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The Glock in Competition by Robin Taylor
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The Glock in Competition Second Edition by Robin Taylor
The Glock in Competition:  A Shooter’s How-To Guide
Expanded Second Edition
By Robin Taylor with Bobby Carver and Mark Passamaneck

248 pages, 121 photos and diagrams
softcover, perfect bound, 6 x 9 inches
Taylor Press
copyright 2005

This book is not only for competitive shooters.  This is the underrated resource of the Glock era.  Shooters see the word “Competition” in the title and dismiss the book if they are not players.  The truth is, I did the very same thing.  Actually, Taylor’s got so much experience and so many connections to shooters, this is THE resource for every Glock-aholics.

What can a defensive or casual Glock shooter learn from competitors?  Only everything about the gun that has been driven through 100,000 rounds in the crucible of high-stakes match shooting.  You want to know where the weak spots are of your defensive gun?  Ask Taylor.  You want to know what little mods to make to smooth out your trigger?  Ask Taylor.  If he hasn’t personally learned all the facts from firsthand experience, he knows who to ask.  And he does so in this book.

Taylor hits the ground running and starts by showing you how to make the gutsy changes competitors have always pioneered.  Some of these mods are not for the weak stomach and require a steady hand with power tools, blades, files and soldering irons.  I would never personally recommend such no-turning-back customizations on a defense gun, but all’s fair in competition.  Taylor dives right in from the very beginning and keeps on swimming through the waters of extreme Glock performance.

Throughout the book Taylor points out a lot of invisible developments and improvements in the line that keeps Glock the world’s number-one firearm for defense, fun and competition.

Introduction - The Glock Comes of Age
(9 pages)

In this introduction, Taylor observes that since the first edition of this book, Glock pistols have become acceptable tools of sport, law enforcement and civilian defense.  He muses on what types of shooting contests that Glocks are best for and what kind they are not particularly suited for? 

He describes what the reader will find, and will not find in the book.  Among those topic he promises to cover are ‘Why shoot a Glock?’ and ‘Choosing a Gun.’  Taylor supplies a graph to help new shooters figure out which Glock to bring to bear upon each game.

He makes a special point to announce that “This book will not teach you how to shoot!” 

“As I said the better part of a decade ago, no one would enter a bullseye competition with a stock Glock, but where speed, power, and reliability are foremost, the Glock has few peers.  In the rough-and-tumble world of Practical Shooting, the Glock can hold its own against the finest pistols made, and do so much more cost-effectively than most any other platform.

"USPSA/IPSC and the other action pistol sports seem tailor-made for the Glock.  Given its fast cyclic rate, high magazine capacity, good accuracy, and near-absolute reliability, the Glock is a serious threat in the hands of any seasoned competitor.

"This book aims to point out the advantages of the Glock design in practical pistol competition, while explaining the “tricks of the trade” learned by some of America’s foremost competitors.  Law enforcement and defensive shooters will find information on identifying obscure jams, tips on the Glock’s weak points, and other critical data not available through regular channels.”
Taylor Introduction

Taylor Introduction

Book One:  Nuts and Bolts

Chapter 1.1 - Triggers, Triggers, Triggers
(10 pages)

Find out what the “Trigger Safety” is really designed to do and why you would be a fool to disable it.  Taylor argues that lighter pulls are not necessarily better, there is more to it.  Find out how to smooth your competition trigger yourself. 

Bugged by Glock trigger overtravel?  Taylor critiques the three methods to stop overtravel and reviews products you can buy as well as an inexpensive but involved method to do it yourself.

“When Daryl Cross and I did this to my personal G24, we didn’t bother using the vise, and that let the drill motor wander too far forward.  This allowed the screw to dome up at the wrong angle (tipped too far back), impinging on the trigger safety notch instead of the tip of the trigger.  Our creation still worked all right, but it did some cosmetic damage to the back of the trigger over time.  Ideally you want to stop the trigger by impinging on the end of the trigger, not the middle.  It stops more cleanly, and the screw doesn’t need to be as big.”
Taylor Chapter 1.1

Taylor Chapter 1.1

Chapter 1.2 - “Dremeling” Your Glock
(18 pages)

This is where it gets nasty.  Taylor lays out the guidelines for plastic - specifically Polymer 2 - surgery.  In here is the stuff that no one else is willing to talk about.

