MG Manatee, 2/4/17

Open Division

  • Open G34 – 124gr BB RN ammo
  • SW-JP15 – Strike Eagle¬†primary, Sightmark micro secondary, Freedom Munitions 55 and 69gr ammo
  • Saiga 12 – Bushnell TRS-25, Remington Gun Club Target (1200fps) loads

Stage 2

  • New (unconfirmed) Saiga zero and I’m able to hit 2 slugs, clays and steel, albeit at relatively close range. Also, the re-installed magwell holds with it reinforced by red loctite and epoxy.
  • Pistol hits are clean.
  • LR rifle is almost 1 for 1, taking (at most) 2 extra shots, even with a 450yd shot. Used the bipod and 69gr ammo.
  • 4th out of 41

Stage 3

  • Now with relatively further shots, the Saiga zero needs more tweaking. I thought I hit the last piece of steel, but actually left it standing (FTN). Still need to aim high left.
  • Took 2 paper with pistol, then reholstered.
  • Rifle section is ran mostly to plan but yields FTN on paper I took tentatively (out of plan).
  • Pistol run is clean, steel is 1 for 1.
  • 8th

Stage 4

  • My run is different from everyone, earning me the nickname of “Rogue 1”.
  • Run is clean; 3rd.

Stage 5

  • Steel could be cleaner, but being late in the stage, I was beginning to get winded. More PT.
  • 2nd

Stage 1

  • First paper with the Sightmark are good, given the range. Small poppers at 6x are 1 for 1, even given the awkward bent over position.
  • Off-hand rifle needs 10 shots for 3 steel. I need to get back on off-hand practice with the MP15-22.
  • On returning to the use of the secondary, I find no dot, so I finish off the paper with the Eagle at 6x. On inspection after the match, I find the dot completely dead, even with the new battery installed the night before.
  • Pistol is clean, as well as the SG.
  • 9th

Needs Improvement

  • Pistol needs some speeding up.
  • Verify full mag function reliability – worked today with no issues after oiling, but mags were downloaded.
  • Check/fix/replace Sightmark micro on rifle.
  • More practice with rifle = more time shooting PCC.
  • Fix Saiga zero.

The Good

  • Pistol work is clean and accurate.
  • Rifle zero with Freedom Munitions 69gr on LR is good.
  • Zero rifle issues after oiling, but mags still downloaded.
  • Sightmark zero ok when it worked.
  • SG magwell held.
  • Zero Saiga issues.
  • Stage reading and planning – “Rogue 1”

Finished 4th overall.

USPSA, Ruskin, 2-5-17

PCC Division using the Oly-Delton 9mm AR with 124gr BB RN ammo.

Stage 3

  • Felt shaky while shooting but video shows relatively ok splits.
  • Run is clean, steel should be 1 for 1.
  • 4th

Stage 4

  • Steel should be 1 for 1.
  • 4th

Stage 5

  • Finally, steel is 1 for 1. ūüôā
  • 2nd

Stage 6

  • Clean run, but could be quicker.
  • Steel taken on the move, laterally.
  • 7th

Stage 1

  • Semi-memory stage; I change my plan at the last minute after seeing another shooter with a better plan.
  • Run is clean; 4th.

Stage 2

  • 2 strings, steel and paper, with mandatory reload in between.
  • Clean, 3rd.

Needs Improvement

  • Speed, speed, speed
  • Movement = more PT

The Good

  • Stage reading and planning
  • Accuracy

Finished 4th overall and 1st in PCC.

3G Frostproof, 1-28-17

January 30, 2017

Open Division

  • Open G34, 124gr BB RN ammo
  • SW-JP15, Strike Eagle primary, Sightmark micro secondary, Freedom Munitions 55 and 69gr ammo
  • Saiga12, Venom micro, Remington Gun Club Target (1200) and Heavy Dove (1255) loads

Stage 4

  • The night before, I verified zero on the Strike Eagle and also adjusted the gas block to fix an issue plaguing it since December.¬†The first shots on¬†the stage and it failed to cycle. A close target I shot on the move only had 1 non-A hit though I shot at it at least 3 times.
  • Pistol run was clean.

Stage 5

  • 9 SG targets, so I max load the 12 rounder to 13. ¬†Run is clean.
  • Pistol is quick but yields an FTN.

Stage 1

  • Mags downloaded by 5, but the rifle still fails to cycle the first few shots.
  • Even with the bipod and the verified zero, run is not 1 for 1.
  • Shooting from the rooftop on the ladder should have been photographed. (the things we get to do in this sport!)

