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I promised a VLOG series, and here is the introduction to the series. I will be posting a new VLOG every single Sunday and possibly more often throughout the week if I have something interesting to say. Thanks for watching! We’ve also got Tips 5 and 6 this week coming on how to become a better shooter!
Hey guys! First of all, let me thank you for being here. I know there is about a million other places you could be spending your time online and you chose to spend it with me. That means a lot and I can’t thank you enough.
The reason I’m putting this post together is I’ve recently had one of my long time subscribers write me an email saying he thought I should be a little more open about who I am as a person. I thought that was kind of cool that you guys might care to get to know me on more of a personal level than just that guy who reviews guns.
I’ve been doing this video thing for quite a while now and although I don’t have a gigantic viewer base like some YouTubers, I’m honestly humbled by how many people take a few minutes out of their day to watch some of my videos. I really do consider Green Light Shooting to be a big part of my life and therefore, I consider my subscribers to be like a little family. I’m not talking about the guy who comes by and watches one of my big videos, leaves an insensitive comment, and I never hear from him again. I’m talking about those of you that watch every video I put out (even the ones with 300 views total) and leave meaningful comments. I want you to be a bigger part of my life and I hope to be a bigger part of yours.
That’s why I’m going to start a VLOG. This will be in addition to all the videos I normally do. So don’t worry, it won’t take the place of any of the bigger review or tips and tricks videos. These VLOGs will just be me and a camera talking about what’s going on with GLS. That might include giving you guys insight into future videos, asking you for your input and opinions on stuff, telling you about a new cool knife I picked up, taking you behind the scenes on some of the bigger shoots, or just bringing you along to some of the bigger happenings in my personal life. 2015 is a HUGE year for me. My fiance and I are getting married in August. We’re buying our first home. I’m releasing a book for Green Light Shooting. All sorts of crazy stuff that I want those of you who care to be a part of.
So I’m going to start posting at least 1 of these videos a week and if there’s more to say, I’ll post more. I don’t expect to get a lot of views on these videos and I’m fine with that. I just want you let those of you who care and that have supported me along the way into my world. I want you to get to know me on a more personal level and really feel like you’re involved with where GLS is headed.
Like I said, these won’t interfere with the normal videos so I’ll make sure to keep those coming. I’m actually putting together an official release schedule on when I’ll be releasing videos, blog posts, vlogs and more. That way, you guys will always be in the loop and it will help me to stick to a more regular schedule as well. I’ll put out a post with that schedule once I get it finalized.
Anyway, thanks again for sharing your time with me. I know the blog has been fairly slow to get going but I promise it’ll pick up. I’m still getting the hang of this.
As promised, Green Light has released 2 new Quick Tips this week for becoming a better shooter. First up, we have tip #2: taking up the slack.
If you’re new to shooting, you might not be familiar with this concept. I know I wasn’t when I first started. But it’s something that absolutely made me a better shooter.
When most beginners first shoot, they put their finger on the trigger and pull back. It’s as simple as that. The gun goes bang, they don’t know when it’s going bang, and they usually jerk the gun in response to the recoil. I think that, at one time or another, we’ve all been there. But there is a better way to manipulate the trigger.
On almost every gun out there (especially hand guns), you’ll have what’s called a “wall” in your trigger. Essentially, this means that if you pull back very slowly on the trigger, it will pull consistently and then all of a sudden, it will stop. To move it past this stopped point, you’ll have to apply a significant amount of pressure. As soon as the trigger breaks past that point, the gun will fire. That initial easy pull before the wall is called the “slack”. Therefore, the point of this tip is learning how to efficiently take out all of the slack, pause at the wall, then apply even and strong pressure for a clean trigger break.
So now that we understand what it means to take up the slack, why do we care? How does it help our shooting?
Taking out the slack and utilizing even pressure on the wall creates not only an even trigger pull, but it also creates a certain conscious intent on pulling the trigger. Rather than blindly pulling the trigger back with all your might every time, you’re caressing the trigger. It allows you to have complete control over when the gun is going to fire and where your trigger finger is going. When you’re afraid of the recoil and you’re anticipating it, you tend to “dip” the gun causing your shots to aim low. By utilizing this technique, you’re in charge of when the gun fires so you’re less likely to anticipate the recoil.
