Ever been to Pahrump, Nevada? We hadn’t, either, until we went to a Front Sight handguns training class. During those four hot and sweaty days on the range, we learned a lot about safely using Glocks, 1911s and other handguns — and a few unexpected life lessons, as well.
5 Life Lessons Learned
Did You Really Think That Life Was Easy
Temperatures ranged from 95-108 degrees during class, and we spent most of the day out in the sun. At least we could wear shorts and thin clothing; the instructors sweltered in full uniforms with long shirts underneath. Try concentrating on proper holstering and gun malfunctions while sweat is dripping into your eyes. (At least we had all we could drink of cool water — and we drank a lot.)
People Come In All Personalities, Ages And Sizes
Students ranged from twenty-somethings to 80-year-olds, with a healthy range of 30s, 40s and 50s mixed in. Some of the men were beefy firefighters and wrestling coaches; others were small and lightly-built. (A number of women, yours truly included, were there, too.) Quiet, thoughtful to loud and obnoxious, with every range in between. The only thing we had in common was our interest — and need to learn more about a useful tool.
They’ve Had A Variety Of Life Experiences. Why Would They Act The Same?
One group of guys were obviously old friends, bragging and egging each other on. The loners (often hunters, or men who owned their own companies) viewed this rowdy behavior with cool disregard, preferring to focus on the class. Others worked only as pairs or threesomes, ignoring everyone else. The instructors didn’t care what we did, quite frankly, so long as we listened (and practiced) what they had to teach.
Practice, Practice…And Practice Some More
Loading and unloading. ‘Dry’ shooting (no bullets) just as much — or more — than when armed. The more we shot, the more we were urged to practice. By day four, we didn’t even have to concentrate on the process — we’d done it so often that the steps came automatically.
Plan Ahead For Best Results
Life is full of unexpected events, including threats to those you love. Taking time to think and plan ahead makes your actions far more effective, regardless of the scenario.
Especially if you practice.
Cindy Brick is a personal property appraiser, judge and national teacher who loves to write about frugality and other personal finance topics. She has written six books and hundreds of articles, but often focuses on quilting, her teaching specialty. She lives in Colorado with her husband, two golden labs and a flock of very suspicious chickens. Find out more at Brickworks, http://www.cindybrick.com, or visit her personal blog: http://www.cindybrick.blogspot.com