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Branching Out?

A month or so ago I was at the indoor shooting range, and there was a legit bullseye shooter in the lane next to me. I ran my target out next to his (25y), and tried to best his groups. The best I could muster were groups about double the size of his, and I was shooting with both hands, and he was only using one.

Ever since then I’ve been thinking that I could probably learn a thing or two from shooting a few Bullseye matches. The idea of being absolutely, crazily, laser accurate with a pistol is very interesting to me.

While looking into the more accuracy based competitions, I came across this old episode of the Power Factor Show with Caleb Giddings talking about Bianchi Cup. I’ve always kind of rolled my eyes at it as an “action” type shooter, but more and more I think it could be good for me to try something that’s more accuracy based.

If you’re an action type shooter that’s shot a few Bullseye matches, I’d be interested to hear if you had any takeaways from it.


Last week on the podcast I lamented about how I would grow the shooting sports if I were king of the shooting sports. As luck would have it, just a few days after that episode aired, I was asked to come speak at the Shooters Like Us Meetup.com group and do a Q&A with them about competitive shooting. It was awesome, and I think the big takeaway that I left with was that a lot of people don’t shoot competitively because they don’t even know that there are competitions going on near them.

Let’s face it, for someone that isn’t connected, finding matches at different ranges isn’t exactly easy. Hopefully some of the folks I talked to will come out and try their hand at a match soon. It was great to talk to everyone.

The News

The North Marianias Islands had their handgun ban repealed just a week or so ago by a Federal judge, and now in response their House and Senate have passed a bill that will add a $1000 tax onto the price of any handgun sold there. What a joke, this is an obvious infringement.

The NC Department of Agriculture has released their report on the feasability of having a place to store guns at the gate of the NC State Fair. As expected, they said it was a bad idea.

Gear that Doesn’t Suck

I love my Spyderco Delica 4 with the Wave opener. It’s just a fantastic knife that I’ve been carrying for about 5 years now. There was a time when I got frustrated with getting the VG-10 steel good and sharp, but once I learned a good technique, it’s just been fantastic.

The Wave feature is what really sets the knife apart. It makes it one hand opening without having using any springs or anything like an assisted opening knife which can have dubious legality in some places.

Dryfire Drill of the Week:

A new shooter on the IDPA Facebook group asked about ow to practice shooting from cover after getting a lot of cover calls at his first IDPA match.

It’s pretty simple really, set up some type of barricade in your dryfire dojo, and then film yourself with your phone engaging the targets from behind the cover of the barricade. You can then review the video you make sure you’re keeping the appropriate amount of your body behind cover.


If you’ve got a question or comment about the show, hit the comments below, or send me an email at [email protected]

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. I appreciate the article in addition to the audio. TheGunFeed links to many of your podcasts, and when I see a post solely of an audio file, I leave immediately, as it is not my thing. To each their own ♡

    Put more fingers to keyboard!

    • Interesting. Do you listen to any podcasts? Ive found that most folks listen to my show while driving, because it’s dangerous to read on your commute…

  2. I recommend the podcast frequently and often get a “that sounds complicated and I wouldn’t have a clue how to get a podcast” type response. It might be useful to include a link at the bottom of every podcast with something like, “New to podcasts? Click here for tips on how to get started” and include both Android and IPhone.

  3. I still smile when I think of the forum comment left by a USPSA shooter suggesting Doug Keonig was accurate, but he clearly lacked the nerves to succeed at USPSA and Steel Challenge.

    (“Anything you don’t understand must be easy” remains humanity’s default.)

    Bianchi may be boring to USPSA shooters, but I’ll go out on a limb and say it’s harder. Way harder. Any time you ratchet up the accuracy demands, the mental aspect of the game becomes critical. The best USPSA/IDPA shooters are pretty much genetic outliers (the Vogels and Stoegers are not like you and I). I’d say that’s even more true of the top bullseye shooters.

    I came to defensive pistol from Olympic-style 10-meter air rifle. It was fun and I could practice in my garage year round, but it’s a deeply (almost obsessively) cerebral sport. If you want to learn what real focus feels like, try to be competitive in air/smallbore/pistol bullseye.

    Frankly, I couldn’t maintain the monkish, whole-universe-on-the-front-sight focus over an entire 60-round match. Be interesting to see how you react to it.

  4. My name is COLE, founder of Shooters LIKE Us @ Triangle Shooting Club, It was a true blessing to have Lucas speak at our event on Sunday at Cabela’s. So many positive comments from men and woman. I do hope we can have him back again soon and I would certainly encourage you to invite him to your shooting meeting if you hold any. He is a GREAT person and an asset to the sport. Thank you Lucas for ALL your wisdom. -COLE

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