THE BLACK BELT PATCH

If you have taken classes or trained even via youtube, chances are you have heard of Scott Jedlinski of Modern Samurai Project. If you want to learn the red dot, he’s the man to see. Everyone and their mother has a standard to run where you get a coin or a patch. A lot of them you can submit video proof and get your patch. The actual shooters know, that the hardest ones to earn are done in person, under the pressure of the instructor and the whole class watching you perform on demand. There are no 400 takes to get it right, you get one shot and if you do not pass, you have to wait till the next class.

Let’s take a look at Jedi’s standards :

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To earn the MSP Black Belt Patch you must pass these four standards in one of his classes. They must be done in this order and consecutively.
 1. 3&2 Drill. 3 yards. 3 shots to the COM Alpha then transition to 2 rounds on a 3×5 card in the head box. Par is 2.0 seconds.

2. 1 Shot Drill @ 7 yards. 1 shot to COM Alpha. Par is 1.0 second

3. Bill Drill. 7 yards. 6 shots to COM Alpha. Par is 2.0 seconds.

4. 1 Shot Drill @ 25 yards. 1 shot to COM Alpha. Par is 1.5 second


Black Belt STANDARDS

All standards are from concealment. If not concealed, then the following will be added to your time:
any holster no retention – Add .10 seconds.

(Time is 2.00 add .1 for total of 2.10)
ALS + SLS – Subtract .1
ALS Only – No extra time added

Nothing crazy, its all doable…but under pressure and back to back… you need to be on your game and dialed in to get even 2/4. I have seen really really good shooters come up short. I have seen insane shooters pass it. I have seen tons of people fail miserably. It is all part of the game.

That is where Peter Woolard comes in. We have a lot of really good shooters here, in fact, I would put our top 6 up against any shop in the country’s top 6. We all like you to train, and we all get out there and train fairly often. Peter takes it to a different level. I pride myself on being one of the hardest workers in the room, whether it’s working out or drilling something until it is automatic. I enjoy putting in the work and enjoy it more after someone I’m working with says alright I’m done. Pete takes it to a different level.

Pete is a Master class shooter in USPSA and should be Grand Master by next year at the latest. The crazy part is, he’s not some guy whos been doing this for years. In the last 2 years, he’s gotten very serious in his training. Dry fire daily, train Saturday, compete Monday. Repeat year round. He has mini USPSA targets in his living room, if you walk by his house you will probably see him dry firing.

This weekend Pete became number 19 of thousands of people, to earn the black belt patch. I guessed a couple thousand but Pete informed me Scott and he had done some math on it and it’s close to 9,000 people. Some of the best shooters in the world have not passed this test. Pete smoked them. On day 1 he was 3/4 and missed the patch by 1/2″ on the 25-yard shot. Day 2 he burned it down and earned patch #19.

We are super proud of Peter and his hard work.

MICRO COMPACTS

Carrying a firearm should be comfortable. Some people carry full-size pistols and have no issues with them, but many people want to carry a small-footprint gun so it’s easier to conceal and more comfortable.

We have some great options like this Hellcat

Maybe you aren’t a Springfield fan. We have some great Glock options like the 48 MOS.

If you want something even smaller than the 48, we have the 43x!

In addition to those, we have this Shield Plus and the 365 lineups!

Choosing one of them should not be done based on size alone, I highly recommend trying them all out first. Shoot them, narrow it down by which one you shoot the best not which one just feels the best. Once you have your mind made up come on down and grab one!

-Cano

Gun Of The Week 08/08/2022

I have been waiting to get one of these back in stock for quite some time. If you follow USPSA and competitive shooting you know there are two guys crushing it right now Max Michel and JJ Racaza. I wish buying a gun they use would give you their skillset instantly but that is not the case. The firearm I am featuring today is Max Michel’s Custom Works Model.

