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You’re Not Good Enough To Shoot Your First Match


Most common thing I heard from people who are somewhat interested in the idea of competitive shooting is that they aren’t good enough. If you can draw the gun, and walk around without pointing it at yourself or anyone else, and can do basic malfunction clearance, you have the skills needed to get started. That’s not to say that you’re “good enough” though. When you start, you’re going to suck at it. It’s that way …

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Thoughts After 6 Years of Competitive Shooting


Hey there, it’s late at night, and I’m going to bed. Full shownotes with links to all the stuff I talk about in this episode will be available sometime Monday, maybe around mid-day/early afternoon. As of sometime this month, hit my 6 year competitive shooting anniversary. In just 6 years Ive been witness to a lot of changes in the shooting sports, both locally and on the national level.  I think the biggest change I’ve …

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JUNK SCIENCE: Should I Sort Pistol Brass by Headstamp Before Reloading?


Okay, this podcast topic has spawned from an episode from Q&A podcast 248, where Jeff in Holly Springs asked about whether or not you should sort your pistol brass by headstamp. I said at the time that I couldn’t be bothered to do it. Since that episode aired, I’ve had a lot of friends that I respect as shooters mention to me that they do sort by headstamp for various reasons (more consistent overall length …

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How to Make a Range Officer Nervous

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There are certain things that a shooter can do at a match that might not be against the rules, but are certain to make the range officer nervous. As it happens, there are a few things that bother me, that don’t seem to bother other RO’s and there are a couple things that other range officers get bent out of shape about that don’t bother me at all. Things that are certain to make me …

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The Case for Training


I recently asked my friends about where to send someone for training with a pistol and an AR-15. I received multiple messages saying that I should just bring whoever needs the training out to a match, and they’ll figure out what works and what doesn’t. I don’t think this is the right answer. We should encourage folks to get training if they feel like they need it. Certainly there are people who train WAY too …

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Things That Confuse New Shooters


There are a few things that I’ve found that tend to confuse the crud out of new shooters when they’re getting started in the shooting sports. You can shoot matches at clubs that you aren’t a member at. This really seems to confuse people, because around here there really aren’t any outdoor ranges that are open to the public for practice. Just about every place requires a membership, and most clubs have waiting lists that …

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Range Officer Thoughts


“Range Officers need to remember everybody is there to have fun.” Is that a true statement? Maybe, but I think “fun” is defined very differently for different levels of shooters. Some folks get their fun by just showing up and shooting, and others have fun by playing the game within the rules (sometimes pushing them as far as they can) and others have fun by shooting to the best of their ability, and winning. For …

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Your Facebook Questions


Total honesty and transparency here: I was a little unprepared for this weeks podcast. I’m on vacation from work this week, and in my excitement for taking some time off, I neglected to prepare the podcast shownotes. Y’all came through for me though with some questions on Facebook which I answered in this episode. Gear that Doesn’t Suck If you need some ideas of what to work on in practice, or ideas of how to …

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What Are Some of Your Favorite Shooting Stories With Your Dad?


Tom in Ferguson sent in a question last week asking about some of my favorite shooting stories with my dad and Grandpa. Since today is Father’s Day, and last week marked one year since Gramps passed, I thought I’d take this episode to tell a few of my favorite stories from growing up. Gear That Doesn’t Suck I’ve become a lot more aware of chemicals that I’m exposed to as I’ve grown older and a …

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A Match Misconception


One of the most common misconceptions that I hear from folks who haven’t shot competitively, is that competitive shooters shoot ammo that isn’t powerful. That isn’t really true. Factory 9mm that you’ll get from the store is going to be pretty close to the 9mm minor power factor ammo that gets loaded for competition (and some of the folks making re-man ammo don’t make it powerful enough to make power factor). I will say that …

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