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I’ve mentioned a bit on the blog and Facebook page over the past couple of days that I picked up a Glock 19 Gen4 to act as my primary CCW pistol for a while. I’ve been wanting to go back to a doublestack gun with decent capacity, and finally made the plunge for a whole host of reasons that I go through in this episode. What I haven’t mentioned is that Ben inherited my XDs 9mm to act as his new summer carry gun. He fell in love with it after we did the “Pocket 9mm Shootout” back in Episode 68, and has been kicking around the idea of buying it since then. We spend a bit of time in the episode going through our reasons for making the switch.
We’ve talked extensively in the past about the shenanigans going on at the NC State Fair regarding concealed carry. Linoge reported that when he went to the fair last week, the security was incredibly lax, and other listeners have reported just the opposite on the Triangle Tactical Facebook page. It seems that security has been inconsistent to say the least. Furthermore, Saturday night, some folks were robbed at gunpoint while walking back to their vehicle after leaving the fair. With all of the media attention about the ban on carry at the fair, the criminals almost certainly knew that they wouldn’t encounter an armed victim.
An NC family was the victim of a home invasion last week, that ended in a shootout between the grandfather, and three home invaders. The grandfather was shot 8 times, and one of the bad guys died. The other two home invaders were also shot.
A Minnesota woman somehow found out that a man local to her has a CCW permit, and walks his daughters to school. She decided that this just can’t be, and has posted a sign in her yard with a picture of the man that says “This man carried a loaded gun around your children every day”.
At the gun store:
“Hey, y’all have any Gen4 Glock 19s in stock?”
“Cool, give me the paperwork.”
“Uhhh, don’t you want to see it?”
“Nah, it’s a Glock.”
“…I love customers like you.”
Ben pointed this out to me from my match video from Sunday’s Fun Match. You’ll notice that the pistol is just beginning to clear the holster, and I’m all leaned over, shoulders crooked, etc.
I suited up with my belt, holster, and pistol last night and spent some time dry firing in the garage while trying to keep my shoulders straight on the draw stroke. Unfortunately this particular holster sits a bit higher when it’s on my CR Speed belt than it does on a regular leather belt which makes the pistol ride higher, meaning I have to pull it out even higher when drawing it.
I like the holster for IDPA, and I’ll continue to use it for that game, but I’m finding myself using the CR Speed rig more and more so I’m starting to look into options for a budget minded dropped/offset holster for USPSA. I’m somewhat happy with my current draw speed, but as we learned from USPSA Grand Master Chad Thompson in episode 89, speed is the economy of motion, so to go faster, I need to limit all of this extra movement.
On Sunday I shot Franks Fun Match at The Range in Oxford, NC. This was my first match with the “bullets out” Ghost mag pouches. I definitely need a lot more practice with them, but the configuration seems promising.
Still waiting for scores to be posted, but I feel like I shot well on all of the stages. A few minor things like giving away a couple more points down than I should have, but overall a good match.
I did catch myself walking away from Stage 4 beating myself up about being 8 points down, but thankfully I caught it, told myself I couldn’t do anything about it, and moved on to the next stage before I let it get in my head.
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One of the most common questions that Ben and I get from people interested in competitive shooting is about what division they will shoot in with their particular pistol. It seems that there’s an abundance of concern placed on getting into the correct division for their first match, and when it comes down to it, it doesn’t really matter what division you shoot in for your first match, because the chances that you will be competitive in the match are very slim.
Andrew Branca is offering a coupon code for Triangle Tactical listeners for his new Law of Self Defense webinars. Use the code “TT” when signing up for the webinars and get $10 off. More here.
A feminist video game critic cancelled her appearance at a Utah university after receiving massacre threats. That’s the headline we’ve seen all over the internet, and it’s not wrong, but it’s not telling the whole story either. She did apparently receive some baseless threats, but she really cancelled her appearance at the university after the campus police refused to ban concealed carry during the event. Utah law doesn’t allow the police to do so, and they decided to follow the law.
People in Chicago are opposing the opening of an indoor shooting range because it’s within a mile of a school – like bullets radiate out of indoor ranges in all directions creating unsafe conditions from people in all directions…