October 23, 2016
PCC with the PSA-Oly 9mm AR with the Bushnell TRS-25 and using 124gr BB RN and TNT 147gr FN ammo.
- 4 IPSC amoebas while backing up. Being the first stage and with my trigger finger ‘cold’, I freeze on my very last shot and take some time breaking that last shot.
- Run uprange to the middle position for 3 steel and 2 clamshells. I try to push for the activator and 2 steel before the clamshell. My finger freezes again and the glitch renders a no-shoot on the second clamshell.
- Finish on the right for a small activator, paper, and double swinger.
- 4 small poppers through the port
- Run to the left for 3 amoebas wide open, and 2 through a port
- Up and over the shaky floor contraption to get to the right side for 6 paper and 3 steel. I thought twice about bypassing the obstacle but decided to challenge myself. (still here)
Stage 5 (Classifier)
- 2-2-2, reload, 2-2-2 with a zebra at the furthest. Clean, all alphas.
- From the start point, go the left for activators (swinger, clamshell), and paper.
- Move back to the start for the swinger, paper, and steel.
- 2 paper and 2 steel on the right bay, then run to the left bay.
- 6 paper from my first position, 2 at my second, and 2 paper and 2 steel from the last.
- I thought I read this stage well and shot from the most efficient positions.
- Go left from the middle start for 3 targets (close, medium, far).
- Run to the right for a mirror setup.
- Move to the middle right for 3 (close- through a port, middle – through another port, and far)
- Move up to the middle left for another mirror setup.
Finished 9th for the match and 1st in PCC.
October 23, 2016
- Open G34, using TNT 147gr and BB RN 124gr ammo
- borrowed Benelli M2 with 10 round tube (thanks Keith!) using Estate 3DRAM 7-1/2 shot, Remington Managed Recoil slugs, and Winchester Ranger 00 buck (1145fps)
I get to the range and find out the case I brought didn’t have the Saiga in it, but the 9mm AR. Thankfully my bud Keith allows the use of his Benelli and quad loaders.
- Start with pistol on up close targets but with lots of running up and down the boardwalk.
- Run down the middle to the transition area with some pistol steel.
- Pickup the SG and I enjoy the first 3 clay targets so much I incorrectly go into the next array, earning a procedural. I realize this as I see it break and leave the other clay for its proper location.
- Continue with the other clays, load 2 slugs and 2 buck, burn the bird in the chamber and shoot the buck and bird targets.
- Clean, but the procedural hurts.
- 14th out of 29
- The Benelli hums and shoots nicely. Being Open, I can load to 11, enough for the first array. 1 for 1.
- From there on, it’s all pistol.
- Best stage of the day – 1st!
- Pistol is clean, with good hits on the far paper, and steel is 1 for 1.
- Except for the stovepipe, the SG run is clean and also 1 for 1.
- Run and gun with pistol to the SG (typical herringbone pattern).
- 16 SG targets and again, 1 for 1. Loading the Benelli is easy with the dual load technique, even with quad loaders setup for stronghand loading (I load weak hand).
While not truly Open, I still have a good showing, finishing 3rd overall. I make the best use of what I have – and in this case, it’s a sweet shooting and easy to handle Benelli so it’s not all bad. It’s nice enough that going back to Tac-ops is tempting…
October 17, 2016
PCC only match with the PSA-Oly 9mm with the Bushnell TRS-25 dot using 135 BB RN loads. We shot the high round count stages of the USPSA L10/Open Nationals. They were mostly at around 30-32 rounds with only 2 stages at around 20 rounds. With this high round count, given swingers, steel, and other round count throwing targets, you’d think the advertised the 30 round capacity of the Oly 9mm mags would require reloads. I found out that the mags could 34 rounds. Except for the standards stage with the required reloads, the extra 4 rounds allowed me to use 1 mag for 90% of the match.
The high capacity of PCC is an advantage to the other divisions, as is the optic. I call PPC – “open with a stock”. The only disadvantage I’ve noticed with the division is maneuverability. When walls are in play, some shots easily taken with a pistol are impossible with a carbine without going weak hand. Once I noticed this at an early stage, I planned a shoulder switch at a later stage to account for such a position. However, with no major scoring available for this division, Open will be hard to dethrone as king of the divisions with PCC.