Procedures include:  Thinning the bottom of the trigger guard, raising the beavertail, shaving the trigger guard and frame stippling.

After you put away the soldering iron and dremel, bring out the hammer and chisel to work on your slide in procedures such as:  Tightening the slide-to-frame fit, lowering the ejection port and extending the ejector.

Next Taylor gives you the inside story on extreme trigger group mods like:  Skeletonizing and modifying the striker, changing the trigger geometry, modifying the 3.5-pound connector and doctoring the springs.

“These sorts of modifications aren’t pretty, but they directly enhance a shooter’s ability to control the gun.  I’m not suggesting that everyone should run out and start grinding on their guns, but depending on your applications, this chapter provides an interesting insight into the various ways a person can tinker with “perfection.”

Obviously, all of these techniques lay well outside what is authorized by Glock.  Should you decide to alter and thereby experiment with your gun, you void your warrantee, and assume all potential risks.  You also disqualify yourself from most of the games that forbid external modifications.  I do not guarantee the utility or safety of any modification listed in this book.  Rather, these tips are supplied for informational purposes only.”

Taylor Chapter 1.2

Taylor Chapter 1.2

Chapter 1.3 - Handloading for the Glock
(23 pages)

Here Taylor presents the various arguments for and against homegrown practice and performance ammo.  If you do decide to roll your own, Taylor’s got a load of specific tips, guidelines and recommendations that will keep you safe and sane and help you win the game.  Other experts, such as Michael Voigt, Todd Jarrett, Matthew Mink, and Carina Burns, David Sevigny, Julie Goloski, Dale Rhea , Matt Kartozian, Bobby Carver, Dwight Hughes and Bruce Gray weigh in with their own recipes and wisdom.  There is detailed discussions of .40 S&W management for USPSA/IPSC/IDPA, the ultimate 9mm for IPSC and IDPA, perfecting accuracy for Production, lowering recoil for GSSF and brewing heavy-hitting .45s for bowling pins.  Plus cooking up a variety of loads for the useful Glock 20 and why Generation One 20s are better for re-loaders than newer guns.  Taylor discusses the problems and solutions for plated bullets.  And even addresses lead bullets, firing out-of-battery, Dean Speir and the definitive reasons for Kabooms (case failures and catastrophic failures.)

“IPSC Pepper poppers are calibrated to fall over if you hit them above the base of the scoring circle with a 124-grain 9mm.  If you hit them below that line, they just look at you and laugh.

"After a while I found that a 147-grain flat-point bullet generating about 135 power factor worked best for a combination of low recoil and getting the steel to fall (Dale Rhea shoots a similar load on GSSF steel).  You can hit the steel a little below the line with that load, and not have that “hang time” spent waiting for the steel to fall.”
Taylor Chapter 1.3

Taylor Chapter 1.3

Chapter 1.4 - The Exploding Glock, Fact or Fiction?
By Mark Passamaneck
(12 pages)

Guest author, Mark Passamaneck examines the phenomenon of the so-called Kaboom.  This is the ultimate explanation of lead bullets, polygonal barrels and gross overpressure.  Instead of the common gunshop BS, this is a careful and scientific analysis and presentation of all the factors.  He even shows you how to safely prove it to yourself using your own gun.

Furthermore, Passamaneck goes on to explain why even a completely detonated Glock is better than a blown Beretta or 1911.  And what one inexpensive component you can replace to virtually eliminate one type of Kb.

“Because of this swaging and “Mashing” effect, the dynamic forces on a bullet going down the bore of a Glock are significantly higher.  I have performed scanning electron microscope (SEM) evaluations on test bullets before and after they were fired from Glock and conventional barrels, and the results confirm that grain boundary separation and tearing occurs to a much larger degree.

