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#41 GuanoLoco

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Posted 22 September 2015 - 07:18 AM

9/20/2015  Match Report  Open Div - 4th of 25 - 81.038%B-Class - 1st of 5Overall - 5th of 83 - 81.038%1324 of 1440 available points - 232A 1B 48C 4D 3M 1P - 91.94% (95.76% without penalties)  We had the (locally) much-anticipated MRCPS Monster HandinHand Charity Hosefest. 7 stages / 400ish rounds. No no-shoots, hardcover, or steel except on the one all-steel stage. I didn't really care about a match pace, I wanted to shoot in the spirit of the match and hose it! So I made a few mistakes. One foot fault, one honest mike. One mike due to a mental malfunction (gun ran dry at the last target) and one mike due to a gun jam- I reasoned that in both cases, reloading and firing the last shot was going to be detrimental to my score. It's amazing how little a mike matters on a 300 point stage though. I shot the steel stage really well. All the side plates on the move. I ended up placing with the masters overall and beating all the A/B classers, which seems fairly typical for me recently. Overall it was a great success! MD says we shot 30,000 rounds as a whole and raised $5500 for charity.


That gave me a trigger finger cramp just watching it.

Lost brass match? Mushahaha the brass whore in me just got a chubby.

How many rounds total for the 7 stages? Rougly 60 roundsstages I am guessing, less for steel?
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Posted 22 September 2015 - 12:48 PM

That gave me a trigger finger cramp just watching it.

Lost brass match? Mushahaha the brass whore in me just got a chubby.

How many rounds total for the 7 stages? Rougly 60 roundsstages I am guessing, less for steel?

 

Haha! Most people did really start to tire about 75% through stage 6. Poppoppop pop pop   pop.. pop.. Especially the poor Glock shooters.

 

 

They encouraged us to pick up as much brass as we wanted.

 

I think the official roundcount was 347 which is about 50 rounds per stage. It ranged from 40-60 per stage. I think the steel stage was 56 if you shot it clean? But some people definitely had to use all their magazines, one guy I saw ran out of ammo. People gotta know how to slow down on steel!



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Posted 25 September 2015 - 02:06 AM

9/22/2015

 

 

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Open Div - 2nd of 4 - 76.112%
Overall - 2nd of 12  - 76.112%

 

 

I got invited by one of the open Ms I shoot with to go to his "home" match, an action pistol match he helps run. With Tuesdays done at MRS I agreed and decided to check it out. It's a short match but pretty fun. Holy crap it's so loud to shoot my gun indoors. I wasn't 100% on my game between that and the lighting. Didn't damage my hearing or anything (I was doubled up on earpro) but it was enough to throw me off. I think I'll be used to it next time.

Astigmatism sucks. The lighting inside is just low enough to make my dot turn into a squiggle. Oh well, I can deal.



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Posted 25 September 2015 - 02:10 AM

9/24/2015

 

 

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Started out with prop manipulation. It looked like fun and it's a drill I haven't performed. I did have fun moving it around- got into it a little bit by having the can back and to my right, so on the start I fired while backing up so that I could crouch, grab the can, and move it, then resume firing.

 

I did some reload component drills, into a reload drill (1 second par) and I was able to make it each time, which I was pleased with. My reloads kinda suck. I feel it's something that's holding me back on the classifiers that have mandatory reloads. Showing improvement though. Keep on truckin'.



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Posted 25 September 2015 - 05:49 AM

9/22/2015  Match Report  Open Div - 2nd of 4 - 76.112%Overall - 2nd of 12  - 76.112%  I got invited by one of the open Ms I shoot with to go to his "home" match, an action pistol match he helps run. With Tuesdays done at MRS I agreed and decided to check it out. It's a short match but pretty fun. Holy crap it's so loud to shoot my gun indoors. I wasn't 100% on my game between that and the lighting. Didn't damage my hearing or anything (I was doubled up on earpro) but it was enough to throw me off. I think I'll be used to it next time.Astigmatism sucks. The lighting inside is just low enough to make my dot turn into a squiggle. Oh well, I can deal.


Indoor matches and open guns. Ugh.

Just wait until you hear this: You are welcome but sadly your gun is not.
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Posted 25 September 2015 - 06:19 AM

Indoor matches and open guns. Ugh.

Just wait until you hear this: You are welcome but sadly your gun is not.

 

I would understand that! But apparently not the case- one of the match organizers shoots open and we comprised 1/3 of the people there. It was a loud match.



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Posted 26 September 2015 - 03:23 AM

9/25/2015

 

 

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Messed with my grip, particularly my offhand support. I watched Vogel talk about grip on youtube for awhile and he likes to have his hand canted downwards so that the thumb is way far forwards on the frame. I tried this and it feels a little better to me than what I was doing before.

 

Did 4 aces today for about 45 minutes. At first I had to remind myself the drill was called 4 aces for a reason and not 3 charlies 1 delta. Didn't bother with a timer for awhile, just draw and tapped when I had an alpha in view. Set the par for 2.5 and tried doing the same thing- I was making it every time, and it didn't even feel like I was going fast. Very weird.



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Posted 26 September 2015 - 10:42 PM

I would understand that! But apparently not the case- one of the match organizers shoots open and we comprised 1/3 of the people there. It was a loud match.


I guess if open is the norm then everyone knows to double-muff if the need/want it. But when open is a random exception and everyone else but the shooter is single muffed because that is the norm, indoor open gots old.
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Posted 29 September 2015 - 05:11 AM

9/27/2015

 

 

Match Report

 

 

Open Div - 5th of 19 - 86.826%
B-Class - 1st of 5
Overall - 5th of 96 - 86.826%
833 of 895 available points - 121A 4B 52C 2D - 93.07%

 

 

I think this is the last USPSA major of the year around here, our WA sectional. I thought I did pretty well, I finished 5th behind the GM and 4 Ms, beating all the A-and-below classers. I was also closest to our local GM than ever before (86.82%). No penalties and I shot consistently while also attempting to put my dryfire experience into action. I was faster than I ever have been, shot good points, and won my class and the one above it.

