Paracast Firearm Q&a



PARAcast is a weekly show about improving your firearms and competitive shooting skills. It is hosted by Tom Nelson a avid shooting and long time pod caster. He is joined by regulars contributors Steve Koski, Robert Wyatt and Kenny Platt .The PARAcast is more about having a good time than trying to make it host feel good about themselves. We even play games and and give commentary to some of our favorite action movies.


  • End of the Cornona Quarantine

    End of the Cornona Quarantine

    04/05/2020 Duración: 01h16min

      Some of the guys shot a match yesterday while one protested, then went  out and practiced on his own. Find out who tonight on the show as we  discuss the week in guns and answer your super wonderful questions.   Rob Brom I  think I should shoot groups to get used to shooting the gun correctly  after a lag in practice.  Is this something your team of....guys...would  recommend? Thanks Max Bloemendaal If  the only match you end up shooting this season is IDPA, with a  different gun than you shoot USPSA with, how many tacos would you eat? Drew Beckman All  the recent podcast love for the 92 sent me down a Beretta rabbit hole.  We’ve heard Tom defend the APX - let’s hear some hot takes on his  defense of the Pico! Derk Hopkins After  all this time off, Once the timer beeped what did you forget to do?  I  forgot this was a competition. I did not move with urgency. Joshua Cook Transitions...any  tips on how to train to stop on target at speed without over "shooting"  your spot on target?  With all transitions at

  • Using Ronabucks to Buy Guns

    Using Ronabucks to Buy Guns

    27/04/2020 Duración: 01h03min

    While Steve planned a trip to Ohio, the rest of the guys spent their Ronabucks on new guns. Find out what everyone bought with their government bribe.. err relief money tonight as was talk about the week in guns!

  • Quarantine Madness

    Quarantine Madness

    20/04/2020 Duración: 56min

    Day 376ish of the quarantine. Tom is still brown santa. Robert has resorted to setting up backyard field courses. Kenny has switched to production. Steve has gone full joe exotic and is now looking for drugs and a tiger. But some things stay the same. They’re going to record another show. And with the help of you cool cats and sardine soaked kittens, they’ll answer all the questions you may have! Especially the ones about the guns and matches they aren’t shooting.   Robert C. Moreno What are your thoughts on the Trijicon SRO? Is it worth the extra cost over a Delta Point Pro? I'm thinking of throwing it on a X-5 Legion and shooting Carry Optics. Douglas Dalske How often do ipsc targets show up at your local matches back when we all use to be able to shoot matches. I'm Considering ordering a case of them for practice. Since you do see them at majors just never at my local matches. Good idea or just stick to USPSA targets? Chris Lokey How many days has Koski been in withdrawal from lack of Natty

  • Return of the Kenny

    Return of the Kenny

    06/04/2020 Duración: 01h41min

    Kenny Platt from the Make Ready Podcast joins us to talk about all the hot takes in the USPSA worlds

  • Coronacast


    30/03/2020 Duración: 01h22min

    From the show that brings you quantity over quality the guys are back once again for another weekly installment of your favorite.. err liked.. uh.. well we are doing a show.

  • The Cornoa Virus killed the editor

    The Cornoa Virus killed the editor

    23/03/2020 Duración: 52min

    Due to the Cornoavirus, the editors have taken the week off. With the Coronavirus in full effect the guys couldn’t shoot a match. So Kenny went camping to scout out some new locations for some plants he’s trying to grow. Not sure what that’s all about but he said Big Clouds would understand.. Join us tonight as we discuss the week not in guns, and the ensuing panic of having to deal with family members.  A.J. Ellis Anyone wanna trade a fresh Glock 31 round mag for a factory mag for a CZ Shadow 2? As for the show, what are your favorite target stand systems for range day? Nate Osborne Steve mentioned he got a bidet last week, but did he get a dozen of them to accommodate all of his many bathrooms, or is the whole family just using a single restroom facility now? Michael Pyne I've heard you mention that the USPSA Associate membership is gone. But I renewed mine about a week ago. The renewal defaulted to the $40/year option. But if you clicked on the "other options" (or something like that) you could select

