Low Powered Variable Optics

Evolution is a great thing. It produces success out of failure. What I mean, you either adapt or you get left behind. Such is the nature in the tactical market and in particular the low powered variable optic world. Before you jump down a rather expensive road, you need to know some things. The first thing you need to know is can you define the optic as a need or a want. Genuinely is there a need, of do you just want to keep up with all the cool kids. The reason I start with this has to do with your investment in truly understanding how best to exploit the new purchase.

What Plane Do I Choose

The first thing you need to consider is what focal plane, first or second. I could go into detail about the benefits of each, but suffice it to say you want a first focal plane scope. The biggest reason has to do with shooting holds. If you are using a low powered optic it is implied you will be doing work probably in a dynamic environment where the scenario may not provide you time to adjust your scope to the target distance. Instead, you use a predetermined “hold” to place a portion of your reticle on the target. Thus, compensating for the distance that differs from your zero. As you adjust the magnification up or down, your reticle increases or decreases, but your holdover values will remain the same. This simplifies your firing solution and reduces the computations you would have to do otherwise.

All The Magnification

1-8x is the newer and more popular scops

The next big question is magnification and how much. There is such a thing as too much magnification. What it translate to is weight. Yes, cost will increase as you go up in magnification, but it is really about weight. In today’s market you can find LPVO’s in the 1:8 range. These are great force multipliers, but the weight can turn them into a con. Again, it is implied your use will be in an urban defensive rifle setting and as such you will probably not be in a prone position. While you may obtain a supported position, you cannot count on it so holding the rifle to make a long shot will be a requirement. If the weight starts to become a hinderance it doesn’t matter how much magnification. Optimally, you should try to keep the scope under 22 ounces; which includes the mount.

Double Duty In Daytime

Since we will be employing the scope in an urban setting, the range to target may be close. The scope will need to double as a red dot or reflex sight. Those that come with day time viewable illumination are preferred. A word of caution though, if you are in very bright daylight such as mid day with no cloud cover many of the illuminated reticles are washed out by the sun. If you are going down this road, you want the dot to be bright. An observation I’ve made over the years is if the scope doesn’t have at least six or more intensity settings it probably will not be bright enough. As a reflex sight option you want it to be fast, the contrast of the illuminated dot or reticle is what makes that happen, but only if it is visible in all lighting conditions

Don’t Forget A Good Mount

Whatever your scope choice, it will only be as good as the mount. If you spend a lot of money on your scope, but try to cut corners on your mount you will see poor performance. Think of a mount like tires for a sports car. If you put crappy tires on your super fast car, how much speed will you really be able to exploit. The real question is quick release or no quick release. That depends on your backup sight system. If you are using foldable iron sights then you will want a quick release. If you are mounting a mini-red dot sight to the scope or rifle then it doesn’t matter. If you run the MRDS remember it will add weight overall. Once you pick a good mount, the next issue is to properly mount the scope to your rifle. You will want to make sure you it is installed properly to the best image for performance. When I say properly it means secure, but also level. Take the time to ensure the diopter adjustment is properly set to ensure the reticle is in sharp focus. Most LPVO’s do not have adjustable parallax. They are typically fixed at a set distance. The diopter adjustment basically focuses your eye to the reticle. If you scope has a diopter locking ring, make sure it is secure and if not consider using a witness line. This is a very common mistake for newer shooters; using a blurry sight picture because the diopter is out of focus.

Read The Users Manual

Once you have the scope properly installed you next need to learn how to use it and that means being familiar with all the features. The most common features in an LPVO are magnification, illumination, reticle turrets and the reticle. There may be a few other features, but these are the big ones, so break out the user manual and study. The magnification and illumination are the easiest to learn. They are often marked on the scope itself. Know how your power ring works and if it has a device for rapidly adjusting magnification. Those can be a knob, fin or an extrusion from the scope itself. You will want to get in the practice of always resting your magnification to 1x. Make this a habit, so if you ever have to snap a shot at close range you are not fighting your magnification. Depending on your situation, I recommend leaving the illumination set to a day time view for the same reason. Where things get really complicated is learning your scope turrets and reticle.

