Interesting People on the Black Man With A Gun Show: Heart & Soul this week include:
- Daryl Jamison of GO GunOwner.com.
- Tom From Trijicon.com talks about what they have for AR’s
- Tommy from CenterMassCombatTactics.com goes technical for the intermediate shooter and talks about the controversial issue of the height over bore on a M-4 type rifle.
Understanding line of sight vs line of trajectory.
You have to know where you weapon system shoots for precision circumstances. Shooters must understand that the height that your sights in relationship to your bore will change the impact of your shots at different distances. You should know where your rifle will hit at all distances regardless of what the optics say.
See their site for the carbine class coming in August.
Barbara Baird shares what the National Sport Shooting Foundation reports about new shooters.
Our GunRightsMagazine.com blog gained two new writers this week.
Daniel Shaw is having a Handgun Vitals course in Utah in August. Check out Paratus Academy.com for details.
New gun podcasting networks:
This week in my journey to build a better Kenn Blanchard, I went to a guy I know that has been in the gun business longer than I have. More over, he is on the front lines defending both the right to keep and bear arms and the business of it. His gun store is near Washington, DC and borders, Prince Georges County, Maryland. He is in defense 24/7. I have known him since I was able to buy a firearm.
He owns Realco Guns, in District Heights, MD. Every Monday afternoon, there is a crazy group of protesters that picket his store every week. They are nuts but they are there religiously. The shop is blamed for ALL the guns used in crime in the Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia area. Pretty incredible isn’t it? The way our anti-rights politicians are, don’t you think they would have closed this shop down and arrested the owners if they had proof of wrong doing? Right. So instead they allow this group to unlawfully protest without a permit, and use the people in the community to try to out them by social means.
While I was there asking for his opinion on how to survive in business a man walked in wearing flannel pajamas and bedroom shoes. He was carrying a berretta over and under shotgun in a case that he wanted to sell. It was a beautiful gun but it was missing the fore-end (forestock). He didn’t seem to notice. I listened as he told the story of how his father hunted with this shotgun and he found it in the attic after his father died. He told us how his father took him hunting when he was a boy. This man was about 60 years old. There were an assortment of chokes and some old shells in the case as well but this was no hunting shotgun.
I watched the owner respectfully explain what he had, and the importance the furniture on the matching fore-end was important before someone would want it. He declined his offer and told the man to have a nice day. Pajamas not withstanding, this man was lying. This is the kind of stuff you can’t make up. I have seen this guy and his staff thwart straw purchase attempts every time I come in there. They masterfully, respectfully, turn out people that try to usurpt the law. I don’t think shops in Virginia have the skill or have the problems this guy does.
The pajama guy had a $1500 shotgun minus the fore-end.
But back to the reason I went to talk to my friend.
He told me that I needed to use the 80/20 rule in business. He said 80 percent of your outcomes come from 20 percent of my inputs. He thought what I do was tough because I have to deal with the hearts and minds of people and I said touché..
I think actually for me its more 99/1 ratio.
I did some research and learned that the 80/20 principle:
…was suggested by management thinker Joseph M. Juran. It was named after the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who observed that 80% of income in Italy was received by 20% of the Italian population. The assumption is that most of the results in any situation are determined by a small number of causes.
What I didn’t say first is that preparing to go out and talk to gun ranges and gun shops in my area to pitch them to support me and advertise with me freaked me out. I had an anxiety attack. I had plans to make this list of potential sponsors I knew and ride around knocking on doors telling them that they had the opportunity to have an radio personality advertise their shop and range every week on my show in the Washington DC market on traditional radio. It took me a minute to get right.
I preach from a pulpit but my throat was dry. I have taken teams into hostile environments with less numbers than a rifle squad but this terrified me. Selling myself and this concept kicked my butt. I took some deep breaths, prayed and decided to go to a couple of friends first. One such “friend” was too busy to talk to me, which kind of hurt my feelings, but fortunately for me, the first one I talked to gave me a heads up. Maybe I was one of those people he thought that was going to waste his time. Maybe he was applying the 80/20 rule.
And so, I put out a email to my list and asked, “if you are my real friend, please respond.” I know some sign up for list just not to be excluded. Some might have liked me once but after listening to my podcast or reading my blog decided, they didn’t. I am looking for my 1%.
My podcast is art to me. It is a portion of my life. It’s not perfect. I try new things, sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. Folks have the opportunity to glimpse into my journey through it and most of the time it’s the road less traveled.
Speaking of 99/1. I got one response chiding me on a joke I don’t remember and my cigar smoking references. I get it. Nobody’s perfect.
If you make the 1% of the people that get me, understand me, you’ll be the ones I invite to the BBQ. You’ll be the ones I visit. If you got the email, please respond. I’ll be putting you on a new list. You’ll be going in my phone book, my holiday card list, my VIP list. You’re the ones I am talking to on this show and I love you.
I am giving it my best shot.
We have given only one life.
Give your best shot.
There’s no cuts, replays or pauses.
Do whatever you think is right and worth living for.
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