2018: Looking Back

Separate from my “You Gotta Pay to Play” article for 2018, I thought I would again—as in past years—look back at some of my goals for 2018 and see how well I met them.  I also thought it would be good to share some other nuggets from 2018. Formal Training I surpassed any year in […]

My 2018 Year in Review and a Look Ahead

Last year was incredibly busy for me, and my primary avocation (firearms and this blog) somewhat suffered as a result. Nonetheless, I had a good year with some great training opportunities and acquired a few new pieces of hardware as well. As always, early in the year, the annual Rangemaster Tactical Conference provided some great […]

You Gotta Pay to Play: 2018 Edition

Hello all and Happy New Year!  As I have done each of the last couple of years (see here and here), I thought it might be useful to list in one place all of the classes I took, the matches I participated in, the number of rounds I sent downrange in them, and the money […]

My Fifth (and Final!) IDPA Match of 2018

Blessed by my bosses with the Friday before Christmas off (odd, considering Christmas was on a Tuesday this year), I decided to treat myself to the Friday half of a Friday-Saturday IDPA match.  As it happened, heavy rain for more than 24 hours prior, and more predicted rain for the Friday I would be attending, […]

My Fourth IDPA Match of 2018

I really did not think I would be shooting another match this year, but a friend asked me if I would be shooting this particular match and, if so, if I’d like to carpool, so I said what the heck?  By Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, I figured I could use a break from everyone at […]

Rainy Day Range Reflections…

Some days on the range are better than others. Ironically, although yesterday was cold with a soaking rain, and despite the fact that I only fired 50 rounds, I had one of the best range sessions that I can remember in a long time. I’d like to think that I rediscovered and more fully realized […]