Sunday, April 1, 2012

Wheelgun Match

Yesterday we had a Wheel Gun Championship match at our club.  This was the first time I've shot a revolver in a match.  Truth be told, I've not practiced much with my revolver either.  Last fall I had a few hours of practice with my S&W 625 because I thought the wheel gun match would be held in the fall.  But it wasn't.  I set it aside for the winter, concentrating on my skills with my M&P in SSP.  Last week I dusted off the 625, found some .45 RN ammo I loaded last year, and hit the range with about 200 or so rounds.   I also did maybe 15 minutes of dry firing at home on Friday night just to get some more practice on reloading.

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Anyway, it turns out that I didn't do too badly.  I think that's because many of IDPA or USPSA skills one learns in other divisions apply whatever gun you may be shooting.  The two big challenges I had were not big surprises—reloading and accuracy.  Reloading with the moon clips actually wasn't as difficult as I thought it might be.  There were a couple of times when I was on autopilot and reached back to my left side for a magazine as if I was shooting my M&P.  But most of the time I got the reloads right. And what was even more surprising, the moonclips dropped in the cylinder quickly and cleanly almost every time.  I may have had to shake the gun a bit to seat the clip maybe one time.  That was a pleasant surprise. I don't have my chambers chamfered so I've had problems in the past with some rounds dropping in quickly.  But not yesterday.

Accuracy is another story.  I had 49 points down in the match, with 3 mikes, and two hits on non-threats.  Why?  Well, first of all, I haven't practiced much with this gun, so what did I expect?  Second, the double action trigger is nicely tuned, but it's still a DA pull and I'm not used to that.  I could get used to it, I believe, if I really wanted to spend some serious time practicing with this gun.  I just don't know if I want to do that.  I don't even know if I will keep the gun.  Selling it and getting a new 2011 is tempting.  I surely could have increased my accuracy if I would have slowed down, but slowing down significantly would have hurt my score.

So all in all, the match was fun.  It was interesting and enjoyable to shoot a wheel gun in an IDPA match. But I think I'll stick with my autos for a while.

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