New Year/ Same Fundamentals

DSCN0068A good friend of mine recently lost her brother. At his side, in the hospital, she watched him take his last breath. She shared this gut wrenching experience with me coupled with the lamentation that she had to go qualify with her weapon in a few days. How was she going to perform with the loss of her brother weighing so heavily on her heart. I struggled with how to offer solace, then it came to me: employ the Basic Fundamentals. I wrote my friend a plan which she said actually helped and I think this can work for whatever is plaguing our minds when we also need to be focusing on utilizing our firearms. Breath control, stance, grip, sight alignment, trigger control and follow through. I told my friend to take a deep breath, stand strongly like the strong family member that she is, grip that gun like she is holding her brother, line up her sights and focus on the front one with such clarity like she can still see her brother, pull the trigger smoothly and evenly like the character and strength she maintains for her family to help all of them cope, and then to keep doing this over and over, consistently, repetitively until….., the deep sense of loss has eased up AND, well, qualifications are done and she has performed well. My fiend reported back to me this really helped her and she shot an excellent score. It made me realize that for whatever is going on in our lives, we can apply the Basic Fundamentals and evenly, consistently, repetitively, see our way to the end goal with grace and aplomb. Happy New Year!

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"I worked as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for over 14 years, in a firearms carrying capacity. First assigned to LAX (1994), then to the Los Angeles/ Long Beach Seaport (1997-2007), I took an early retirement from my final duty station of El Paso, TX (2007-2008). Never having handled firearms prior to this job, I give full credit for my initial shooting lessons and safe firearms handling skills to the government. As I began to compete, I gleaned tips and coaching lessons from the best law enforcement instructors across the nation, turning myself into one of the best, too. I was a firearms instructor in Los Angeles and a national level competitor on a formally sponsored team from 1999 through 2003, being sent all over the nation for pistol match competitions. As a result of this gift of an experience, I went on to set five national records in the law enforcement shooting sports. Check in regularly to read about those and other adventures and misadventures!"
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