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Adventures in Practical Shooting & Life

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The adventures within the practical shooting world and life in general. Discussions on getting started in competing in the practical shooting world and the ins and outs and ups and downs of the shooting life. Suggestions on practice, reloading, matches, competitions, and gear. Continued discussions and insights from the perspective and opinions of an everyday guy just trying to balance work, life, and his adventures in the shooting sports.

Latest Episodes

Welcome and Introductions

PodCast introductions including 4 yr old noise and dog noice! Find out who I am and why I want to do a PodCast!

6 MIN2018 JAN 16
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Welcome and Introductions

Weather Rants & Where do I find Practical Shooting Sports

Episode 002 - Where to find Practical Shooting Sports In this week’s episode of the Adventures in Practical Shooting and Life we start looking at HOW to find and get started in the practical shooting sports is also covered. Off Topic Opinion rant. Weather, meteorologist, and the modern times of scare tactics in the media! Links: United States Practical Shooting Association https://uspsa.org/ International Defensive Pistol Association http://www.idpa.com/ Georgia Defensive Pistol Association http://www.gadpa.com/ NRA Action Pistol Competition http://www.competitions.nra.org/action-pistol/nra-action-pistol-competition.aspx NRA Bianchi Cup http://bianchicup.nra.org/ 3Gun Nation http://3gunnation.com/ Outlaw Matches Outlaw matches are interesting in themselves. Utilizing a combination of competition and safety rules. I have not personally been to any of these ‘official’ outlaw matches…but what could YOU lose by going and watching and or participating? Just one concern – make sure y...

22 MIN2018 JAN 17
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Weather Rants & Where do I find Practical Shooting Sports

I am HOOKED, part 1 “The Sport & the Tool”

Episode 003 – I am HOOKED, part 1 “The Sport & the Tool” In this week’s episode of the Adventures in Practical Shooting and Life we start looking at what do we do when we have chosen the sport we want to participate in. First things first Go to a couple of matches or events. Closely watch the competitors interactions. Is this a ‘culture’ of something you feel you will fit into? Are the present competitors welcoming? Chatting you up a lot? Telling and bragging about their particular sport? What are they saying about OTHER practical shooting sports? Are they open and encouraging you to check those sports out? Or, are their opinions surrounded by non-factual negativity? Observe the group as a whole, it is a good-ole-boy/girl club? Difficult or easy to join? Is there a particular challenge of that sport that interest you? Okay, you have decided! How to get started Make sure to JOIN the organization for your chosen sport Most are required to become ‘classified’ or ‘ranked’ with...

15 MIN2018 JAN 18
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I am HOOKED, part 1 “The Sport & the Tool”

I am HOOKED, part 2 “The Rig”

Episode 004 – I am HOOKED, part 2 “The Rig” In today’s episode of the Adventures in Practical Shooting and Life we start looking at what other things do we need after we have chosen a firearm(s) to compete with. The Rig – basically this refers to the belt and all accessories you wear when competing. These items include, but are not limited to: USPSA/IDPA/GADPA/NRA Action Shooting Inner and Outer belt Holster Magazine carriers *Note – Belt and holster requirement differ per sport. Ensure you review the rules for what you can utilize! 2 & 3Gun Sports Inner and Outer belt Holster Pistol Magazine carriers Rifle Magazine carriers Shotgun Shell carriers Since I do not participate in 3Gun, my knowledge is limited. A couple of GOOD resources if your interest is there is listed below: **IMPORTANT – Save yourself a little $$ - look and ask around! Get other’s experience with various choices of rig and accessories! Others may have a different opinion than I do. ALSO – someone maybe up...

15 MIN2018 JAN 19
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I am HOOKED, part 2 “The Rig”

CR Speed VERSA Magazine Pouch Modification

Episode 005: CR Speed VERSA Magazine Pouch Modification In today’s episode of the Adventures in Practical Shooting and Life we answer a special email request about the modifications that can be made to the CR Speed VERSA magazine pouches to get them away from the body a little more, but still remain ‘Legal’ in the USPSA Production division world. Parts needed: Drill and Drill Bit Drill Bit slightly larger than head of button head M6x30mm screw. *I HIGHLY recommend that you do this drilling on a DRILL PRESS.Make a jig that will hold the magazine pouch SECURELY while you drill and expand the hole on the exterior of the VERSA Pouch Spacers (Black) Round Spacer, Nylon, M6, 10mm, 10-Pack Item # 3ZMT5 Mfr. Model # 13ME079 Catalog Page # N/A UNSPSC # 31161816 GRAINGER: https://www.grainger.com/product/GRAINGER-APPROVED-10mm-Nylon-Round-Spacer-with-3ZMT5?searchBar=true&searchQuery=3zmt5 Bolt M6-1.00 x 30mm Button, 25-Pk Item # 5YMK4 Mfr. Model # UST187490 Catalog Page # N/A UNSPSC # 3116...

