Lighten Up! is one of my favorite sites to visit and lower my stress levels. Check it out. It’s a good way to “Lighten Up”.

Here at MSW, we pride ourselves in providing blunt, no-nonsense information regarding training and equipment in the context of law enforcement, military or civilian self-defense. And make no mistake, this is serious business. We understand that giving the wrong advice when it comes to life saving equipment or training could result in loss of life or limb. And, admittedly, I would be lying if I did not say that both Hilton and I have been accused of coming across a bit on the serious side in our online personas. That said, over the years, I have learned that life is too short to be deadly serious all the time, or get wrapped around the axle over minutiae that really doesn’t matter.

In my travels, I have met quite a few firearms instructors that have gotten so wound up over training for “the big one” that they have forgotten why they most likely got into this in the first place: shooting is fun. And sometimes it just doesn’t matter whether the way I teach a tactical reload is different than the way someone else teaches it. I was reminded of this when I got a scathing email not long ago, chastising us for referring to the new 10-8 Glock Base Pads as “base pads” saying that Glock calls them floor plates. Congratulations bro, you finished that grueling 20-minute-class-packed-into-eight-hours known as the Glock Basic Armorer School. Regardless, the email was a good reminder to me not to take myself too seriously.

Basically, I just wanted to remind us all (including myself) that life is too short not to lighten up and have fun every once in a while. Along that vein, here are a couple of my favorite videos:


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About Tim Lau

Tim Lau has over a decade of experience as an end user, armorer and instructor. He has worked for several well known firearms training organizations, and holds multiple firearms instructor certifications. He owns and operates 10-8 Consulting, LLC, which provides industry consulting services as well as marksmanship and specialized firearms training to qualified civilian, law enforcement and military personnel.

10 thoughts on “Lighten Up!

  1. I, for one, prefer that you guys keep it all business, all the time…with just a sprinkle of LOL. It keeps me coming back to MSW and adding to cart some “floorplates” over at 10-8. 🙂
    Take a gander over at the talk forums of any of the top gun brands or makes. 40% of the content is news headlines plucked from news networks, 40% POTUS bashing, 10% mall ninja content, 5% training and 5% about equipment.

    I would like to thank you all at MSW for contributing. Chive on!

  2. I like how you mention shooting for fun. I always have a few pure fun guns in my safe. My 10/22 is a great way to have fun. I plan on picking up a lever gun in .22 or .357 or maybe both just for that reason.

  3. Guilty Pleasure: Carpenter Bees (flying beaver) have been attacking my porch rails in Persian Empire Proportions. Have dumped 32 of them w Red Ryder .177 Crumpler in past few days. And I didst grin.
    Chive On!

  4. being from NY, I know first hand how one can just be just business 24/7…sometimes you just got to take the time and smell what ever the hell that is…Code-4

  5. Thanks Tim for the Saturday morning chuckles! Well done! Everyone be safe out there…

  6. I have taken two 1911 classes from both of you & know how passionate you two can get about training. On the other hand those classes were fun and in my opinion it is difficult for some people to incorporate the two (teaching & fun learning a subject).

    Reminds me of a fact a old salt once told me. If you can satisfy more than 50% of your audience call it a win, because you will be hard pressed to satisfy 100% of the room.

    Gentleman you are great trainers and a credit to the training community. For those that don’t agree please feel free to Change the CHANNEL.

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