Traveling

Quite often, competitive shooters must travel far and great distances to a match. We get our feet wet, so to speak, by competing in local matches traveling short distances. Then, we venture forth to another region or state where a competitor must fly. Travel these days does not compare with traveling by air when I was a kid. As a youngster, flying from West Coast to East Coast to visit relatives, I got dressed up, my manners were meticulously reviewed. Flying merited a “classy event” title. Not any more. The flying experience exasperates and annoys me. People fail to contain their children and fail to dress appropriately, even to bathe. I find it vile. When I traveled for the government, I represented the agency, my home port office, women in law enforcement, sportsmanship and professionalism. Even if no one besides the airlines knew I flew for Customs and traveled to a pistol competition, I knew. As per requirements, I showed my identification, my travel documents and I checked in my weapons. I carried myself with pride and conducted myself in such a way as to consider, “what if my boss were testing me and watching me from the other end of the terminal?” Herein lies a test we can all take: if a camera captured our public (let’s only go to that length!) lives, would we like what the tape played back? Maybe I just get too drained and cranky when I travel and I judge my fellow travelers too harshly, but I think we exhibit an embarrassing lack of decorum and politeness, if not professionalism, in our public conduct. So, take “the test”, let an imagined camera roll, replay/ recount the events and see if you like what the results reveal…..

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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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