Posted 12 April 2016 - 12:15 PM
Went to the Berry's steel open.
Had an odd experience but a good learning experience.
First off, I knew it was an all steel match, so I made some lighter than normal ammo. Figured it wouldn't be a big deal, no problems. Never sighted my gun in. Turns out the gun was hitting about 3 inches to the right consistently the whole first day. Which isn't too terrible if its on paper and at 7 yards, but most of the steel was 2-4 inch knock downs so basically I got straight fucked.
So, lesson one, ALWAYS sight in your gun at every practice session. From now on I will spend 10-15 minutes before I start doing drills or partial stages sighting my gun in at 25 yards. As well as I think this will help with group shooting, something I am not the best at.
Second, I can see how little experience I have with rain. It was a torrential downpour, and unfortunately I was the only one on my squad who got rain fucked. I don't really care, but it made me realize how little experience with rain I have. Yes I brought a coat, and an umbrella, but god damn the gun is slippery in the rain.
I had one light strike. First malfunction of any kind in 10k rounds. Not really a big deal, I think it was just a bad primer. Either way I figured to not risk it and replaced all the springs in my gun, and let all the gun parts soak in diesel fuel overnight. I needed to do this before Area 1 anyways, so it made sense to work on it now.
The match was honestly the toughest thing I have had to do with a gun. I will never shoot Production there again, just because its so tough to have to be so congnisent of your rounds and basically your whole life revolves around reloads and going 1 for 1. Which, is essentially bullseye mode for me. And I don't train in that.
I went in with the expectation to win or place very well. And that was silly of me as someone who doesn't train with steel all that much, and doesn't do steel challenge, there was a good bit of stuff I just don't train for. IN other words, my expectations were too high for the amount of practice I had put into the match.
I tried out some 147 gr bullets, and I really like them. Even at 150 pf they were really light and easy to control, so I think I will move to them almost exclusively.
Now that its warmer, I will be doing several live fire sessions each week, with a match on the weekends. Luckily I have relatively easy access to the desert, and I work a job with flexible hours and that allows me to train a lot.
Designing a training schedule today, and now that my gun is de rusted and working again, gonna get back to dry fire and live fire.
For this week I am hoping to go shooting tomorrow, and work on transitions at 15 yards to partials, and an occasional steel mixed in, Thursday I have a match, Friday I probably won't be able to live fire because of my class schedule, Saturday I have a match, and Sunday is another live fire. Gonna work on some more blake drills and try and bring my 15 yard partial transition times to the times that I am doing blake drills at 10 yards.