2021 Training Goals

As I do each year, I like to get at least some general goals and objectives laid out for the year.  However, for several reasons, this year my goals are not as “tight” as they typically would be.  For one thing, as of this writing, I am still unsure how Covid will impact things.  I […]

2020: 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 (see previous installments here, here, here, and here).  What goals did I achieve or fail to achieve?  What surprises came up along the way?  2020 was certainly a challenging year on […]

You Gotta Pay to Play: 2020 Edition

Here we are again.  Each of the last few years (see here, here, here, and here) I have written an article along these lines.  These are meant mostly as an audit for myself, as I find it interesting (and somewhat depressing) to see how much I spent on classes and competitive matches over the course […]

The Purge Has Begun! (At Least from our Perspective…)

Back in August of 2016, Robert wrote the following when he announced that our blog had a Facebook page, “Yes, it’s true. John and I have brought the blog into the world of Facebook, for better or worse…” Well, it’s for the worse, LOL! This evening, for unknown reasons and without warning or provocation, both […]

My Fifth IDPA Match of 2020

These are some of our least-read articles, but I will continue to write up at least something from each match just for my own personal reference.  And if I am going to bother to write something up, I may as well post it for all to see. The Venue and Weather This match was held […]

My Bag of Tricks

It is great to sit down and FINALLY write this article that has been over a year in the making.  Having said that, this article will serve as a bit of a monument to my thinking at this time, and no doubt the items described as well as the possible uses for this bag will […]

AAR: Practically Tactical “Who Are You With a Gun?: Force on Force”, Alliance, OH, 08/22-23/20

ME:  “Dude, I went to this two day handgun-based class!  We worked for over 20 total hours!” BUDDY:  “Awesome, man!  How many rounds did you fire?” ME:  “Thirteen.” BUDDY:  (crickets) Obviously, this was not a “regular” two-day handgun class.  This was a force-on-force class that was more about decision-making, application of knowledge of use-of-force laws, […]

AAR: 360 Performance Shooting (Ashton Ray & Tim Chandler) “Shotgun 360”, New Castle, PA 8/01-02/20

The Scattergun.  The Shotty.  The Boomstick.  The Shotgat.  The Street Howitzer.  The Gauge.  I suppose it makes sense that a firearm that is so ubiquitous and carries so many nicknames would be, as Tom Givens says, “the least understood…..weapon system.” After my first one-day shotgun class I was confident I would never take another.  I […]

My Fourth IDPA Match of 2020

Or was it?…… This week I was back to my “old” club, the one at which I have been shooting IDPA matches for the last four years.  Regular readers may recall how weather (rain) issues have sometimes caused the match director to change out a “regular” IDPA match for some sort of modified steel challenge […]

My Third IDPA Match of 2020

Things are starting to open up a bit more around here.  In addition to the club where I shot a match last month, the club where I shot matches in years past is starting to host matches again as well.  So I’ll end up shooting two matches in July:  this was the first of those. […]