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Things That Make You Go “Ugghhh” At A Match

Every quarter of the year I’ve been having an episode of the podcast where I play listener voicemails answering a question that I propose. In the past I’ve asked “What has competitive shooting done for you?” and “What are your 2017 goals?” This time around I want to have a little more fun with it: What makes you go “ugghhh” at a match? There are several ways you can send in a voicemail: Call (781) 728-5538 …

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Make Hardcover Targets the Easy Way

I wanted some hardcover targets for practice tomorrow, so I went out to the garage to tape and paint some up. Low and behold, I’m fresh out of black paint of any kind. I considered just using the tape, but decided that wouldn’t be good enough. Then I thought about dying them with coffee, but that seemed like a pain in the butt. Then my eyes found the can of Minwax Dark Walnut wood stain …

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Cash Money for Winning With Your Walther

This is actually pretty awesome. Here’s the details: http://www.waltherarms.com/winwithwalther/ I’m not aware of any other programs like this that pay out cash for winning. I like it. If you shoot a Walther, it’s time to start practicing.

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Match Video Diagnosis: Reloads

Reloads are a place where you can shave some time, and impress your friends if you can really nail them perfectly and quickly. I’m just ending an extended off-season so my reloads are a little shaky, and in the above video you’ll see that. First reload: super slow Second: seated, not super fast, but faster than the first Third: slow, and you can tell I wasn’t ready for it. Fourth: slide lock reload where I …

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Match Video Diagnosis: Get Your Butt Moving

It probably goes without saying, but one of the best and easiest ways to shave time on your matches and move yourself up in the rankings is to RUN from one position to another. Action shooting games are about speed and accuracy, both of which are equally important. If you’ve got a stage where there’s a lot of room to move, and no shooting to do while moving, RUN. I see a lot of folks …

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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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