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.