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Posted 08 October 2017 - 07:49 PM

Off set a shitty gun tooning session with a productive live fire session today.


I'll chronicle the marvels of fine italian craftsmanship in another thread. That said, for as long as these fuckers at Tanfoglio have been making guns you'd think their quality would be better... My experience today thoroughly convinced me all the engineers and mechanics that could barely scrape a "D" average went into the firearms industry... It's 2017, who the fuck uses 'roll pins'? Even the Turkish made replicas have hard steel pins...


I didn't give a rats ass it was raining today - I tossed my shit in the truck and headed out as I wanted to reverse the slew of bad luck. After I sighted in my new front sight, I set to work with four aces @ 7 yards:


My best run was 7.98 HF, 4 alpha, time was 2.61, draw .94, reload 1.23

My first run was 7.01 HF, 3 alpha 1 charlie, time was 2.71, draw 1.06, reload 1.31

My average was 6.77 HF, 70% alpha, 2% bravo, 16% charlie, 11% delta, no mikes, avg draw 1.01, avg reload 1.28

My worst run was 5.17 HF, alpha, charlie, 2 delta, time was 2.51, draw was .94, reload was 1.22


For the past 3 months, virtually all of my dry fire is untimed. I'm more focused on feeling or what my sights are showing me vs. the timer. So when I started recording reloads today starting at 1.31 and dropping all the way down to 1.19, I was pretty surprised. I only had one flub that was 1.63 and many runs in the high 1.2's. So I am capable of some fast reloads, I"ll keep working the consistency. My grip could have been better as I flubbed it a few times with my slowest draw being 1.15; that said, i recorded .94 times 3 out of the 10 runs. I'll keep practicing to improve my consistency.


Next up was steel poppers at 12 yards (2 regular size and 3 minis):


Run 1 was 7.02 @ 8 shots, run 2 was 6.46 @ 8 shots, run 3 was 5.31 @ 7 shots, run 4 was 5.21 @ 6 shots, run 5 was 4.68 @ 6 shots, run 6 was 4.07 @ 5 shots.


Looks like my index, trigger pull and grip need work. Although I did have a new front sight, I should be more consistent.


Finally was Bill Drill at 15 yards:


My best run was 8.47 HF, 2.95 seconds, 1 alpha/5 charlie, draw 1.4

My average was 6.33 HF, avg time 3.03, avg, 29% alpha/44% charlie/22% delta/4% mike

My worst was 1.45 HF, 2.75 seconds, 2 charlie/3 delta/mike, draw 1.38


Confirmation of my grip and trigger control need more work. 

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 03:17 PM

10/15 Match at Bradford Action Shooters


Fun match at Bradford as we adopted a Halloween theme for most of the stages, my performance was ok but I learned where I need to focus my training for the next few months.


The good:

  1. My stand and shoot skills are improving as I posted decent results in melody line classifier (69.9% or a high B - 10 alpha, charlie, delta @ 8.63 seconds), and I posted two strings for 4 Aces at 5.6 seconds with a 6.57 HF and scored second on that stage in the overall standings behind our club master (he beat me by .6 in points). My practice no pressure pace is rougley 2.5 to 2.6 so its a decent result for me given my current skill level
  2. I starting to do better in memorizing stage plans and did not miss any targets
  3. I got to design a fun halloween themed stage called "who flung poo" with an image of Cartman flinging poo at the shooter and Kenny flicking you off on the final target as he is a non shoot. I overheard a few guys saying it was a fun stage to shoot so I'll take it


The bad:

  1. My overall placing was 17 out of 28; two poor stages really sunk me in the overall standings 
  2. Weak hand shooting needs work and I hardly practice these skills. So it should be no surprise to me when I burned two rounds into a cover target (this is part of the reason why I placed so poorly and my accuracy slid from the last match)
  3. Hard lean shots really screwed me this match as one stage had some extreme leans; it was a good stage, but several older guys that are good shooters couldn't make make these shots and gave up 


As I look ahead at my training plan I need to make some changes:

  • Although my overall percentage of alphas shot in the last 3 matches has remained consistent between 69% to 70%, my charlie percentage increased by 17% and my deltas increased by 3%. So more accuracy work is in order which equals live fire training of dots drill and bill drill at 15 yards. I'll also bake in some weak-hand practice
  • Transitions need work so I'll keep hitting el prez in dryfire and live fire, as well as, blake drill and small plate rack in live fire
  • Position entry and exit needs work so I'll start dryfiring entry and exit with a quick transition to a hard lean. I'll lift a live fire drill from Stubb or Sweet T as they have some solid drills for these skills

I'm hoping to get in one more match before the end of the season so I'll post some post season thoughts, as well as, goals for the upcoming season and practice plan to get there in a future post.

