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Disqualifications

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 20:35

Listen to the Podcast Disqualifications Continuing on with my new-shooter kick over the past month or so, this week I’m talking about the most common disqualifications are that I see at matches. 99% of disqualifications are for unsafe gun handling. The most common things I see are as follows: Sweeping the weak hand on the …

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Fun vs. Performance

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 09:37

Listen to the Podcast: A few weeks back I talked about how it’s important to always get video at a match, because it gives you something to review later and reflect on your performance, see the things you need to work on, etc. After this last weekend’s match at Carolina Guns and Gear in Ramseur, …

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Do’s and Dont’s

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 22:00

Listen to the Podcast Do – Do some YouTube research on different matches. If all you’ve done is read forum posts about different matches, and you’re SURE you know what you want to shoot, because the”other game” has too many rules, go watch some videos of the other games too. Just like with self defense …

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Things That Make You Go “Ugghhh” At A Match

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 18:35

Every quarter of the year I’ve been having an episode of the podcast where I play listener voicemails answering a question that I propose. In the past I’ve asked “What has competitive shooting done for you?” and “What are your 2017 goals?” This time around I want to have a little more fun with it: …

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Make Hardcover Targets the Easy Way

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 20:21

I wanted some hardcover targets for practice tomorrow, so I went out to the garage to tape and paint some up. Low and behold, I’m fresh out of black paint of any kind. I considered just using the tape, but decided that wouldn’t be good enough. Then I thought about dying them with coffee, but …

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What Should You Practice?

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 17:27

Listen To The Podcast A common question I get from people who are somewhat new to shooting (or at least new to practice) is asking what they should be practicing. Sometimes folks even buy a book of drills, and don’t really know where they should get started with those drills. I don’t think there’s a …

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Cash Money for Winning With Your Walther

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 15:40

This is actually pretty awesome. Here’s the details: http://www.waltherarms.com/winwithwalther/ I’m not aware of any other programs like this that pay out cash for winning. I like it. If you shoot a Walther, it’s time to start practicing.

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All You Need, Nothing You Don’t

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 21:40

Listen to the Podcast This week I go through the very basics that you need to shoot your first match. Obviously there’s a LOT more to know about competitive shooting (I’ve been doing this podcast for nearly 5 years) but I hope I give you enough in this to make you feel more comfortable getting …

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Junk Science: Shooting On The Move

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 21:21

Listen to the Podcast Last week over on the Triangle Tactical Facebook page I posted “Ask Me Anything”, and Ryan asked “Shooting while moving, ever worth it?” My initial reaction given what I’ve seen and heard in the past was that shooting Minor power factor, it’s hard to score enough points to make shooting on …

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Match Video Diagnosis: Reloads

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 11:37

Reloads are a place where you can shave some time, and impress your friends if you can really nail them perfectly and quickly. I’m just ending an extended off-season so my reloads are a little shaky, and in the above video you’ll see that. First reload: super slow Second: seated, not super fast, but faster …

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Match Video Diagnosis: Get Your Butt Moving

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:33

It probably goes without saying, but one of the best and easiest ways to shave time on your matches and move yourself up in the rankings is to RUN from one position to another. Action shooting games are about speed and accuracy, both of which are equally important. If you’ve got a stage where there’s …

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Thank You

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 16:01

Every month or so I meet up with a big group of folks that have podcasts in the Raleigh area. We talk about everything from production of our shows, to troubleshooting problems, to giving motivation to people looking to start their own podcasts. Just about every month I come away from the meeting with one …

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Match Video Diagnosis: Know Where You’re Supposed to Go

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:16

Movement is one of the best things you can assess with match video. In the video clip above, watch how much more confidently I move into the first position, than the second position. You can tell as I’m moving into the second position I wasn’t quite sure where the fault line was and I didn’t …

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Diagnosing Your Match Video: Shooting Sooner

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:02

A video posted by Lucas Apps (@triangletactical) on Jan 18, 2017 at 9:12am PST I’ve heard Steve Anderson talk about “shooting sooner” a thousand times, and it really became apparent after looking at my match video from last Saturday. In the video above, I engaged the targets to the left while on the move, then …

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#1 Thing I’d Like to See from SHOT Show 2017

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 19:50

A striker fired 1911. A new pistol caliber carbine that’s just like the rest of them, only a little different. There’s one innovation I’d like to see, that I probably won’t ever see: Training magazines for dryfire. Here’s what I want it to do: Weighted to be about the same weight as a magazine with …

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Fault Lines, Reloads, and a Night Match

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 09:02

Listen to the Podcast On Saturday I shot a Day/Night IDPA match at H2O Fowl Farms. We shot all 6 stages once during the daylight, and then when the sun went down we shot the match again with flashlights. If you’ve never shot with a flashlight before, it can be a challenge that you’re not …

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Be Prepared

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 20:43

Listen to the Podcast Winterpocalypse 2017 rolled through Raleigh, NC this weekend and we got a ridiculous .5″ of snow that brought the city to it’s knees once again. Once again, I’m just shocked at how folks knew the storm was coming, and were just completely unprepared. After the snow and ice came, most of …

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USPSA Allowing Half-Size Targets at Level 1 Matches

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 08:35

A couple days ago I received an email from USPSA regarding this new decision from NROI about allowing half-sized targets at Level1 USPSA matches. Personally, I think this is a great decision. I’ve shot the half-size targets at different outlaw matches over the years, and they’re really not a big deal, just treat them like …

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The One Truth

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 20:14

This is how you should grip a pistol. This is how you should pull the trigger. This is the best gun. This is the best load for Production division. This is the best stance. I could go on, but I’ll spare you. I’ve noticed that the shooting community, and maybe humanity as a whole, has …

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The Flip and Catch Isn’t Unsafe

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 16:58

Time and again I hear how the flip and catch is unsafe (mainly from IDPA SO’s), but I’m here to tell you, it’s not. Above is a video of me doing a flip and catch in my kitchen with a dummy round. Watch my muzzle, it stays pointed exactly where I want it to be …

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