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#81 NickBlasta

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 04:24 PM

11/11/2015

 

 

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I decided to try a new holster position that's more in line with what I see a lot of open shooters use. Previously I had the gun pointed down-and-back, now it's got the muzzle pointed down-forwards. Feels like it's easier to get a good support hand grip faster on the draw.

 

Since this is the first DF since I've been back, I didn't use a timer. Just ran some draws and then a few times through the "stage" I have set up on my wall, so there was some side to side movement and transitions. Feels good, like riding a bike.

 

 

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Oh yeah, this happened.

 

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So excited!


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Posted 13 November 2015 - 02:37 PM

Congratulations dude!
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#83 NickBlasta

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Posted 16 November 2015 - 05:29 PM

Thank you. :)

 

11/13/2015

 

 

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Continuing with the gun re-familiarization I did my favorite drill, El Prez. Second run I smacked the mag release with my hand and dropped it. Oops! :D I find I can hit about 3.5 with really calling all my shots. I can push it hard and go about 3.2 with just seeing the dot on brown. Really importantly though my reloads are solid! I almost never mash it into the magwell and get the mag hung up anymore, used to do that all the time. I did have a funny moment where I missed the magwell entirely and released it and it went flying upwards across the room.

 

 

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11/14/2015

 

Got word the match on Sunday was cancelled due to rain.

 

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Does shooting in waders effect your times? Interesting experiment...

 

Anyway. I hunted for matches and didn't really find one I wanted to attend. There was a steel shoot but they didn't allow open guns so I spent a DF session with my 9mm, trying to decide if I wanted to go. I ended up not but it was fun to practice some drills with my G35 anyway! I think I like the holster position in front of my thigh, kinda like appendix carry. Maybe that's dumb, who knows.

 

Work is really killer for me this time of year. I feel bad for training less but it's difficult. Not to find the time but finding the will being so bone tired all the time. Bah humbug!



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Posted 20 November 2015 - 07:05 AM

11/17/2015

 

 

Match Report

 

 

Open Div - 2nd of 5 - 95.892%
Overall - 2nd of 19 - 95.892%

246 of 270 available points - 40A 1B 8C 5D - 91.11% (No penalties)

 

 

Brutal storm knocked out our power, so since I couldn't work or do much but hang out on my phone, I decided to go to the action pistol match. Driving there was rough, but the match was fun. I think the work I've been doing on my hustle has paid off, but I still need to work on being more fasterer. The deltas wrecked my points kinda, but I was happy with finishing 96% of the GM.



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Posted 21 November 2015 - 01:08 PM

11/19/2015

 

 

Match Report

 

 

Open Div - 1st
Overall - 1st of 10 - 100%
373 of 400 available points - 55A 24C 1D - 93.25% (No penalties)

 

Got out to shoot another small midweek match after work. It's starting to get dark early again. And cold! I could barely feel my hands on the COF. :lol: I find it difficult to shoot when dark, sometimes the target is indistinct in my vision and hurts my shot calling, leading to unnecessary pickups. There was no competition for me, just another guy shooting an open revolver, so I was basically just shooting. I thought my movement shows continual improvement.

 

Preparing for the charity match this weekend with some unusual targets for my dryfire...



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Posted 21 November 2015 - 08:34 PM

11/21/2015

 

 

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Interesting day today. I mentioned DFing with unusual targets the other day. It's in preparation for the match this weekend. We have a match here called the Movember Classic, a charity match for men's health. It's also a bring-together match for all the USPSA and IDPA shooters. So it is an outlaw match that uses USPSA rules and divisions, and IDPA targets and scoring.

 

So I did my dryfire today on these.

 

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Nothing too complex or pushing myself, ran through a bunch of what are essentially familiarization drills. I found myself several times firing what would be low A-zone hits which would be down 1 here. Don't want that! So I focused on only making 0s acceptable hits. Also man, they have the whole headbox to work with? What luxury.

 

Then I went to the range and did some live fire. Had the place to myself, did 200 rounds. I used the IDPA targets but I only have the 1/3 scale ones I made, so I set up the targets at pretty close distances to translate to 7/15/25 yards. Did some doubletaps, blakes, and bills, easy stuff but great for remembering where that circle is for the match.