Stage 2

  • Good planning on the stage, but execution could have been faster.
  • Unneeded extra shots on the last 2 paper targets.

Stage 3

  • Nordic mag downloaded by 8 but still, again with the first shot(s) issue.
  • SG goes well until THE MAGWELL FELL OFF. Ugh. 1 clay left unengaged.
  • Pistol is clean.

Needs Improvement

  • SG
    • Weld the magwell to the Saiga or equivalent.
    • Zero the Saiga.
  • Rifle
    • Open up the rifle gas block.
    • Get PPU ammo.
    • Replace micro dot’s battery
  • Pistol
    • Watching the videos, my movement isn’t as smooth or ‘normal’. And the reason is the holstered pistol. I need to get confident running full bore with pistol holstered. (Like it’s not there)

The Good

  • SG and rifle – when it runs, it runs.
  • Pistol – accuracy and general work.
  • Stage planning and ownership.

Finished 15th overall.

Post Match Rifle Round-up

After the match, we shot a few rifles to compare recoil impulse:

  • 16″ mid, adjustable gas block, A5 buffer system
  • TTI carbine – 16″ rifle, adjustable gas, A5 buffer system
  • SW-JP15 – 20″ rifle, adjustable gas, JP CSS, JP lightened BCG

The first 2 were virtually the same. The TTI system was probably just a smidge better with less movement between shots. But it rurns out my system was the softest shooting of the 3.

Manatee 3G, 1-14-17

January 14, 2017

Open/Tac Division

  • G17 – 124gr BB RN loads, 115gr PMC ammo
  • DPMS-Del15 – Meopta 1-4x, Freedom Munitions 55gr ammo
  • Saiga 12 – Vortex Venom micro dot, ¬†Remington Heavy Dove, 3DRAM loads, and Managed Recoil slugs

Making things harder on myself and ‘lifting heavier weights’ by shooting the G17, albeit with the 170mm mag.

Stage 3

  • Rifle on paper goes well and is clean.
  • Pistol on the star is 1 for 1 – great!
  • Then the wheels fall off. 49 rounds later, 1 small steel still up, and a total miss on the clamshell. Lifting heavy indeed.
  • 56/61

Stage 4

  • Saiga hiccups about 2-3 times on feeding that’s quickly fixed with a slight pull to the rear of the bolt, and release. Otherwise, the run is clean.
  • Confidence shaken, I brush it off and run the pistol almost 1 for 1 with only 1 makeup on the all steel targets.
  • 14th (huge jump from 56th)

Stage 5

  • Ran the SG in 2 positions, but maybe should’ve done it on the move. Regardless, run was clean, 1 for 1, with a 2 shot spinner.
  • Pistol steel almost 1 for 1, with only 1 makeup. This is where I consciously thought and successfully executed ‘go fast’ while shooting.
  • 5th

Stage 1

  • SG is 1 for 1, with 1 feed hiccup (easy fix as before). Combo hit on 2 poppers and 2 flyers is good.
  • Rifle is clean on paper and 1 makeup on the off-hand distance shots. (magnification set to 2x)
  • Pistol has 2-3 makeups, but much better than the first stage.
  • 10th

Stage 2

  • Little trouble getting out of the car, but that’s more of an agility issue rather than a shooting one.
  • Off-hand paper (magnification set to 2x) is clean.
  • From the prone position, I forget to set magnification to 4x on the way to the mat, so I shoot the first 2 targets at 2x. (still 1 for 1)
  • I set magnification to 4x and continue. 1 makeup needed on other targets for not placing proper POA on the first 300+yd steel.
  • Getting in and out of prone again showed issues with agility.
  • Pistol steel is also almost 1 for 1.
  • 30th

Needs Improvement

  • From the pistol debacle of the first stage: continued work with pistol. Work on accuracy and speed.
  • Rifle seemed to be steadier¬†after a change to the buffer system (changed from Enidine hydraulic buffer to standard carbine buffer and extra power carbine spring). Need to run pairs¬†drills to ingrain and reset confidence with the rifle.
  • Fix Saiga zero as I have been aiming high left since Benning.
  • Work on agility and physical fitness.

The Good

  • Mental strength – not letting the debacle of the first stage get to me but also overcoming it.
  • Pistol work – post first stage.
  • Rifle work – clean, no issues, great accuracy.
  • Saiga – it ran, despite some hiccups, which I’ll take over totally crapping out. Even with less than perfect zero, no forced reloads needed today for excessive makeup shots.

