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In my last article I mentioned I was humbled at my first match. Here are three simple and common errors I made that you can learn from. I am referencing the IDPA target, since my first match was IDPA. The same principles apply to USPSA. My draw to first shot times were slow! Slooow! I…

I often recommend competitive shooting - specifically action pistol type matches - to anyone with a CCW.  Even so, there is always apprehension in people's eyes.  What will they encounter?  Are they good enough?  Will they be laughed at?  Judged?  Yelled at?  With that in mind, here is a brief synopsis about what you can…

Dry Fire. It is both proven to work and often misunderstood. It applies to competition and to concealed carry skills. Many swear by it and some (foolishly) scoff at it. Many times we hear people mention dry fire without actually explaining what it means so let’s get on the same page with regards to what…

Today’s subject is a brief discussion about match pressure. If you shoot competition, you already know match pressure is real. So how can we control it? You dry fire frequently on a regular schedule. You exercise before live fire to get your heart rate up. You feel prepared to handle the match stress. However when…

IDPA had a pretty eventful summer from what I understand. In addition to combining the revolver divisions and adding BUG and Compact as divisions of their own; apparently at Nationals it was announced that the point down penalty would be changed from 0.5 seconds to an entire second. While that last bit hasn't been finalized…

Apparently if you don't practice at all, you shoot like crap. Okay, let me back that one up a bit. I shot the 2014 IDPA BUG Nationals this past weekend in Springfield, MA. As usual, the NE crew put on a great match, making the most that they could with the stage limitations for Back-Up…

Lost in the election news was a big announcement from IDPA. In an email blast to members, IDPA made several very big announcements. We'll go through them in order with commentary. 1. Removal of the flatfooted reload One of the new rules from the the New Rule Book was that shooters could not move while…

One of my favorite matches on the calendar is this weekend, the IDPA BUG (Back-Up Gun) Nationals. I really like the BUG match because generally speaking, it's the one place where people shoot their actual carry guns. Yes, some folks game it out and shoot with 3-inch K-frames or other guns designed to push the…