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 11:41 AM

For the past week I've been focused on these these skills: trigger control, front sight focus vs. target focus, shooting on the move, tight shots under time pressure. My practice routine involved roughly 4 days of dryfire ranging between 30 to 40 mins and two live fire sessions consisting of 150 rounds. The logic for the lower round count comes from observations Stubb, Sweet T, and WJM have made around getting better quality reps out of fewer rounds.


It's been a while since I performed distance change up so I started with this drill as it allows me to work most of the skills I'm focusing on. The two close targets were set at 7 yards and the 6 inch round was set at roughly 11 yards. Walking into the session I didn't really set a goal other than "to go fast" and be consistent. Thinking about the next live fire session I'll set a goal like: 80% of the runs should be under 2.7 seconds while attaining 80% alpha hits. The last time I shot this drill was two months ago and here's the results:


  • First cold run was 5.57 HF, draw 1.06, 3 alpha / charlie, time was 3.41, transition from paper to steel plate was .6
  • Best run was 8.08 HF, draw was .98, 3 alpha / charlie, time was 2.35, transition from paper to steel plate was .42
  • Average run was 7.12 HF (-.37 from last session), draw was 1.03 (improved by .3) 61% alphas / 2% bravo / 32% charlie / 2% delta (alpha percentage dropped by 8%), time was 2.6 (dropped by .4)
  • Worst run was 1.43 HF, draw was 1.04, 2 alpha / charlie / mike, time was 2.79, transition from paper to steel was .49


I normally don't video my practice session but I thought i'd give it a try. The second and third runs on the video were pretty good (second was 7.63 HF, draw was 1.05, 4 alpha, time was 2.62; third was 7.25 HF, draw was .93, 2 alpha / 2 charlie, time was 2.43). Overall I was struggling with my grip as you can see in the last run my weak hand trigger finger found its way to the front of the trigger guard vs wrapped around my strong hand like normal. This was the primary cause for my negative slide from my last run as it also caused the slight dip in my alpha percentage. It really is evident in the one run I left in the video where it took five hits to drop the steel plate.


The second drill in the video was a movement drill that starts off with two shots to the head box at 12 yards, running forward diagonally 11 yards to the large rock and engaging it when I'm within 12 inches of where it sits (mandatory reload), the target on the left is an alpha zone only and the target on the right is open with both targets sitting at 5 yards from the large rock. (note - I don't have a wide angle lens on my phone so the start position is off camera)


The things I'm focused on in this drill are getting my head shots from the draw, moving to the next position as fast as possible while reloading, setting up on the open target when I'm within 3 steps of the engagement distance, and no mikes on the open target or the alpha only target. Hitting a head box at 12 yards under time pressure is pretty challenging at my current skill level. When I did this drill earlier in the week I was only able to pull it off 44% of the time, the highest probability came when overall time was above 7 seconds. The videoed runs that were recorded 3 days later reflect only a 50% hit rate but it was achieved with the overall time at 6.5 seconds. The movement also improved from the start position to the second position: roughly 3.3 from the first session vs. the videoed session recorded 3.1. Mikes from the fist session on the second set of targets were 22% whereas the recorded session 3 days later produced no mikes. On the video you see I'm falling forward on most shots as I did not fully stop my momentum. Next time I'll perform a few more shuffle steps to slow down which should produce a higher percentage of alphas on the open target as I only recorded 75% on the recorded runs.


The last drill is the one I perform the best at, the bill drill at 7 yards. The first run on the video was 1.82 but hits were sloppy with 5 alpha and a mike for a 7.57 HF and a 1.82 time. The second run was the fastest I've recorded with 2 alpha / 2 bravo / 2 charlie for a 14.94 HF, 1.74 time and a .93 draw; even for a limited major shooter the shots are sloppy. The final run was 4 alpha / bravo / charlie for a 15.81 HF with a 1.77 time, and .91 draw. Good hit factors but my shots are everywhere which reaffirms I need to work on my grip. 


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Posted 04 November 2017 - 12:46 PM

Since my last post I've completed 4 live fire sessions and 12 dry fire sessions.


