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When You’re Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, Be Skeptical

It seems like any time someone who’s made a name for themselves on the internet opens their mouth and says that something is good, bad, or whatever, there’s an army of fanboys who jump on board and claim whatever this person has said as gospel without even taking the time to verify what they were told.

It happens with both technique, and gear related issues, and I don’t think competitive shooters are any less susceptible to it and the tactical crowd. Here’s the thing, we progress by standing on the shoulders of giants, building off of the things that those who came before us did. However, blinding following will make you fall in a hole. Stand on the shoulders of giants, but be skeptical. Test things, see what works for you. If something works, awesome. If it doesn’t, and you can prove it doesn’t then move on.

The News

A Sheriff was in the Cascades Mall when the mass shooting happened, but he was unarmed. Weird story.

Some Michigan legislators think their constituents are idiots. They’ve introduced an “assault weapon” ban into the state just weeks before the election. VOTE THEM OUT! This bill is terrible, one of the worst pieces of legislation I’ve seen in a while, and y’all kinfolk back in Michigan need to defeat it.

Gear that Doesn’t Suck

I really like my Streamlight ProTac 2L. I’ve had it about 2 years, and it’s really been a good flashlight. I don’t carry it all the time (work, because I destroy flashlights at work all the time) but if I’m not at work, it’s a safe bet that it’s within an arms length of me.


John in Southern California: I’m a bullseye shooter, want to try IDPA. How should I setup my sights?

This is something that I think a lot of people don’t understand when it comes to pistols. It’s easy to see on a rifle like an AR-15 because you can see that the sights are something like 2.5″ above the bore line, so the concept that the bullet will intersect the line of sight at some point makes sense. However, it seels like a lot of people think that bullets exit the barrel of a pistol, and continue in a perfectly straight line until they hit something, which leads people to say things like “these sights hit point of aim/point of impact” which is a statement that doesn’t really make sense unless you specify the distance that that happens.

Here’s what I do: I have a Glock 34, and Dawson Precision adjustable sights. I have them setup so that when I’m aiming at the upper A-zone of a USPSA target at 20 yards, the bullet hits right in the upper A-zone where I’m aiming. Shots closer than 20y will have the bullet hitting just a little lower than I’m aiming, and shots further than 20y will hit a little higher for a bit, then somewhere down range (I don’t know where, because I don’t shoot super long distance with my pistol much) the bullet will intersect the line of sight again, and then continue to fall until it hits the ground.

I think the biggest thing is to know where your pistol hits at a certain distance so you can compensate for it at different distances. John is a bullseye shooter, which has shooters shooting at a fixed distance, so they setup their sights differently than “action” type shooters who may be shooting at a target anywhere from 1 to 50 yards.


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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.

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