Monday, September 24, 2012

Full Auto Glock

So my Glock 34 went full auto this weekend.  I hadn't put 100 rounds through it and it started shooting 3-round bursts.  Kinda fun, but scary too.  Turns out that the plunger spring had gone sideways.  I'll take it out again this week and see if that solved the problem.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Slide Lock Reload Trouble

I've had this issue periodically.  It happened once at the ARPC IDPA match on Saturday.  Here's what normally happens.  My Smith & Wesson M&P Pro 9mm goes to slide lock.  I reload by inserting a new magazine.  I shove it in hard enough to cause the slide to go forward when the magazine is inserted.  Usually a fresh round is stripped from the new magazine and the gun goes bang when I pull the trigger.  With a good reload all of that takes less that 2 seconds between shots.  When things go well.

But maybe once every 20 reloads, I do all of this and no round is chambered after the reload.  I've thought that this happened because I slammed the magazine in too fast and hard.  But I don't think that's the source of the problem.  Thanks to Dan's suggestion at the match this Saturday I checked the M&P Forum to see what others have said about this.

It seems that this is a common problem for guys that index their trigger finger so far up the frame when reloading that they tap or lightly depress the slide release.  It's actually the knuckle of the trigger finger that rests against the slide stop.

The M&P has an ambidextrous slide stop release.  And it's easy to depress this when you are performing a lightning fast slide-lock reload.  That sounds right to me.  Now I have to pay attention during my next practice session and see if this might be my problem.  I suspect that it is. But I want to confirm it in live fire practice.

Monday, September 3, 2012

An Obligatory Post

I guess I have to post something about the Illinois Sectional this past Saturday.  I'd rather not.  I really don't want to think about it.  It was an awful match for me.  I crashed and burned on the very first stage. After that I didn't care much and shot pretty recklessly.  I have all sorts of excuses I could list. But they don't amount to much.  Truth is: I just screwed up on the first stage so badly it rattled me.  I lost all confidence and motivation to shoot smart.  Maybe I'll have something to post later about what I might have learned at the match.  Maybe not.  Some things are just better left alone.