Archive for August, 2009

Sharpshooter in ESP

Posted: August 24, 2009 in IDPA
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I ran the classifier twice last weekend. The first run was terrible. My hits were all over the place and by stage 3 I had a ridiculous amount of points down. When I went forward to score the targets and all my hits were along the right side of the targets. I had several misses and a lot of shots scored -3. I couldn’t believe I had done so badly. I still scraped sharpshooter, I think I was perhaps 3 seconds into it from marksman. Certainly not what I had hoped for.

At the end of the day after I’d run everyone else through there were just a couple of SOs left. I decided to put up a target and put 2 sighters on there from 10yds to see what I was doing wrong. Both shots were about 2″ apart about 8″ right of center. I looked at my gun and found the rear sight was way off to the right. It has a grub screw in the rear sight and I guess it had worked its way loose and kept drifting over under recoil.

I got it centered back up and ran through the classifier again. I missed 3 headshots on stage 1 (something you should never do), but the load I was using was impacting a little lower than usual. I decided to continue despite this and ended up at the top end of SS, just 4.5s off getting Expert. I would have gotten EX had I not dropped the headshots. Final scores were:

Stage Score Raw Time Points down
1 37.11 27.61 19
2 28.53 22.53 12
3 47.42 38.42 18
Total 113.06 88.56 49

Classifier tomorrow

Posted: August 21, 2009 in IDPA
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Tomorrow I’ll be shooting the IDPA classifier (ESP) in preparation for the OH State match. Considering I had a disastrous last match, I made sure I doublechecked all my equipment and have everything cleaned and ready to go.

I’m even bringing my XD and associated gear so if I really get into a tight spot I can at least shoot that in CDP. If I get the time, I may be able run the classifier in both. I also have separate and clearly identifiable containers of ammo for both guns, since they’re loaded to different specs.

Right off to bed, ready for a good night’s sleep.

Squared away

Posted: August 9, 2009 in IDPA

Although I had fun, I had an epic failure at the last Pickaway match. I usually clean my gun before every match but had failed to do so for this match, believing that was “clean enough”. I was also trying out some new reloads using moly coated 180gr rounds. I had not shot a lot of these through the gun and tested them at my local indoor range. The two of these issues, plus a whole host of other issues caused me to post some really awful times. While I don’t like to dwell on the past too much, especially bad performances, I did learn some interesting lessons.

Every match is important.

I went into it thinking it was probably going to be a throwaway match due to possible ammo problems, but it’s still not a good feeling to post awful times. Matches are the time to perform. As a safety officer and designer of 3 of the 4 stages at the match, I need to be at peak performance, that means myself AND my equipment.

I should not shoot matches expecting problems, or expecting to put in bad scores. As Lanny likes to say, your performance equals your expectations.

While I have not let it get me down, it’s still got me thinking about things. If I am going to enter state matches and possibly nationals at some point in the future, I need to treat every local match with as much respect as I would a major match. I shoot far more local than major matches, so therefore they become my training/practicing at shooting matches. If I don’t take them seriously, how am I supposed to suddenly change my performance at a major match? It can’t happen unless every match is important to me and treated as such. Practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.

I have the classifier on the 22nd at Big Darby Creek and the OH State match mid September, so I cannot afford to get lax or have my equipment fail, I need to make sure I have everything squared away.

PCSI IDPA Match Video August 2009

Posted: August 8, 2009 in IDPA
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PCSI IDPA Match August 2009

Although I had a ton of problems, I did have a lot of fun. The weather was great and I was able to put in a few quick times.

I need to do some more work on my trigger control and follow through as I had a few silly misses and more points down than I should have had.

The compilation video contains some of the better runs, although I didn’t get footage of all the runs today. This is my first time with my new video camera, so getting it out is not yet part of my routine.

IDPA Dry Fire Videos

Posted: August 4, 2009 in IDPA

I bought a new Canon FS20 flash memory cam corder and thought I’d try recording myself to see how it turned out. So here are a few videos of me doing some basic dry fire drills:

Reload with Retention

Tactical Reload

You can see I’m not wearing a cover garment for this video, but I may post the same drills later on using my vest to compare.