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5 things I learned from Aaron Cowan at Sage Dynamics

hqdefault2A few weeks ago I got a chance to take an outstanding training course from Aaron Cowan, owner and operator of Sage Dynamics.  I live in Colorado but have been following Aaron’s Youtube channel and Instagram for awhile.  My impression from what I saw is that he is the kind of guy who works hard at his craft and really knows what he is talking about, and also that he cares that what he teaches actually makes an impact on his students.

Sage Dynamics is based out of Georgia and I was resigned to the fact that the only way I was going to be able to take his classes was to travel to Atlanta to visit UrbanArmed.  My budget doesn’t usually stretch that far so my chances were slim.  But not to fear, Instagram came to the rescue.  Aaron was advertising a class right in my neck of the Eastern Colorado plains.  After promising my wife the moon, I packed my gear and joined 7 other local guys for Aaron’s Defensive Handgun Fundamentals and Defensive Handgun I classes.

My goal over the last several years is to take at least one handgun training class a year.  The last class I took left a lot to be desired, both in the skills we focused on and frankly the personality of the instructor.  I won’t waste time with details but I left that class feeling like I had wasted my time and money.  Based on what I had seen of Sage Dynamics, I was hoping for a much better class.  I was not disappointed.

Pick the one right tool – Buying and using the right gear for the job

One of my favorite movies of all time is No Country For Old Men.  I’m not a critic and I’m not going to try to be one by describing the movie with nerdy terms that I don’t understand.  I just really love the movie.  Javier Bardem plays Anton Chigurh, a murderous psychopath with a very protestant work ethic.  He will not stop until he feels the job is done, which basically means killing just about every one on the cast list.  There is one scene where Chigurh is questioning the management decisions of his employer and he says something that has stuck with me ever since the first time I saw this movie. “You pick the one right tool.”

You pick the one right tool for the job, and the job will get done right.  Now I am all about improvisation.  Under pressure I’ve put together some truly imaginative solutions to problems that I probably wouldn’t believe if someone told me.  But improvisation should only ever arise from necessity, from shit actually hitting the fan, from the moment at 2am on the side of a remote highway when your radiator hose has split open and all you have is a sock, some bubblegum and a condom.  Masters do not rely on improvisation.  Masters pick the one right tool for the job.

Guns For Everyone – AR15 Giveaway – Fundraising Initiative

Guns For Everyone Fundraising Campaign

guns-for-everyone-troy-ar-giveawayWell, they’re at it again. Guns For Everyone is launching a new initiative to be able to offer even more Free Conceal Carry classes to residents of Colorado who want to get basic and advanced pistol training.  They are also giving anyone that donates a chance to enter a sweet Troy AR15. Donation levels start at just 5 bucks and they also have additional levels that come with some sweet prize packs.

The goal for Guns For Everyone is to raise enough money to help with opening a storefront in Colorado Springs so they can have a dedicated space to offer their classes.  In Colorado you are required to take a basic pistol safety class as a requisite to obtaining a conceal carry license. Guns For Everyone offers these classes for free and solely relies on the generosity of students to donate what they can. This system helps break the cost barrier for citizens to legally obtain the license required to carry a firearm.

Our mission is to train and educate as many people as we possibly can in the safe and ethical use of firearms for self defense. We conduct all of our training for FREE!

Please take a moment to watch the video below, and if you feel compelled they would greatly appreciate any donation and if you aren’t in a position to donate please share the message.

Our goal is to raise $5,000 by December 15th, 2015. To help us achieve this goal, every donation of $5 will receive a Guns For Everyone bumper sticker, as well as be entered to win a Troy Industries AR-15.  Other exciting prizes are also available at different donation levels!

Link To Guns For Everyone Initiative – Click Here