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Should I Purposely Add Bad Ammo to my Practice Ammo for Malfunction Practice?

Marty in Mass sends in today’s Q&A podcast voicemail asking about something he heard on another podcast. Marty heard a IPSC world champion say that he saves his bad ammo in practice, and adds it back to his bucket of practice ammo to get more malfunction practice at the range. Personally, I think this is a bad idea. When I go to the range to practice, I’m working on a very specific set of skills …

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What’s the Deal with Bullet Weights in Practical Shooting?

Mike in Maryland sends in today’s Q&A voicemail asking about the different bullet weights that people use in practical shooting. In both IDPA SSP and ESP, and USPSA Production minor power factor 9mm is the name of the game. You’ll see most people who reload shooting either 124 or 147gr bullets. I shoot 125’s from The Blue Bullets, and I haven’t really had a reason to switch to 147s, although a LOT of folks like …

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Thoughts on Filming Myself at the Range?

Tom in Ferguson sends in another voicemail for the Q&A show asking about my thoughts on filming himself at the range to see if he has a blink. I used to recommend buying an old Flip brand camera on eBay and using that to get match/range video. They were cheap, took great video, and super easy to use. Unfortunately they’re so old now that I’ve recently purchased 3 of them on eBay and they’ve all …

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Where do you put your ammo after you load it?

Tom in Ferguson sends in today’s Q&A podcast question asking about what I do with my ammo after loading it. For me, it depends if it’s going to be match ammo or practice ammo. If it’s match ammo I’ll chamber check every round, and then put it into MTM ammo boxes (the hinged ones that don’t suck) but if it’s practice ammo, I just chuck it into a coffee can and shoot it by the …

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Doubles During Matches and Backstraps

Kory in Texas sends in today’s Q&A podcast voicemail asking about doubles (two shots through the same hole) are handled during a match, and which backstrap to use on his Glock. Doubles are handled differently depending on which game you’re shooting. I think Kory was referring to an IDPA match when he sent in the voicemail, and the IDPA rulebook basically says that if an SO has to look real hard at a target to …

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What’s the Deal with Competition Shooting Belts?

Jeff in Indiana sends in today’s Q&A voicemail asking about which belt he should be using for competition. It depends. Jeff says he currently uses a cobra belt for everyday and competition use, and it’s leaving him feeling a little underwhelmed on the competition side of things. If he’s shooting IDPA, the cobra belt might not be a bad option. It’s probably fairly stiff, and goes through the belt loops per the IDPA rules. If …

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Should my wife try competition with her .380?

Joshua sends in today’s Q&A podcast question asking about getting his wife started in competition. Hello Luke, I recently got an iPhone which came with the podcast app, and found your podcast about a month ago. I’ve listened to quite a few of the episodes, but I’m not entirely sure on the number. But anyways, my wife and I have been batting around the idea of trying a USPSA match, or an IDPA match, or …

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When Using Cover, Should Your Gun be Canted or Straight Up and Down?

Mike in Maryland sends in today’s Q&A voicemail asking about shooting around cover in IDPA. Mike asks if your gun should be straight up and down or canted at an angle when shooting from around cover. I honestly wasn’t sure what the correct answer to this was, so I had to resort to some junk science to see what the deal was. I propped up my camera, and took some pictures of myself shooting around …

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How Should I Dryfire Steel Challenge Stages?

Todd in SC sends in today’s Q&A question asking about how to dryfire for Steel Challenge. I think the easiest way to figure it out would be to use 1/3 scale targets and then use feet for distance instead of yards. (If the Steel Challenge stage calls for 8″ steel plates, you could make some 2.5″ plates to practice with and be pretty close) Todd mentions the Steel Challenge banners for practice, and I think …

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Does Coffee Make You Jittery? Should You Drink it Before a Match?

“The Tom” sends in today’s Q&A voicemail asking about whether or not to drink coffee before a match. I think I’ve actually said that you shouldn’t drink coffee before a match for this reason way back in the day, so I’m eating a little crow here. Personally, I drink a lot of coffee. I like it black and strong, preferably light roast to get the extra caffeine kick in the pants first thing in the …

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