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How Do I Improve my Split Times?

Mike in Indiana sends in today’s Q&A podcast question asking about how to improve his split times. He’s struggling to get his split times with his Glock 34 any faster than .25. My suggestion to Mike was going to be trying to just practice rattling off some ammo into the berm without looking at a target or the sights, but in all honesty, I seriously doubt that .25 splits are what’s holding him back in …

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Should I Switch Divisions to Work Different Skills?

Mike in Minnesota sends in todays Q&A voicemail asking about changing divisions to work on different skills. I guess a Limited division shooter could switch to Production division or L10 (boo) to get more reloads in matches, or a Production shooter could go shoot Singlestack division to have more challenging reloads, but I don’t think for the average shooter that changing divisions to work on different skills is practical. Lets say you’re a Limited division …

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How To Shoot with Both Eyes Open?

Trey in Little Rock sends in today’s Q&A voicemail asking about how to get used to shooting with both eyes open. It’s kind of a weird thing until it clicks and you just get it. I shot most of my life with one eye closed and about 5 years ago started to making the switch. It wasn’t something that happened immediately, but something I practiced until it became normal for my brain. You’ll always see …

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I Want Gamer Concealment for IDPA, but I Don’t Want a Vest

KevinC from Misfires and Lightstrikes sends in today’s Q&A voicemail asking about “gamer” concealment for IDPA that isn’t a vest. IDPA requires you to start shooting with your gun and magazines on your belt concealed, and over the years the “tactical vest” has become the defacto concealment garment for IDPA. It’s not required, but in my opinion, it’s the best thing going. The vests are heavy canvas, an they flick right out of the way …

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Do You Keep a Range Diary?

CJ in Texas sends in today’s Q&A voicemail asking about whether or not I keep a range diary. Currently, other than the podcast itself where I’m constantly talking about what I’ve done at the range, I don’t keep a written range diary. I think I should, so I’ll probably get some sort of bound book to keep in the range bag for this purpose. I’m thinking I’ll probably pick up a Moleskine type book like …

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What are the Advantages of Vertical and Sideways Optic Mounts on Open Guns?

Gerrit in Wake Forest sends in today’s Q&A podcast question asking about why some Open Division shooters shoot with sideways optic mounts and others use vertical optic mounts. I’ve never even held an Open gun in my hands, much less shot one, so I decided to step aside with this episode and get Ryan from the Shooters Guide podcast to answer it. He’s a USPSA Open Master, so I think he’s credible to give us …

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Can I Use Less Than Division Capacity in IDPA SSP?

Dustin in Greensboro sends in today’s Q&A podcast voicemail asking about shooting a gun in IDPA SSP that isn’t able to hold the required 10 rounds. Dustin wants to shoot his Ruger LC9s in IDPA, but his match director gets weird about people shooting in CCP and BUG division. He feels like he’s being “that guy” and wants to just shoot the same gun in SSP to keep things from being weird. The short answer …

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How Do You End a Dryfire Session?

Brant in Alabama sends in today’s Q&A question asking about how to end a dryfire session. Should you end on a confidence boosting (easy) drill? I don’t think so, because if you’re honest with yourself, you know it’s easy. When I do something easy, it’s not a huge boost to my confidence, because I know it was easy. I’m not totally sure what the right answer is here, but when I’m done practicing, I’m just …

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Why Aren’t There More Short and Medium Courses in USPSA Matches?

Nate in Wilmington sends in today’s Q&A podcast question asking why there aren’t more short and medium courses in USPSA like there are in IPSC. Nate mentions this stage from the first Tarheel USPSA match: This was a pretty good stage at Tarheel #USPSA on Saturday. I had an okay plan, then a friend showed me a better one during the walkthrough, and I ended up shooting a mix of the two. The plan wasn't …

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Thoughts on Practicing with a Friend or as a Group?

Rob in Georgia sends in today’s Q&A podcast question asking about practicing as a group. I’ve had a couple really awesome, and productive practice sessions with a friend. Each time it was with a friend who is similarly motivated to me, and of a somewhat similar skill level. I think there are a few things to consider however when practicing with a friend: The practice session will probably take a bit longer than shooting solo. …

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