Pay Close Attention To The Turrets

When it comes to scope turrets, you will either have capped or exposed. Don’t get wrapped up in which is better, know how to use which ever you have. The one benefit to a capped turret is not worrying about the settings. With capped turrets they cannot accidentally be turned throwing off your scope settings. The bad news, if you want to make adjustments quickly you still have to remove the caps. It is not often you have to do this and for an urban rifle the possibly is infantile. You will really see this when learning your scope on the firing line and dealing with wind. While you will use holds for the majority of engagements, you may find yourself dialing in for some specific situations such as shooting in high winds. It is much easier to eliminate one variable such as your elevation and focus on making the best wind calls. You do want to know the unit of measurement for your scope. Are you using a MIL, MOA or BDC based scope.

What Type of Reticle Is Best

What type of reticle should you go with

Referencing MIL, MOA or BDC is related to the type of reticle. There was a time when I only shot BDC scopes. They were the best in that setting, but things changed. Better ammunition that differed from the BDC rendering it less effective. BDC stands for bullet drop compensator. As the bullet travels in flight, gravity is pulling it to the ground. To hit targets at distance we aim high, how high depends on many factors. The BDC scope eliminated the need to do math and know most of the factors. All you had to know was the distance to the target. Great if you are shooing on a known distance range, not so much in the real world. Now a days, MOA is seeing less and less popularity. If you are using a MOA scope you are not at a disadvantage, but you will have to work a tad harder. MIL version reticles are the most popular and for good reason, they are easier to use. I know easier is subjective, but I find them to be easier these days and I have a lot of hours under my belt with MOA scopes. The big thing here is knowing the unit of measurement. Are you running a 0.1 or 0.2 MIL scope or do you have a ½ or ¼ MOA scope. This references what I call the corrective value. Part of your formula for making corrections. Yes, the smaller measures will be more precise, but they will also be more expensive. Again, as a LPVO do you really need the ultra precise. Only you will know the answer.

Traditional Vs. Technical Reticles

The last and probably the most important thing to consider is your reticle. There are so many, but the new crop of technical reticles are awesome. Think of a technical reticle as a Christmas tree like pattern below your crosshairs. Traditional crosshairs are minimalist. Usually having subtends for holding elevation and windage only. While these are very valuable, they also get really challenging fast. If you have no reason to shoot past 500 yards then maybe you can stay with a traditional crosshair type reticle. If you are going beyond 500, then they are almost required. Even still, the technical reticle excels at close ranges. For me, the biggest advantage to a technical reticle is wind. If I’m at a distance different from my zero, then I will be holding. Add wind and now I’m holding for elevation and wind. With a traditional crosshair scope I’m literally holding in space, using a guess to be as precise as possible. With the technical reticle, I scroll down to the proper hold for elevation, then scroll over to the proper hold for wind and I have a precise aiming point. I’ve made shots out to 1,000 yards using this method and the only reason was because of the technical reticle.

At the end of the day, choosing a scope is a challenge. You first want to identify your budget. how much are you willing to spend. Then, decide on the features such as first or second focal plane. How much magnification I want. The type of measurement and how precise I need along with capped or uncapped turrets. Traditional crosshairs or the newer technical reticles that will most likely be illuminated. All this in the smallest and lightest package possible. You are probably seeing the challenge, but I promise you it will be worth the effort when you push out side normal close ranges. A rifleman is someone who can willfully and repeatedly place a projectile where they want. This includes the mid ranges, what I consider to be 0-500 yards.

Froglogic Podcast EP #59 Jeff Gonzales – 2nd Amendment Advocate – Master Firearms Instructor

Froglogic Podcast

Since the beginning of the Pandemic over 17 million guns have been sold throughout America. In addition to this staggering number, another 5 million NEW gun owners have been added to the rosters of legal gun owners. Rough estimates suggest that there are anywhere from 350 to 420 million guns now existing in American houses, automobiles, apartments, concealed underneath clothing, and in the hands of criminals. The Froglogic Podcast is honored to welcome CEO of Trident Concepts and director or training at the Range in Austin, Jeff Gonzales to this week’s show. Jeff is a former Navy SEAL and Government contractor who’s been teaching tactical firearms training for the past 25 years. Rut and Jeff are long time friends and teammates. In this episode these two frogmen explore the importance of the 2nd Amendment, quality firearms training, increasing crime rates, and the future of guns in America.  Don’t miss this insightful and educational show. HOOYAH

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Lock Down

Given our current circumstances it is easy to let your skills atrophy. What can you do to help keep your skills up to task.

