competitive shooting


ALR Episode 105 – Lucas Apps of Triangle Tactical

Michigan native and North Carolina transplant Lucas Apps hosts one of the most informative competitive shooting podcasts on the net. He joins Lloyd in today’s show to talk about podcasting, competitive shooting, and has advice for newbies who want to get into the shooting sports. Plus a self-defense tip from…


ALR Episode 48 – Shooters Round-Table Redux

In this special episode of Armed Lutheran Radio, we talk about the proposed 2017 IDPA rules. Now that the 2017 IDPA Provisional Rulebook has been released we brought together another group of shooters including special guest Steve Koski (formerly of the GunDudes Podcast and now co-host of the Para-cast Podcast)…


ALR Episode 45 – Shooters Round-Table

On this week’s episode of Armed Lutheran Radio we are doing something a little different. Lloyd is joined by a cast of IDPA shooters to talk about the 2016 IDPA season. Along the way we discuss favorite (and least favorite) matches, stages, funny stories, and then look ahead to 2017…


IDPA HQ Announces Changes

Back in September, I offered my suggestions for changes to IDPA rules here on this site. Those suggestions were not just fodder for a blog post. I submitted them to IDPA along with hundreds (thousands?) of others who added their two cents as well. In an email blast to members…


Why I Compete (And Why You Should Too)

“So, how’d you do?” Sitting across from the young man who would win 1st place Master class in the Enhanced Service Pistol division at the Badlands Regional and Oklahoma State IDPA Championship, I shrugged off the question. “I don’t want to know.” I really didn’t. I didn’t shoot well and I made a pile of mental mistakes. I had my scoresheets and some video to review. I don’t shoot for trophies. If they come, that’s nice, but that’s not why I compete.


A Day with Collin County IDPA

On Saturday my son and I decided to spend the day with the Collin County IDPA club. I had not shot a match since the 2013 North Carolina state championship back in August and for my son it was his first ever.


Airsoft Guns and IMAGINATION

After weeks of miserably cold weather in North Texas, we finally got a break this weekend. And I promptly spent it indoors at the Fort Worth Gun Show. But, I did manage to get some fresh air on Sunday, as my son and I created our own backyard IDPA match….


Living in Denial

“You’re going to love it here,” the voice on the phone told me. We were finishing up an introductory phone interview, the kind where you feel each other out in casual conversation before deciding to move forward with more serious job talk. “There are all kinds of things to do…


My First North Carolina IDPA Championship

On August 10 I traveled north to scenic Boone, North Carolina to participate in the state IDPA Championship. A job change and a move to the great state of Texas delayed this post. Now that I’ve settled in, I thought I’d share my experiences with you.


Advice on Shooting Your First Major Match

Before shooting my first sanctioned match, I sought the advice of a number of friends. Mostly they gave the conventional advice. Shoot only as fast as your sights allow. Pace yourself. Hydrate. Have fun. All good advice. But there’s much that I learned on my own that I thought I…


Caswell Ranch IDPA

Despite my best intentions, my live-fire practice has been limited to trips to my local indoor range once or twice a month. Every time I try to get to a match, something comes up. This month has been no exception. I had planned to go to the Mecklenburg Wildlife Defensive…


Lessons from IDPA

I have a friend that scoffs at the training benefits of shooting competitively. He thinks the rules and gamesmanship detract from the real-life defensive shooting experience. To some extent I agree. In terms of training there is no substitute for paid, professional training. But if you want to practice gun…


GSSF at Caswell Ranch

Caswell Ranch Shooting Sports in Prospect Hill, North Carolina hosted the inaugural Caswell Ranch Ballistic Challenge on March 9 and 10.  My 12-year-old son and I both attended and competed in the Civilian Amateur class.  It’s been crazy around here and it’s taken me a week to get my thoughts…


My First IDPA Match

I shot my first IDPA match in May. Needless to say, if I’m every attacked by a horde of cardboard assailants, I’m in deep doo-doo.


My First GSSF Match

I had never participated in a single competitive shooting event in my life until April 21, 2012 in Morganton, North Carolina. That day, the Burke County Anti-Narcotics Task Force hosted the fifth annual Table Rock Challenge sanctioned by the Glock Sports Shooting Foundation (GSSF). In 2011, Glock named the Table…