Up Your Game.
March 12, 2018
From Daily To Track
December 6, 2017
I’m pretty sure every single one of you wouldn’t mind owning an s2000. On top of that, I’m pretty sure each one of you wouldn’t mind having one to track as well. In this case, Sean Schenck wins. Eight years ago, he made a new addition to his garage, a low mileage ‘00 Honda S2000 in Silverstone. Of course everyone’s intent on their new purchase is to keep the miles low, maybe throw on some coilovers, wheels and exhaust and call it a day. This trend lasted only a few years and then things started to take a turn when the thought of autocross came to mind. Back in 2013, Sean had his first cone dodging experience with Florida Corvette Racing at Brooksville Airport and was immediately hooked. Nearly every other weekend for 2 years, he got tons of seat time in competing with friends and enthusiasts in various autocross events all over the state of Florida, including Daytona International Speedway with SCCA and multiple locations and events with FASTautox as well. But it just wasn’t enough for Sean. Racing and competing is just in his blood. The craving of hitting higher speeds and faster corners was the next venture on his list.
After doing a little research, and talking with some local fellow s2k owners, they informed him of the HPDE events being held through NASA Florida Region. So, after a day of spectating a live event with a few friends, Sean immediately registered for the next one. In 2015, the S2K had its first run around on one of the most iconic racetracks across America; Sebring International Raceway. Since road racing had always been very appealing to Sean, he knew he was ready to step up to the next level of competition and join in on the HPDE events. Small transformations were already underway prior to the first track day, and started with adding in a roll bar (because safety first), a brand new Sparco racing seat and harness, some fresh tires and new brake pads. After a year or so of being a student and learning all the fundamentals of the track, the safety aspects, the variations of flags, and rules of the road, it was time to step it just a little bit more.
In 2016, he joined Time Trials with NASA, and then eventually gained his instructors license. He explained to me how much he enjoys teaching people and seeing them learn and also learning from them as well. “Seeing the sheer joy on your students face after each race is the best part about it”, he says. Fast forward to late 2016, the Honda is just not fast enough anymore. At this point this car needs more horsepower to progress and compete with the other cars that are also competing in the same class. The car slowly started getting additions again. This time though, it was nearly every 2-3 months with a visit to Speed Syndicate for more goodies to be installed, especially all the chassis work for the LSD and suspension. Not to mention, new tires, alignments, new brake pads and oil changes were an all too common routine now. But among any racer’s career, there are hiccups during competitions. And times when you want to just smash your car with a hammer, but you love it, so you don’t. In this case, Sean had a few issues with a tune from a previous tuner, and the problem continued for a several long, drawn out months, and no good seat time. After being told “it could be this,” “it could be that,” “buy a new one of these,” “yada yada yada,” he finally just took his car elsewhere and ended up at one of the best places on the planet, Real Street Performance. After just a short while, Jay had found the issue and had it resolved in no time. Right then after, Adam Peeling worked his computer wizardry and tuned the S2000 into peak performance standards. With just one more event for the 2017 NASA season, Sean took the Honda to it’s limits and it performed like a champ, running strong for six race sessions in just one weekend. Through the beatings this car has taken, it has always been driven to and from each and every race event it's ever attended, with the exception of one out of state event. The S2000's last race of the year was at Grid Life South at Road Atlanta, where it was driven hard and performed flawlessly. Currently, it's garaged and resting peacefully, and only gets woken up for routine drives around the neighborhood, but will continue racing again in early 2018. Sean plans to eventually retire the S2000 from the brutal track laps it’s faced over the last few years and to just enjoy it on the weekends with the hard top off on some twisty, open back roads. Perhaps a Porsche may just be his next victim of constant redline abuse out on the circuit….guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Let me just start by saying that I’m glad I wasn’t the one who had to clean up the track after all the demolition drag racing. Don’t know what demo drag racing is? Don’t worry, I’ll explain in a bit, but for now, I’ll start at the beginning.