The Case for Automaticity

It is very difficult to replace live fire with anything else and expect the same results live fire offers. There were plenty of times while deployed practice and training would take a back seat to mission planning and actions on the objective. There was a high level of skill develop designed for this exact type of environment. Where you move from the theoretical to the practical. What I learned is the hard work I and many of my teammates put into during training would carry the day. It also helped to understand the importance of automaticity. Developing one’s skills to the point they are automated or reflexive.

Consistency is Still King

While you can achieve a high level of skill through live fire, if you do not have deep war coffers to draw on it might be unrealistic to see this skill level developed quickly. It is hard to expect these skills to be developed as quickly as they can when they are the only reason you are breathing air. Putting all that aside, what can you do in the interim to help improve your skill overall while at the same time minimize any atrophy of live fire skill. The biggest gains will come when any of these tips are consistently applied. The two biggest areas are going to dry fire and visualizations.

Focus On the Good

Dry fire to me is not a cure all. It does not solve every problem. In fact,  it can make them worse. You want to be careful not to practice the wrong thing, to avoid the challenges of undoing all your wrong down the road. Dry fire is an area you can work on non-shooting skills. Skills, such as your draw stroke, reloads, malfunctions and positions. Each of these subjects is considered an essential skill for hand gunning so taking the time to practice and practice in all sorts of conditions is a perfect way to spend your down time away from the range. At some point, you can even combine these together to improve the benefit. Activity such as drawing then assuming a traditional position such as kneeling. Or, practicing your reloads from a seated position. There are several activities you can perform in this condition. The only pitfall to avoid is moving outside of your true skill level. Meaning, don’t be blasting through these drills knowing when you go live you will slow things down. The biggest mistake I see with dry fire is when your dry fire does not support your live fire. You can see it when the two speeds are so different.

Thinking Through the Problem

Visualization is another great tool you can take advantage of without any props what so ever. The best way to take advantage of this tool is not through building scenarios, but in isolating your technique and solving problems. For instances, how will you draw your handgun when belted in your vehicle. Or, you are talking on the phone the moment you are attacked. Visualizing how you would solve these problems would be incredibly valuable. Most of the time, folks will use this technique in a broader sense. Break it down, use it more in an isolated manner. One where you isolate a skill and put it through various settings to see how it would work. When you get really dialed in you can now start to throw yourself curve balls such as subtle changes you need to react to or think how you would react. It is even better when you can bring people into the activity. Whether family members or friends it can benefit them regardless of their skill level.

Don’t let the excuse of being on lock down keep you from training. Adapt to your new surroundings, they are only temporary.

"To hell with circumstances, I create opportunities" Bruce Lee

Pushing Your Limits

We learn when we fail, therefore it is good to fail. Don’t mistake this comment for permission to avoid hard work, failing is hard work when done correctly.

Your Comfort Zone

If you want to live a comfortable life with no real challenges on your horizon then avoid growth. It is far easier to take the easy road, stay in your comfort zone. Make it easy to avoid making mistakes that might show you new ways to complete a task or at the very minimum force you to rethink what you are doing. The ugly truth is sometimes hard to accept, no one likes to fail. The word failure has been associated with so much negativity it is hard to find anything positive. I cannot say I have at times avoided failure as if it were the plague. The problem is by avoiding failure I was only promoting my own stagnation. I was not growing.

Impressing Your Peers

At a certain point you have to give way to being comfortable. You have to put the notion of being comfortable away, some place you will forget about it and then focus on the fall. You can make failure in a controlled setting a very good thing. I really didn’t appreciate this notation until well into my middle ages. It was something I pushed back from for the simple reason I didn’t want to look bad in front of my peers, my teammates those who’s opinion I sought. I did okay, in fact I did pretty damn good. In my early years I really didn’t care about what other people thought. I was too busy kicking ass to care. At some point that changed and everything slowed down. I might have been on a plateau for a long time, but the good news was it was a high plateau. I had a great view.

Skating Through Life

One day I found myself working with some very talented people. I realized I was just as good, but they were putting in hard work and I was pretty much gliding. I started to wonder what might happen if I opened up a bit. I’ll admit I was comfortable and enjoyed the status quo. I realized eventually how sad it was to be satisfied with this state. After that, I started to rethink my entire thought process. It lead me back to my early days where I didn’t care as much I wanted to see where my failure points lie. There is much to be said about know what you can do, but you might consider it equally valuable in knowing what you cannot do…at this moment.

Full Speed Ahead

I do so much work at slow speed that hitting the gas felt weird. I had to bust down some of my own barriers I had in place and instead be okay if I put up a poor performance as long as I went all out. As long as I was safe. As long as I learned something. Most of the professional development I do these days are focused on speed. I should say about doing something faster than I did before. That is were metrics become so important so I can document the performance in an attempt to improve the next time I encounter a drill. I love this thought process. I love how it pushes me to try to do better. It doesn’t matter by how much, just get better no matter how small. Taking this mindset and applying it to a big picture is where you see the true value. Where consistency really pays off, to consistently make an infantile improvement.

Don’t look away when failure stares at you. Instead, thank failure for show you the way.

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Fighting & Fitness

Time is relentless, it is unforgiving and it stops for no one. As we, the good guys age, the bad guys remain  young and virile.

Father Time Cares Not

There is nothing you can do to stop Father Time. It doesn’t mean you give in or give up. Our culture has forgone a degree of toughness. Being tough is often viewed as weak. The hell with that, being tough means you are hardened by adversity. There is nothing good in being soft, being weak or being frail. Recognize these are all target indicators to a seasoned criminal. At some point we need to put the tactical significance of being tough aside and look at the big picture. Yes, the chances of you being involved in a violent crime is possible, but not very probable. Adhere to some common sense safety measures and you reduce the risk even more. What is constantly in our face is our health.

Peak Physical Fitness

As I reach a half century and look back over my life I realize I’m very lucky. Or, how I took a lot calculated risks that paid off. What did not hurt in any way was having a high level of physical fitness. It is no secret the special operations community places a premium on being in peak physical fitness. Yes, we want to be able to crush our enemy. The life is hard and the fitter you are, the better able to handle the high mileage you endure. I am grateful for this experience because it gave me a great appreciate for not just the results, but the journey. These days I work out at a high level, but I am smarter and better educated. My number one goal is injury prevention, followed with increased quality of life. I firmly believe the healthier your are, the better life you will live.

Take the First Step

It is not easy, but the longest step in your journey is the first one. You have to commit to a lifestyle of improved health. Everything is on the table. From what you eat, to how you sleep, to how you workout and how you recover. Eating for optimized performance is easy. Eat whole foods. Choose performance over convenience. I am a carnivore, I eat a lot of meat. I opt to ingest a higher protein and fat content, going light on carbohydrates. Believe me, I know how challenging this lifestyle is having to make it work on the road for so many years. If I can do it on the road, it is achievable. If you don’t know how to cook healthy meals made of whole foods you are behind the power curve.

Sleep is a Priority

I have lived a hard life where sleep was a luxury. It made me appreciate the challenges of a good nights rest. A hectic lifestyle with a lot of demands does not make it easy. You need to recognize without quality sleep you are operating at suboptimal levels at best. Believe me, I have seen the effects of chronic sleep deprivation and it is a killer. Take it seriously. Develop a bed time routine, a schedule. Make it as important as the sleep you crave. Make your room dark, put your electronics in a different room, invest in a white noise maker or ear plugs. Your bedtime routine is not the only one, you need a morning routine to balance it out. Get out of bed with a purpose. Start your day with a little “me” time like reading, stretching or one of my favorites…dry fire practice.

