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Match Video Diagnosis: Know Where You’re Supposed to Go

Movement is one of the best things you can assess with match video. In the video clip above, watch how much more confidently I move into the first position, than the second position. You can tell as I’m moving into the second position I wasn’t quite sure where the fault line was and I didn’t have a good plan for that position other than the order I wanted to engage the targets. I think the …

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Diagnosing Your Match Video: Shooting Sooner

A video posted by Lucas Apps (@triangletactical) on Jan 18, 2017 at 9:12am PST I’ve heard Steve Anderson talk about “shooting sooner” a thousand times, and it really became apparent after looking at my match video from last Saturday. In the video above, I engaged the targets to the left while on the move, then transitioned my sights to the first target on the right, but didn’t start shooting at it until I took like …

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#1 Thing I’d Like to See from SHOT Show 2017

A striker fired 1911. A new pistol caliber carbine that’s just like the rest of them, only a little different. There’s one innovation I’d like to see, that I probably won’t ever see: Training magazines for dryfire. Here’s what I want it to do: Weighted to be about the same weight as a magazine with about 10 rounds in it. Spring loaded so it’ll eject out of the gun like a magazine that still has …

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USPSA Allowing Half-Size Targets at Level 1 Matches

A couple days ago I received an email from USPSA regarding this new decision from NROI about allowing half-sized targets at Level1 USPSA matches. Personally, I think this is a great decision. I’ve shot the half-size targets at different outlaw matches over the years, and they’re really not a big deal, just treat them like a target that’s further away. And that’s what makes this a good decision. There are plenty of places that do …

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The One Truth

This is how you should grip a pistol. This is how you should pull the trigger. This is the best gun. This is the best load for Production division. This is the best stance. I could go on, but I’ll spare you. I’ve noticed that the shooting community, and maybe humanity as a whole, has a hard time accepting that there may be more than one correct solution to a problem. Arguments go round and …

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The Flip and Catch Isn’t Unsafe

Time and again I hear how the flip and catch is unsafe (mainly from IDPA SO’s), but I’m here to tell you, it’s not. Above is a video of me doing a flip and catch in my kitchen with a dummy round. Watch my muzzle, it stays pointed exactly where I want it to be pointed, and I catch the dummy round without much trouble. Because I was using dummy rounds when filming the video, …

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Unsolicited Internet Advice

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned on my journey to become a better shooter, it’s that a bunch of the stuff that’s passed around as fact on the internet, isn’t. Every couple weeks I see this picture or one like it that seems like it makes a lot of sense on the surface, but in my experience, it’s wrong. I’ve got big paws, I generally wear XL gloves, and sometimes they’re too small for …

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Detecting People Carrying Guns

I’ve seen this picture around the internet several times over the years, and I’ve seen it making the rounds again recently. It came up in a post where someone was asking whether or not this sort of thing was applicable to people carrying lawfully. I spent a long time working a job where I conducted a lot of video surveillance on the general public. I used to play “spot the concealed carrier” and I like …

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South Carolina: There’s a Snake in Your Grass

I haven’t seen something so stupid in a piece of gun legislation in a very long time. I literally jumped off the couch when I read it. South Carolina S0088 is a bill filed about a week ago in the SC Senate. It’s generally a good bill, except for section C, which is some of the most bass-ackwards, dangerous, stupid stuff I’ve seen in a piece of legislation in some time. Here’s the link to …

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Carolina Folks: There’s a New Forum in Town

There’s been some drama in the world of shooting/gun forums in the Carolinas over the past month or so, and in response to that, a group of folks have banded together to start a new web forum to serve the Carolinas. It is, and will remain locally owned. I personally know several of the folks involved, and they’re good dudes. (They’ve also done something awesome: they put the competition forum near the top of the …

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Shooters Summit

Arik Levy from FirearmsNation has something pretty awesome going on right now. He’s launched the Shooters Summit which is a bunch of online interviews of 20+ heavy hitters in the shooting world. He’s got the big names among competitive shooters, as well as the tactical crowd, which makes an awesome bunch of interviews. Each interview is about an hour, and you can access all of them FOR FREE from December 12-18th, where a few videos …

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What Are Your 2017 Shooting Goals?

2017 is fast approaching, and I think the new year is as good a time as any to set some goals for the upcoming shooting season. I don’t care what your goal is, it could be anything from shooting your first match (or even shooting for the first time) to becoming a Grand Master, or whatever. I’m just curious what the goal is, and how you’re going to achieve it. So, I’d like to make …

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A Little Bit of Preparedness Goes a Long Way

Hurricane Matthew has been dumping a bunch of water on Eastern NC all day today. My rain gauge hit 12″ several hours ago, and has been overflowing since then. I’ve got a pile of shingles on my front step, and the lights have been flickering for hours. I can’t leave because when I leave the neighborhood the road is flooded in one direction, and there are power lines down in the other direction. In spite …

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Challenged Assumptions

If you’re not familiar with me as a shooter, I’m a competitive shooter through and through. Yes I carry, yes I care about self defense, but these days the overwhelming bulk of my practice is for competitive shooting. I was always the kid who wanted to know how something worked. I took things apart, put them back together, and when we had to do silent reading in elementary school, I loved flipping pages in the …

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It’s International Podcast Day!

September 30th is International Podcast Day. In light of that, I thought Id take a few minutes and talk about what it takes to get started podcasting in case you’ve got that inner voice telling you to get started, but you don’t know where to start. If you’re not interested in starting a podcast, you should still celebrate by heading over to iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts from, and leave a good review …

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  • Concealed Carry

    In this post, I want to cover some points on concealed carry. With 49 states now allowing some form of concealed carry for citizens, and more and more passing “shall issue” laws every year, concealed carry of firearms has swept the nation. Americans are no longer allowing themselves to be victimized, and are instead standing their ground, and defending themselves from those who wish to do them harm. I’ve been carrying a concealed handgun for …

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