Reset Button

I agree 100% with Todd here

Practice the reset. People talk about the DA-to-SA transition but really if you think about it, every single time you reset the trigger it is going to SA mode. So once you learn how to reset the trigger properly, you always follow that up with a light, short, smooth SA trigger stroke regardless of whether the previous shot was DA or SA. While a lot of people get wrapped up on trying to guarantee they reset as short as possible, the most important thing is to maintain contact between your trigger finger and the trigger throughout the string of fire. When people let their fingers move all the way forward to where the trigger would be in DA mode, they lose contact with the trigger and become far more likely to slap it on the next shot. 

Learning to reset the trigger correctly has made the biggest difference so far in my shooting. It (mostly) got rid of my trigger jerk and dramatically improved my accuracy. Learning to ride the trigger from *BANG* to *click* is quick and easy and should be the next thing a shooter learns after “aim, breathe, squeeze”. 

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Speaking of firearms websites…

How come no one has figured out that authority = trust = sales? 

I shop at brick and mortar gun stores that seem to know what they’re talking about, so why don’t firearms accessory sites do the same thing online? 

REI does this to great advantage, and they RULE their marketspace. bought the Internet Movie Database not because of the Kevin Bacon game but to generate DVD sales from associating themselves with THE online movie resource and establish Amazon as THE place to buy movies. 

Have firearms and firearms-related websites figured this out yet?

Not so much…

There are exceptions. Cheaper Than Dirt!’s blog is one of the few corporate firearms blogs that I read on a regular basis because it has more than just advertisements disguised as posts. They’ve done a good job defining themselves online as a “go-to” resource for the prepper community, mainly through their product selection and their blog posts, and they should be commended for that.

But that sort of thing is the exception rather than the rule. You could pick up the content of almost any firearms accessory website out there and drop it on another site, and aside from the prices, no one would notice any difference. Not the best way to establish your brand, and not the best way to establish consumer loyalty. 

Michael Bane noted on a podcast earlier this year that eventually, all brands become fashion. Apple was able to break out from the pack and become ridiculously successful because it defined itself as a brand different from all other personal computer manufacturers out there. In the early 90’s, when they tried to become another HP or Compaq, they failed. Boy howdy, did they fail

In firearms accessories that sorting-out of brands hasn’t happened yet. Everyone seems to be thinking in terms of the “Price” portion of the four P’s, leaving a gaping hole for someone to grab onto the Gun Culture 2.0 market and ride it into the dominant space in the firearms accessory market. 

Firearms accessory sites might want to look at moving beyond their catalog origins and turn themselves more towards the lifestyle of concealed carry. At little more Coldwater Creek and little less Blackwater would go a long way to make firearms websites more consumer-friendly and friendly to BOTH sexes.

It’s going to happen. The only question is, who will do it first? 

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Dear holster manufacturers,

Your websites suck. 

All of them. 

When I come to your site, I don’t really care that you make a SuperStar Deluxe IWB with Komodo Dragon skin or your kydex OWB holster is in service with Tier One operators in Derkaderkastan. 

All of that means SQUAT to me if I can’t find a holster that fits my gun.

And listing out your hosters only by holster type/carry position insures that I need to spend 30+ minutes on your site going thru ALL your pages looking for one that fits my gun. I have a life, and spending 1/48th of my day on what may be a fruitless search for the holster I want just isn’t a part of it.

Some of you get it and have built your sites so they allow me to search for holsters by gun type, but that’s the exception rather than the rule. 

Stop buidling your websites around how you build your holsters, and start building them around your customer’s guns. 

Memorial Day

As I try to keep the content of this blog focused on firearms, let this serve as my post for today. 

And if you know a veteran, thank him or her today for their service to your country. 

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Something that’s BUGging me.

We’ve had a bunch of good, small 9mm’s arrive on gun store shelves as of late. The Ruger LC9, the Sig P239, the S+W Shield and the Beretta Nano are all first-rate and teeny-tiny defensive pistols that are VERY popular right now. 

And if you want to compete with any of those guns, your choice is IDPA BUG (BackUp Gun) matches … 

… and that’s about it. 

I’m not a big fan of BUG gun matches because they’re one-size-fits all. To quote from the IDPA Rulebook,

All CoF for the Back-Up Gun Division must be limited to five (5) rounds maximum per string (no reloads on the clock) to allow autos and revolver shooters to compete equally.

Which kinda sucks if you own a small 9mm that holds more than 5 rounds, as 5 round stages are BORING.

So BUG matches are 5 rounds only, which leaves pocket 9mm owners without a match to shoot. Even a comparatively short 14 round IDPA stage is a looooooong time to be shooting with one these little guns (even if  you can talk your way into shooting in whatever division you manage to hornswaggle yourself into) and even if you do, you’ll most likely run out of ammo before you run out of targets if you shoot an IDPA stage with these guns. 