The day was a near perfect Florida day; clear skies, a nice breeze and zero chance of rain. A perfect track outing day, especially for spectators. It was Saturday, April 28, 2018 and it was the day tons of fans couldn’t wait for – Cleetus and Cars, hosted by Mr. Cleetus McFarland himself. I arrived prior to the gates opening and the tents were just starting to set up. The shirts were getting folded and placed on display, hats being lined up so perfectly, displays being set up, all the merchandise was ready to go. Spectators were just starting to arrive and lining the outside fence near the gate, demolition drag cars were being trailered in and the track was being prepped. Show cars began to filter in and one by one and were lined up just outside the staging lanes. The smell of sunblock and quick detailer began to fill the air as everyone wiped their wheels clean and sprayed themselves down with some SPF. The clock finally hit noon and the gates opened. Within minutes, the Cleetus McFarland tent was surrounded by die hard fans, ready to buy a fresh new shirt and to meet the man himself. At first I couldn’t believe the number of little kids that were there and each and every one of them dressed in Cleetus hats and shirts and giant smiles. To them, Cleetus McFarland is their hero, their inspiration, their favorite internet sensation. These kids just love him and all his toys. I watched as one little guy, maybe 6 years old, did a full video walk around of Leroy. It was like his dream had come true and he’s finally seeing this car in person as it sits on display. He literally had a smile from ear to ear the entire time. Classic. (By the way, if you don’t know who Leroy is, just google ‘Leroy the Savage’ at any time.) I watched as Cleetus himself rang up merchandise, shake hands and take photos with every customer and enjoy every second of doing it. Not too long after the gates opened, test and tune began, and so did the meet and greet. Fans lined up, which seemed like a never ending line, just to ask some questions, take some pictures and meet their favorite internet hero. In the meantime, a variety of vehicles lined the staging lanes. Cadillacs, Challengers, Mustangs, Dodge Rams, Silverados, Focus’ in nearly every color, some Corvettes and many more makes and models too. Shortly after the meet and greet, Leroy was ready to make a little shakedown pass, and Cleetus was ready to get a good feel for his new transmission. Without a proper prep to the track and him still running a 9.9 @ 159mph, I’d say this car is ready to hit max freedoming. His next consecutive pass was quite a bit faster at 8.8 @ 161mph, and still on the same barely prepped surface. I think it’s safe to say, Leroy is going to be breaking some hearts in the near future. Regardless, the fans were ecstatic to see a live pass made. As I looked around from inside the waterbox, I was shocked again to see even more kids lined up at the fence. It was like they made their parents take them all the way to Bradenton Motorsports Park way out in the middle of nowhere just to see Cleetus and Leroy, although most parents were fans themselves. It just really put a smile on my face to see just how exciting it was for them. Anyways, back to racing…
The Dale truck snuck out for a few exhibition passes, wowing the crowd once more. Multiple cars continued to line the staging lanes, ready to race and more cars added to the car show. The pair of white Huracans definitely stole the show and if there were awards, they would have tied for ‘Most Cameras Pointed At Me All Day.’ But as the day slowly started to turn into night, the test and tune session was put on pause for some epic burnouts to take place out in the waterbox. The burnout competition consisted of 9 contestants. First car in, breaks before it even gets a chance to start. Next enters a white Durango with some custom, spray painted, ‘Merica wheels ready to fight the pavement for freedom. He lets her rip for a solid 35 seconds of fury and then blows out a tire. Rubber goes flying, the fans go nuts. At this point, the crowd is super pumped and ready for more. Next up to freedom is an older Sonoma, roasts the tires for a solid 45 seconds and then shreds them. The staff backs him out and lines up the next one. The ooh’s and ahh’s were heard as a gorgeous Lightning came rolling up to the plate, ready to knock one out of the park. With an impressive one minute and forty-five second burnout without blowing out a tire, the brakes were a little too hot and decided to catch fire. It’s no big deal, sometimes too much ‘Merica will do that to ‘em. Thankfully, no serious damage was done and the truck was just fine. The competition really started when a super clean, black Trail Blazer SS entered the game. Dang, he did it for Dale and roasted those tires for a solid miute, making clouds you could probably see from space, moving him into 1st place. As the TBSS backed out, a Beetle came in ready to try just as hard, but unfortunately just couldn’t stay still and had to be disqualified. The last three were just about to battle it out, leaving a red, old school Firebird, a black mid-size Toyota or Dodge truck (I was completely distracted by the ladder hanging out the bed that I really didn’t pay attention to what it was), and a blue Mustang with something big on the roof. The red dragon did a nice burnout, and the truck just couldn’t stay still, leaving it all up to Maddie and her giant, inflatable, ‘Merica themed, bald eagle pool float rachet strapped to the roof of her car. Even though Maddie is known for some pretty epic burnouts, her clutch just wasn’t having it this time after a short burnout that forced her to pretty much DQ herself. The trophy for best burnout went to the Trailblazer, as it was a prestigious display of what the definition of ‘Doin’ it for Dale’ really was.
