SC Section 2022 Wrapup

Ben BerryBlog, Match Debrief

Going into this match, my expectations were pretty low. Despite the weather turning nice recently, I had been sidelined from practicing or dry firing by a hand injury until about two weeks before the match. That said, in retrospect, I had the advantage of not having really changed my gear setup in years, so everything was very familiar. Boring does occasionally have its upsides. Going into the match, I was particularly worried about fumbling mags on reloads from further back on the belt, but that ended up being a non-issue. The one new piece of gear for this match was … Read More

Sir Walter October 2021 Wrapup

Ben BerryBlog

Now that the NC Section is done, I got to picking up my Tanfoglio Stock 2s that had been gathering dust while I spent some time with the Glock 17 in Carry Optics. (Don’t worry, I have a post coming with my thoughts on the experience and how it changed my game even coming back to the iron sight guns.) You might think I was itching to go back to the heavy steel guns after the punishing 9mm recoil in a twenty-something ounce Glock. But the reality is, the main thing I noticed coming back was just how much more … Read More

My Recommendations To The Incoming USPSA President

Ben BerryBlog

I’m publishing this post the night before the Board meets to vote whether to remove Mike Foley as USPSA President. I’m assuming (and hoping) they get the votes required to do that. By my reading of the bylaws, the Vice President will be acting President until an election can be held to fill the position for the remainder of the current term through the end of 2023. The number of people talking about running is truly wild, but we will see who actually puts their name in and how the election shakes out. This article is my best effort to … Read More

2021 Locap Nationals Wrapup

Ben BerryBlog

So, the second weekend of May has come and gone, and with it Nationals for Production, Single Stack, Revolver, and Limited 10. Timing First, the match was Mother’s Day weekend. You can say it’s a greeting card holiday sure, but this was just such an unforced error. A week earlier or a week later wouldn’t have worked? You don’t schedule matches on the weekend of major holidays if you can avoid it, and minor ones should be avoided where possible. Of course, the problem is they have to find three different weeks on the calendar for three different Nationals this … Read More

#40: USPSA Nationals 2018, Part 2

Ben BerryPodcast

This week on the podcast, I continue the discussion about USPSA Factory Gun Nationals. I talk about how well the match flowed, what I thought of the stages, why I liked the prize table this year, and give some early conclusions of my performance.

#39: USPSA Nationals 2018

Ben BerryPodcast

This week on the podcast, live from the hotel room the night before the final day of Production Nationals, I talk about how things have changed in the last year, and what I’m looking to get out of shooting Nationals this year.

#35: Changing Guns

Ben BerryPodcast

This week on the podcast, on the two year anniversary of switching to shoot a Tanfoglio, I look back on the different Production guns I’ve shot over my career and talk about what I learned from each one, and what I like about what I have now.

#32: Sir Walter USPSA: September 2018

Ben BerryPodcast

This week on the podcast, I talk about the recent match at Sir Walter USPSA, and review my performance on the stages before the rain caused us to have to end the match early.

#31: Process of Practice, Part 2

Ben BerryPodcast

On this episode, I follow up on Episode 27 and continue my discussion of live fire and dry fire practice. I talk about having a plan for practice but being willing to improvise, why you should do fewer things in practice, and how expectations and complexity can make a practice session unproductive and frustrating.

#30: Q&A: Stage Planning and Seeing Changes in Practice

Ben BerryPodcast

This week on the podcast, I answer a couple listener questions. The first about stage planning with 10 rounds, and the second about how long to expect to see changes from practice. I also talk about the idea that “the procedure is not the drill” and how to apply it to your practice.

#28: Production 15

Ben BerryPodcast

This week on the podcast, I talk about the August 2018 Sir Walter match that I shot last weekend, what I thought of the stages and how I thought I did. I also give a recap of my time shooting 15-round Production (registering Limited minor) in USPSA to ramp up to IPSC Nationals.

#26: IPSC Nationals, Part 2

Ben BerryPodcast

This week on the podcast, I talk about US IPSC Nationals, why I am interested in shooting it, some interesting aspects of the IPSC stage breakdown, and give some thoughts on the similarity of Production and Standard under IPSC rules.

#21: Q&A

Ben BerryPodcast

This week on the podcast, I answer listener questions about Production 15, IPSC stage design, where to look when you’re moving, and how to deal with the pressure to do well at major matches.

#20: IPSC Nationals Prep

Ben BerryPodcast

This week on the podcast, I talk about switching my gear over to prepare for IPSC Nationals, shooting Production 15 in club matches, and what I’m focusing on training leading up to the match.

#17: Lightning Round

Ben BerryPodcast

This week on the podcast, I give a few updates or errata to previous episodes: #16: Hot Summer Matches, #11: Peak, #13: Origin Story, and #8: The Value of Outlaw Matches. I then cover three quick topics that can’t quite justify a full show on their own: the downside of shooting your first match with a national champ, PCC fits better in USPSA than 3 gun, and Always Video Everything.

#14: Major Match Prep

Ben BerryPodcast

This week on the podcast, I talk about what I’ve been doing to prepare for the upcoming 2018 South Carolina Section match, my first major match of the season. I talk about the minor gun maintenance I’m doing, my mindset going in to the match, and how I’m defining success for the match separate from the ultimate finish.

#9: 2018 Production Changes

Ben BerryPodcast

This week on the podcast, I talk about the series of events leading up to the changes to the USPSA Production rules that take effect in May 2018. I talk about some of the things that changed and why I see this as a positive step forward for the sport.

#3: Gear Changes in 2017

Ben BerryPodcast

Short Course Podcast-003-Gear Changes in 2017

On this episode of Short Course, I talk about a few gear changes I made in 2017, what I liked and disliked about the old gear, and what pushed me over the edge to change to something else. The items covered include my magazine pouches, Tanfoglio grip panels, bullet weight and profile, hat camera, and the biggest change of the year: switching guns. If you want to get future episodes automatically, subscribe to the podcast feed.

#1: Intro & Setting Goals

Ben BerryPodcast

Short Course Podcast-001-Intro & Setting Goals

On the first episode of Short Course, I briefly introduce myself as a shooter, and kick things off with a discussion of goals. I talk about setting a goal to make GM in 2017, failing to meet the goal, what I learned from it, and how I think about goals today. If you want to get future episodes automatically, subscribe to the podcast feed.

Changing Direction

Ben BerryBlog

Ben Stoeger Practical Shooting Fundamentals Class - Oxford, NC

One of the things that I’ve been thinking about since making GM is the past, or particularly, my past. I shot my first match 8 years ago, an indoor IDPA match with a borrowed 1911. I originally classified as SSP Novice. I joined USPSA four years ago, and initially classified as Production C. What’s interesting is that none of those really matter. How bad I was to start doesn’t really matter. That I started in IDPA doesn’t really matter. My past only matters insofar as it gives me knowledge and experience to help me make decisions today. But I don’t … Read More