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Competitive Shooting is Making Me Better at Just About Everything

Way back when I used to ride mountain bikes in junior high school I just pushed my mountain bike down the trail, and never really learned how to do things better. I rode a lot, put a lot of miles on my bike, but I didn’t practice.

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I did the same thing when I first got really into shooting and competitive shooting. I’d just go to the range and shoot. When I started competing I started with a certain level of mediocrity that I was kind of okay with. I’d go to matches and say things like “this is just a practice match” so sucking at the match and not progressing wouldn’t be such a big blow to my ego.

After getting a book about how to practice, I came to the conclusion that shooting matches for practice sucks. You need to break things down to their smallest level, and practice them, then put those skills together into bigger things.

I’m currently doing the same things with mountain biking. I feel like a complete newb, so I’m looking at the skills that I need ¬†practice, and making myself spend a few minutes each night working on these individual skills that I need to work on.

I think taking big things, breaking them down into little things, and putting them together later is a great way to conquer just about anything.

The News

A woman was shot in the head outside the Raleigh gunshow the other day. My conclusion: gun handling rules ALWAYS matter.

Gear that Doesn’t Suck

I’ve got a couple of these Buff’s that I use when riding my bike, and I think I’ll be using them this winter when I shoot some winter matches as well. They have the polar version, and the regular version. I really like them both. For something that’s so simple, it’s really a good product.

Call to Action:

If you were at a match, and saw unsafe gun handling that was kind of blown off by the range officers/MD, what would you do?

Let me know in the comments below.

About Lucas

Editor/Head Honcho at Triangle Tactical. Lucas is a life long shooter and outdoorsman, avid concealed carrier and competitive shooter, and a lover of pork fat.

One comment

  1. If I were at a match and anyone was downrange while someone was handling a gun at the firing range, I’d yell “stop.” If I was informed that this was their “safety procedure” I would demand confirmation from someone of authority at the range or with the match. If that shooter wasn’t bounced, I would politely pack up my stuff and leave. I would follow up with an email to the match director and the owner of the range expressing my concerns, and outlining the situation as I saw it. I would inform them that until the safety procedure was brought to my standard, as I have no desire to get shot, I would not shoot at their range or participate in their matches. If they don’t do anything about it, I’d probably send it into Triangle Tactical and the Practical Pistol show as a question. I’d probably follow up with the match director and range owner with the episodes it was discussed (if it was.) At that point, I’d wash my hands of it. And avoid that match director and range at all costs. No match is worth getting shot for.

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