3G Frostproof, 4-22-17

April 23, 2017

Open/Tactical Division

  • G17, stock iron sights, 9mm ‘bigstick’ (170mm open mag in a tac-ops gun)
  • DPMS-Del15, Meopta optic, TNT 55gr and Freedom Munitions 69gr ammo
  • Saiga 12, Venom dot, Remington Target (1200fps), Heavy Dove (1255fps) loads and Managed Recoil slugs (1200fps)

Stages today were re-hash of A6 stages.

Stage 4

  • Stage 8 from A6 but without the pistol portion and the wobbly platform. Also, a third, further box with a barrel for support was now the starting box. I set the Meopta to 4x and loaded up with a DD 32 round mag, which I used to monopod on the barrel.
  • Second position is the same distance as the first position in A6 and just as in A6, I shoot it off-hand. This time, without benefit of any practice, I clean the rack quicker than I did at A6. The lighter DPMS-Del15 platform with the Meopta at 4x seemed to work better here.
  • Third position is where the wobbly platform was, but now it was just more off-hand shooting. No major issues here too.
  • Changing from the heavier 20″ SW-JP15 to the 16″ DPMS-Del15 seems to have made the difference here. Additionally, the clearer Meopta at only 4x (vs 6 with the Strike Eagle) is also a factor.
  • 8th out of 27

Stage 5

  • Stage 3 from A6. I improve on the original plan that we hatched for the match and started with roll over prone on the low-left target through the port. That allowed me to shoot the right targets on retreat instead of flat footed at the start in the original plan. The rest of the plan is the same from the original.
  • My time at A6 was around 21. This time, 17. Is this platform a faster gun? It sure isn’t as flat and was more jumpy.
  • The M4-72 comp’s tendency to blow gas straight back to the shooter was very noticeable to me here. A better comp might be in line here to also address the gun’s ‘jumpiness’.
  • 5th

Stage 1

  • Stage 1 from A6 without the lengthy SG trail. Instead, we started at the slug shooting line for the same 4 slug shots on large poppers, and 4 clays, with 2 at the extreme range of the Saiga’s un-choked barrel.
  • I topped off with 4 rounds of heavy dove to address the further clays but 4 shots on 4 clays and the 2 far clays were still up. I had guessed there were holes in it already but now my mag was now loaded with slugs.
  • 4 slugs, 5 shots, better than A6.
  • I reloaded with bird with the ‘oh shit’ mag and a few shots later, 1 of the 2 far clays had fallen and the other had visible holes.
  • Rifle loaded with 69gr ammo for the LR steel. Then I recalled that the rifle is zeroed for 55gr…
  • Not too pretty, even when I tried 5 shots with 55gr after we had finished the stage. The 3 200yd steel were ok, but the 300yd target took some doing and the 400yd were unscathed.
  • 19th

Stage 2

  • Stage 2 from A6 but this time all rifle shots had to be from outside. I adopted the plan most shot at A6, which met today’s requirements.
  • Pistol in the house was ok except for a brain cramp in the end were I skipped a target and had to be hinted to shoot it.
  • 2 FTNs with rifle on shots through the wall.
  • 10th

Stage 3

  • Stage 4, no difference.

  • While the stage was the same, my equipment wasn’t. So I shifted the first, far pistol shots later into the run so I would be closer to them. I still got 2 FTNs.
  • Backblast from the rifle comp noticeable here too.
  • 13th

Needs Improvement

  • Zero rifle with 69gr ammo
  • Re-install Miculek Comp or find another. (JP Tank? Armalite?)
  • Keep practicing and shooting matches with iron sighted pistol
  • Address the Saiga’s far target issue – go the ammo route vs the choke route instead? Bring some 1300fps ammo just in case of those further shots?
  • Since I address the distance issue with load selection versus choke, I don’t need to worry about re-zeroing. Can I now play with comps for the Saiga?

The Good

  • Iron sight work with the pistol wasn’t too bad – shooting on the move in the house, and steel 1 for 1 at Stage 3.
  • Saiga is reliable – no hiccups or malfunctions.
  • Saiga hits where I aim. Basic, I know but it hounded me for a few years; the previous zero’s ‘good enough’ zero wasn’t.
  • Close range rifle is quicker with the 16″ barrel.
  • Off-hand shooting is night and day with the lighter, shorter, system.

I’m back to handicapping myself to make things harder for me so when I go back to my normal equipment, it should be easier. Finished 10th overall and 2nd in Open so not too bad today.

