Saturday, September 7, 2019

IDPA Action Pistol Match 09/07/2019

A decent performance from me at this IDPA action pistol match using my CZ P-07 Urban Gray with a Trijicon RMR (daily carry gun).  I didn't make any major mistakes, and I had a great time with a bunch of great people.  Came in 3rd place overall.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

USPSA Action Pistol Match 08/24/2019

We only had 5 people turn out for this USPSA action pistol match, but it was still a lot of fun as they were all excellent shooters (them... not so much me).  Looking back through the video footage, it's obvious that I could've gone a little faster, but my accuracy was on point and my game plan for each stage was solid.  I only had one make up shot on a paper target and I went 1-for-1 on every piece of steel in the entire match! I came in 3rd place overall and was within a fraction of a percent of 2nd place.

Monday, August 5, 2019

SCCA Autocross 08/03/2019

I haven't been to an autocross event since 2011. My local region has been running their summer events at night for a couple of years now, and I've been promising myself that I would give it a try IF I remembered when they were having an event AND I didn't have anything else going on.  I captured my fastest run on video, but it certainly wasn't as fast as I wanted it to be. 😜 I ended up in 13th place Overall out of 26 total, so... smack dab in the middle of the pack. (weak sauce)

I had fun at this event, but I was reminded that standing in a parking lot for almost 6 hours only to get a few minutes behind the wheel on the track is not the best bang for my buck when it comes to having fun.  I think I'll stick to action shooting sports and hopefully I will get back to motorcycle track days soon.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

USPSA Action Pistol Match 07/27/2019

Another great time at a local USPSA match shooting my optic-equipped CZ-USA Shadow 2.  I didn't really make any mistakes, but I certainly wasn't very fast. Came in 3rd place Overall.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Outlaw 3-Gun Match 07/21/2019

I was excited about this 3-Gun match because it was the first time performing quad-loads for my shotgun reloads.  I purchased some used quad-load shell holders and practiced every day for a week leading up to this match.  I got to perform a few quad-loads on one stage, but that was it.  The quad-loads weren't all that fast (for quad-loads), but it was a helluva lot faster than my previous method of loading a group of 3 one at a time.  I ended up in 3rd place overall at this match (only a fraction of a second between 2nd and 3rd place), but I made several mistakes that cost me a lot of time.  Definitely a learning experience.

Monday, July 8, 2019

IDPA Action Pistol Match 07/07/2019

I went back to using my optic equipped CZ P-09 with all my normal competition gear for this IDPA action pistol match.  I think I made a substantial mistake in 4 out of the 5 stages at this match, but despite all my mistakes I ended up in 2nd place Overall.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Outlaw 3-Gun Match 06/23/2019

Another mediocre performance from me at a local Outlaw 3-gun match.  I did go 2 for 2 on a 100 yard shot with a pistol on steel in the 3rd stage, but that was the only impressive thing about my performance. Lots of fun to go around though. 😀  I think I am going to give in and convert over and start practicing quad loading my shotgun.  That seems to be where a lot of my wasted time comes from (besides missing long range rifle targets).

Saturday, June 22, 2019

USPSA Action Pistol Match 06/22/2019

Great day at the range shooting a USPSA action pistol match with my CZ Shadow 2 with a Burris Fastfire 3 optic.  Other than a hit on a no-shoot target, I feel like I did okay.  Ended up in 3rd place overall.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

IDPA Action Pistol Match 06/19/2019

My Glock 43X is now MUCH easier to shoot with the Shield RMSc red dot sight installed. It is definitely not a "competition" gun, but my accuracy with it at this indoor IDPA match compared to the last match with only iron sights was vastly improved. I was only three points down for the entire match, but I had a procedural error that kept me out of the top 3 spots for the overall match results.  Apparently I can't count, and I did a slide-lock reload that turned out to not be at slide-lock. 😜

Sunday, June 2, 2019

IDPA Action Pistol Match 06/02/2019

I placed 2nd Overall at this IDPA action pistol match.  I was shooting my Gen4 Glock 19 with T-shirt concealment from an AIWB holster. I did okay other than dropping a mag out of the gun that I meant to catch for a tactical reload. #brainfart 😜


Saturday, May 25, 2019

USPSA Action Pistol Match 05/25/2019

I neglected to load up some competition ammo for my CZ Shadow 2 for this USPSA action pistol match, so I ended up just using my Gen1 CZ P-07 carry gun from concealment with factory ammo in the Open division. This definitely put me at a disadvantage for the match (placed 6th Overall), but I got the most "A" zone hits for the day.  As I get older, my vision is declining and my ability to move fast is also declining, but I like shooting at action pistol matches to stay proficient with a handgun.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

IDPA Action Pistol Match 05/08/2019

I ran my new Glock 43X at an indoor IDPA match recently. It was odd shooting a gun with only iron sights again.  I definitely prefer a red dot for accuracy, but this gun will get the job done for self defense.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

USPSA Action Pistol Match 04/28/2019

I had a several misses and several "no shoots" at this USPSA action pistol match. Not a great performance for me, but still ended up in 3rd place overall and I had a great time. It was awesome to shoot my CZ Shadow 2 in the Carry Optics division again! 