 

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I also tweaked the feedlips on two of my magazines and confirmed function today, so I'm back up to a full compliment of big and short sticks. This'll be handy for the match as they are also high round count stages for the most part.

 

Should be fun!

 

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 05:03 PM

11/22/2015

 

 

Match Report

 

 

Open Div - 1st of 14
Overall - 1st of 99
154.88 Raw Time + 9 PD (159.38s total)

 

 

Well, here's the charity match. Like I explained previously it's an outlaw match that uses USPSA divisions and rules and IDPA targets and scoring.

 

So, my thoughts going in to this were that I've never shot IDPA but I know that the scoring leans towards shooting few points down if possible. So my plan was to shoot way more conservatively than I would normally and shoot mostly 0s. I probably wouldn't pull off a lot of stage wins but the other open shooters would probably shoot it like it was USPSA and have a lot of highs and lows, and so maybe through consistency I could place well. There were also two all-steel stages that I knew I could gain lots of time on, I love to shoot all steel stages.

 

I ended up winning! I had lots of fun and the stages were very interesting. One of my favorite matches this year. Oh yeah, I also got to shoot from a treadmill.


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Posted 23 November 2015 - 06:57 PM

Congrats on the win!

 

Try getting your weak hand over to receive the pistol earlier in your draw stroke. I found that by wrapping around my strong hand as soon as the pistol rotates horizontal I have more time to establish a solid grip while driving out the pistol to the first targets. On the first stage video, your weak hand doesn't move until your strong hand has grasped the pistol. They should both jump into action immediately.

 

You shot steel better from the treadmill than standing still. I'm guessing you were shooting more carefully? Make-ups on steel hurt. If you don't have time to aim the first shot, you certainly don't have time to fire make-ups.

 

Your shooting on the move in the last stage looked real stable.

 

See if you can put some snap into your transitions. I feel like you're loosing time by not driving the gun aggressively between targets.



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Posted 23 November 2015 - 07:23 PM

Yeah I normally establish my grip immediately after the gun leaves the holster. I wasn't doing it during the match, not sure why. It cost me because I ended up smacking the mag release with my weak hand on that one jungle stage.



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Posted 24 November 2015 - 07:47 AM

11/23/2015

 

 

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Had a productive session today where I warmed up with draws and SHO/WHO work and then moved on to practicing shooting on the move at different paces to see how fast I can go and still call good hits. I wanna go do that in live fire at the range.



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Posted 27 November 2015 - 03:57 PM

11/24/2015

 

 

Match Report

 

 

Open Div - 2nd of 4 - 87.667%
Overall - 2nd of 17 - 87.667%

 

 

Dropped in for another indoor match. Feels like there's more people attending recently, probably due to the crappy weather. 90 rounds is a lot for 3 stages, you can tell an open shooter was in charge this week. :P I thought I did okay, some of my stage plans were not great and my WHO is soo slow! I don't feel I can go faster without seeing what I need to see for a good shot. I'll have to work on this.



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Posted 27 November 2015 - 04:00 PM

11/25/2015

 

 

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Long sesh today, focused on a drill I picked up off the internet based on improving transitions. Basically you move the sights to a target, shoot once (and calling your shot) and then as soon as possible, move your eyes to the next target and drive the gun to that spot. In live fire you'd be snapping your eyes to the next target while the gun is rising from the shot rather than waiting for the gun to come down first. I like this, felt it was productive.



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Posted 29 November 2015 - 11:45 PM

11/26/2015

 

 

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Not so much a match really as an informal event, though it was in a shoot-off format. We drew a pretty big crowd just getting together to shoot pins on turkey morning. Though I've been interested in trying it, I've never shot pins before. It was pretty fun. Everyone was saying you need .45 to really move the pins but I thought that both .40 and 9mm worked very well. The only guy that beat me was shooting a 9, in fact.



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Posted 01 December 2015 - 07:31 AM

11/27/2015

 

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Experimenting with the 'scoop' draw today instead of my usual draw where I come down onto the back of the gun and then pull up. The timer tells me it's actually faster than my previous method. I don't know if it's going to matter on a field course, but maybe it'll shave .1 off a classifier for me.

