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Birchwood Casey Gun Scrubber Wipes

The cleaning power of Gun Scrubber is now more portable than ever with Birchwood Casey Gun Scrubber Firearm Cleaning Wipes. The 4” x 5” size wipes dissolve greases, oils and carbon fouling in firearms.

Virginia State Police Selects Benelli SuperNova

The Virginia State Police recently adopted the Benelli SuperNova and will deploy the pump-action platform as the Department’s new standard-issue patrol shotgun. 

NSSF, Project ChildSafe Elevate Call for Responsible Gun Storage During National Safety Month

Project ChildSafe® is urging all gun owners to make responsible firearms storage a priority — and providing the tools to do so — with the launch of its sixth annual “S.A.F.E. Summer” campaign.

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ODIN Works Fatherís Day Sale

ODIN Works offers free shipping on all orders $40 or more for Father’s Day. Not sure what to get dad? - ODIN Works now offers gift certificates.

Wilson Combat a Sponsor of the 2018 IDPA US Nationals

Wilson Combat will be one of the returning major sponsors of the IDPA US National Championship, according to officials with the International Defensive Pistol Assn. 

Bear & Son Cutlery Stainless Steel Butterfly Knife

Bear & Son Cutlery has expanded its line of butterfly models with the introduction of the new SS14. The SS14 butterfly knife has all stainless-steel construction for long-lasting durability and to prevent corrosion and rust.

Leupold Expands BX-5 Santiam HD Binocular Line

Building upon the success of the existing 15x56 model, Leupold & Stevens, Inc. has added 8x42 and 10x42 variants to the BX-5 Santiam HD binocular line for 2018. 

MTM Case-Gard Gun Cleaning Rod Case

The MTM Case-Gard Gun Cleaning Rod Case is the first case made exclusively for cleaning rods and available at most sporting goods store across the country. 

Gunsite Issues with Intuit Resolved

Gunsite Academy issued a statement regarding issues with credit card processing company Intuit.  Intuit suspended Gunsite’s account based on a mistaken belief that firearms sales were made in violation of their policy.  Intuit reached out to Owen Mills, owner of Gunsite, to straighten the situation out.

NSSF a Gold Sponsor of the IDPA Nationals

The International Defensive Pistol Association announced that the National Shooting Sports Foundation will for the eleventh year in a row be a major sponsor of IDPA’s annual U.S. National Championship.

Viridian Weapon-Mounted Cameras Issued to Police

Viridian Weapon Technologies has announced that the Moody Police Department in Alabama will be the first department in the state of Alabama and among the first departments in the world to formally deploy Viridian’s FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Cameras.

Real Avid AR15 Master Bench Block

Real Avid introduces an innovative AR15 bench block designed to make the disassembly and installation process of key pins easier.  The block is wrapped in an over-molding that grips to your bench.

Gerber Launches Suspension-NXT and Truss: New Multi-Tools Built off Classic Suspension

Gerber announces the introduction of two new multi-tools – the Suspension NXT and Truss. Both deliver powerful problem-solving tools and evolved design on innovative platforms. 

Leupold Mark 5HD Named the Optic of the Year

Leupold’s new-for-2018 Mark 5HD riflescope was named “Optic of the Year” at the 2018 Firearms Industry Choice Awards at the Rockcastle Shooting Center on Saturday, June 9. 

Gray Loon Seeks Communications Specialist for Outdoor Clients

Gray Loon Marketing Group is expanding its communications department team with a media relations and social media position focused on the outdoor, hunting and shooting industries. This position will play a key role in marketing projects for various outdoor industry clients.

Skill Set: A Confident Mindset

Your “mindset” determines how you perform under stress.  This is especially true of personal combat, an extremely dangerous situation.  The weapon won’t matter much. Yes, if you carry a weapon it’s necessary to learn how to use it safely and efficiently to defeat the threat.  But, ultimately victory relies on mindset.  Confidence, the foundation for victory, is created way before the fight starts.

Desire to become responsible drives you to training.  Training and research educate you as to the “how, when and why” of self-defense.  “Why” is most important.  Desire motivates you to practice.  Repetition – practice – is when the real learning occurs.

Through practice you improve, but also identify weaknesses.  Understanding what you can do is important; knowing what not to do is equally if not more important.  You discover the braced kneeling position isn’t stable for you.  Now you know not to use it, and what to use in its place.  Eventually you reach the point you can solve the problem efficiently using “your” skills, as opposed to mimicking someone else.  Confidence – a mental attribute – can only be obtained by understanding your limitations.

You attend Force-On-Force training, using “real” weapons against living, breathing and thinking threats.  This tests your skills.  You figure out what skills need additional practice.  FOF also acclimates you to the stress associated with fighting off an attacker.

Now you’re developing true confidence, which isn’t based on things going perfectly.  This is critical, because your self-image and performance are always equal. When doubt is present your performance suffers.  Sometimes people express uncertainty about their abilities because their performance is never “Perfect” – and yes that’s with a capital “P.” 

You will never be Perfect – capital or small “P” - on the range nor in a fight.  In fact, the quest for “Perfect” destroys progress.  People get caught up in their mistakes, become frustrated and stop practicing.  They’ll keep training, attending classes because it’s fun, only lasts a few days and doesn’t require dedication.  But progress - which relies on practice - comes to a screeching halt.  Mentally you must be dedicated and disciplined, focused on progress instead of perfect.  Progress produces confidence.  Knowing you can effectively respond to an attack allows you to stop the threat.

Faith is another important component.  Having faith in your skills and abilities is important, but it’s nothing compared to the confidence created through a solid religious foundation.  I have faith that I will win.  I don’t have to fret over the outcome of the battle.  If it is my Lord’s will that I should personally be defeated then I am assured it’s still a victory - towards a greater glory.  I cannot lose.  Faith creates confidence.

I have all my students write this down: I will win the fight.  Then they sign and date it making it official.  The only acceptable outcome is victory.  No matter what happens – the unexpected occurs constantly in a fight – you must win.  Victory is only achieved by cultivating a confident, “winning” mindset.  This is done before danger arrives.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, located in northern Alabama.  He is the author of The Book of Two Guns, AR-15 Skills and Drills, featured on GunTalk’s DVD, “Fighting With The 1911 and has regular columns in Gun Digest and American Handgunner.


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