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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Practice? We talking about practice?

I picked up a Stock 2 a few weeks ago and have just started hitting it hard in practice. This video is of my first "real" structured practice with it.

It's funny what turning on the camera does.  I was trying to get 10 draws (and hits) in a row under .90.  I was able to do it on command until I turned the camera on. Then I started getting tense and screwing up.  That feels a lot like what I do at matches when I start TRYING to go fast (especially classifier stages).  I'm going to try to put some artificial pressure on myself by using the video camera more and more. I told myself I'd post this run to Youtube no matter if I made 10 in a row or not, so here it is.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

How about some bling? (The Cartel Gun)

I received my 6 inch USPSA Limited gun frame and slide back from Calico Coatings this week.  The coating is TiCN (titanium carbonitride) that was laid down on the gun through a PVD process after the parts were prepared using Calico's super micro finishing. The coating is similar to TiN that you see on some of the high end competition shotgun bolts in the 3 gun world, but that is only available in gold, so it was not an option for this build.  

The TiCN coating is very hard and extremely slick. So slick that my front sight that I had to hammer out of the gun slid right back in with only finger pressure, and when I applied locktite to the slide to hold it in place, the liquid beaded up and tried to run down the side of the slide. 

The pictures pretty much say it all. This is not a subdued gun. It is LOUD.  Something that might be found in a drug cartel boss's safe.  It has been dubbed The Cartel Gun.






Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Ocho-load. Super-Tactical.com's ultra 3 gun shotgun caddies

It seems that only a few years ago that the weak hand shotgun load was the only game in town. Experts like Keith Garcia mastered the technique and were able to use it to speed through shotgun portions of major 3 gun matches by virtue of their pure speed.  Then came the load two method. Stacking two shells on a specialized rig in order to insert two at a time into the gun gave almost everyone a path to greatness. Next was the quad load. Building on the principle of the load two, this enabled the user to grab 4 shells at a time, and quickly load two at a time, twice, without having to reach back to the caddy for more shells.

Today, we have the next game changer in 3 gun. We believe this development will completely eliminate the advantage that shotgun speedloaders or even magazine fed shotguns have over their tube-fed rivals...the ocho-load.

These prototype caddies easily allow the user to grab eight shells at once, and quickly load the shotgun to full capacity without reaching back to the belt for more or fumbling shells.  Assembled from a titanium carbon fiber matrix for rigidity, with shell clips made of injection molded thermoplastic then machined on an 8 axis CNC machine, these are the most high tech and complex shotgun caddies ever designed and built.

We will be taking pre-orders starting next week. The ocho-load 24 piece as shown contains a triple stacked set of ocho-load caddies allowing the user to carry 24 shells in the same footprint on the belt as most 8 shell caddies.  Starting price for the setup, including belt attachment is $199.95. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Due to popular demand, we will also be releasing a ladies model designed to fit the smaller hands of our fairer 3 gunners. The design is very similar, and the rig will contain 24 shells of potent 20 gauge ammunition for our ladies.




Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Training to Win (Ben Stoeger Training to Win DVD review)

Ben Stoeger's newest training release, his DVD "Training to Win", was released today both on DVD and on Vimeo.com video on demand. This video is a great companion to his previous dryfire and live fire training manuals and goes through many of the drills many of us have already seen in the books.  I would consider this video as best for the intermediate to advanced shooter. It does not cover fundamentals of technique like how to draw or grip your gun properly; you definitely need to have a grasp on how to do the basic skills needed for practical shooting before you start trying to rip through the par times shown in this video. If you've found this video, you probably have already been practicing for a while and maybe even have read a book or two from Ben or another trainer so you will probably know what to expect.  Although Ben does discuss these fundamentals in the context of how to perform on the macro live and dryfire drills he presents, this is not like a Matt Burkett DVD.  Most of the live and dryfire techniques involve more than one skill, such as drawing and transitioning, drawing and reloading, or shooting on the move. These are not your basic boring drills.  Technique and insight, with references to the bible verses (page numbers in Ben's other training books) that those skills draw from are shown for most of the short live fire or dry fire drills in the video.  This is good for going back and referring to the material that the video isn't able to spend as much time on as the books are.

The video also shows Ben, Matt Hopkins and some dork shooting an open gun on various field courses. Stage breakdown and multiple runs on the same stage from the different shooters show how planning and using different techniques can affect your score for a stage. Choosing when to shoot on the move and which order to engage the targets is also shown.  For this part I wish they would have scored the targets and showed the hit factor for each run in the corner of the screen instead of just showing the time, so the viewer would be able to see exactly how much he gains or loses by trying a different method or stage breakdown, but the point still comes across well in the format they chose to show it in.

Overall, the video format covers more in just over 100 minutes than any other training or technique video I've seen. Transitioning between dryfire techniques, live fire drills on the indoor range and field courses on the outdoor ranges keeps the viewer's attention and covers a ton of material on theory and technique.

The official recommendation from Super-Tactical.com is that Ben Stoeger's "Training to Win" DVD is 100% No Bullshit.  Buy it.






Sunday, December 29, 2013

IDPA is too easy? (match bump discussion)

I came across this interesting tidbit on a forum recently that kind of confirms my thoughts on the subject of match bumps.  I've bumped to Master in two divisions and haven't shot an actual Master classifier score in a scored classifier match...ever...so I guess I've benefited as much as anyone, but what he says makes sense.   Does the system balance itself out due to newcomers to the sport or are we all going to become Masters in every division eventually?  If the answer is yes, is that good or bad for the sport? Should it be changed?

Food for thought re: the independent  IDPA match bump & Classifier classification systems. The system's basic attribute - two independent promotion paths - leads to some interesting outcomes.

Start with 100 Marksmen in any Division. Have them do nothing - no practice, no skill improvement, no equipment change, etc. - but shoot against one another in successive Major matches.

After the 8th match, the system produces it's first MA. After the 33rd match, MAs are the majority. After the 49th match, the system literally locks up and 73% of the participants have been promoted to MA.