Match Notes in My Shooting Book

 I love airplanes! It is one o the few places in my life where I am forced to sit quietly with no interruptions and I can work on anything I want without feeling guilty I should be doing something else.
 When flying back from matches I have the opportunity to sit down and make notes in my shooting book.
 My shooting book is nothing special. It is an old day planner that zips closed and will fit easily in my carry on and shooting bag. My book is where I try to keep all the information on shooting. I keep a record of my round count, when I maintenance gun parts, my chrono log and even my ammunition load data.
 I also keep my mental game straight in my book. This is the place where I write down when I practice and what I work on. I make reminders on what skills I can improve upon and what I am doing well. This is where I can pep talk and improve my self image.
 Now that the Production Nationals are over here are a few notes I have for myself:
 1- Great job shooting strong on the first stage of the first day.
 2- PASA Park has new steel, make sure to practice hard cover steel shots when traveling to PASA again.
 3- The KT tape worked great, trust yourself when running through long field courses.
 4- When practicing at home: work on low targets through a port. Is it better to stick arms all the way through or go one handed?
 5- The cheese and fruit snacks worked well at keeping you full and energized.
 These notes are great to have when I start looking at what to work on for e next match.
 Consider keeping a shooting book either by with an book or on your phone. It can help you remember all those important lessons we learn! Stay safe and shoot straight!

Concealed Carry Check!

I know the holidays are just around the corner. We have shopping, cooking, cleaning, travel and family concerns. With all this going on, don’t forget to check your concealed carry gear.

1) Clean/ Oil Gun!
2) Clean Spare Mag- no lint!
3) Check screws on holsters and belts- use locktite if they are loose.
4) Carry Ammo- How old is it? Is he crimp worn?
5) Is your CCW permit up to date? Are all the states you are traveling through have reciprocity?

Please stay safe and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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2015 IDPA BUG Nationals Video

Video from the 2015 IDPA BUG National championship. The dark stages were a little too dark for video, but I was able to get some nice duel perspective shots with a couple of different cameras.

Win a Smith & Wesson Performance Center Ported M&P Shield


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IDPA World Championship Video with Commentary

I was able to take some time and compile all the video I got from the 2015 IDPA World Championship. I added a little commentary on some of the different challenges in the stages. Hope you can learn something. Please let me know if you have any questions!


Should You Only Hit In Practice?

One question I think most people face when they practicing a lot is: should I always hit? A hit is defined by the sport you shoot- if you are shooting Cowboy Action it is hitting a 12″ target, IDPA 8″ circle, 3Gun anywhere on he target twice etc. I have mixed feelings on always hitting or allowing misses.

Pro Reasons for Allowing Misses:
1) I know I am human and that I will miss sometime in the future. I hate to admit that but it will happen. If I allow misses in my practice I can get used to how that feels and how to let it go and move on.

2) Mental Health- this is a 2nd piece to part 1 but expanded. I have seen so many shooters have a bad stage or a miss and they get so discouraged. Have a strong mental game and being able to move on and focus on good rather than bad will make your shooting better.

3) Missing allows you to push your boundaries. If you let yourself push the boundaries of what you know you can do you will surprise yourself by doing more. Shoot faster and in time you will hit faster.

Pro Reasons For Always Hitting:
1) When it comes to performing under stress I have heard a great saying that you don’t rise you fall to the level of your training. If you always train to hit then your odds are much more likely that you will hit during a competition when you are under stress.

2) While allowing misses and pushing yourself can help you improve your speed, there has to be some discipline and ability to turn that down and find your sights while shooting match. Some people (myself included) struggle to dial back and be patient with the sights.

After years and years of practice here is what I have found works for me. I allow misses in practice- I train hard and push myself so that I can get better. However, I have two rules. First, I always end a practice hitting, if this means I have to dig under the seats of my car to find that elusive dropped bullet, that’s what I do. Second, when it come to important matches a couple of weeks before I transition my practice to perfecting skills. I don’t try to get faster, I work on perfecting. Those last couple of weeks I want to make sure I can execute draws, reloads, movement, swingers, hardcover, no-shoots and accuracy.

Learn to hit, know in you heart that you can, but don’t beat yourself up if you have a non hit that is not like you! 🙂

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