 

One mental malfunction on stage 5- I swung around to the right of the port and finished the paper without engaging the popper. I made it worse by engaging the popper about 4 seconds later. If I had left it standing I would have improved my hit factor, and if I'd actually shot it at the end of the stage like I shoulda, I would have gained 22 more match points. That wouldn't be enough to bump me up another place in the standings, but it bothers me anyway.

 

I was kinda thinking about a thread I saw discussing what makes a "hard" stage, and one opinion was if the majority of the shooters can't shoot it clean, it's probably too hard. We had a stage like that, stage 6- only 21 of the 96 shooters shot it with no penalties, 22.1% (or roughly 1 in 5). It was a combo of a lot of things, awkward firing positions through ports, no-shoots behind steel, and memory-stage style arrays. I shot it clean and actually it was one of my best stages. Makes me pleased.



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Posted 29 September 2015 - 02:35 PM

9/28/2015

 

 

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Worked on gun-up stuff for about 30 minutes. If there's one thing I have a problem with is it's dropping the gun down to my sternum as I move. I alternated between position exit and entry. I need to do this outside, I don't have enough space in my house. Still, I had improvement. After that I did quick-step with my shooting box.

 

I'm wondering, is it faster on a "running" section of a stage to one hand the gun and pump your arms, or keep both hands on the gun and do the wiggle? I see the top open shooters here do both. Must not be much difference.



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Posted 30 September 2015 - 09:26 PM

9/29/2015

 

 

Match Report

 

 

Open Div - 2nd of 3 - 96.26%
Overall - 2nd of 17 - 96.26%
361 of 380 available points - 65A 6B 13C - 95%

 

 

'Nother indoor match. I did better this week although it still kinda throws me off on the first run. I turned up the gas and I was excited- beating the Open-M that runs these matches is one of my mini-goals and I almost did it, 96.26%! So close.



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Posted 01 October 2015 - 12:42 AM

9/30/2015

 

 

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I did bill drills for about 30 minutes. Alternated hands at sides and surrender. I surprised myself on surrender in that I've stopped swinging down, stopping, grabbing the gun, and instead am slapping my hand right into place on the gun and yanking it up. Way faster. Maybe I missed that I started doing this because I usually blend it with the turn and draw. But it's nice.



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Posted 03 October 2015 - 04:52 AM

10/2/2015

 

 

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Was listening to Steve Anderson's latest podcast when he described a dryfire routine in which you would race a metronome while practicing transitions. I was intrigued so I tried it. The basis of the drill is setting a tempo that you can hang with, and then try and drive the gun to each target before the next beep, seeing how fast you can get.

 

I don't know what the heck the settings on the metronome mean, but I was able to get it beeping pretty fast in my transitions. I need to try this again and see if it helps me improve.



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Posted 03 October 2015 - 08:48 AM

Metronomes measure beats per minute. The catch is that depending on the settings it may only produce an audible beep every second or fourth beat (assumes basic 4:4 time setting) 120 beats per minute would be .5 second transitions. 180 would be .33 etc assuming audible output every beep.

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Posted 03 October 2015 - 08:55 AM

Holy crap, I just found out what a metronome is. I'm using that instead of my timer so I don't have to constantly be hitting the start, review etc. buttons.


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Posted 05 October 2015 - 01:06 PM

Indoor matches and open guns. Ugh.

Just wait until you hear this: You are welcome but sadly your gun is not.

 

Is that something that happens? Fuck that shit.



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Posted 05 October 2015 - 02:16 PM

Is that something that happens? Fuck that shit.

 

Just repeating something that someone told me - not sure if it did or didn't actually happen.


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Posted 05 October 2015 - 09:12 PM

10/4/2015

 

 

Match Report

 

 

Open Div - 2nd of 15 - 88.02%
Open B - 1st of 4
Overall - 2nd of 64
Classifier 03-12 "Ironsides" - 7.0632 HF - 91.73%
544 of 584 available points - 96A 31C 3D - 93.15%

 

 

This was the last match of our NW challenge series. I'm pretty sure I won the challenge for my class because I won.. every match for my class. So I'll be getting my trophy and my $50. Woop.

It was a good match though. I had a couple mental malfunctions where I wasn't totally on my game, but I finished okay behind the M (now GM in what, 10 days) that leads me. I shot my best classifier yet, 91.73% which puts me at a solid 80% average.

 

 

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So I was gonna make A at the classification update this month anyway, but today in the mail I got a little headsup from USPSA that they thought I did a grand job in Utah. I had thought about it a little since I shot 77% of Kincaid Ross, but I hadn't won A-class so I didn't expect it.

 

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I think a match bump is pretty cool.


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Posted 05 October 2015 - 09:20 PM

Petition to change thread title from "NickBlasta Go Faster" to "NickBlasta GoFasta/Go Fasta"


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Posted 07 October 2015 - 08:47 PM

10/5/2015

 

 

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I didn't have a plan for today, so when I tossed on the belt and the gun, I decided to see if I could run up against that 3.5 par in El Prez again. I found I was able to consistently make it, while being waaay better at placing alphas and calling every click of the trigger. Is this what getting better feels like?

So I ran with it for 30 minutes. Tried some different hand positions for surrender. Prior to my dryfire of late, I'd always kept my hands tight around my face/brim of my hat. I think I'm faster if I keep my right hand a bit far out to the side, I can swing it right down onto place on the gun. I just don't see anyone else do that, which tells me it might be wrong. Hm!






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