Lift Heavy Shit

When it comes to working out there is a workout theory around every corner. Here is what I know. Moving heavy weights, through full range of motion with adequate recovery is good for you. I don’t care what program you follow, they are all a process and you have to trust the process. If you are going to do something, stick to it for at least six months. Have a way to measure your progress. When folks ask what I do as part of my workout I tell them it is simple, but not easy. I workout four times a week. My workouts generally consist of a strength and a metabolic conditioning component. Most days consist of a good warmup and lots of mobility. If I could tell 30 year old Jeff to start stretching it would have been some great advise. Along with getting in the elevator with Cindy Crawford, but that’s another story. I love strength training and it fluctuates from power lifting to Olympic lifting to body weight movements or combinations off all. When it comes to the METCON they usually consist of intensity or volume. I am fond of light weight rehearsals to best prepare my CNS for the challenges and feel it pays off.

The Mighty 200

I put a lot more stock in recovery these days. Since I workout four times a week I am very aware of how my body feels. Not every day will produce no personal records, but I go into each workout with purpose. The key to a healthier lifestyle is consistency. I have about 200 good workout per year excluding holidays and vacations…even though I workout during those events. That means each time I walk into the gym I have to realize I’m not going to get this time back. I have to make the most out of it, do my best towards achieving 200 good workouts per year. When I look at it in these terms it allows me to focus on the task at hand and put forth my best effort. Looking as these 200 workouts puts recovery into a better perspective, without it I wouldn’t be able to achieve the gains.

Nobody said life would be easy and getting old is not for the faint at heart. You have to be committed to a healthy lifestyle; one where you are a harder target as well a great grandparent.

Varsity versus Junior Varsity

Setting yourself up for failure is easy, but setting yourself up for success is always a challenge. We tend to stay in our comfort zone rather than push the boundaries.

The push towards improvement

I have observed over the years so much chest beating in the community, but few step up to the plate on a consistent basis. I am not saying there are not those who can’t do it, I’m saying most don’t put forth the effort. I make a standard practice to push the limits from our curriculum, performance and standards so I expect the same from our students. Learning, growth and improvement are the by products to being challenged, pushed to your limits. Many times, we all need that push to get us to the next level.

Next level training

Those who have trained with us are well aware of our performance standards. We are the only organization within this industry who first off collects metrics on performance and second holds students accountable to standards. I find it mind boggling we are the only ones and while some have their own system the integrity of our standards has not been compromised nor will it on my watch. It is the key why so many hard shooters continue to train with us, they can be evaluated versus observable, measurable and repeatable standards. Once we see a student reach a certain level, usually passing in the high 90% the next step is to lay the gauntlet at their feet.

Do work

You see,  most who train with us have no idea the scoring conditions they must meet are our junior varsity standards. Long ago when we first released our Target Enhancement Training Program or TETP the feedback we were getting showed us many were not ready for the scoring standards so when we developed our first target it was released with the 8″/4″ scoring standard zones. As we continued to use this target for all of our classes we were able to see the performance improvement. It finally paid off with solid, well rounded and resilient shooters. There is no secret, you just have to do hard work.

Patience, not at all

If you know me, you know I am not a patient man. Like not at all. However, I had to learn patience as we worked to build shooters in our image. During this time we saw so many advanced their skills and continue to push their own limits without our assistance. As these shooters came back to our classes their technique was more refined, honed to a nice edge and displayed in their scores. For those we felt would benefit the option to shoot the class versus the Varsity targets of 6″/3″ was made. Much to my delight all have stepped up to the plate. It is rewarding seeing these capable shooters push themselves even harder. We don’t make it public, so most students are not aware. The benefit go further than most realize; my strong shooters continue to hone their edge even finer. The up and coming shooters realize they have much work to do and those who sometimes become complacent realize they are not as good as they thought.

Pushing the limits should be part of any training program. Failure should not be feared, but embraced in your quest for the prize.

