2017 Mile High Showdown


Drove out to Colorado for the 2017 Mile High Showdown at Ben Lomond Gun Club in rural Eastern Colorado.  Stayed at the Coyote Motel Limon, in Limon Co which was about 30 minutes away from the range, but 1.5 hours from Colorado Springs or Denver and the area is light on entertainment.  The range is at much higher elevation than I am used to and it was supposed to be hot, so I spent an extra day in Colorado Springs to get used to doing activities in less air.


SS Nats, Area 5, and training

Shot SS Nats, did okay.  43rd overall and 2nd B Class.  Shot in match mode, made a couple of boneheaded mistakes and shagged a couple no shoots and mikes.  They were for the most part on a mover target I have never shot before and I did stupid crap with.  No gun issues, it ran perfect.  Didn’t get much on video as my card in the GoPro was apparently too slow of a read/write speed.

At Area 5, I didn’t really watch the sights like I should have and definitely didn’t pull the trigger properly.  Thus lots of misses, Deltas and stupid mistakes.  4th Master, and 15th overall.  I can shoot so much better than that!!

Got in a lot of practice in the last week, worked on a bunch of shooting on the move and trigger control.  We will see if it pays off at the Mile High Showdown this weekend.

Sorry for not posting more, but busy with other things.

14 May 2017 SF Practical Shooters

I know I haven’t been posting much, but work has been busy and life is just getting in the way. I still haven’t made it outside for a true training session, but hopefully that can start after next week. Also haven’t been dry firing as much as I should due to some personal issues relating to my father-in-law and his cancer.

Also my department has been pushing toward accreditation and thus I have spent more time in front of a computer than I would like in the last year, so it makes it a bit tough to want to come on here and write about shooting as I am fried mentally. The audit starts Sunday when the Superclassifier in Sioux Falls is scheduled, but luckily I only have to be in on Monday for the last bit of it, so I still get to shoot the classifier match. The auditors leave on Tuesday morning, and I hope we get it, fingers crossed.


It’s alive! I hope.


Not that impressed with the AFTEC at least in my gun. I bought it and fit it per the instructions. I fit the firing pin stop to .002″ and broke the edges. I installed it without the springs to see how easily it moved and everything seemed good. I put both springs in and installed it. When I tested the tension, I found that it wouldn’t hold a round against if I slightly shook the slide. The round would just fall out.

So I took it to the range and shot about 75 to 100 rounds and it worked, so I thought it was good. When shooting the match the problem of not enough tension reared it’s ugly head. The round would extract as the hook of the extractor would grab the case, but because there wasn’t enough tension to hold the brass against the breachface, the next round in the magazine would push the extracting round up in the slide. Which caused it to ride over the ejector, and then the slide would go forward and start to load the next round. Sometimes a tap and rack would clear it, but if it didn’t I would have to strip the magazine to clear it.


23 April 2017 SF Practical Shooters

Have you ever been so pissed off at your gun you wanted to throw it in the berm and use someone else’s gun to put it out of it’s misery? After the extractor broke at the last match in Omaha, I bought an AFTEC extractor and installed it in my gun. I thought the tension was a bit weak but it seemed to run in the limited testing I was able to do before this match. I was wrong!

First stage of the day had no issues with the extractor and ended up taking third overall on the stage. Got beat by a PCC shooter and an Open shooter. Stage plan went well and my hits were good. I could see from the video that the draw was a bit off and there was some trigger freeze on a couple of targets.   (more…)