So what exactly does it mean to "call your shots"?
Calling a shot.
What does it mean?
The ability to know where your shot hit without looking for the hole on the target.
This is a skill that takes some practice.
Some of the elements are:
With focused repetitions and the ability to keep your eyes focused on the front sight plane (not letting the eyes travel to the target in order to check for holes) you can "call your shot" based on the sight picture and alignment at the moment the round is fired.
*Proper Trigger Press
A good clean trigger press in a straight, rearward motion will not move the gun to the left or right as you come through the break wall. The shot will land where your sights are. If you are pushing/pulling the trigger to the left or right, this will move your point of impact to the left or right during the press. Thus, moving the point of impact.
*Grip and Recoil
Even circumfrencial pressure throughout the trigger press will also ensure the shot doesn't deviate from your point of aim. The gun will track up then down through recoil, settling back in to the point of aim. If grip tension has changed through the trigger press, it can be felt in the unnatural movement of the recoil. As you practice sighted fire repetitions, you will begin to "feel" these movements. Thus aiding in calling your shot.
This may seem like a lot to think about and learn, but it is definitely possible to achieve and will take your shooting skills to the next level.
You can practice this by keeping a second target next to you. Mark where you think the sights were as the gun went off. Track your shots and see how they compare to what is on your actual target.
As always: only YOU can prevent ballistic masterbation.
Shooting skills: get you some.
Practice makes perfect. Or does it?
Practice makes perfect, right?
Practice makes permanent.
Are you going to the range with a purpose? A plan?
Or are you wasting expensive ammo just to reinforce bad habits?
Every time you touch a firearm, you are building and strengthening neuro-pathways. Commonly, and incorrectly, known as "muscle memory".
Even if the things you are doing are incorrect.
These neuro-pathways between brain cells can become very difficult to break. The stronger they become, the harder they are to break.
However, you can prevent and correct this!
Eliminate that false sense of confidence.
Find your failure points.
Make a plan.
Make the commitment to yourself right now. Set yourself up for success! Build a great foundation for your future training.
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New USCCA Instructor Dave Cookson as well as Alumni Instructor John Parkinson assisted Phoenix Rising in this week's Concealed Pistol License class.
It always makes me smile when I get to know a little bit about the students that attend our classes.
A mom and dad, a husband and wife, a couple on a date, best friends, some conquering fears through knowledge and guidance, instructors developing skills, and individuals we've been waiting to meet for a long time.
Some drove 5 minutes, some drove 3 1/2 hours.
This is what it's all about.
Strengthening lives and communities through safety, knowledge, and education.
I had a blast today visiting sponsors and instructors!
It was a beautiful and warm sunny day today.
With awful weather in the near forecast, I decided to hit the road.
Stopped in to see they boys at
Uncoiled Firearms, Gun Range and CPL
for some .556 (score).
Then it was pistol and rifle time at The Firing Line with some fabulous instructors!
Did some rifle work with
(thank you for your patience and knowledge, you rock!)
Then it was some pistol work with the new CPL target!!!
Last, but never least, it was off to Odin's Workshop to get some help with a .22 and peek at the CZ (can't wait to unveil this baby).
Check them out at www.odinsworkshop.com
All in all; it was a fabulous day.
Life is good.
What did you do today?
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Side-by-side. When we all come together, we all grow together.
What a fantastic day today!
Thanks to the graciousness of the staff over at The Firing Line in Westland, we had the opportunity to spend hours together in the range.
When instructors come together and test their skills, it's inevitable that growth, networking, and bonding will occur.
This was absolutely the case today.
As a training counselor, I want nothing more than to see the instructors that have come through us succeed. Getting together to work on skill-building is one of those things that can facilitate growth and success.
I'm very proud to see all these individuals coming together, and even bringing people into the fold. The stronger we are together, the more successful we can be.
When an instructor comes through Phoenix Rising, they are a part of a family. We stick together and help each other grow. Huge things are happening with these amazing individuals. And I'm beyond blessed to be a part of it.