The SIG SAUER P320MAX is a 9mm striker-fired pistol optimized for competition at the highest levels, specifically in the Carry Optics division.  The pistol is built around the TXG tungsten-infused heavy XFULL grip module with a flat skeletonized trigger.  The SIG Custom Works P320MAX slide was redesigned entirely with custom wrap-around serrations for ideal side and top manipulation and is fit with a 5” match grade bull barrel, one-piece stainless steel guide rod, and both a 14lb. and 12lb. 1911-style recoil spring, allowing for an easily customized shooting experience.  The pistol comes standard with a SIG SAUER Electro-Optics 6MOA ROMEO3MAX, and four 21rd Steel Magazines…enough for any competition set-up!

Drill Of The Week 08/04/2022

This week, I wanted to keep it “simple” Focus on fundamentals, get a good draw, get your trigger prepped, and go. So I went with the Bill Drill.

No reloads, no movement unless you want to do a retreating billy.

Bill drills are a solid way to warm up or find some flaws in your system. You are going to have to dial in your draw, focus on getting the sight picture, prepping the trigger, and then manage the recoil. Finding little flaws will help speed up time and make you more accurate.

The instructions for the bill drill are as follows.

  1. Draw your weapon
  2. Fire 6 rounds into the target
  3. A zone hits are the goal
  4. Time: everyone has different standards for the time. From 3 yards under 1.8 should be easily attainable. 5 yards and 7 yards people have different acceptable rates. I personally think at 5 yards it should be under 1.8 seconds as well. At 7, which is the “standard” distance, under 1.99 seconds is passing most standards. I think a better measure when starting out is to run it from whatever distance you want, do it 3 times. For the first run, do it cleanly and not worry about time but make a note of the time. For the second run, go as fast as you possibly can being safe, and take note of the time. For the third run, find a balance of those two speeds and times, and go for that. Set your base time and make that your goal to beat every time you run it.

Running this drill one of the most important components is the draw. If you start off with a bad draw you waste time correcting it to get back to where you need to be. If that draw leads to a bad grip when presenting you either fix it or run it with a bad grip and miss your shots. On the other side of it, if your draw is dialed in, it’s fast out of the holster, and you are presented and ready to fire, you have more time to make your shots.

Go grab some USPSA Targets, set them up, and head to the range to put in some work!

-Cano

AIM DAY!

Our Vendor days have all been leading up to this moment….AIM DAY!

FOOD! not just any regular food, the almighty Skyline Chili will be there slanging Coneys for the masses.

DISCOUNTS! 100 percent off tickets to get in! In all seriousness, the discounts will be deep! You need to swing by to check them out!

RAFFLES! All these awesome vendors will be doing raffles to give away some sweet goodies!

FUN! I wish we could do a dunk tank and dunk Josh Vance but the line would be too long. It will still be a ton of fun with all these great vendors.

This one is going to be the biggest event yet, so if you miss this one….people will talk about it!

See you guys there!

-Cano

Gun Of The Week 08/05/2022

This week we finally got a firearm in, that a lot of people have wanted to see. The Stribog with a twist, a Glock mag version.

Since the Bog started to explode in popularity, there were only a couple tweaks people wanted to see happen, the ability to swap lower parts like any AR lower so you can run something like a radian safety selector or whatever trigger setup you wanted. The other being different mag options. A lot of requests for Glock mag, scorpion, mpx, and some colt mag requests. People took to printing 3d lowers or buying different lowers and adapter plates. Well, no need for that anymore if you just want to run the Glock mags you already have!

Outside of the Glock mag lower, the Stribog remains true to itself. The same operation and manual of arms, nothing has changed between versions except the magazine choice. This is one of if not the best PCC guns on the market. I personally have shot 2-3K rounds through mine and have 0 complaints other than I wish I could switch to different controls and maybe run a different grip and trigger. No absolute needs, just would be cool to have somewhat of some carryover from my rifle setups.

Check them out while you can!

-Cano