When I first asked my firearms instructors at my Customs Port of LAX about local competitions, I heard the lecture about NOT doing anything stupid while on the range. Bozo moves get remembered for life. I think, as a new shooter, as a female, my instructors feared I would do something inept and make them look bad! Leaving nothing to imagination, my firearms instructors clearly observing outlined safety rules, the 180 degree rule, eyes and ears rules, punctuality rules keeps one off the Bozo list. Funny, nothing regarding marksmanship, accuracy or precise shooting, or firing fabulous scores made the Potential for Bozo Moves list if done poorly. My conduct, my professionalism, my adhering to safety practices, my following the range master’s rules of the competition made for staying off the dread Bozo list. Once on the range, the words of admonition came to life. Some shooters pointed their guns in a variety of directions, breaking the 180. Other shooters forgot eyes and ears, while others, still, got caught trying to put cardboard targets in their vehicles for their own practice. Please. But, I really did witness these actions and remember who committed them. The other day at my range, I trained a shooter with his rifle and saw a couple of Real Bozos further down the bench. Holding the muzzle of his rifle so upright as to tip it beyond the 180 degree safety plane, I took note. Apparently, so did he. Not of his own unsafe moves, but of my professional moves. Leadership, coaching, instruction and the response of your student(s) look a certain way. He asked for my card, correctly guessing I train. He claimed, though, his wife and daughter need the assistance. Please! Remember: it is not how well you shoot that counts, it is your employment of planning, your deployment of safety rules, your adherence to the circumstances of the range and the competition for which you engage that day. Now, I HOPE none of y’all pulled any Bozo moves like forgetting to vote, yesterday. It matters not for whom you cast your ballot, just that you do.
NRA Firearms Instructor – Nancy Rothschild
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