Sunday, February 4, 2018

IDPA Action Pistol Match 02/03/2018

I was really excited to shoot my optic equipped CZ P-09 in the new Carry Optics Division of IDPA, only to find out that it's not an approved provisional division yet.  So... I entered in the Specialty Division instead. 😑  I came in 2nd place overall out of 18 total, but I did have a few issues with the red dot sight.  At the end of Stage 5, the red dot shut off while I was engaging the last two targets of the stage (you can see how slowly I shot them in the video).  Cycling through the power/mode button on the side of the Burris Fastfire 3 optic, I was able to get the red dot to come back on, but it disappeared again during one of the strings of the new 5x5 Classifier stage at the end of the video.  I still did okay on the Classifier (Expert in ESP), but I was concerned with this issue.  When I got home and inspected the optic closer, I realized that the battery cover was about 1/4 turn from coming off, which would explain why the dot kept turning off randomly.  Lesson learned... tighten that battery cover before every match! 😜

Friday, February 2, 2018

Outlaw 3-Gun Match 01/28/2018

I haven't been to a 3-Gun match since April of last year, so I was excited to attend this one, especially since shotgun was optional and I could use a PCC gun as my rifle.  This meant I could use just my CZ P-09 pistol (with an optic) and my CZ Scorpion EVO S1 Carbine.  Unfortunately, the first two stages went very badly for me.  I was not confident in my Scorpion for long distance shots (farther than 50 yards), so it took some time to see where the POA/POI was at those distances.  Plus, the red dot disappeared after the first two shots!  I was able to get it to come back on by simply changing to a different brightness setting, but I still don't know why that happened. 😕 I also had trouble with the accuracy of my pistol's optic, as I was missing a lot of small steel targets past 20 yards.  After the second stage I was able to adjust my pistol's optic slightly (using the co-witnessing front sight as a reference point) and ended up doing much better on the last two stages (placed 2nd on both of those stages).  The last stage was interesting because we had to carry a 20 pound container of water and shoot everything one-handed!  I ended up 7th out of 14 overall due to the issues I had on the first two stages, but I still had a lot of fun and learned some valuable lessons.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Glock 19 Gen 4 Update

I've made some subtle changes to my recently acquired Gen 4 Glock 19, and I'm really happy with the results. Changing the grip angle was the biggest improvement to the gun that I've done besides the DIY high visibility front sight modification. Even though it's still not exactly the same grip angle as a CZ or 1911, the gun feels much better in my hand and points more naturally for me now. This was a fairly easy change to make by modifying the factory medium beavertail backstrap by simply cutting off the bottom section of the backstrap so that it essentially flattens out the "Glock Hump" at the bottom of the back of the grip similarly to the Grip Force add-on beavertail adapter. A lot of Glock enthusiasts go to extreme measures to change the grip angle by cutting and epoxying or heating and reforming the back of the grip to physically remove this hump, but these methods typically require a stippling job to hide the modification (along with removing the finger grooves on the front of the grip). I didn't really want to stipple this gun's grip as I like the Gen 4 texture, and the finger grooves don't really bother me. Modifying the backstrap was relatively easy and I can always purchase a replacement factory backstrap set for $20. I also slightly contoured the bottom of the trigger guard so that it is more comfortable against my knuckle when gripping the gun. While the CZ P-07 is still my favorite concealed carry gun, this Gen 4 Glock 19 is now higher up on my favorites list. 😀 Below is a list of upgrades and modifications that I've done to the gun, which have all made the gun much more appealing to me in both form and function.

  • Glock OEM tritium 3-dot sights with DIY high visibility front sight modification
  • TAU Development Group Striker Control Device (a safety measure for appendix carry)
  • Vickers Tactical enhanced slide stop lever by TangoDown
  • Glock OEM Gen 3 smooth face trigger shoe with a contoured trigger safety lever
  • Lone Wolf Distributors 3.5# connector and 6# trigger spring
  • All the internal trigger components have been polished
  • Factory medium beavertail backstrap modified for improved grip angle
  • Bottom of the trigger guard contoured for comfort
  • Pearce grip plug

