Friday, November 23, 2012

The Right & Wrong Way

I hate to give this stupid video more hits, but it is an almost perfect example of the idiocy you see on YouTube that claims to be "shooting instruction."


No, that's not how it's done.  No way.  This guy is a crackpot.  If you follow his instruction, you will not shoot well on the move.

Here's the right way to move and shoot.  It's a longer video, but well worth it.



The internet is chock-full of self-proclaimed shooting experts.  Choose your instructors carefully.  And just for the record, I don't claim to be one.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sparta USPSA Match - November 17

This was the last USPSA match at Sparta for the season.  They'll be back on line in March. That's a shame because these are some of the best matches in the St. Louis area.  The Sparta range allows for near 180 degree shooting.  The match directors always do a wonderful job of putting together very challenging, high-round count stages that are just a lot of fun.  Today's match was no different. And the weather was perfect, one of the best days for shooting of the year—55 degrees and sunny.  Can't beat that.

I had a fairly good match.  I made a few mistakes, but overall I was pretty consistent.  On the first array of targets on the first stage of the day I missed as I was pulling away to reload and move to the next shooting position.  Dumb.  I must continue to work on that. I thought I was.  But I did it twice today.  Arrggh!  These were really the only two big mistakes I made.  I could have been a little more accurate, fewer C's and more A's would always be good.  But I was quick and had good stage plans for every stage.

Thankfully, I had no ammo or gun issues the entire match.  My equipment worked flawlessly.  Yay!  The other issue I have to work on is faster reloads.  I had maybe 3 or 4 squirrelly reloads in the match. By "squirrelly" I mean nervous, choppy reloads that took 2 seconds or so.  But I can work on this in dry fire over the winter. This is something I need to get down pat so that I'm not worrying about it at a match.  Definitely.

The classifier was CM88-09, which was a fairly easy classifier for me.  It was essentially an el presidente with 6 targets.  I'm pretty fast on these kinds of stages.  The only problem was I had one of my subpar reloads on this stage.  My score was 7.30 secs and 50 pts with a HF of 6.8493.  For production shooters that's at the high end of the Master classification (84.995%).  That will kick up my classification to A this next month, which is probably a good thing.  I think.

The scores should be out tomorrow.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

November BUG Match

This month our ARPC IDPA club match was a BUG match.   BUG = Back-Up Gun.  But BUG usually just means "your small carry gun."  The IDPA rule book allows for clubs to do local BUG matches.  To qualify for the BUG match the shooter's gun must be .32 auto or larger and have a barrel length of 3.8 inches or less for semi-autos and 3 inches or less for revolvers.  And the shooter can only load 5 rounds into his magazine or cylinder.

BUG gun matches are usually much less complicated than normal IDPA matches.  There's very little reloading required.  I didn't reload once at the match yesterday.  The targets are usually all 10 yards or closer because they try to simulate more realistic CCW scenarios.  Here are Saturday's 8 stages.

Our BUG match yesterday had 8 stages with a minimum round count of 45.  The stages were simple but challenging and fun.  I'm used to drawing and firing my full-sized M&P Pro in normal matches, so every time I drew my Kahr PM9 yesterday I thought, "Where's the rest of my gun?"  Even though my Kahr magazines have a little extension base pad, it's still hard to get both my hands around that little frame on the draw.

I carry that Kahr PM9 about 75% of the time.  The other 25% I'm concealing my 45. cal Kimber Tactical Ultra II, but that's usually in the winter when I have more clothes on.  The Kahr is easier to conceal in the Spring and Summer.  So putting my Kahr through the paces on 8 stages was instructive.  It's performed flawlessly. Not one problem at all.  So far this little pistol has been perfectly reliable.  The trigger pull is very smooth.  I shot pretty well with it.  Of course, the trigger is as not as light as my M&P (with the Apex Competition trigger upgrade), but it's still very easy to shoot accurately.

Everyone that carries regularly should try to shoot one of these BUG matches every year.  You learn just how accurate you are (or aren't) with a tiny gun.  Practicing drawing these little pistols can help increase your speed.  You'll also get a good idea about how reliable your carry gun actually is.  There were a number of guys who had problems after just a few stages and had to switch guns.  I was a bit concerned about using the ammo that I make for normal matches (for my M&P).  But I had no problems whatsoever.  My little Kahr functioned flawlessly.  I now have a great deal of confidence in that gun and in my ability to shoot it quick and accurately.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Music City Cup II

I am in Dickson, Tennessee tonight. Tomorrow I will be shooting the Music City Cup IDPA match. It was a great match last year, and it looks like it's going to be even better this year--12 stages with a minimum round count of about 220.  Hopefully I will have an update with some video sometime Sunday evening.

The match is over and I'm home.  I'll drop in one video here quickly before I comment on the match as a whole later today or tomorrow.  This is stage #5.

If you look carefully at the beginning of the video you can see a white steel popper 35-yards down range.  You have to knock that popper down before you can move on.  It's a long shot. I haven't seen the published scores yet, but I believe I got the top score on this stage.  We'll see.