Archive for February, 2009

Top 10 Most Popular IDPA Guns

Posted: February 21, 2009 in IDPA
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I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while since I found it really interesting reading the IDPA magazine with the 2008 Nationals equipment survey. So without further ado, here are the most popular IDPA guns used at the 2008 Nationals.

Rank Gun Make/Model Caliber Competitors
1st Glock 34 9mm 52
2nd Glock 17 9mm 32
3rd Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm 24
4th Smith & Wesson 625 45ACP 11
5th= Springfield XD 9mm 8
5th= Glock 35 40S&W 8
6th Smith & Wesson M&P 45ACP 7
7th= Smith & Wesson 686 .357 Mag 6
7th= STI Eagle 5.0 9mm 6
8th= Sig Sauer P226 9mm 5
8th= Springfield 1911 9mm 5
9th= Smith & Wesson 66 .357 Mag 4
9th= Kimber Custom II 45ACP 4
10th= Beretta 92G Elite II 9mm 3
10th= Caspian 1911 45ACP 3
10th= Glock 21 45ACP 3
10th= Glock 22 40S&W 3
10th= Kimber Stainless Target II 45ACP 3
10th= Rock River 1911 45ACP 3
10th= Smith & Wesson M&P 40 S&W 3
10th= Springfield XD 40 S&W 3
10th= STI 2011 9mm 3
10th= Wilson Combat CQB 45ACP 3

As you can see Glocks were the dominant manufacturer, but the other manufacturers were fairly evenly spread. Below is a chart of the top 10 manufacturers, regardless of model used.

Rank Manufacturer Competitors
1st Glock 102
2nd Smith & Wesson 68
3rd Springfield 30
4th Kimber 23
5th STI 18
6th Sig Sauer 12
7th Wilson Combat 10
8th Colt 7
9th Beretta 5
10th= Caspian 4
10th= Rock River 4

Wednesday night update

Posted: February 19, 2009 in IDPA
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Did about 40 mins of dry firing using dummy rounds (no powder or primer). It felt a little odd to start with, but after about 10 mins I got used to the feel. With the new S&A magwell I installed the other week, I find that I’m really having to push the mag in harder than I used to because the base of the mag is flush with the magwell. I think I need to make some rubber basepads.

My weight is also down to 215lb which I’m happy about. I got down to that about a month ago when I lost 8lbs with the flu. I regained about 5 lbs once I was better, which I was completely expecting. If I’m ill, any diet that I’m on always goes out the window. I eat what I need to eat to get healthy again, and if that means high calorie and high fatty foods, then so be it. Fortunately I can loose a few pounds quite quickly and easily – much to the annoyance of my coworkers. My goal is to get under 200 by June.

Ok, gotta go take the mags out of the tumbler. They were filthy after the USPSA match at Rayners last weekend.

I ordered the press from Brian Enos, along with a number of accessories, including the spare parts kit, electronic scales, digital calipers, aluminum roller handle, strong mount, case feeder and bullet tray.

When I unpacked the press, I was pleasantly surprised to find the primer feed mechanism already attached. The only thing I had to do was to mount it, attach the bullet tray, case feeder, roller handle, insert and adjust the Dillon dies.

Set up was a breeze and I got it all done in about 1.5 hours. The only thing I don’t have yet is the scales, so I couldn’t calibrate the powder bar. Calibration only takes about 5 to 10 minutes and I can be ready to reload.

I bought some Clays powder today because Vances had sold out of Titegroup. They also didn’t have any large pistol primers. I can’t find primers anywhere… this could be a bit of a problem!

I did manage to load up 30 dummy rounds, which I will be using during dry fire. These are rounds created with no powder or primer and will be kept in my practice room, away from live ammo.

It’s important to practice reloads with mags that are as close to the real weight as possible because the balance and feel is quite different.

I tried USPSA

Posted: February 10, 2009 in IDPA
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In December and just last weekend I shot a couple of USPSA matches at the Pickaway Range in Circleville since there weren’t any IDPA matches (that I could find) being run locally.

I used my Para P14 and ran it in Limited10. I experienced a lot of malfunctions, which I believe is due to the Para mags, but apart from that I had a really good time. It was great to mingle with a new group of shooters and shoot a slightly different style COF. I joked with the guys that it should be easy because the A zone is so much bigger – I don’t think they had quite grasped my English humor yet.

I did find it quite odd to be running around in the open, reloading and shooting, but very quickly got used to it. It’s always felt slow to me in IDPA, when I have to duck back behind cover, reload, then move to the next position. I liked the speed element of the game, also being able to drop partially loaded mags, so you can get through the stage quicker.

The December match was basically a lost brass match, since it was snowing so hard that once you had completed the stage, your brass already covered up by the snow. Those chemical hand warmers were a must.

The Feb match in contrast was a skating rink as the bays ended up being one big sheet of ice with rivers of melt water flowing over them. While this may sound dangerous, no one fell and everyone maintained good muzzle discipline.

One of the highlights for me, was being able to shoot in the same squad as Bob Vogel, 3 time IDPA champion and 2008 USPSA Production National Champion.

One of the stages was the El Presidente classifier, which I’d never shot before. I asked Bob which way was better to turn and he ended up giving me a mini tutorial with lots of tips. I shot that in 8.7seconds scoring 54 points. Bob shot it in just over 5 seconds. I was happy with my performance even though I was up until 2am the night before fitting an S&A magwell!

I don’t have the camp mentality when it comes to IDPA vs USPSA. They’re both pistol shooting sports and should be taken for what they are. One is not better than the other, they’re just different sports with different rules. Being experienced in both can only make you a better shooter overall and that’s what we’re all striving for right?

My 45 ACP load data

Posted: February 1, 2009 in IDPA
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Disclaimer: This is for information only and not intended to be used as a guide. Always refer to manufacturers’ reloading manuals for actual reloading data and follow their instructions. I won’t be held responsible for anything if you try this load.

230gr round nose Montana Gold CMJ
4.2gr of Clays
CCI large pistol primers
Mixed brass
COAL 1.260

This is a very soft shooting load compared to the Titegroup load I was previously using:

My previous load was:
230gr round nose Montana Gold CMJ
4.6gr of Titegroup
Federal large pistol primers
Mixed brass
COAL 1.260

While I don’t have a chrono, judging by reports from others that use this very similar combination, this should result in approx 170 PF.

While CDP in IDPA only requires 165 PF, I don’t really want to create loads that are so close to the PF limit that I’m going to create stress while running through the chrono stage at a major match. I’d much rather just stick to a load I know works in all conditions and temperature ranges.

With either of these loads I use a 12lb Wolff recoil spring and a Wilson shock buff. The stock 16lb spring is just too heavy and if you’re not careful you’ll end up with stove pipes, which are even more prone to happening when shooting from unfamiliar positions (crouching or lying down), or shooting support hand only.