How do we “train like we fight, fight like we train” if there’s a dearth of competitions out there in which to train? Maybe something like a Steel Challenge or Bianchi cup for BUG guns, where each match consists of the four same stages all the time, and those stages would be designed to reflect a variety of “Real world” scenarios. 

Something like this… 

BUG stage 1

Limited Vickers count. The idea here is to practice retreating to cover and the need to do a “failure to stop drill” when needed. I specifically avoided the “Put two on T1, three on T2” type of briefing because we just don’t know when we’ll have to do a failure to stop, and leaving it up to the shooter to decide is more reflective of that fact. 

BUG stage 2

An “Oops, what the heck is going on here!” stage, designed to help with opening doors while armed, movement and use of cover. 

BUG Stage 3

A simple mugging defense scenario, based on the classic scene from Collateral (minus the final coup de grace, of course…). 

BUG Stage 4

Again, a “Oh, crap, what’s going on!” stage. I hate stages that are supposed to represent “surprise” real-world scenarios but then have you start out facing your target, knowing where everything is in relationship with where you are. 

And yeah, there’s no distances written on any of these stages, as these are just me spitballin’ what a standardized defensive match format might look like, but figure 10 yards as a maximum distance for any target. 

So that’s just one idea I had to get all those pocket 9mm’s out of their boxes and on to the range. IDPA was created before sales of pocket guns went through the ceiling, so their idea of a “defensive” gun hasn’t caught up (yet) with what we’re carrying, so there’s an opportunity out there for “IDPA V2” to accomodate gun owners and their brand new pocket pistols.


Ya got trouble

Mothers of Waterbury!
Heed the warning before it’s too late!
Watch for the tell-tale sign of corruption!
The moment your son leaves the house,
Does he buckle on a thigh holster above the knee? 
Is there a powder stain on his index finger?
A Combat Handguns mag hidden in the corn crib?
Is he starting to memorize jokes from
Are certain words creeping into his conversation?
Words like ‘Glock?”
And ‘so’s your .45!?” 
Well, if so my friends,
Ya got trouble,
Right here in Waterbury!
With a capital “T”
And that rhymes with “P”
And that stands for pistol range!
We’ve surely got trouble!
Right here in Waterbury!
Remember the Maine, Plymouth Rock and the Golden Rule!
Oh, we’ve got trouble. 
We’re in terrible, terrible trouble. 
That range with it’s guns is the devil’s tool!
Oh yes we got trouble, trouble, trouble!
With a “T”! Gotta rhyme it with “P”! 
And that stands for pistol range!!! 

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Limits to growth

Reading this story about a couple who decided to downsize their home to just 204 square feet got me thinking: What if you decided to become mobile and live out of an RV? What guns would you chose, and why? 

What if space were the limiting factor on your gun purchases? You can’t just buy a new gun safe in an RV and living space is at a premium, so eight or more guns are out of the question. 

What would you take with you? 

My choices: 

1. An 18″ AR-15 in .223 with a low-power (1-6x) scope and a .22LR conversion kit. 
Good for predator / hog hunting, 3 gun competition and general fun, plus the .22 conversion kit doesn’t take up much space and provides cheap thrills. 

2. A compact 9mm service pistol 
Something like a Glock 19 or a SR-9c with four or so spare mags and a pancake OWB holster. This lets me shoot USPSA / IDPA / 3 Gun and carry it for self-defense, and 9mm lets me shoot cheaply enough to make it almost a plinker.

3. A pump action shotgun with a short (18.5″) barrel and a 24″ barrel. 
Good for protection and hunting and good enough for 3 gun. 

The only thing I might add would be either a .22LR conversion for the pistol or a dedicated .22LR pistol and maybe a slug barrel for the shotgun. 

Those three guns will allow me to shoot most of the stuff I already participate in and can easily be stowed under a couch or in a more secure location in an RV, yet still allow me to enjoy a wide variety of shooting sports. 

First Impression – Bushnell TRS-25


Bushnell TRS-25

No, really. It is SMALL. Here’s the Bushnell TRS-25 on a UTG Quick-Release I bought for it so I could co-witness with my iron sights on my AR, compared to my Vortex Strikefire and the ADCO red dot on my S&W M22A

Red Dot Scopes

Like I said, tiny. And light. And surprisingly bright: Side by side by side, the Bushnell was the brightest of the three, though I prefer the Vortex because it has an option for a green dot instead of a red dot, and green dots are easier for me to pick up in the daytime

I’ll sight this in later in the week and compare it side by side with the Vortex, but right now, on weight and size alone, I’m lovin’ it. 

Fast cars and freedom

Ya gotta love the Phoenix metroplex. We’re just a couple of hours away from GunSite, and we’re home to the best driving school in the nation

I’ve wanted to take classes at the Bondurant School since they moved here, but the class I want to take costs upwards of five grand

So this will have to do for now

Given much time do we spend in our cars, spending a few moments on “What if X happens in my car?” makes a whole lot of sense.