A great way to practice this is with dry firing. As always, make sure your gun can handle being dry fired. Almost all modern guns can, but if you’re unsure, check your owner’s manual or just do a simple google search. Clear your gun to make absolutely certain that it’s empty. Then cock your gun, and take up the slack. Once you’ve hit the wall, stay there for a second, then let off the trigger. Do that a few times until you’re certain you can feel where the wall is. Then once you’re comfortable with that, take the slack out, rest on the wall, and pull straight back on the trigger until it breaks. Do this a few more times and once you’ve got a good feel for it, concentrate on your muzzle. Get into a full shooting grip and stance, take the slack out, rest on the wall, and pull through. The most important thing to watch for here is that when you pull through, your muzzle doesn’t move. Practice that over and over. Then next time you’re at the range, do this same thing. Load the weapon, point it down range, take up the trigger slack, rest on the wall, then let off. Then, move to actually pulling through and firing the gun. Again, focus on not letting your muzzle move from it’s point of aim when you pull the trigger past the wall.
After a few times of doing this drill, I promise you will be a better shooter. This is also a great way to get to know different triggers. There are “heavier” and “lighter” triggers out there. That just means they require more or less pressure to move past the wall. Learn the sweet spot on your guns and learn what kinds of triggers you prefer.
Thanks for reading and watching. I hope this tip helped you out. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me using the contact tab above. We’ll see you on the next Green Light Quick Tip for How to Become a Better Shooter.
I know this is kind of a cheat for the first tip. I’ve already posted a video on each of these and I’ve already linked a video to Costa coaching on grip. But first off, my grip and stance videos are really old. And second, the Costa video is talking about fairly advanced techniques. I want to hone in on a really quick brush up on proper technique for grip and stance because without these, none of the other tips will matter.
This is truly the “learn to walk to before you run” tip. If you’re a new shooter, practice this grip and stance and perfect it before moving on. So let’s go into these a little bit deeper than the video explained so you an have a full understanding of this if you’re just starting out.
First off for grip: “Using your dominant hand, get a firm grasp on the gun. Push your hand up as high as you possibly can. On the back of a semi-auto gun, beneath the slide, there is usually a little plastic tail that protects the webbing of your hand from the slide. Push up as high into that as possible. The higher your hands are on the gun, the less recoil you’ll feel. Next, take your weak hand and wrap your fingers around the fingers of your dominant hand. So all four fingers of your weak hand should now be resting on the 4 fingers of your dominant. Now, you’re going to point both thumbs forward toward the muzzle. Your dominant thumb should rest on top of your weak thumb. This should also force the butt of your weak hand’s palm to fit on the grip of the gun right between your dominant palm and your fingers.” – Taken from Green Light Shooting’s Introduction to Firearms book which will be released in the coming months. You can also refer to the video for a visual representation of this technique.
For stance: “First, square your feet and your body up to the target. Set your feet about shoulder width apart. Bend your knees slightly in an athletic posture. You also want your hip to be bent slightly so you push forward with your upper body. You know that feeling when your hands are full of groceries and you just entered your house but you can’t shut the door so you stick your butt out to shut it? That’s how I learned to bend my hips. Stick your butt out like your hands are full and you need to shut a door. Next up, we want high shoulders so shrug those shoulders up slightly. I was always told to “roll your shoulders forward” as well. This helps with the next part. Stick your arms straight out. You don’t necessarily need them fully locked out but I usually hit about 95%. Now, if you raised your shoulders and rolled them forward enough, your elbows should now be pointed out. When I say “out”, I mean to your left and right, not down toward the ground. This helps to mitigate recoil. If your elbows are down, the recoil will travel up. If your elbows are out, the recoil will travel back. This is important because it helps to keep your sights on your target instead of losing it every time you pull the trigger.” – Again, this excerpt was taken from Green Light Shooting’s Introduction to Firearms book which will be for sale on Amazon’s E-Book section in the coming months.
Because of the nature of the Green Light Quick Tips videos, it’s hard for me to go into much detail. But, if you’re curious about the tip and want to learn more insight, watch the video first on YouTube, then head over here to the blog to learn a little more about the technique. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading! We’ll see you next week when we release two more videos on tips to becoming a better shooter.
Sorry for the absence of posts lately. I’ve been working hard on getting a new video series put together. I’m calling it the Green Light Quick Tips series.
This video series will be ongoing, but they’ll be categorized in chunks. For example, the first one I’m launching is going to Green Light Quick Tips for Becoming a Better Shooter. Essentially, I’m taking the top 10 things that made me a better shooter and turning that into a video series. I’m going to do one video per tip.