Cheating and the big picture

I’m sure we’ve all heard the expression, “if you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.” As a BUDS instructor I’d love it when a student would say this in attempt to excuse their failure.

First place losers

It became a pattern, those who uttered that phrase and similar, we’re not use to winning. I saw this as a person who was not willing to put the work in, to be ready. Instead they’d seek out a short cut in an effort to avoid the difficulty or challenges. Hey, it sucks when your wet and cold and we’ve all done it, but are you better for it now? There are tons of excuses, but the one I see the most is again those who aren’t ready. I think it’s impossible to be ready for every contingency, but that doesn’t stop us from working.

Human nature

People will cheat, it’s human nature. Now ask yourself how that makes you feel when you learn the doctor performing surgery on your child wasn’t ready for their exams and took short cuts. What about the pilot who fails to log in extra hours. Are there professions it’s ok to cheat? Is it ok if one of my teammates cheats on his PT standards and can’t carry his load or gun decks their shooting qualifications? How does that help my team or teammates. More importantly, how does that help achieve mission success.

What if there weren’t any standards???

Not everything has to be a  life or death struggle regarding cheating. Sometimes it’s as simple as making a lift or finishing a workout as prescribed. At some point this conversation will circle back to standards. You either meet the standards or you don’t. Standards are what keep us all honest, they are worthless if there is no integrity attached to them. With the Crossfit games behind us, how would they look if there wasn’t a standard of movement?

Life long selection

Whether you like it or not we are constantly being evaluated and life is one long selection process. If you cheat on the little things, will you cheat on the bigger one or where do you draw the line? If you feel it’s ok to cheat then do you just blast the total stranger because “if you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying” and you didn’t want to wait for them to show lethal intentions. What about the person who shoots at the fleeing robber, is that cheating? Nobody said it would be easy. 

Integrity check

Now that everyone is on their seats just waiting to delve in to anger filled rebuke. Ask yourself if you cheat and if it is ok? Of course, we could go to the extreme and say using some equipment is cheating, night vision is an example. Is it hypocritical to think of this as tactical exploitation. Mull that over a bit. My point to all of this is don’t fall into the party line when it comes to performance. Most people can’t meet minimum standards not because they are not skilled, but because they don’t want to put the work in to meet them. So, they justify why it is ok to cut corners, shave time or count misses. Then of course there is that whole integrity thing we as an industry seem to find more of a convenience than a bedrock principle. 

The purpose of this article was to force people to think and consider their actions. Yes, people cheat. The question is did you cheat because you failed to prepare and train? If so, then why?

"Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching" C.S. Lewis British Novelist

Sad Display of Entitlement

The more bad things we see happen to our citizens, the more people seem to get stupid. I’m pissed and have no problem placing blame for these atrocities, but that is not who I’m pissed at; I’m pissed at the stupid people who do not get it.

The fittest on earth

Recently Dave Castro, Director of Training for the Crossfit Games and former U.S. Navy SEAL announced the winners of this year’s games would receive a Glock pistol courtesy of Glock, Inc. Let’s put this in perspective, it’s an inanimate object and a pretty cool prize. The fact is this $500 prize will pale in comparison to the actual pot of money each athlete will receive for being crowned the Fittest on Earth. His announcement caused all sorts of drama, I am not calling it controversy, just drama from a group of people who are part of the problem we currently face. Their biggest complaint is the timing and lack of sensitivity regarding current events.

Due process double standard

With facts still waiting to be released on the shootings that initiated a string of violent mob events culminating with murder of five Texas police officers I fail to see the problem. Dave is a Teammate and Crossfit has deep roots in the military and law enforcement professions. How is this being insensitive to the five police officers who were murdered? I have seen plenty of ignorant people making all sorts of claims leveled against police. Yet, the moment you confront their claims with facts you are the enemy because you challenge their narrative with God forbid the truth. More importantly if instead of a gun, would the cowardly mob feel better if it were a brand new car? Because cars don’t kill…oh wait.