Directly after the burnout competition, test and tune started back up for just a bit while the drivers of the demolition drag race had a meeting. This is where the exciting part happens. So in a nut shell, demolition drag racing is as follows- you must make contact with your opponent before crossing the finish line. The rules? Well, there really isn’t any except no smashing driver doors, and no head on collisions, other than that, P.I.T. maneuver away! So as long as you make contact to the opposing car after you pass the tree (or at least at one point before the finish line) you can complete you pass and move on to the next round. Well, I think somewhere in that driver’s meeting everyone just heard “yada, yada, yada, wear a helmet, put on your seatbelt and HULK SMASH. The first round starts and the crowd was huge. Almost every seat in the bleachers was taken, the entire staging lane area was surrounded by spectators and the cars started lining up. The red Tacoma from the burnout competition vs. an eclipse started off the excitement and after a quick spin out on the eclipse, the Tacoma hauled ass down the track to the finish line. Soon after that match, Cooper lined up his super aerodynamic Saturn, complete with adjustable shelves, I mean wing, against the Profab, American Flag flying, flame throwing tank. After a simultaneous lane-crossing collision, Cooper spins out the Profab car and leaves him in the dust as he rushes to the line. A few more races take place before the limo makes its debut against Kyle from 1320video in his Caprice bubble. The Race starts as the limo staged at the rear tires and when the light turned green, Kyle did not hesitate to use his $300 special as a battering ram into the rear end of the limo. The 2 battled it out all the way down the track and left the crowd going crazy. Next, the BoostedBoiz pushed their Integra up to the starting line, ready to battle it out with Cooper’s Rubbermaid on wheels, and after a solid push to the wall for the BoostedBoiz, it was clear Cooper meant business. The races continued and also continued to get crazier. 2 wide, then 4 wide and then Cleetus showed up again. The limo also faced off in a 4-on-1 battle several times and continued to dominate. Cars started falling apart, some starting over heating, some not even able to start anymore and the racing slowly came to an end. The amount of debris that decorated the black top at the end of the race was ridiculous. Pieces of front and rear bumpers, head lights, tail lights, and then some, all sparkled and glistened under the night lights from the tree to the finish line. The event had come to an end and everyone was leaving with a smile on their face. I’m sure everyone had an incredible time, as the event was a giant success, with nothing but prime entertainment and interaction the whole day. All I can say, is that Cleetus McFarland really knows how to put on a show and please the fans. Next event is in November, so don’t miss out!
Also, a quick shout out to both Cleetus McFarland and 1320video for having me cover the event. It was a pleasure working with you guys!
Cleetus and Cars
April 28, 2018
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A lot of people always brag about how they have an AR-15 or other similar rifles, but the real question is, how good are you at shooting your rifle? I’m not just talking about going to your local gun range and standing in place from a designated spot in your lane, I’m talking about a multi-target shooting course, all while running, standing, kneeling or even getting in prone position. Could you handle a timed, super intense, target practice session while running through some thick sand all while carrying and shooting your live-round loaded weapon? It's definitely not as easy as it sounds and it definitely gets your blood pumping.
