Just a few reflections on the ARPC IDPA club match this past Saturday. The match was fairly straightforward. 6 stages. About 95 rounds. No shots past 15 yards. One swinger. One moving set of targets (from left to right). Shooting around a truck. Sitting at a table. Through a small port. Nothing terribly difficult.
Three of us decided to shoot "carry guns" this match, instead of our normal "race" guns. So I shot with my favorite carry gun—my .45 caliber Kimber Ultra II Tactical. Normally I shoot my M&P in SSP division, but this match I was shooting CDP.
3rd overall and division champion in CDP. But the cool thing is this: every time I shoot this little pistol I like it even more. Even though its only got a 3-inch barrel, it is incredibly accurate. I believe I'm more accurate with this tiny Kimber than I am with my full-sized, 5-inch STI Sentry. My accuracy was really quite good at this match except for one stage where I got pissed off and dumped one round into hard cover and got a mike.
I really hate it when guys claim that their own guns are the best. It gets old on the gun forums. I've shot a number of pistols over the years. I've owned quite a few that I've since sold because I just never really liked them. But this little officer-sized 1911 from Kimber is one of my favorite guns. I carry it in the Fall and Winter, because it's just a little heavier than my Kahr PM9 and not the best for summer clothes. I've shot this gun in bug matches and in a night match a few years ago. In every situation it performs flawlessly. No malfunctions. Everything just works nicely. Even the grip safety engages more reliably than my STI.
Here's a video of one stage:
I got a procedural on this stage because I tried to do a reload with retention before getting to the last shooting position, but I dropped my magazine, picked it up, and didn't get it in my pocket before I shot the last array. IDPA rules can be maddening.