Three Gunning for Home Defense?

Two of the pistol choice contenders: Springfield Armory TRP 1911 (left) and Beretta PX4 Storm (right)

In a rare fit of advance planning and organization, I’m starting to think about what gear to use at this year’s Crimson Trace Midnight 3 Gun Invitational match. The event takes place August 12th through 17th in the high desert outside of Bend, Oregon, so I’ve got a little time. As the event title implies, […]

Try Competitions To Become A More Effective Shooter

Competition shooting

There’s a big difference between good and effective. If you are involved in shooting purely for recreation and the joy of punching holes in paper or tin cans, then being a good shooter is, well, good enough. If you intend to use your gun for self or home defense, then you need to think about […]

How To Get Started Trap Shooting

Trap Shooting-1-2

Recently, I wrote The Rookie’s Introduction to Clay Shooting to help new folks get a handle on what the various clay shooting sports are all about. Now, let’s get serious and take a look at how to get started. Although you can start your clay target shooting career in any of the primary disciplines – trap, skeet or sporting […]

The Rookie’s Introduction to Shotgun Sports

Trap Shooting: Competitors fire at targets moving away from the shooting line.

When I first expressed interest in the shotgun shooting sports, I was completely confused. In their enthusiasm to share the sport, all my shotgun friends started right into detailed knowledge and tips and tricks. For example, they talked to me about how to aim a shotgun, how to get ‘classified’ and how to lead clay […]

Shooting Myth: Competitive Shooting Will Get You Killed On the Street

Competitive Shooting is not only fun, it can help you build basic skills.

Why is it that Internet opinions are so binary? Black or white, right or wrong, my way or the highway – it’s kind of like politics in the real world. 45 is the only caliber! Because you only need to shoot once! 9mm is fantastic – if you want to shoot balloons. Competitive shooting skills […]

How To Install Flash Hiders Or Muzzle Brakes on the M1A or M14

I need (OK, want) to mount the Smith Enterprise Vortex and Good Iron Muzzle Brake on a standard M1A, but there are a few steps to complete first...

One of the ongoing tinkering projects around here has been customization of a Springfield Armory M1A Standard, which we reviewed a while back. One of the first things done to this rifle was installation of a tritium sight post for low-light capability with the iron sights. We chose the Smith Enterprise Tritium Close Combat Sight […]

Shooting At Night Photos From The Crimson Trace Midnight 3 Gun Invitational

Why not hold a 3 Gun match in the middle of the night? It works for match sponsor Crimson Trace!

The Crimson Trace Midnight 3 Gun Invitational was a dual purpose event. The first two nights provided shooting industry media an opportunity to shoot the match before the pro 3 Gunners arrived for the Friday and Saturday night competition. Sponsoring vendors also set up demonstrations at the range during daylight hours to test out some […]

Crimson Trace’s Midnight 3 Gun Invitational: Enlightened in the Dark

Unloading an AR-15, in the middle of the night, as fast as you can acquire targets, looks kind of like this. Crimson Trace Midnight 3 Gun Event

How does a company prove that they have absolute faith in their products? If you’re Crimson Trace, and your products were designed to help our warfighters, peace officers, and armed citizens protect themselves more effectively, you might… Invite a bunch of folks to the middle of the desert. Tell them to be sure to arrive […]

Anatomy of a Stage at the Crimson Trace Midnight 3 Gun Invitational

This is how the stage looks in the dark. You can easily see the need for lights and lasers!

I just finished shooting and covering the Crimson Trace Midnight 3 Gun Invitational in the high desert miles and miles from Bend, Oregon. It was an enlightening experience, and I’ll write about that in my weekly column on Shooting at night was also ridiculously fun. More fun than should be legal, perhaps. To give […]

Gearing Up for the Crimson Trace Midnight 3 Gun Event: Handgun Selection

Hmmm. Tough choice. Both pistols have compatible light and laser features.

The “lots and lots of 9mm” vs. “a handful of big .45’s” debate is about as likely to be settled as Michael Moore speaking at the NRA 2014 Annual Meeting. While most discussion focuses on real-life pros and cons of a magazine full of 9mm ammo vs. seven or eight big and fat .45 ACP’s, […]