Month: May 2016

Sell my plasma for a Mark 7

Dryfire has been fairly consistent for the last week or so even with our house torn apart for the new flooring in the upper level.  Thankfully my wife is awesome and didn’t just want to cram my dryfire dojo full of the furniture while the floor was installed.  Now it is done and we have most everything back where it belongs and it looks so much better!

Today I woke up and headed into Brookings and did something that I haven’t done since college… donate plasma.  New place opened up and Carla texted me about it and did some simple math and if I donate once or twice a week for the next 7 to 8 months it will easily pay for a Mark 7 for my 1050 to automate it.  The first time took a couple hours due to the physical and inital question crap.  From now on it will only be an hour each time and some easy money for me and it helps people.

After donating Carla and I ate some raw fish at the sushi joint next door and I hit the indoor range and shot the .22 pistol exclusively.  Shot groups and only groups.  500 rounds worth of .22lr mostly at 25 yards, but some at 10 and 7.  I also shot groups on the 1″ dots target at 7 yards, just shooting 5 rounds into each dot.  This allowed me to focus on trigger control.  Felt good.  I used to shoot .22 pistol a lot back before the price of .22lr went crazy from all the neckbeards hoarding it, and I really think that it helped me be a better shooter so I figured I would give it a try again.

Tomorrow I attend a long day of the NRA Range Safety Officer course, which is 8 hours of being told to consult the SOP for the range you are working at.  So freaking boring, but after I work a certain number of hours as a RSO for the indoor range, I will be able to use the range during off hours and actually draw my gun.  I will also be able to take our officers there and turn down the lights to conduct low light training.  Yippee!

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Practice – 20 May 2016

Up bright and early and headed to the range. Arrived and found that the gates were open and a couple of guys laying the foundation for the new clubhouse. I checked with them to see if they had any problems with me using a bay and they said they didn’t. I noticed that Brandon was already down using another part of the range doing some training. I went to the first bay and pulled out 3 target stands and my two 8″ static plates.

As I have been in speed mode most of the winter and spring, it has been difficult for me to find match performance on demand, as I usually am pushing myself too hard at the match, so I was going to focus match speed and only A’s or very close C hits.

I brought my Browning Buckmark .22 pistol with and I shot about 200 or more rounds with it for accuracy and attempted to shoot the tightest groups that I could at various distances. That started to feel good and I was once again stacking all of my shots into an acceptable group out to 15 yards, I had been having a bit of trouble with this as in speed mode I have been slapping the trigger more aggressively than I should, and dry fire has exacerbated this. Wall drills help, but I have found shooting a .22 with very little recoil and noise is the best way for me to ensure that I remember how to pull a trigger properly.

I set up three targets at standard spacing with no shoots stapled in various ways to create partial targets.  I went to 7 yards and shot a couple of Blake drills on the partial targets. First run was horrible, as I gripped the gun like I had been gripping my Buckmark. After that I gripped properly and accuracy improved.  For me to shoot all A’s the drill would take about 3 seconds both left to right and right to left.

I shot Steve Anderson’s Call it and Leave it drill a few of times. 1 plate at 10 yards, two shooting boxes about 10 feet apart.  Shoot one round and call the shot and immediately move to the next box and repeat.  I set a par time for 10 seconds and I could get 5 hits in 10 seconds.  About 2 seconds between boxes.  When I would miss, I knew it before it happened and would make it up and then move.

I then shot hard entry and exit drills.  Tried to video all of it, but I forgot to bring my tripod mount for my cell phone, so it kept tipping over and just recording the clouds going by. Got a few of the runs on video so I can tell that I am moving better than last year, but still move like a 36 year old that is fat and out of shape.

I shot a couple of Dots at 5 yards and cleaned them and made an attempt at 7 but pooched it on two of the dots by just going a bit too fast.

