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Q&A: Visualization, Ammo Reloaded by a Friend, and Power Factor

Welcome back to another episode of the Triangle Tactical Q&A show!

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Check out Julie Golobs Facebook Live video from today. It’s good, and I think she’s spot on. 


Hi Luke,

I shot my second match yesterday and did ok. I’m still waiting for my results and feel that I didn’t do as well this time then I did at my first match. I think there are a couple of reasons for that.

The first is that while I dry fired a ton, I didn’t shoot enough live fire. Lesson learned. I will be making sure I add that to my training.

The other thing is I found that the stages were overall much more complex. I found myself hitting a few targets on each stage many more times then necessary. This got me thinking how do other shooters go about visualizing the stage? What techniques do they use to help cement their stage plan and remember when they need to reload? I haven’t tried doing any searches on this topic so If you know of any books, videos, etc on this that would be helpful.

Keep up the great work and help!


Do you trust reloads that someone else made? If a buddy you trusted gave you a box of reloads,would you spot then? What if the buddy was sketchy?


Hi Luke,

I’m normally at work during the live Q&A show, so I thought I drop you an email instead:

I’ve just started in USPSA, and to fuel my ammo needs I got my reloading press out from its multi-year hiatus.  I’m shooting minor power factor, and I was wondering what constitutes a “good” power factor to load to?  Assuming I do my part of the process correctly, should I be trying for one over minimum?  Five over?  More?

Anyway, thanks for all you do and the great content you create.



Last time I shot USPSA/IPSC etc. Everyone shot out of leather….Can you recommend a Tupperware holster and mag pouches for production class?


Was just listening to the Q&A episode about Steel DQ lines.  In it you mentioned that when it comes to Glocks, Gen 4 is the way to go. Can you please elaborate on this. I have heard much on the topic of which generation Glock is better, but like most things in the shooting world, if you ask five people you get five different answers. For this reason I would be really interested in your opinion.  I have a first generation G19.

PS: really glad the Q&A show is back.




I took a two year break from shooting. I used to finish decently in club matches. Sunday, I decided that I should attend an indoor match to get my feet wet. Your podcast got me excited to shoot again. Prior to this week, I never did any dryfire apart from a bit of trigger work, no movement, no reloads nothing productive just click… reset… click… reset. Before this, I was on par with high C low B class shooters in overall scoring at the matches I would attend.  Anyways to to the question. What books, drills, etc do you recommend to get back in the swing of things? I’ve never done anything like that but now after listening to you and some of Steve Anderson’s stuff I realize now that the mental game is “kinda” important. Looking to actually get a USPSA number again and progressing forward and not just show up, shoot, and enjoy. I apologize for the long winded nature of this and if it jumped around. I’m from Oklahoma, that should explain the lack of literacy.



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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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