Welcome To The Party

Welcome to the party

The TSA has decided that targeting lawbreakers and the law-abiding equally is the best way to stop Al-Qaeda, in much the same way that the ATF and the Brady Bunch have decided the problem with inner-city violence isn’t violent people or violent ideas, it’s the tools they use. 

To those of you who are shocked and outraged that the government would consider you as a criminal when you’ve done nothing wrong, now you know what gun owners have felt like for the last thirty years

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What You Can’t Train

What you can’t train

Consider this stage at last week’s match. 

Pretty simple, right? Two targets whilst standing, and then a few targets from a crouch. 

But what if you wanted to engage the first two targets from a crouch, and by doing so, send a few rounds over the berm and into other ranges? 

There’s not a range in the country that’ll allow you do this, but could something like that happen in a self-defense situation? 

Yep. 

What about two targets in front, one to the left and one to the right, and another attacker behind? The list of ranges with a 360º bay that allows this type of scenario is real short, but it seems like a pretty likely self-defense scenario. 

Knowing what you can and can’t train for seems to be something that isn’t talked about much in the firearms community, but we need to know our limitations before and not during the times when we need it most. 

“Know thy enemy, know thyself, and you will be invincible.” 

– SunTzu

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Perspective

Perspective

Look around the room you’re in right now: Chances are, there’s either a smoke detector or a fire alarm or a fire extinguisher within 10 feet of you. Such precautions are good and necessary because losing everything in a fire just sucks. Our society recognizes this, and in fact mandates the installation of sprinklers and smoke alarms to protect our health and safety. 

But what are the odds of a fire compared to a violent crime? The answers may surprise you. 

According to the CDC, in 2009, someone died in a fire every 175 minutes, and someone was injured every 31 minutes. 

A scary thought indeed, which is why all those smoke detectors make sense. 

But if that makes you nervous, the chances of you being a victim of a violent crime should freak you right out. 

  • A burglary is committed once every 10 seconds
  • Violent crimes happen once every 20 seconds
  • One of out five homes will experience a break-in 

So why is protecting one’s family and property with a smoke detector something that the government encourages (and even mandates) yet protecting one’s family and property by means of a firearm something that the government discourages (and even bans) ? 

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Desert Classic After-Action Report

Desert Classic After-Action Report

A New Record

By winning Open Class GM, Max Michel went eight-for-eight in USPSA area championships this year, something that no one else has done.

Shootin’ Stars

I’m a fan of History Channel’s Top Shot: No other shooting show on TV has EVER brought in the ratings like it did last season, and it was a real treat to RO Blake Miguez and Brad Engmann through my stage, and congrats to Brad for taking top honours in Production. 

Blake Miguez

Brad Engmann

With a Glock, of course. 

Why that Stage? Why not one where I sucked? 

Thanks to some magically disappearing no-shoot targets in between Friday and Saturday, Stage 5 was tossed from the final results, and I did quite good on it, too. 

Rats.

Hey, who let Chris Dudley in here? 

I am now officially the slowest white guy in USPSA. I wanted to work on my accuracy (and I have), so now it’s time to work on speed. Watching that video, it looks like the two things I can do right away to improve my speed are moving quicker and improving my transitions. 

Mod El PrezThe moving quicker part is a function of my physical conditioning, which is an area of my life I’ve neglected for quite a while. The transitions I can improve with training also and I’ll start to focus more on them in my El Presidenté drills during my practice sessions. 

To judge how well all of this is working, I’m going to modify the classic El Presidenté drill and bring a bit of movement into it. Rather than just stand in the middle of the three targets, 10 yards downrange and shoot the three targets twice, I’ll stand parallel to the left target, turn, engage the first target at 10 yards, the second target at 7 yards, and the last target at 10 yards, reload, run to the second box and engage the three targets a second time. This should help develop better movement and transition skills, and if not, I’ll try something else.

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It’s So Much More Fun When You Don’t Stink Up The Joint.

It’s so much more fun when you don’t stink up the joint.

Day One of the staff/RO shoot at the Rio Salado Desert Classic is under my belt, and it’s been the best shooting I’ve done in my life. No major brain fades and only two or three outright misses. My plan to concentrate on accuracy over speed is working

Stage 9 

Stage 9

Standing at table, hands relaxed at sides. Gun loaded, flat inside briefcase. 

On Signal: Retrieve gun and engage targets as they become visible from within the fault lines. 

Rounds: 27 
Targets: 12 metric, 2 pepper poppers, 1 mini pepper popper
Points: 135 

My score

22 A
4 C
1 M 

32.98 seconds 

The accuracy is there. Now I need to work on speed.

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