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Doug Koenig demonstrating the proper shooting stance

Competitive Shooting

Shooting 101: Picking a Stance

Fast and accurate shooting with a handgun requires a stable shooting stance. The stance must allow for proper sight alignment, mobility, and recoil management. There are a number of stances that can do that, but there’s no “one-size-fits-all” solution—or is there? This article delves into the pros and cons of popular shooting stances and ends with a video of World Champion Pistol Shooter Doug Koenig giving you his take on the best stance for handguns.

Sweeping away the cover garment

Competitive Shooting

Speed and Accuracy: Accurate Aimed Fire Ends Fights

The handgun is the weapon of opportunity carried with us at all times to take charge of a situation that threatens our lives or the safety of loved ones. I think that we have to look to the counter sniper or hunter who takes a single, well-placed shot, and makes a hit by taking his time in a hurry. Of course, personal defense is different and the reactive nature of the problem requires speed. However, speed is worthless without accuracy.

Bushnell LRTSi 3-12x44mm mounted on Battle Rifle Company Cutlass rifle

Competitive Shooting

Review: Bushnell 3-12x44mm LTRSi — A Scope to Shine at Long-Range

The Bushnell Elite Tactical long range tactical scope (LRTS) series is just what the name implies. The weekend began as a scope test—as well as a time to get better at long-range precision marksmanship. The scope, was a key element to unexpected long-range success, but not without challenging moments. In this review, my optical partner was the LRTSi 3-12x44mm mounted and ready for a 3-day long-range shooting class requiring a milliradian reticle. Read the full story here.

Colt Gold Cup pistol on a bullseye target

Competitive Shooting

Is Your Handgun a Combat Gun or Target Gun?

Marksmanship can make up for power, but the reverse is seldom true. In a gunfight, shot placement is everything. Unfortunately, when choosing a handgun for combat, we risk becoming too interested in absolute accuracy and forget combat accuracy. A fascination with firing small groups on the target, even in combat courses, is counter intuitive to true combat practice. Are you carrying the wrong gun?