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Most Gun Reviews Suck for Competitive Shooters

If you’re looking to buy a gun for competitive shooting, one thing you may notice is that a lot of gun reviews really aren’t helpful beyond telling you what the features of the gun are.

A bunch of people doing gun reviews just open a box, and fire up the camera. This can be useful for letting you know about features and whatnot, but if you’re buying a gun for competition, you’re probably going to want to know a lot more than that, especially if you haven’t shot your first match yet.

I’d really love to see a competitive shooting focused gun review channel on YouTube where they actually shoot the absolute mess out of the guns, interview some folks who’ve been shooting them long term, talk about parts that break (because parts break, it happens), and things that are relevant for competitive shooting from people who are somewhat knowledgeable on the subject.

I dunno, I spent a bunch of time over the weekend just watching YouTube gun reviews, and I noticed a bunch of stuff in them that just isn’t useful to me at all. People tossing guns against things… because… science? “Torture testing”, etc. None of it’s useful to me at all.

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Rant of the Week:

When someone gets online, and asks about the rules/gear/whatever for getting started in IDPA, in an IDPA centric place, you’re not helping anyone if you’re jumping right into that group saying “IDPA SUCKS! GO SHOOT USPSA!!!!eleven!!!11”

Here’s what happens, people see all that as infighting, and then they think everyone involved in the shooting sports is a douche, and they never get started.

However, if you answer their question, help them get started, and then invite them out to your match dejour, they’ll probably come shoot.

Stop running new people off. You’re not helping. 

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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. I look forward to your every pod cast. Good shit. with out the hookie dooks

  2. I will make sure I keep my reviews focused in the ways you describe. My shtick is 5 min un-boxing reviews of new guns that come through my shop (small one man operation, so I don’t have the capital or scale to get an STI DVC and run a 2k rounds through it); BUT I do make sure to talk about the intended purpose of the firearm and how it fits what someone may be looking for. Nice pod cast, good listen this morning 🙂

  3. I’m super interested in the “Smith and Wesson XDS” you speak of at the 22:09ish mark. 😂

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