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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.

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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Fault Lines, Reloads, and a Night Match

Listen to the Podcast On Saturday I shot a Day/Night IDPA match at H2O Fowl Farms. We shot all 6 stages once during the daylight, and then when the sun went down we shot the match again with flashlights. If you’ve never shot with a flashlight before, it can be a challenge that you’re not expecting. Holding the flashlight while shooting is a challenge, but then reloading your gun with a flashlight in your weak …

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Be Prepared

Listen to the Podcast Winterpocalypse 2017 rolled through Raleigh, NC this weekend and we got a ridiculous .5″ of snow that brought the city to it’s knees once again. Once again, I’m just shocked at how folks knew the storm was coming, and were just completely unprepared. After the snow and ice came, most of the roads were slippery and folks down here aren’t skilled in driving with anything more than a little water on …

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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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Your 2017 Shooting Goals

Listen to the Podcast This is the last podcast episode of 2016, and if you’ve been listening for the past couple weeks I’ve been begging for voicemails telling me your 2017 shooting goals. Well, y’all sent in a bunch of them, so here they are. Anyways, my 2016 goal was to have more fun, and in all honesty, I didn’t meet that goal. I got severely burned out in July, and have only shot 2 …

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