Podcast 127 Prepping for a Shooting Competition

By on May 7, 2015

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In this podcast we talk all about shooting competitions and what you can do to prepare yourself before going, and a couple reasons why you would want to go to a shooting competition. I went to a run-and-gun carbine match hosted by TexasTactical.net. It’s always a lot of fun, but here are a couple things I do before and during the match to get more out of the time and money I spend at the match.

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Podcast Outline:

Decide what you want to accomplish

  • Win
  • Have Fun
  • Network/Meet People
  • Improve a specific skill
  • Test some gear

Gear; Decide and Go

  • I like to use what I carry
  • Don’t take multiples to try, take one and a backup. Make a decision
  • Take good gear first time
  • If you are testing something have a backup
  • Your duty/carry gear should survive the day if not something is wrong
  • Test your gear dry before you go
    • Put it all on
    • Jump up and down
    • Move around tactically
    • Do mag changes
    • Draw a couple times slowly
    • Try to do things without thinking to see if it’s in the right spot


  • Live Fire
    • Live fire anything that hasn’t been tested before
    • Check your zeros
    • Wear the same stuff you would at the match
    • Test the ammo if you haven’t before, you should be using the same as you plan to use at the match
  • Dry
    • Go through the skills that might be needed in the stages
    • Go slow and smooth
    • Use dummy rounds to make sure things are getting loaded correctly


  • Double check the schedule
  • Read or Re-read the rules
  • Make sure your gear conforms to the rules
  • Bring extra ammo
  • Bring backup guns and stuff if possible

At the Match

  • Arrive early
  • Meet people
  • Look over the stages
  • If you don’t understand what’s going on make a friend and ask
  • Ask questions
  • Assume people know what’s going on and know the gun world
  • Figure out what the safety procedures are before handling your firearm
  • Attend the safety brief and new-shooters’ brief for a recap

Shooting the Match

  • Go slow you aren’t going to be the bets person there
  • Don’t worry about winning, worry about being smooth and having fun
  • Don’t forget to network.. AKA have fun meeting others at the match
  • Ask questions most shooters will help

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Stay Safe,


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