“We fired 300 rounds through a stock Glock 22 barrel using the test fixture.  At that point, we’d reached a level of leading where the pressures leveled out.  The barrel was then installed back into a Glock 22 slide and assembled with a stock recoil spring with about 5,000 rounds on it.  Everything on the gun was stock.  The Glock 22 KB’d in a predictable fashion, but not on the first round.  (Thankfully my assistant Igor and I were hiding in our Kevlar-reinforced observation bunker at the time.)  The fractured surfaces of the barrel showed the same morphology as had been observed in other failures.  With these results in hand, teamed with Glock’s warnings about the use of lead bullets in their guns, my legal clients opted not to pursue their case against Glock, Inc.”
Taylor Chapter 1.4

Taylor Chapter 1.4

Chapter 1.5 - How About Factory Ammo?
(6 pages)

In this chapter Taylor discusses match considerations including power factor, bullet weight and type and recoil.  How does temperature affect ammunition?  You better know if you train in Florida in summer and compete in a decent winter.  How about custom reloaded ammo loaded to suit your specific needs… yet still cheaper than factory?  Reach for the “beer can” bullet.

Taylor supplies some handy tables comparing relative velocities of commercial ammunition.

“No matter what load you use, by all means go shoot a box or two to make sure that particular load works IN YOUR GUN.  Float a few rounds over your range’s chronograph as well.

Different barrels will shoot the same load at different velocities.  Even seemingly identical barrels made by the same company will shoot differently.  Tiny variations in bore diameter, rifling, chamber dimensions, and bore smoothness can affect the velocity and accuracy of any given round.

The aforementioned Jamaicans all fired practically identical Glock 22s with the same factory Winchester .40, drawn from the same lot.  Tony Johnson made major, placing in the top 100.  Kent Brown and Patrick Evelyn did not.

Barrel length has a major influence on velocity, but other factors can dampen the overall effect.  A tight-bored match barrel in a Glock 22 may well shoot a given load faster than my stock Glock 24.  This chapter will help you reduce the number of loads you need to test, but you still need to test - preferably well before that big match.”
Taylor Chapter 1.5

Taylor Chapter 1.5

Chapter 1.6 - Magazine Problems and Solutions
(15 pages)

This is a long and detailed chapter about Glock’s second most controversial feature.  From the viewpoint of a competitor, get a perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of old-style non-drop-free mags, newer full-metal-lined mags, even 10-rounders have some advantages.  Learn what kind of replacement springs will prevent you from having a particularly nasty jam in the middle of a match or gunfight.

Taylor provides nifty tips and lifesaving pointers about mixing components (followers, floorplates, etc.) between generations and potentially illegal, dangerous or destructive modifications.

Read about one competitor who celebrates learning to store a full magazine in his gun backwards while another shooter curses the day he lightly sanded the sides of his mags.

“If you go to extended-capacity, brass, or aluminum floorplates (which I suggest where the rules allow), pay special attention to which magazine variation you have.  The dimensions of the rails the floorplates ride on differ slightly between models.

When your floorplates arrive (assuming they aren’t an extended style) replace the inner floorplate.  You don’t HAVE to have it, but I know shooters who have gone prone hard or slammed the mag home at the wrong angle, forcing their mis-assembled magazines to fly apart.

Imagine yourself on your face, elbows swimming in loose ammo, trying to do an unplanned reload.  It’s a rare but serious malfunction that you can avoid by simply putting those inner plates back in.  Likewise, if you use an extended base pad, make sure you have used the correct parts.  If the plate rattles, moves back and forth, or goes in hard and the mag looks pinched, you’ve got the wrong one.

There is one exception to this rule - don’t put the internal floorplates back into a 10-round mag if you’re using metallic floorplates.  You very likely won’t be able to get the magazine apart.  Getting a 10-rounder apart in the first place is a major struggle, and you need the bend and flex of the plastic base to do it.  Use metal floorplates, and you may have to shear the locking tabs off completely.”

