Shooter’s Tips

MGSMODERN GUNNER SERIES: Using Competition to Up Your Practice Game, Part 3

By Conrad Davenport

Part 3: Shotguns

So we have talked about competition shooting with handguns to up your skills in defensive shooting, rifle competition for hunting, now we come to shotguns. Although many people are forced to use shotguns to hunt for larger game in areas that do not allow for the use of rifles, shotguns are predominately used to hunt birds. Duck, dove, turkey, even pigeon and crow. There are two ways to get ready for the upcoming season. The first is the easiest, but not the best. Just wing it. Go out into the field or lake and miss every other (or more) shot. Read more…

MGSMODERN GUNNER SERIES: Using Competition to Up Your Practice Game, Part 2 

From Modern Gunner Executive, Conrad Davenport

Part 2: Rifle

One of the biggest groups in the firearm owning demographic is the hunter.  I hunt; it was the reason that I picked up my first firearm.  Unfortunately, hunting generally takes place during a season.  These seasons are not that long, and hunters, if lucky, only take a few shots.  Those shots really matter.  A rifle hunter needs to be accurate and precise when shooting at game.  A well placed shot is critical for the safe and humane harvesting of the game.  With seasons being short, and shots being few, how does a hunter stay sharp?  Many hunters go to the rifle range a few weeks before hunting season. Read more…

MGSMODERN GUNNER SERIES: Using Competition to Up Your Practice Game

From Modern Gunner Executive, Conrad Davenport

Why do you shoot?  Do you go to the range with the pure intention of shooting paper to blow off steam?  Do you arrive at the range to practice your accuracy and see how small you can make your groups?  Are you there with the intent of sharpening your skills in case of a self-defense scenario?  Maybe you are just getting ready for the next hunting season.  I’ve gone to the range for all of the listed reasons.  One thing that I’ve found is that shooting from the line, at one static target, at the range’s prescribed tempo, can get very boring.  A way that I’ve found to remedy something that is becoming boring is to add competition.  Whether it be with a friend at the range or an organized competition, including competition adds a challenge to the activity.  I have witnessed this added challenge lead to a shooter pushing his or herself in training, resulting in their being a much better shooter at whatever discipline they choose. Read more…

paigeGreat Shots, Bad Teachers: What You Need to Know Before Training Someone Else

From Modern Gunner Executive, Conrad Davenport

So, you shoot.  You bought a handgun, bought ammo, and learned how to shoot.  Maybe, you’ve taken a class or two at your local range.  You are aware of and follow firearms safety.  You can really run that gun of yours and that X-ring doesn’t stand a chance.  Awesome!  This article is for you.  However this is not about training you.  This article is about you training another shooter.

It is all too common.  A person, man or woman, learns to shoot.   Not only learns to shoot, but goes out of their way to develop their skills and becomes a truly good shooter.  At that point, people come out of the woodwork to be taught by that person. Here is the problem that I have found.  Not all good shooters are good trainers.  It isn’t their fault, though.  The usual training course is built around training the shooter to shoot, not train others. Read more…

safetyThe Basic Rules of Shooting No One Should Ever Forget

From Modern Gunner Executive, Conrad Davenport

Shooting is fun.  That is one of the reasons that we do it.  Let’s be honest; it’s awesome.  Part of the awesomeness of shooting is the controlled explosion.  I mean, we get to hold and direct the path of an explosion.  How is that not fun?  When done safely and correctly, it can be done without injury or damage.  Read more…


eye-close-upI Can’t See My Gun Sights!

Originally posted by Grant Cunningham, Personal Defense Network

One of the most common complaints people have about their guns, particularly as they get into their 40s and beyond, is that they can’t “pick up” their gun sights as well as they used to. This is usually the opening salvo that ends with, “Can I buy something to fix this problem?”

Unfortunately it’s more complicated than just plopping the charge card on the gun store counter. Whether or not the problem has a solution — and what that solution might be — depends on the individual and to what use the gun is being put.  Read more…

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