Even though I recently acquired another new competition gun, I decided to shoot my CZ P-07 Urban Gray in USPSA's Carry Optics division again because this match had four classifier stages which I needed to get classified in Carry Optics. It has been a steep learning curve, but I have finally gotten more comfortable (and a little faster) with the red dot sight. I had a few little hiccups at this match, but nothing too major as I ended up in 3rd place overall out of 12 total.
Friday, November 18, 2016
I recently picked up another handgun to use for competition. I've been wanting a 1911 with a rail, and I also wanted one in 9mm. Springfield Armory came out with just that at the beginning of 2016... the Range Officer Operator. I installed all the same parts for it that I've installed on my other Springfield 1911, and I also installed stainless controls to contrast the black finish on the gun. I also had the factory barrel flush cut and reverse crowned for a custom look. I plan on using this gun in IDPA (ESP Division) and in USPSA (Single Stack Minor). I'm hoping I will love it as much as I love my CZs. :-)
Sunday, November 13, 2016
I was a little disappointed in myself at this IDPA action pistol match at the Amarillo Rifle and Pistol Club. My times were really fast, but I had several misses on the first two stages. I guess I need to slow down just a tad to make sure my shots are good. I also had a failure to eject on the last stage, which was most likely due to my weak hand grip. That definitely cost me a LOT of time to clear that malfunction.
CZ-USA CZ 75 SP-01
Sunday, October 16, 2016
I decided to try out Carry Optics division again at this USPSA action pistol match at Patriot Outdoors in Clovis, NM. I'd given some further consideration to using a red dot sight (RDS) on a pistol for concealed carry and I've been carrying my CZ P-07 Urban Grey with the RDS on it for a little over a week and dry fire practicing every day with good results once I got used to the concept of target focus with both eyes open. I can definitely see the advantage of it in real world scenarios and I can see how it could potentially be advantageous in competition even though I had written it off previously due to my frustration with it.
During the course of shooting this match, I realized two things...
1 - A 3 MOA dot might be a little too small for me to subconsciously track during recoil. A larger 8 MOA dot would probably be much better for action pistol shooting and self defense. The 3 MOA dot took so much concentration for me to follow quickly that I kept forgetting my reload plans on a few stages. :-(
2 - The P-07 is not an ideal gun for fast magazine reloads. :-) The shape of the top of the magazines are much less forgiving if you don't have things perfectly aligned when inserting the magazine into the gun. A magwell would help tremendously with this issue as it did with my P-09 that I use for 3-Gun, but there aren't any aftermarket magwell offerings for the P-07 and it wouldn't be a legal modification in the Carry Optics division.
I'm a definitely going to continue in Carry Optics for a little while longer to see if I can get the hang of it. Stay tuned...
CZ-USA CZ P-07 Urban Grey
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Another IDPA Panhandle Classic in the books. I got High Overall in the Stock Service Pistol Division and placed 2nd Overall for the match out of 30 total. I must confess that I was hopped up on Aleve and Flonase, so I will most likely get my medal stripped away once the formal investigation has concluded. :-P
I feel like I did pretty good, but I definitely made some mistakes. I got a procedural penalty for reloading on the move (didn't listen to the stage limitations thoroughly enough), I hit a "non-threat" target that was moving along with a swinging target, and I inadvertently knocked a mag out of a mag pouch during an unplanned tactical reload and had to pick it up before continuing to shoot. :-( But... even if I didn't have any of those issues, I still would not have come in 1st place Overall as I was 19 seconds behind the match winner. At least we didn't have to run around in the rain and mud like last year! :-)
CZ-USA CZ 75 SP-01
Saturday, September 24, 2016
At this USPSA Action Pistol Match at Shooter Ready Action Pistol Sports in Canyon, TX, I focused on being smooth and efficient instead of worrying about going as fast as possible. I've gotten so obsessed with speed lately that everything else has been secondary, and it hasn't been working out very well at matches. I know speed is very important at USPSA matches, but I believe being smooth, efficient, and not making any mistakes will translate into speed over time. Looking at the results from this match (placed 4th out of 13 total), I had the highest amount of "A zone" hits for the entire match, so my accuracy was pretty decent. :-)
CZ-USA CZ 75 SP-01
Sunday, September 11, 2016
I was finally back in the zone for this IDPA action pistol match at the Amarillo Rifle and Pistol Club today. I decided to go back to my game gun/gear (CZ 75 SP-01, OWB holster, cover garment, etc.) for this match and ended up taking 1st place out of 23 total overall. I had one miss (on target, but in the black painted area of hard cover on the target), and there was only 0.20 seconds separating me from 2nd place, so it was definitely a close match. There were a LOT of tactical/retention reloads at this match, but I've been practicing those like crazy lately. I'd decided to always do a tactical reload (retrieve a new mag first, exchange the mag in the gun, then stow the old mag) rather than a reload with retention (remove the mag from the gun and stow it, then retrieve a new mag and load it into the gun). I've had trouble in the past trying to execute one method or the other under pressure, and figured doing it only one way every single time will help to minimize my brain farts, regardless if a reload with retention is quicker based on the scenario.
CZ-USA CZ 75 SP-01