Open Division

  • Open Edge, 155gr BB RN ammo
  • SW-JP15, Strike Eagle 1-6 primary, Sightmark Micro secondary, TNT Munitions and American Eagle 55gr and Freedom Munitions 69gr ammo
  • Saiga 12, Venom optic, Remington Gun Club (1200fps), Heavy Dove (1255fps) and Managed Recoil Slugs (1200fps)
    • re-zeroed Venom with slugs after removing Poly Choke which was stuck in Imp Mod (too tight for slugs)

Day 1 (4/8/17)

Stage 5

  • A little bit anxious with the Saiga running with no choke and an unproven zero, I of course, had to start with the Saiga for the stage and thus, the match. Spare mag on my belt just in case, the 20 rounder is loaded up to my standard: 13 1200fps and topped off with 7-8 Heavy Dove. On the fly, I changed my plan to include 3 slugs to start to save some travel with the pistol later.
  • SG is pretty much 1 for 1, no need for the spare mag.
  • Pistol goes well to start until I loose the dot on the pistol at my last target while kneeling and thus some time.
  • 44th out of 126 (2nd in Open)

Stage 6

  • With some anxiety eased from the previous stage, it returns while watching a buddy shoot the far popper 3 times to make it drop. I started to wish I had my tighter choke back.
  • I took a second mag topped with Heavy Dove just in case but found out I didn’t need it, despite the tight round count. Also, the slug shot on the 30yd paper was good.
  • The rifle portion felt good and the time was good.
  • Unfortunately 1 FTN in the rifle portion and an FTE tanks the stage.
  • I attempted to argue the FTE since I shot at all the targets, to no avail. The 2 misses came while shooting through the middle port, which I probably should have shot kneeling, given the amount of shots.
  • 73rd

Stage 7

  • Planned and shot as best I could, and clean.
  • 22nd (1st in Open)

Stage 8

  • The Open Edge jammed for the first time in ages. The mag stalled with the top round nosedived. I had to strip the round, smack the bottom to nudge the stack back on-line and reloaded. Time lost.
  • I NEED TO PRACTICE OFFHAND RIFLE.
  • With this and Stage 6, I thought the match was done for.
  • 72nd

Stage 1

  • More Saiga apprehension, topped off with the rifle re-zeroed prior to the match and unproven.
  • I take a spare mag for the tight round count but don’t need it as I hit a few doubles with clays. With birdshot, the Saiga is proving itself again.
  • I load up the 12 rounder for the 50 yard large poppers and only need 2 extras. Another win for the Saiga.
  • On the rifle, I’m among the 50% or so (reported at the time I shot) to actually finish. On the 390yd Larues, I had to guess which hash mark to use. Once I found it, the second fell in 2 shots. At distance, the Strike Eagle’s new zero with the Freedom Munitions 69gr is now confirmed.
  • 25th
  • I felt the match was now a fun match given the previous stages. This stage made the match worthwhile as it proved both the Saiga and the rifle, regardless of how I’d place in the end.

Day 2 (4/9/17)

Stage 2

  • New day, keep on going. Treat each stage on its own, regardless of past stages.
  • I plan this differently than the others, except for Lee who I collaborate with. Most shot the rifle outside, but I felt that there was too much indexing and of course, the shots were further. I could shoot faster if I was closer.
  • On ‘Make Ready’, I have to stop as I found the dot was faint. I had left the dot on all night. I stand down and quickly replace the battery. Good thing I had a spare!
  • 13th, my best stage for the match (also 1st in Open). The plan paid off.

Stage 3

  • Here, the squad follows the plan I also collaborated on with Lee.
  • 22nd (1st in Open)

Stage 4

  • Because of the tight round counts between pistol and shotgun, I split the difference. I shot closer steel with the pistol, and those further with the shotty. That eased up the round count for both.
  • Steel is 1 for 1 for both.
  • 27th

The Good

  • Mental game and just shooting each stage on its own.
  • Planning and stage ownership
  • Rifle
    • good zero
    • Stage 2 and 3
  • Saiga
    • I don’t need the Poly Choke. On its own, un-choked is good to go.
    • Slug zero looking good and better now; dead on.
    • Reliability with the Remington ammo. Can I try different ammo now? Slower fps?
  • The accommodations – stayed in the “LEM” again (Keith’s Airstream) on the range
    • Good sleep
    • Good breakfast
    • Gear and drink accessibility (see post match treat below)