(There is no chapter designated 1.7)
Taylor Chapter 1.6

Taylor Chapter 1.6

Chapter 1.8 - Fixing the Glock’s Achilles Heels Before They Bite
(11 pages)

Glocks, like any other machine, break, fall apart and otherwise fail.  There are a number of procedures and replacements you can perform to reduce the chances that problems will arise at the worse possible time.  Systems discussed include sights, magazine springs, trigger return springs, guide rod/recoil springs, trigger pins, extractors, trigger bars, locking blocks, barrel porting, dual-action recoil springs, +2 floorplates and frame rails.

Taylor comments on the so-called “Weak-Wrist” failures.

“If you’re shooting a lot of heavy loads (law enforcement guys in particular) dry fire the gun from time to time and pay close attention to whether the gun is saying closed as you pull the trigger.  I’ve seen guns where the owner replaced the striker spring, but ignored a dying recoil spring.  Since the trigger bar pulls the striker back against the resistance of the striker spring (which pushes on the slide), it’s up to the recoil spring to hold the gun closed.  I’ve seen more than one gun where as the trigger came to the rear, so did the slide!  Sometimes the guns would still fire, but what an unsafe situation!”
Taylor Chapter 1.8

Taylor Chapter 1.8

Chapter 1.9 - Cleaning and Lubrication - What Not To Do
(2 pages)

Three points of extreme importance regarding your Glock’s upkeep including some suggested lubricants and a number absolutely never to use on your Glock.

“I’ve attempted to fire guns with no lubricant on the connector, and it’s not pretty.  The connector and trigger bar can “gall,” sticking together and trying to tear chunks off one another.  Trigger pull weights rapidly climb to the preposterous, if they’ll go off at all.  If you’re carrying a Glock for defensive reasons, double check this one.”
Taylor Chapter 2.1

Taylor Chapter 2.1

Chapter 1.10 - The Glock 24 - The Grand Old Man
(2 pages)

This chapter is a brief nostalgic reflection upon what Taylor considers the pivotal Glock for the competitive world.

“The Glock 24 did more to establish the Glock in American and international competitive circles than any other model including the 17L.  Featuring a 6-inch barrel, 3.5-pound trigger, extended mag release and 15+ round magazine capacity in a “major” caliber, the Glock 24 presents a completely race-ready package.

"At one time all of Glock’s competitive USPSA/IPSC shooters shot the 24, and with it carved out a place for themselves among USPSA’s prestigious top 16 (and top 8 women).”

Chapter 1.11 - The Glock 35 - Getting Everything Right
(5 pages)

Taylor is adamant about the Glock 35 being the ultimate competitor’s pistol.  His argument is persuasive.  Characteristics such as overall weight, balance, barrel length, extended and improved controls, light trigger, and inherent recoil mitigation are characteristic difficult if not impossible to top.

“When the 35 first came out, Limited Master Pat Kelley of Spokane, Washington had recently switched back to shooting Glock after a successful year shooting the Para-Ordnance P16.  “I just love it,” he said.  “I like the way it feels, and it shoots everything you give it… It’s the 1911 of Glock.”

"Kelly explained that at the time he kept a coffee can next to his reloading bench.  Every round that comes out substandard or won’t go into a Dillon go/no-go gauge goes into the can for practice ammo (coffee can rounds often wouldn’t function in his Para’s tight match chamber).

“By the time I got my Glock 35, I had probably 250 rounds in that coffee can.  I had hollow points, round nose, all kinds of junk,”  Kelly says.  “A couple weeks ago, I took the coffee can to the range…  The Glock ate every round, no problem.”

(There is no chapter designated 1.12)

Chapter 1.13 - Upgrades and Fixes
(2 pages)

This is not a chapter about voluntary performance modifications.  It covers the components and features of your Glock that the factory recommends be updated for safety and reliability.  Like an automobile recall, Glock will fix your out-dated weapon for free usually.  Taylor includes a handy table with serial numbers and a rundown of various affected systems such as: cracked frame rails, trigger bar, striker, drop safety, ejection port, pickup rail and some model 36 issues.

