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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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USPSA Allowing Half-Size Targets at Level 1 Matches

A couple days ago I received an email from USPSA regarding this new decision from NROI about allowing half-sized targets at Level1 USPSA matches. Personally, I think this is a great decision. I’ve shot the half-size targets at different outlaw matches over the years, and they’re really not a big deal, just treat them like a target that’s further away. And that’s what makes this a good decision. There are plenty of places that do …

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The One Truth

This is how you should grip a pistol. This is how you should pull the trigger. This is the best gun. This is the best load for Production division. This is the best stance. I could go on, but I’ll spare you. I’ve noticed that the shooting community, and maybe humanity as a whole, has a hard time accepting that there may be more than one correct solution to a problem. Arguments go round and …

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The Flip and Catch Isn’t Unsafe

Time and again I hear how the flip and catch is unsafe (mainly from IDPA SO’s), but I’m here to tell you, it’s not. Above is a video of me doing a flip and catch in my kitchen with a dummy round. Watch my muzzle, it stays pointed exactly where I want it to be pointed, and I catch the dummy round without much trouble. Because I was using dummy rounds when filming the video, …

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Unsolicited Internet Advice

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned on my journey to become a better shooter, it’s that a bunch of the stuff that’s passed around as fact on the internet, isn’t. Every couple weeks I see this picture or one like it that seems like it makes a lot of sense on the surface, but in my experience, it’s wrong. I’ve got big paws, I generally wear XL gloves, and sometimes they’re too small for …

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Challenged Assumptions

If you’re not familiar with me as a shooter, I’m a competitive shooter through and through. Yes I carry, yes I care about self defense, but these days the overwhelming bulk of my practice is for competitive shooting. I was always the kid who wanted to know how something worked. I took things apart, put them back together, and when we had to do silent reading in elementary school, I loved flipping pages in the …

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USPSA Adding Pistol Caliber Carbine as Provisional Division

From the latest USPSA Board of Directors meeting minutes (.pdf): “PCC for USPSA, continued discussion-All with input from membership and update-After much discussion, the Area Directors are getting a much larger support base within the membership for this division than against it. The Board by consensus has decided to offer Pistol Caliber Carbine Division in USPSA for all levels of competition as an optional provisional division, giving match directors final say as to whether their …

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James Talks Race Guns

If you’re at all interested in race guns, I thought this high-level overview of the features was interesting. (BTW, James was on this week’s podcast. If you missed it, you can find it here)

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Competitive Shooting is SRSLY Serious Business

One of the misconceptions that people who haven’t shot competitively before seem to have is this idea that every match is super serious business, and every person competing is there looking to win the big prize. The fact is, most of the people are at a match because they enjoy it. It’s what some of us use to exercise that little boy inside us that just want’s to go fast. Sure, I like doing well …

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