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

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