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Tinkering Won’t Get You Where You Want to Go

Tinkering with making your own gear is interesting and it can be fun, but after spending a few years messing around with trying to squeeze every single penny out of my gear by making my own stuff all the time. I’d spend 3 or 4 hours making something to save $25, which comes out to like $8/hr. I don’t know about you, but my practice time is worth a lot more to me than $8 an hour.

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with tinkering, but I think if you’re a normal person with a family, job, part time job on top of your full time job, your practice time is limited. You need to make a decision whether or not to be a tinkerer or someone who wants to get better. If you’re trying to get better, you’ll be better served by just buying some gear that’s good enough, and practicing.

The News

USPSA has approved Pistol Caliber Carbine as a provisional division for all levels of competition. I’m still really skeptical about having people shooting rifles at a pistol match, but we’ll see I guess. Ben and I also talked about our concerns with this back in Episode 169 of the podcast.

A student at the University of Southern Alabama was cited by a university police officer for wearing an empty holster in protest of being disarmed on campus. The police officer was later suspended without pay, and the student had his citation rescinded and he received an apology from the chief of police and all of the officers involved.

Mississippi becomes the 10th permitless concealed carry state. Good.

Gear That Doesn’t Suck

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who’s been using the Amazon links on the Gear That Doesn’t Suck page. I was able to jump and upgrade mixing boards when my old one bit the dust last week, because of the money that comes in from there. So, thanks!

Plug of the Week

I’m plugging my own stuff this week, because I think the Q&A podcasts that are scheduled to come out this week are really good. Make sure you’re subscribed to the Q&A show so you won’t miss out.

Triangle Tactical Q&A show: iTunes, Android, RSS Feed

New Podcasts

Over the last week I’ve talked to a couple of guys that are thinking about starting their own competitive shooting type podcasts, I think both of them might need a little motivation to get things started, so if you’re interested in having more good competitive shooting content post in the comments below and let them know that you’d be interested in listening to some more awesome competitive shooting podcasts.

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’d love more competitive shooting podcasts! Triangle Tactical was my first competitive/shooting podcast that I started listening to, and it set a pretty high bar. I’ve only found a couple others that I really like. The audio quality is awesome, and the content is the best I’ve come across. I don’t like the podcasts that get overly political, or religious. I like information from someone with an informed opinion, with evidence or a good reason to back up their opinion. Thoughtful and critical thinking are key to a good podcast, in my opinion!

    • Well I think there is going to be another one coming down the pipeline here pretty soon. If you head over to The Shooter’s Guide Blog, I am hopefully going to start podcasting before too long to go along with the blog. I only have one little “about me” post so far, but if you want to give it a read and let me know what you think I would appreciate it!

  2. Alright Lucas, I have my first post on the new blog. I’m still trying to figure out what I want to talk about for my first podcast episode though! I shot a Bowling Pin match last Thursday, maybe I will chat about that haha!


  3. I’d love for there to be more action pistol content out there. I find myself listening to 3 gun podcasts while I’m waiting on new episodes of Triangle Tactical Podcast, Practical Pistol Show, That Shooting Show, and the PARAcast to come out. While the 3 gun podcasts have good info, I’d love to find more podcasts that are mostly action pistol related.

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