So what makes these different than all of the other tips and tricks videos I have? Well, most of my videos range between 4 and 10 minutes. That’s great when I’m talking about something in a lot of detail, but sometimes, you just want to get right to the point, learn something useful, and get on with your day. That’s exactly what I wanted to accomplish with these videos. I’m shooting to make them super rich with information all condensed into under 60 seconds. That’s right, so I’ll talk (really fast might I add) about the tip, then show a single quick close up of the tip in action. I want to cover what the tip is, how to do it, why it’s important, and show how it’s done.
Creating series with 10+ videos will allow me to churn out more content for you guys and release on a more regular and frequent basis. I plan to release at least 2 tip videos per week. Hopefully, that’s in addition to the regular one video per week I normally release. Of course, that means we’ll be posting the videos on YouTube but you can always get the inside scoop on our website here. I’ll post all of the tip videos here as well, but they’ll usually be accompanied with a written post that goes a little deeper into the tip. Something that I didn’t have time to say in the 60 second video but if you’re interested, it might add a little more insight into the tip and how I use it.
So as I said, the first series will be on becoming a better shooter. But I want to keep doing more and more tips series so if there is any other subjects that you guys would be interested in seeing these types of videos, please leave them in the comments below or send me an email at email@example.com. I’m super excited to dive into these! I’ll have a video announcing this on YouTube in the next few days as well as the first tip. Following that, I plan to release the tip videos on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Thanks for the support! I’m excited to see if you guys like these!
So about a week ago, I talked about a new type of ammunition I have been shooting. They’re called 9MM Chubbies and they’re manufactured by Stand 1 Armory. Everything I’ve posted thus far about the round has been aimed at newer shooters. This post will hopefully bring a little more light to the intermediate and advanced shooters who are looking for a new 3 gun competition round.
Before we begin, The short post I mentioned earlier about how this round would be a perfect alternative for a newer shooters can be found on this blog and the video we made to go along with that can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=533B__H1YdI
So while that’s an awesome perk of the round, it’s not exactly why it was engineered in the first place. You see, at it’s core, the Stand 1 Armory 9mm Chubby round was designed as a high mass, low recoil round that would give competition shooters a big edge.
The bullet itself is a 147 grain projectile. Why go with 147 grain over 115? It’s simple. It needs to knock down steel plates at distance if it’s going to be a competition round. But where the lower recoil comes into play is the powder charge. It’s a -P load which means there is less powder but it’s also a different kind of powder. This powder is specific to Stand 1 Armory and they perfected it to be exactly where they need in order to reliably cycle damn near every gun but also keep the recoil as manageable as possible. The final caveat is that these loads also make minor power factor in USPSA or IDPA competitions.
In fact, on their website, they claim that the Chubby round has 35% less felt recoil than their standard 147 grain subsonic rounds. That’s a pretty bold statement. Even more bold, they say that it will reliably cycle virtually every 9mm firearm. So of course I had to put these things to the test.
I used a Smith & Wesson M&P Pro 9mm handgun and ran 3 full magazines through the gun. It’s not a lot, but it was enough to really get a feel for the ammo. I shot steel, I shot a USPSA mockup course, and I shot bullseye paper. I will tell you, this ammunition was… amazing. The felt recoil was absolutely noticeably lessened. In fact, by the end of my shooting time, I was getting to the point where I wasn’t losing my sight picture hardly at all. A few solid competition shooting fundamentals and this ammo can make for a very scared A-Zone.
Beyond just the recoil, I had zero malfunctions. Not once did I have any issues with the ammunition not cycling the slide or any failures whatsoever. Now granted, my gun is through the “break-in” stage and I have been shooting for a while. But it should be said that (as with any -P ammunition), without proper handgun fundamentals, you may experience issues with the ammo. If you get this ammunition, or any low powder ammunition for that matter, and you experience issues, please check your shooting fundamentals first before thinking the ammunition is bad. If you have any questions about grip or stance, we have some awesome videos on our channel at youtube.com/greenlightshooting.
So there you have it, my take on the Stand 1 Armory 9mm Chubbies. I loved these rounds. I will absolutely use them in my next USPSA match (which I’ll by sure to make a video and post about) and I’ll always make sure to have a few on hand for my fiance to shoot as well. But don’t take my word for it. Check out Stand 1 Armory’s website and order up some of your own. If you do, don’t forget to let us know how they work for you in the comments below.
You can find more information on the 9mm Chubbies here: http://www.stand1armory.com/store/p15/9MM_147gr_-P_%27CHUBBIES%27_REDUCED_RECOIL_FOR_3_GUN_%28MINOR_POWER_FACTOR%29.html
To keep with the theme of all of the concealed carry stuff I’ve been posting, I decided to link to this video comparing the XD-S and the Shield by Hickock45.
