September 10, 2016
Open Division with an updated SW-JP15
- MI freefloat slim rail
- Stike Eagle 1-6x scope (primary), Sightmark micro dot (secondary)
- Freedom Munition 55gr and PPU 69gr
- Pins are always tricky as a less than perfect hit will wobble while you wait for it to fall or not.
- The video is missing a last shot on a target I forgot. It was one of those “if you are finished…” as I scan and take 1 last shot.
- 7th out of 37
- From the first spool, 4 poppers and 4 pins; no issues except for the pins as before.
- From the second position, 9 150+ yd steel; clean. Much better than last month’s; the new zero seems to be good.
- 4 more poppers and pins from the last spool.
- From each of 4 boxes:
- 4 shots on 2 steel at 50, alternating
- 1 berm target
- 1 side target on the move to next box
- Primary set to 2x for steel and berm targets, secondary used for side target
- Clean; 13th.
- 3 positions, 4 200yd targets each, with 2 100yd targets in between and 2 small poppers at 100 at the third position.
- Test of the new zero and while better than last month’s, still not perfect.
- After the squad finished, I test out from position 1 on one of the small steel at 200 that I had trouble with; 1 for 1.
- Shot the stage as I planned it.
- My best stage for the day; 2nd.
- Short game is excellent, when I execute as I planned.
- Rifle runs and is quick and stable.
- Getting stable and locking on and staying on LR targets.
- Off hand shooting.
Hot day today but I managed the heat better than I have the past matches. Finished 13th.
September 10, 2016
Limited Division with the AK-47 using Red Army Standard 122gr ammo.
- Unloaded start, I download the 45 rounder by 1 to insure good seating and while I planned to charge with my left hand, I break my grip and charge right handed anyway. More practice for this.
- I planned my marks and hit them. While a bit slow because of the recoil and smaller targets, I keep a constant rhythm.
- Straightforward with good, constant rhythm. Just need to speed up now.
- Same, almost plodding rhythm. Need the speed!
- I also need a belt with an AK mag pouch. Good ‘Spetznaz’ reload, though not captured on video.
- Clean again;
Fun night with the AK. Doing the ‘lifting heavy’ thing by shooting 7.62×39 and a bit cheaper than 223. Recoil isn’t bad, but with the smaller targets and occasional hard cover and no-shoot, I make sure I get a good sight picture each shot. I think I did a good job shooting with the rhythm so one couldn’t tell if I was transitioning to another target just by listening.
September 5, 2016
Open Division with the Open Edge using a mix of 180gr loads by Lee N. and TNT.
- From the start, 2 paper on the move towards position 1 for most of the paper and 2 steel.
- After not taking the second steel cleanly, I perform an emergency reload because of the tight round count. Take 1 on the move to the next position to finish off 2 paper and 1 steel.
- Steel needs to be cleaner, but ok for today after a few months break.
- Paper is clean, and the plan is good. Lee’s loads work fine as well. I don’t discern difference between his and mine, though his are Limited loads.
- 8th out of 46 shooters.
- Classifier – 2 steel and 3 paper.
- Steel is 1 for 1 and paper is clean.
- Now I notice Lee’s loads are nice and fast as the run surprises me.
- 39th? Scores report a mike that I don’t recall.
- Left and right sides: some steel/activator and paper.
- The clamshell on the left seemed fast during the walk-thru so I didn’t ‘combo’ it. The drop-turner on the right were NPM, so I chanced it with a combo and got my hits.
- “Classic” Ruskin stage on bay 3 – long shots to start, then on the move, then some bobbing and weaving.
- I should’ve called my last long range shot.
- 26th (from 2 mikes reported, 1 I don’t remember)
- On ‘Make Ready’, the gun had difficulty going into battery while loading up the TNT ammo (loaded short, so feeding is a possible issue). Not a good sign.
- 3 positions, relatively easy shots and looks good above.
- But the heat took its toll – or is it the short TNT ammo – that got me a mike?
- 3 on the right, steel and paper on the left.
- On the left, the TNT ammo failed to go into battery. Took a few seconds to recognize, but a tap or two to the slide fixed it.
Too many mikes for the day and I’m not able to keep up with the heat. The 4 month break didn’t do me any favors either. Finished 20th. Work on PT, and the obvious, dryfire.
August 29, 2016
Open Division, Saiga 12, R&R magwell, 20, 12, 10 rounders, Vortex Strikefire, Remington Target (1200fps), Heavy Dove (1255fps), and Managed recoil slugs (1200fps).