Nothing to see here

By now we have all witnessed the vile and evil acts of an Islamic terrorist running people over in Nice France. He ran them over with a large truck and imposed his will and hatred until he was finally killed by you guessed it; a gun. So, we have a truck used for evil and a gun used for good. Do you see the irony here? The truck did not turn itself on, put itself into gear and steer over these poor people to include women and children. It did so because someone made a choice to sit behind the wheel and purposefully murdered those people. When I see this type of reaction to Dave’s announcement, I see nothing more than cowards.

Support hypocrisy

Many within the Crossfit community are the ones pushing the drama truck and they should be ashamed of themselves. The Crossfit community is one where there is great support for one another regardless of your size, gender, age or beliefs. Yet, an inanimate object strikes terror into their hearts and thrusts them into action to stop the insanity. In other words, you can be whoever you want, but a legal object that can be legally owned for the purposes of a legal endeavor is somehow sacrilegist. Grow a pair of balls. You wonder why we are experiencing such turbulent times, a large portion of blame points to this type of thinking, this type of victim mentality.

God bless them and their families

Let me tell you about victims, Sean and Brodie Copeland of Lakeway Texas. A father and son who were vacationing in France and were mowed down by pure hatred and evil. These are the real victims, it has nothing to do with an inanimate object it has everything to do with an ideology of hatred. It has nothing to do with an inanimate object, it has to do with the person making the choice to use that object for evil. If you are calling for more gun control, but cannot utter the words islamic terrorist to describe these events you are a flaming asshole. If you cannot recognize we are all hated by this religion then you are not only part of the problem, but complicit in these heinous acts.

I fully support my Teammate in his choice for one of many prizes to be awarded at this year’s Games and will be watching intently. Those of you with your panties in a wad…I will reserve my true comments and leave you with this; you are cowards.


High Mileage Athlete

There are few constants in the world, one constant is change. Another constant as it relates to our industry is bad guys don’t grow old, seem to be younger.

Wear and tear

If you have been doing this job for any length of time, it takes its toll on the body. It is really hard to avoid injury when you are pushing the limits on a daily basis. It is not a matter of it, but when you are going to see injuries. They will vary, but count on them and more importantly you need to have a plan for how to get healthy, stay healthy and prevent future injuries. I changed my perspective after a serious injury 7 year ago, in a way it was a good thing because it forced the change.

It’s a young man’s game

I am not getting any younger in case you were wondering. Threats to my well being from criminal or terrorist actors are not aging with me, instead they are younger. They pose a significant threat because they are younger4, but they are also probably stronger and faster than most. When we are conducting our training classes I am surprised to see people have difficulty with the most innocent of movements such as retrieving equipment off the deck. With that being said, most people need mobility, balance and coordination more than anything.

Get your mobility on

We work hard to adjust and modify student’s posture in classes to better support their shooting. Most people either use techniques considered suboptimal due to the demand on the body or in some cases technically inferior. Understanding the importance of the muscular skeleton as it relates to shooting is something we push hard in classes and so on top of having difficulty retrieving equipment most have poor performance in this field because they don’t have the range of motion, their mobility sucks.

Range of motion is sweet

I noticed a ridiculous change in my lifts when I put more effort into my mobility, limited range of motion affects all aspects of your life. Balance and coordination hinge on your ability to be flexible and rigid at the same time. Yes, at times when people ask me how they can get better as a shooter I want to tell them to get stronger, but really what I should be saying is work on your mobility. While there is no safe way to provide advise these days due to our litigative society I would encourage you to simply ask yourself what hurts. It’s a great place to start your search into learning more about that region.

Knowledge is power

There is no excuse why you cannot research a joint, muscle or section on your own. To educate yourself on how it works, what it does and more importantly what it doesn’t do when injured. The body is an amazing mechanism and it compensates incredibly well, learning about those compensations due to the imbalances. While it may seem counter intuitive, your knees may be hurting because you have no flexibility in your ankles. Yes, there could be dozens of other reasons, but by educating yourself you better align your response. You may even come to realize you need to see an expert because it is much worse than you thought and you were doing a good job of trying to ignore the injury.

With access to so many resources these days it is hard not to take a more vested interest in your own body. If you don’t make it a priority, no one else will.

Trident Concepts
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