2018 Training Goals

As I have done the last few years (see here and here), I thought it worthwhile to post some of my formal training and more informal goals for the year.  These are not all necessarily meant to be of the “by the end of the year, I will shoot a sub-six second F.A.S.T. drill”, but […]

2017: Looking Back

As I have done each year since the blog’s inception, I thought it worthwhile to revisit my goals for 2017 to see what I did, what goals were met, and how I (hopefully) improved. Formal Training I ended up taking 7 courses in 2017, six of which were one-day affairs (one was a two-day class).  […]

You Gotta Pay to Play: 2017 Edition

As I did last year, I thought it would be a good idea to look back at 2017 to see how many classes I took, how many matches I competed in, how much money I spent on those endeavors, and how many rounds I sent downrange in classes and matches. In 2017 I attended a […]

My Fifth IDPA Match of 2017

One of my goals this year was to shoot about twice as many matches as in 2016 (I shot four in 2016).  With the late start I got shooting in matches this year, there was no realistic way for me to achieve that goal.  However, if I can retroactively amend that goal to “shoot in […]

Shooting the IDPA Classifier: 2017 Edition

I got a late start shooting matches this year, not shooting my first until July.  I was somewhat eager to shoot another Classifier, but missed one in August due to some family obligations.  I was looking forward to shooting the Classifier to see if I could improve upon last year’s performance enough to earn an […]

My Third IDPA Match of 2017

There was a bit of a gap between the second and now my third IDPA match this year, but it finally happened.  This was a two-day match that was billed as a “PCC-friendly” match and featured a total of 51 participants.  Of those 51, a total of eight chose to compete in the new-to-IDPA Pistol […]

IDPA vs. “Real Life”

In my last article, I outlined some reasons why I do not believe that competitive shooting in general, and IDPA in particular, should be one of the first steps one takes in learning to use a firearm defensively.  In that article, I provided my own definitions of “training” and “practice” and why competitive shooting falls […]