Many years ago, Ernest Langdon wrote an article entitled “Fear Not, The Double Action Shot”. If memory serves me correctly, it was written shortly after he waxed all comers at the 2003 IDPA Nationals in the CDP category with a SIG P220. It was reading that article that started me down the road to where I am today. Continue reading →
My GAP built Surgeon actioned 6 Creedmore with Vortex Razor 5-20 scope
The amazing thing about the firearms industry currently is the vast array of options a person has to modify his/her weapon to their tastes or preferences. This variety is not limited to the adult Lego® of the firearms world, the AR15. There is now also a great market of accessories and options for precision bolt action rifles that’s growing rapidly. The biggest mistake I see many new shooters make with their first bolt action rifle purchase is making the assumption that all rifle stocks or chassis will fit everyone. This is sadly not the case. Each individual shooter’s length of pull, cheek structure, hand size, forearm length, and a number of other factors play into each shooter’s fit to a stock. There is always someone more than willing to tell any new shooter that the stock or chassis that they have is the only way to go. More often than not I watch online as shooters go from a stock to a chassis and back, continuously buying and selling stocks until they finally settle on one that is comfortable for them and fits their shooting style. Continue reading →
VTAC M&P with 10-8 rear sight and FDE base pad, 10-8 textured frame, Apex polymer AEK trigger and internals.
When you hit the range, do you use a target to document your performance? What?! Why am I even asking such a ridiculous question, you ask? Of course we would consider it foolish to shoot without a target to measure our basic marksmanship performance. Clearly there is a difference in performance between a 2 foot group and a 2 inch group at any given distance. If that is the case, then why do so many “tactical” shooters reel against the thought of using other performance metrics beyond a paper target? Continue reading →
Many of the folks in the “tactical” shooting crowd tend to dismiss competition shooting wholesale, and steel shooting is often considered merely a hosefest due to the inclusion of the large 18×24″ plates on some stages. If you check out the above video, you will see that many of the common courses of fire are actually quite difficult, and are more like deliberate accuracy exercises that happen to work out at speed when you build up some skill. I often shoot the monthly steel matches at my local club, and find that many shooters have trouble even hitting the targets on the first shot, much less be speedy on them. Continue reading →
I recently attended a Performance Carbine course from Frank Proctor, the founder and head instructor at Way of the Gun. Frank has a background in military special operations as well as competition shooting, and fuses the two schools of thought into a performance based curriculum which dissects technique and challenges traditional thinking. As someone who is both a training junkie and a professional firearms trainer, I enjoy the opportunity to get out and see what others are teaching, as well as being able to just shut up and shoot. Continue reading →
Who doesn’t love the smell of gunpowder in the morning?
Are you a law enforcement officer, military service member, hunter, or just a casual shooter who is interested in increasing their ability to hit targets at distances greater then 200 meters? Now, what if I told you, you could do this with a great group of people in a fun, safe environment, on some of the best ranges in the country, and have the chance to take home a prize? Interested now?
Well, let me introduce you to the world of tactical precision rifle matches. Unlike F-class or other precision rifle disciplines in tactical precision rifle matches, you will engage targets at varying distances from positions outside of only prone or off a bench, while wearing your needed gear, most times while under both a clock and physical stress. Modeled after many law enforcement and military sniper competitions, it gives civilians the opportunity to safely test their skills against one another in varying scenarios across the country. It is fairly inexpensive to take part in and welcomes young and old, male and female, sponsored and amateur shooters shoot side by side in this quickly growing sport. Continue reading →
When people see the topic of evolution, it usually brings forth some heated arguments. This article is about how we fail to evolve as firearms and tactics instructors. This failure of evolution has brought forth a lot of heated arguments as well.
