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? 


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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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. 


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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New Shootey Goodness

New Shootey Goodness

I just sighted in my new three gun AR. It went from from this: 


To this: 


  • New Dane Armory upper 
  • Magpul stock
  • Yankee Hill handguard
  • Magpul backup sights
  • Magpul angled foregrip 
  • Arredondo magwell
  • Falcon ergo grip
  • Trigger job
  • Ambidextrous safety

Courtesy of Dane Armory.

It’s hard to find a good gunsmith: There a lot of smiths out there who do great work, but are lacking when it comes to customer service, and there are personable gunsmiths who couldn’t do a trigger job on a capgun. Dane Armory is both, and I highly recommend their services.

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Why Carry?

Why carry?

A quiet Saturday afternoon in a convenience store on a busy downtown street is the last place you’d think that a shooting might happen. 


A man shot at his Phoenix store Saturday has died, according to police.
Phoenix police Sgt. Keith Doherty said the shooting occurred around 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Dollar Market near Van Buren and 16th streets.
Doherty said officers responded to a call of shots fired and found the store owner 39-year-old Imtiaz Canwar with a gunshot wound to the face inside the store.
Canwar was transported to a local hospital in critical condition where he later died from his injuries.
The search for the two suspects in this case continues as of Monday.
Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said the suspects in this case are both believed to be Hispanic males, 17 to 20 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, and about 125 pounds.
Crump said both suspects were wearing white t-shirts and long white socks. One of them was wearing red shorts, and the other was wearing khaki shorts. 

My thoughts and prayers are with los Canwar tonight, and may justice be sure and swift for his murderers. 

Oh, and did I mention this happened less than a mile away from where I work? 

Why carry, indeed.

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Something I Don’t Get…

Something I don’t get…

… is the whole chicks with guns thing (and no, I’m not talking about Babes with Bullets, I’m talking about this sort of thing). 

Every month I get a catalog/flyer from Dillon an some attractive young lass on the front cover holding some sort of infernal weapon, and every month it goes straight into the recycling bin. 

I’m not against the display of the female form (remind me to tell you about some of the fashion shoots I worked on), nor (obviously) am I against guns, I just don’t see how one enhances the other. 

And that applies to car magazine cover girls and trade show exhibition booth babes, too. I appreciate the eye candy, but it doesn’t help sell your product. 

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