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    Sean P. Healy

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  1. This column gives examples from the NBA, UFC, golf, and gunfighting. It goes into detail about brain chemistry that can help or hurt your chances of going into The Zone. Without getting too technical, here are the general conclusions: 1. In a clutch situation, you will do what you trained to do. 2. Thinking can get in the way of doing. 3. Trying harder can cause choking. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2712465-the-secrets-of-clutch Key quote: "This is the way beyond human limits. When we forget we are human—when we forget that "we" exist at all—is when we can be as great as we want to be." This column is so similar to the things Brian, Lanny Bassham, and the GM's have been discussing on the Forum for years. Sean
  2. I bought two 1000 lumen flashlights from an eBay seller - zlj25899 - and one worked but wouldn't cycle out of hi intensity mode. He sent me TWO lights to replace it (both worked). That's going above and beyond! You can bet I'll buy from him, and recommend him every chance I get.
  3. "Vance said Shadbolt was about 30 yards from the man when he fired a round from his rifle striking the man in his hand causing him to drop a handgun. 'Basically he wanted a suicide by cop kind of thing, but Shadbolt was able to disarm him," he said. "It was a heck of a shot.'" http://tylerpaper.com/article/20120626/NEWS01/306269996
  4. The bolt is a 1/4-20 x 1/2 hex cap screw. I'd suggest taking the cam to the hardware store to make sure it fits.
  5. It's a half inch in length, not diameter. The length is critical because if it's too long, the camera will be loose.
  6. I started looking at hat cams, and quickly found that they all have quirks. So I decided to roll my own. I have a very compact Canon SD780 IS, and an old cap. I went to the hardware store and bought a 1/2" bolt and washer that fit the tripod socket on the bottom of the camera, and grabbed a zip tie I had laying around. Then I punched three holes in the bill. Put the washer on the bolt, screw it into the bottom of the camera through the bill, then zip tie the other end of the camera to the bill. Cut off the end of the zip tie, and Presto! A poor man's hat cam. This will work with just about any digital camera, although some are too bulky or heavy. The Canon takes HD video, which is great but it produces huge files. Of course I can turn down the resolution on the camera, or reduce it on the computer afterwards. Version 2.0 will have two upgrades. First, a shim to tilt the camera up a little. The current version points a little bit too low. Second, I would move the cam to the side, so the lens is directly above my right eye. This will probably require a special shim to correct for the curve of the bill (tilting to the left and a little forward). BTW, there is one drawback to the $1.50 Hat Cam - the camera is not included. But most people have a digital cam. Sean
  7. I'm going to put this in a separate thread, "$1.50 Hat Cam," to avoid the dreaded thread drift.
  8. Do you notice any shift of the center of gravity to the side?
  9. $1.50 Head Cam - If you have a compact digital cam that records vid, buy a short bolt that fits the tripod socket, punch a hole in the visor of an old hat, mount the cam to the hat with the bolt, then lock the cam down with a zip tie. My Canon records HD vid with sound. Works great, no quirks or funky controls.
  10. Now it gets more fun as you get to pick more classes. I think Torts and Crim Law were the only really interesting 1L classes.
  11. Genghis

    Holster for P30

    He just got it. I haven't seen it yet, but I expect to in the next day or so. I have a lot of trigger time with a G35, so hopefully I can give you a good comparison.
  12. Genghis

    Holster for P30

    I have a friend who has ordered an H&K P30, with the LEM trigger (V.1) in 9mm. He needs a holster for general use, primarily competition but also for carry. He has just started shooting in pistol matches, including USPSA, IDPA, and Steel Challenge. I suggested a Kydex belt holster with no retention device. He'll also need mag pouches. Any suggestions?
  13. Basketball is the only sport I know where it is accepted that the rules change based on the refs' mood, the stage of the game, and other undefined factors. "They're sure letting them play." "That was a make up call." "The refs really took control of this game after the hard foul." Come on, people, it's either a foul or it's not. If the score is within about fifteen points, no one can say for sure which team really won. Reminds you of figure skating. "Only 8.2 on the dismount? What were they thinking?" "She would have won except the Bulgarian judge robbed her." "Yeah, they were looking for revenge ever since the 2002 Worlds." Sean
  14. The NRA basic pistol course takes 8 hours. It is intended to develop the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to safely own and use a pistol. It is a basic course. As such, it includes a lot of book learning (knowledge) about different types of guns and ammunition. It includes a little range time to introduce basic shooting techniques, using the benchrest and standing positions (skills), but it is not intended to be an in-depth shooting course. Most importantly, it focuses on developing safe gunhandling habits (attitudes). There is also a First Steps course that takes four hours or so, and which is a lot more narrow in scope. The students focus on one type of gun, and the subjects are covered in a lot less depth. The NRA Pistol Instructor course is intended to provide the necessary training (knowledge, skills, and attitudes again) to qualify an instructor to teach that course. Instructor candidates begin with Basic Instructor Training, which is training them how to teach this kind of material. Then they learn how to teach the specific lessons from the basic course. They learn by doing - by taking turns actually teaching parts of each lesson to the other instructor candidates. In addition to Pistol, there are Rifle and Shotgun courses, and Muzzleloading versions of each. There are also two Reloading courses, Home Firearms Safety, and two Personal Protection courses (inside and outside the home). The time requirements for the courses vary because of the amount of information covered. For instance, the Rifle course takes 14 hours because of the additional shooting positions. The 4-H Shooting Sports program uses very similar courses to introduce kids to the shooting sports. These courses are by far the best available for their purpose, which is to qualify someone to safely own and operate a gun. They aren't perfect, and NRA is slow to update them, but overall there are very few problems with them. The courses are based on sound principles and research, and on a LOT of accumulated knowledge and experience teaching people how to shoot. There are a couple thousand Training Counselors (instructor trainers) in the U.S., and a lot more Certified Instructors. Many if not most of them are volunteers. Whenever a TC is trained, that person will go out and train many more instructors. Whenever an instructor is trained, that person will go out and teach many people how to safely handle guns. There is no way to measure the number of lives saved because a properly trained person did NOT have a mishap. Not to mention the fact that some of the students from these courses will be the new members who show up and join your clubs. Sean P. Healy NRA Certified Instructor and Training Counselor
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