  • Attack of the Corona infected Berettas

    Attack of the Corona infected Berettas

    16/03/2020 Duración: 52min

      The guys got together and shot a match despite the impending corona  virus outbreak. They also shot berettas with optics and comps in  production. Cause apparently USPSA is allowing anything these days. It  was interesting.  Join us tonight as we discuss the match, and our pending demise from the corona virus.    Richard Clare I would like a response from the CEO of PARA cast on what they are doing in response to this virus please. Also.  I'm having issues bringing stuff I do in live fried n dry fire practice  into a match. I seem to resort to my same usual speed at a match vs  practice. Marshall Kear Is  it a blessing or a curse that the virus doesn’t cause zombies? The lack  of required head shots does simplify the toilet paper retrieval A.J. Ellis What are you all looking forward to most about the impending apocalypse? Nate Osborne Is  there a compelling reason the be a USPSA member if you don't have plans  to shoot major matches during the year? I care less and less about  having a letter by my name, a

  • Roberts Spicy takes on the USPSAs

    Robert's Spicy takes on the USPSA's

    09/03/2020 Duración: 01h16min

    Kenny shot a Beretta and now has the Coronavirus. Robert meanwhile spent the week trying to figure out how to bolt an extra three pounds on his shadow since USPSA created the new division “L10 without a Magwell” Join us tonight as we discuss how much we love when governing bodies Frak up the divisions with arbitrary rule changes because they’re too lazy to enforce the existing ones.   Rob Chavous When did USPSA remove the $25 associate member option? Stealth dues increase? Brady Kraft I have purchased a “wanna be a gunfighter starter kit”. Glock 34, comp tac holster and a shit ton of mags. 1) can you expand on the belt options for my starter kit. Inner and outer belt setups etc. This is foreign to a rifle guy. Even though I have a budget gun, not necessarily looking for budget belt. 2) I added the dawson sight upgrade to my starter kit per y’alls recommendation. I quit being a wuss and installed them myself. Can you walk me through sight in techniques you use to get them aligned properly. 3)

  • When Your Hand Hurts, Grab a Bone

    When Your Hand Hurts, Grab a Bone

    02/03/2020 Duración: 57min

    Daniel Garibay If you had to concealed carry only one gun for the rest of your life, what would it be? Derk Hopkins For USPSA/IDPA where do you site in you pistols? For defense? Thomas Everett Hudson Red Dots, large or small for competition? Advantages/disadvantages of each? I’d love to hear your opinions. P.S. Love the show. I look forward to it each week. It really is like sitting in with a good group of friends and listening to them talk $hit. Keep up the good work. Matthew Engman I’ve trained a handful of times in the last year... what should I work on first? Max Bloemendaal Steve, how much has the 5th Generation of Glock enhanced "Perfection"? Solid update, or minor upgrade? Jacob Franklin Did we get another new IDPA rule book this year?!? Gabriel Johnson When you are reloading, where should the gun be? Chest height a foot away? Shoulder height foot and a half away? Where should the gun be pointing (if facing downrange)? I dropped 5 mags on 3 of the 4 stages yesterday, you do the mat

  • That Loving Feeling

    That Loving Feeling

    17/02/2020 Duración: 58min

    Steve, Robert, and Kenny shot a match while Tommy changed his press over to 9mm and threw his single stack away.  Join us tonight as we talk about politics, cheap alcohol, and also some  spicy shooting related gossip. And we answer your questions.    K.C. Hutchinson What parts do you recommend to have on hand for single stack Walter Phelps Who would you go to if you needed a holster made for a slightly obscure pistol? Steve Jaworski What  would you recommend to engage targets faster when rolling into a new  position?  On video, I’m getting where I need to be with the gun up just  fine.  After that, refining the sight picture and pulling the trigger  is painfully slow.  What’s the deal? Andrew Fisher Have any of you guys had tendonitis and how did you remain competitive? Mark Brandau What is the last training breakthrough you feel you've had, and when was it? Brian Prusse What  drills can help with recoil management? I shot a match this weekend and  worked on nothing but speed and had a lot more penalties bec

  • WD40 as a Gun Lube

    WD40 as a Gun Lube

    10/02/2020 Duración: 56min

    Between shooting in standing water and long checkout lines, the guys shot a match. It was epic.   Nate Osborne If Alex Coco Wendt and Tom H Nelson can't get the squad in front of them to tape and reset, what operant conditioning methods should you use on them? Derk Hopkins If  a pistol you have been wanting is going to be available soon. Would you  purchase as soon as it becomes available or would you wait to touch and  feel it and listen to the reviews? Justice-Cynthia Coker What detergents or chemicals do you use when cleaning guns and brass in an ultrasonic cleaner? Peter Wiktorski Since Virginia keeps pushing for the big igloo to pop off, what preferred camo?  Kryptek or Hawaiian shirt and shorts? Jacob Franklin Next gun purchase? What will it be? Klay Grover How about you four shoot a match in production with hi-points. Kevin Izatt Value powders? Been using tightgroup. Worth looking at something else? Max Bloemendaal What Area matches would you like to shoot but haven't?   Subscribestar GallantBullets P

  • Im Too Popular

    I'm Too Popular

    02/02/2020 Duración: 01h10min

    We went out and shot a match then recorded a show early because Kenny wanted to watch the Super Foosball game: Levi: New to the podcast and loving it! Thanks guys! Question: I've just started shooting competitions and would like your advice to a new shooter for his first season: realistic expectations and where to concentrate to improve the fastest (I'm shooting limited)? Sidenote: I already had the realization after a couple episodes of the paracast that my first ever match I was squaded with THE Mr. Tom Nelson. I could not scroll back through episodes fast enough to hear his match breakdown and "colorful" description of me and the other first time shooters that day. Let's just say, I was not disappointed. :-) David "The Humble Marksman" Blanton: Question for the show if I don’t see the post go out in time - what makes a level 2 match special (within reason)? What is the minimum expectation and what would take it to the next level from a shooters experience? Daniel Lutz Have you played with the differe

  • Shot Show Gun Bunnies

    Shot Show Gun Bunnies

    20/01/2020 Duración: 51min

    Apparently Kenny wants to watch the foosball game. So we’re recording a show early.     David Blanton Why do we have to deal with winter getting in the way of shooting? Peter Wiktorski What "new things" are you hoping to see come out at SHOT that hasn't been announced yet? Tyrel Kelsey Can you discuss your approaches to tracking swingers, and how/if you practice it in dry fire Marshall Kear Revo’s and the roaring 20’s. Will there be a resurgence of wheel guns in competition? Buddy Wats Why are gun influencers attending SHOT instead of going to VA and showing support for the 2A in a real way? Subscribestar GallantBullets PEWPRO10 for 10% off your first order Patreon Dominate Defense  PARA10 for 10% off   

  • 25 Yard Mini Poppers

    25 Yard Mini Poppers

    13/01/2020 Duración: 39min

    Some of the guys shot a match. It wasn't Robert.   Kepler Kramer Anyone tried the hundred round .223 case gauge? (I know Tom and Steve are too cheap to buy one, but maybe Robert picked one up?) Steve Jaworski Let’s say you were thinking of retiring to Utah from back East. What part of the habitable zone would you recommend for a combination of competition shooting, quality of life, cost, etc? Chris Potts I heard Tommy talking about working about with a kettle bell. I was thinking about giving this a try. Are there any thing that I should watch out for so that I don’t end up with “birthing” hips? Derk Hopkins Any movies I should watch since I can not dry fire? Peter Wiktorski When are you going to go out and buy a Sig P229 in 357SIG? Scott Pigg Ok. how about another USPSA divisions chat? Drop lim10, production, and carry optics. Start a super stock division. An unmodified marked parts gun. (obviously this would have to involve manufac

  • A Red Maga Belt

    A Red Maga Belt

    06/01/2020 Duración: 01h05min

    Joshua Cook If you can compare recoil impulse, feel, single action trigger, etc... with an xfive legion and a shadow 2? Ruben Garcia I’ve notice my last shot in and array is D/A or Something like that. Any advice on settling the sights in the A zone before firing? Or is it just mental? Zach Grubb 1911/2011 - toolless guide rod worth it? Wayne Anderson Has anyone ever shown up to a PCC match with something cool like a Thompson M1A1? Ryan Reid Nothing's illegal in USPSA anymore Brian Purkiss What is your favorite drill (or drills) for sharpening the skill to see your sights through recoil? Shoot Reload Repeat Podcast During live fire I see people unloading after each string. When I shoot multiple strings I just reholster. Am I building bad habits or being hella smart? By the way I didn’t the red dot life, just like my buddy Robert Wyatt Eric Steiner When will Make Ready record another podcast? Brady Kraft With Colt making revolvers and HK sp5, do you expect to see any 80’s only themed match

