Archive for January, 2012

Want to eat better AND cheaper this year?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

If you do now is the time to start Preping for gardening. It’s time to plan your garden, build raised beds as needed, and start seed. Today I will be ordering some bees!

Don’t shoot faster than you can hit.

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Don’t shoot faster than you can hit. By doing so you are just making noise. While it is indeed needed to make rapid shots, especially in a self defense situation, if you are not putting this shots on target you really aren’t doing much. You gave no real hope of stopping your attacker and you open yourself up to liability.

To increase your ability to make rapid, accurate shots you must practice. I recommend shooting at a 8 inch target (paper plates are great) from about 7 yards. See how fast you can shoot that plate while keeping all your shots on the plate. Once you have that speed in mind keep working at that pace until your group contracts. It may help to put a small 1 inch aiming point in the center of the plate. When your group is about 1/4-1/2 the size of the plate you can speed up. Shoot faster until you are just keeping your shots on the plate again.
Set that as your new pace. Work that until your group contracts again. Repeat.

On Teaching

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Be mindful of the fact that teaching is a dance. It’s a dance that usually involves more than one person. When you are teaching someone or many people you are not dictating to them. Even if you are lecturing you are still having a conversation. A two way conversation.

The class make up contributes greatly to the amount of learning that will take place. A teachable mindset on the part of the student and a mentoring mindset on the part of the teacher are a must. If you, as the teacher, are mindful you can somewhat mold the energy of the class.

Great care must be taken to keep the energy of the class on the positive side. Do not allow the focus of questions to drift you to far from the topic of the class. The teacher must maintain a relaxed, comfortable face. I like to use a bit of levity to help the class relax a bit. Tell a few funny stories that relate to the topic without letting your class become “story hour”.
If you see that the class is confused, stop and address it. Ask if there are questions. Say that you see confused looks and want to help clear up the subject.

If the students are comfortable with you they will have an easier time learning from you.

Good luck!

Teaching

Monday, January 16th, 2012

One of the amendments to the fundamentals of marksmanship is Teaching.  It is not a strict fundamental of marksmanship.  You can learn the fundamentals and shoot just fine.  Regardless of the level you are at you will shoot better if you try to teach the skill.

Regardless of the skill you are learning you will do it better and have a better mastery of it if you try to teach it.  The more you teach it the better you will be at it.  Many people look at this in the wrong light.  They see it much as they see competing.  They do not want to do either until they feel they have mastered their subject.

I encourage you not to wait for this.  If you wait you will likely never get around to doing either.  By teaching and competing you will make yourself better.  Yes, you will likely screw some stuff up.  Sometimes I pity my first students. Fortunately they were my wive and oldest child so I had the chance to fix what I had screwed up.  Looking back I know I have learned a lot along the way.

You must get the safety part down cold but that is easy. The other stuff you just need a good working understanding of it and some cheat sheets.

Learn a new skill

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Learning any new skill can be difficult. I find that once you start down the road to learning a new skill you find that it is not as intimidateing as you thought when you began. When you have your new skill you will be more confident in your prospects for adding others.
Currently I am studying solar heating, a “new” method for building your own super wood stove, and building your own web pages.

You must just take the first step.

Evaluating stores

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Evaluating stores,

I’ve been doing a bit of this of late. Not just seeing what all kinds of stuff that I have but what its place in my life.

I believe I shall start a major culling. I will see that all the stuff I keep has a particular purpose.

Team Tactics 2

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

As you can tell from my previous post on this topic I feel very strongly about a couples relationship. I feel so strongly about it in fact that I had considered a life in couples counciling but I decided teaching people to shoot was safer.

Your primary relationship is one of the most important things for you to learn to manage. To that end I try to help couples get away from the confrontational aspect that many have. Find areas to compromise on. That is why I offer the deal for my class and ballroom dance lessons.

Many times I have guys wanting to get their wives/girlfriend to take my class. (you can read my wife’s article on how men sabotage that). One way to get her to come is to offer to do something for her that you wouldn’t normally do.

My friend the dance instructor has the same problem in reverse. More ladies are driven to take his class and have to drag their husbands/boyfriends.

So to start again as a team this year do something for each other.

Team training

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

I had the good fortune to do a little shooting today with my team mate, my wife. When we think of team training most of us think of swat type stuff. Building clearing etc. If we play those kind of games we usually do so with a buddy. The likely hood we will have said buddy with us in a time of need is rare.

We are likely to have our significant other at hand however. It would be in our best interest to see that they have some level of understanding about defensive issues.
Part of training that team is to see that the team can function in your absence. Unfortunately it is entirely possible that you will not be at hand should the need for action arise.
Get them involved. Make it fun. Do not try to scare them into it. If they have some fun with it they won’t be so intimidated by firearms. Start small with a .22 rifle shooting at something fun like apples, potatoes, or full soda cans. They will be hooked then.

Valentine’s day special

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

TFor our February handgun carry class we are offering a couples special in celebration of Valentine’s day. Couples will get the class at a $20 discount($100 instead of the usual $120 for two students). But if you sign up for a months worth of ballroom dance lessons (4 classes) you get the class at 1/2 off. That’s $60 for the couple. Go to http://www.dare2dancetn.com/index.htm or contact me for more info on classes.

The usual rates for the dance lessons are $15 per couple per class or $60 for the whole month.

So you get our handgun carry class and 4 couples dance classes for $120!