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Integrated vs. Specialized Practice – 132

This week Ben and I talk about the importance of practicing little things, in small steps, one at a time. Seems like there’s a divide among the shooting community where some trainers tend to have students practice large, complex drills, and other folks (generally the more competition minded) tend to break things down a bit more. We’ve both found that breaking things down for a bit, and then putting them back together tends to work well.

Gear That Doesn’t Suck

New segment this week! We get asked a lot about different pieces of gear, and what our thoughts are on different things, so we’re going to be promoting a piece of gear on every show that we’ve used and can recommend. This week we talk a bit about the Howard Leight Impact Sport Electric Earmuffs that we’ve both been using for a few years. They’re inexpensive, rather durable (I finally broke mine after about 4 years of use) and they work well.

The News:

Some guy shot himself in the restroom at a Chick-fil-a. Apparently his Glock “went off” while he was pulling up his pants. Don’t fiddle with your blaster in the restroom, leave it holstered.

A heroic High School teacher tackled a school shooter. Interesting that he was able to get into position to do it, and took the initiative to do it. Bravo.

H562 (The big omnibus firearm bill working it’s way through the NCGA) is still alive. There’s a good read about it here, which I reference in the episode.

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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.

One comment

  1. Good podcast.

    Practicing little tiny bits of the sport gets you into that positive feedback loop a little faster, although my friends and I also will build our own stages and run them every once in a while to make sure we’re gluing everything together.

    In any case, it’s nice to hear some real thought on the shooting sports as opposed to endless DA/striker or 9mm/.45 discussions.

    One thought about the Gear That Doesn’t Suck.

    The Howard Leight Impact Sports work well, fold into a tiny package and the batteries last forever, but they lack a little in the protection department. I’m touchy about this stuff (I’ve done some horrifying things to my hearing and now suffer from a bit of tinnitus).

    The Impact Sports only offer 20-22 dB of hearing protection and the ear cups are small, so after I’d spend a whole day ROing a shoot (e.g. standing next to people blasting away with handguns), I’d notice my ears ringing that night.

    Not good.

    After my Impact Sports disappeared a couple months ago, I bought a pair of the new Howard Leight Impact Pro muffs. Same great electronics, durability and battery life — but with 33 dB of hearing protection and a bigger, more comfortable ear cup.

    They don’t fold up into a nice, neat package and they cost a few bucks more ($67 at WalMart), but I think anyone who spends as much time holding bang sticks as we do should consider the extra protection (hearing damage is cumulative after all).

    Keep up the good work.

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