Last month we planned some pre-wedding fun for some of our wedding party to compete against each other in a rifle run and gun at Hernando Sportman's Club in Weeki Wachee. Although, not all of our wedding party could make it, we made the best of it. We had a small group, and all of us are indeed rifle owners and frequent shooters at the range. The group included myself, Nick (my now husband), Sean (my brother), Rich (one of our groomsmen), Kayla (my brother’s girlfriend and also my maid of honor), Andy (my father-in-law) and an old friend, John also. My father, Bill, also came to spectate and take advantage of the range while we did the run and gun. It was a first time for all of us, except for Sean, Kayla and John. I had to admit, I was very nervous about the whole thing at first, as I didn’t know what to expect or how I would even do throughout the day, being I’m very competitive by nature. To make a long story short, it was an absolute blast.
Here’s how the run and guns work - The competition is broken up into five separate groups and then each group is placed at a station. During each match, the group will go one at a time, making a run through the designated course. They range from long distance shooting, to close quarters scenarios. Each group has an experienced shooter guiding them, scoring them and always making sure safety is absolutely first. Each shooter is timed on their run and also pointed for neutralizing targets. If you miss a target, time is added to your session. Each course is a maximum 2-minute run through for each shooter, if not shorter and each group is roughly 8-10 people. Once a shooter finishes the course, the instructor will then check each cardboard target for bullet holes to make sure those targets had been neutralized, meaning one head and one body shot, or 2 body shots. Some courses require only head shots or only body shots, and the courses are never the same. Steel targets are used during the long distance courses, as you can hear when a target has been hit. Also included during some of the courses are bowling pins and clay pigeons. During the match, you may be disqualified for ‘breaking the plane’ meaning you surpassed the point of where the gun barrel should not cross, in other words, aiming back towards the safe zone where other competitors are standing. No guns are kept loaded unless they are being used in the match. After each match ends, the competitor will then rack back their rifle, discharge any remaining rounds in the chamber, the magazine will be released and a brightly colored orange flag will be placed in the chamber, clarifying that it is not loaded and safe to carry back to the safe tables. You may keep magazines fully loaded at all times, but they do not enter the rifle until you are called to your designated position and the instructor allows you to load your weapon before starting the course.
During a run and gun, or 2 gun match, there may be some shooters in your group that are way more experienced than you and it’s important to remember that they are only running and shooting very fast because they’ve done this multiple times and are very comfortable with shooting their weapon. It’s also important to not try to keep up with these kind of shooters, especially if it’s your first time. Yes, they are intimidating, but they will be the first ones to help you with anything you need, any questions you have, which is the best way for you to hold your rifle, and many other suggestions that you may ask about. They don’t criticize you, so don’t worry, they are usually there to help. There’s nothing wrong with taking your time through a course, so don’t try to be a showoff. Being safe and effective is the number one goal, regardless of your experience. Being disqualified for anything generally comes back to safety. Once DQ’d, you may no longer compete throughout the day and must sit on the sidelines, head over to the range, or simply go home. This is a very serious matter at ANY range and not taken lightly, so pay attention.
