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What is good equipment?


There is no shortage of vendors for firearms, firearm accessories, and supplemental gear all touted as giving you the “edge” in your shooting endeavor. Do you want to shoot faster? Then someone has a trigger kit to sell you. Do you want to shoot more accurately? Someone has a new optic or set of sights to sell you. Want to run faster, jump higher, or stretch farther? Then someone has a pair of pants, a shirt, tactical socks, sunglasses, ball cap, and probably tactical boots to sell. Clearly, American capitalism gives us all a chance to make a buck and that’s amazing. But as a shooter, it’s important not to confuse having increased your shooting abilities by spending to increase the quantity or quality of your gear.

The shooter shoots

But what is good equipment? For over 30 years, Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy has been a shooting laboratory, and its instructors shooting researchers who are masters in their field. In that time the data shows that good equipment is gear that gets out of the shooter’s way so their firing stroke can progress uninterrupted. The preferred handgun at TPA is the Glock 19, for no other reason than it is an uncomplicated handgun with no extra buttons that get in the way. For the bolt rifle, we like to see large target turrets with the numbers printed on the exterior so a student doesn’t have to break their hold to make elevation and windage adjustment. New students are encouraged to come as they are, and if they do not have a firearm one is available from the school in a configuration that makes learning the firing stroke for a given weapon system easy to obtain because the gun isn’t getting in the way. The key to remember is that good shooting comes from the shooter, not the firearm.

Call Josh Duhon today at (214) 663-3910 to schedule training and discover how good shooting comes from the shooter and not their equipment.