22 shooters for the match, and I placed 6th overall.
October 4, 2016
- PSA-Oly 9-15 with Bushnell TRS-25 dot using 124g BB RN 124gr ammo
- Changed out the DPMS lower with the PSA lower and transferred the MOE carbine stock
- Gun, mags staged on table. Pickup mag move to left while loading. 3 paper on the left.
- Back to middle for 3 paper to 2 steel.
- Go right for mirror of left.
Stage 4 (Classifier)
- El Prez, start bayonet ready
- Seated, gun and mags on table, elbows on table, hands on head
- Stood, loaded then shot flanking paper, mandatory reload, middle steel.
- Staged gun at start, mag at first position (WSB stated mags and gun staged at different barrels).
- Picked up gun, locked bolt to rear while heading to mag. Loaded, then shot from 3 positions:
- 3 paper from first
- 4 and steel in the middle
- 3 on the right
- From behind first barricade, I chose to shoot right array
- Reload while moving to second barricade, and from there, the left array
- Step in from the right side for in-board most paper on the far right side.
- Pie right for 3 poppers, then 3 up close while retreating to left side of box.
- 2 on the right while moving forward on the left side.
- Paper then 2 poppers around the wall on the left. I had to re-adjust to a sternum rest for the right-most inboard popper.
- Hasty zero to replace old fakepoint with TRS25 yielded good results.
- PSA lower with Armaspec magwell works much better than DPMS lower. No need to sand down mags with the PSA lower.
- Transfered carbine buffer system works well and is reliable
- Practice reloads and empty starts
Finished 7th overall.
October 4, 2016
- Open G34, 124gr BB RN ammo
- Saiga 12, Venom dot, Estate 3DRAM, Remington Heavy Dove loads, and Remington Managed Recoil slugs
- SW-JP15, MI rail, Strike Eagle primary, Sightmark micro secondary, Freedom Munitions 55gr and PPU 69gr ammo
- Slug at 20, 2 arrays of steel, then scattered steel near the dump barrel. I loaded the 20 rounder and top it off with the slug and 6 Heavy Dove.
- Swap out with rifle and finish.
- Start with pistol (17rnd mag) on steel, reload with 27 rounder, then hot holster.
- Run to shotgun for slugs, clays, and some steel.
- Dump, then finish off with pistol.
- While shooting the pistol, the dot seemed weak; new battery needed.
- Re-shoot: on the first run, after a disastrous load with the Saiga, I change my plan only to discover that clays had not been reset… (lucky!)
- All guns unloaded. I break down my rifle shooting spots, something I screwed up on my first run.
- On switching to SG, I make sure to turn off the safety unlike from previous. Result: gun runs normally.
- With the gun running ok, the plan runs ok.
- SG: 2 slug hits at 50 yards. Though only 1 is needed, I loaded 2 to be sure then practiced while burning the second after the first hit. Aimed high left as I new it was hitting low right.
- 2 clays, 2 popper/flippers, 2 clays. I shoot all but the last 2 clays then hit the 2 aerials before going back on the last 2 stationaries.
- Switch to pistol for some small steel, which the dot makes easier at distance. Not clean but not bad either, given the size and distance.
- Offset dot is weak – need new batteries here too – but good enough to hit at 10-15 yards on open targets.
- With no off hand practice at 6x, I am shaky on the 100yd steel. Too many make up shots bring down what started as a great run.
- Start with pistol on paper and steel. I throw in a far steel to save on the shot later and make it.
- Hot holster then switch to SG.
- I was supposed to start with 2 slugs then finish off what I could with bird before dumping, but the second slug jammed. Slugs all day with no issues, then this. I take the mag out and cup the slug in my hand, then finish off the bird targets. Still don’t know why I did this… I then drop the mag, clear the chamber and attempt to hand feed to the slug. I try a few times but it’s never going to work with a mangled nose. Why didn’t I just dump the SG and make up with pistol?
- After finishing off with the pistol, I dump it for 5 long range rifle targets: 50, 100, 200, 300, 400.
- The first 3 are 1 shots.
- 300 takes a few shots and I find out I need to aim slightly high.
- 400 takes less shots than 300 as I new now where to aim.
- 11 shots total: 4 makeup at 300, 2 at 400.
