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Brian Nelson

Brian Nelson

USPSA Grand Master – L3578

Brian Nelson has been shooting competitively since his first IDPA match in 2007 – since then, his life has revolved around performing and teaching marksmanship.

As a competitive shooter, Brian holds the classification of Grandmaster in USPSA’s Limited, Carry Optics, Production, and PCC divisions, and has represented the United States on World Championship teams in IPSC Rifle and Shotgun shooting. He is currently a member of the Taran Tactical Innovations Pro Team along with some of the top shooters in the world.

Brian’s “day job” is as the Federal District Director for Scoring Technologies, which provides electronic scoring solutions for military and law enforcement marksmanship research and qualifications. Brian is also the owner of Nelson Performance, providing instruction for SOF, conventional military/LE units, and armed citizens. Prior to founding Nelson Performance, Brian was the Director of Training for the Tactical Performance Center, providing marksmanship training worldwide.  He also founded and currently directs the Hard as Hell MultiGun and Red Oktober Kalashnikov Championship series of shooting competitions.

Brian’s competitive highlights from the 2022-23 season:

1st Place Limited Division, USPSA DELMARVA Sectional (using an 1811 on a 9mm P320)

1st Place Single Stack, Berry’s Steel Open

1st Place Race Division, Bay Area Rifle Championship

3rd Place Modified Division, USPSA MultiGun National Championship (1811 module, P320)

1st PCC, 3rd Standard Shotgun, Grand Tournament Champion, Central European Shotgun Open

1st Overall Single Stack Division, USPSA Area 8 Championship

1st Overall Single Stack Division, Carolina Classic

1st Place Practical Division, Hard as Hell Resurrection 3-Gun

2nd Place PCC, Berry’s Steel Open (using 1811 module on a 9mm M17)

2nd Place Limited Division, Berry’s Steel Open

2nd Place Practical Division, PCSL 2-Gun Championship (using 1811 module on a 9mm M17)

5th Tactical Division, Memorial 3-Gun Championship

Brian’s thoughts On the Brouwer M1811

“The 1911/2011 pistol dominates the competitive shooting world because, in the arena of performance shooting, that combination of grip shape/angle/trigger makes performance shooting as intuitive as possible. I use the M1811 grip module anywhere a 2011 is not allowed or practical,  because the 1811 is the only solution that makes the grip on a striker-fired handgun correct.  The 1811 module dramatically increases the shootability of a standard P320, more so than any other grip module – it’s like turning it into a completely different gun. On a P320 with good sights, you are getting 90% of 2011 performance with 1/3rd of the maintenance and 1/4th of the cost. I’ve personally used an 1811-equipped P320 to take a few titles this year with the same pistol I use for CCW and military class demonstrations”.

Joshua “Carde B” Cardenas

USPSA Grand Master A134400

Known as “Carde B”, Josh is an active duty Marine stationed in Quantico, Virginia.  His first experience in competition was in 2019 where he participated in the Marine Corps Marksmanship Competition in Okinawa, Japan. He was selected that same year as a Summer Augment for the Marine Corps Shooting Team. Primarily shooting 3Gun for 3 months before returning to the fleet. Due to obligations to the Marine Corps, it took 2 years until he was able to start competing again, shooting his first USPSA match in 2021. He received orders to the Marine Corps Shooting Team and focused primarily in the Carry Optics division, earning the classification of Grand Master in just 5 months.

Josh’s current daily job is an instructor and program manager for the Marksmanship Program Management Section in Quantico, Virginia. He volunteered to leave the Marine Corps Shooting Team to pursue the instructor route within his Battalion.

“The Marine Corps has been teaching the same method of marksmanship for over 120 years. I chose to leave the competition “focused” job because I wanted to make an impact on the Corps. The Advanced Marksmanship Training Program was created to implement a higher level of marksmanship training, starting at entry level schools. It implements practical shooting and develops incorruptible gun handling skills, in order to increase confidence and lethality. Brian Nelson with Scoring Technologies provides us with our method of recording data and we utilize “Hit Factor” to quantify a Marine’s performance.

Even with the change of pace at work, I still focus on competition shooting. This was my first year volunteering at major matches and I have a better appreciation for the work that goes into creating/hosting a large event. Even though I enjoy shooting matches, I find it important to give back in some way and a lot can be learned from volunteering.”

Josh’s competitive highlights from the 2022-23 season:

1st Place Carry Optics, USPSA Ohio State CODA Evolution Buckeye Blast

1st Place Carry Optics, USPSA Battle For The North Coast

1st Place NVG Tactical Pistol, RPGI Tri-State Blackout Match

3rd Place PCC, Caribbean Open

1st Place NVG Pistol / NVG PCC, RPGI Day n Night

1st Place PCC, USPSA DELMARVA Section Championship

2nd Place PCC, USPSA Area 6 Championship

1st Place PCC, USPSA NH State

1st Place PCC, USPSA Area 1 Championship

2nd Place Limited Optics, USPSA Battle For The North Coast

“Carde B”s thoughts On the Brouwer M1811

“I chose to run the 1811 grip module for the first time at the 2023 Carry Optics Nationals. I’ve always preferred the “1911” angle and the grip provided an intuitive shooting experience. It increased the shootability of the P320 than any of the modules that I’ve used before. I use an M18 at work and its hard not being allowed to slap the module on, knowing full well that I would have an increase in performance.”

Dustin Rademacher

USPSA Production and Limited Master, A61729

Veteran, SFC, 1st Ranger Battalion, 2001-2012

4 Iraq Deployments, 4 Afghanistan Deployments

Photographer and Shooting Instructor

IG: @dv.rademacher

Dustin’s thoughts On the Brouwer M1811

The M1811 grip module sits in the hand better than any other P320 option out there. The module is much less blocky than any of the OEM or other aftermarket options out there, and gives your P320 that single-stack 1911 feel. For me, with the M1811 module installed, the gun points and tracks much better than any OEM option.

Brouwer LLC listens to their customers, and I’m excited to see that shooters now have many choices with grip color, texture options, and magwells.