16 MIN2018 JAN 20
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CR Speed VERSA Magazine Pouch Modification

I am HOOKED, part 3 “Everything else”

Episode 006 – I am HOOKED, part 3 “Everything else” …. And saving you $ and YEARS of practice In today’s episode of the Adventures in Practical Shooting and Life we start looking at what other items or gear you might consider to make your dive into practical competitive shooting more fun and easier! Glasses Hearing protection Shoes Range Bag Carts Getting started – Practice and Instruction START SHOOTING MATCHES! If you can afford it – Take a Competitive shooting class! Skills and Drills books for “Dry Fire” practicing - Episode 007!!

17 MIN2018 JAN 25
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I am HOOKED, part 3 “Everything else”

Acquiring the tools

Episode 007: Acquiring the tools: How to learn to do what we do Mainly for USPSA, but applies to most all of the practical shooting sports NOTICE: Taking an in-person class or private instruction for a TRUE teacher/coach will always surpase what you read in just about ANY of these books for TECHNICAL skills. Mental skills .. well maybe, maybe not. *** MUST READ once you realize that there REALLY IS a huge mental component to the Practical Shooting sports! *** Lanny Bassham “With Winning in Mind” https://www.amazon.com/Winning-Mind-3rd-Ed/dp/1934324264 NOTABLE INSTRUCTORS and Champions that teach and enlighten us! Steve Anderson “The Dry-Fire Guy” and Pod-Father http://www.andersonshooting.com/ Books: Refinement and Repetition Principles of Performance Get to work 4/5 e-book due out Summer 2018 http://shop.andersonshooting.com/Books/ Ben Stoeger Multi-year USPSA and IPSC Production Division World Champion Books AND DVDs! Also offers reduced size dry-fire targets Books: Dry-Fire T...

20 MIN2018 JAN 27
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Acquiring the tools

Production Division Drama

This is ONLY my opinion. Hell, I just want to shoot!

22 MIN2018 JAN 30
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Production Division Drama

Wait..WHAT?...WHERE?

19 MIN2018 FEB 3
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Wait..WHAT?...WHERE?

Create a routine to trigger your focus

Episode 010: Create a routine to trigger your focus Disclaimer: The opinions stated about possible changes to the USPSA production rules is just that...my opinion. Just like everyone...I have a couple! If you disagree ... let us agree ... to disagree ... don't get me started on the PCC (pistol caliber carbine) division! ;)

27 MIN2018 FEB 6
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Create a routine to trigger your focus

Latest Episodes

Welcome and Introductions

PodCast introductions including 4 yr old noise and dog noice! Find out who I am and why I want to do a PodCast!

6 MIN2018 JAN 16
Comments
Welcome and Introductions

Weather Rants & Where do I find Practical Shooting Sports

Episode 002 - Where to find Practical Shooting Sports In this week’s episode of the Adventures in Practical Shooting and Life we start looking at HOW to find and get started in the practical shooting sports is also covered. Off Topic Opinion rant. Weather, meteorologist, and the modern times of scare tactics in the media! Links: United States Practical Shooting Association https://uspsa.org/ International Defensive Pistol Association http://www.idpa.com/ Georgia Defensive Pistol Association http://www.gadpa.com/ NRA Action Pistol Competition http://www.competitions.nra.org/action-pistol/nra-action-pistol-competition.aspx NRA Bianchi Cup http://bianchicup.nra.org/ 3Gun Nation http://3gunnation.com/ Outlaw Matches Outlaw matches are interesting in themselves. Utilizing a combination of competition and safety rules. I have not personally been to any of these ‘official’ outlaw matches…but what could YOU lose by going and watching and or participating? Just one concern – make sure y...

22 MIN2018 JAN 17
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Weather Rants & Where do I find Practical Shooting Sports

I am HOOKED, part 1 “The Sport & the Tool”

Episode 003 – I am HOOKED, part 1 “The Sport & the Tool” In this week’s episode of the Adventures in Practical Shooting and Life we start looking at what do we do when we have chosen the sport we want to participate in. First things first Go to a couple of matches or events. Closely watch the competitors interactions. Is this a ‘culture’ of something you feel you will fit into? Are the present competitors welcoming? Chatting you up a lot? Telling and bragging about their particular sport? What are they saying about OTHER practical shooting sports? Are they open and encouraging you to check those sports out? Or, are their opinions surrounded by non-factual negativity? Observe the group as a whole, it is a good-ole-boy/girl club? Difficult or easy to join? Is there a particular challenge of that sport that interest you? Okay, you have decided! How to get started Make sure to JOIN the organization for your chosen sport Most are required to become ‘classified’ or ‘ranked’ with...