I included both of these guns in my Top 3 Concealed Carry Choices Under $600 video but I still get quite a few questions on both of them and people wondering what one is best for them.
Hickock45 does a great job as always explaining the ins and outs of each guns in a carry scenario. His videos are a bit long winded for me but I’m probably not his target market. If you’re getting ready to drop between $350 and $500 on a new gun, especially if it’s your first concealed carry gun, you want to know all the information you can. That’s where videos like this really come in handy.
As you guys know, I personally carry the Springfield XD-S in 45ACP. This video is comparing the 9mm version of each gun. I will say that my .45 is a touch on the ‘too snappy’ side. That is, at least for training on the range. I love the ballistic power of that cartridge but it really does start to wear on you practicing at the range. So a 9mm might be the perfect fit to bridge the gap.
I like how he delves into measuring every part of the gun as well. When you’re carrying a gun on your hip all day, from standing and walking, to sitting in a car or eating lunch, you really don’t want to be worried about if the gun is showing or if it’s poking into your side or whatever. I know that’s something I personally worry about from time to time. If I’m not wearing a big hoodie or jacket, I’m always concerned it my shirt is riding up or if the imprint from the gun can be seen. I think the Shield might have the edge in terms of sheer concealability. With that being said, I think the XD-S has better ergonomics (at least for my hand), and I prefer the grip safety over the manual thumb safety on the Shield.
Like Hickock says, there are tons of things you can say about each gun but at the end of the day, they’re both excellent concealed carry guns. You really can’t go wrong either way, it’s just a matter of personal preference. So, like I always say, get out and shoot them both. See what feels best in your hand, what feels best in a holster, what gun is easier to draw, etc. Then, come back here and let us know your thoughts on which gun is better for you.
Thanks for reading. We’ll catch ya on the next post here on Green Light Shooting.
Recently, I’ve been testing out a bunch of different factory 9mm rounds to see if I could tell a difference between reliability, accuracy, and recoil. I found some interesting things, but above all, I found a specific 9mm round that I just had to share. It’s called the 9mm Chubbie and it’s manufactured by Stand 1 Armory.
Stand 1 Armory is an ammo manufacturer out of Texas. They specialize in really high quality, hand inspected ammunition. I saw on their website that they produced this unique -P 9mm ammunition and just had to give it a try. I was really curious to try it out for 2 reasons.
First, the ammunition is actually manufactured specifically for competition shooting and I shoot USPSA matches from time to time so I thought this could give me an excellent edge.
But second, and this is almost more important to me, I wanted a 9mm round that had low enough recoil (but was still reliable enough) that my fiance could shoot it with no problems. She is a great shooter but she has only been shooting a handful of times and anything bigger than her Ruger SR22 still make her a little uneasy. Beyond just the recoil, I wanted to ensure that this round would cycle my gun every single time because there is nothing worse for a new shooter than a gun consistently jamming up.
So, I took my fiance to the range the other day and we tested out this -P ammunition. She was extremely nervous starting out. Like, to the point of wanting to leave before even taking the first shot. But after her first magazine, she was seriously jumping up and down with joy. She was ecstatic to be back at the range and shooting a full size handgun. This ammo absolutely helped to calm her nerves and by the end, it was all I could do get her to leave the range.
We’re releasing the full video of our trip to the range in just a few days so make sure not to miss it. Tricia (my fiance) is going to go over how she felt about shooting the -P ammunition in comparison to shooting the regular 9mm. She’s also going to show you her groups on the targets with each style.
This will be a great video for you if you have someone who is still learning to shoot or if you yourself are still trying to work up the full recoil of certain guns. Once this video airs, I’ll also do a more in depth post on the video, the ammunition, and what I personally thought while shooting it.
Make sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel at youtube.com/greenlightshooting so you don’t miss the video, then head back over here to see the full read up and review on Stand 1 Armory’s 9mm Chubbie ammunition.
For more information on Stand 1 Armory and their 9mm Chubbie ammunition, check out their website at www.stand1armory.com. If you have any specific questions, don’t hesitate to contact their customer support team. Every opportunity I’ve had to speak with them has been a super positive experience.
When you’re starting out in concealed carry, it’s a little overwhelming. Not only are you worrying about the new responsibilities of carrying concealed and all the different gun choices, but you also have to think about how you’re going to carry it.
I’m writing this post specifically for males because I’ve been there and I know what worked and what didn’t work for me. Some of these options may work for females as well, but because of the difference in clothing, we plan to do another post just for women’s concealed carry.
