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…..
NRA Firearms Instructor – Nancy Rothschild
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