Monday, April 8, 2019

IDPA Action Pistol Match 04/07/2019

I finally got to shoot an outdoor IDPA action pistol match for 2019!  It's been a while and it was good to do some more outdoor action pistol. I was excited to run my previously problematic Gen1 CZ-USA P-07 project gun at this match because I finally got all of the bugs worked out of it, and I am happy to report that it ran flawlessly at this match.  Unfortunately, I had several user errors that put me in 5th place Overall for the day.  I had a couple of procedural errors, a miss (in the black on a hard-cover target), and I dropped a mag during a tactical reload while running to the next shooting position. Still a great day though. 😊

Friday, March 29, 2019

USPSA Action Pistol Match 03/28/2019

This was a quick 3-stage USPSA match that I attended after getting off work yesterday.  I was using my CZ Gen1 P-07 carry gun  from concealment with off the shelf ammo.  This gun has been plagued with trigger reset issues from the day I bought it (used), and the problem persisted at this match.  The trigger is very slow to reset (intermittently) which causes delayed follow-up shots as well as accuracy issues due to timing of the trigger pull. I've been polishing and tinkering with the internals to resolve the issue, but I  have still not figured out the problem. 😕

UPDATE: After spending several more hours troubleshooting the gun at home, I was finally able to replicate and determine the cause of the trigger reset issues. Apparently, the Gen1 frames were made from a slightly softer polymer than the Gen2 frames, and the strength of my grip flexes the frame just enough to bind up the trigger components causing a slow/sticky reset.  I ended up replacing all of the Gen1 trigger components (including the hammer and trigger itself) to brand new Gen2 components that I stoned and polished.  Replacing all the internal parts has completely eliminated the trigger reset issue and the double action trigger pull is now very smooth. My guess is that the newer parts have tolerances that work better together even when the frame flexes slightly when I grip the gun.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

USPSA Action Pistol Match 03/23/2019

Finally back to shooting something other than 3-Gun!!! 😜  I was shooting my CZ-USA Scorpion 9mm Carbine in the PCC division at this first USPSA match of 2019, because I haven't shot it in a LONG time and because I didn't have any competition ammo loaded up for my CZ Shadow 2 pistol.  Had a great time, but I wasn't as fast as I'd liked to be.  Oh well... it was a great day none the less! 😁

Monday, February 25, 2019

Outlaw 3-Gun Match 02/24/2019

There have still not been any local IDPA or USPSA matches since late last year, so here is yet another outlaw 3-Gun match.  I made a couple of mistakes at this match... I did not carry enough pistol ammo with me on the first stage (pistol-only stage) and ran out before being able to engage the last target and I did not take into account that my rifle would be hitting a little high at 125 yards with a 50/200 yard zero, so I wasted a lot of time going to war with two small round steel targets.  I still placed 3rd Overall, but it was definitely another learning experience of what NOT to do. 😜

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Nomad Defense Glock 19 - UPDATE

As much as I wanted to like the Nomad Defense Gen4 frame for this Glock 19 project, it was just too small for my big gorilla hands and was causing too many user induced malfunctions while shooting it at matches due to my support hand placement. So, I sold it and picked up a brand new Gen4 Glock frame and modified it with my personal preferences (finger groove removal, trigger guard undercut, stippling, and a modified beavertail backstrap). That modified beavertail backstrap is the key to a factory Glock 19 fitting my hands properly. Really happy with the way it turned out. After finishing up the gun, I was able to shoot another "zero points down" indoor IDPA match with it. 😀

Monday, January 21, 2019

Outlaw 3-Gun Match 01/20/2019

Unfortunately, I accidentally left my competition belt with my holster and mag pouches at home for this 3-Gun match, and ended up having to compete with my concealed carry holster and used my back pockets for all my extra magazines. My shotgun shell caddies were in my range bag, so I was able to use those.  The first stage definitely had us all breathing hard by the end as there was a bit of a hike while shooting at shotgun targets and finally making our way to the rifle at the top of a small plateau.  All the other stages weren't too bad, but not having all my stuff in the right spots on my belt definitely got me flustered during each stage.  I feel like every 3-Gun match I go to, I get just a tiny bit better at using the rifle and the shotgun.  Hopefully I will continue to improve.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Nomad Defense Glock 19 Handgun Build

Along with my recent CZ-USA P-07 build, I also built another custom Glock 19 handgun. This one utilizes the Gen4 MOS slide that I acquired, which I sent off to Maple Leaf Firearms to have front cocking serrations and a top window milled into it and refinished with black Nitride.  I really like the factory front serrations on my Gen4 G19 FS, so I think this slide looks great with these features.