15 MIN2018 JAN 18
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I am HOOKED, part 1 “The Sport & the Tool”

I am HOOKED, part 2 “The Rig”

Episode 004 – I am HOOKED, part 2 “The Rig” In today’s episode of the Adventures in Practical Shooting and Life we start looking at what other things do we need after we have chosen a firearm(s) to compete with. The Rig – basically this refers to the belt and all accessories you wear when competing. These items include, but are not limited to: USPSA/IDPA/GADPA/NRA Action Shooting Inner and Outer belt Holster Magazine carriers *Note – Belt and holster requirement differ per sport. Ensure you review the rules for what you can utilize! 2 & 3Gun Sports Inner and Outer belt Holster Pistol Magazine carriers Rifle Magazine carriers Shotgun Shell carriers Since I do not participate in 3Gun, my knowledge is limited. A couple of GOOD resources if your interest is there is listed below: **IMPORTANT – Save yourself a little $$ - look and ask around! Get other’s experience with various choices of rig and accessories! Others may have a different opinion than I do. ALSO – someone maybe up...

15 MIN2018 JAN 19
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I am HOOKED, part 2 “The Rig”

CR Speed VERSA Magazine Pouch Modification

Episode 005: CR Speed VERSA Magazine Pouch Modification In today’s episode of the Adventures in Practical Shooting and Life we answer a special email request about the modifications that can be made to the CR Speed VERSA magazine pouches to get them away from the body a little more, but still remain ‘Legal’ in the USPSA Production division world. Parts needed: Drill and Drill Bit Drill Bit slightly larger than head of button head M6x30mm screw. *I HIGHLY recommend that you do this drilling on a DRILL PRESS.Make a jig that will hold the magazine pouch SECURELY while you drill and expand the hole on the exterior of the VERSA Pouch Spacers (Black) Round Spacer, Nylon, M6, 10mm, 10-Pack Item # 3ZMT5 Mfr. Model # 13ME079 Catalog Page # N/A UNSPSC # 31161816 GRAINGER: https://www.grainger.com/product/GRAINGER-APPROVED-10mm-Nylon-Round-Spacer-with-3ZMT5?searchBar=true&searchQuery=3zmt5 Bolt M6-1.00 x 30mm Button, 25-Pk Item # 5YMK4 Mfr. Model # UST187490 Catalog Page # N/A UNSPSC # 3116...

16 MIN2018 JAN 20
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CR Speed VERSA Magazine Pouch Modification

I am HOOKED, part 3 “Everything else”

Episode 006 – I am HOOKED, part 3 “Everything else” …. And saving you $ and YEARS of practice In today’s episode of the Adventures in Practical Shooting and Life we start looking at what other items or gear you might consider to make your dive into practical competitive shooting more fun and easier! Glasses Hearing protection Shoes Range Bag Carts Getting started – Practice and Instruction START SHOOTING MATCHES! If you can afford it – Take a Competitive shooting class! Skills and Drills books for “Dry Fire” practicing - Episode 007!!

17 MIN2018 JAN 25
Comments
I am HOOKED, part 3 “Everything else”

Acquiring the tools

Episode 007: Acquiring the tools: How to learn to do what we do Mainly for USPSA, but applies to most all of the practical shooting sports NOTICE: Taking an in-person class or private instruction for a TRUE teacher/coach will always surpase what you read in just about ANY of these books for TECHNICAL skills. Mental skills .. well maybe, maybe not. *** MUST READ once you realize that there REALLY IS a huge mental component to the Practical Shooting sports! *** Lanny Bassham “With Winning in Mind” https://www.amazon.com/Winning-Mind-3rd-Ed/dp/1934324264 NOTABLE INSTRUCTORS and Champions that teach and enlighten us! Steve Anderson “The Dry-Fire Guy” and Pod-Father http://www.andersonshooting.com/ Books: Refinement and Repetition Principles of Performance Get to work 4/5 e-book due out Summer 2018 http://shop.andersonshooting.com/Books/ Ben Stoeger Multi-year USPSA and IPSC Production Division World Champion Books AND DVDs! Also offers reduced size dry-fire targets Books: Dry-Fire T...

20 MIN2018 JAN 27
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Acquiring the tools

Production Division Drama

This is ONLY my opinion. Hell, I just want to shoot!

22 MIN2018 JAN 30
Comments
Production Division Drama

Wait..WHAT?...WHERE?

19 MIN2018 FEB 3
Comments
Wait..WHAT?...WHERE?

Create a routine to trigger your focus

Episode 010: Create a routine to trigger your focus Disclaimer: The opinions stated about possible changes to the USPSA production rules is just that...my opinion. Just like everyone...I have a couple! If you disagree ... let us agree ... to disagree ... don't get me started on the PCC (pistol caliber carbine) division! ;)

27 MIN2018 FEB 6
Comments
Create a routine to trigger your focus