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Gun Practice? Or Plinking?

Posted by Dick Jones on Oct 6, 2014 11:12:00 AM

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Practice or Plinking? To get real benefit, gun practice must be structured.

In almost every sport, there are those who seem to work hard and yet they never seem to get real results. When I was a younger man, I loved riding dirt bikes. It was challenging, I liked the mechanical aspect of tuning and maintaining my bike, and I enjoyed the company of the other guys who were into riding dirt. I had a very good motorcycle, excellent equipment, and I rode quite a lot, but I never was better than a mediocre rider.

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Topics: Competitive Shooting

Convergence: Why Your Zero is Only Correct at Two Distances

Posted by Dick Jones on Sep 12, 2014 4:12:00 PM

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It’s a common misconception that once a bullet leaves the muzzle of a gun, it rises. When I was a young man I simply couldn’t understand what forces of nature caused this phenomenon to occur, yet the photos in the books always showed the bullet rising up above the line of sight when the parabolic curve of a bullet’s trajectory was illustrated.

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Topics: New Shooters, Competitive Shooting

Shooting The Beretta 1301 Tactical In The Dark (3 Gun)

Posted by Tom McHale on Sep 7, 2014 2:08:00 PM

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Recently I wrote about my first experiences with the Beretta 1301 Tactical shotgun. I love the "shotgun carbine" idea of a short, light and handy defensive shotgun. What I didn't get into before was the idea that if you ever had to use a defensive shotgun, it would probably be in the middle of the night, meaning in the dark. 

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Topics: Competitive Shooting, Dynamic Shooting

Shooting in the Dark: The Crimson Trace Midnight 3 Gun Invitational

Posted by Tom McHale on Sep 3, 2014 1:22:00 PM

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As I write this, I’m coming down off a major high. I’m sitting on an airplane on the way back home from the high desert miles outside of the beautiful town of Bend, Oregon.

I’ve been out there all week at the Crimson Trace Midnight 3 Gun Invitational competition. Like last year, the event was held at the COSSA range which is located miles and miles from nowhere. This works out pretty well as neighbors in more populated areas might get a bit upset about hearing gunfire all night long for four straight nights.

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Topics: Competitive Shooting

No Substitute for Focus in Gun Training

Posted by Dick Jones on Aug 21, 2014 9:10:00 AM

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I have a close friend who’s a pretty good clay shooter, but his shooting suffers because of his willingness to pitch in to the gun club. He’s a co-chairman for the shotgun program, so most of his Sunday visits to the club’s five stand involve more administration than pulling the trigger. A couple of Sundays past, he signed up to shoot two rounds of five stand after the busiest part of the afternoon. He shot a perfect 25 on the first round, not the first 25 he’s shot, but a good score for anyone. On the second round, he went to the last station without a single miss.

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Topics: New Shooters, Competitive Shooting

Training for Competition: Keeping It Fresh and Avoiding Burn-out

Posted by Tracy Barnes on Jun 28, 2014 12:06:00 PM

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Challenge yourself and your ability when training, and competition will seem easy in comparison.

Most shooters are constantly striving to improve their skills and get to that next level.

For those of us who have been shooting for quite a while and in high quantities, improvement can sometimes elude us, especially if we get burnt out. As a new shooter, there is a lot of room for improvement, but as an experienced shooter we sometimes struggle to gain that extra bit we need to get to the next level. As you get to the highest levels in a shooting discipline, you’ll find that the things you need to improve on are very refined, and the concepts that you have been practicing for a long time aren’t sufficient to get you to improve. 

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Topics: Competitive Shooting

Shotgun Tips: How To Choose Shotgun Shell

Posted by Mia Anstine on Jun 25, 2014 11:54:00 AM

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Now that my daughter has a shotgun for competitive shooting let’s talk a little about practicing and using the right shells for the job. You know how to get better, right? Practice. Practice. Practice.

When my husband and I were at SHOT Show last winter, we were lucky enough to visit with Kim Rhode to get some shotgun tips from one of the most successful clay shooting athlete in history. Among the many questions we asked was how often she practices. She told us she shot a minimum of 500 rounds a day.

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Topics: Hunting, Clay Shooting, Competitive Shooting

7 Tips to Prepare for a Grueling Competition

Posted by Tracy Barnes on Jun 13, 2014 9:13:00 AM

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Editors Note: We'd like to welcome Tracy Barnes as our newest contributor. You might recognize her, or her twin sister Lanny, as they do crazy things like compete in the Olympics with skis and guns. Tracy knows a thing or two about competition and she'll be providing periodic articles with helpful tips to help you become a better competitor.

Summer is quickly approaching and so are much anticipated shooting matches across the country. Some of us will travel hundreds of miles for a chance to try our hand at a competitive shooting competition and we all hope to score among the top competitors. Most of us have put in the time at the range, and dry-fired countless times and we are feeling ready and confident for the match. But how much thought have you put into the match logistics? The competition day itself? Many of the shooting competitions we’ll be shooting across the country aren’t just one day of shooting, but rather multiple long and sometimes grueling days.

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Topics: Competitive Shooting

Choosing a Competition Shotgun

Posted by Mia Anstine on Jun 9, 2014 10:46:00 AM

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How do you go about choosing a new competition shotgun for your 100 pound, 15-year-old daughter?

My husband and I started by asking a trusted colleague for a shotgun recommendation when looking for a new one for our teenage competitor. From there we asked a few more friends for their thoughts. More than one person recommended the Beretta A400 Xcel. We were intrigued by the suggested shotgun and wanted to learn more about it.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Competitive Shooting

Memoirs of a 3 Gun Competition Newbie

Posted by Tiffany "Duchess" Tesmer on Jun 6, 2014 10:42:00 AM

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I had the honor of tagging along with one of Beretta's 3 Gun Team members, Lisa Marie Judy, at the Palmetto 3 Gun competition on Saturday May 17th, and all I can say is WOW! 

3 Gun is an incredibly rapid growing sport, and I can see why! 3 Gun is the use of, wait for it... three guns; a pistol, a rifle and a shotgun. The shooter who can hit the most targets in the least amount of time is the winner. 3 Gun has multiple divisions and accommodates beginning to advanced shooters. Targets used in 3 Gun Competition can include cardboard silhouettes, steel plates, or clay disks and can range in distance from 1 yard to 500 yards. Though the basics will always remain the same, each 3 Gun competition is unique, as they each depend on the person who is organizing the competition. Shooting 3 Gun will never get boring! 

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Topics: Competitive Shooting