No “Bozos” at the Range

competitive marksmanshipWhen 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.

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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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