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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Decide what you want to accomplish
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 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
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
I’ve loved shooting since the first time I pulled a trigger at age 8. During high school I volunteered at my local PD where I learned more about handguns. I joined the Marine Corps Infantry after high school. I was a reserve for 10 years with 2 years of active duty and 1 tour in Iraq in 2003. I worked for an armored car company for almost 7 years mostly in the LA area of California. During all that I also got a degree in law enforcement and went through two different police academies. Being a cop never worked out, but through it all I’ve always been training people to fight. I spent all of 2008 in Iraq again as a private contractor defending a base. There I got to teach and train with the US Army and others. Now I want to bring that experience and my joy of teaching to others. I love teaching firearms and want the good people of the world to be able to defend themselves. It’s now my mission and purpose in life.