Training Class Review: Bill Wilson Intermediate Pistol Course Pt. 2


If you’re open to it, you can get a lot of individual attention at Bill and Ryan Wilson’s Intermediate Pistol Course. There were at least two instructors present and watching the line during the entire course. Usually Bill and Ryan. For most of the second day, Joyce Wilson and some other great shooters were on hand to help. Every once in a while, someone will get called out in front of the class to work on something specific, and used as a teaching moment for everyone . . .

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13 Items Every Rifle Shooter Should Carry in Their Range Bag


By Ryan Cleckner

(This is an excerpt from Ryan’s book, Long Range Shooting Handbook, 25% of the sales of which will benefit military charities.)

If you’re not careful, you can easily get carried away with accessories. I love gadgets and gear as much as the next guy but please make sure that both your rifle and optic are of enough quality that allow you to shoot long range effectively before you purchase the latest top-of-the-line laser rangefinder. For example, if your laser rangefinder costs more than your scope, you might be doing it wrong. Sure, you’ll know exactly how far away that 912.3 yard target is, but you’re not going to be able to hit it. Remember that quote from the beginning of this section, “It’s the Indian, not the arrow.”  Some of the best shooters I know can use a rifle with a sling and iron sights to out-shoot most others with a rifle with bipod legs and a scope . . .

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After Action Report: Range Accident at Massachusetts’ Fort Devens Firing Range

Fort Devens Firing Range (courtesy

By John Farnham [via]

Range Accident! On the East Coast last week, during a live-fire, state-sponsored, police pistol training exercise, two experienced and competent instructors were handing-off a G23, one to the other. Both were standing next to each other, on-line, and facing downrange. One, holding the pistol by the slide (muzzle downrange), handed it to the other . . .

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Evolve, Uncle Rudy’s Hold Inaugural Safety Sunday


You may remember Evolve from their, well, creative approach to gun safety advocacy. (See their unconventional takes here, here, and here.) It’s been something of a mixed bag and not everyone has been on board with their strategy. But what differentiates Evolve with, say, the screeching harpies who populate Moms Demand Action is the fact that one of Evolve’s goals is to actually teach safe firearms handling practices. Toward that end, they held their inaugural Safety Sunday event at a range in Evansville, Indiana on Sunday. Here’s the press release . . .

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Insp. Chris Butler: Fixing Fatal “Strong but Wrong” Police Firearms Training

Inspector Chris Butler (courtesy

Republished with permission from email blast:

In a provocative, in-depth interview newly posted online, Insp. Chris Butler (above), one of North America’s leading use-of-force experts, minces no words in assessing present shortcomings of police training. “Currently,” he asserts, “many agencies have training paradigms that are directly leading to deaths of officers in the line of duty. This is hard for trainers to swallow, but not all training is good training. And bad training will get officers killed just as fast as no training at all” . . .

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Shooting Tip: Your Rear Sight Matters, Too [Content Contest]

By RenegadeDave

The goal of pretty much any practical application of a handgun is to be fast and accurate.  Engaging multiple targets accurately can slow anyone down and your .20 splits don’t look so cool when your cadence has a half second delay as you transition onto the next target.  We’re accountable for each hole down range.  At this point in history the hard front sight cult is pervasive, but what if I told you shooting with your front sight is less important than you probably believe?  Well stay tuned and I will explain . . .

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CCW Scenario: A Stranger Approaches In Parking Lot…What Do You Do?


By James England via

Reviewing a lot of the news articles this week, I ran into a surprising number of concealed carry cases that revolved around parking lots. Whether it’s a potential robber attempting to stick up a person leaving a shopping plaza or just a confrontation that took place, concealed carriers have a lot to consider when dealing with parking lots. In this week’s CCW Scenario, we’re going to discuss different ways you can assess a potentially dangerous situation in a parking lot including things to look for, and instant red flags . . .

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NSSF Fantasy Camp Pro Shooting Tips

Have iPhone will travel. Our Maximum Leader’s attending the NSSF’s Shooting Sports Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas. Fortunately, not everything that’s happening in Vegas will stay there. He collared some of the best pro shooters in the business to ask them about their gear and pry a shooting tip or two out of them. Pros like Jessie Duff, above. You may not have been able to be there, but there’s no reason you can’t benefit from their wealth of knowledge . . .

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Jerry Miculek: Lose The Noodle When You Grip Your Pistol

Maybe you didn’t have the time or the spare change to attend the NSSF’s Shooting Sports Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas this weekend. Never fear, TTAG is there. Here’s a free lesson from the gunmeister himself on “losing the noodle” and getting a firm grip on your pistol. As you’ll see in the video, that doesn’t mean putting a death grip on your M&P, it means firming up your wrists to stay on target. We’ll let Jerry take it from here….