“As I said earlier, Glock has had trouble recently with cracking frame rails.  Ostensibly solved, issues continue to pop up.  Officially, Glock says the rail problem is contained to a certain few guns manufactured between Sept. 2001, and May 2002.  Most of these have serial numbers beginning with “E” or “USA,” but there are some oddball serials that are also affected.  Contact Glock directly at (770) 432-1202 to check yours - and keep an eye on that left-rear frame rail.”
Book Two:  Let the Games Begin

Once you’ve got your Glock running the way you want it on the ammo that suits you, get out of the garage and shoot!

Chapter 2.1 - GSSF Competition
By Bobby Carver
(33 pages)

Guest author Bobby Carver completely dissects Glock Sport Shooting Foundation events.  If you have any interest in shooting at this Glock-only competition, this is a must-read. 

Carver describes why you’ve got such a good chance to win cash and Glocks at a GSSF match.  And even better chances to win as an amateur.  He covers the beginnings, history, evolution of the game.  He goes over step-by-step strategies, suggested preparation, pacing, equipment, ammo as well as techniques for winning.  Consideration is given to trigger control, sight picture, grip, stance and even lighting conditions.  Should you shoot left-to-right or right-to-left? 

In this chapter Carver includes detailed descriptions, charts, diagrams and specs for each course: Glock the Plates, Five to Glock and Glock M.  Legal guns and equipment for all the classes are described and listed thoroughly.  Recommended modifications and accessories are offered.

In the second section of this chapter, Taylor picks up with a primer for the amateur GSSF shooter.  He walks you through every step.  From pistol selection to score management, from ammo selection and getting a feel for the courses ahead of time, Taylor plays encouraging mentor and relieves much of the confusion and anxiety of a new shooter at a match.

“When practicing for GSSF events, practice at different times of the day to become accustomed to shooting when the sun and the light is at different heights.  Practice aiming at the center of mass on the D-1 regardless of the light.  The results from this technique will allow you to compete at your best regardless of the light at a match.

“Triggers polished and tuned by Gunsmiths are generally allowed as long as the configuration of the parts is not changed and all parts are Glock parts.  However, there is a rule that allows the match administrators to disqualify your gun if they feel the parts have been modified in such a way that they feel the gun is unsafe.  The Rhea Gun Parts “stock” trigger kit was built with the stock divisions in mind.  The kit contains all Glock parts and has all parts polished to achieve a crisp 2.5 to 3.0 pound trigger pull.”
Chapter 2.2 - Bowling Pins:  Maximum Fun With a Gun
(16 pages)

Starting with the bizarre origin of bowling pin shooting, Taylor goes right into match procedure, strategy and detailed recommendations for ammo and Glock models.  Pin legend Richard Morgan offers advice throughout the chapter.

Taylor’s seven tricks to pin shooting including: Don’t look at the pins, use your natural point of aim, squeeze as you lift, avoid “Magnumitis,” and the “Skip-Shot.”  Also included is a comprehensive analysis and a pin diagram with target zones and behaviors when struck. 

“Just to check myself, I started shooting for the sweet spot, which Masaad Ayoob recorded years ago as being the spot marked with the manufacturer’s label - usually just above center.  A hit here picks the pin up off its feet and throws it backward.  The back edge of the pin base actually levers the pin up into the air - which works in the shooter’s favor.  When the pin lands, it slides backward, and often slides right off the end of the table.”
Taylor Chapter 2.2

Taylor Chapter 2.2

Chapter 2.3 - IDPA:  A Shooter’s Martial Art
(21 pages)

This is a dense chapter full of the intricacies of shooting International Defensive Pistol Association competition.

