The Gratuitous Compliment Trend

The Gratuitous Compliment Trend Have you ever did something at work, or school, then asked for feedback only to be told “good job” without any sincerity behind it? You’re asking for feedback, not a pat on the head. You ask because you care about the quality of work you perform and want to improve. One

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Frustration

Frustration: a feeling of anger or annoyance caused by being unable to do something : the state of being frustrated Today I had the opportunity to introduce a shooter to a shotgun. He made the purchase for home defense. There are pros, cons, and much urban legend surrounding the shotgun. It is an effective tool

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Focus on the front sight

Question: How / why does focusing on the pistol’s, or rifle’s, front sight improve accuracy? Your eyes can only focus on one distance at a time. Whether that distance is 20 inches, 23 inches, 5 feet, or 50 feet. While shooting it’s usually advocated to focus on the front sight; the target and rear sight

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Thoughts from class – 6/14/15

Thoughts from class This past Sunday we ran an NRA Basic #Pistol Shooting Course for a small class. Because it was so small we were able to cover all of the NRA material then expand into some handgun manipulations – loading / unloading, drawing the pistol, some malfunctions, and press check / chamber check (verifying

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Thoughts From Class – 11/5/12

Following are some thoughts from a class that was taught on 11/5/12. It was posted on Facebook initially.   Instructing people is as much an art as it is anything else. The instructor needs to have interpersonal / verbal skills, a good knowledge base, real world experience, and a solid grasp of teaching / learning

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Learning is a process

Thoughts from class on 7-28-13 Learning is a process, it doesn’t happen instantaneously. It’s a progression of accomplishments and mistakes, with the overall trend being improvement. I make the analogy of a baby learning to walk. It doesn’t just jump up one day and start strutting around. It starts by rolling over one time, sitting up

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Some thoughts from class 5-17-15

These are some brief thoughts from the Indy Pistol Training Fundamental Defensive Pistol class held in Shelbyville, IN. 5-17-15 Two things continually amaze me: 1) the quality of students that we attract; 2) the weather. We were projected to get thunderstorms and hot weather. Instead we got partly overcast conditions and temps in the 70/80

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Help me, don’t “help” me.

 “Here, let me ‘help’ you with that.” You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.  (Apologies to William Goldman; Princess Bride). I’ve heard that phrase uttered a lot.  What follows is typically the person who says it actually taking over and performing a task for someone rather

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Active Listening Skills

Several years ago one of the buzz-words (phrases) was active listening skills.  In other words actually listen to what someone has to say rather than wait for your turn to speak, or just assume something without actually paying attention to the words and non-verbal cues the other person was providing.  People failed at it then

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What kind of bullet?

L - target ammo; R - defensive ammo

You’ve researched different pistols.  You’ve taken the time to get training and shoot the models you are considering.  You’ve made your purchase.  You’ve chosen a quality holster and are ready to check out.  Then the clerk asks you what kind of ammunition you’d like………… What……what “kind” of ammunition?  The kind that shoots out of my

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