I used the Nomad Defense Nomad 9 aftermarket Gen4 Glock 19 frame for this build, because I really liked all of the features and ergonomics that they put into it. I have to admit that when I first started handling the Nomad 9 frame, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. I really would've liked the grip texture to continue onto the front strap instead of having horizontal serrations, and the grip just felt a little too short in my big gorilla hands for some reason. So... like any other person that is not 100% satisfied with a product, I modified it! 😜 I stippled and blended the front strap with a similar texture to the factory texture, sacrificed the small backstrap to cut up and fuse together with the medium backstrap, re-located the hole for the retaining pin, and then re-stippled it to create a longer one-off custom backstrap that gives the grip a similar feel and look as the grip of my beloved CZ P-07s. I also purchased another Primary Machine compensator for this Glock 19 to match the comp I put on the Gen1 CZ P-07. 😁

I will be using this new Glock 19 and the Gen1 CZ P-07 for concealed carry and at shooting matches over the next couple of months to see how they perform. Both guns utilize the same holster that I made to index on the Streamlight TLR-1. 

Monday, January 14, 2019

CZ USA Gen1 P-07 Handgun Build

I recently built another CZ-USA P-07 handgun using an old used Gen1 DUTY frame that I picked up dirt cheap. I paired the frame with my optic-ready Gen1 slide with a Burris Fastfire3 optic. I also added a Primary Machine Stealth Comp to the gun to bring it to an extreme "tacti-cool" level. I spent quite a bit of time refining the Gen1 DUTY frame by rounding off all the sharp edges and doing a 360-degree stipple job on it since it doesn't have interchangeable backstraps. I tried out a new stippling technique that worked really well for me. It has a medium aggressive texture which is perfect for concealed carry, and I think it looks and feels good too. I liked the new stippling texture so much that I re-stippled my P-09 that I use for 3-Gun with the same technique.

One of the downsides to using a Gen1 DUTY frame is that the mags don't drop free when you press the mag release button (apparently its a European thing). I was able to get this frame to freely drop mags with a LOT of sanding and polishing inside the magwell. It was a lot of work, but well worth the effort as it was messing me up at shooting matches when the mags wouldn't drop out of the gun during slide-lock reloads.

I didn't want to use red Loctite on the barrel threads along with the supplied set screws to secure the compensator to the barrel per the instructions, as I didn't like the idea of not being able to easily remove the comp for cleaning or whatever.  So, I used an over-sized rubber o-ring (5/8" OD x 7/16" ID x 3/32") and shaved it down to a specific outside diameter to allow the comp to thread on to it's tightest point against the o-ring and be correctly lined up with the slide. I'm not able to get the comp as close to the slide as I would prefer with this method, but the comp has not moved at all while shooting and I can remove the comp as easily as a thread protector. The comp definitely helps reduce muzzle flip when shooting the gun, but there is no reduction of perceived recoil in the hand.  I still haven't decided if the added length is worth the effort/discomfort to carry it, but I love using the Streamlight TLR-1 HL light (800 lumens version), so the extra length of the comp is kind of a wash.

Despite the longer length of the gun with the comp and the TLR-1 light, I've been able to conceal carry this gun for 14 hours a day for the last couple of weeks using a custom kydex holster that I made that indexes on the light rather than the gun.  Yes, it's a little more uncomfortable compared to my other compact guns, but it's definitely doable.


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Outlaw 3-Gun Match 01/05/2019

My first shooting match for 2019!  I thought I would be rusty since I haven't been shooting for a little while, but I actually did really well at this Outlaw 3-Gun match.  I won every stage and came in 1st place Overall. I shot my rifle prone for the first time at this match, and was able to do my shotgun reloads fairly decently. 😛  I recently built an older used Gen1 CZ P-07 Duty to use with a dedicated compensator (more on that in a later post), so I decided to use that gun for 4 out of the 5 stages to see if I could tell any difference when compared to my non-compensated full-size P-09.  I had some trigger reset issues with the new P-07, so I wasn't able to shoot it as fast as I would've liked, but I could definitely tell that there was less muzzle flip with the comp. 👍