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Upgrade When You Have a Reason to Upgrade

Recently a well known tactical trainer dude posted something on Facebook about having an XD pistol malfunction in his classes, and went on to talk about how he’s seen a lot of malfunctions from the XD pistols in his classes. (I don’t doubt his experience, at all) Of course, a bunch of folks came out of the woodwork defending the XD pistols, and other folks came into the comment thread bashing XDs, and even others …

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Shooting On A Shoestring

One of the more common things I hear from people who want to get started in competitive shooting is that they don’t have the money. Before I get going on this topic, I want to make one thing very clear: If you’re trying to scratch together the money to eat, now is not the time to get started in competitive shooting. With that said, I don’t think being a regular competitive shooter has to cost …

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Unsolicited Advice

Have you ever been given unsolicited advice at the range? Or, have you ever given it? Podcast listener Michael sent me a message on Facebook with the following message: Hey Lucas, I’ve got an idea for a topic on the podcast that I would like to hear your take on. The topic is unsolicited advice at matches. . For instance the guy that tries to pick apart random shooters match performance and tell them what …

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Triangle Tactical – It’s been a fun 5 years…

Well friends, it’s been almost 5 years since I launched the Triangle Tactical podcast (the first episode aired 5/14/2012), and it’s been a pretty awesome ride. I’ve been able to interview some legends in the practical shooting world, learn way more about practical shooting than I could have ever imagined, become a better shooter myself, and the best thing is that I’ve made a lot of great friends through the podcast. However, it’s been 5 …

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Things That Suck

There are some things in the shooting sports that just suck. Today, I talk about those things. What sucks for you? Let me know in the comments below this post! Anyways, here’s my list: Sub-machine gun matches It sounds so awesome, but at the one I observed, people were just spraying and praying, and as someone who embraces the DVC (Speed/Power/Accuracy) thing, it just didn’t do anything for me. Carnival stages I like hard shots. …

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Why Aren’t There Coaches in the Shooting Sports?

If you look at any sport, other than practical shooting you’ll notice that people work with a single coach for a long period of time. In practical shooting though, folks tend to work their way up the rankings alone, with just dryfire and live fire practice, and the occasional training class from someone who’s a national champion or something. The trouble here is that when you’re going to learn from someone who doesn’t know you, …

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JUNK SCIENCE: “Don’t Draw to Steel”

If you’ve been shooting USPSA for any length of time, you’ve probably heard someone say “Don’t draw to steel!” while walking through a stage before it’s shot. It’s something that’s become conventional wisdom in practical shooting, and I think it’s complete hogwash. If you approach an array of targets like the ones below, and draw to the steel target first, your time to first shot might be slightly longer, but at the same time, your …

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The Lamest Excuses

I hear a lot of excuses from people about why competitive shooting is bad, or why they won’t/don’t shoot it, etc. (Actually, I think I hear them less and less because people don’t want me to talk about them on the podcast) but anyways… A lot of the excuses I hear are just silly, and a while back I received a bunch of them from the same person: “You have to keep your guns unloaded …

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Shooting Sponsorships and You

I remember showing up to my first USPSA match and being kind of intimidated by all of the folks that were there with their fancy shooting shirts, covered in sponsor logos. Patrick in Detroit sent in a question for the Q&A podcast way back in about July of 2016. At the time I promised him that I’d do an episode about his question, and I set out looking for someone to interview who knows more …

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Treating a Match Like an Athletic Event

I am getting ready for the XTreme Bullets Texas 3-Gun Championship in Marble Falls Texas so most of my activity has been around getting all my gear and ammo ready for this match and trying to fit a little bit of practice in. I ran up to Hayes Custom Guns to return a PCC I had borrowed from Steve. Got to go out for a little practice session with Steve, Ben Hayes and Josh Kenny …

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