Month: January 2017

2017 goals

Just got done catching up with Steve Anderson’s podcast, That Shooting Show. The episodes Goals 1 and 2 made me start thinking. Last year my goal was M or GM by the end of the year, and I didn’t make it. Recently I was trying to figure out what my goals should be.

Steve Anderson and Lanny Basham say that you need goals to work toward or you burn out. That may be true, but right now I am more motivated then ever and I don’t have a set goal. I dry fire every night for an hour or more focusing on weaknesses and I live fire at least once a week shooting 500 to a 1000 rounds a week. I don’t stop thinking about shooting and wish I was dry firing or shooting all day long. The moment I get home from work I strap on my rig. On my days off when at home if I don’t have the belt on, I generally have the gun with me to work on grip, transitions and trigger control. (more…)

Finally made it to the range again

I attempted to hit the range Tuesday night after work but found that my keycard didn’t work. After contacting one of the board members and man in charge, I was told that the keycard access doesn’t work from 11pm to 5am. This doesn’t help when I was planning on going after work and I get off at 2am. So I have to make different plans. I really prefer to go after work as if I go before work I will always be watching the clock.

Left work at 9:30pm on Thursday to head to the range. Got there at just before 10 and setup three targets a little wider than the standard setup spacing of a yard apart. I decided to try out CM03-18 High Standards as it is actually a good practice classifier. High hit factor is pretty sporty and your gun handling has to be on point. For Production division the HHF is 8 and for Singlestack it is 8.93. So if all A’s you have to shoot it in 15 seconds in Production and just over 13 seconds for Singlestack. Minor for SS doesn’t help.

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The difference between a shooter and a collector

The STI Lawman is 2 months old on February 5th.  Somewhere around seven to eight thousand rounds through the barrel and who knows how many dry-fire draws, reloads and trigger presses. The Cerakote is an okay finish, one of the better spray and bake finishes that I have encountered.

Malfunctions – ZERO. The gun just keeps running. Only problem has been the magazines spreading the feed lips when dropped on the concrete of the indoor range with rounds still in the magazine. The gun kept feeding and functioning, but the magazines stop falling free. A quick squeeze with a vise and they are good to go again.

The gun is dirty, but I just add some lube and keep going pew pew.

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Jersey

Jersey showed up today. It is my first Techwear jersey and my first “shooting” shirt. Fits well, very lightweight. Will be great on hot matches, even better than my $20 Costco polo shirts.

Worked the Outdoor Adventure Center of Brookings for 6 hours on Saturday. Boring as there were not many shooters. I shot about 150 rounds at 25 yards. Just shooting as fast as I could call A’s, but really wasn’t working on much. Noticed an issue with my support hand gripping the gun, fixed it and drove on. Structured dry fire has been lacking this week, just mostly been playing with grip and transitions so I haven’t really even put on my shooting belt.

Pulled my slingshot out last night and have been plinking at a Monster can hanging in my backyard at about 15 yards. Back to being able to hit it again most of the time. Shooting slingshot is definitely a perishable skill. I only use flat bands not tubes so I tied up the last of my band material and pouches and I should be good for awhile. Going to build a permanent catch box in the far corner of the fenced yard this spring. Will be able to shoot all year round from the back porch and retrieve all my ammo from the box.

I am going to hit the range Tuesday night after my shift ends at midnight. Going to work on a few different things: call it and leave it, transitions, turn and draw, and partials. I work the OAC again on Friday from 12 until 5. Going to get as many hours as I can in now, as during match season and during fall I can’t usually work there that much.

I just want to go shoot a major match.

Hand care

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Losing skin like crazy in the dry South Dakota winter.  Dry firing for several hours at a time with silicon carbided grips doesn’t help either.  This shit works, but you have to remember to use it, which is a problem for me.