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Preparing for Gun Competitions

Gun competitions test the participants weapons handling abilities in a number of ways. For example, they test their accuracy and draw speed while moving and running. Therefore, these competitions require specialized equipment and supplies, such as competition holsters, ammunition, specialized clothing and gear.

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Because speed and accuracy are tested during competitions, speed holsters are necessary accessories for competitors. These holsters fit the firearm exactly and allow for easy draw. Most competitors choose holsters made for their specific weapon’s make and model. These holsters will also offer adjustable retention because different events require different retention capabilities. For example, events that require a lot of running may require higher retention, while standing fast-draw competitions require a lower retention level.


Gun competitions require multiple shots for each weapon that is being used. Therefore, participants should have at least 25 rounds for each of their weapons and each state of the competition. Many competitors add extra ammo (15-20% more) in case their shots are off.  


Competition clothing should be breathable and stretch as you run, twist and move around the competition. The fabric should be moisture wicking and snag resistant. Each participant should have a shooting jacket, pants, gloves and belts. They must also have proper shoes. They should have non slip soles with a significant tread pattern. They should tie tightly and allow quick stops and starts. 


First, competitors should have range bags with cleaning kits and lubricating oil. A range bag may also hold quick snacks and water or Gatorade in a small foam cooler to ensure hydration. They may also include safety gear, such as a first aid kit, ear plugs, wrap-around eye protection, a flag and knee and elbow pads.

Some courses have specific requirements, so be sure you check with the competition sponsors prior to packing your gear.

Essential Snowboarding Gear for Cheap

A foray into snowboarding can at first seem like an extremely expensive undertaking. A proper snowboarding trip requires a large amount of equipment and safety gear, from the board itself to boots, clothing and storage materials. But with the proper shopping habits and research a snowboarder of any skill level can put together a respectable collection of the essential gear.

Firstly, a rider is nothing without a good snowboard. It is the key piece to any trip down the mountain and usually the primary expense. A well-crafted board can cost hundreds of dollars but that’s money well spent when considering the features of such a board. The Bataleon snowboard is one of the more well-made on the market today. The company uses patented board shapes that feature two sets of curvatures at the ends and around the corners of the board. It flies down the mountain at amazing speeds all while maintaining precise control without digging into the snow and throwing the rider.

Such a finely crafted board deserves to be kept out of harm’s way when not in use. A good snowboard bag will not only keep the board safe from the elements but it allows the rider to carry other gear as well. Investing in a cheap snowboard bag is a small price to pay for knowing that your board cannot get scratched, chipped or damaged in any way between trips. And with the added gear needed for such a high-speed board a good place to carry it all well be welcome.

Some of that gear is essential when ripping down the mountain at high speeds on such a precise, advanced board. The proper boots are necessary to keep the rider both comfortable and secure in their bindings on the board. These can be a big expense but by finding a snowboard boot sale many top pairs can be had for deep discounts. With the low price buyers will still get well-insulated snug-fitting boots that will keep feet dry and warm even in the event of a fall. And since that’s such a common danger on fast boards a pair of snowboarding goggles is also essential. These keep snow, wind and debris out of the face and eyes at all times so as to avoid injury. It’s a primary piece of safety gear recommended for any level of snowboarder. Like the other items they can be found for cheap when looking in the right areas, and doing so will get that snowboarding trip started even quicker and for less money than most people usually assume.