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My Favorite Firearm By: Lloyd “Duke” Hodges I recently was asked to write about my favorite firearm. Piece of cake I thought; not so. Over the years many guns have been bought and sold and all were favorites. What they all have in common is to fire a round through the barrel. Some were complicated, some not. The one constant issue is their safe operation. Two instances which reinforce my focus is that a brother cop told me that he and family were going fishing. He was armed as we all were off duty. Three hours later I was informed that he was dead. The gun was tucked in his belt and when leaned into the car trunk for a tackle box the gun fell away, hit the bumper and discharged killing him instantly. The other, an older man, asked by his grandchildren, twins about seven years old, to spin his pistol. He lost focus when he did not check the gun which was designed to be carried “cocked and locked”. The semi-auto pistol was loaded, cocked but not locked and when the spin was complete he grasped it automatically deactivating the grip safety and it fired killing one of the twins. Favorite guns come and go. Gun safety is my favorite focus and mindset to operate the gun properly. A gun is just a tool; so is a hammer. Ever drive a nail and hit a finger with the hammer? You lost your mindset and focus. I am an NRA certified firearm instructor and a NC Concealed Carry Instructor and have seen quite a few of the untrained with a gun that is too heavy and too much caliber for them to operate safely. Focus on safety and mindset and you may be ok. BE SAFE, BE ALERT, BE ALIVE. 2 MW 1 5FF T U E S D AY S 8 : 3 0 P M JULY 7th - AUGUST 4th The HH-60J helicopter has been modernized and redesignated the HH-60T Medium Range Recovery Helicopter. Used for offshore operations, such as Search and Rescue (SAR), Law Enforcement (LE), Aids to Navigation (ATON), and transport. Source: Elizabeth City, NC, becomes a Coast Guard City U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn The Coast Guard officially designated Elizabeth City, North Carolina, as an official Coast Guard City during an official ceremony June 1st at the Museum of the Albemarle. Adm. Paul Zukunft, the 25th commandant of the Coast Guard, presided over the event, which was held on the front lawn of the museum. A Coast Guard City is a designation awarded to select cities that made special efforts to acknowledge the professional work of the Coast Guard men and women assigned to their area. Making Coast Guard men and women and their families feel at home is an invaluable contribution to morale and service excellence. 12 Albemarle Tradewinds July 2015

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