TFB B-Side Podcast: Practical Shooting with The Humble Marksman

Practical shooting organizations have been in existence within the United States for over 70 years at this point and arguably longer if you include competitive Olympic shooting sports. However, with the increase in popularity and affordability of handguns, sports like USPSA, IPSC, and IDPA have come to the forefront of the firearms industry as its flagship sports gaining mass appeal, recognition, and love while still honing in on the intense core skill set required to place in the top spots. Our guest today is someone I’ve met at several firearms industry events and has since become a good friend of mine who is always a pleasure to shoot with. Dave Blanton, aka The Humble Marksman, is here today to talk about USPSA, IDPA, and other practical shooting sports in both a broad sense and in the sense that he’s a frequent and regular competitor heavily invested in the sport. If you’ve ever been interested in shooting sports, tune in and get ready to take a deep dive into practical shooting sports with The Humble Marksman and me.

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NEW Beretta 92X Defensive (ft. JJ Racaza): A Lighter 92X Performance Pistol

It’s JJR on JJR with James J. Reeves and J.J. Racaza talking about the brand new Beretta 92X Performance Defensive. The Beretta 92X Defensive – just released on September 22, 2021, is a lighter version of the all-stainless 92X Performance. According to Beretta’s press release:

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Concealed Carry Corner: Being Educated vs Emotional

Recently, I drove from Michigan to Tampa for a much-needed vacation. While driving down, I decided to turn on the FieldCraft Survival podcast to pass the time. Usually, I will save a few episodes up to entertain me on long trips. Their latest episode touched on recent events of unrest and what it means to concealed carriers during this time. One of the head instructors,  Raul Martinez, brought up a concept about being educated in society. He made a great point about how education affects how emotional someone is. In the 178th podcast, he was explaining about education as a broad topic in the inner-city school systems. As I was driving late at night, I started thinking about how it may be just as true in the gun community as well. Let’s dive into the idea of educated vs emotional.

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TFB Review: 3D Stage Builder Kits

I discovered 3D Stage Builder in my stream on Facebook, as several friends had bought their products and started showing off their stage builds. It looked like a great idea, and great ideas are made for sharing. Hopefully you have a need for these kits, otherwise, just enjoy the pictures of what these kits can create.

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Polish Ministry of Defense to co-finance new Shooting Ranges

The Polish Ministry of Defense has announced that they will to co-finance the renovation of existing Shooting Ranges, and the building of new ones.

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Top Guns: Gun Store and Indoor Range

I recently stopped in to check out Top Guns in Terre Haute, Indiana. Top Guns boasts the largest showroom and indoor shooting range in the Midwest. Steve Ellis, the owner of Top Guns, was kind enough to give us the full tour and show what all Top Guns had to offer.

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Plinker Dual Strike Pneumatic Targets

Plinker is an automated target company that is bringing to market a dual target system that can be swung into place and controlled off a electronic device. It works off of a pneumatic operated canister that propels the target frame into and out of place. The system is specifically designed for Law Enforcement application because it can replicate a Shoot-No Shoot scenario by first introducing a Shoot target with a firearm printed, and then introducing a No Shoot target with a hostage image printed on it. In addition, the system is really just a dual target holder, so it can really be used with any sort of target attached to frames that can be inserted into the target system. For an example anything fitting the dimensions of an IDPA target can be used if one wants to. From the description-

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Diminishing Returns and Firearm Performance

It seems like with anything else, there is a easily obtainable goal or threshold one can reach with a reasonable level of expenditure, but going beyond that takes exponentially more time, money, and effort. Firearms are no different, as an entry level stock gun can do much more than many people realize, but as you make your way up the ladder you find that accuracy and increased performance don’t come cheap.

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Lightning Review: North Salt Lake Welding's Irish Plate Rack

Is clearing dueling trees easy as shooting the breeze?  Do the Texas Star, Whirly Gig, or drop turn targets seem a minor feat to you?  Perhaps you need a target that takes it to the next level in challenging your skills.  The Irish Plate Rack can certainly provide that challenge.

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Armless Man Is Still Armed

This is some fancy footwork. Bubba Stevenson was born without arms. Yet that does not dissuade him at all. He participated in a local IDPA match. Ken Cash posted up this video.

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Wilson Combat Releases "Compact Carry" 9mm for IDPA & General Use

Wilson Combat, purveyor of high-end 1911 handguns and various other platforms, has announced the release of their aptly named “Compact Carry” single-stack 9mm 1911 for use in the new “Compact Carry” Pistol division of IDPA. The new handgun is competition ready using 10 round magazines and an accuracy guarantee of 1.5″ at 25 yards.

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My Favorite April Fools: Pistol-Training.com's Merging of USPSA & IDPA

One of my favorite times of the year in the industry is seeing who and what “April Fools” campaigns will be waged. While there are some well-known ones this year (the Glock Engineer), my personal favorite was a blip from Pistol-Training.com.

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F.A.S.T. Challenge Coin

Pistol-training.com has set up a simple test but only 11 people have won the challenge. Here are those people.

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New Official IDPA Steel Target

The IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association), which has been overseeing the shooting sport of taking on real-life self-defense scenarios on a competitive platform since 1996, has decided it’s time they came out with an official steel target. Fans of IDPA and the concept behind it, whether competitors or spectators, should be happy to see these targets hit the shelves, but they aren’t the only ones. After all, although the target was designed with honing competitor’s skills in mind, reality is all serious shooters can use dedicated training and the tools needed to get it.

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Shooting To Get Better At Shooting

John Van Swearingen posted an interesting article over at American Gunfighters. He talks about honing the fundamentals of shooting.

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