My 29.5″ Collins & Co. machete. My dad used it in Korea. Dunno where he got it.
It’s cold now, so time to train in winter clothing to ensure EDC drawing and manipulations are good to go.
One of today’s range drills is one I first saw Pat McNamara doing. He calls it “Blaze X,” but since I’m not blazing as well as he, I call this one “X Fire.” 5 cones setup in a box with a center cone. Center cone is 10 yards from the 10″ steel plate. Shoot right-side positions with right hand, left-side positions with left hand, center position with both hands.
This was about my 12th run through the drill today. I had been doing pretty well and got cocky for this run, so it’s a bit jacked up—just in time for the camera! Second shot was a hard primer, so did a tap/rack drill and rushed the next shot. First lefty shot I was rushing and had to take 3 stabs at it. That’s what I get for getting cocky! The point is to get better.
While getting performance and quality on a budget is a goal for many first-time gun buyers, the reality is difficult or impossible to achieve. The TP9 SA seems to be the first legitimate answer to that quest in a full-size pistol.
In addition to the low price, the TP9 SA has several positive qualities that make it worthy of consideration, including interchangeable backstraps, eighteen rounds of 9mm in high-quality magazines, and perhaps the best trigger you’ll find on any striker-fired pistol at any price. I’m not kidding.
Almost every week my box of 1000 rounds of Stand 1 Armory 9mm ammo shows up at my door. I use this for training. Stand 1 Armory consistently has one of the lowest prices and the quality is excellent. Every round goes bang.
Today I got the True-Weight Glock 19 blue gun from Alternate Force. It’s an exact replica in both details and weight to a fully-loaded Glock 19. The rail is even functional. I’ll be using this for various dry drills at home and for training new shooters in some safety and manipulation fundamentals.
I used my Dremmel to grind the “frame” and flattened the trigger to match the way my everyday carry Glock 19 is setup so that the feel is near identical.
This month I’ve been shooting the Canik TP9 SA pistol at Eagle Gun Range for an upcoming review. This is a lot of gun for very little cost. Stay tuned for my shooting review in a few days.
If you own a firearm, especially if you carry one at home or in public, responsibility requires that you train and practice with it on a regular basis. The alternative?…
Imagine that you’re suddenly called upon to give a public piano concert. If you’ve never been trained to play the piano well and never practiced a complex concerto over and over and over—or even if you’ve practiced sporadically—how well do you expect that would go? The answer is: you would flop. If your public concert is with your pistol, your lack-of-practice failure could mean that you or innocent bystanders get hurt. The human toll aside, that will get very expensive for you in both a financial and legal sense.
Any good shooter can take their time and get 100% accuracy, but this is exploring boundaries. With this drill I’m working to get fast, accurate shots while moving dynamically between them and while my heart rate is climbing with each shot. My six misses (!) in this drill are testament to the difficulty of managing fatigue and speed at the edge of my current ability. The point is to push boundaries and improve with time.
7″ steel plate from 25 yards.
– Draw from concealment while moving off the X and put 1 round on the 7″ plate,
– Run around the obstacle and put another round on the 7″ plate,
– Repeat until magazine runs dry,
– Perform a speed reload while moving away, scan an assess, re-holster.
You can do a 1-mag (15 shots) or 2-mag (30 shots) drill. It’s important to ignore fatigue and any frustration from misses and continue no matter what, until you’re empty.
Started today’s training with 10 shots at 25 yards from concealment in 8 seconds. Not so great, but pretty good for me at that speed.
I keep meticulous records regarding how many rounds I shoot at each range training session, which firearm, what sort of drills I work, what training I receive, etc. and I typically publish an annual report after the first of the year. But I’ve decided to turn my one-off, graphic report into an ongoing, annual tally online.
So I’ve just created this YTD tally of my shooting activities.
Here’s a screenshot of part of it: