Sunday, October 16, 2016

USPSA Action Pistol Match 10/15/2016

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 is too small for me to subconsciously track during recoil. A larger 8 MOA dot would 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 not going to give up on Carry Optics or using an RDS for concealed carry, but I am going to put it on hold temporarily until I can upgrade my 3 MOA RDS to an 8 MOA version.  Once I have an 8 MOA dot, I'll need to spend some time practicing with it at the outdoor range before shooting it at a match again.  Stay tuned...

Sunday, October 2, 2016

2016 IDPA Panhandle Classic Action Pistol Match

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

USPSA Action Pistol Match 09/24/2016

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

IDPA Action Pistol Match 09/11/2016

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

Saturday, August 27, 2016

USPSA Action Pistol Match 08/27/2016

I'll be honest... I haven't been dry fire or live fire practicing much lately for competition, and it definitely showed at this match.  I didn't have enough 9mm ammo loaded in time for this USPSA match, so I shot my 1911 in .45 ACP. I had a buttload of misses, and when you miss the steel targets and have to make up the shots in Single Stack Major, your stage plan gets thrown off and you end up with flat-footed reloads like I did here.  It was a very poor display for me, as I came in 10th out of 16 total. :-(  Not proud of it at all, but it reminded me that I need to get back to work on my fundamentals rather than obsessing on a 0.85 second concealed carry draw!  Back to work!

Springfield Armory Trohpy Match 1911

Sunday, August 14, 2016

IDPA Action Pistol Match 08/14/2016

I had a really good performance at this month's IDPA action pistol match at Amarillo Rifle and Pistol Club.  I was again using one of my real concealed carry guns (CZ 75 P-01) in an IWB holster and T-shirt concealment.  I didn't have any brain farts at this match and my accuracy was decent. I ended up in 2nd place overall out of 22 total.

CZ-USA CZ 75 P-01

Saturday, July 23, 2016

USPSA Action Pistol Match 07/23/2016

After a short stint in USPSA's Carry Optics division, I went back to Production with my trusty CZ 75 SP-01 for this match at the Shooter Ready Action Pistol Sports outdoor range near Canyon, TX.  It wasn't a stellar performance, but I placed 2nd Overall out of 17 total.  I'll take it! :-)

CZ-USA CZ 75 SP-01