Prior to the match I knew I had slug issues so I re-verified the Strikefire’s zero. 30 slugs later and I thought I had it good enough.
- 3 slug targets thrown in the mix of a slew of targets.
- I formulated a few plans then settled on one where I’d use up a 20 rounder filled with birds then reload with a 12 rounder topped with slugs. The plan was at that point, all the left side bird targets would be gone and I could engage the slugs in order.
- Not being able to hit where I aimed threw off the round count. Not all the left side targets were dropped when I had to reload the 12 rounder.
- Continued POA/POI issues forced the use of the Oh Shit mag.
- Slugs hit, but they were up close. Clean, but too many extra shots. The re-zero session’s “good enough” was not good at all.
- 32nd out of 72.
- More POA/POI nonsense. Thankfully the squad was able to call out that my shots were low left so I adjusted.
- I wasn’t sure that slugs would be able to cycle with the 20 rounder so I started with a 10 rounder. The 12 rounder was enough to finish off the right side if I hit one for one.
- After the stage, I re-sighted and adjusted for windage. I couldn’t adjust for elevation as the turret is maxed out. At least I knew now to just aim up.
- I’m tentative as I try out the new aim but am relieved I actually go 1 for 1.
- Moving to the left, I experience feed malfunction that I correct. Little did I know that it was a symptom of a bigger issue. A few seconds later, I realize that the front of the magwell had detached from the receiver. Done for the stage.
- String 1
- With my friend Keith’s help, I’m able to find the missing magwell screws in the dirt and re-assemble the gun, complete with loctite.
- Back in the game, I pick up the case. The malfunction was a light strike that I cleared by racking.
- String 2
- Probably my best for the day.
- It IS my best for the day – 4th!
- It starts pouring rain, so I shoot in the rain.
- 4 slug shots at 60 yards, I load up the 12 rounder with slugs. I use almost all by using Kentucky windage. High right was the trick.
- Reload with the 20 rounder while running to the plate rack and finish.
- More rain.
- Slugs with no-shoots to start at box A with some bird targets, then move to boxes B and C for all bird targets.
- I start with the 12 rounder topped with 4 slugs. After box A, reload with the 20 rounder to finish off.
- Time was good, but a mike-no-shoot combo sinks the deal.
- Rain, rain, rain…
- Flying birds and steel, started by a self, hand-thrown clay. 2 mikes on the flyers.
- Rain finally stops.
- Slugs on activated clam shells and swingers called for bird-slug-bird-slug sequences and was the safest way to shoot. I tried for fast…
- Left side with the 20 rounder, run to the right and continue.
- Run to the middle, hit the swinger activators then hit the bird-slug clam shell duo then end with the swingers. That WAS the plan. I didn’t hone it down to specific targets, so I hosed from the right side and activated a clamshell.
- With the round count thrown off, I hit a swinger with bird. 2 mikes.
Somehow, the Frostproof shotgun championships are more a test of survival for me than shooting the shotgun. Last year it was the Sightmark falling apart. This year its the zero and the magwell. I thought I was done for after Stage 3. If it weren’t for Keith’s help getting it fixed, I wouldn’t have finished the match at all. I guess that was a victory in and of itself. Only 1 stage clicked for me (Stage 4) and even that I know I could shoot better.
- New optic – the Strikefire’s elevation setting is maxed out. I have used this scope on this gun forever and never had an issue till now. I swapped it out to use the Sightmark, then the Bushnell TR-25, but came back to it after that didn’t work out.
- The magwell is fixed but for how long? I need to check those screws periodically. Otherwise, it might be time for a new gun.
- Fixing the gun.
- Gritting through the rain and deciding to stay even though I had thought about going home more than a few times.
Finished 45th out of 72, and 8th out of 13 in Open.
August 20, 2016
Back to basics. First IDPA in months, shooting CDP division with the Para Limited using Freedom Munitions 230gr ammo.
Stage 5 (Warmup)
- First mag loaded to 5, 2 targets – each takes 3 to the body, 2 to the head, Limited (Virginia) count
- Took my time for the head shots, no matter how close; clean.
- Clean, zero down; 9th out of 26.
- From the barricade, pie on the right for all the targets.
- Run uprange to position 2 (right side). I thought there were 2 targets and wasted some time looking for the target that wasn’t there.
- Dash to the left for the last target where I again sought a non-existent second target. At least the time spent didn’t count against me.
