My First IDPA Match of 2019

One of my goals this year was to shoot in at least seven matches.  However, with a pair of graduate classes during late winter/early spring along with all the usual familial obligations, I was not able to get to a match until this past weekend.  We shall see if my goal is jeopardized down the […]

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 […]

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 […]

AAR: Agile Training & Consulting (Chuck Haggard) “Civilian Pepper Spray and Flashlight Use” Course, Upland, PA 11/11/18

It has reached the point in the training industry where there is no shortage of “Combative Handgun” or “Carbine Operator” courses.  Indeed, I often have to make hard decisions between different such courses offered.  However, there are not many instructors out there, in my experience, who choose to offer different things that would probably prove […]

My Third IDPA Match of 2018

This past weekend I was able to once again get away for a few hours and shoot my third IDPA match of the year (fourth match overall…I shot a carbine match and two prior IDPA matches, here and here).  Much like the last match in which I participated, this was a fun, challenging match with […]

My Second IDPA Match of 2018

This past weekend I was able to get away for a few hours and shoot my second IDPA match of the year (third match overall…I shot a carbine match and one prior IDPA match).  This was a fun, challenging match with nearly every stage having at least one moving target and a fair amount of […]

My First IDPA Match of 2018

Suddenly and unexpectedly being called upon to coach little league baseball this Spring, with games EVERY Saturday morning for a few months, forced me to delay my first foray into competitive pistol shooting this year.  Though it was fun to spend that time with my son and his teammates, I had really hoped to get […]

Theory vs. Practice

I have written before, in passing, about my long-time interest in football.  As much as I love a long pass completion or a big hit (those that are allowed these days), what I really love is the chess match.  Old high school and college notebooks of mine have the margins filled with offensive plays and […]