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In continuation of last month’s lesson, we can take that muscle-memory to the next level and start the “cool guy” double tap.  If you missed last month’s article read it first here:  The double-tap is actually a useful tool in competitions and for self-defense.  Competitors are scored on a mix of time and accuracy with the option in many divisions to either land one great shot or two good shots.  When ammo conservation is of no concern it’s often quicker to fire two rapid shots and move on than to slow down for a perfectly-aimed shot.  In self-defense ammo conservation is often more important, but multiple hits offer better insurance of neutralizing the threat. 

Now that we understand the why let’s get to the how.  There are actually two types of double-taps.  The first is what we see in all of the movies and is faster, but less accurate.  We’ll refer to is as a “hammer”.  The second takes a bit more time but offers better accuracy and is referred to as a “controlled pair”.  The difference is in aiming.  With a Hammer, we aim once and squeeze the trigger twice quickly.  For a Controlled Pair, we trap the trigger to the rear while getting back on target and fire again as soon as we have a flash of a good sight picture.  As the name implies the controlled pair offers us a lot more control and so is usable at longer ranges and offer the chance to not fire a second shot should the need arise. 

In competition, in self-defense, or having fun on the range these are practical skills to develop and practicing them will increase your skills as a shooter regardless of what you use them for.  After getting comfortable with the basics challenge yourself by testing your skills at different ranges.  Begin at 5 yards and work the target farther and farther away in two-yard increments.  Find your natural limit to the effectiveness of hammering and try to push that limit while maintain what you consider acceptable accuracy for your application.  Remember “aim small, miss small!”  Double-taps are not a race but rather a specific skill set.  Firearms with shorter, crisper resets make it easier, but this can be performed with any semi-automatic firearm.


“Graham Baates” is a pen name used by a 15-year active Army veteran who spent most of his time in the tactical side of the Intelligence community including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Post-Army Graham spent some time in the 3-Gun circuit before becoming a full-time NRA Certified defensive handgun instructor and now works as an industry writer while curating a YouTube channel and blog on the side. Visit Graham on Youtube .




Congratulations Katilyn Koenig for placing High Above All at the USAYESS Jr. Clay Target Western Regional Championship!
Sporting Clays 91/100
Skeet 94/100
Trap 89/100
Impressive shooting young lady!! Thank you for representing Fiocchi of America so well!



The NSSF Rimfire Challenge is designed to provide a fun gateway into the world of competitive shooting. The sport utilizes steel targets and .22 rimfire rifles and pistols. A rifle and a pistol are both required to compete. 

.22 rimfire rifles, pistols, and ammunition makes entry into the sport inexpensive. .22 rimfire rifles and pistols are some of the most commonly owned firearms in the United States. .22 Long Rifle cartridges are the least expensive cartridges on the market.  In the rimfire challenge, any commercially available .22 LR ammunition can be used.  Fiocchi ammunition is often chosen for its reliability and accuracy.

The rimfire challenge is designed to be both safe and appealing to competitors and spectators. The action is fast and easy to follow. A distinct “Ping” is heard when the target is hit. Targets are spray painted white for each competitor, so hits are easy to see.

Eye and ear protection is required to be  used by all participants, spectators and range workers.

The Rimfire Competition was developed with safety in mind.  A course consists of at least 5 plates, and no more than 7 plates. Courses are  completed without having to reload. As shooters run the course, they receive immediate feedback as to whether they have hit the targets or not.

Holsters are not allowed in this competition.  This helps keep the price of entry low, and the emphasis on shooting instead of drawing.  The courses are a challenge to shooters of all ages.

There are two basic categories, "Open" and "Limited". In the open category, pistols or revolvers with "scopes, optical sights, light gathering scopes, battery powered optics, lasers, compensators or muzzle brake" are allowed.  In the limited category, iron sights, including adjustable sights and fiber optics, are allowed, but  electronic sights, compensators, muzzle brakes or barrel weights are not.

Scoring. Targets are expected to be at least 8" in diameter, and easy to hit. Each target is scored as a hit or a miss. Each missed target adds two seconds to the score.  The score consists of the time to complete the course. Firing is allowed until the targets are all hit or the firearm is empty.

Competitors fire each stage five times.  The longest time is dropped, then the other four scores are added to give the score for that stage.  The scores for all stages together are added to make the score for the match.  The lowest score for the match wins. 

