Rob Leatham

A prolific competition shooter with 24 USPSA National Championships and 7-time IPSC World Champions.
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10 Minutes of 10mm History

Posted by Rob Leatham

Aug 27, 2018 1:30:00 PM

The 10mm auto is a curious cartridge. 

Designed originally as a best-of-all-options for the defensive pistol world, it was targeted to be an all things to all people service pistol cartridge. Sort of a hybrid of the service pistol standards, .45 ACP and 9x19 rounds. The goal? To have more capacity than the .45 and be more powerful than the 9mm. 

Without completely retelling the detailed history, in the early 1970s, the late Jeff Cooper was reportedly looking for a round that combined the advantages of both velocity and momentum. The ballistics of a 200 grain .400 (10mm) diameter bullet traveling 1000 feet per second looked good to Jeff on paper.

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Topics: Range Life

The Little "pew pew" That Could: How The New 911 .380 Changed My Mind About Small Guns

Posted by Rob Leatham

Jan 11, 2018 2:14:15 PM

Finally a little gun I can wrap my mind and hands around: The Springfield Armory® 911 .380.

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Topics: Everyday Carry

Take Aim: How to Zero in a 1911 Pistol

Posted by Rob Leatham

Jul 21, 2017 1:56:54 PM

I just got my grubby little hands on a few of the new Springfield Armory® 1911 Range Officer® (RO®) Elite pistols. (Four to be exact.) And the one that grabbed my attention first was the Target Model. Probably not a big shock to those of you who know me as a competition shooter—this pistol was designed for someone just like me.

After looking it over and admiring how well put together it is, I can't wait to see what it can do. Which means it's time to hit the range! #LetsGoShoot

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Topics: Range Life

Worlds Collide: Return To Alignment

Posted by Rob Leatham

Aug 9, 2016 5:14:00 PM

When you're firing rounds in rapid succession, your accuracy will be dependent on how well you can return the gun to alignment. Much too often we make it about focusing on the front sight, when it really should be about getting the gun back into alignment

That's why perfecting the timing of recoil control and returning forces is critical.  

Welcome to "Worlds Collide," bringing together the perspectives of two of the shooting world's top minds, Glen Stilson (Independence Training) and Rob Leatham (Team Springfield™).

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Dry Fire Friday Episode 2: Intermediate Trigger Pull

Posted by Rob Leatham

Jun 17, 2016 2:00:00 PM

We're back for Episode 2 of our new video series, Dry Fire Friday.

Today's topic takes last week's trigger-pull exercise to the next level: can you do it in a quarter-second? 

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Dry Fire Friday Episode 1: Trigger Pulling 101

Posted by Rob Leatham

Jun 10, 2016 9:28:32 AM

Welcome to the first episode of our new video series, Dry Fire Friday.

In this series, we'll explore fundamental drills, tips and ideas on how you can improve your gun-handling skills. All of the drills will be with an unloaded gun and no ammunition, which is what dry fire means, so you will never have to leave home to practice!

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Keep Calm and Carry On: Introducing "Anatomy of the Draw"

Posted by Rob Leatham

Apr 18, 2016 1:31:30 PM

There are a variety of factors involved when choosing a firearm - use, type, size, caliber, cost - the list goes on and on. In many circumstances, you would probably find a rifle or shotgun to be the best choice. They are the most accurate, powerful and easy to use firearms. 

The Long and Short of it

However, there are a multitude of scenarios in which the long gun is simply impossible to have at the ready. Bigger, heavier and too bulky to conceal, rifles and shotguns just don't always fit.  So, when the long gun is unsuitable, the handgun becomes the obvious and best choice. Good news is modern handguns are very powerful, reliable and accurate tools.

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Topics: Range Life

My New Base 1911 of Choice: Springfield's Range Officer® Operator®

Posted by Rob Leatham

Mar 9, 2016 12:00:00 PM

First things first - a Springfield terminology lesson.

Springfield Range Officer® - a 1911 with a minimalist modification package offering basic features for competition.


Springfield Operator® - a firearm featuring a frame designed with integral accessory rail, allowing mounting of lights, lasers, etc.


Springfield Range Officer® Operator® - a 2016 new product and my new base 1911 gun for competition.


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The Competition Angle: The XD® Mod.2™ 5"

Posted by Rob Leatham

Jan 21, 2016 5:30:00 AM

As a competition shooter, I always want to know how well a gun will function in a performance environment. Sure, self-defense and daily-carry use are also performance-intensive, but where I need most of my guns to excel is in a controlled, scored, organized, competition environment.

That’s how I measure performance.

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Topics: Range Life

The beauty of stainless: springfield's new 1911 Range Officer®

Posted by Rob Leatham

Jan 10, 2016 12:00:00 AM

If you love the look of stainless firearms and the tarnish- and rust-resistant features of stainless steel, the finish is now readily available in the Springfield Armory® 1911 Range Officer® (RO) pistol line.

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Springfield Armory® recommends you seek qualified and competent training from a certified instructor prior to handling any firearm and be sure to read your owner’s manual.  These articles are considered to be suggestions and not recommendations from Springfield Armory®.

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