Now back to the story---
On Saturday, March 10th, I attended another rifle match at the same location. My husband, brother, father-in-law and my brother’s girlfriend, Kayla, all competed again, while I sat out and spectated with my camera. I wanted to capture the intensity of how these matches really are, what the courses look like, and how shooters held and fired their rifles. Our group contained nine shooters this time around, most of which were very experienced. Watching each participant was still very exciting as I was able to go through the active course within close proximity behind the shooters to be able to capture some photos. I learned a lot more just by observing how other shooters navigated through each course as compared to when I participated prior, as my nerves may have got the best of me then. The first time I had participated, I was definitely in the bottom half of my class. I had no intention of going in and being the hero. I wanted to feel comfortable firing my weapon with a real life adrenaline rush, and let me tell you, it makes a world of difference. I have shot hundreds, if not thousands of rounds through my firearms, but it was nothing like this. The constant sound of gunfire from the other engaged courses, the feeling of having all eyes on you, the wait of the buzzer to sound for you to start – it all makes it very intense. My goal was to stay focused, effectively neutralize my designated targets and finish before my time was up. I felt I did fairly well for being a first timer and gained a lot more respect for my weapon. Running with a loaded weapon, especially a rifle, is dangerous, and being able to now know what that scenario feels like makes it a bit easier in the case that I would actually have to do it in the real world. I feel a lot of people think that just owning a rifle or a firearm is enough to protect themselves, but how much protection does it offer if you can’t effectively use it? During your session, you will need to reload your weapon. Dropping a magazine and reloading a new one is very tricky, especially when being timed. You’re allowed to carry multiple magazines on your person as you run through the course. If you didn’t know, most standard mags carry 30 rounds, and during a course (depending on the number of targets or how many times you must hit a target) mainly ranges from 30-40 rounds. But remember that not every shot may be effective. Times that by 5 different courses, and the amount of times you actually miss a target. That’s multiple times that you may have to reload your weapon during your session, so getting practice pays off when buying lots of ammunition for a weekend of rifle play. You may carry your extra magazines on your belt or on your plate carrier, whichever is more comfortable for you. My best advice for a speedy magazine exchange would be to practice at home, unloaded and/or loaded, to help perfect your precision. Seeing most of these guys run though the courses definitely made me want to step up my game and maybe even purchase a few new add-ons as well.
I highly recommend getting comfortable with your weapon, regardless of what you own. Having a built rifle isn’t cool unless you actually know how to use it and use it well. Remember that the gun is the tool and you are the weapon. Experience is key when it comes down to those ‘need-to-use’ scenarios. Get to know your weapon, handle it daily, hit the range often, this way when shit hits the fan, you know you are comfortable with your weapon’s capability, its firing distance and how accurate you could possibly be with it. Spread your knowledge to others and help them when needed. Ask questions. Do your research on guns and safety. Practice, practice, practice, this way you can be the one that’s intimidating out there on the course.
For more information on participating in rifle runs, 2 gun matches, skeet shooting and long distance range shooting, please visit www.hernandosportsmanclub.com
August 15, 2018
It’s hard to prepare for real life, defeat or retreat scenarios, but it’s a bit easier when you keep up with your tactical skills. Knowing the feeling of having to un-holster your weapon in a high stress situation is not something everyone casually prepares for. It’s never scripted, and it’s unknown to when the time will come or what the location will be. I usually tend to push to people (who are average gun owners and enthusiasts), that just because you own a firearm and hit the range once or twice a month, it’s not going to prepare you for real world life or death cases. Paying attention to your surroundings, knowing where your round is traveling and retreating first and firing last are just a few of the key elements in owning a firearm. In this article, I’m not going to be giving you every tid bit of information I obtained while being present during the drills day, but rather inform you on what’s important that you MUST take into consideration, especially if you consider yourself to be a safe and responsible firearm handler.
On Sunday, August 12, my husband and brother participated in Dynamic Drills Day hosted by Monarch Defense at Gun Craft out in Ruskin, Florida, and 90 plus degrees out and a 70% chance of rain for the day. We arrived around 8:30am and began to fill up magazines, put on plate carriers and hydrate as much as possible before everything started. Unfortunately for the day, I did not participate, but instead photographed the event and prepared myself to soak in as much information as possible, being a gun owner and advocate myself. The instructors for the day were Brian and Sean, and not only were they very personable, approachable and knowledgeable, but they instilled a way of training into your head by starting slow and then adding more steps to what was spoke of, building a stair case of information for you to intake as easily and retainable as possible. The morning contained a safety brief, but not just the normal ‘here’s where the hospital is from here in case of an accident, etc.’ but also more information on why it’s important to know some basic medical training for those just-in-case moments. At one point, Brian had asked everyone “Has anyone ever had to use a tourniquet?” Which is probably one of the most important pieces of equipment to add to your arsenal, by the way. He then asked, “Do you know the proper way of doing basic medical treatments in the hopes of saving someone’s life if needed?” Well, luckily in our group we had a fire rescue/EMT, and that always makes you feel a bit more comfortable, knowing that they know what to do, but what if there isn’t always a trained professional around? What if the medic is the one that takes a round or gets hurt? Taking a beginner