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Required Gun Modifications – 131

When people get into competitive shooting, they inevitably fall into the trap of buying more gear to try and get better, instead of putting in the time to practice and become a better shooter. We’ve both been down this road, and now that we’re on the other side of it we’ve realized that for the most part, the modifications just aren’t worth the money invested. However, there are a couple modifications that you’ll probably need on most guns that you choose to shoot in competition.

  • Sights. With the exception of just a couple pistols, most guns will need a set of sights to really be competitive. Ben says that you really can’t spend too much money on a good set of sights. They’re the only thing you’re looking at on the gun when shooting it, so they’re pretty important.

  • Trigger. Basically, you need a trigger that doesn’t suck. It doesn’t have to be this super tricked out such and such that the elite tactical III% operators use, it just needs to be good enough. Short-ish, crisp-ish, somewhere under 5-6lbs is a good baseline.

That’s really about it.


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.


  1. Pretty good podcast (except maybe for the irritating, high-pitched whine that started about the 51:30 mark).

    The only other mod I’d mention is skate tape; a lot of guns — even a carry gun — will benefit from a little patch of the stuff where the heel of the hand sits on the grip. Obviously, I wouldn’t put any on the inside part of a carry gun (ouch!), but it’s a cheap, handy way to improve the grab, especially on guns featuring inadequate texturing (like the Gen 3 Glocks).

  2. Hey Luke and Ben, great comments about standardized commands. Sticking to the script means that you know what to expect and it’s easier to keep everyone safe.

    Two examples from a past life where this worked and maybe not so well. My last parachute jump, a few years ago, was with the South Korean special forces. Korean helicopters, Korean jumpmasters, English commands. No issues and a good jump. Everyone understood what was going on and knew what they were supposed to do.

    Another jump, this time from a USAF cargo jet. The normal command to jump is “GO!” This time the jumpmaster pointed to the second lieutenant in front of me and yelled, “GREEN LIGHT!” No movement. “GREEN LIGHT!” No movement. Finally, I pushed, he yelled GO, and we all left. On the ground the lieutenant said that she thought that they only said GREEN LIGHT in the movies. If the jumpmaster had said GO, even the new lieutenant, nervous or not, would have known what to do. (rifle shot on steel)

    You guys do a great job and it’s much appreciated. Keep up the good work. Your work is increasingly professional but, you know what, I don’t care how slick it is. You’re informative AND entertaining. You teach me something every episode.

    Keep up the good work.


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