While I mention the need to improve on my fitness and agility, today was probably better than the last few matches. Getting better…

Finished 18th overall and 3rd in Open.

3Gun, Manatee, 12/31/16

  • Tac-Ops
    • G17: stock sights, 13# recoil spring, Zev std bar, std striker spring, extra power trigger spring, Zev disconnector, 124gr BB RN loads
    • DPMS-Del15: Meopta 1-4x, Precision Armaments M4-72 comp, Enidine hydraulic buffer, Freedom Munitions 55gr ammo
    • TTI Benelli borrowed from Lee P.: Estate 3DRAM loads and Remington Managed recoil slugs
  • Needs work
    • Pistol
      • Recoil management, muzzle flip control
      • Splits
    • SG
      • SG is overpowering me – work on grip and stance
        • Benelli forearm and LOP seems to stretch me out too much and out of balance
        • results in less than adequate splits
      • loading
    • Rifle
      • M4-72 comp blows gas back at shooter
        • barely¬†noticeable outdoors, unless walls prohibit gasses
      • Splits practice in the beginning of November was evident at Frostproof match the week before but not today
        • In that match I used the SW-JP15 with JP comp and std carbine buffer.
        • comp?
        • buffer?
    • Fitness for quicker footwork and more dynamic, explosive movement
  • The Good
    • Pistol accuracy
      • mostly steel targets, mostly 1 for 1 except for 1 pesky malformed gong hanging sideways at the last stage
    • Rifle zero
      • 1 for 1 for LR shots out to 300 with 55gr ammo (mono-pod with dual mag setup, prone)
      • few shots for the match, but clean
    • Clean match
    • Stage ownership and mental game

Match was a ‘practice’ match and not scored

USPSA, Ruskin, 1-1-17

First match of the year, on the heels of the last 3gun match for the year, shooting PCC for this match with the PSA-Oly9 (Bushnell TRS-25, 124gr BB RN ammo).

  • Needs work
    • Splits – if I thought my rifle splits with my Tac-ops rifle was slower than with the JP, the ‘jumpier’ 9mm platform felt slower
    • Fitness (same as with 3G, above)
  • The Good
    • Accuracy – no mikes, steel one for one
    • Stage planning, ownership, and mental game
    • Execution

Finished 5th out of 38 overall and 1st out of 12 in PCC, great start for the year!

FB3G, 12-3-16

December 7, 2016

Finally in Benning!

Open Division

  • Open G34, 124gr BB RN ammo
  • SW-JP15, Vortex Strike Eagle primary, Sightmark micro secondary, 55gr Freedom Munitions
  • Saiga 12, Vortex Venom optic, Remington 3DRAM loads and Remington Managed Recoil slugs

Day 1

I had mulled not shooting the match as I had gotten sick with cough Wednesday from the cold weather of Nevada the week before. But with such a match, I had to force it. Driving up with my buddy Keith was uneventful. On check-in at Benning, I even got my consolation prize off the bat – a 10 pack of Daniel Defence 32 round mags and Lucas Oil goodies! Thanks Daniel Defense¬†and Lucas Oil! I joked I could’ve gone home then and there.

Stage 5

  • 20 rounds full auto on the SAW
  • Drag the skedco across, then hop on the jeep for the rifle. I start on the close paper then move to the plate rack.
  • When I get to the spinner, disaster. The cold weather combined with the rifle blowback and incorrect hat wear causes fogging. I. Can’t. See. Nevermind trying to transition between top and bottom plates when I can’t see, I end up trying to spin it using only the bottom plate. I finished off the 48 rounder, reloaded, then a few shots later, called it.
  • Pistol – paper and far steel goes ok.
  • SG steel goes well, and the spinner goes in 2 shots.
  • 108th out of 144

Stage 6

  • Primary set to 6x, secondary dot on.
  • Malfunction on the 2nd shot.
  • Off-hand rifle is pretty good, with only 1 extra shot per array. I used the ‘bouncing ball’ technique and it worked well.
  • After the door, I loose all my planned sequence and get a FTN on the drop turner.
  • 72nd

Stage 7

  • Shot as planned, as well as I could.
  • Malfunction in the beginning was from an Estate shell that hung up on the chamber. Good thing I was able to force it in.
  • 59th

Stage 8

  • Primary set to 1x, since I have time to switch magnification.
  • Malfunction on 2nd shot again.
  • On the last steel, the dark sky and my dark glasses cause me to misidentify the hit (FTN).
  • SG and pistol are ok.
  • 87th.

