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Range Officers Toolkit

There was a recent question in the Triangle Tactical Facebook group asking about what sort of things a Range Officer should bring when working a match. I thought I'd put together a list of things that are nice to have and make them into an episode. Coincidentally, most of the things on the list are also helpful to have around in your practice sessions as well, so even if you're not a range officer, you might pick up a couple ideas for your personal use. Pistol grip thing that snaps onto...



I had a very frustrating practice session at the range on Monday. I burned about 500 rounds just shooting a plate rack because it's been something that has been really killing me at matches recently. Here's what happened: I could kill the plate rack at 10 yards. Anywhere between 3.1 and 3.5 seconds, no misses, no problems. At 15 yards, I was an absolute mess. I'd hit the first plate, then start missing all over the place with no obvious reason why. Then, at 20 yards, I was actually...


Gear thats No Good for Competition Shooting

SERPA There was a post on the r/competitionshooting subreddit this last week from someone talking about how they were an IDPA match last weekend and a new shooter was drawing from his SERPA holster at the match and plugged himself with a round at the hip, which then travelled down to around his knee. I don’t really want to beat the SERPA horse anymore, but I’ll tell you that in my years of competition, I’ve seen 4 people AD while drawing their pistol, and all 4 were using a...


Ch Ch Ch Changes!

The USPSA Board of Directors announced some changes to several divisions in the BoD meeting notes from earlier this month, and in this episode I discuss the highlights and lowlights. I'd encourage you to go to the USPSA website, log-in, and actually read all of the changes. Far too many people have just been asking for the Cliffs Notes version of the new rules, instead of just reading the rules. Read. The. Rules.


Q&A: Is my Glock 19 holding me back? Heard any Production rumors?

Bryan What is a good age to start a junior shooter? A lot of it probably has to do with maturity/responsibility. Start them with a pellet gun, BB gun, .22? Bryan My practice range is an indoor range, and can be rather loud at times; what is great practice drill to do that does not require a shot timer? Mark Hello Lucas. Thank you for your show. You've helped me get started in competitive shooting. As a middle-aged guy, my biggest challenge is my eye sight. I only use glasses for...


How About Group Coaching?

Most folks out there can't afford to take a shooting class more than about once a year or so, and most people don't get instruction that much. Previous podcast episode on coaching here. I hear a lot of people talk about how they struggled for years doing things incorrectly. How they then changed something in their practice and saw improvement. People talk about how boring dryfire is because they're doing the same crap over and over and over, day after day, month after month and they're...



Last week when I was on the range doing all the shooting for last weeks Junk Science show I noticed something that I’d never noticed before. When I was doing the step into the box draws, I could reliably shave a tenth of a second when I put my focus on the draw stroke, and not the step. If I just let the step happen, and put my focus on the draw, a pretty average draw was about .95, .96, .97, something like that. However, when I focused on the step, and let the draw stroke just happen,...


JUNK SCIENCE: Are Race Holsters Worth It?

For a long time I've wondered if the expensive race holsters that hold the gun just by the trigger guard are really worth the money, so that's what I've decided to find out for this episode. So, here's what I did: I setup a 10" steel plate at 10y. I tested both holsters with 50 draws in the following ways: Kydex - Stand and shoot 50 rounds. DAA Alpha X - Stand and shoot 50 rounds. Kydex - Step into the shooting area and shoot 50 rounds. DAA Alpha X - Step into the shooting area and...


Q&A: Killed in the Streets!

Eric Lucas, I have a question for your Q&A if you would like. I know this touches on a subject you have talked about in the past. The closest USPSA club to me is an hour away. They shut down fairly early in the season. Last summer I still wanted to do some more matches and the next closest match is a 3 hour drive one way. Their website said that set up was at 3pm, shooting started at 6pm and should be done by 9pm. It seemed to imply that being present for set up was mandatory. I called...


Where to Start in Practice

Been thinking a bit about practice, and where I should be spending my time in practice since I haven’t shot a match in about 4 months. What are the areas that I need to work on? Probably everything, and if that’s a thing, starting can seem overwhelming. I mentioned on the podcast last week that I suck at lifting weights, but because I suck at it, I’m seeing tons and tons of progress, and that’s really motivating to keep lifting weights. I can deal with the sore muscles and trouble walking...