trauma class is something you should definitely consider, especially if you use/own a firearm and participate in any kind of active firearm events. Of all the ‘what if’s’ that could happen, just imagine if you knew a way to help save someone’s life after they just took a bullet, or was stabbed, or severely injured. You may or may not be able to save their life right then and there, but in certain cases, it’s better to know basic trauma skills than not know any, especially if you can be the one to help calm the situation and apply knowledge on how to remedy certain wounds until emergency professionals can take over. Have a plan besides just firing your weapon at a threat. Know what the consequences may be and how you could be of assistance to innocent bystanders, in case they are ever in the line of fire or accidentally injured. There’s NOTHING more important than knowing where your round will be traveling if you miss your intended target and what may be on the receiving end. Do not ever pray and spray, EVER, but what I’m getting at, is your training will come into play, especially if you constantly practice, and train hard. Understand the variables and learn to be accurate with your shooting. PRACTICE. PRACTICE. PRACTICE. Your natural movement and skills will always take over when needed. But as always, safety is number one when owning and carrying a firearm, especially in public. As Brian explained worse case scenarios, my brain started to think of everything that just may happen, and what could be done in reference to expecting the unexpected and remaining calm. I felt as if everyone also knew exactly how I was thinking as well – stay calm if the unexpected happens - as we are all prepared for this already, and we all understand that anything can happen, but to ALWAYS remain calm, and HAVE A PLAN. And don't forget to stretch and stay in shape!
Most classes or courses will include all walks of life, from your average civilian to ex-military, including various ages and everything in between. There’s never anyone there to look down on you or make fun of you, but only to assist you, help you and teach you better techniques to your pre-existing skills. You should never stop learning different ways to use your firearms, especially in more ways than just static target practice at the range, regardless of what type of firearm it may be. In this ‘dynamic drills day’ it was for more of the intermediate to advanced handlers since it consisted of using two of your firearms during each drill. There were pistol/rifle combos, and pistol/shot gun combos and each drill was focused on how to transition those weapons smoothly and precisely, along with acquiring a specific target. Each drill started from a basic position, with an unloaded firearm and also included a spotter, as well as either Brian or Sean there to watch over everyone in each group. There were 2 stations set up at a time and each was a different drill than the other, meaning the movements weren’t the same, or the factors were changed up a bit - targets were placed in different locations with letters or numbers - and each drill got a run thru prior to doing a live fire exercise. The positions taken were as follows - standing, taking cover and then shooting from your cover position, running, supine (laying flat on your back) and also prone positions, but not in any of the same order. After each drill was executed from the basic position, the magazines were then filled with live ammunition and then made their way into each participant’s firearms. As the drills were compounded into one another, high stress was added into the equation as well. Rounds were beginning to jam, magazines getting stuck in pockets, rifles getting tangled, misfires happening, magazine exchanges at high speeds with super sweaty and shaky hands, all while a “MAKE IT WORK! MAKE IT WORK!” was being yelled into your ear to just to make it that much more flustering. These are all things that can happen that most don’t take into consideration. It’s definitely not anything like you see in the movies. These are the variables most don’t think can happen. The drills were intended to make your heart rate higher than it realistically would be, rather than just having a fun ‘Sunday Gunday.’ This was a day that was meant to be as real world as possible. It’s meant for you to understand that a high heart rate and a ton of adrenaline, along with unthinkable factors can add to certain complications that you only once thought would be a smooth flow of actions, but actually turns out to be quite different in reality. These are the things you must prepare for and know how to work on, and eventually these certain movements will become second nature to you. During the last drill, there was a bit of some wrestling added in to make it as extreme stress for everyone. This was intended to make it as much of a disadvantage as possible for each shooter, to experience the actual fight you may have to engage, and something you may never have practiced before. For normal drills during events, each is already explained, with a dry run through or acted out by the instructor, and each one goes through specific steps on how to engage targets after the buzzer goes off in a scripted manner. This drill was designed to not have each participant go through the exact same movements as one another, but more to experience a situation is never the same, and being comfortable may not always be the case. Fighting is inevitable if you are attacked, and wrestling away to retreat to safety is your number one priority, unless you have no choice in drawing your weapon to stop the attacker. Each shooter had a starting position of laying on their stomach as two men tried to hold them down. It was designed for an allotted time of wrestling, then a whistle would blow and the ‘attackers’ could retreat to the safety line, and the shooter could then draw and fire their pistol all while being out of breath and a little extra sweaty and mentally exhausted. This was also a drill that you didn’t necessarily have to do unless you felt comfortable to do so, and no, not everyone participated, but the ones that did had a look of “that was intense” written all over their faces. Like I said earlier, this day was intended to be as realistic as possible. Having your heart rate up changes a lot of factors and may make or break you, but training like this only gets you used to that feeling, and once you know what that feels like, it could better your chances with high-risk scenarios. You may not always have to fight your way out of a worse case scenario, but having the knowledge of what may happen will open your eyes up to several different variables that are possible.