- Rifle getting better
- SG work getting better
- Pistol accuracy
- Stage planning
- 1 slug topping off a 20 rounder works
- 7 Heavy Dove loads topping of a 20 rounder is enough
- Adjust venom up, left
- Adjust Strike Eagle up
- Change batteries on Sightmark and C-More
- Verify Sightmark zero
- Dryfire and/or practice off-hand rifle
Finished 14th out of 43.
October 4, 2016
2Gun, HSC, 9-24-16
Open with the Open Edge and the Saiga with a new Venom red dot. At the first stage, the Venom was shooting slightly low and I verified this after the match. While running to the next position, I was stopped when the Open Edge flew out of my holster. DQ’d. I had even done a jump test on make ready; I still don’t know why the trusty Safariland 013 lost control. I did move the mount of the 013 to an ELS fork, but that has nothing to do with retention. I have since switched it back to its normal mount on the AA belt as maybe the Safariland belt isn’t as stiff and allows the gun to flop around and smack my leg as I move. Maybe the stiffer AA belt doesn’t allow as much impact.
USPSA, WAC, 9-25-16
PCC Division with the DPMS-Oly 9mm with the fakepoint sight using 124gr BB RN ammo.
- On make ready, the newest mag is difficult to seat. I decide to not continue and find out it’s even harder to pull out.
- I take out the Armaspec mag well thinking this is the cause; it wasn’t. The DPMS lower’s magwell is tighter than normal so the Oly mags are hard to seat and release. I had prepped my 2 mags years ago by sanding the spines so they could seat and release easier. The new mag wasn’t prepped.
- With 1 mag down and 2 to go, I empty the tight mag and begin to fill up both olders mags. In doing so, I notice that one of them isn’t feeding right. There’s a crack on the top-most screw tunnel so the mag is splitting open from the top where the screw isn’t doing any more work. The mag is usable but with only around 10 rounds in – the tight magwell closes up the top when seated.
- Right bay, steel with some paper, then weight shift left for 2 far paper on the left bay. The round count is good for the broken mag to start.
- After the far 2 on the left, I reload on the move and begin my final inverted L run on the remaining paper.
- 13th out of 74
- From the left side, I start on 2 far so I can take the 2nd of 2 up close on the ground on retreat to another far paper.
- Run to the right side for 3, then run and hit the activator.
- Gun up as I round the corner on the closing clamshell, then finish on the remaining paper.
- 1 mag, no reload. 16th
- 3 arrays of steel and paper, left to right
- At the second array, the fakepoint’s dot flickered on and off.
- 1 mag, no reload. 15th
- Done simply, this was 25yd ‘lane shooting’ using 4 lanes. I cut it down to 3 positions, shooting down 2 lanes from 1 position, like a ‘V’…
- 4 steel and swinger on the first lane.
- From my first position, 4 paper on the right ‘V’ then 2 paper on the left. Since I’m travelling left to right, I’m facing right getting into position, and see the right side of the ‘V’ first.
- Run to my second (and last) position for 3 on the right and 2 poppers on the left.
- On scoring, I’d forgotten a 4th target on the right most side. It was only visible if deep into lane 4 or from lane 2. I thought I had accounted for it from my second position. Always account for all the targets.
Stage 5 – Classifier
- I got creative managing my 2 mags for the 2 string and required reload on the second string.
- String 1 – bad mag (loaded with 14), from ‘bayonet ready’, mount, then 6 on paper. (1.79!!!)
- String 2 – continue with bad mag, from bayonet ready, mount , 6 on T2, reload (good mag), 6 on T3.
- From the left 2 paper, run to port for 3 in port.
- Lean out for paper through port 2 on the right, then 1 wide open on the move.
- Engage another through port 2 then end on the left.
- 1 mag, no reload. 17th
- I thought I was going home at Stage 1 because I didn’t have enough mags. I worked through it and made use of bad equipment.
- Stage planning (in general, for the day)
- Splits with the carbine
- System reliability (carbine buffer system)
- Swap out the DPMS lower so I don’t need to sand mags.
- Change out the fakepoint (flickering on Stage 3)
- Stage planning (account all targets)
Finished 1st in PCC and 16th overall. Good mental recovery as well from the DQ the day before.
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.