Why we train

Because brain-fade happens.  Action pistol shooters jokingly refer to the timers we use as “brain cell destroyers”; the joke being when the buzzer goes off you forget your whole plan.  Stress is wicked difficult thing to manage, and taking classes that induce stress or competing in a simulated stress environment are ways to ameliorate that problem.

What your carry gun says about you

There are lots of choices out there for carry guns, and because each gun is a personal choice your carry gun is a statement, whether or not you feel it is.  It says something about you.


What you think it says: “I am suave, sophisticated pistolero that will only carry the finest in defensive handguns.”

What it actually says: “I really enjoy buying spare parts and endlessly testing magazines to make sure they work with my archaic firearm.”


What you think it says: “I am a serious shooter, dedicated to my sport and self defense and so I carry the most popular firearm in law enforcement.”

What it actually says: “I didn’t want to do any actual research before buying a gun, so I just bought this hunk of plastic.”

Smith & Wesson M&P

What you think it says: “I am a smart shooter!  While I value the durability and lightweight of the polymer pistols, you should be able to customize your firearm for your hand size, which is why I carry an M&P.”

What it actually says: “The store was out of Glocks and the guy said this was like a Glock only better.”


What you think it says: “I am an elite shooter.  This is the weapon of choice of Navy SEALs, and that means it’s awesome, so I’M AWESOME.”

What it actually says:  “Long trigger pulls are okay with me!  First shot accuracy isn’t important anyway, it’s all about volume of fire!”


What you think it says:  “Carrying this pistol means I’m serious about pistol-craft!  I am a civilian WARRIOR.”

What it actually says:  “I suck, and my gun hates me.”


What you think it says:  “This is a more elegant weapon from a more civilized age; I am a connoisseur of firearms akin to the Jedi Knights and their lightsabers.”

What it actually says:  “I have trouble counting past six, and having a lot of ammo in a gunfight isn’t that important to me.”

A Taurus

What you think it says:  “While budget conscious, I am able to spot a deal on a quality firearm and take advantage of it.”

What it actually says:  “Herp-derp.”

What does your carry gun say about you?

SIRT Pistol

The last couple of weeks I’ve had the opportunity to play with a friend’s SIRT Pistol.  This is a neat little training device that allows trigger reset dry-fire with the aid of a laser “impact” on your target to make sure that your practice is actually what you want it to be.  The concept for this is exactly the same as dry firing with your Crimson Trace Lasergrips turned on, as it gives you actual visual feedback on what you’re doing right and wrong during you trigger pull; but the difference with the SIRT pistol is that you don’t have to manually reset the trigger.  There is a great thread at the Enos forum about training with the SIRT and its benefits for dry fire, training your vision, etc.  Right now, the SIRT is only available in the Glock 17/22 frame configuration, and can be had with the red slide (pictured), a clear coat slide, or a black slide which simulates the appearance of your standard Glock.  Future models will apparently include a Sig P226, Smith & Wesson M&P, Springfield XD, and most interestingly an AR 15 SIRT that will be an inert lower receiver that works with your existing upper.  That should be cool.

Living in Indiana the past few years it was always difficult to get valuable practice in the winter.  The snow and bitter cold made it impossible to get to the range, and like many people I get bored easily with dry fire.  I’m not going to buy a SIRT yet as I don’t have a Glock and have intentions of changing to the platform, but just from playing with one that belongs to a friend I can easily see the benefit in the SIRT as a training device.  If you’re a revo shooter and want most of the benefit of a SIRT, you can also get a set of Lasergrips for you competition revolver!

Quest for Master Class: Spotling on FAS

Today on the Quest for Master Class at Downrange.TV, we’ve got the spotlight on one of the venues that’s become a primary training facility; the Firearms Academy of Seattle.  Check out our look at the top notch training destination in Washington State only on Downrange.TV!


Seen at the Firearm Blog, apparently DoubleAlpha is marketing an outdoors shoe as the perfect shoe for IPSC.  IPSC and USPSA do require a good shoe selection – often you’re shooting on sand, grass, mud, wooden planks as the ad for the shoe describes.  Many shooters wear cleats or other high traction shoes; the IPSC Shoe takes it one step (ha!) further and gives you the benefit of a metal cleat for soggy boards without sacrificing traction on other surfaces.  That being said, I don’t know if the performance edge is worth the $170 USD price tag.  I tend to take a more moderate approach to shoes – a good off-road trail running shoe will provide the traction you need for most surfaces (with the possible exception of wet gravel) and also not break the bank.  Plus, I use my USPSA shoes for IDPA, and actually for trail running.  My favorite shoe is the Adidas Kanadia TR 2 which I hope they never discontinue.  As you can see it has a very aggressive tread pattern on the bottom of the shoe, without  having the extremely high ankle that you see on the “IPSC Shoe” (which is something I don’t enjoy).  I’m actually thinking about trying the Vibrams trail running “shoes” for USPSA and IDPA, as a lot of people I know outside the shooting world swear by them for running.

The thing about USPSA and IDPA is that it is as physical as you want to make it.  If sprinting from shooting box to shooting box is what you’d like to do, then you’ll need good shoes.  If you’d rather move slower, that’s awesome too – the nice thing about these games is that it is entirely up to the shooter to determine the pace that they shoot a particular stage.  Oh, and by way of disclaimer – I have received precisely diddly-squat from Adidas.  Somehow I don’t think they’d be too keen on an action pistol sponsorship…

Crimson Trace announces new division

Their division, focused solely on producing products for the military consumer is called CTC Defense.

Different from the commercial Crimson Trace brand, all new products have been built from the ground up using new technologies and resources that are innovative solutions for today’s hostile environments requiring white light, IR (infrared) and quick change day-to-night sighting systems.

Good for them.


We’re 9 months away from the 2011 Bianchi Cup in Columbia, MO.  I’m already thinking about it, because today I picked up the gun I’ll be shooting – this is a gun with history that ties in to my roots in the shooting sports and one of the legends in the competition shooting world.  This gun has stories to tell; and next year at the 2011 Bianchi Cup we’re going to tell those stories, and add a new chapter to the history of this remarkable pistol.  As we get closer to the match we’ll bring more information out, but I promise this will be one you won’t want to miss.

Area 8 Revolver showdown

Walsh vs. Olhasso – battle of the roundguns!  It’s actually a pretty cool write-up from the guys at Ammoland.  Having shot one area match with a roundgun, I can say for absolute certainty that people who are willing to do a 300+ round match shooting double action the whole way are monster studs.  To all my revolver friends out there just remember that shooting a revolver makes you a BEAST, and regardless of how well you do you’re better than the bottom feeders!

Freedom Gun Works

One of the things I like to do here is highlight shops and companies that are dedicated to supporting the shooting sports.  One shop, in the fine state of Georgia is Freedom Gun Works.  In addition to sponsoring a shooting team, the Freedom Gun Works crew do custom work on pistols, including taking a stock STI Spartan and giving it the two-tone treatment.  I am a huge sucker for two tone guns, especially the “Orca” look where it’s light on the bottom and dark on the top.  The stock Spartan runs about $600, the tuned up version from Freedom Gun Works will set you back $800.  You will however have one of the sexiest looking 1911s at your next match!

The image will take you to their Facebook page, where Bobby and Co. post updates on guns they have available, projects, and shooting activities.  I firmly believe in spending your dollars at places that support our sport, so money spent at Freedom Gun Works is definitely going to a good cause!