Thursday, December 21, 2017

CZ-USA CZ Shadow 2 Handgun

I just acquired the latest and greatest competition gun from CZ-USA... The CZ Shadow 2! 😍 I found this two-tone Shadow 2 at my local gun store and traded in my CZ-75 Stainless Limited Edition that was just collecting dust in the safe.  I plan to use this new gun in USPSA's Production division.  Unfortunately, the Shadow 2 is too heavy for IDPA rules, so I'll continue to use my CZ-75 SP-01 for IDPA.  The Shadow 2 is ready to go out of the box for competition use.  It already has fiber optic adjustable competition sights, a smooth trigger pull, thin safety levers, aluminum checkered grips, and excellent checkering on the front and back straps.  The only thing I've done to the gun is install a 13# hammer spring, a 10# recoil spring, a reduced power firing pin spring, and a reduced power trigger spring (all from Cajun Gun Works).  With these springs and a little bit of polishing on the internal trigger components, it already feels much better than my modified SP-01 and has a much shorter trigger reset.  Trigger pull weights are now under 7.0 lbs double action and under 2.5 lbs single action. As a bonus, the Shadow 2 is compatible with all the mags that I use in the SP-01, so there's no need for me to purchase any new magazines for it. I'm very excited to start using this gun during the 2018 season! 😀

UPDATE February 2018:  I've decided to have the Shadow 2's slide milled for an optic by CZ Custom with their new multi-optic plate cut and use this gun in the Carry Optics division of USPSA rather than in the Production division, since my old eyes really prefer a red dot sight for competition. This gun is perfect for USPSA's Carry Optics and I'll use my optic-equipped CZ P-09 in IDPA's new Carry Optics division. Unfortunately, CZ Custom has a 10-week turn around on milling work, so I'll just keep using my CZ Scorpion EVO Carbine in the PCC division of USPSA until this gun is ready.

Monday, December 4, 2017

DIY High Visibility Front Sight Modification

I recently came across an article on (linked below) for a DIY High Visibility Front Sight modification and figured I would try it out on my new mostly stock CZ P-07 and Glock 19 Gen4. I've heard about using florescent paint on the front sight before, but I wasn't sure how that would work around the tritium vial of night sights. I've installed factory tritium 3-dot sights on both of the guns (mainly because I already had the CZ sights), so using the hole punched pin stripe tape seemed like a great method. I've gotta say... my old eyes really like it! 😁 Why not just buy Trijicon HD sights? Because the HD sights aren't available for all the different guns I carry. Plus, I've got enough pin stripe tape to do this several hundred times for only $5. I liked this modification so much that I went ahead and modified all of my non-optic carry guns. 😎

Monday, November 27, 2017

CZ-USA P-07 vs Glock 19 Gen 4

After building two Polymer 80 compact handguns based on the Gen 3 Glock 19 platform, I thought it would probably be good to actually own a real Glock 19 as a reference.  I also wanted to see how a mostly stock Glock 19 would compare to a mostly stock CZ-USA P-07, so I picked up a brand new CZ P-07 and a brand new Gen 4 Glock 19 with front cocking serrations.  I only wanted to do very basic modifications to each of them, which meant just some simple spring kits, polished internal parts, and night sights.  No aftermarket hammers, triggers, short reset kits, barrels, guide rods, frame stippling, or slide cuts and Cerakote. For the CZ P-07, I installed a $24 self defense spring kit from Cajun Gun Works which includes two hammer springs (18# and 15#), a reduced power firing pin spring, and a reduced power firing pin block plunger spring.  For the Glock 19, I installed a $14 connector/spring kit from Lone Wolf Distributors that includes a 3.5# connector and a 6# trigger spring.  On both guns, I polished all of the contact/friction points on the trigger parts while I had them disassembled to install the spring kits, and I also added OEM tritium 3-dot night sights to both guns. The Gen 4 Glock 19 with the medium backstrap installed feels really good in my hands and the factory front cocking serrations help it look a lot better than any other stock Glock, but... I still prefer the CZ P-07 as my favorite carry gun of all time.  Even with just basic modifications, the CZ P-07 has more ergonomic, safety, and aesthetic features that appeal to me more than any other carry gun that I've owned. I guess you could say that I am a CZ P-07 fan boy. 😜

CZ-USA P-07 and Glock 19 Gen 4

Monday, November 6, 2017

IDPA Action Pistol Match 11/04/2017

Since I've been doing so well with my CZ-USA Scorpion EVO S1 Carbine in USPSA, I was excited to use it again at this IDPA match.  I started out really well, until I encountered a horrible malfunction on an unloaded start for Stage 3 that took me over 35 seconds to clear.  This pretty much ruined my chances of winning the match. 😠  I also had a mag fall out during a reload on Stage 5 (my fault), which didn't help the situation, but I could've recovered from that.  Two things I learned from the issues I had at this match: lock the bolt back before inserting a mag on an unloaded start, and always slap the bottom of the mag on a closed bolt reload.  Time for more dry fire practice! 😛

CZ Scorpion EVO S1 Carbine