Saturday, December 31, 2016

Every Day Carry (EDC) Photos

I wanted to share photos of my current EDC setups. All of my guns are now carried appendix IWB with custom kydex holsters and mag pouches that I've made myself. The additional EDC items include a Spyderco knife, a Streamlight ProTac 2L flashlight, a Smith & Wesson tactical pen, a small canister of Sabre pepper spray, and a custom kydex wallet and key keeper that I also made myself. Basically, the only thing that changes from day to day is the gun and spare mag. :-)  In case you are wondering, the guns are displayed from top to bottom as most carried to least carried, but I do carry them all.

CZ-USA CZ P-07 Urban Grey with a
Burris FF3 optic and a Streamlight TLR-3 light

CZ-USA CZ P-07 with a Sreamlight TLR-3 light

CZ-USA CZ 75 P-01


Sig Sauer Ultra Compact 1911

Sig Sauer RCS Sport Compact 1911

Sig Sauer Traditional Compact 1911

Sunday, December 18, 2016

CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Carbine

I've been patiently waiting for the CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Carbine to be sold in the US for a while, as I didn't really want to buy the pistol version and then convert it to a short barrel rifle.  I plan to use the Scorpion in USPSA's Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) division at some matches next year, as well as for a home defense gun.  I've only done a few minor modifications and upgrades to it, but it seems pretty capable as is.  I'm really liking it so far, and it goes well with my other polymer CZ guns. :-)

Saturday, December 10, 2016

USPSA Action Pistol Match 12/10/2016

For my last action pistol match for 2016 I traveled down to Lubbock Texas to shoot with the West Texas Practical Shooters USPSA club. First off... it was VERY cold during the match as they start at 9am even in the winter months, but they had some really good stages set up for us and the match ran smoothly.  Other than taking slightly more time to find the red dot for the classifier stage (which I was unable to get recorded on video), I felt like I lived up to my "B" classification as far as performance as I placed 9th Overall out of 34 total.  I wasn't super fast, but I'm happy with being a little more accurate than some of the guys that are way faster than me.  Being content with that won't win me any major matches, but I like being able to hit my targets more often than not as that translates well to real life self defense scenarios.  After all... this CZ P-07 with a red dot sight is also one of my daily carry guns! :-)

CZ-USA CZ P-07 Urban Grey with a Burris Fastfire 3

Custom AIWB Light Bearing Kydex Holster for EDC

Saturday, November 26, 2016

USPSA Action Pistol Match 11/26/2016

Even though I recently acquired another new competition gun, I decided to shoot my CZ P-07 Urban Grey 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.

CZ-USA CZ P-07 Urban Grey with a Burris Fastfire 3

Friday, November 18, 2016

Springfiled Armory Range Officer Operator 1911 Handgun

I recently picked up another handgun to use for competition.  I've been wanting a 1911 with a rail and also 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 Springfield Trophy Match 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 Division).  I'm hoping I will love it as much as I love my CZs. :-)

Sunday, November 13, 2016

IDPA Action Pistol Match 11/13/2016

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

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 some frustration with it previously.

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 in the daylight. A larger MOA dot would probably be 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 currently wouldn't be a legal modification in the Carry Optics division.  More time training with the gun should fix this though.

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 with a Burris Fastfire 3