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Things That Suck

There are some things in the shooting sports that just suck. Today, I talk about those things. What sucks for you? Let me know in the comments below this post!

Anyways, here’s my list:

  • Sub-machine gun matches
    • It sounds so awesome, but at the one I observed, people were just spraying and praying, and as someone who embraces the DVC (Speed/Power/Accuracy) thing, it just didn’t do anything for me.
  • Carnival stages
    • I like hard shots. If you’re a stage designer, make some shots challenging, but don’t take every target out of the target shed and use them all on one stage. Just don’t.
  • People who say “But it’s just a club match?!”
    • Play the game, or don’t play the game. If you’re going to be there though, play by the rules.
  • Range Officers who are afraid to DQ people who are unsafe.
    • You’re not doing the shooter a favor by letting them keep shooting. If safety is really #1, that means it takes precedent above the shooters feelings. If someone does something that’s DQable, DQ them.

Gear that Doesn’t Suck

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I spent a big part of last weekend re-doing the Gear that Doesn’t Suck page that’s got all of the Gear that Doesn’t Suck items on it from the last year or so of podcast episodes. Check it out at triangletactical.net/doesntsuck.

Listener Q&A

Brandon on Facebook just bought an XD 2 weeks ago, and wants to start dryfire.

Rick in Michigan is browsing new guns, and wants to know what he should look at for a competition gun.

Sean on Facebook asks about where to buy USPSA targets for practice.

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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. Range officers who change the commands to things like “Load ’em Up” or “Get Ready” “You are good to load” or some other command instead of Load and Make Ready. Then someone hears something and loads too early and gets DQ’d If the RO can’t use the right commands then they should not DQ someone when they do something wrong (I don’t mean like breaking the 180) because the commands were unclear or not uniform. I have heard many a RO give funky commands Like Load ’em up. Now I specifically ask them if they mean Load and make ready. That might might make me a dickhead or a smart ass, but the truth is I do not want to get DQ’d for someone else’s mistake. A less experienced shooter might not ask that question and get DQ’d. I only know this because I got DQ’d from the second match I ever shot because of funky range commands and I learned my lesson.

  2. On the subject of gun reviews, I will never forget reading, about a decade ago, a review of a budget priced, US made, GI-style 1911. The review was great, right up to the point where the gun suffered it’s one malfunction, and it was a doozy! it kind of ruins the review when you spend more than a paragraph explaining why having the (GI style, Staked on) front sight pop off never to be seen again!! that’s one of those “Let’s call the maker and see in what way and how fast they fix this, and possibly re-test afterwards” kind of things. No this reviewer still maintained that this was still a great gun and that we should just ignore the fact the front sight fell off!

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