Needs Improvement

  • Pistol
    • replace the mag spring on the 170mm mag, as it caused the jam on Stage 8 as well as anxiety at later stages. I cleaned the mag and loaded and tested a few times to check that it was bringing the rounds up properly.
    • 9mm Open STI (major, but minor for 3G)
    • enclosed Open holster
  • Rifle – OFF HAND PRACTICE
  • Saiga – choke system for further birdshot shots

Finished 3rd out of 22 in Open and 31st out of 126 overall. I’ve finally broken the 4th place rut I’ve been in for the past 3 Area 6 matches. I’ve also got the trigger monkey off my back as I finally picked up a trigger off the prize table (the past 3 A6s presented AR triggers as possible prizes for my picking but I always picked something else).

Many thanks to Hiperfire for the Hipertouch 243G trigger! Thanks also to Kel-Tec, main match sponsor, Freedom Munitions for the ammo also in my prize pack, and specially the match staff for a great match experience.

Lastly, many thanks to my sponsors: Icarus Shirts, Deep River Customs, Inc., TNT Munitions, The Wyoming Antelope Club, God’A Grip, Gunfighter Gun Oil.

Matches Prep:

2017
1/14/17 3g manatee pistol 1
1/28/17 3g frostproof rifle/pcc 3
2/4/17 3g manatee SG 1
2/5/17 uspsa ruskin 2g 1
2/25/17 3g frostproof 3g 6
2/26/17 uspsa wac
3/4/17 ssgm wac Total 12
3/5/17 uspsa ruskin
3/11/17 3g manatee
3/25/17 2g hsc
4/1/17 3g manatee
4/2/17 uspsa ruskin
4/8/17 A6 MG
2016
1/9/16 3g manatee pistol 1
1/16/16 3gn gtr rifle 1
1/23/16 3g frostproof 3g 7
1/30/16 3g manatee
2/7/16 uspsa ruskin Total 9
3/10/16 action rifle wac
3/12/16 3g manatee
3/20/16 3g ruskin
3/26/16 3g frostproof
4/4/16 A6 MG

In 2014, I shot a total of 9, and 10 in 2015. With more matches this year than last, we’ll see if it’s good enough to get out of 4th place from those past 3 years.

This week I also re-zeroed both rifle and shotgun. Past matches revealed some shortcomings that were serious enough for me to change it a few days before the big match. They were ‘good enough’ for those matches, but sticking with them would’ve meant  sure shortcomings.

  • Freedom Munitions 69gr ammo on the SW-JP15 with the Strike Eagle
  • Remington Managed Recoil slugs out to 100yds on the Saiga, Polychoke removed, with Venom dot

We shall see…

USPSA, TBSPC, 4-2-17

April 3, 2017

Open Division with the Open Edge using 155gr BB RN loads and match 180gr RN FP long TNT  ammo.

Stage 3

  • 1 to the left, then 3 on the right, on the move, with one of them obscured by a no-shoot.
  • At the port, from right to left: no-shoot covered, small popper, large popper-activator, clamshell, and 1 paper. I pushed by going activator, paper, clamshell. I got my hits in, but both were 2 delta. I chalked it up to months of not shooting the Open Edge.
  • 10th out of 65

Stage 4

  • From the box, the ‘port’ portion of Stage 3
  • 6th

Stage 5

  • Start facing up range, in surrender, then 3 classic paper left to right: hard cover bottom, no-shoot covered, open/clear.
  • 2 shots each, reload, repeat. Virginia count.
  • Clean.  7th

Stage 6

  • From the left side of a wall,  at distance: no-shoot covered, open, small popper, open.
  • Swing right for another open paper, then another open closer paper on the diagonal move at the right.
  • Pause in the middle for an open paper at around 10yds.
  • At the end of the move, on ‘landing’ a no-shoot covered paper up close, then through the low port from right to left: no-shoot covered paper, 2 open, then 2 small poppers.
  • Clean. 2nd

Stage 1

  • For these 2 stages I would try out the TNT ammo and test it  for reliability.
  • Start seated, straddling the bench. Option to stay seated, but most of us stood.
  • 8 open paper spread out along the left and forward berm, from 10 to 25+ yards.
  • 1 each, reload, repeat. I went right to left, then left to right.
  • Lately, I’ve been opting for starting to shoot the right-most target first since my holster is on my right. Why swing the gun all the way to the left across my body?
  • Clean. 14th

Stage 2

  • Different plan from everyone who took the 2 large poppers and paper I shot from my second position at the end.
  • Clean. 18th

The Good

  • I guess it’s like riding a bike. Or shooting the Open Glock 34 is the equivalent of lifting heavier weights even though it’s minor. Shooting the Open Edge today felt pretty good.
  • TNT ammo worked with no hiccups.

