This week we had a chance to meet up with USPSA Grand Master and current Production National Champion Ben Stoeger. We talk a lot about how he got into shooting, robocop, Mel Gibson, mullets, dry fire, and goons.
Nothing but listener feedback in this episode! Marty tells us about his first match, Mike is going to shoot his soon and asks about a Bravo Concealment holster for IDPA, Brian emails in from Canada (America’s Hat), Ron sets us straight about local 2-Gun matches, Terry asks about Major vs. Minor power factor scoring, and Steve has a couple retarded questions for us.
At the top of the show we talk a bit about USPSA and our practice regimen. I mentioned a couple of Instagram videos on the Triangle Tactical Instagram page where I FUBAR a reload in a drill, and some video of the “Drill of the Week” from last week. Find them all here.
I was inspired to talk about this topic after listening to the latest episode of the PARAcast podcast with Tom from the GunDudes. I’d recommend you go have a listen to it in addition to this episode. He’s got iTunes and RSS feed links here on his website.
Anyways, we talk about the difference between Training and Practice, and why you should practice more than you train. It seems that there are a lot of people in the firearms community who love to go get training classes from experts, but they don’t really practice all that much. If we think about athletes, lets say someone like a basketball player, you would think they were odd if they were going to training camps all the time, and never practicing with a ball and the hoop in their driveway. For some reason though, when it comes to firearms it’s generally accepted as the opposite, lots of people train more than they practice, and they really shouldn’t.
Here are the links to all of my “Photo Forensics” posts about the new Glock:
Andrew Branca’s NC Specific ‘Law of Self Defense’ Seminar
As mentioned in the show, Andrew Branca who we interviewed in Episode 86, is going to be teaching a NC specific Law of Self Defense seminar in Raleigh on May 3rd, 2015. It’s $99 right now (I think the price goes up in a few weeks) and you can save $10 at checkout with the code triangle.
Dry Fire Drill of the Week:
6 Reload 6
For this drill you need 3, 1/3 scale dryfire targets and a couple magazines loaded with dummy rounds.
Stand 7 feet from the targets, and on the buzzer draw and fire 2 “shots” at each target, perform a reload, and fire 2 shots at each target.
We both like this drill because you can really mix things up to keep it interesting. You can start hands relaxed at your sides, or with your wrists above shoulders, and you can add in a turn and draw every now and then as well. As you get better with turn and draws, you may find that you can turn and draw just about as fast as you can just draw. It’s a good drill.
As we mention in the episode, take a video of yourself running the drill of the week and tag us (@triangletactical) on Instagram in the description.
This is an exciting episode for us, because for the first time ever, Ben and I recorded this episode with both of us in the same room. Anyways, here’s the shownotes:
We’ve both had a few things that have been bothering us for a little while, and we decided to vent about it this week. In the main topic segment, we vent about the following:
- Spartans. Why does everything in the shooting community have a spartan helmet on it?
10mm. We don’t really have a problem with the 10mm itself (it’s a fine round), but rather the rabid fan-boys that seem to think every firearm should be chambered in 10mm.
.45 GAP. On the other hand, people really bag on the .45GAP too much. It’s a fine round, get over it.
“Patriots” who love freedom, until they realize someone else is making money. Specifically people who cry “PRICE GOUGING!” whenever someone decides to sell their own property when demand goes up.
People who advocate others to “polish the feedramp”. If someone tells you this, run away.
What We’ve Done with Guns:
This weekend Ben and I both shot the USPSA classifier match at Sir Walter Gun Club in Creedmoor, NC. Ben shot a 100% classifier right out of the gate and it was epic:
He was shooting the classifier in Limited, but with his Production gear just to get a classification in case he wants to go to Limited Nationals later this year. In Limited, it was an 87% classifier, but in Production it was 100%.
- Glock’s “This Spring” Ad.
- Nothing has changed with the M855 ban. The comment period is still open, and the ban is still looming. You may have heard that M855 was “already banned” which was a complete falsehood pushed out by some sensational bloggers. The BATFE clarified the issue. It’s more complicated than this, but Ben explains it real well in the episode.
Dry Fire Drill of the Week:
4 Aces Drill. Here’s Ben Stoeger doing it in live fire, but it’s the same deal in dry fire.