The rules can be found on the NSSF website

Image courtesy Oleg Volk





It was one of those rare days when I visited a range to shoot handguns, in this instance, Quail Run, a full-service shooting facility southeast of Denver. Although a S&W .22 semi-auto pistol rested on a case next to my CZ 9mm, for no reason that I recall, I began my session with my Ruger small frame .357 /.38 Special. Ritually I loaded the cylinder with Fiocchi .38 Special, 125 grains XTP JHP ammunition. Reasonably good groups punched through the target gently fluttering in the wind some twenty-five feet down range . Fifty rounds into the exercise I stopped. An uncomfortable question seeped like quicksilver into my mind: What goals were I accomplishing? The groups were pretty good and I was having what is sometimes referred to as fun. But my primary reason for being at the range was to sharpen self-defense skills. I don’t shoot often enough to merely play around. If my goal was just plinking, I’d shoot .22s until the skin wore off my trigger finger.

Coincidentally I had been reading the book “Special Operations Mental Toughness” by Navy SEAL Lawrence Colebrooke. Extracting some of his words from my mind’s cobwebs, I committed to making every shot count towards a goal. Each shot had to lead to improvement. One of Colebrooke’s rules is “Prepare yourself to make a hard choice, should your conscience ever require it.” That is, prepare mentally and physically for challenges, no matter how unlikely they might materialize. This preparation is achieved through constant, realistic, and challenging practice sessions that replicate the actual "game day" conditions. Colebrooke wrote: "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!"

Firearms self-defense classes instruct that the body changes under threat. The fine motor skills become compromised as adrenaline pumps into the body. The heart rate increases to jack-hammer intensity; peripheral vision decreases. I know these facts. My goal, thus, is to shoot, to train, in anticipation of what I know will occur. Colebrooke wrote: “Goal setting is critical to most any successful endeavor because it helps to focus your attention, prioritize efforts, enhance persistence, and develop effective learning strategies. Otherwise, suboptimal performance or outright failure is more likely as the person procrastinates or simply flies by the seat of their pants without a viable plan." Not to belabor the obvious, but such an outcome is most undesirable in a life-and-death situation.

So I adjusted. I focused more. I demanded that every shot have value; that every shot bring me closer to my goals. I refused to yield to the seductive foolish siren song of assuming I would make the right call under tremendous pressure. I had to use these moments now to improve the odds that I would do the right thing then: With this sense of purpose, I had more fun.

Michael Sabbeth


Michael Sabbeth is a lawyer and writer in Denver, Colorado. See his book The Good, The Bad & The Difference: How to Talk with Children About Values. Available at

We held a retriever event and everyone had to shoot Fiocchi ammo was a great day Saturday we also had a Nutrena Food rep there too . Were constantly promoting and letting people try our Team Shooter Ammo. Thanks for all you do from Duck hunting and letting clients try Fiocchi Steel Shot in the blind to using lead shot shooting fliers in training everyday.
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This weeks were going to discuss some of the differences between the “promotional” shotgun shells on the market and Fiocchi’s Shooting Dynamics.  “You get what you pay for” is most evident in shotgun ammunition.  Let me start by saying the Shooting Dynamics is NOT a promotional load.  This article is to make it crystal clear that the Shooting Dynamics is superior to a promotional load for just pennies more per box.

We’ve already written about the evil recoil and how it can make for a great or lousy day.  I picked up a couple of the promotional loads out there and a Shooting Dynamics to see the internal differences as well as fire some.  OUCH!!!  After shooting exclusively Fiocchi ammunition for the last two (2) years, I was blown away how hard the promotional loads hit even in my semi-auto shotgun.

Look at the photo of the wads.  Which wad appears to have been designed to reduce recoil??? The “waffle” portion of the Shooting Dynamics wad absorbs more recoil than the others.  The wad isn’t the only thing… there is a lot of science that takes all the components into consideration to ensure reduced felt recoil, clean burning, and great patterning.

Now look at the shot photos.  It’s hard to see, but there are four (4) different shot sizes in the promotional load.  As for the Shooting Dynamics, the lead is all the same size.

If it’s the lack of quality control or they purposely used multiple shot sizes in the promotional ammo is an indicator, what about the rest of the load???  Fiocchi promotes our ammo, but not by inferior components and trying to be the cheapest.

As Carlo Fiocchi so eloquently states ‘putting a promotional load into a fine firearm is like putting regular unleaded gas in a Ferarri’… why sacrifice performance???  Remember, shooting is the way you want to spend your recreation dollars.  Why not give yourself the chance to maximize your fun???  Because in the end, it’s the shot that breaks the target!!!


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