So what kinds of options are out there for guys? I think the most common choices are: inside the waistband holster, outside the waistband holster, shoulder holster, ankle holster, and pocket holster. Of course there are other ways to carry, but from working in a gun store for a few years, these always seemed to be the most common choices.
So let’s break each one these down slightly and I’ll let you in on some of the pros and cons I’ve noticed with each one.
Inside the Waistband Holster – This is quite possibly the most common and easiest way to carry for guys. This is the way I personally choose to carry. Essentially, it’s a holster that fits between the top of your pants and your underwear. There is usually a clip that fits over the top of your pants and may even hook onto your belt. This secures the holster from moving around. There are tons of different styles of holsters. There are leather, kydex (kind of like a hard plastic), cross breed, and a few others. I personally like the leather/suede styles because they seem to fit the most comfortably. But once you’ve decided on the material and holster, then you have to decide where you want to position the holster. This just takes some playing around and getting used to. Some people like it in the front of their pants. Some like it on their lower back. Some like it on their hip. I personally have my holster situated barely behind my right hip bone. It’s far enough forward that I can draw pretty easily, but it’s comfortable to walk, run and sit with. — A little tip if you’re wanting to carry it in the small of your back. Get the opposite handed holster. So if you’re a right hander, get a left handed holster. This way, it’s natural to draw with your right hand. — One last tip, make sure you test sitting with the holster that you want. This is where I’ve found the most discomfort with holsters. You want to be able to sit naturally and for long periods of time if necessary in case you’re in a car or something.
Outside the Waistband Holster – This is a less common carry option but there are people who love it. This works especially well if you wear a suit jacket or even a baggy coat or top. This is almost always carried on the dominant hip with the clothing or jacket draped over to conceal it. There are a lot of options for material but the two most common I would say would probably be the kydex style or a nylon style. The nylon ones allow for a “pancake” shape. This keeps the gun’s profile slim and close to the body. The downside is, it doesn’t hold it’s shape and it tends to bounce around a little more. You’ll usually want some sort of retention on outside the waistband holsters as well since the gun is more exposed. Generally this can be something as simple as a strap that goes over the gun’s grip and buttons closed. On the kydex style, there may be a button or a certain movement that unlocks the gun. This is a very comfortable way to carry the gun but it’s one of the harder ways to actually keep it concealed.
Shoulder Holster – These holsters fit on a strap that you wear around your shoulders. Most of them fit on like backpack straps and then have the holster on the weak side of your body. This is a very comfortable holster style to wear but it’s very difficult to conceal in the everyday world unless you wear a suit jacket consistently. These are usually nylon or leather. They also usually have a button style release on the holster. A nice option is that some of them allow you to carry additional magazines and accessories on the other side of the shoulder strap.
Ankle Holster – This is one of the most commonly sought after holsters. I think it’s because most beginners think it is the most comfortable, out of the way option to carry concealed. While that may be true, it’s still somewhat awkward. Generally, it’s made of nylon and secured with velcro around your ankle. Obviously, the smaller the gun, the easier and more comfortable it will be to carry on your ankle. So on the plus side, it can be comfortable and it can be something that’s out of the way completely. On the down side, you can only carry a very small gun and drawing from it can be extremely awkward. You can’t lift your leg off the ground and draw from it. You have to physically bend over to reach the gun. This doesn’t seem like an ideal situation to me. I think the only time I could rationalize an ankle holster would be if it were for a backup weapon. There are many people who like to carry two guns. Usually they have one bigger one on their hip, and small, micro-carry on their ankle for backup. Other than that, it just doesn’t make sense.
Pocket Holster – Pocket holsters are certainly designed for a specific style of gun. Most importantly, the gun needs to fit in your pocket. Pocket holsters are usually made of something light and thin like nylon. You simply put the gun in the pouch and put the pouch in your pocket. There are usually no clips or anything. However, on some models, I have seen a stickier exterior on the holster so that when you draw the gun from the holster, the holster stays in your pocket. Pocket holsters are awesome because they’re extremely comfortable and easy to draw from. The only reservation I have with them is again, they only allow for a really small gun. They also take up some valuable pocket space.
So there you have it. A quick and dirty rundown of (what I think) are the most popular styles of holsters for male concealed carry. Hopefully those gave you a little more insight and at least narrowed down the playing field for you.
We’ll do a future post on individual holsters and the benefits of each style of material but for now, this should get you going. If you have any questions or feedback, leave them in the comments below. Let us know what you’re favorite way to carry is.