Month: June 2016

Sweating in the backyard

So glad I have a fence now as I can dry-fire in the backyard. People can still see me, but I really don’t give a crap. I shoot with my neighbor to the west so he doesn’t care and my neighbors to the north can’t speak english.

Last few days I have been working with my bullets forward Racers, and they seem to be working well. I have finally been able to get sub second reloads in dry-fire! I really had problems getting a decent index on the magazines with bullets out and this is running much smoother. I can’t wait to get my Safariland’s though, I already have a plan to create a drop spacer that will allow them to sit a bit farther off the belt and down a bit further if necessary.  I have also changed my draw a bit and adjusted the holster so the web of my strong hand doesn’t catch on the beavertail as it did before, and this has made my draw way more consistent.  (more…)


Goddamn it, stupid mag pouches!

My Ghost 360’s are dead.  Taking my belt out of the truck I dropped it, and accidentally stepped on it breaking three of them.  So I pulled out my DAA Racers setup for bullets out that I still had in my gear drawer and slapped them on the belt to continue dry-firing.  I can’t stand them!  In the bullets out configuration I have issues with the tension plate and leaf spring popping out when I remove the magazine quickly.  They sit too far from the belt in bullets out configuration for my tastes, so I moved them back to bullets forward.

Still not a fan, they don’t release the mag as smoothly as I would like and I still have the occasional issue with the back plate and leaf spring popping out.  I have found that I seem to find the first mag better with bullets forward and my reloads have been a bit smoother.  So I ordered some Safariland 773’s.  I will probably have to make some different mounts for the belt as they sit really high on the belt, but I like the fact they are simple kydex with a roller so less parts than the DAA.  Hopefully they release smooth.  Unfortunately, no one ever has them in stock, and are expected to ship on July 5th, which is after the next club match, but before the GP Sectional.  I hope to get them before that match so I can have them setup and some practice done with them!

Holy crap it was hot – 24 June 2016

On Friday I woke up somewhat early and headed into town with my gear.  Stopped at the plasma joint and made a donation to make a few bucks.  Once that was done I went straight to the range.

Setup in the bay (which was finally mowed) with 3 metric targets with standard spacing and pulled out my two steel plates.  I shot a group or two at 25 yards which were acceptable.  I moved forward to the 10 yard line and decided to run an El Presidente.  I have been working on my turn and draw a bit since the Vogel course and decided to give it a match type run.  I videotaped it and produced 60 points in 5.40 seconds, which would be 11.1111 hit factor and a 108% run.  Not too shabby.

I need to remember that speed and feeling if it is ever in a match.  It didn’t feel rushed and felt smooth and each shot was called.  I ran a couple more El Presidente’s each above a 95%, but I tried to push a bit more speed and my reload went to hell. (more…)

Match Review – Sioux Falls Practical Shooters – 19 June 2016


Match mode is working well.  1st place Production division, and 2nd Overall just getting beat by one of those pesky Open shooters.  106 Alphas, 21 Charlies, and one No Shoot/Mike on a Virginia count stage.

Felt good, felt consistent.  I didn’t try to burn everything down, I just shot to my sights and ran the gun. No thoughts in my head as I shot, just let it go and went.  Programming of the stages was better then previous matches but still needs to be worked on.

Stage 2
28 – A
2 – C
19.18 seconds
7.6121 hit factor
1/11 Production division
1/44 Overall

First shooter, on the first stage for our squad, again. Maybe next time they go from the bottom of the alphabet for choosing the shooting order! Really didn’t feel that ready for the stage, made a quick change to my stage plan during the 5 minute walk-through that was not 5 minutes. Finished programming the stage while throwing on my earmuffs and Prince grip. At the last minute I remembered to turn on the GoPro, after I made ready, but before the start beep. Cleared my mind and just shot. Focused on the proper sight picture for the targets that I had available, and went to work. Obviously it worked as I was 1st overall on the stage. (more…)

Delivery time

Ammo is ready for the Vogel course this weekend.  Going to be another long hot couple of days!


Lots of stuff came in for me today.  9k of Acme 124gr bullets, was supposed to get in 12k but one of the cases is in USPS transit hell, hopefully it will show up at some point! Switched to the Acme’s as I could get them the cheapest out of all the coated bullet companies due to a 10% off discount code that I had.  It means I will have to make a few adjustments to the press and work up a load, but it should be pretty easy. I pulled about 10 bullets at random and they were extremely consistent in diameter, and really consistent on weight.  I also love how they ship them, laser cut wooden boxes that fit the USPS Medium Priority Mail box perfectly, with a crap load of strapping to hold everything together. And after loading the bullets, I will have some nice wooden boxes to use for other miscellaneous stuff.

Also got in 32 pounds of Titegroup. 4 – 8 pound containers. Not that long ago I couldn’t even find a pound, so time to stock up!

Hit the range after work and just shot for accuracy at 20 yards and out to 35 yards.  Was shooting on a NRA D-1 tombstone target. The problems that I had the last time I was at the indoor range seem to be gone and I was able to shoot several nice groups at 30 yards.  Still snatch the trigger a bit, but not enough to throw out of the A zone.  After running accuracy drills, I finally pulled out the timer and did some 2 at 25 drills, easily capable of making the hits under 2 seconds.