 

 

11/30/2015

 

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Did more work with the new draw starting off with bill drills. I feel sometimes like I have a slow trigger finger. :P Moved on to work on transitions by running the hopkins.



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Posted 02 December 2015 - 08:58 AM

12/1/2015

 

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Reigning in the holiday season with El Prezents. If I do 3.5 par I can see everything I need to see for 12 alphas and not feel rushed and never bobble the reload. That's my Steve Anderson for the evening.

 

I ordered some full size targets to use for my live fire so I don't have to use some barely held together second hand targets or scaled ones. This'll be fun.



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Posted 08 December 2015 - 09:42 AM

12/2/2015

 

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I noticed during the last match I wasn't contacting the gun with my weak hand during the draw nearly early enough. Sometimes it was just staying out there until the gun was almost up. So I worked on that with component draws and then simple draws and some bill drills. Felt like a solid practice.

 

 

12/5/2015

 

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Match tomorrow is an all steel match so I set up a bunch of poppers on my wall and practiced drawing to them, shooting, transitioning, calling my shots.



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Posted 08 December 2015 - 07:43 PM

12/6/2015

 

Match Report

 

 

Open Div - 1st of 5 - 100%
Overall - 1st of 23 - 100%
Classifier 06-10 "Steely Speed VII" (6A 3.32s) - 9.0361 HF - 88.25%
555 of 555 available points - 111A - 100% (No penalties)

 

 

Well, finished my first weekend ('real') club match as Master. There was some decent competition actually as most of the other open field was other masters. This was to be an all-steel match so I was excited, I love shooting steel more than anything. It turned out to be pretty interesting and there were quite a few challenging shots. 40 yard plate rack, 35 yard rack, 30 yard rack, among other things.

 

I didn't have my usual patience with steel and rushed a lot of misses, and missing too many times meant I had some unplanned reloads, buuut it was good enough for the win. Classifier was okay, my best run on it so far.


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Posted 11 December 2015 - 07:27 AM

12/7/2015

 

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Worked on drawing to small targets to kinda force my accuracy on the first shot. Started with 10 yard headboxes, was pleased, moved on to work 15 yard ones. Nice drill.

 

Did a lot of transition work with just my 3 usual targets. Up and down transitions where I did the mozambique to each target, left to right, etc.

 

 

12/8/2015

 

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SHO/WHO is really perishable for me so I did a lot of that today. Mostly focusing on not being quite so deliberate, but seeing what I need to see and then breaking the shot and speeding up my transitions.

 

 

12/10/2015

 

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Didn't have a lot of time, but I scraped some together and did some bill drills with a focus on continuing to improve my trigger speed. I see some improvement in my par times which is good.



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Posted 14 December 2015 - 03:16 AM

12/12/2015

 

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Ironically I planned to dryfire on Friday but couldn't get away from work, so I went on Saturday. Friday was perfect weather, if a bit cold, and Saturday was rain and gale-force winds. I planned to do a set of several drills to get an idea of what my 'current' times are but the weather was so bad my targets wouldn't even stay standing. They would fall over, so I went out and put a bunch of weight on the stands, and then there was so much wind the stickers bent and snapped. I did manage to shoot about 200 rounds but I did a lot of single target drills like bills and 4 aces on whichever of my 3 targets was actually still standing. Sigh!



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Posted 23 December 2015 - 01:53 PM

Had some computer troubles so I've kind of been saving up my activity posts. In doing so I'm sure I forgot some of them. But I'm back on track.

 

12/13/2015

 

Match Report

 

 

Open Div - 4th of 12 - 84.44%
Overall - 5th of 53 - 84.44%
425 of 480 available points - 57A 7B 30C 1D 1M - 88.54% (91.66% without penalties)

 

 

Yearly charity match at this particular club. It's an outlaw match so if you see weird stuff (like 10 in your magazines on the fixed time steel stage) it was probably mandated by the stage brief. I thought I shot like crap, argh 37 B/C and a mike, but I had some fun at least.






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