Things I'd like to see in 2018

[powerpress] I’d like to see ALL of the major shooting sports stop fudging around with the rules all the time. We’ve been playing around with provisional divisions in USPSA for a couple years now, just make them official divisions. The USPSA part isn’t really a big deal, so lets talk about IDPA for a second. OMG. I literally can’t keep up. It’s like every couple months there’s either another rulebook, or another update, or something posted on a random blog at (that I’m still...


Ask Me Anything

I always like to do something different for the last episode of the year, so this year I had y'all ask me anything you wanted to ask. So, thanks for a great 2017! 2018 is going to be great!


Marty Wood - NC USPSA Section Coordinator

This week on the podcast I interviewed Marty Wood, the new NC USPSA Section Coordinator. We talked about everything from the future of USPSA in North Carolina, to announcing the date and location of the 2018 NC Sectional match. I wanted to say a special thanks to Marty for driving to Raleigh to meet with me to talk about all of this, and I'm really excited about seeing what happens with him at the wheel as the section coordinator of NC USPSA. If you want to get ahold of Marty, his email...


What to do with Junior Shooters who don't help?

2018 Goals. I'm writing it down here, throwing down the gauntlet for 2018: I will make USPSA Production Master before my birthday at the end of June. I refused to make this goal last year, but 2018 is the time to make it happen. You read it here first folks. What are your goals for 2018? How are you going to make them happen? What to do with junior shooters who don't help? This question came in from a long time listener who is noticing a trend of junior shooters who only shoot, and...


Things That Matter

Special Episode Coming Up! I always like to do something different for the last episode of the year, and this year I'm going to do an AMA (ask me anything). Here's the thing: for the last podcast of 2017, I'll answer any questions you have, that ARE NOT related to shooting. Go to Enter your question in that form. Please don't ask your questions in the comments of this post, or on Facebook or anywhere else, as I will not be able to answer them (I can't...


Rants, Raves, and Follow-ups

If you’re local to me, listen up. If you’re not local to me, just bear with me or skip ahead 30 seconds or so. At the end of the year I’m killing the Triangle Tactical competitive shooting calendar on the website. There are a couple of reasons for this: It costs more than a hundred bucks a year for the software to keep it running. Not a huge deal, but it’s a factor.The time to keep it running is substantial.I can’t seem to keep it accurate. Matches start and stop even when they’re super...


What's Killing Our Matches and Burning out our Match Directors?

I'm not sure if it's because it's nearing the end of the traditional "shooting season" or what, but I've been talking to a few different people about how their match director is about to quit, or they themselves are a match director, and they don't know what to do because they're totally burned out, and they're not sure how to keep that burnout away. So, on Sunday I released a survey trying to gather some data on what is killing matches. First, I asked respondents to rank the health of...


So, You Want to be a Sponsored Shooter?

Before you enter into a handshake deal for some free stuff, there are a few things that you should consider. Go to the show notes for this episode and get my free .PDF with 10 things that you should think about and do before you pick up a sponsor. Gear that Doesn't Suck Streamlight ProTac 2L It's the time of year when it's getting darker earlier, and staying dark longer. Having a dependable flashlight with you is a big help. I literally use mine every day.


How to use a Shot Timer in Practice

[powerpress] Tyler asks: Hi Luke. I have a question for this weeks Q and A show. My buddy just got a shot timer, and we will be using it this week for the first time. We want to use it as effectively as possible so I'm putting together a spreadsheet to track how we do time wise. What should I track? Splits? Total time? Time to first shot? I honestly don't know where to start or what all the shot timer can do. I just want to know if I'm getting faster with my shots on that end and how...


The Off Season

Matt asked in the Triangle Tactical Facebook group what to do when the matches in his area wind down for winter. Should he keep practicing and shooting all winter, or should he take the winter off? I think there are a few things to consider here: A lot of people will take the winter off. They'll have a bit of skill degradation, and they'll probably be a little less in shape come spring. If you feel like you're learning and gaining something from your practice sessions, I say keep...


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