I am a frequent browser on Imgur, because I like funny memes and laughing at things. Every now and then, there will be some firearms or self-defense related content, which I usually immediately skip over because it’s terrible. Usually whatever it is comes from someone with the same depth of knowledge and training as a puddle in Arizona, meaning that the best thing for my blood pressure is to just skip it and move on. However, a couple of days ago imgur user flubby1982 posted the following thread, and I just couldn’t deal with it.
The 2018 Steel Challenge World Championship is officially in the books, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that a cast of familiar faces has once again dominated the leaderboard. The Top 3 in Open are all previous champions, finishing 1st-3rd in this order: KC Eusebio, BJ Norris, Max Michel.
Today we have a short video taking an brief look at the new offerings from Beretta, the APX RDO, the APX Centurion, and the APX Compact. I’m hoping to spend a lot of trigger time with these guns!
Beretta launched their entry in the striker fired market, the APX, a couple of years ago. Originally intended as Beretta’s entry into the Modular Handgun System competition, the APX was initially only offered as a full size pistol. New for 2018, Beretta has brought out two new sizes for the APX: the Centurion and the Compact. Today we’ll take a first look at the Centurion.
Have you ever tried to share your opinion about a gun related subject but no one took you seriously? Well, it’s probably because you’re doing something that lowkey lets people know that you don’t know what you’re talking about, like one of these 15 things!
Aftear months of exhaustive research I have finally coallated the ultimate list of gunfights in film!
10. Mr. & Mrs. Smith – Domestic disturbance
9. Quigley Down Under – Duel with Marsden
8. Tombstone – Gunfight at the OK Corral
7. LA Confidential – Victory Motel
6. Untouchables – Train station
5. The Wild Bunch – We want Angel
4. John Wick 2 – The Catacombs
3. Band of Brothers – Brecourt Manor
2. Heat – The Bank Robbery
1. Way of the Gun – Mexican whorehouse
And we can’t put it back in there. In the wake of another school shooting, the predictable reactions from all sides have continued. The pro-gun people have pointed at the ghoulish media coverage of the events as the cause, and the anti-gun people have blamed easy access to firearms. Meanwhile, the majority of America forgot about it entirely because the royal wedding was on the next day, and these white kids weren’t rich with well connected parents.
In December of 2017, I had the opportunity to take Citizens Defense Research’s flagship class, The Armed Parent/Guardian, or TAP/G for short. I had been meaning to take this class for some time, so when I found out they’d be in SoFla, I decided to sign up. Full disclosure, I paid full price for the class, however I have known both instructors, John Johnston and Melody Lauer, for quite some time and count them among my friends.
I don’t spend a lot of time of gun forums these days, and even less time in “gun related” facebook groups. I realize that as a result of this, I’ve largely self-selected my circle down to people who are relatively like minded about the whole concept of EDC. This means that when I do venture out into the wild of FB or youtube comments, I end up running into ideas that I forgot people even had, such as the terrible idea of a “carry rotation.”
In the last few years, USPSA has added two new divisions, one of which I think is stupid and one of which I think is pretty cool. The cool one is Pistol Caliber Carbine, and the dumb one is Carry Optics; we can talk about Carry Optics later. Today we’re talking about PCC and why I plan on shooting it for the majority of next year.
Most of my long-term readers know that I’ve been relatively absent from the competitive shooting scene for a couple of years. It was a combination of factors ranging from burn-out to a lack of free time, and had some other stuff rolled in to it. But this year I got the bug back again, I’ve shot some club matches, and even managed to get two majors under my belt this year, both of which I did crappy at. A large part of that was because my stage planning skills are officially in the toilet, which is what happens when you take nearly three years off from shooting matches seriously.
Plus, my priorities have changed a little bit as well – before I went into the Air Force, my shooting goal was purely to get more gooder at shooting. Now I still want to get more gooder at shooting, but there’s a bit of a purpose behind it as well. I sat down and took stock of my skills, and I don’t just mean my gun skills either. Where is my hand to hand game at (the toilet), where are my medical skills at (next to the toilet), etc. That’s what brings me to PCC, and to this gun in particular. After I took Ernest Langdon’s excellent pistol class last month, I realized that I actually have improved as a pistol shooter from where I was a few years ago, but also that making more gains at this point will require a significant investment of time.
I also looked back at all the times I’ve had to use a rifle, and it is a HUGE hole in my skills. Sure, I can do the Air Force rifle qual and shoot expert every time, but that’s because the Air Force rifle qualification is easy. When you put a rifle in my hands, it’s sufficiently different from a pistol that I feel uncomfortable, and I’ve missed easy shots with a rifle that people who are less talented pistol shooters than me would have made with a long with ease. Plus, any sort of movement with a long gun is basically witchcraft to me.
Now where could I find a place that allows me to focus on training up my gun handling, movement, and rifle marksmanship skills without being distracted by things like body armor or tactics? HMMMMMM I FUCKIN’ WONDER. In all seriousness though, this is pretty much the perfect application of competition shooting as a way to improve skills I might need for other stuff. Working the PCC means I can spend dry and live fire time building up my rifle handling skills to where I’m able to manipulate, mount, and fire the gun without thinking about it. Being able to do that means I can free up brain processing power to address other things, and that is a good thing.
Also the nice thing about being in Florida is that there are literally 5 major matches before July within 4 hours drive of me.