For these sessions I've been focused on accuracy under speed, strong / weak hand shooting, and target transitions. My round count for each session has been lower between 150 and 200 as my time has been limited and I need to get the most out of fewer rounds. When I practice, I record virtually every shot, tape my targets after every string, and record the results. This takes a lot of time so a typical range session for me is 2 to 2.5 hours.


For accuracy I've been focusing on 15 yard bill drills and the goals I've set for each session were 80% of runs below 3.5 seconds and no mikes. For the two sessions I achieved this goal as my average time for the first session was 3.12 and in the second session I improved my average time down to 2.81. Ideally I'd like to run this drill at 2.5 but I'm experiencing some grip issues that's preventing me from hitting this par at 15 yards. Unfortunately I did not achieve my second goal as I recorded 1 mike in the first session and two mikes in the second session. The reason why I had a mike in both sessions is I'm pushing performance beyond how I'd perform in a match; to be clear, I push hard until I break or just barley break. When I say break I mean my hits are mostly deltas or I get a mike. I have a pretty extensive spread sheet of all of my practice sessions including some classifiers I've shot in matches and I can see my practice pace is roughly .5 seconds to 1.5 seconds faster than my match pace. I'm more conservative in the match as I'm trying to maintain a high level of consistency to achieve a better placing. I know this isn't news to you guys/gals that are M or GM, but my hypothesis is if I can continue to push practice hard and gain new speed and accuracy results in practice my slower match pace and results are better than most of the competitors (that is my hope...). Here's the accuracy for the sessions:


Session 1:

42% alpha, 6% bravo, 35% charlie, 10% delta, 6% mike


Session 2:

50% alpha, 11% bravo, 33% charlie, 3% delta, 3% mike


The next drill I worked on was the 3 grasp drill @ 7 yards and the goals here were 50% of runs below 3.5 and no mikes. I set a more aggressive par below what MFCEO outlined in his video as I need some work on this skill. So I failed the first goal for both sessions as run 1 had an average of 4.57 and run 2 improved to 4.21 but still fell short. Failed the second goal as well as I recorded mikes in both sessions. Here's my overall accuracy:


Session 1:

60% alpha, 5% bravo, 29% charlie, 4% delta, 1% mike


Session 2:

44% alpha, no bravo, 37% charlie, 13% delta, 6% mike


I gained some speed at the expense of accuracy; however, I also improved my transition to my strong hand from .41 on average to .3 and from strong to weak hand from 1.4 to 1.29 on average.


What I learned from these sessions is I really need to improve my grip so I've started to 1. grip the shit out of the pistol in dryfire to where I feel like I'm stretching my strong hand thumb as far forward as possible on the pistol which results in digging the palm into the backstrap. I'm also trying to mimic the feeling of palm through the backstrap for the weak hand. Unfortunately I can sustain this for about 20 mins in dryfire until my hands are gassed. So I have a ton of work ahead of me.


The last drill I'll document here is el prez. I had a few mikes as I was pulling off early for the reload for the second string, but once I got collected I posted a new best result for me: 9.15 HF which is a high A class at 84.71%, 7 alpha, 3 charlie, 2 delta with a 1.43 reload. Although it was a new best result, the accuracy needs to improve.

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 05:38 PM

Since my last session ended with rain and a shitty performance, I set out today to see if I could post a better result.


My first drill comes from something I gleaned from Stubb's diary: draw to a 15 yard head box. My goals were to obtain 50% alpha hits, less than 50% mikes, 50% of runs below 4 second par. This is one of the hardest drills I perform aside from the 3 grasp drill and it packs my lunch every time... I only obtained 27% alpha and 27% bravo; however, I did score 47% mike. Out of the 15 runs I recorded, I only had 4 clean runs - ouch. My average time was 3.9 seconds and my average draw was 2.33. I have a very hard time getting an equal hight sight picture under speed - with 11 out of 15 first hits, I'm doing something wrong with the follow-up shot as I only had 4 out of 15. With no time limit, I can get 80% clean runs, but this is a struggle when it's timed...


