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.


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.


Something naughty

Tonight I was a naughty boy and instead of strapping on the singlestack I threw my production rig on.  Felt so good!  I love the way my Shadows with the Scales fit my hands.  Keep thinking of the Posi-tec grips for the 1911 as they are the closest thing to the Scales.  

I feel more comfortable and confident with my Shadows.  Reloads were smooth, draw still good.  Practiced some body positioning and movement.  Just felt better than with the Singlestack guns.  Shadows are definitely my favorite guns I have ever shot.  Not even planning on “upgrading” to the Shadow 2.   

I needed a break and it was good

After the last match I felt as if I needed a break.  It was only supposed to last about a week, but it ended up lasting almost a month.  I still did some dry fire and live fire, but it wasn’t to the intensity that I had been going at for the last several months.  Instead of daily dry fire I cut back to a couple of days a week, and I even skipped one of my live fire sessions.  I stayed away from being as active on social media which was evident as I hadn’t posted to Instagram in a month!

Dry fire had mostly been limited to gripping strong and trying to improve my index on targets.  I need to remember with Singlestack that it is Major scoring and that charlies are acceptable, so I don’t need an as refined sight picture.  Center the front sight on the center of brown and press the trigger, but on steel make sure that I actually aim and hit!


Major power factor

Made it to the range last night, just running Bill drills and timing drills trying to get used to the the difference in the .45 from the 9.  Didn’t setup anything too crazy, just one USPSA target and some printed targets.  I did discover that the rounds I loaded for the last match in Omaha were quite a bit more harsh than some other ammo I had loaded up so I chrono’ed them this morning before work.  193 power factor, I think I can back them down a bit.

Got to the range after work and loaded up my magazines and started with some Dot drills.  After a few of them and getting my grip and sight tracking right again, I decided to attempt some simple index drills.  I put up a paster on the target at ten yards and attempted to shoot 1 shot from the draw to the paster with just my index.  Within a couple of inches each time, I need to start trusting my index more, especially with Major power factor as I don’t necessarily need a better sight picture to get an alpha or a close charlie.

Did some transitions from a target several lanes over at 15 yards to a 10 yard bulleye target.  Felt pretty good, I was attempting to drive the gun to my eyes and use my index more. Did quite a bit of shooting on the move and it went well.  I have to just shake all the rust off.

Another match in Omaha on April 2nd, but this time Carla and I are going the day before to go to the zoo on Saturday and then I can get some sleep that night!