- I was first to shoot, so confusing this stage with another we walked through is a passable reason.
- Down 3; 13th.
- Driver side
- Passenger side
- On the retreat, I called a bad shot and made up for it.
- Down 5, 9th.
- This is the one I mistook Stage 2 with.
- Started to push the speed a little, and got 5 down in return. 17th. The battery issue more than anything is what killed this stage for me.
- More speed, more points down, with a near miss on a far target. Down 16 (ouch); 13th.
Finished 14th for the match. After the match, I chrono’d the Freedom Munitions ammo and it’s hot. It’s manageable in a Bill Drill with my gun, but in a race 1911, my wrist felt the strain. There is a difference. With the team having a major gunsmith as a sponsor (Deep River Customs), I need to take advantage of the resource and have my gun tweaked. I’ll also need to find a better ammo source, which another sponsor might be covering soon enough. Till then, it’s heavy weights!
August 14, 2016
Open Division with the SW-JP15, Strike Eagle Primary, Sightmark micro dot secondary, Freedom Munitions 55gr and PPU 69gr ammo.
What happens when you don’t do homework?…
- Headshots at 25yds, 1 shot each, interspersed with close range targets. Despite the headshots, I set the Strike Eagle to 1x and placed the reticle high, but still within the head.
- The second half is USPSA-style close range.
- Clean; 6th out of 38 shooters.
- Similar to Stage 2, but the precision shots from 25 yards were on bowling pins (real and cardboard), but this time from only the table, and supported via mag-pod. Again, I set magnification to 1x.
- Again, the second half is USPSA style, with clays thrown in for close precision (could be shot outside the box).
- From the last position I forget to engage a final target that my brain just cramped on.
- In spite of the flub, 10th.
- Last 3gun match at HSC, I had given myself the ‘homework’ of verifying the Strike Eagle’s zero. While good up close (single shot head shot and bowling pins for 2 stages today and similar from that same 3gun match), I had noticed an issue with long range (100+ yds) shots. Did I do the homework? 2 weeks later, no…
- With 26 shots required on steel, I loaded up the 48 rounder and set magnification to 6x. I had missed so many times that by the 3rd position, I had expended the entire mag. Weirdly enough, at the last position where I set magnification to about 2-3x for the offhand shots, I was almost 1 for 1.
- Damage done; 35th.
- Position 1: 1-1-1, reload, 1-1-1 (Virginia count). I reload with the coupled mag; clean.
- Position 2: 3 bowling pins: 1 extra shot.
- Position 3: double tap steel at 50 yds, 1 for 1.
- Position 4: plates, heads and bodies array; clean.
- Long range, 3 positions, magnification set to 6x.
- At position 1, the same issue from Stage 4. By the 10th target I figure I need to aim left of the target to hit (almost as if there were a mirror image of the target to its left).
- At positions 2 and 3, I’m almost 1 for 1 but I’d burned too much time finding my POA/POI.
With 2 tanked stages, it’s hard to place decently. Finished 21st overall, but mercifully 1st in Open. After the match, I stay after to make sure I zero to the steel on hand. With the 55gr ammo I have left, I’m 1 for 1 when I leave. Homework: verify on paper.
August 12, 2016
Limited with the AK-47, Propoint red dot, using Tula ammo.
- Start seated, gun on table, loaded, and an array of 8 paper plates about 25 yards down. I put the AK on the table but had to lift up a bit with my support hand to avoid shooting the table for the lower targets. Clean on the plates (zero verified).
- Run to the remaining arrays of paper; also clean.
- 3rd out of 14
- Port 1&2 – 1 target each (15yds)
- 2 on the move
- Port 4 – target (5yds)
- Port 5 – everything else (including those shot from port 1 & 2; lost track from the rock and rolling on at least 8 targets)
- Clean; 6th
- Unloaded, 1st mag on barrel with rifle. Since the first 2 paper had to be shot weak hand, I loaded it weak hand, using the drum as a table to stable it.
- 2 arrays from the second position, with a half step needed to see the second array.
- Tacticool AK reload for the mandatory reload, then finish of on 2 arrays of 5.
- Clean; 6th.
It was fun shooting the AK at this match and I may make it a habit. 7.62×39 ammo is slightly cheaper than 223 and the different platform and system makes for ‘lifting heavier weights’, specially with the higher recoil of the AK round. Finished 4th overall, not bad for being the oddball with the AK against the ARs tonight.