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Beginner’s Guide To Handguns Part 3: Gun Range Safety And Etiquette

Beginner’s Guide To Handguns Part 3: Gun Range Safety And Etiquette

This YouTube video by National Shooting Sports Foundation explains common safety and etiquette rules at a shooting range. Shooting ranges are important places to practice. Many will let you rent or otherwise try out different gun models before you commit to buying one. It’s helpful to know how a gun model feels in your hands and if it’s comfortable; everyone is different.

The video starts with universal gun safety rules. I have shared these in a previous post, but they can never be overstated. Safety is especially important around other people who are practicing shooting.

  1. Keep the gun pointed in a safe direction: Never point the gun at anything you don’t want to shoot.
  2. Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot.
  3. Keep your gun completely unloaded until you’re ready to shoot.
  4. Every gun range has different rules, so read them thoroughly before you begin shooting: Ask for help and guidance up front before you’re in a noisy shooting area. Safety is the staff’s number one concern, so they’ll be happy to answer questions.

Next, the hosts demonstrate how to safely set down both a semiautomatic handgun and a revolver. They have different parts, but they should both be pointed downrange at all times. A gun should be in this position whenever you’re inspecting the target or changing shooters in the booth.

At indoor gun ranges, you can automatically bring the target close to you for inspection. At an outdoor range, you must wait for the range officer to give the all clear signal to walk up and inspect.

The video then goes through the rules specific to the range where it was filmed. You should follow all instructions by the range officer on duty. Anyone at the range can call a cease fire, and the officer will respond to your concerns. The video wraps up with some common sense tips.

Beginner’s Guide To Handguns Part 2: 4 Rules Of Firearm Safety

Beginner’s Guide To Handguns Part 2: 4 Rules Of Firearm Safety

This very important YouTube video by Warrior Poet Society lists 4 safety rules for handguns. The host John Lovell is a former Army Ranger who teaches firearm safety throughout the United States. These rules are universal, and should be practiced by gun owners so much they become second nature.

  1. Treat all guns as if they are loaded, and know the condition of your weapon: Never point the gun at another person, even if you feel certain it’s empty. Point it downrange and inspect the chamber thoroughly and repeatedly before you put it down.
  2. Keep your finger off the trigger until the sights are aligned and the decision to shoot has been made: This was mentioned at the end of the previous post, “Beginner’s Guide To Handguns Part 1,” but it bears repeating. None of these safety rules can be overstated. If your finger is on the trigger, it’s too easy to accidentally fire if you’re distracted.
  3. Never point a gun at anything you don’t intend to destroy: Lovell demonstrates the wrong way to shoot (with a prop gun), and the barrel line crosses his hands repeatedly. Utmost care must be followed not to point a gun at a living person.
  4. Know your target, what is beyond it, in front of it, to the left and to the right of it: If you miss your target, you can unintentionally kill anyone within range. A bullet can even go through solid objects like walls. You are responsible for a fired bullet until it stops moving. This is why warning shots are bad practice.

Beginner’s Guide To Handguns Part 1: How A Handgun Works

Beginner’s Guide To Handguns Part 1: How A Handgun Works

In this YouTube video by Guns & Accessories, the host presents the basics of how a handgun works. There are many types of guns and ammunition. The host explains how ammunition is classified by its diameter size, whether in the Standard or Metric systems. Then he carefully demonstrates how a standard gun operates while not firing with it.

The host puts very strong emphasis on safety, and begins by imploring the viewer to attend a gun class in person. A gun shop should be able to refer you to a class and practice range in your area. A special point is made near the end of the video about trigger discipline. Do not place your finger on the trigger until the split second you are ready to destroy something. Any other time, keep your finger outside the rim around the trigger.

I will share more videos in this series about gun safety and training. However these are just a starting point. If you purchase a gun, I urge you again to get in-person training. That way an instructor can advise you what type of gun is best suited for you, as well as catch errors in your technique.

7 Options When You Can’t Avoid A Narcissist

7 Options When You Can’t Avoid A Narcissist

In this video by Surviving Narcissism, Dr. Les Carter gives us 7 options for when you can’t avoid a narcissist. You may be in a situation where you can’t completely leave an abusive relationship, whether you’re family, or if you work together, or you share the same social circle and leaving the narcissist means leaving other people you love.

  1. Stop wishing for a better relationship: You don’t really have a relationship with a narcissist, and they’re not going to improve.
  2. Learn to stay functional: Learn what your bare minimum responsibilities are to the narcissist, and don’t spend more energy than that.
  3. Unhook emotionally: Realize the narcissist’s cruelty is not a reflection on you, but on them. Don’t take it personally.
  4. Monitor your anger reactions: Narcissists take pleasure in your anger. Take your emotions out of the “relationship,” and they will lose interest in abusing you.
  5. Drop your instinct to defend: This doesn’t mean you don’t stand up for yourself, but you should deny them the pleasure of arguing and emotional strife.
  6. Refrain from personal sharing: Personal information is leverage to a narcissist. Minimize sharing it.
  7. Stop trying to interpret the narcissist’s behavior: This just feeds their ego more, and the attention is not reciprocated in a healthy way.

These practices are part of the “Gray Rock” method of dealing with narcissists. Your goal should be to disengage emotionally. It helps to learn and manage your emotional triggers, something that a therapist or life coach can help with.

Fast Flexibility Without Stretching: Reciprocal Inhibition

Fast Flexibility Without Stretching: Reciprocal Inhibition

This YouTube video by martial arts instructor Jesse Enkamp teaches us a new and fast way of improving our flexibility. He calls it reciprocal inhibition, and it’s based on the fact that all muscles are part of opposing pairs. The biceps are paired with the triceps, the quads are paired with the hamstrings, the chest is paired with the back, and so on. If we want to make a particular muscle more flexible, we should gently work its opposing muscle. Enkamp explains the drill, and demonstrates it with a few examples.

The Tables Turn On Cancel Culture: Backlash Against Disney And Other Nonsense

The Tables Turn On Cancel Culture: Backlash Against Disney And Other Nonsense

In the following half hour video by ClownfishTV, the hosts Kneon and Geeky Sparkles report a public opinion poll about Disney firing Gina Carano, as well Disney’s shareholder meeting this week, in which sharp questions were directed at the CEO. They also discuss Disney’s political motivations and consumers’ rejection of Disney+ and changes at Disney theme parks.

Gina Carano’s public firing from “The Mandalorian” appears to be a wakeup call to cancel culture. In the 3 weeks since, more famous individuals and IPs, who are beloved by millions, have been cancelled. Mister Potato Head, Dr. Seuss, and Pepe Le Pew, have rallied the public into ridiculing political correctness. The internet memes are abundant. Hollywood and Corporate America will surrender to the Far Left’s emotional blackmail, but customers won’t anymore.

The video mentions Disney’s previous chief executive, Bob Iger, and his political aspirations. He is known to want to run for office as a Democrat. This may explain the company’s positioning in recent years, catering to vocal leftists on Twitter. Disney’s new boss Bob Chapek has the task of winning back conservatives and moderates, but that’s a tall order. In the Internet Age, it’s easier to see through a corporation’s public image, and Disney is as cutthroat as any. The awakening of normal American citizens is only speeding up.