Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sparta USPSA Match

Time for a match review.  The first thing to note is that I had no equipment issues at this match.  I used my new CR speed belt and Safariland mag pouches for the first time. They worked great.  The only thing I need to do is space out my mag pouches a bit more. But I didn't have any problems with that. I just noticed they were a bit too close together.  I had purchased a Blade-Tech offset and dropped holster a few weeks ago, but discovered at practice that I really couldn't get a good grip with it.  The holster rides up the side of the pistol higher than my CompTac and I can't get my hand placement right when I draw.  So I sent it back.  I'm just using my CompTac paddle holster with my CR belt.  That's probably best anyway because I'll have a consistent placement of the holster and gun for IDPA and USPSA.

I also did a thorough cleaning job on both my M&Ps because I was having some issues with light striker fires.  Once I cleaned out the striker chamber, everything works great.  No ammo issues either. Yay!

Second, true to form, I had my biggest problem on the first stage we shot (#5).  It was a great run with good time and accuracy.   But I swept right past a popper.  With that mike and FTE I lost 20 points.  I need to get my mental game under control for that first stage.

Third, other than that I was pretty pleased with my performance. Pretty pleased.  I had two mikes, but I knew after I finished the stage that I had probably missed those shots.  Once again, I need to work on my last shot before I move from a position.  I tend to pull that last shot.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I'm going to have to try this at 6 feet. Seems awful close.  I'm used to shooting this at 7-10 yards.  My fastest at 7 yards is about 1.6 seconds.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Things I need to work on this month

This is the short list:

1. Getting a good consistent grip from my draw. For some reason I've had problems lately.  I have a feeling its because my holster is slipping forward and back a bit. I've got a Comptac paddle holster that tends to move around.  I'm going to put some 3M outdoor tread tape here and there on it to see if I can stop that.  Also, for USPSA I've got a new rig coming: a CR speed belt, 5 new Safariland 773 magazine pouches, and a Blade-Tech dropped and offset holster. That should help.

2. Be more consistent with my dry fire practice. I suspect that this may be one of the reasons I'm having trouble with #1.

3.  Work on transitions between widely separated targets (see the previous post on the last steel match).

4.  Slow down (just a bit) and work on accuracy.  Always a challenge for me.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Steel Plates Match

Yesterday's steel match was hot as hades.  Not very many people turned out for the match because of the heat, only about 20 people.

I had trouble with the "Not Again" stage you see me shooting in the video.  This is a very common stage in steel matches.  I usually do pretty well shooting this.  Not yesterday. I couldn't hit the far right plate on the first shot for the life of me.  I think after the first two misses it was psychological.  Of course, that is the most difficult shot in the array.  You have to sweep your gun from the far left all the way to the right and stop in time to get a sight picture and pull the trigger.

In any case, the match was fun and I didn't do too bad overall.