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Mom Voice

One of the most significant challenges I have faced as an instructor: making my voice work well enough for every student on the range to easily hear it. The problem – to the extent that it is a problem – … Continue reading

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Are we clear?

To “clear” a gun means to check to see if it is unloaded, and (if necessary) to unload it. It is always polite to clear the gun immediately before you hand it to someone else. It is equally polite — … Continue reading

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Motor program

With the cost of ammunition right now, it’s amazing anyone can afford to practice without getting some good coaching first to be sure they’re practicing the right things. According to Schmidt in Motor Learning and Performance, it takes roughly 300 … Continue reading

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The speed-up drill

“Most people have only one shooting speed, which is too slow up close and too fast for precision work at distance.” ~ Tom Givens Want to hear about one of my favorite little practice drills? It’s designed to help you … Continue reading

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Easy way to fill magazines

This time of year, a lot of us have fresh new magazines with super-stiff springs. If you’re having trouble filling your new magazine, try an Uplula loader. These things are like magic! This type of loader is very easy to … Continue reading

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Here’s something interesting. Please bear with me – at first glance, this may look like a gun control rant, but it’s not. We’re going to talk about something else entirely, but the best way to get there runs right through … Continue reading

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Chambered or not?

From time to time, people ask me, “Should I carry the gun completely loaded, with a round in the chamber?” The short answer is: yes. There are a lot of reasons for that, and most of the people who ask … Continue reading

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Rainy day practice

It happens sometimes that enough water comes out of the sky to close the road to the range. Or make it cold enough to be really unpleasant outdoors. Or that the indoor range is closed for maintenance. Whatever. The point … Continue reading

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