Taylor equates the highly regulated IDPA to a martial system such a karate or tae kwon do.  Rigorously controlled guidelines for methodology, equipment and procedure tend to level the playing field and test shooters on essential quantifiable skills.  Taylor turns to “IDPA black-belt” David Sevigny for expert advice and insight.  Sevigny shares his experience on holsters, magazines and the “concealment garments” that work for him.  After that Taylor presents in-depth discussions of IDPA targets, their score zones, penalty system, calculation of appropriate ammo powers and the origins of the targets as well as the complex concept of impenetrable targets and pass-through penalties and scoring. 

Next we look closely at the three semi-auto divisions of IDPA and how to choose one and how shooters are ranked via the IDPA 90-round classifier course.  Then we get loads of tips including why you shouldn’t shoot too fast, muzzle safe points, targets with clothes on, use of cover, the where and how of reloading and “round dumping.”  Learn why course walk-throughs are expressly forbidden in IDPA and can carry a stiff penalty if you sneak a peek!

So how do you practice this intense and specialized sport?  Taylor and Sevigny take us through strategies and tips including understanding pacing, further subtleties of scoring, and pitfalls of low power factor-ammo.  Finally, simple advice on modifications:  “don’t.”

“A shooter’s rank in IDPA is determined by their performance on the IDPA classifier, a 90-round course of fire shot at distances from 5 to 20 yards.  The classifier incorporates draws from the holster, failure drills, head shots, fast transitions, reloading both from slidelock and otherwise, one-hand-only work both strong and weak hand, a couple of demi-El Presidentes, shooting while moving both toward and away from the targets, barricade work both right and left barricade, and shooting around low cover.  Based on your performance on the classifier, you are ranked as, from lowest to highest, a Marksman, Sharpshooter, Expert or Master.  A Novice ranking means you can’t make the standard for Marksman.”
Taylor Chapter 2.3

Taylor Chapter 2.3

Chapter 2.4 - The Riddle of Steel
(5 pages)

Taylor digs into the fun and exciting game of shooting steel targets, both static plates and American Handgunner-style shooter-against-shooter matches with Pepper poppers.

How to pick or cook-up your own ammo that is suitable for steel, including a specific warning about a curious combination which will prevent a shooter from hearing the ring of the steel targets as he shoots them.  Tactics for steel matches are straightforward:  Don’t miss, and to that goal, Taylor turns to champs like KC Eusebio, Matt Kartozian and Kay Miculek to give us tips.

“This format was so successful, and drew such crowds at the nationals that Paul Miller founded a match where a person did nothing but this sort of shooting.  Miller’s match pits you against a crew of other like-skilled and like-equipped shooters with whom you travel around the range, shooting different combinations of targets.  Miller’s match includes significant accuracy requirements (tiny 4-inch-tall steel triangle among them), but the essence of the match stays the same - get your last target down before the other guy."
Taylor Chapter 2.4

Taylor Chapter 2.4

Chapter 2.5 - USPSA/IPSC:  A Glock Shooter’s Strong Suit
(27 pages)

After a rundown of Practical Shooting divisions and a description of the guns used, Taylor gives us a picture of what to expect during a match including preparation, registration, shooter briefing, plus a strategy for getting a look at the course before shooting it.  Safety is paramount at these involved and complicated events, the slightest infraction can get shooters disqualified.  Learn why accidents at USPSA/IPSC events are remarkably low.

Taylor takes us through equipment considerations including pistols and how to calculate your ammo’s power factor so you are assured of making “major” and qualify for the advantageous scoring scale.  Other gear recommendations are magazines (low vs high capacity), holster (ordinary vs highly specialized), and support accessories.  There are three scoring systems in Practical Shooting, the Comstock, Virginia and Timed Fire.  Targets and scoring zones are discussed and how to balance speed and accuracy to minimize penalties.

Next, Taylor actually goes through the divisions and runs hypothetical numbers to illustrate the relationship between speed and accuracy comparing various strategies and tendencies.  When it’s laid out like this, a shooter’s best options are made obvious and confirmed by experts like Dave Sevigny, Debbie Keehart, Bruce Bennett, Todd Jarrett and Tim Bentley.