Next up was El Prez. Goals here were greater than 50% alphas, no mikes, and 50% of all runs completed in under 6.5 seconds, which is .2 below what i recorded at a match 3 months ago. I was able to record 53% alphas across the 5 runs I completed; however, I had one mike on the final run when I pulled off the target too soon for the reload - but I still recorded a 7.24 HF for that run. Looking at the par time, my average was 6.22 and my average HF was 7.97 which is the second highest I've recorded since I started my diary (I recorded a fluke M run with a 9.75 HF). Reloads were ok as my target is between 1.3 to 1.5 seconds whereas today my average was 1.6. Here's my accuracy:

  • 53% alpha
  • 37% charlie
  • 5% delta
  • 1% mike

Final drill was the Blake Drill. For this one, the only goal was no mikes but I was aiming for as many runs at 2 seconds that I could string together. No mikes were recorded during this drill and I only had 1 of the 6 runs at 2 seconds (.93 draw with 3 alpha, 2 charlie, 1 delta). My average time was 2.13 and my average draw was .98. Accuracy was:

  • 53% alpha
  • 42% charlie
  • 6% delta

I need a better grip so I can increase my alpha percentage to 60%. I also need to stop looking over the gun as sometimes I'm prone to doing this, especially when I'm pushing for speed. I may try shooting some minor loads to see if I can keep the speed I'm at while increasing my alpha percentage. I like all the neat things you can do to the gun in the limited division but I'm getting tired of the recoil as I know it screws up my follow-up shots. 

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 08:58 PM

Despite shitty weather, Wrapped a great match at Bradford yesterday. Jack, Berry, Wade, John, Jerami, Bill and the guys there are awesome and the stages the team builds just keep getting better.

My overall placing was 10 of 18, 6 of 7 B class shooters, and 3 of 5 limited shooters. I'll provide a full season analysis in another post but here's a summary of what was good and what sucked:

My hand and foot speed is competitive with guys that are 15 or 20 years younger than me
Draws and reloads are solid
Almost shot a clean match - only two mikes but that's way too many

What sucked:
My stage planning is costing me time
The harder problem to fix, I'm not confident in my shot

Fixing one of these items is hard enough, I'm very worried about fixing these two intertwined issues.

My planning sucks for two reasons: 1. I'm not counting my shots, instead I'm counting targets; I don't know how I picked up this dumb ass habit but it's stuck for the season. I'm pretty confident I'll get rid of it in dryfire and in training. 2. My plans have too much non shooting time. Better shooters are hopping from target to target across the entire stage so they don't have dead time. My plans are very linear as I don't want to forget a target, which use to be a major problem. Other than shooting a bunch of matches, I don't have ideas on how to fix this problem.

Confidence in my shot: I knew I was slower than others but I didn't know where my slow performance issues resided, until this past match when I shot the last stage of the match. The stage was very straight forward as it was 20 yards long, all 5 paper targets were on the right no more than 5 yards from the shooting box with the exception of 2 falling steel targets at the end that were about 12 yards away. So the goal was to go as fast as possible. Although I blasted through the paper targets just as fast as the winner and other top guys, I had 2 extra shots on the steel plates which slid me down to 5 of 18 overall. Then I though about my earlier performance on the classifier 'on the move', which sucked dick, because my sights showed me two hits on paper but the lack of holes on the target Produced the only two mikes of the match. Then I though about my practice sessions where I was struggling with timed 15 yard head boxes from the draw as I can only record a clean run 20% of the time, with 50% of the shots result in mikes. In a nutshell I think I'm struggling to see the front sight, But I'm not sure if the problem is 1. my 47 year old vision, 2. tracking the sights during recoil of major, 3. something else. I have a few ways I'll test these theories in the near future.

I know I'm capable of better performance and I need to figure this issue out. While have no illusions I'll be on a super squad nor is that my goal, I would like to consistently place in the top 10 of my local match in the overall standings. Unfortunately these two issues are pretty significant issues to overcome.

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 07:13 PM

Huh, November was the last time I touched this thing. Was also the last time I touched a gun, until today. Between the horrible winter weather where I could not practice, massive restructuring at my job, and extradition from RI to TX, shooting fell by the way side - until now.


Joined a new range where I can set-up partial stages, drills, pretty much anything I want. Good news is the range is close to the house at roughly 18 mins away, but a bit on the expensive side.


For this season, I'll be moving over to CO using the Glock platform (still in 40 s&w since I have an assload of brass and bullets). Set both guns up to a 20 yard zero and was getting some decent alpha hits given my time off, but I have a ton of work to do.


Did a few Bill Drills and was clocking in at about 2.05 with the crappy trigger; mostly alpha/charley which won't fly with minor scoring. Best draw I could manage was 1 second flat with an alpha hit at 10 yards. Grip is a bit sloppy and trigger control needs work.


Will set the Mark 7 back up in a few days so I can test a minor load. 


Finally, I've been hitting the gym the past two weeks as my conditioning was pretty shitty. Starting to get back in shape with 3 days of push/pull weight lifting, 2 days of conditioning, and 2 days of rest.


