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Competitive Shooting Best Practices


Just a few things I’ve noticed that I thought I would point out. The first two things seem to be done mostly by newer shooters, and the second two seem to be mostly more-seasoned shooters. Know the rules. At least have a rudimentary understanding of the rules of the game you’re shooting. I don’t think you need to read the whole rulebook before your first match (actually, I don’t think it would be very helpful, …

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My Favorite Q&A Podcast Episodes


The Triangle Tactical Q&A podcast turned a whole year old the other day, so I thought it might be fun to re-broadcast a few of my favorite Q&A podcast episodes during this week’s show. I actually went through all of the back catalog of Q&A shows and picked out all of my favorites, and there was over 3 hours of audio, so I really had to pick and choose which ones to put in this …

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Performance Time vs. Learning Time

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I kind of ripped this topic off of something I heard my wife talk about in a speech she was preparing a couple weeks ago. She's a teacher and was talking about the difference between learning time and performance time with kids in school, and as soon as I heard it, I started wondering if this was something I should think more about in my practice as well. I've been trying the whole "get bored …

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“I Only Compete Against Myself”


I’ve noticed a trend of people on the internet talking to folks interested in competitive shooting, and constantly telling them “I only compete against myself”. I think the problem is two fold: People interested in competitive shooting might be interested in being competitive, so telling them that you don’t really compete isn’t a great thing. If you’re just there for the fun of it, that’s fine, but I can tell you that if they took …

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Stop wasting your time on stuff that doesn’t matter

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Ever see the guys at a match who have the well rehearsed “tactical kata” but can’t really shoot that well? What about the guy that tells you X product is better than Y because it has more features, even if those features aren’t useful. What about the guys who buy a crappy gun, and then spend the next years trying to make it better, instead of just saving up for something that doesn’t suck. All …

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Tinkering Won’t Get You Where You Want to Go


Tinkering with making your own gear is interesting and it can be fun, but after spending a few years messing around with trying to squeeze every single penny out of my gear by making my own stuff all the time. I’d spend 3 or 4 hours making something to save $25, which comes out to like $8/hr. I don’t know about you, but my practice time is worth a lot more to me than $8 …

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Branching Out?


A month or so ago I was at the indoor shooting range, and there was a legit bullseye shooter in the lane next to me. I ran my target out next to his (25y), and tried to best his groups. The best I could muster were groups about double the size of his, and I was shooting with both hands, and he was only using one. Ever since then I’ve been thinking that I could …

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If I Were King of the Shooting Sports…

If I were king of the shooting sports, I’d make some changes, across the board. I’d like to see the the shooting sports grow, and I think the best way to do that is to reach out to people who already own guns by hitting them up a gun shows and things like that. Almost all of the shooting sports could do a better job of making it easier for someone to find out exactly …

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First Match to Master in 12 Months


Today on the podcast I interview James Turnure, a NC shooter who just made USPSA Open Master. That’s awesome, but what I didn’t tell you is that he shot his first match just 12 months ago. In this interview he and I talk about how he did it, and what sets him apart from other shooters who start and frustratingly stuck in B class for an extended period of time. You can find James on …

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Do we even want USPSA to be TV friendly?


Back during the USPSA Presidential election there was a lot of talk about the need to make USPSA TV friendly. As it sits right now, the use of targets with heads on them, walls that cameras can’t see through, and championships that don’t exactly make exciting TV the sport isn’t really ready for it’s own TV show. My question is this: Do we even want it to be TV friendly? What would the average shooter …

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