Track your training

We have discussed the importance of tracking how many rounds you shoot, what type of ammo you’re shooting, etc in the past.  That’s all well and good because it helps track potential mechanical issues with your gun; however it doesn’t track your training improvement.  I track my speed on the IDPA qualifier at the macro level of the qualifier – total time.  However, based on this post from Todd at Pistol-Training.Com, I’m going to track the entire qualifier now.  He makes an excellent point about tracking these things, as it’s the best way to figure out what we’re bad at, and then practice those skills until they’re much more refined.  You can also track incremental improvements – is my draw a quarter second faster today than it was three months ago, are my transitions getting better, things like that.

I obviously think record keeping is massively important for the serious shooter, and following Todd’s guidelines will help you keep better records…and shoot better as well.

Video killed the radio star

Is Bianchi Cup Production Division going to kill the Metallic Division?  I’ve seen this question bandied about a little bit, that the influx of money and sponsorships is going to kill Metallic division and drive all the good/new shooters to Production.  I don’t necessarily agree with that, if for no other reason than there’s still a Limited Division in USPSA and an Enhanced Service Pistol Division in IDPA.  However, let’s take a look at the numbers.

In 2009, Production Division became an official division in Bianchi Cup.  That year, Metallic and Production both had around 30 shooters (I can’t find an official scoresheet online, so if anyone has one please email it to me) and Open Division had the most shooters as usual.  So ’09, you saw roughly equal participation in Metallic and Production.  In 2010, the numbers changed slightly.  Open still lead the way with 111 shooters, Metallic had 30 shooters, but Production ballooned up to 54 shooters.  Some folks were concerned that Production would have the top pros from Metallic jumping ship to the new division, and while Jerry Miculek and Phil Strader both shot Production instead of Metallic, Rob Leatham stayed in the more traditional division.  For 2011 though, there’s even more incentive to jump to Production, because of MidwayUSA’s $100,000 bounty on the first gun to break 1900 in Production division.  With Dave Sevigny, Jerry Miculek, and Phil Strader all in the division and all capable of hitting that mark, it would not surprise me if in 2011 you saw Rob Leatham with a Springfield XD(m) fitted with a match barrel.

I don’t think that Production will kill Metallic division though.  Because the bar for entry is lower in Production division, I do think you’ll see more shooters coming out to play there.  Stock Service Pistol and USPSA Production are generally their most populated divisions, so it stands to reason that you’ll see that kind of growth at Bianchi Cup as well.  I doubt it will eclipse Open though, as that is the flagship division of Bianchi Cup.  Metallic will keep going strong though – just as there is a Limited division in USPSA, there are always going to be shooters running single action guns, there will always be people that want to take their game to the next level and increase their mechanical accuracy.  In fact, I am considering going over to Metallic for 2011, but we’ll have to wait and see.  Right now I’m waffling on a 1911 in 9mm for Metallic or building a serious Bianchi Cup Production gun.  I do have some time to make up my mind.

Ultimately, I think Metallic will remain populated.  While you may lose some shooters to Production Division in the Cup, I think you’ll also see shooters transition to Metallic.  Some people may want to shoot 1911s, some people may not want to swim in the same pool as Dave Sevigny (both of these I understand), and some people may just not like Production guns.  I think that whatever happens though, the best way to grow Bianchi Cup is to continue to make it more inclusive to new shooters – but beyond that to get some more club level support.  There are very few clubs out there that shoot NRA Action Pistol at the local level, and I think that increasing the number of clubs that do that would be a huge benefit for NRA.  Remember, an Action Pistol Match doesn’t have to be the four courses you see at Bianchi.  NRA has a list of approved courses of fire for Action Pistol, many of which can be adapted for use at clubs that may not have a mover, a plate rack, or 50 yards for the Practical.  So if you’re looking to shoot NRA Action Pistol with your Production gun, USPSA Limited Gun, or whatever you currently have, try getting your local club involved!

I can see clearly now

Robb has some new sights for his Glock 20.  Generally speaking, the sights are the one thing that I think should be mandatory to replace on Glocks; the front sight is insultingly fat, the rear sight notch is far too narrow, and they’re cheap and plastic.  Robb now has probably the best pistol sight for the Glock, the Sevigny Competition sights.  You want a lot of light coming in around that front post so you can establish the proper relation between front and rear sight, and the Sevigny sights definitely do that.  Available with all black posts or a fiber optic front sight, you can purchase them for an extremely reasonable price from our good friends at Brownells.  Also, click the first link to read Robb’s review.

Violence Policy Center violates Ruger's copyrights

Wow.  While this may not actually be a violation of copy right law, it’s certainly right along the lines of the kind of lowbrow behavior I’d expect from the VPC.  They’re so desperate for any sort of legitimacy that they’ll wholesale rip off material from Gunsite and Ruger.  Way to keep it classy, Josh.

Gun Nuts Last Night!

Despite traffic issues with getting to the studio, we did in fact have an episode of Gun Nuts Radio last night.  Mostly we talked about cleaning guns and a little bit about shoot to stop vs. shoot to kill in professional shooting lexicon.  Click here to download the full episode!

I’m not going to lie, it felt good to be back on the air.  Between Top Shot and the move to Seattle, there has been a lot of stuff that’s taken priority over the show lately (which is as it should be) but it was awesome to be back live on the air last night.  If you’d like an .mp3 of the show, you can get it at this link.

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Robbie Johnson vs. Jerry Miculek

The final 3-gun Nation shoot off before USPSA Multi-gun nationals featured two of the world’s greatest 3-gun shooters going head to head.  Jerry Miculek vs. Robbie Johnson.  Robbie is formerly of the AMU and is now apparently sponsored by Remington Defense (Remington has a 3-gun team?) and he puts on a great display here.  That reminds me, I actually need to watch an episode of 3-Gun Nation.

All trainers are not created equal

Exhibit A.

Exhibit B.

It’s none of my business where you choose to spend your training dollars, it really isn’t.  However, watch the two videos above.  There is really no logical reason to spend good money getting training from those people.  There are a lot of quality firearms instructors out there, and a lot of not-so-hotso instructors as well.  Just because a course is “tactical” or “defensive” or is billed as “high round count” doesn’t mean it’s good instruction.

Gun Nuts Tonight!

We will have a show tonight!  At 9pm Eastern time we’ll be live for the first time in 2 weeks as we work around my crazy work schedule.  Join me at www.blogtalkradio.com/gunnuts for a discussion on when to clean guns, the use of the phrase “shoot to kill”, and other topics as they come up!

That’s tonight at 9pm Eastern time, live at www.blogtalkradio.com/gunnuts – be there!