Will scan to see if there are any matches toward the end of July. 


More to come...

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 08:46 AM

... Good news is the range is close to the house at roughly 18 mins away, but a bit on the expensive side.



Fuck, I'd pay a lot of money to not drive 60 miles each way to the range. Congrats on the find.

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Posted 06 July 2018 - 07:56 PM

7/6/2018 - 125 Rounds Live Fire


Focus was on grip, trigger control, movement, and transitions.


New range is pretty awesome as it has: shooting boxes, steel, barrels, barricades, more than enough to make a mini stage. My plan was to just work Blake & Bill drills as I'm shooting CO this season, this was the 3rd time I shot the gun, I really need to improve my grip and index for this new platform.


Fortunately someone was there tuning up for a match tomorrow and I got to work with him. We did a variation of MFCEO's drill where we had two barrels for vision barriers that were 5 yards apart and we had 4 targets at 10 yards. COF was start with a single shot on a 5" by 5" plate, engage the 3 paper targets with 2 rounds, and finish with a single shot on the same steel you started on. First run was about 13 seconds with no mikes with alpha charlie hits. Then turned up the speed a bit and kept the same hits but dropped down to mid 10s. Ran it about five times and I only had two make-up shots on the steel. The guys I was shooting with were pretty good and they were ripping times that were about a second faster than me with roughly the same hits. Was pretty cool to watch them rip these drills from appendix carry.


Moved over to blake drills at 7 yards and I'm about .5 to 1 second slower than I am with my Limited rig. Struggled with finding the dot but was getting alpha charlie hits ranging from 2.9 to 3.3. Guys were keeping pace with me and sometimes they were faster - again was cool seeing these guys rip the times from appendix carry (Gabe would be proud!)


Worst performance was on bill drills at 7 yards. Although my trigger times were pretty consistent at 2.05 to 2.18, my hits sucked as I struggled with my grip and dot tracking as I was dropping 3 mikes or 2 mikes per string. One of the guys I was shooting with was noticing I was not canting my wrist forward enough to have the dot pop-up after the draw. 


I got work to do in dryfire...

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Posted 07 July 2018 - 08:07 PM

About 25 mins of dryfire tonight with an exclusive focus on 4 aces drill.


Although I aimed for a 2.3 par time, I was completely unsuccessful tonight as 85% of my results hovered between 2.5 and 2.6. The rest were somewhere above 3. Main things I need to improve with this new CO rig:


  • Reload - I'm use to the big ole magwell on my limited rig; miss a reload on a pistol without one results in +.5 to +.8 seconds
  • Reacquiring my grip after the reload - my w/h is sometimes slightly out of place and almost always not as strong as I like; especially after reading Sweet T's post where he states he had to muscle the plastic gun more, I need to clamp harder.
  • Back on target for the second pair - trouble getting the dot back on target, gotta get use to tilting the gun down


Live fire tomorrow where I'll focus on distance change-up with covered targets.

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 06:01 PM

7/8 - 200 rounds live fire


Worked exclusively on distance change-up and struggled as I was having problems finding the zero. Averaged between 4.1 and 5.3 seconds with mostly alpha charlie hits resulting in a HF between 4.3 and 3.3 for roughly about 80 rounds. After making a few adjustments I finally got zero set and was hitting 3.6 to 3.8 with 3 alpha and 1 charlie resulting in a HF of 5.2 to 5. My speed on this drill isn't what it was last time I shot it on October 2017 where I was averaging 2.5 seconds with a 7.1 HF. With more practice, I'll get better.


With the zero set, I covered the paper targets similar to the outside targets in the "eye of the tiger" classifier and shot this set-up roughly 6 times. My times were in the same range as I was more confident of my shot. Shots were mostly bravo charlie and unfortunately I hit no shoots in 2 of the runs. Towards the end my groups were consistently getting much closer and things were starting to click. Too bad I didn't bring more bullets...


Looks like there is an outlaw practice match next weekend with the club GM, I think I'll give that a go.


Until then, more dryfire until next range day on Wednesday. 

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 07:14 PM

You really seem to be back into this thing and rolling hard. Well done man.

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 08:27 PM

July 14, 2018 - 200 rounds


Wasn't able to make the match, but I did get a chance to get some practice. Finally got the CO gun zeroed and proceeded to bang out 11 rounds of distance change-up. 