Stage 9

  • SG slugs are 1 for 1. The rest of the SG goes well too.
  • LR steel is ok.
  • Pistol is ok but I was spent after the long run.
  • Need more PT. A lot more PT.
  • 100th (multi-tie for last with others)

Stage 1

  • Winded at the end, even with the slow runs.
  • Best stage of the day at 33rd.

Stage 2

  • As I prep for my run, I realize the Saiga has lost its screws attaching the magwell’s front. It’s broken and I can’t find the screws. Keith’s Benelli to the rescue (again).
  • While on the wobble bridge, the Benelli fails to feed on the second shot and I have to figure out how to fix it. But fix it I did and at least get all the targets 1 for 1, including the 2 flyers.
  • Pistol on the teeter totter is ok.
  • Going under the port is a struggle but I make it ok. The same goes for shooting on the right and left of the Rhodesian wall.
  • Final 4 targets prone through the low port goes ok too.
  • 125th

Day2

After a long cold Day 1, coughing all night, and little recovery, I am at a worse state now. The last time I was in Benning in the 90’s for Army PLDC, I got chickenpox. Here I am sick again.

Stage 3

  • Tunnel stage. I opt to DNF because of bad knees and my sick state.

Stage 4

  • 3 from the ladder is ok.
  • I shoot the rest of the blind shoot house almost IDPA style with head shots from the rifle.
  • My foggy state causes me to miss 2 targets (not engaged)
  • 131st

This was the most physical match by far, that I had to shoot in my worst condition of being sick. It kicked my ass and highlighted my weaknesses. None the worst for wear, I’m glad I shot the match and learned. Finished 113th out of 144.

3G Manatee, 11-5-16

December 7, 2016

Open Division

  • Open G34, 124gr BB RN ammo
  • SW-JP15, Vortex Strike Eagle primary, Sightmark micro secondary, 55gr Freedom Munitions
  • Saiga 12, Vortex Venom optic, Remington and Estate 3DRAM loads and Remington Managed Recoil slugs

Stage 3

  • Rifle on up close paper, some behind ports
  • Slugs and poppers on the left
  • Pistol on the right
  • 4th out of 38

Stage 4

  • Multiple ways stage. I start with shotgun in the middle, then dump on the right.
  • Switch to rifle and finish off the stage.
  • I skip on a position on the move from right to left and consequently FTE a target.
  • 13th

Stage 5

  • Start in the middle with the SG, reload topped with slugs, then dump on the right.
  • Switch to pistol and finish off at the left.
  • 11th

Stage 1

  • 100yd off hand rifle shots. Too many makeup shots.
  • Some paper on the way to the dump barrel, then switch to SG.
  • Reload topped off with slugs to finish off.
  • Mike on steel I heard I hit but didn’t drop.
  • 16th

Stage 2

  • Pistol from the beginning all the way to the end.
  • Pickup SG for poppers and flyers.
  • Switch to rifle for 50-400yd steel.
  • 11th

Finished 11th overall and 1st in Open.

PCC Division with the PSA-Oly9mm AR using 124gr BB RN ammo.

Stage 6

  • Field of steel, but you’re upside down hanging from a teeter-totter table. Shoot as many as you can in the par time. \
  • I start off slow but get in the groove slowly.
  • After finishing off the first mag, I then realize that I placed the second mag poorly on ‘make ready’ and wasn’t able to reach it and reload.
  • 40th out of 168

Stage 7 

  • Re-hash of a PCC Palooza stage, the one with a popper behind a steel port. This time, there was a paper target behind the popper.
  • Unbeknownst to me, behind the paper target was a steel plate. So when I shot at the paper, hearing the steel ‘dings’ (from behind the paper) made me think I was missing and hitting the steel port. I spent a few seconds dumping rounds through that target.
  • 38th

Stage 8

  • Re-hash of the PCC Palooza stage with the bowling balls.
  • 64th

Stage 1

  • Re-hash of the house PCC Palooza stage.
  • 46th

Stage 2-5

  • Re-hashes of PCC Palooza stages

Finished 38th overall, 6th out of 24 in PCC. Interesting, since I was also 6th in the PCC Palooza match using most of the same stages. At least I’m consistent.

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