Firearm Education In High School

A new piece of legislation introduced in North Carolina aims to give high school students a little extra learning: firearms education.

House Bill 612, filed this week by Representative Jay Adams, would give the state room to develop a firearms education course and allow the class, which would include “firearms safety education as recommend by law enforcement agencies or a firearms association”, to be offered as an elective to high school students.

The course, which would be developed by the North Carolina Board of Education, would not allow live ammunition in the classroom and would also cover the history and mechanics of firearms with a firm emphasis on the importance of gun safety.

I would love to see this sort of curriculum in as many schools as possible!

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Recoil Management

Should be “muzzle flip,” as that’s the ‘springboard’ for this feature: I received a screen capture depicting someone shooting a light, powerful revolver. The muzzle was directed skyward, presumably by the crushing power of the load in the lightweight gun. A grimace, closed eyes and the impression of a high-order detonation implied ‘punishment.’

Muzzle flip is a component of recoil expressed due to a loose grip and/or poor stance. Recoil is a function of projectile weight and mass, velocity and the weight of the launching device. It’s something you feel – for every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction. It’s like politics.

Control of recoil is control of the ultimate force option: If you keep the gun in line – or nearly in line – with the point of ignition, you can reset the action and continue firing. It’s a rate of (accurate) fire thing.

You’ve seen videos of the inexperienced types shooting X-frame .500 Magnum revolvers. For one press of the trigger, it appears they’re getting the “hammer” – two shots. It has to do with the abrupt jarring impact, trigger finger relaxing due to impact and immediately retightening to keep the gun in hand. The second round is coming out nearly vertical, close to covering the shooter’s head.

That’s a problem. It’s potentially a self-resolving problem in a permanent sense.

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The Quest For Fire

Fire is so crucial for survival in the wild especially when lost or just taking an adventure. Ever wondered why almost every person starts a fire whether camping or just taking an adventure? In a short while, I will show you exactly why fire is so important in the world and why you must know how to start one. You can agree with me that most people who find themselves in a situation where they need fire don’t have a lighter.

Well, I promise to show you exactly how you can start a fire in the wild with or without a lighter but first let’s see why fire is so important in the wild.

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Julie Golob On Flinching

Hello, my name is Julie Golob, and I flinch.

That’s right…I’m a professional competition shooter, a seven-division practical shooting ladies champion with over 50 world and national titles. How could I possibly flinch when I shoot?

Every now and again, though, you’ll see me flinch. It can happen when I am shooting cold, with no practice. It can happen when I know I will experience significant recoil. It can happen when I feel pressure to perform. My eyes may close just as I break the shot, but training, discipline, knowledge of my firearm and recoil control techniques result in a minor discrepancy of hits on the target… or a quick follow-up shot.

Flinching is a natural defense mechanism that plagues many shooters, and yes, even seasoned ones. A flinch is a natural human reaction, defined as a quick, nervous movement of the face or body as an instinctive reaction to surprise, fear, or pain.

When you shoot a firearm, there is literally an explosion happening inches in front of your face. It’s completely natural to slam your eyelids shut, tense up, and…flinch.

Whether it is the novice shooter with a white-knuckled grip on the handgun, desperate to control the flash, bang and recoil; or the experienced target shooter whose microscopic flinch leads to a less than perfect 10x bull’s-eye, we have all done it.

Go and read the rest of the article. You’ll learn it’s ok to admit to flinching and how to correct it.