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Episode 51 – Competition vs Self Defense

The proverbial comparison. The instigator of many rule arguments and interpretations. Shooting games like USPSA and IDPA were originally created to simulate real-world self defense scenarios but have changed dramatically to take into account safety and consistency. So the question we get most of the time is, does participating in USPSA or IDPA help with Self Defense skills?

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  1. Does Warner Bro’s know about your background? Good episode.

  2. Thanks for the great show on defnse/comp! part 2 soon? (youtube stops while you are talking) The learning of draw/aim/shoot/clear/reload & the reinforcement of the 4 rules, HAS to trump any “bad habbits” picked up in comp. Would a dedictaed sim-round training regiment be better for defense? Sure, but I can’t afford it & it’s not anywhere near my house anyway. Doing action shoots (just did my intro class!) will have to do… along with 20 years of comp paintball (which I hear will also get me killed). Thanks again guys!

    Oh yeah, i would love to see a show on your favorite stages. Maybe also the most common ones, and your dream stages, and how you shot (would shoot) them.

  3. Great episode.

    Need more like it… Keep it up!

  4. I don’t know about anyone else, but the heightened awareness I get from matches where I am acutely aware and focus on all the loaded guns around me will probably do me more good in avoiding a confrontation than the skill boost I get from the practice if I DO get in an armed confrontation. My first strategy for dealing with an armed encounter, and the one I practice hardest and most, is *don’t be there.* Example, I can now tell pretty much right away if someone comes “hot” into a cold range. I determine right-damn-now if I am on a hot range who to keep an eye on and who I can probably trust as safe to handle their loaded firearm.

    • Quantstuff – You are absolutely right, that heightened awareness of what’s going on around you is a side benefit of competition shooting. One thing that I’ve noticed, is that because I wear conventional ear muffs when I shoot, and can’t hear a lot of what’s going on around me, I’m constantly looking around to make sure I’m not going to bump into someone I might have otherwise heard. When I’m walking down the sidewalk, I never “change lanes” without glancing over my shoulder, or if I’m walking with my wife and she suddenly stops, to look in a store window, or pet a dog, I always swivel my head around to see if someone is going to run into us, and I think that is a direct byproduct of having to watch for things that I can’t hear when I’m shooting.
      I’ve never shot on a hot range, but have experienced a “wam range”, in which everyone loads together at the firing line before the first shot is fired, and nobody is allowed to leave the bay with a loaded gun. While I’m sure the intent is to save time, trying to keep track of who’s loaded, etc., seemed like more trouble than the exercise was worth.


  5. Leave out the BEER and I’ll take the discussion more seriously.

    • BC,

      I’m sorry that adults enjoying alcohol responsibly offends you. Perhaps the internet isn’t the place for you.


  6. Drinking beer and holding a so-called intelligent never go hand in hand. Alcohol does reduce the legitimacy of a conversation to a bunch of Good ol boys” jaw jacking! I do have to wonder if you would have made that comment to the persons face to face.
    If you answered yes, then maybe the Internet is the only place you!
    If you answered No, then practice the same level of civility here!

  7. whats up with the shoulder rigs?

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