January 11th, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
The Michigan Capitol Commission Committee held a meeting concerning the ban of open carry of a firearm inside the Michigan State Capitol building. The public was able to view the meeting, but no public comment was heard. Was this a violation of Open Meetings Act? Possibly. But that's another discussion.
In attendance were:
Gary Randall, Chair
John Turscott, Vice-Chair
After brief introductions in this eleven minute meeting, the Capitol Commission turned the meeting over to the two committee members assigned to the Special Investigative Committee, Bill Kandler and John Truscott.
Their task was to use extensive due-dilligence and look at all issues and what is involved with moving forward on a ban of firearms in the capitol.
Mr Kandler stated that before May, the commission had no idea that they would be dealing with the issue of guns in the capitol building. He was under the impression that it was always a legislative issue. Based off the Attorney General's Opinion, this was not a legislative issue. It was within the power of the Capitol Commission to determine what could come into the building.
After looking at other building's security, such as the Supreme Court Building, the Special Committee decided the resources and funds left them with the only option of implementing a ban on open carry in the building. Mr. Kandler stated they have no real authority to implement the infrastructure to go beyond that.
The Special Commission Committee feels the best and most honest policy to implement is a ban on open carry inside the Capitol.
Mr. Truscott was then given the floor to read the language to be implemented.
The motion reads:
"No person may carry a firearm in the public areas inside the Michigan State Capitol Building. Exceptions to this include the Michigan State Police, Capitol Security officers, Seargents at arms of the Michigan Senate or House of Representatives, Law Enforcement officers licensed by the Michigan Commission of Law Enforcement Standards in the performance of their official duties if the officer is in uniform or otherwise properly identified, and a person with a valid Concealed Pistol License issued by any state who is carrying a weapon in compliance the Michigan CPL regulations."
William Kandler then went on to add that "That last sentence is to make sure we're not trying to argue that if you have a CPL license, then you're okay to carry open carry. We didn't want that loophole to be there, so we just wanted to make sure that was clear".
The vote was unanimous and will be effective immediately upon its enactment.
Michigan Attorney General, Dana Nessel, quickly responded with a statement "Though I appreciate the Commission’s decision today to prohibit the open carry of firearms, it’s only a single step down the long path of reforms that are necessary to make our legislators, state employees and visitors safe in our state Capitol. Firearms – whether explicitly visible or concealed by clothing – possess the same capability to inflict injury and harm on others and only banning open carry does little to meaningfully improve the safety and security of our Capitol. I urge the Commission or our Legislature to take the proper action and pass the necessary reforms that truly take into account the safety of those visiting and working in our Capitol. Today’s actions are simply not enough to do that.”
Governor Gretchen Whitmer released a statement "No lawmaker, reporter, staff member, or anyone who works in the Michigan Capitol should fear for their safety at work. But in the past year, we have seen a rapid rise in violent rhetoric and threats to public safety that require our immediate action. In April of 2020, armed protestors stormed the Michigan Capitol and stood in the gallery, long guns in hand, looking to intimidate legislators doing their job to serve the people of Michigan. And last week, we saw an armed insurgency occur in our nation’s capitol. This cannot stand. We must take immediate action to protect everyone who steps foot in our state Capitol. The Capitol Commission’s action to ban open carry guns at the Capitol is a good start, but more action is needed. On a normal day, hundreds of people walk through the Capitol, including groups of fourth graders, teachers, and parents on school field trips to learn about state government. That’s why we must take action to ban all weapons at the Capitol to keep Michiganders safe. I am hopeful that the Capitol Commission will recognize the need for further action, and I stand ready to assist in implementing this policy to keep Michiganders safe.”
Does a CPL ban a person from lawfull open carry?
Is there an Attorney General Opinion regarding CPL holders and open carry of a firearm?
What are your thoughts? Please let us know in the comments below.
You can view the meeting here: https://www.facebook.com/fox17online/videos/716268799079631
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Christie Bass is a wife and mother of 3 children. She is a USCCA Firearms instructor and Training Counselor dedicated to empowering all human beings and helping them to realize just how valuable they truly are. She is adamant that we take all steps necessary to teach individuals how to keep themselves free from violence and believes human life holds the highest value.