Back during the USPSA Presidential election there was a lot of talk about the need to make USPSA TV friendly. As it sits right now, the use of targets with heads on them, walls that cameras can’t see through, and championships that don’t exactly make exciting TV the sport isn’t really ready for it’s own TV show.
My question is this: Do we even want it to be TV friendly? What would the average shooter gain? A little more stuff on a prize table somewhere?
Lets say the changes necessary were made, and USPSA became something that was featured regularly on TV shows, and thousands of people decided they wanted to get started. Could local club matches handle the big influx of new shooters? I don’t think so. Around here matches open registration as far as 2 weeks out from the match, and they fill up withing days, or even hours.
I’m not against putting the sport on TV. I’ve mentioned in the past that I remember my first exposure to USPSA being an episode of Shooting USA sometime in the early-mid 90’s and I thought it looked awesome. I just think before too much worry is placed on marketing to new folks, there should be infrastructure in place to handle those new shooters.
A cop is being charged with murder after shooting someone with a personally owned weapon (that was previously approved for department use) and had an engraved dust cover with the words “You’re F*****” on it. This is being brought up in the courtroom. Something to think about if you’re a CCW holder and you’ve got all sorts of inscriptions and stuff on your carry gun. Personally, I think it’s juvenile and silly to put this sort of stuff on your guns, but that’s just like my opinion, man.
Instructors from Project Appleseed came to a school and taught a 3 day program about gun safety to middle schoolers. I think this is awesome. Kids who are curious about guns, and don’t have anyone to teach them are dangerous.
Gear that Doesn’t Suck
I used to take a lot of notes and stuff on my phone during dryfire and live fire practice, but my phone started being dumb and deleting things, or being slow to load the notes app, and just generally sucked for quick note taking. I picked up a few of these Field Notes books on Amazon, and just keep one in my back pocket all the time. I’ve found putting pen to paper is much faster and efficient than trying to take notes on my phone. If you’re looking for a simple little book for note taking at the range, I think these are just the right size and pretty handy. I’m a fan.
Plug of the Week
Episode 9 of the Armed Lutheran podcast had a training tip towards the bottom of the show that’s stuck with me all week. In the segment they talk about training for the probable, not the possible. In the show he was talking about defensive shooting practice, but I think this is very relevant for competition shooters too. Ever spend a bunch of time working on table starts when you only see them in matches once every 3 months?