Ends and Pieces

Not a lot of coherency here, but I’m just going throw a few random ideas at the wall and see if anything sticks.

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At Rocky Mountain 3 Gun this year, I had a couple of startling realizations. I was more out of shape than I thought, and had put on a lot of weight. The first realization hit me after completing the last 1/3 of a stage that involved running flat-out up a gully, engaging targets with a handgun along the way. After completing the stage, I was pretty much bent over and out of breath. The second realization came when watching the video footage that had been shot of my course runs (as well as the AK video.) They say the camera adds ten pounds, not so sure it adds twenty five or so.

After the match was over, and at the urging of my noticeably-less-winded co-blogger, I joined a local Crossfit gym.

Frankly, this has been about the best thing I’ve done for myself in years. The exercise regimens are somewhat difficult to describe, as Crossfit’s purpose is to help with strength, stamina, and flexibility, so the workouts tend to be much more varied than a typical regimen.

They’re also flat-out ass-kickers. Which sucks while you’re doing them, but has a couple of added benefits. Due to some of these workouts, I’ve completed exercises I would never have attempted on my own, and the workouts tend to be fairly short in duration, often times under an hour.

In the time since I’ve started Crossfitting, I’ve dropped a significant amount of body fat, and have gained a noticeable amount of muscle mass. For shooting, this has translated into my being able to more quickly navigate a course of fire, run more quickly, and get into and out of positions like sitting and prone faster than in the past.

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I need to figure out a way to work regular dry-fire practice into my schedule. This is one of the things that I really have a tendency to slack on, and I’m not sure why. Any tips on setting up a regimen and sticking to it would be greatly appreciated.

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In talking to some of the old hands about the now defunct Soldier of Fortune matches, there seems to be a lot of nostalgia for them. It seems like SoF was to competitive shooting what the 1960’s were to Rock and Roll; a high-water mark punctuated by a lot of talented people experimenting with new ideas and coming up with some pretty cool stuff. It strikes me as odd that there’s not really a written history of the SoF matches available anywhere.

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That’s about all I’ve got for now. Nothing terribly earth-shattering, and to make up for my ramblings, here’s some gun pr0n:

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