  • Average time = 3.2 seconds
  • Average HF = 5.98
  • Average draw = 1.38
  • Best time = 2.94 
  • Best HF = 6.8
  • Worst time = 4.22
  • Worst HF = 4.7
  • 1st run = 3.7 seconds, 4 alpha, HF = 5.4
  • 93% alphas shot across all 11 rounds (37 out of 40)

Accuracy is the best I've ever recorded, I've never shot that clean before - guess I really did get the dot dialed in. Transitions felt smooth and my grouping was pretty good on many runs. Draws and getting the dot on target is where I'm losing time. I need more dryfire to iron out these issues. 


Then on a whim, I decided to run a few rounds of 9 lives and my accuracy was good but my times were double the suggested par of 5 seconds.

  • Best time was 8.49
  • Worst was 11.39
  • Average was about 10.2

Good accuracy but the movement combined with a crappy draw and slow time to get the dot on target were the culprits for the slow times. Although I love the heat after living in New England, it was tough to perform today with temps hovering at 101 degrees. It will take a bit of time for me to build my stamina in this heat.


Tomorrow I'll hit the drill "shooting on the move" in live fire and maybe 4 aces.

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 08:29 PM

You really seem to be back into this thing and rolling hard. Well done man.


I'm getting there! Didn't want to stop but the job and weather packed my lunch. 


I should be good to go now.

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Posted 15 July 2018 - 06:47 PM

4 aces work was meh.


Average was 3.1 (about .4 slower than when I last shot it in October)

85% of my hits were alphas (which is +15% better than when I shot it last in October)


Mags were not dropping clean as the gun and mags are still pretty new; few thousand rounds of dryfire will fix that.

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Posted 22 July 2018 - 04:52 PM

Live / dry fire week ending 7/22/2018


To avoid "range diary burnout" I'm moving to a weekly posting format. I want to keep shooting fun and I do way to many reports/research/presentation and other bullshit like this in my day job.


Since moving over to C/O I've really been working my grip, index, and recoil control. My dryfire drills for this week are only focused on 4 aces and draws to a 7 yard target with a par time target of 1 second. For the four aces drill, on average I'm clocking in at 2.7 to 3 seconds. Seems the main culprits for the slow times are inserting the mag, (which makes sense as I'm use to a big ass mag well), and re gripping the pistol. For the draws I'm averaging about 1.1 to 1.3 as getting the grip right to get the dot on target takes practice. 


As for today's live fire, I focused on 3 drills and here's the results:


Blake Drill at 7 yards

  • Cold run was HF 10, time was 3 seconds, score was 6 ahphas
  • Best run was HF 11.86, time was 2.36, score was 5 alpha and 1 charlie
  • Average HF was 7.94, average time was 2.48, percentage of alpha hits 61%, charlie 22%, delta 14%, mike 3%
  • Worst run HF was 4.76, time was 2.31, score 3 alpha, 2 charlie, 1 mike

My skill with this pistol is different than my Tanfo limited as I cannot blast out splits of .15 to .19 without losing the dot. For now, the best runs come when I can draw and get a shot off in less than 1.3 and keep my splits between .2 to .3. My percentage of alphas increased by roughly 10% from the last time I shot this one in November of 2017. HF dropped from the last time I shot this drill but that was scored using major.


Bill Drill

  • First run was a HF of 0%, time was 2.03, score was 2 bravo, 1 charlie, 3 mike
  • Best run was a HF of 12.96, time was 2.16, score was 5 alpha and 1 charlie
  • Average HF was 8.38, average time was 2.12, percentage of alpha hits was 53%, bravo was 11%, charlie was 25%, delta was 3%, mike was 8%
  • Worst run was my first run

I've always been strong at the Bill Drill and it appears this trend is carrying over to this new platform. After I ran the Blake Drill, I wanted to confirm what I was seeing in terms of splits; turns out my observations were correct. The Tanfo is a tank and the weight can make up for some sloppy grip issues, not so much with the lighter Glock. You really have to clamp your grip down when you run the trigger fast.


Last drill I did was from MFCEO's Training to Win, its the movement drill where you have 4 targets spaced over 7 yards and the distance is 10 yards - par time target is 5.5. Since it was 109 degrees out, I only had the strength to run this drill 3 times:

  • First run was 7.2 seconds with 7 charlie hits and 1 alpha (reason, I did not aim for the top of alpha zone)
  • Next run was 6.92 with 5 alpha and 3 charlie (better aiming at the top of alpha zone)
  • Final run was 6.78 but I had trouble tracking the dot with 1 alpha, 1 bravo, 5 charlie, and 1 delta

I'll keep working the same dryfire drills this week and I'll figure out which live fire drills I want to run when I hit the range later in the week. I also need to improve my stamina in this heat. I was only out at the range today for 1.5 hours and I was pretty spent, not sure if I could do a full match at 3 to 5 hours in this heat at this time.


