Ten-Shot Qual Course: Budget Shooting-Performance Test

I wanted a course of fire that was quick and easy to conduct and minimized ammo outlay. This indicated a single-target drill. My experience has been that some two- and three-target drills—which are my personal favorites—quickly become “too hard” to administer for groups and are not used as often as simpler single-target drills.

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Against All Odds: Making Primeval Weapons

In January 2013, 36-year-old Air Force Veteran David Decareaux, his two sons, 8 and 10, and his dog were out hiking on a Missouri trail when the weather unexpectedly turned sour. After missing the turn back to their lodge, a survival situation started to play out as they always do—a series of cascading events for

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Going Mental: Psychology of Optimal Shooting

Instructors and students alike understand that we all learn in different ways. As an instructor, I’m always intrigued when I’m initially unsuccessful at improving a student’s performance but a fellow instructor is able to intervene and make the light bulb come on for the student with an analogy, demonstration, or a subtle observation or suggestion

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Bargain Target Stand: DIY For Under $20

Let’s face it, budgets are tight these days. While you can go out and pay $50 or more for a steel target stand, you can build your own target stand that does the same job at a fraction of the cost. One of the easiest and least expensive ways is to use PVC pipe and

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Frontline Debriefs: Excessive Shots

Excessive rounds in the field can be problematic. First and foremost is the fact that in most cases the more rounds fired, the less hits realized. This may be the result of flawed training. I am aware of certain courses of fire where instructors have taught students to empty magazines into targets. If you respond

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Diminutive Dynamite: Kahr PM45

I recently requested and received a Kahr PM45 for test and evaluation. Although smaller than many other compact pistols, it is chambered for .45 ACP, as its name implies.

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Piston-Driven Perfection: LWRC M6 IC Limited Edition

LWRC is a recognized industry leader in the development and manufacture of short-stroke piston-operated AR rifles. In fact, LWRC’s entire raison d’être is the short-stroke piston AR and the improvement it offers over the original AR gas-impingement design.

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