2019: Looking Back

Once again this year, separate from my annual “Pay to Play” article, this is what has become another tradition:  looking back at my year.  What goals did I achieve or fail to achieve?  What surprises came up along the way? Formal Training As I predicted in my 2019 Training Goals article, I could not maintain […]

You Gotta Pay to Play: 2019 Edition

Happy Holidays to all of our readers! Each of the last few years (see here, here, and here) I have written an article along these lines.  Frankly, I mostly write these articles for myself, as I find it interesting (and somewhat depressing) to see how much I spent on classes and competitive matches over the […]

My Fourth IDPA Match of 2019

I had figured that my third match of 2019 would be my last, but as it happened all of the holiday “life events” my kids were involved in were stacked upon each other two weekends ago.  Thus, I was happy when a friend of mine asked me if I was free to shoot in an […]

My Third IDPA Match of 2019

As noted in the report from my last match, “life” events this year just haven’t had me shooting as many matches as I had hoped.  I did not expect to have time to compete in a match this weekend due to more stuff going on.  However, it was announced on Monday afternoon that my school […]

My Second IDPA Match of 2019

How sad is it that it took me all the way until the last weekend in September to shoot my second match of the year?  That’s how it goes sometimes.  (See description of my first match of the year here.)  Family illnesses, family vacations, scheduling conflicts with classes I took, etc., all conspired against me […]

Asleep at the Wheel

Over the last three years, I have attended quite a bit of training with Tom Givens.  I took two seminars with him at the Rangemaster Tactical Conference in 2017, and another seminar in 2019.  I also took a one-day Defensive Shotgun class with him, a two-day Combative Pistol class, and his three-day Firearms Instructor Development […]