Keep your belt up.

Ever had so much shooting gear on your outer belt that it wouldn’t stay attached to the inner belt? Well here’s the solution for you. Velcro!!! That’s right, the same stuff that holds the two belts together. All you need is some extra Velcro and a little time. Let’s get started.

First thing you need is a inner/outer competition belt that is overfull and needs some help. This could be a Blade Tech, CR Speed, Double Alpha or any other brand. Next buy this

Or something like it online, at your local hardware store or fabric store. I like the 2″ rolls for extra coverage.

Once you have your Velcro, apply to the inside of the problem areas, mainly holster or mag pouches. Be sure to clean the area before applying Velcro, then let it sit overnight if possible. This allows the adhesive to set and produces a much stronger backer.

This method keeps everything where it’s supposed to be and allows you to focus on shooting.


Best slide mounted optic for Carry and Competition.

best slide mounted red dot optic for any carry or competition gun.

If you’re in the market for the best optic for your concealed carry or competition pistol, look no farther than the Leupold Delta Point Pro Reflex Dot Sight ( 2.5 MOA Dot)

With close to a dozen quality red dots on the market today, Leupold stands out for having quick and easy battery changes, clear glass quality, a reputation for being extremely durable, along with great customer service.

It was the most used optic this year at the USPSA Carry Optic Nationals and for good reason. Not every red dot is strong enough to hold up to the pounding of constant slide movement and I don’t recall seeing any Deltapoint Pro’s fail at nationals.

If you have any questions about this sight or competition in general feel free to leave a comment.

Open Guns. 9mm or 38 Supercomp?

pros and cons of 38 supercomp vs 9mm major when building a open gun for competition.

I’ve been asked what caliber Open gun would be best for USPSA/IPSC competition a lot this past month. It’s something I’ve had to research a great deal lately because of the Open build Mclearn Custom did for me last month. Caliber is the number one question when building a major open gun and deserves careful consideration.

The two main options nowadays are either 9mm major or 38 supercomp. Both have pros and cons and both are good options. I want back and forth for a long time deciding


                                                                     PROS & CONS


  • 38 Supercomp Pros:
  1. Softer shooting
  2. 10 plus reloads per case
  3. More consistent ejection
  4. Many powder options
  5. Able to use standard upright C-more with large viewing area.
  • 38 Supercomp Cons:
  1. Expensive initial investment “Starline Brass”
  2. Losing brass at major matches that are lost brass matches
  3. Having to pickup brass all the time

  • 9mm Major Pros:
  1. Little to no initial investment
  2. Don’t worry about retrieving all your brass
  3. Major matches don’t cost any extra because of lost brass
  • 9mm Major Cons:
  1. Erratic ejection because of mixed headstamps
  2. Unreliable with upright mounted C-mores “because of #1”
  3. Snappy compared to Supercomp
  4. limited powder choices when making major
  5. short brass life “2-3 reloads max”
  6. Need to use micro dot sight or side mounted C-more


I originally wanted to run 9mm and not change my reloading setup or worry about picking up brass like a crazy person. It was a struggle, on the one hand 9mm brass is cheap and easy but I really wanted to run a standard C-more mounted upright, any chance of a malfunction is not an option at nationals level matches. I had to take a deep look at what my goal for the pistol would be. Winning was that goal and after going round and round I finally decided that the extra initial cost of 38 Supercomp would put me in a better position to perform at my best.


Here’s a picture of the completed open gun by Mclearn Custom



Armalite 3 Man 3 Gun Championship

Held in Topton PA, the Armalite 3 Man 3 Gun Championship attracted almost every top 3 gun shooter in the United States with over 100 3 man teams competing for the top spot. I had the opportunity to compete with Todd Jarrett and Brian Nelson as my teammates in this challenging yet incredibly fun team match.

The 8 stages were a mix of relay style shooting and massive group stages. The match used one day format that was tough on the shooters towards the end of the day, but rewarding because of how quickly you could get in and out.

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Weather was a cool 90 Degrees and 95% Humidity which you’d think coming from 115F in Arizona would be easy, but no! at about 10AM everyone was drenched in sweat, but the tress, cloud cover and breeze made it bearable.



All Shot gun group stage
Pistol Shotgun Rifle relay stage


Relaxing between stages







Huge thank you to Taran Tactical Innovations for setting up the team and making it possible for us to compete in the match.  I used a TTI Glock 34 pistol,  24″ TTI Benelli M2 Shotgun and a 16″ TTI TR-1 Ultimate rifle. All my pistol ammo was reloaded 9mm with 124gr Berry’s Bullets while my rifle was ASYM Ammo 55gr Range Training ammunition.



We started off a few seconds back because of a foot fault penalty but took the lead on the second stage of the day, we maintained the lead until the last stage where a tactical mistake cost us dearly. After the dust settled, Team Taran Tactical won 3 of the 8 stages and placed 4th over all.

       Team Taran Tactical Innovations, Nils Jonasson, Todd Jarrett and Brian Nelson.         Photo credit Paul Begovich.

Look for Video on my YouTube soon.