I don’t see this failure as much in the larger, more mainstream firearms and tactics schools as I do in the smaller ones. Certainly it exists in larger schools. I see it more often in training at the local level, and mainly in institutional organizations and police training. These schools often have instructors that have been around a while, and generally they haven’t been to a school to upgrade their skills and knowledge since Carter was in office. And the curriculum shows it. Continue reading →
I was first introduced to GA Precision through the precision rifle community 9 years ago. GA Precision was founded in 1999 by George Gardner to support local high power and long range shooters. This N. Kansas City, Missouri company has since grown into one of the premier custom shops for tactical, Mil-Spec, F-class and hunting type rifles. GA Precision also serves numerous law enforcement agencies such as FBI SWAT, FBI HRT Team Quantico, ATF SRT , Illinois State Police HRT Team, Kansas City, KS P.D., Escondido P.D., CA – and many others. The gunsmiths working under the GA Precision roof, exhibit their experience in the extraordinary consistent quality of the rifles they produce. My military background carries into civilian shooting competitions with my demand for both precision and unfailing reliability when choosing a rifle. Continue reading →
At some point (over 30 for some, 40 for many, and by 50 for most) the eyesight prescription (Rx) which corrects for the best distance vision no longer also provides a sharp handgun front sight. For many, “progressive” eyeglasses or “multi-focal” contact lenses do not work well for shooting, and thus they are not the answer. Here’s a suggestion for a relatively easy fix which can work for duty, competition, and everyday activities. It’s called monovision; one eye is corrected to see close up (normally for reading), and the other to see distance. If it is going to work for you, within one week or so you will no longer realize you are using a somewhat exotic Rx. However, you may experience a slight decrease in the depth perception you would have using regular binocular vision. Continue reading →
The Glock 34/35 series of pistols are ideal for just about any role an end user may require. They work well out of the box, with only a few minor changes needed to make them a little better. Shown is one of my G34′s with one of the early Apex FRE prototypes, and a most excellent set of 10-8 tritium sights. A man (or lady) can about rule the world with that setup. It is no wonder why this series of pistols have became favorites of police officers and competitors alike.
As I have mentioned before in previous articles, I believe competition is an excellent way to push my training to the next level. While it certainly has limitations as to how “realistic” it can be, I can’t think of a better way to add to your training the anxiety of shooting under time pressure and being accountable for your accuracy. (As an aside, our friends at Gun Nuts Media have an excellent article on competition vs tactical training recently posted to their site.) Continue reading →
Here’s a little something to get you inspired this Saturday morning! Remember that performance is performance, whether you are at the square range or the two way range. Don’t hide under the mantle of being “tactical” and underperforming because technical skills are “for gamers.” Train hard and win.
A 2nd Generation Glock 19 with the original Novak replacement rear sights that were meant to be used with the stock front. Thankfully, we have come a long way.
A week ago, I asked my good friend and dyed-in-the-wool 1911 guy, Dean Caputo, if he would be interested in shooting a Glock Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) match with me over the weekend. I try to make it a habit of inviting my buddies to shooting events as it is another excuse to turn it into a social endeavor as well as a training opportunity. Much to my surprise, Dean said, “Yes!” I was even more shocked to discover the guy who owns countless 1911s and turns his nose up to the plastic guns actually owns a Glock 19 or two. So I gave him the details of the match and planned to meet on Saturday.
When you hit the range, it is critical to go with a plan. With today’s ammunition prices and limited availability, it is more important than ever to get the most out of each round. I approach every range session with at least an overall concept of what I need to accomplish. It can be as simple as “shoot groups” or “track the dot on the RMR.” Continue reading →
The 18 drill is one of my old standby’s. 18 yards, 18 rounds, 18 seconds, 18 inch aiming area. Sound pretty simple?
This is a carbine drill that is shot from three positions- standing, kneeling and prone.
To set up for the drill, the shooter loads three magazines with six rounds each. One is inserted into the gun and the gun is charged. The other two are placed somewhere on the body for two emergency reloads. The shooter starts in the standing position, facing the target, safety on, gun in low ready. On the tone, the shooter fires six rounds standing, performs an emergency reload, and goes to the kneeling position. From the kneeling position, the shooter then fires six rounds. The shooter performs an emergency reload, and then goes prone. The shooter then fires his/her remaining six rounds. Time stops on the last round fired.
We score it as all or none on the target. The run has to be “clean” with all 18 rounds inside the aiming area. Usually we shoot this on the B21 target with all hits to be inside the “coke” bottle (a little more generous than a true 18 inch circle) or anything in the “Down One” or “C” zone on a IPSC or IDPA target. The “Down One” or “C” zone is larger than 18 inches, but with a little ingenuity, you can make the scoring work with just about any target, by adjusting the target area to fit.