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.

Skill Set: Becoming a Rifleman – or Woman

Originally published in the February 9, 2017 edition of The Shooting Wire (

This week I’m running a Precision Rifle course for a group of law enforcement officers. I haven’t written about rifle work in a long time, especially precision shooting with bolt action rifles, so since it’s on my mind I decided to devote this column to some thoughts on it.

There are a lot of people that think rifle-shooting means working from a bench or firing from prone with a bipod. To truly learn how to use a rifle in the field you’re going to need to break out of your comfort zone. This means learning how to manipulate the rifle and be able to shoot it accurately from any position.

What’s there to learning about manipulating a bolt-action rifle? Loading a bolt gun may seem simple. Feed the rounds into the box magazine in the stock. Loading it without having to look at it, and depress the rounds in the magazine so you can get that one extra round into the chamber takes time and practice. Keeping it loaded is another important skill. You fire two hits; open the bolt and feed it a couple more to keep it topped off. It’s always better to load when you want to as opposed to when you have to.

You have to learn the various positions, and how they apply in the field. There’s offhand shooting, and “Olympic” offhand, blading the body more than usual and bracing the support arm against the upper body for stability. There are variations of kneeling, sitting and prone. One should be efficient at all these “traditional” firing positions. Then you get into what Jeff Cooper called “jackass” positions, variations of the traditional positions, plus learning how to brace or rest against objects in your environment to for stability and accuracy.

Accuracy is defined by distance and/or size of the target. Being a rifleman means you know what position you need so when you press the trigger you get a good hit. At the same time you’re learning what your capabilities are, and when a shot is beyond your abilities. The best way to practice these skills is dry practice.

During live fire drills accept the fact that you will have “bad” shots. Forget those and focus on the “good” hits. As with any skill your performance is based on your mindset. The more you think about the good stiff, what you did right, the better your performance will be.

If lying in prone and shooting with a bipod or sitting on a bench and firing small groups is your thing that’s cool. To become a true rifleman – or woman – you’re going to invest some time and become disciplined. The great thing about today is that you can get extremely accurate rifles from Remington, Savage, Ruger and others without having to spend a fortune. The same goes for glass or optics. You don’t want to buy the cheapest thing out there, but it’s not necessary to spend a fortune to get good clear glass.

Once you get good it’s time to start testing ammunition. Again, we’re living in a great time; it’s highly likely you’ll be able to find an accurate round for your rifle without the need for hand loading.

These skills apply to all rifle work. It doesn’t’ matter if you’re shooting a .22 at fifty yards or a high-power rifle at several hundred yards. With time, dedication and discipline you too can become a rifleman, or woman.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, located in northern Alabama. He is the author of ‘The Book of Two Guns‘ – writes for several firearms/tactical publications, and is featured on GunTalk’s DVD, ‘Fighting With The 1911‘ – McKee’s new book, AR Skills and Drills, is available now.

Tips To Improve Your Shooting Accuracy

Some folks are naturals when it comes to shooting a weapon accurately. When you watch the movies, it seems all the heroes in the movie can just shoot from the hip and hit the target dead centre, while the villains can’t hit a barn door!

Reality is that for most of us, shooting accurately is a skill. Like any other skill it needs to be developed and practised to achieve success. If you are completely new to shooting, the best course of action would be to go down to your local shooting range and have a professional instructor teach you the basics of firing a weapon effectively.

However all of us, whether novices or experiences shooters, can use some refresher tips to help us shoot a little more accurately. Below I list some tips that should help you to sharpen your shooting skills. Some you have probably heard of before. But sometimes it helps to see them again to remind you of the basics that you should be following when shooting.

The key to effective shooting is having a repeatable process. If you have been in the Army you were probably taught the BRASS acronym, which stands for Breath, Relax, Aim, Squeeze and Shoot.

When you are at the shooting range practising, focus on and complete each step individually. Take your time and do not rush things. After a while this process will be embedded in your mind and you will start doing it automatically. By employing this process, you will focus better and in doing so aim a lot better.

Squeeze – Don’t Pull
Folks who do not have much experience with shooting or have not perhaps had someone teach them proper shooting technique, often tend to pull at the trigger rather than squeezing the trigger.

When you pull the trigger, it will cause a jerking action that will take your weapon off target. However when you smoothly squeeze the trigger, the weapon should stay on target a lot easier.

Dry Fire
Dry firing is a technique where you go through your whole process of firing off a shot, except you do it all without any live ammo.

Not only does dry firing save you a lot of money in ammo that is not being wasted, but it also helps you to practise your shooting form. When practicing with live fire, as soon as you pull the trigger, the firearm will start to recoil. This makes it rather difficult to see how much your sight alignment was affected by your trigger pull. During a dry firing practice, there is no recoil. Therefore, it becomes easier for you to detect if there was any movement during trigger pull.

If you can afford it, it might be worth adding a laser sight to your gun when dry firing. The laser will be able to give a better visual indication of how much you are moving off or staying on target.

Be careful to check your weapon’s owner manual whether it is all right to do dry firing with the weapon before you start dry firing with it.

Follow Through
You may have noticed that when you shoot two or more shots in a row, that your barrel dips after the first shot. This is due to anticipation or flinch. This is obviously not a good thing if you want to hit the target consistently with several shots.

An easy drill to try out that eliminates anticipation is the Single Shot Drill. All you do is load 1 round into your weapon and remove the magazine. Fire your shot at the target as you would normally do. Keeping your form after the first shot, squeeze the trigger for a second shot (this time there is no ammo fed into the gun, so no shot goes off). Watch your sight for dipping. Keep practising this drill to work on your follow through when firing several shots.

Embed Muscle Memory
Athletes who depend a lot on technique will tell you how valuable muscle memory is to achieving consistency. The same goes for shooting. You do not want to hit the target 3 out of 5 times. You want to hit it centre 5 out of 5 times!

To achieve consistency in shooting, you need to develop muscle memory. The simplest way to do that is to practise. A lot! When practising, focus on your form and follow your repeatable processes until it is ingrained into you. If you practise enough, you muscle memory will start to kick in and you will automatically use the right form and technique.

Not all of us have the money to just go shooting off a lot of shots though. If you can find some .22 calibre ammo and .22 calibre gun, that would be great as .22 ammo is a lot cheaper than higher calibre ammo. So you can do a lot more practising than you would be able to with other ammo.

What Works For You?

We really hope this article was helpful to some of you out there. If you have some tips that you have tried and found really works, please share them with the rest of us. We would love to hear from you!

his article was contributed by Joe from Joe is a gun enthusiast that started his blog specifically to not only learn more himself, but to also share what he learned with others in the community.