Month: July 2015

Practice – 24 July 2015

Every Thursday night the Pastor from one of the local churches has a little fun shoot/competition at the range.  Rules are loose, and you run what you bring and the sky is the limit.  Sometimes it is rifle and pistol, but this time was just pistol.  I usually just use my USPSA gear, as I want all the practice I can get.

Got out there a few minutes early and ran my Area 3 loads through the chronograph.  These were all plucked at random from my boxes and stored in my office all day.  Average over several 3 shot strings was 970, so right at the 131 power factor I was expecting.  Very happy with that.

First “stage” was IDPA targets.  You started 10 yards back and right from a shooting box, and on the beep you moved to the box and engaged 3 targets at a 45 degree angle from the box.  Two of the targets were about 10 and 12 yards out with minimal spacing, and the last of the array was about 3 yards from the other and about 15 yards out from the box.  Then you sprinted forward about 30 yards to a table and there were 4 more targets at about 20 yards and some were at goofy angles.  We did this twice for score.  The first run wasn’t the prettiest.  After sitting in a patrol vehicle all day my legs were a bit stiff and I should have stretched a bit, but the time was 19.58 and down 4.  So 23.58 which was still the fastest out of everyone.   Second string I did in 18.08 and was down 2.  So some improvement, I had to focus on striding out my run and pushing it.  I hate running!

Next was a Steel Challenge style setup.  Five steel plates with dimensions of 10″ x 8″ with a small head box of a couple inches.  Four were at 15 yards with about 7 yard spacing between them.  Final stop plate was at 32 yards.  We each got 2 runs.  Mine were under 5 seconds each.  A couple of makeups, one on the second run 3rd plate at 15 yards, 1 on first string on the 32 yard stop plate, and 2 on the second run at the 32 yard stop plate.   I was trying to push for speed, and didn’t have as good of a sight picture as I should have, and had a shitty trigger press on the far stop plate.

Last stage was 2 strings, draw fire 1 on 15 yard plate, slide lock reload fire 1.  Both strings were right at 3 seconds, but the first I missed the steel by an inch as I was pushing hard and didn’t quite have an acceptable sight picture, but I called it a miss as soon as it happened.  Reloads were good.

Then I just got to do a little screwing around.  Did some draws to the 32 yard target, 5 in a row with good hits at 1 second.  Shot a few Bill drills on the steel at 10, did some more transitions practice on the steel and called it good.

Oh yeah, my A card showed up in the mail the other day.  This calculation put me at 75.29%.  I am missing three that haven’t been calculated yet which will put me at 81.?%  So still have some work to do to get my M card.


Match Review – Sioux Falls Practical Shooters – 19 July 2015

After my disappointing match at the Great Plains Sectional I evaluated what I didn’t like from that match.  First is that my fat ass needs to actually move!  Second is I had a lot of A’s and I need to remember that I can give up a few A’s for C’s if I am hauling ass.  Unfortunately, I have not had a chance to dry fire since the GP Section match as my wife is doing Rustoleum’s Total Transformation on the kitchen cabinets and has all the doors in my dry fire area.  Thankfully it is almost done, and I just have to put the doors back tomorrow.

I went to this match with my mind clear, and my emotions in check.  I did have a heck of a headache, but I just dealt with it.  I smoked a Romeo y Julieta Reserve Maduro while waiting for the match to start, it was yummy.

Stage 5:
24 – A
14.59 seconds
8.2248 Hit Factor

Good start to the day. Unloaded table start, and it took a little longer to get the gun loaded than I would have liked.  The first reload wasn’t as clean as it should have been and I could have shot a bit faster, but my movement from one side of the stage to the other was much less slow than at the GP Section match.  Still need to move faster and clean up the reloads.


Gunshot Wound Trauma Care


As I am employed as a Police Officer I occasionally get to do something other than eat donuts, and violate people’s constitutional rights.  So when my boss told me to sign up for Strategos International’s Tactical Medical Responder course, I jumped at the chance as I knew the quality of their instruction previously attending their Law Enforcement Response to the Active Shooter Instructor class.  I am not an EMT or Paramedic and before this class my knowledge of treating gunshot wounds or trauma was little at best.  This training was based off of the US Military’s Tactical Combat Casualty Care program or TC³.

So why am I talking about this if this blog is dedicated more towards competitive shooting? Because we shoot guns, and there is always a chance of someone shooting themselves or another on accident (or on purpose).  Do you know what to do?  Do you have any equipment to treat them, do you trust that the range staff or someone else has it?  What is the response time for an ambulance to arrive at a range out in the boonies?  This is a basic write up of what we would be able to do at the range with minimal supplies and minimal training, to hopefully save the life of a person.

The normal adult blood volume for a person is about 5 liters.  If a major artery is cut a human being can lose 1 liter of blood in 30 seconds.  At about 1.5 liters the person starts to become anxious and their radial pulse starts to weaken and respiration starts to increase.  At 2 liters they start to become confused, heart rate increases even more to make up for the loss of blood pressure.  2.5 liters of blood lost will cause the person to be unconscious, and their radial pulse would be absent.  Without immediate medical care and blood replacement, the person is likely to die.


2015 Great Plains Sectional review

Holy hell was it hot!  Ambient temperature was about 95 degrees Fahrenheit and 107 degrees heat index at the hottest.  The range is down in a valley in a former gravel pit so there was no wind.  Unfortunately, I carry about 40 to 50 pounds of extra weight so that wasn’t making me any cooler.

We arrived on Saturday around 12:30 pm and did our stage walkthroughs for a few hours.  I was stupid and didn’t carry any water so by the time we were done I was pretty dehydrated.  I spent the rest of the night rehydrating, and finally started to pee clear again by the end of the night.

On the day of the match we arrived at about 7am and got our stage stickers.  We went to Stage 6 were greeted by our “squad father”, this was a great concept that I haven’t had at a major match yet.  Normally someone on the squad has to do the duty instead they had one of the match staff handling it, so he gathered all of our stickers and took care of all our squading and scoring.


Practice – 8 July 2015

This wasn’t a true practice session, I was at the range to train another officer to complete his inservice and his qualification.  As I was there to train him, I didn’t get a chance to put a lot of rounds down range but I did some demoing and I shot while he was loading ammo.

This year for the inservice I used drills from Ben Stoeger’s Skills and Drills book, GET IT HERE.  I used the Dot drill, but compressed the distance for my officers to 3 yards, and Distance Changeup and Accelerator.  Depending on the officer and their proficiency, I would either run it as is from the book or reduce the distances a bit while building up their abilities.  This officer was an administration guy, and is rarely out on patrol and does not ever dryfire or practice on his own.   This meant reduced distances for both drills.