3 Mistakes Shooters Make

1.     They don’t stop doing what they’re doing when they get nervous or frustrated.

Firearms handling can be a bit frustrating sometimes. We are using muscles in our hands that we otherwise would not. This can lead to a bit of fatigue or needed practice to do certain things with the firearm. When this happens, just take a moment and breathe. All too often people get flustered and embarrassed and try to power their way through a movement. This can be highly dangerous and often leads to making mistakes… So, just remember, take a moment, breathe, close your eyes, envision and talk through the movements you’re about to make, and then execute them so you do not make a mistake.

2.     They think smaller is better for conceal carry.

Yes its true, smaller is not always better… Just because we want to be able to conceal a firearm doesn’t meant we must have the smallest gun possible. When we get a firearm that is too small we have a hard time controlling it when shooting and manipulating it. Be sure to test out whatever firearm it is that you want to use before making a commitment. If you need help with this you can always reach out to us directly at Southern Cross and we’d be more than happy to help!

 3.     They do not know the condition of their weapon at all times.

A weapon’s condition is relative to it being loaded or unloaded. The weapon’s conditions are reliant upon 3 things.

–       Is a magazine inserted,

–       is a round in the chamber, and on hammer action guns,

–       is the hammer forward or locked to the rear (double or single action).

 When shooter’s don’t know the condition of that weapon at all times it means they are overwhelmed mentally with the events taking place around them. I recommend you always stop, point the gun in a safe direction, and do a “brass check” to determine if the gun is loaded or not.

 Its important we always know the condition of our weapon because it is a representation to our level of awareness and focus when it comes to our firearms maturity… however, remember, we always treat the weapon as if it were loaded, even if we know its not.

 Alright everyone! Ensure you and others around you are not making those mistakes and you’re on the way to being a firearms owning pro!


Take care, stay safe, and always be kind!

Joseph Malone

Surviving a Protest: A Guide for Travelers



Introduction When visiting a foreign country, travelers often receive warnings about potential protest activities. The U.S. Department of State commonly advises its citizens to steer clear of all demonstrations due to the potential for sudden violence. However, understanding the underlying reasons for protests and identifying the primary targets can equip travelers with the knowledge to navigate these situations.


Understanding Protests Protests have seen an uptick in frequency globally. A study by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, a German organization, noted an increase in protests annually from 2006 to mid-2013. It’s essential to note that a country’s history of protests doesn’t necessarily predict the nature of its future demonstrations. Cambodia, known for its peaceful rallies, recently witnessed violent clashes. Meanwhile, in South Africa, often termed the “protest capital of the world,” many demonstrations conclude peacefully.

It’s intriguing for foreigners to observe protests as they provide insight into a country’s political dynamics. However, caution is essential. In some instances, bystanders have been injured or killed during violent episodes, such as during protests in Istanbul, Turkey, and Guangdong, China.


Recognizing Key Indicators Certain indicators can help travelers gauge the potential for and nature of protests. Anti-government protests, while predominantly targeting local law enforcement or infrastructure, can sometimes harm foreigners inadvertently. For example, in Thailand and Greece, 2010 saw anti-government protests that did not specifically target foreigners.

However, protests against another nation might directly affect associated individuals or businesses, like the anti-Chinese demonstrations in Vietnam and the anti-Israeli protests in Germany and France.

Various universal issues can trigger protests globally, such as cuts in government subsidies, allegations of electoral fraud, or perceived infringements on democratic rights.


Common Impacts on Travelers For most travelers, the most notable disruption due to protests is transportation. Protests can block roads, overload public transportation systems, and cause traffic snarls. Thankfully, many protests are publicized in advance, aiding travelers in planning alternate routes. Social media platforms often provide real-time updates on protest activities, helping both residents and visitors stay informed and make necessary adjustments.

During prolonged periods of unrest, companies have sometimes permitted employees to work remotely or even temporarily leave the affected region. While every organization must devise its own response strategy, grasping the basic dynamics of protests can inform these decisions.


For More Information For detailed analyses on recent regional protests, refer to OSAC’s various reports. Direct any queries related to this topic to OSAC’s Cross Regional Analyst.





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