Needs Improvement

  • Quicker, more explosive movement – more PT.
  • Faster splits – more dryfire and range practice, specifically Bill drills.

Finished 4th overall and 3rd in Open.

Manatee Multigun, 4-1-17

April 2, 2017

Open Division

  • Open G34, 124gr BB RN ammo
  • SW-JP15, Strike Eagle primary, Sightmark micro secondary, TNT 55gr and Freedom Munitions 69gr ammo
  • Saiga 12, Venom optic, Remington Target (1200fps), Heavy Dove (1255fps) and Managed Recoil Slugs (1200fps)

Stage 4

  • I was going to start all pistol, then go rifle. After seeing a buddy pull his unloaded rifle from a different barrel as I had planned and seeing the advantage of that barrel from mine, I changed plans. The other deciding factor was the small steel that would have been easier to hit with the SG.
  • I start with the 12 round mag topped off with a Heavy Dove round to help drop the far popper and a slug for the clamshell next to it. This goes well (others had to take it with pistol later).
  • A few misses on steel later, I’m off the count. Since I didn’t take an extra mag, I make sure to hit harder targets with what’s left with remaining birdshot. After ditching the SG, I made up the last piece of steel with my pistol and re-holstered. (on the close steel, I’m off and take a few extras to drop the 1 piece – foreboding what’s to come)
  • Run to the rifle, switch to pistol afterwards to finish. The issue was I had originally planned the positions with pistol first, followed by rifle, so I was now running my plan in reverse. While, not too bad, my indexing on positions wasn’t as smooth because of the reversal – essentially a new plan.
  • On picking up the rifle and charging it, with the DD 32 round mag loaded up, racking the bolt stops halfway and fails to feed. Re-racking finally feeds it but some time is lost getting it into service.
  • Too many makeup shots, using the pistol for an emergency, and rehashing a plan on the fly instead of decisively running a fixed plan led to too much time eaten.
  • 20th out of 61

Stage 5

  • Shotgun on far clay and slugs to start. I load up with the 20 round mag. The first clay shot is a ‘proving shot’ for another far clay later, which I also hit.
  • Problem occurs when the semi-obscured star stops spinning and I can’t see the last plate behind the low berm. Since I can’t see it, I don’t shoot at it. If I had shot it, I would’ve had a complete miss vs an FTE.
  • The rest of the SG portion goes well, as does the pistol portion as I had adjusted my POA to low left and began to hit steel consistently again.
  • It would’ve been a good run if it weren’t for that FTE. 18th

Stage 6

  • The fastest way to run this was with shotgun: steel, 2 paper, steel, paper, steel, 2 paper, steel. ‘Candy stripe’ the rounds to match the required targets. The problem with this is you can’t miss. The targets are close enough that I go with the 12 rounder.
  • On my first run, I sweep the targets as planned but am shocked to see most of the steel still up. More misses later and I’m forced to load my pistol, turn on the c-more, and finish off.
  • The fastest way to run this stage was to do the same plan on the second run. With slugs running low, I opt to run string 2 with just the pistol.
  • Needless to say, even with the adjusted POA, steel isn’t 1 for 1. 43rd

Stage 1

  • Rifle paper is clean, off-hand rifle is 1 for 1.
  • Slug hit on steel at 50yds is good, and the rest is 1 for 1.
  • Pistol paper is clean.
  • Finally, a good run! 15th

Stage 2

  • Slung rifle unloaded to start, for some paper and steel off-hand. This time steel is not 1 for 1 as they’re further out, all the way to 200yds. Off-hand at 200 is plain nuts! I shoot the close paper at 4x as I neglect to turn on the secondary (!).
  • Run to the SG position for 2 slugs at 90yds. I hit 1 even after shooting 4 rounds at it. Same issue from the WAC match with slugs at distance. At least the SG steel is 1 for 1.
  • On the same slug targets, 2 pistol hits each were required. It takes awhile.
  • Finish on paper and more steel at the final pistol position.
  • Slug mike and the time spent attempting it makes for another tanked stage. 35th