All in all, it was a VERY informative day, and makes you really think of the ‘what ifs’ that could happen during these high-heart-rate, adrenaline-pumping situations. Dynamic Drills Day is a must-take course if you have prior experience doing 2-gun/3-gun matches and/or other non-static training. THIS IS NOT A BEGINNERS CLASS BY ANY MEANS. I highly recommend getting out there to experience this sort of training, it’s truly amazing what you will learn, and if you’re not up to this kind of level yet, get out there, look up some local classes and start as soon as possible! Keep learning, keep training, keep educating yourself! Don’t be afraid to be taught new things about what you may think you already know, because most of the time you don’t. Instructional videos won’t necessarily help until you put a loaded firearm in your sweaty hands, have your heart beating out of your chest and then have to pull the trigger. So get out there, get hands on and TRAIN HARDER!
On a side note - for the beginner or inexperienced shooters out there - there’s many things you can do at home to help advance some basic skills. Most of you have your CCW, and every day you tuck that pistol under your shirt somewhere or in a pocket or in an ankle strap, or where ever it is you find comfortable, then go out on your daily routine, come back home, slowly take it off of from where ever you had it on your person, and then put it down on a table or dresser, right? But how many times have you ever thought of what would happen IF you had to pull it? For example, if you conceal carry – practice pulling that weapon from wherever it is that you carry it, multiple times in a row. Tuck it back into the holster, cover it back up with your shirt, and then do it all over again. And again. And again. Get that muscle memory going. Know what it’s going to feel like should you ever have to draw your weapon in the real world. Will it get snagged on your shirt? Will you be fast enough at getting to it? These are things you need to consider when conceal carrying. Get familiar with the motions. Repetition. Reloading empty magazines in and out of your firearm, hip drawing for competition shooting - there’s so many things to spend just a few minutes a day practicing from your home to prepare you and keep you on track. Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter the most. You could have a gun on your hip every single day, but if you can’t draw it smoothly and effectively, then what’s the point of having it on you? You don’t have to be at Instructor Zero level, but for the love of all things Holy, START MAKING IT A HABIT TO PRACTICE WITH YOUR FIREARMS. Start at your own pace. Don’t rush into too much different training at once. Head out to the range and practice drawing from your hip with live ammo and then practice shooting one round at a time, re-holstering and then doing it until the magazine is empty. Then repeat as necessary. It’s a whole different world once that pistol is loaded and pulled from your body. These are the basic steps to start getting you prepared for faster-paced training classes like the one described in this article. But make sure you take the time to build your skill set first! Little by little. Check out some local classes. If you don’t know where to find them, call around to your local shooting range, or better yet – contact the guys at MONARCH DEFENSE, they may just have the perfect class coming to a town near you!
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- Sparco Steering Wheel
- NRG Quick Release
- Sparco Racing Seat
SPECIAL THANKS TO :
- Speed Syndicate
- Adam Peeling
- Real Street Performance
- LHT Performance
- Savage Designs
- Killshot, Inc.