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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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Range Lawyers

Listen to the Podcast Ever hear people complain about range lawyers? Ever heard people spout off about the rules at a match about the rules and be blatantly wrong? What about the folks who are intentionally trying to bend the rules to their benefit? What about folks who are just trying to make sure we play the game by the rules? Last week I had to take my USPSA Range Officer exam, and in doing …

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Some Things I’ve Noticed…

Listen to the Podcast Have you ever noticed that at some matches, it’s totally cool to pull out a rulebook when there’s a question about a rule, but at other matches it’s almost offensive to the parties involved? Have you ever noticed how some folks just seemingly want to buy junk? It’s like some people just want to buy the underdog gun, and shoot it well so bad that they’ll ask for advice, then completely …

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Things That Make You Go “Ugghhh” At a Match

Listen to the Podcast: I’ve been asking for your voicemails for this episode of the podcast asking “what makes you go “ugghhh” at a match”. Now, the goal of this episode isn’t to bash the shooting sports, or bash other competitors or anything like that. My goal with this was to have some lighthearted entertainment, and hopefully get some things that other might be able to use to improve themselves, or improve their match. …and …

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Loose Ends

Listen to the podcast: This week I wanted to wrap up a couple loose ends that I didn’t cover in the last few episodes about folks that are new to competitive shooting. Leniency for new shooters. I’m the first person to tell you to come shoot with the gear you’ve got just to get your feet wet in the shooting sports. I don’t care if your gun isn’t quite legal (as long as it’s safe) …

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Disqualifications

Listen to the Podcast Disqualifications Continuing on with my new-shooter kick over the past month or so, this week I’m talking about the most common disqualifications are that I see at matches. 99% of disqualifications are for unsafe gun handling. The most common things I see are as follows: Sweeping the weak hand on the draw. This generally happens when someone is using the holster that shipped with their gun, as in my experience these …

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Fun vs. Performance

Listen to the Podcast: A few weeks back I talked about how it’s important to always get video at a match, because it gives you something to review later and reflect on your performance, see the things you need to work on, etc. After this last weekend’s match at Carolina Guns and Gear in Ramseur, NC, I found another reason to take match video, and that’s to keep you honest. I had an absolute blast …

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