In summary, I feel very confident in my marksmanship as my accuracy for all the drills I've shot lately is up between 10% to 20%; however, I really need keep working the grip, index, and recoil control.

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Posted 29 July 2018 - 08:29 PM

Week Summary of 7/29


It's amazing how many errors I can see with the dot: missed grip, incorrect aim, you name it, very easy for me to see when I'm good and bad. Really worked on getting the index right under tight par times; I'd say I'm hitting a 1 second draw roughly 50% to 60% of the time. Reloads are still roughly 1.6 ish and my 4 aces drill times are dropping to 2.3 to 2.5 seconds roughly 40% of the time.


In live fire I worked on eye of the tiger as I needed to check my trigger, grip and transitions. This drill has always been tough on me and I struggled with this one with my old limited rig. It seems last time I shot this drill was almost one year ago and my average HF was 3.81, I improved slightly mostly due to an increase in accuracy but my times are still a bit slower.

  • First run (which was the worse run) I zeroed the stage, time was 4.52 with 3 bravo and 3 mikes
  • Best run HF was 7.31, time was 3.93, score was 5 alpha and a bravo
  • Average HF was 3.94, time 4.36, 46% alpha, 48% bravo, 6% mike

I struggled with where to hold the dot on 7 yard target but I quickly figured out the dot should be at the top of the head box. Was also slacking with my w/h grip, once I started clamping down my shots were more in control. Although I made headway in accuracy, my speed is still slow so I'll work this one again this week.


The second drill I worked was from Training to Win and its the shooting on the move drill found at 1 hour and 6 mins in. Unfortunately I did not hit the par time of less than or equal to 5 seconds. Here's a quick summary of my performance:

  • First run HF was 2.95, time was 6.03, 2 alpha, 1 charlie, 5 delta
  • Best run HF was 6.28, time was 5.73, 6 alpha, 2 charlie
  • Average HF was 5.05, time was 6.3, 56% alpha, 35% charlie, 9% delta

For my age, I can run pretty quick and I have good footwork; however, put a gun in my hand and I slow considerably. That's why I'll be working on this drill for the next few sessions. I need to get on target faster and push a bit harder.


The heat was hovering around 100 degrees vs. 106 when I was out last. That said, I was pretty spent after 10 runs. Next time, I'll start with this drill vs. finishing with this one.

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 08:05 PM

Week Summary 8/5


Continued to work on index, grip, and trigger control. Made headway in improving my draw at 10 yards:


  • Slowest time 1.36 
  • Average 1.24
  • Fastest .94
  • Percentage alpha 85%
  • Percentage charlie 14%
  • Percentage delta 1%

In anticipation of some matches later this month, I wanted to get a sense of how I'd perform on some challenging stages; so I set-up the classifier "cash and carry" and proceeded to zero the stage on the first run - and almost every run. Shooting the low targets by the barrel presented major challenges for me as I was consistently shooting low. The main reasons: no knee pads so I couldn't get a solid base, I was looking over the gun so I was consistently sending targets low into cover, I need to practice shooting from low positions more often.


I think the best I could manage today was 3.73 HF at 54% which is a low C run. Pretty disappointing... On the upside I got to meet the club GM and hopefully he can give me some coaching.


In theory, this sport is easy - but it is a mother fucking bitch to get good. Still, when I manage to get a decent run it is addicting. 

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 06:07 PM

Week Summary 8/12


Making more headway in learning the new platform as my accuracy has surpassed what I was shooting in Limited. That said, I'm moving slower than I was in Limited as I can't afford to drop points.


