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Dillon 550 for Beginners?

Russ in Florida sends in today’s Q&A podcast question asking if it would be smart to start reloading on a Dillon 550. I think you can start on a Dillon 550, but… I’ve said in the past that I think the Lee 4-hole Turret Press is about the best way to get started reloading, and I still agree with that, to an extent. I think the hardest part about starting with something like a Dillon …

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Do You Feel Added Stress From Being Filmed?

Charles in Tejas sends in today’s Q&A podcast question asking about getting filmed at matches. Do you ever, or did you ever, feel additional stress knowing you are being filmed during a stage? Even if for your own purposes? I normally film my legitimate practice sessions and try to get my stages filmed; but, yesterday I shot a Dallas Police charity match and decided to forego any filming. I believe I shot better as I …

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How Do I Practice for ProAm?

John in Kannapolis sends in today’s Q&A podcast question asking about how to prepare for ProAm matches. To be completely honest, I’ve never shot a ProAm match before, so I didn’t really know how to answer this question. Thankfully, I have some friends who are also good shooters, so Nick Helbert volunteered to come on the podcast to help answer this question. Nick shoots for Team Akai, and won Amateur Open at the Southeast Regional …

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Should I Buy a Glock 17?

Keith sends in today’s Q&A podcast question asking about whether or not he should buy a Glock 17 for competition. Hello, I am not new to shooting but I will be new to competitive shooting here in the coming weeks. Your podcast has peaked my interest in competitive shooting. I am a good not a great shot, I am considering getting a G17 for matches. I currently own a 19 and a 43. My question …

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Should I Sort My Pistol Brass by Headstamp?

Jeff in Holly Springs sends in today’s Q&A podcast voicemail asking about whether or not to sort pistol brass by headstamp to get more consistent ammo. Welp, I’ve never done it, but I don’t feel like it’s necessary. Shooting my Glock 34 off a rest at 20 yards using my non-sorted, mixed headstamp brass reloads, my gun will consistently group at 3″ or less, with the smallest group I measured being riiiiight about 2″. For …

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How Do You Keep Your Dryfire Dojo Clean?

Tom in Ferguson sends in today’s Q&A podcast voicemail asking about keeping the dryfire dojo clean. I assume most of you don’t have a dedicated space set aside just for dryfire. I wish I did, but I don’t. Currently, I dryfire in my garage, in the same space I use to reload ammo, the same space I did an oil change on my car yesterday, and replaced brake rotors tonight. Right now, it looks like …

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What Do You Think About Shooting Classifiers in Practice?

Doghouse in DC sends in today’s Q&A podcast voicemail asking about USPSA classifiers. Are there any I don’t like? Are there any that are good for skill building in practice? There are a few that I’m not a huge fan of. They’re generally the classifiers that are close and super fast. I don’t generally have the skills to shoot a decent hit factor on them, so I’d prefer to shoot something else. “Can You Count” …

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Is it Bad Etiquette To Pick Up Brass That Isn’t Yours?

Jonathan in Cary sends in today’s Q&A show voicemail asking about brass etiquette at matches. Johnathan was the only guy shooting .45, and after the match someone came along and picked up ONLY the .45 brass on all of the bays. Johnathan confronted the guy and got all of his brass back. So, is it okay to pick up someone else brass? I think so, most of the brass I pick up isn’t mine. What about …

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Why Do We Shoot Differently in Practice and in Matches?

Sean from Up North sends in today’s Q&A podcast voicemail asking about why we shoot differently in matches than in practice. Sean points out that I recently talked on the podcast about shooting a USPSA classifier in practice, and consistently scoring about 90% on it that day in practice. Just a week or two later I shot that same classifier in a match, and finished something like 68% on it. I think going into the …

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What do you Take to the Range?

Tom in Ferguson sends in today’s Q&A podcast voicemail asking about what I leave in my car for trips to the range. As things currently are, I basically drive a clown car, so I don’t leave much stuff in my car at all. However, when I head to the range I tend to bring a lot of stuff with me. I like to be as self sufficient as possible when I make a trip to …

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