Learning to shoot USPSA/IPSC is not all about shooting your Glock, it’s about knowing yourself.  Taylor suggests practicing the non-shooting components of the sport as much as shooting:  reloading, agility, postures, seeing. 

Finally, the author goes inch-by-inch through the possible modifications on a “Limited” and “Open” Glock.  Areas up for customization include:  Front sight, magazine guides, fitted barrels, 140mm floorplates, brass floorplates, extended slide release, steel guide rod, tungsten guide rod, titanium striker, tool steel striker, slip-on grips, frame-mounted sights, slide-rider sights, compensators and holsters.

“Combining the principles of speed, power, and accuracy, USPSA/IPSC shooting is the fastest, most varied, and most physical of all the pistol shooting games.  During a single stage of a typical IPSC match, shooters might find themselves firing through window frames, climbing a wall, shooting around barriers, or even lying down.  The limits of a practical shooting course are constrained only by safety and the budget of match sponsors.  Targets can move, disappear, fall down, or do most anything the imagination will allow.”
Taylor Chapter 2.5

Taylor Chapter 2.5

Book Three:  Learning From Champions

Chapter 3.1 - Statesman Among Shooters; The Incomparable Armando Valdes
(7 pages)

Taylor profiles the Glock legend and analyzes his history, methods and career.

“Shooting a simple gun, factory ammo, and avoiding the flashy machismo born of stardom, Armando’s approach to competition is intentionally low-tec.  His efforts focus on shooting, and becoming a better shooter, not on pushing the technological envelope.”
Taylor Chapter 3.1

Taylor Chapter 3.1

Chapter 3.2 - David Sevigny - Glock’s Golden Boy
(7 pages)

The author presents the highlights of Sevigny’s meteoric rise in practical shooting.  We hear about all the subtle mods on Sevigny’s favorite Glocks, his holsters, his triggers, his sights, his springs and guide rods, and the customization he performs personally with a soldering iron.

“Sevigny first came to the shooting sports when one of his coworkers asked him to fill out his three-man GSSF team back in 1997.  Sevigny tagged along and discovered he really enjoyed competitive shooting.  Sevigny shot two more GSSF matches in 1998 and discovered IDPA in 1999.  In 2000, the practical shooting bug bit, Sevigny got serious about IDPA shooting, and David started winning matches - quickly.  Within months he was a contender.”
Taylor Chapter 3.2

Taylor Chapter 3.2

Chapter 3.3 - Julie Goloski - Pushing the Envelope
(4 pages)

Taylor profiles Julie Goloski, the first “top female athlete” in the Army and member of Team Glock.  She discusses favored equipment, her early career with the 1911 and what she does for Glock while not on the firing line.

“According to her friends, and to Goloski herself, Julie didn’t come into the game with a big pile of natural talent (for example Rob Leatham, David Sevigny and  the US Army’s Travis Tomasie were all athletes before picking up a gun).  Julie’s talent here is intention.  Her skills have all been acquired through emulation and lots of hard work.  Today, that formidable skill set makes her one of the top iron-sight shooters on the planet.”
Taylor Chapter 3.3

Taylor Chapter 3.3

Chapter 3.4 - Carina Burns-Randolph - Looking Back
(5 pages)

To discover her tips and tricks and recommendations the author picks the brain of one of the highest-ranking Glock shooters ever.

“That year a squib load plugged the barrel of her 17L, but Burns did not notice the telltale “pop” of the underpowered cartridge.  Unaware of the danger, she racked a fresh cartridge in behind the stuck bullet and pulled the trigger.  The case exploded, the magazine blew out the bottom of the gun, but Burns was unhurt.”

“That shot put a tiny little crescent bulge in the barrel just ahead of the chamber.  I was poor back then, so I shot that barrel for another six months.  Funny thing was, it didn’t affect the accuracy that much.”  Cleaning the bore was laughable, she says.  Burns would use a .40 caliber bore brush on the bulged end, a 9mm brush on the other.”

After the conclusion of this chapter, there is a brief biographical article on Robin Taylor.
Taylor Chapter 3.4

Taylor Chapter 3.4

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