Apr 4, 2016
If I were king of the shooting sports, I'd make some changes, across the board. I'd like to see the the shooting sports grow, and I think the best way to do that is to reach out to people who already own guns by hitting them up a gun shows and things like that.
Almost all of the shooting sports could do a better job of making it easier for someone to find out exactly what they need to get started. I checked the IDPA, USPSA, 3 Gun Nation, and National Skeet Shooting Association websites looking for some sort of tutorial (like what I have written here) and none of them really had an actual primer article, however 3 Gun Nation did have a good section of videos on their site that give a good overview of the game.
I saw IDPA posting about this either on Facebook or Instagram the other day, and I thought it was pretty cool. It's a charity called "Aiming for Zero" that's designed to get competitive shooters to donate to causes around veteran suicide. Folks are setting up teams and making donations to the charity based on their number of points down at the match. Below is an example I pulled off of their site:
IDPA Tier 1 - Tier 3 Matches:
PD (Points Down) x $.10
PE (Procedural Errors) x $.30
HNT (Hits on Non Threats) x $.50
FTN (Failure To Neutralize) x $.50
USPSA Level I - Level 3 Matches:
Bravos x $.20
Charlies x $.20
Deltas x $.40
PE (Procedural Errors) x $1.00
NS (No Shoot) x $1.00
I think this is pretty awesome. If you're interested, check them out at AimingForZero.org.
I've been finding myself using my JetBoil stove more and more lately when I'm at different places. At the USPSA Range Officer class I took last month I used to to make hot soup and coffee while everyone else was getting fast food or sandwiches. During the big ice storm that we had back in January and we were without power for a couple days and this thing really saved the day. I was able to boil water, make hot cocoa, soup, coffee, and whatever else we wanted. Serious butt saver.
Just a couple weeks ago, I picked up a french press for it, and now my mobile coffee making setup is complete. I can make a killer cup of coffee anywhere, in about 5 minutes.
If you're in a place where you might lose power or if you've ever wanted to make a good cup of coffee at a match, consider picking one up, it definitely doesn't suck.
This past week I've been messing around with shooting some close targets really fast, and then transitioning and shooting a small target accurately. I've been setting up like 3 or 4 targets at about 7 yards, and then transitioning 90* to a pepper popper and really making sure I'm getting my hits on the popper. You could also do it with just a head box on a target or something like that.