and consider adding in a sports drink.

 

Dehydration, even of the mild sort, will rapidly begin to affect mental and physical performance.

 

Lay off the coffee and the booze, please!

7. A lid

 

I had to look that up … it means a Hat.

 

Great advice for any outdoor sport and especially one that calls for good, clear vision. The hat … lid will keep the sun out of your eyes and off of your neck. Beat the heat, the glare, and maybe skin cancer.

6. Pouches/holsters/slings/etc.

Don’t be that jerk who leaves his stuff all over the place. No one likes a slob. Keep all the gear and ammo zipped up and out of the way – or right where you’ll need it.

 

And do not be “that guy” who walks around the range toting the gun. Some places prohibit the practice. Even if they don’t, regardless of how careful you are to keep the barrel up or down all the time, you might make someone nervous. And look silly too.


Number 5! Comfortable clothing and shoes

You’re not hunting or going into jungle combat. Dress the role. Remember that the more comfortable you are, the better you’ll shoot.

4. A familiar gun you like, that works!

Something you know is junk or a new piece you’ve never tested probably isn’t the thing to bring to a serious training course. Keep it comfortable and reliable.

 

And know that even the best guns running the best ammo sometimes jam. Clear it and forget it. Be cool and take it all in stride.

3. Electronic hearing protection


I have never used these items before – not even in a test. But they makes sense.

 

I shoot with muffs or plugs, the old school way. That’s fine for most occasions. But if you’re paying money for a course, you might want to hear what the instructor says. It might be important. The newer, better hearing options allow for normal communication, while blocking the high-decibel noises from the shoots.

 

You can hear while you save your hearing. With the lid…


  1. Ammo

Find out what they recommend and bring plenty of it. Have more than you need because you’ll frequently need more than you think. Bring it or pay “house” prices.

 

Run appropriate rounds for the stops and plates (no armor piercing rds, please). And buy the good stuff. This isn’t the time to try to save a nickle on the rounds no one has ever heard of. Quality will count here. Buy right, shoot right.

 

And. The NUMBER ONE tip for making the most of your firearms training is …

 

Keep an Open Mind.

 

Have fun. Try to learn something. And be considerate to everyone at all times.

 

Makes perfect sense.

 

Jim Grant came up with these super points after a trip to Front Sight in Nevada. If you’re out there, look ‘em up!

 

You’ve been really good through this list (and I really hope you liked them as much as I did), so here’s a Bonus! Check out this related information from the Weekend Prepper site: Getting Fit for the Firefight! Shooting is a sport so fitness counts.

 

Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

Writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom ​​and​​ ​​more​​ ​​​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​​​.​​ ​​His weekly National Affairs Column - never a dull read - appears at The Piedmont Chronicles​​​​. THE SUBSTITUTE​​ is his first Novel. He​​ ​​is​​ ​​still none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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Prepper News Weekly, Friday, April 6, 2018

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Prepper News Weekly, Friday, April 6, 2018

 

A big, busy, crazy week in prepper land! Spring has sprung and it has sprung forth all manner of issues to keep us on our toes. Here’s a review of the bigger stories bearing down on preppers and freedom lovers. Please enjoy (and subscribe!):

 

Video by Perrin Lovett/FPTV/YouTube.

 

Perrin recently learned that something called “airplane mode” stops incoming debt collection calls and hate texts from interrupting our recordings! Will wonders never cease?

 

 

Quality will improve immediately…

 

In the news:

 

The Caravan

 

Mass migration

 

Troops out of Syria, to Rio Grande?

 

More Snow?!

 

YouTube shooting

 

China and tariffs

 

UK/US/Russia

 

Mueller

 

 

And, we’re in full swing at The Masters!

 

Thank you, as always. Don’t forget to check www.freedompreppernews.com every day for all the stories that affect preppers, survivalists, and the rest of the sanity crowd. Well, check it now – rumor has it the news will soon be incorporated into the new, new revised and improved FP.com. Stay tuned.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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Get Your Game On! Wild Game Butchering and Cooking

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Get Your Game On! Wild Game Butchering and Cooking

 

Well, this one is slightly out of season in the Northern Hemisphere. We don’t start the hunts for a few more months. But, if your in New Zealand, I think Red Stag season opens any day, right? Anyway, today we discuss and present a subject that more preppers and survivalists need to know about if they don’t already. Veteran hunters may stop here and now.

 

This one is all about cleaning, preparing, and cooking wild game! Bill White at Survivopedia kindly wrote up an extensive guide to game prep. And I mean extensive with a capital “E.” Make sure to read through the original at least once. Save it for when hunting season comes around.

 

Here’s a quick look at some of what is included:

 

Picture by White/Shutterstock.

 

So, this article really isn’t about hunting nor “pure” prepping. It’s about food security. Rural folks will still tell you that hunting and trapping (and fishing) still go a long way toward putting meat on the table. That’s important, especially if you find yourself in a survival situation. Read on:

 

“Within the prepping community, we see this manifest in how people deal with their need for food. At the beginning, we all start out with building a food stockpile. But as time goes on, we tend to start looking at various ways of supplementing that stockpile, such as raising our own food, foraging for edible plants and hunting.



For those of us who are hunters, it makes sense to hunt for food. But what about those who are not? Granted, anyone who can shoot a rifle accurately can kill an animal, assuming they can find one to kill. That’s the hard part of hunting and the one that will give most post-apocalyptical hunters the most trouble.





The other thing you’re going to have to know how to do is turn that dead animal into usable meat, once you kill it. Killing an animal is one thing, butchering it is another thing entirely. If you don’t do that correctly, the meat could be tainted and dangerous to eat.”

-White

 

Follow along with White as he discusses:

 

Hunting background;

 

Cleanliness;

 

(He assumes you’ve already brought down the animal);

 

Cleaning (Gutting and Skinning);

 

Necessary knives and tools;

 

Cutting procedures; this gets tricky, “icky” even, read and operate carefully. Perrin will add: watch the bladder and lower GI tract … yeah;

 

Blood disposition (get used to it);

 

All about birds (don’t run afoul…);

 

Skinning techniques;

 

Butchering (great chart! and more are available online);

 

Cooking in the Wild (like on the bug out trail);

 

Smoking (the meat but a cigar);


Jerking (not a Steve Martin movie);

 

He also includes a video, downloads, and more tips than one can almost keep up with. Many thanks to Bill White*.


*Bill White is the author of Conquering the Coming Collapse, and a former Army officer, manufacturing engineer and business manager. More recently, he left the business world to work as a cross-cultural missionary on the Mexico border. Bill has been a survivalist since the 1970s, when the nation was in the latter days of the Cold War. He had determined to head into the Colorado Rockies, should Washington ever decide to push the button. While those days have passed, the knowledge Bill gained during that time hasn’t. He now works to educate others on the risks that exist in our society and how to prepare to meet them.

 

Again, you may not need this information for a few months. But, if you get serious about hunting and/or survivalism, then you will need it.

 

Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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