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How to Be a Better Shooter – GLQT #2 – Take Up the Slack

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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.

How to Be a Better Shooter – GLQT # 1 – Perfect Your Grip and Stance

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 greenlightshooting@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading! We’ll see you next week when we release two more videos on tips to becoming a better shooter.

New Video Series Coming! – Green Light Quick Tips

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 greenlightshooting@gmail.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!

9MM Chubbies – Competition Low Recoil Ammo

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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

 

 

Smith & Wesson Shield VS Springfield XD-S

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.

Low Recoil 9mm Ammo

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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.