  • Tommys Shooting Sock

    Tommys Shooting Sock

    31/12/2019 Duración: 43min

    Christmas is over and Tommy has been resurrected from UPS death. So we’re talking guns and answering questions.     Jason Hunnicutt Any suggestions on how NOT to forget important stuff on match day. Do any of you use a checklist?   Richard Clare Do you take an off season break no matter what or only if you feel like it? I usually do but this year I have no such desire. Does it help you or hurt you?   Ben Dariano Hand wear options for shooting in the cold? Do you wear thick gloves until your up, then shoot, then put them back on? Thoughts on extended slide stops and mag releases on match guns?   Subscribestar GallantBullets PEWPRO10 for 10% off your first order Patreon Dominate Defense  PARA10 for 10% off 

  • Dancing the Virginia Boogaloo

    Dancing the Virginia Boogaloo

    23/12/2019 Duración: 39min

    UPS finally killed Tommy. It was sad. But we still got our packages.   Matt Hemple I am going to try to make GM this year. But my carry optics CZs keep breaking optics. Should I go back to production or just start golfing.   Steve Jaworski Question 1: Do CZs destroy red dots faster than they destroy slide stops?   Brian Prusse Have you ever got a 223 case stuck in your sizing die? Did you buy a case remover kit or DIY your own kit?   A.J. Ellis If it's not too off topic, what do ya'll think about the Virginia events? By the way, I picked up a Sig P365 and it's fantastic. Exceptionally small profile for its barrel length and capacity. Fits my had perfectly.   Calvin Leatherwood Shooting wishlist, a top 3 things you’d ask for no matter the price.   Subscribestar GallantBullets PEWPRO10 for 10% off your first order Patreon Dominate Defense  PARA10 for 10% off 

  • Whos Shooting in the Cold

    Who's Shooting in the Cold

    16/12/2019 Duración: 01h02min

    It’s below freezing in Utah. Robert is probably dead. But we soldiered  on and are answering all the hottest questions you have this week!   Maximus Hypicus I'm  moving to Utah (Provo area) from Denver. Where are the USPSA, IDPA,  STEEL, (Bowiling Pin, it's a long shot) Matches,  in the area? Thanks.   Jeff Lambert Currently  healing from a knee replacement and I find that I am trying to shoot  faster to make up for my physical disability. This is leading to a lot  of alpha then Charlie’s mikes or delta’s.  What are some good drills for  shooting cadence and shooting on the move. Chris Lokey Anyone  have experience with The SCAR? Any regrets purchasing it? Any reloading  experience? Got a chance to get a good price on one. Ammo is a bitch  price wise. And what are each on of y'alls Christmas wishes this year? And what are you hopeful for in the New Year. Sebastian Muñoz It's  Single Stack Winter!!!  I mean nose-dive winter.  How do I eliminate  nose-dives?  Please don't tell me about polishing my feed ramp.

  • Gatting Close Targets

    Gatting Close Targets

    09/12/2019 Duración: 58min

    Are you taking your matches to seriously? Do you feel overwhelmed at work? Well we can help with that on the PARAcast.   Questions From The Show:   Gabriel Johnson Hey, what's the best way to get in the habit of using weak hand more in gripping. I tend to overpower the strong hand, any magic sauce to help or just suck less?   Chad Strickland Tom, talk me through the differences between wet tumbling and dry tumbling your brass. I have a wet tumbler in the Amazon cart but need to know if it is worth it.   Calvin Leatherwood Going to start a training log both for live and dry fire. What things would you log? Times for drills and hits on target? Par times and drills used in dry fire? Thanks!   Jeromy Camp What all do you guys use for hearing protection during the match?       Subscribestar GallantBullets PEWPRO10 for 10% off your first order Patreon Dominate Defense Use Code PARA10 for 10% off  

  • I Kinda Like His Groove

    I Kinda Like His Groove

    02/12/2019 Duración: 55min
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