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I had a very frustrating practice session at the range on Monday. I burned about 500 rounds just shooting a plate rack because it’s been something that has been really killing me at matches recently.

Here’s what happened:

I could kill the plate rack at 10 yards. Anywhere between 3.1 and 3.5 seconds, no misses, no problems.

At 15 yards, I was an absolute mess. I’d hit the first plate, then start missing all over the place with no obvious reason why.

Then, at 20 yards, I was actually shooting better than I was shooting at 15 yards.

I burned a bunch of ammo at the 15y plate rack and it was just a crap show. What I noticed though, was that I didn’t really need much of a sight picture to shoot the plate rack at 10y. A flash of the red fiber optic inside the rear notch, and I was sending the shot and getting a hit.

At 15y, I obviously needed more than that, and I wasn’t getting it.

At 20y, my brain was making my trigger finger wait for the sights before sending the round.

I did some thinking, and decided I’d take a full magazine and shoot it into the berm, only pulling the trigger when the sight picture was acceptable. Then I immediately reloaded with another magazine and I was able to shoot the plate rack well at 15y for a few runs, and then my problem would come back.

So, I burned a ton of ammo, and I didn’t totally solve my problem, but I think I at least have it sort of figured out. I’ve been dryfiring since leaving the range on Monday without pulling the trigger at all. All my dryfire this week has consisted of just acceptable sight pictures, and no trigger pulls, and things feel pretty good.

I’m certain this is something I’ll have to practice for a while, but I’m determined to not suck at shooting steel going forward…

Gear that Doesn’t Suck

I asked for some recommendations on quick access pistol safes last week on the podcast, and I got a bunch of recommendations.

I ended up getting the Liberty HD-300, and I like most things about it, except for two gripes:

  • I wish I could program a slightly more complex code into the lock. As it is, it has 4 buttons, and you must have a 5 digit code, and only 5 digits.
  • The shelf in it kind of sucks. It slides in and out, and I’m afraid it will fall out at some point, although that hasn’t happened yet.

I didn’t want anything to do with a biometric lock, because I tear up my hands at work all the time and between my personal phone, and my work device, I’d guess the fingerprint unlock things on one of them is probably not working at least 25% of the time, so I do like the code on the Liberty lockbox.

I picked mine up at the local Cabelas, (because I wanted it RIGHT NOW!) but you can get one on Amazon for a little cheaper, and help support Triangle Tactical in the process.

Plugs of the Week:

Former co-host of the Triangle Tactical Podcast, Ben Berry has started his own show, and it’s really good. I binged all of the episodes he has out currently a couple days ago, and they’re great.

You should also check out Matt Engman’s new podcast called Journey to Grandmaster. I think he has a really cool idea for a show, and I’m looking forward to future episodes.

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. Lucas,

    I’m curious about the club where you are a member. I’m just starting out in competition shooting and I’m looking for a good place to train. I live in Clayton, NC. There isn’t any ranges in Johnston County that I’m aware of that allows the kind of customization to training in the bays as yours does. Where do you suggest I go to join?


    • Hey Curt, Not a ton of options. I’m currently a member at Woody’s in New Hill, NC (between Apex and Sanford on US1). There’s also H2O Fowl Farms in Dunn, NC, and a new one is Freedom Gun Club in Louisburg NC. H2O is probably the closest to you, depending on where you’re at in JoCo.

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