Finished with a couple of Four Aces and Bill drills.  If I didn’t care about A’s and just burned the 4 Aces by point shooting, I am able to shoot it in 2.4 seconds, but I would drop a C.  If I focused on the hits, I would be around 2.6 seconds.  Bill drills I hit 1.78 seconds, and 1.83 seconds.

I have noticed that my draw is okay, but I am having issues prepping the trigger so that it is ready to shoot when I get on target.  I tend to wait for my sights to be aligned and then slap the trigger to the rear.  I loose about .1 to .2 on the draw because of it.

Transitions have been improved exponientally from last year.  Just have to get my trigger press back to what it was last year.

Match review – SFPS Superclassifier

First division – Production

CM 06-10 Steely Speed VII
First up, and shot it okay, could have been better, 4.?? seconds. Got short beeped from the RO so he gave me a reshoot. Did even worse on the reshoot. Ended up with a 6.10 seconds and a crap load of make up shots on the steel. I don’t remember seeing my sights, tried to burn it down. This seemed to be the theme for the day, was going to just shoot to my abilities and instead shot it all in speed mode.

CM 99-47 Triple Choice
10 – A
1 – B
1 – C
1 – D
2 – M
12.76 seconds
2.8997 HF
Nothing much to say about this except for poor accuracy. Speed was good but the accuracy was horrible.

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Pew Pew, ‘Murica!

Dry fired fairly regularly this week, nothing to exciting.  Made it to the range on Thursday night for an informal “match” with my neighbor and pastor of one of the local Baptist churches.

Shot my carry gun from appendix and concealed under a polo shirt.  3 stages that you run twice for time.  If he uses paper targets, they are IDPA and it is scored as +1, +3, and fail for a miss.  First stage was steel with some movement.  I got the fastest time on the stage by a couple of seconds.  Second stage was a stand and shoot on steel and I also won that stage.

Third stage was an El Presidente type stage, and while I shot it the fastest, I also dropped too many points thus lost that stage by a second or so.  After that I checked my zero and found that at 12 yards the gun hits 2 inches lower than I would like so I need to get a new front sight to make it hit where I want it to.  Still good enough for now.  I then did some draws to an AC steel at about 15 yards, and my times were 1.2-1.3 seconds.

Went to the indoor range yesterday after watching the new Captain America movie, which was awesome.  Shot a bunch of Dot drills with table starts.  I find it harder to do Dot drills at the indoor range due to the lighting which makes it difficult to see the sights and the target like I can outdoors.  Shot some groups at 25 yards, and then I shot my carry gun some more and confirmed that it shoots low again.  Shot some groups with carry ammo.

Super classifier match tomorrow in Sioux Falls.  Don’t really care about my classification anymore as my major match performance is what really matters to me, so I am not nervous or really care what my national percentage is.  I am just going to go shoot the gun to my abilities.  Shooting Production for my first gun, then going to run it again in Singlestack.

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2016 Wisconsin Sectional

First match since September 2015.  Going to be honest I was a bit nervous leading up to the match, so much so that I drank a couple of beers the night before to help me sleep and I very rarely drink.  Also the fact I was squadded with a couple GM Production division shooters, and 2 Master class Open shooters which I was worried that I would be watching them and trying to shoot to their tempo.

I arrived on Saturday around 1230 and went straight to the range and took a look at all the stages, and came up with a basic plan for each stage.  I only stuck around for about an hour, as I had been up since 2am and felt a bit tired from the drive and lack of sleep I just couldn’t focus well.  I drove back into Eau Claire and found a cigar shop that had a couple of sticks that I had been looking for.  I then went to my hotel and checked in and took a few minutes to just relax a bit.  I ran a couple more errands and fueled up the pickup, and headed back out to the range.  Did another couple hours of checking out the stages and smoking stogies.  Felt more comfortable with the stages, so I checked in for the match and then drove back to Eau Claire.  I picked up some chinese food for dinner and headed back to the hotel to watch the Capitals/Penguins playoff game and relax.  I didn’t make it through the third period, or the third beer, I was off to sleeply land.

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