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Is Pre-Registration for Matches Helping the Shooting Sports?

A little while back I received an email from a listener who wished to remain nameless. He decided to get started in competitive shooting, and found a local club that hosted matches, checked out their website, and showed up to shoot his first match. When he arrived, he we met by an apologetic match director who informed him that the match was full, and since he hadn’t pre-registered for the match, he unfortunately wouldn’t be able to shoot.

I don’t think this is something that happens all the time (this is the first time I’ve ever heard of it happening, actually) but it is something that match officials should be aware of. At the very least, update your websites when match registration opens for the next match, or point people to the Facebook page or wherever that you’re posting the registration links. (Also, note that Facebook won’t show your post to everyone who likes your page unless you pay them, so only posting it to Facebook might not be the best plan.)

I’m curious what everyone else things about this. Was this just a one-off thing and not a big deal, or are there some better protocols we could put in place to keep this from happening?

Gear that Doesn’t Suck

I’ve had an old pair of Mechanix gloves that I use every couple months to get a grip on the oil filter on my car when doing my oil change. They really do a good job of adding some grip to an otherwise slimy/slick filter. However, at a recent match, I used them for re-setting the steel plates that were falling off their stands when shot into the thick muddy clay. They’re not waterproof, but they did keep the mud off my hands, and rinsed off nicely in a mud puddle. I’ll continue to keep them in my trunk in case I have a muddy match with falling steel again in the future.

The News

The internet was all up in arms about some zoo somewhere shooting a gorilla to save a baby human from it. I don’t really care about that, but I’ll say that I do trust the people who are gorilla experts and the decision that they made. However, there was some absolute derp on the internet when this story hit where people were talking about how they would have been the hero here, and shot the gorilla with their CCW gun to save the kid. Listen, your pistol isn’t a magical death ray, and it’s no match for this sort of animal. Wait for the guy with the big rifle to arrive.

That’s why you carry a 10mm because you know you might have a to kill a gorilla at the zoo someday or a grizzly bear.

You’ve also certainly heard about the new “documentary” that Katie Couric just put out. It’s called “Under the Gun” and the tag line is “In the gun debate, truth is the ultimate weapon”, which is HILARIOUS, because as we’re finding out, they were anything but truthful when making this film.

Plug of the Week:

Tacsoup on Facebook. Check out this page, these folks are hilarious.


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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. Mechanix Gloves are the best! I probably have 20 pairs all over the house, cars, bags and work. The only thing they aren’t great for is hot stuff. they melt pretty readily.

  2. I always carry a set of rubber-gripped work gloves in my car; I got tired of soaking up splinters every time I set up and tore down a stage. The wood is splintered from wayward rounds (not mine, of course), and the steel is covered with lead, which is NOT good for me or my little girls.

    Gloves just make sense.

  3. 1. Mechanix gloves are a must-have if you do setup or tear down of a match.
    2. That’s not the first time I’ve heard that complaint about pre-registration, and it’s concerning. Any sport that is not growing is dying.

  4. If I decide to shoot a match at a range new to me, I call and ask about registration or send email to the contact on the website. That is the best way to avoid disappointment. You might add that as a tip on your page for anyone considering competition.

  5. I didn’t register for one because it was full online, then showed up to watch (after they started) and it turned out that many had not shown up. I could have participated. I enjoyed watching, it by no means upset me because I wasn’t planning to shoot and just being at the Range is fun. But if there is a way to make a wait list that is effective, or enforce online payment to discourage no-shows…? If the match is more than 30 min away I wouldn’t want to show up and “hope” to have a spot open.

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