Stage 3

  • SG on clays and steel is 1 for 1.
  • Unloaded slung rifle with deployed bipod is ungainly so putting it into service takes a bit more time than usual. At least I turned on the secondary this time.
  • I try for the off-hand steel with the secondary and hit the first on the first shot. After a few shots on the second, I flip to the primary at 6x but still take a few more to finally hit. It goes the same way on the right side.
  • The last position is a semi-slippery ‘rooftop’ and I have some issues getting into position. Finally in, the 200s are good. The 300 takes a few makeups, but the 500 takes a lot more.
  • 31st

The Good

  • Stage 1
  • Saiga runs with no hiccups

Needs Improvement

  • SG slug zero
  • SG POA/POI
  • Pistol zero (off for 2 matches now – BB RN batch?)
  • Rifle zero
  • Clean the rifle (Stage 4 issue with loading, charging and failing to feed)
  • Adjust and practice with rifle sling
  • Mobility (getting in and out of the rooftop prop was literally painful with my stiff knees)

Finished 24th overall and 5th out of 10 in Open.

2Gun, HSC, 3-25-17

March 27, 2017

Open Division

  • Open G34, 124gr BB RN loads
  • Saiga 12, Venom optic, Remington Target (1200fps) and Heavy Dove (1255fps) loads

Stage 1

  • 13 plates and clays with the 20 rounder some taken on the move to dump table downrange.
  • Run back to get unloaded pistol for paper at flanks, then to the table to pull the swinger activator.
  • Clean off the star, then finish on the swinger.
  • Clean, 3rd out of 19.

Stage 2

  • Pistol on paper on the right side, 8 plates in the middle, 1 for 1, then paper on the left.
  • Pick up SG, run to left box for star on right side.
  • Run to right box for 3 poppers on left. Used 12 rounder mag with no need for spare.
  • 2nd

Stage 3

  • Pistol on field of steel with paper on flanks. Steel is 1 for 1.
  • Run to staged SG for more steel and a bucket(!) on the way to the house.
  • Saiga failed to go into battery near the beginning (still on Heavy Dove loads that topped that mag). Pushed in the bolt but since I had already pulled the trigger prior, nothing happened. Racked bolt to clear (no strike on the round) and continued. Probably time for a new recoil spring.
  • 6 clays and 1 steel in the house.
  • 5th

Stage 4

  • Most shot SG first on the first 6 steel, then whatever was left on the front steel. The tradeoff was leaving the box to dump the SG.
  • I thought pistol only would be fine but had trouble on the get go for the 1st steel that also happened to be small. Also had issues shooting around the corner.
  • Given the chance to do over, I would’ve started with the SG, then dumped immediately instead of shooting the leftover rounds.
  • 5th

The Good

  • Saiga zero is better aiming dead on now.
  • General pistol work.

Needs Improvement

  • Saiga recoil spring.
  • Pistol work (splits, accuracy).

Finished 3rd overall and 1st in Open.

3G Manatee, 3-11-17

March 14, 2017

Open Division

  • Open G34, 124gr BB RN ammo, Federal 115gr AL cased ammo
  • SW-JP15, Strike Eagle primary, Sightmark micro secondary, TNT 55gr and Freedom Munitions 69gr ammo
  • Saiga 12, Vortex Venom dot, Remington Target, Heavy Dove and Managed Recoil slugs (1200, 1255, 1200)

Stage 4

  • Rifle seemed like it needs more speed
  • Pistol could’ve been cleaner but ok
  • 3rd out of 55

Stage 5

  • 21 rounder on the Saiga for 16 targets and it runs flawlessly
  • Pistol again could’ve been cleaner but otherwise ok.
  • 2nd

Stage 6

  • 21 rounder again but more than 21 targets so:
    • switch to pistol as most did or
    • reload
  • I chose the reload option, again, the gun is flawless
  • 6th

Stage 1

  • 21 rounder again, no reload this time, still flawless, and 2 flyers to boot
  • rifle needs to be 1 for 1 – go back to 22 offhand practice
  • pistol – again, not 1 for 1 but otherwise ok
  • 7th

Stage 2

  • Long range steel with the pistol needs work
  • rifle on low barricade better than on bipod from the car’s trunk
  • 9th

Stage 3

  • VTAC barricade strikes again! Angled port is ok but too many extras.
  • low barricade is better again
  • pistol, again: could be better
  • 15th

Finished 4th overall and 3rd in Open. Not bad after less than stellar stages.

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