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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.

All You Need, Nothing You Don’t

Listen to the Podcast This week I go through the very basics that you need to shoot your first match. Obviously there’s a LOT more to know about competitive shooting (I’ve been doing this podcast for nearly 5 years) but I hope I give you enough in this to make you feel more comfortable getting started in competitive shooting. If you want more, check out my primer on getting started in competitive shooting here. The …

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Junk Science: Shooting On The Move

Listen to the Podcast Last week over on the Triangle Tactical Facebook page I posted “Ask Me Anything”, and Ryan asked “Shooting while moving, ever worth it?” My initial reaction given what I’ve seen and heard in the past was that shooting Minor power factor, it’s hard to score enough points to make shooting on the move worth it. A couple other dudes called me out, and it really made me want to put it …

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Match Video Diagnosis: Reloads

Reloads are a place where you can shave some time, and impress your friends if you can really nail them perfectly and quickly. I’m just ending an extended off-season so my reloads are a little shaky, and in the above video you’ll see that. First reload: super slow Second: seated, not super fast, but faster than the first Third: slow, and you can tell I wasn’t ready for it. Fourth: slide lock reload where I …

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Match Video Diagnosis: Get Your Butt Moving

It probably goes without saying, but one of the best and easiest ways to shave time on your matches and move yourself up in the rankings is to RUN from one position to another. Action shooting games are about speed and accuracy, both of which are equally important. If you’ve got a stage where there’s a lot of room to move, and no shooting to do while moving, RUN. I see a lot of folks …

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Thank You

Every month or so I meet up with a big group of folks that have podcasts in the Raleigh area. We talk about everything from production of our shows, to troubleshooting problems, to giving motivation to people looking to start their own podcasts. Just about every month I come away from the meeting with one big thing in mind: I have the best listeners of any podcast anywhere. Y’all call me out when I’m wrong, …

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Match Video Diagnosis: Know Where You’re Supposed to Go

Movement is one of the best things you can assess with match video. In the video clip above, watch how much more confidently I move into the first position, than the second position. You can tell as I’m moving into the second position I wasn’t quite sure where the fault line was and I didn’t have a good plan for that position other than the order I wanted to engage the targets. I think the …

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Diagnosing Your Match Video: Shooting Sooner

A video posted by Lucas Apps (@triangletactical) on Jan 18, 2017 at 9:12am PST I’ve heard Steve Anderson talk about “shooting sooner” a thousand times, and it really became apparent after looking at my match video from last Saturday. In the video above, I engaged the targets to the left while on the move, then transitioned my sights to the first target on the right, but didn’t start shooting at it until I took like …

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#1 Thing I’d Like to See from SHOT Show 2017

A striker fired 1911. A new pistol caliber carbine that’s just like the rest of them, only a little different. There’s one innovation I’d like to see, that I probably won’t ever see: Training magazines for dryfire. Here’s what I want it to do: Weighted to be about the same weight as a magazine with about 10 rounds in it. Spring loaded so it’ll eject out of the gun like a magazine that still has …

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Fault Lines, Reloads, and a Night Match

Listen to the Podcast On Saturday I shot a Day/Night IDPA match at H2O Fowl Farms. We shot all 6 stages once during the daylight, and then when the sun went down we shot the match again with flashlights. If you’ve never shot with a flashlight before, it can be a challenge that you’re not expecting. Holding the flashlight while shooting is a challenge, but then reloading your gun with a flashlight in your weak …

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Be Prepared

Listen to the Podcast Winterpocalypse 2017 rolled through Raleigh, NC this weekend and we got a ridiculous .5″ of snow that brought the city to it’s knees once again. Once again, I’m just shocked at how folks knew the storm was coming, and were just completely unprepared. After the snow and ice came, most of the roads were slippery and folks down here aren’t skilled in driving with anything more than a little water on …

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