One of the drills I worked this week is a variation of a Stubb drill that uses this set-up: 1 8" target set at 10 yards, 2 shooting positions that are 10 yards apart, shoot 5 strings with two shots (10 total). Last time I shot this was about two years ago - here's my results:


Run 1 = 24.42 with 4 out of 10 
Run 2 = 25.69 with 6 out of 10 (most accurate)
Run 3 = 22.87 with 4 out of 10 (fastest)
Run 4 = 26.13 with 4 out of 10


Shot the same drill this week and here's my results:


Run 1 = 26.01 with 6 out of 10 (cold run)

Run 2 = 27.65 with 8 out of 10
Run 3 = 25.93 with 9 out of 10 (fastest)
Run 4 = 22.98 with 5 out of 5 (tried a run with single shots to see if my time between positions changed, and it did not make a difference)


Interesting how my worst run this week was better than my best run two years ago. I like this drill as it forces you to do a few things: 1. Get on target quickly while sprinting between two positions, 2. maintaining good trigger control and sight pictures when you are gassed. Unfortunately my time between positions hovered between 4.5 to 5.1 seconds, by comparison a college athlete can sprint the same distance in half the time; but since I'm 48 I'll take it. Although I like this drill, I'm pretty gassed after 4 runs and my time between positions starts to deteriorate.


Another drill I ran was the Blake Drill at 7 yards, which has always presented challenges for me as I overshoot targets in my quest for faster times. Here's a breakdown of my performance:

  • First cold run = HF was 7.36, time was 3.26, 3 alpha and 3 charlie
  • Best run = HF was 10.64, time was 2.63, 5 alpha and 1 charlie
  • Worst run = HF was 5.10, time was 2.35, 1 alpha, 4 charlie, 1 delta
  • Average run = HF was 9.17, time was 2.86, 71% alpha, 24% charlie, 6% delta (almost 2 point improvement in HF score vs. when I shot this last a few weeks ago)

​I feel much more comfortable with this gun and I'm more confident in my shots. That said, I sometimes miss my grip on the draw which fucks up my index. I also tried improving my transitions using my knees vs turning at the waist and I saw some slight improvement in shot placement. My last 4 runs I tried to see if I could produce all alphas; however, I was only able to produce 4 runs of 5 alpha and 1 charlie with times ranging between 2.8 and 3.1.


I also ran a few rounds of Eye of the Tiger but my performance did not change from the last time I ran the drill (current run was HF of 4.49 vs. last run was 4.52)


Finally the last drill I ran was Bill Drill at 10 yards using an 8" round. I saw mixed results in the beginning as I was going 3 for 6 in roughly 3.2. One of the club GM's explained that I shouldn't shoot this the same was I did with my Limited rig. So, I started improving my initial POA by getting the dot on the top part of the plate, crushing with my W/H, and focused on smooth trigger pulls and pulled several strings of 5 of 6 between 2.89 and 3.2. 


As I get ready for next weeks match, my first of the year, I'll be focused on fixing these issues:

  1. 90% confidence in my draw where I'm not missing my grip
  2. Don't look over the gun, get it high and look through the dot
  3. Smooth trigger pulls - no jerking

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Posted 19 August 2018 - 05:52 PM

8/19/2018 - USPSA Outlaw Match - North Texas Lead Farmers


It's pretty screwed up this is my first match of the year - I need to make sure this does not happen again. Since I'm in TX, I should be able to shoot year around unlike up in NE where I packed up my gear after November. I was hoping for better placement in the overall but out of the 14 shooters, I scored 12th with 42% of the winner who is a Limited Master that was shooting minor. My overall placement across the 6 stages hovered between 9th and 12th.


As for my first CO performance, I was 1 of 3 shooters in CO and I scored 2nd with 70% of the points; I only won a single stage in my division.


I shot very conservative as I'm still learning the CO game so I was aiming for Alphas. However, I needed to settle for some Bravos as the first 3 stages we littered with hard cover and the safest play for me was heads but it drastically slowed my pace. Even going slow, I was unable to string together a clean match as I recorded 2 no-shoot hits. Here's the major themes from the day:

  • I was beyond SLOW in my shooting today and I really need to pick-up the pace. The pace I chose to shoot today was a major factor that prevented a higher score as I was almost twice as slow as the folks in the top 5.
  • Most of the time was lost due to over aiming as I was hunting for Alphas.
  • I need more practice on the Texas star - it's been a long while since I shot one and I completely spaced out on how shoot this array.
  • SH/WH shooting was decent - but it needs to be better than decent.

Good thing there is lots of shooting action here in North Texas as I'm headed to the match at M160 this Sunday, as well as, I have a practice match this Saturday so I can hone my speed a bit more. This week I'm aiming to live fire at least 3 times with the primary focus being Bill drills on a 6" plate at 10 and 15 yards. The reason why I'm focusing on this drill is I need more confidence in my shot: I need to see a flash of the dot and feel confident I can hit the target. I also need to work on a faster shooting cadence. Since this helped me get to B class in Limited - I'm sure it will help again.

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