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Not long after beginning to
shoot USPSA, Martens fell
in love with the sport as a
shooting discipline

Nationals, Spring Nationals in Columbia, MO,
and then Nationals in Tunica, MS. He had
many top finishes as a Sharpshooter in CDP.
Over the next few years he became classified
in Stock Service and Revolver division as a
Sharpshooter, and an Expert in CDP in 2004. 
That same year, after he shot his first USPSA
match there was no looking back. It was a
State Championship, and he was unclassified
shooting in L10 with a Single Stack and
10-round mags. USPSA matches are pretty
much all he's shot since 2005. Although Jake
still enjoys IDPA, he finds the stages and the
freestyle approach to USPSA more interesting.
When it comes to firearms, Jake shoots
several different guns. A few examples: custom
STI Trojan (Single Stack), Walther PPQ Q5 Match
(Carry Optics and Production Division), JP
Enterprises GMR 15 (Pistol Caliber Carbine) and
for everyday carry the Walther PPQ M2 4-inch.
Jake prefers to use a Competitive Edge
Dynamics Professional Range Bag. He uses two
of them set up depending on what division he's
shooting. The range bag is just the right size,
has usable storage, and is priced at under $100.

Besides his firearms, he also carries the
following in his range bag.
■ Small cleaning kit with Weaponshield
lubricant and solvent, boresnake
■ Extra fiber optic replacements, lighter
and cutters
■ Allen wrenches and screwdriver set
■ Hearing protection and extra batteries
■ Extra pair of contacts, glasses and lens
cleaner
■ Hand wipes
■ ProGrip
■ Lots of Magazines
■ USPSA Rulebook and Overlays
■ Camera
For those interested in the shooting sports,
Jake suggests just going to a match near you.
Don't shy away from competition because
you are afraid of doing badly. These matches
are attended by people of all ages and all skill
levels. Go, ask questions and have fun.
As for new shooters, Jake says, "Learn the
basics, how to align the sights and press the
trigger without interrupting your sight picture.
Doesn't matter what type of shooting you are
doing, everything comes down to those two
things, sight picture and trigger press."
He added, "Then, help at your local range
or club match. Take a safety or range officer
class if there is one offered. Take a co-worker,
neighbor or extended family to the range.
Participate in training classes for concealed
carry or self-defense or even offer to put on
"new gun owner orientation classes."
Jake's final thoughts: "Share your love of
firearms and shooting as much as you can,
and get involved. The more people you can
positively educate on the safe and practical
use of a firearm for sport and self-defense the
better we can defend our rights." *

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