Saturday, April 23, 2022

Outlaw Action Pistol Match 04/23/2022

This was an outlaw action pistol match (mostly USPSA rules) hosted by a new group of people trying to attract more people to their club/range.  I've competed in many matches at this facility, but they stopped having matches at this range several years ago due to the club's strict limitations on matches.  This is why the stages are very basic and we are only able to shoot into the back berm.  The match was better than I expected considering it was put on by people that don't have prior experience in action pistol matches, but were definitely some kinks that will need to be worked out.  I came in 1st place overall out of 12 total, so it was definitely a good day for me. I was shooting my old retired CZ SP-01 competition gun that I've recently updated for concealed carry usage by having the slide milled for a Holosun 509T red dot sight as well as adding a little heavier main spring and recoil spring to make it more appropriate for concealed carry.  It's been great to put this gun to use again, as it is a great shooter and is very reliable.

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Outlaw Action Pistol Match 01/23/2022

It's been a while since I've been to an outdoor action pistol match due to the cold weather and "Rona".  This match is an "Outlaw" match because it was a mixture of IDPA and USPSA rules and scoring, and there were only 5 of us that showed up so we didn't even bother to keep score.  We basically just ran the same stage in different ways to get 6 stages in for the day.  Pretty much a practice day.  But since there aren't any scores published, let's just assume that I got all Alphas and won the match! 😆

I was shooting my new Walther PDP Compact with a Holosun 509T optic with my everyday concealed carry gear from RFV Tactical.  This PDP has surprised me to the point that it's all I've been carrying and shooting lately. It might even dethrone the CZ P-07 as king of all the compact carry guns!

Saturday, November 13, 2021

USPSA Action Pistol Match 11/13/2021

Yep... I shot another new compact carry gun from concealment at this USPSA action pistol match. 😀 I picked up a couple of Smith & Wesson M&Ps as shop guns for RFV Tactical, a new optics ready Shield Plus and an optics ready Compact 4".  I installed Holosun optics on both guns and added an Apex Tactical trigger to the compact.  I have been really impressed with both guns, and plan to use them regularly in my daily concealed carry rotation and will also use the compact at matches from time to time. I came in 5th Overall (35 total), and I felt like my performance was pretty decent other than a few magazine reload fumbles, which is common for me when retrieving a magazine from concealment.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

USPSA Action Pistol Match 10/09/2021

Another USPSA action pistol match with the good folks in Lubbock, TX.  I went back to shooting this match with my concealed carry gear because I was trying out a new carry gun... the Sig Sauer P320 XCarry RXP.  I had written off the Sig P320 long ago when they were having drop test failures and then quality control issues with the first rollout of the P365, but they've since worked out all those issues, and I picked up a P320 XCarry and a P365X as "shop guns" for RFV Tactical.  I must admit that I'm impressed with both guns, but at this match I could definitely tell that the P320 has more muzzle flip than my CZs, 2011s, and Glocks.  Its not a night and day difference by any means, but it is noticable to me.  I absolutely love the modularity of these guns, and I love that you can get them with an optic and night sights installed from the factory.  I textured the grip module of the XCarry, which I think looks great and is an improvement in grip compared to the factory texture.  I also plan to do a grip chop on a second XCarry grip module so that it will accept the shorter 15-round mags and will print less when carrying it concealed.

I ended up in 9th place overall out of 38 total at this match, which is pretty decent for me considering I was shooting from concealment and shooting a new gun for the first time. 😀

Saturday, September 25, 2021

USPSA Action Pistol Match 09/25/2021

Okay, okay... I finally went back to using my competition gear at this USPSA action pistol match in Lubbock, TX today.  I used my CZ Shadow 2 with an Inforce WILD2 weapon mounted light.  I didn't install the light to add weight to the gun as it is heavy enough without the light (I even removed the batteries to shed some weight) but rather to use it with one of my RFV Tactical weapon light indexing holsters and universal fit mag carriers. Had a great time, with great people!  Came in 5th place out of 30 overall. 👍

Saturday, August 28, 2021

USPSA Action Pistol Match 08/28/2021

I don't really know why, but I am loving shooting USPSA matches with my actual concealed carry gear from RFV Tactical.  I guess it's partly because I want to prove that my concealed carry gear is good to go even at a competition pace, but I also like the idea of competing with the gun that I wore to the match for defensive purposes.  As usual, I was the only person running the match with concealed carry gear, which admittedly puts me at a huge disadvantage, but I am okay with that. 😉  I ended up in 6th place out of 10 overall.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Custom Staccato C2 Handgun

After placing an order for a Bul Armory SAS II Viper and waiting over a year with no ETA on when the gun would be done, I canceled the order and purchased another Staccato C2 as a replacement project. Since I already have one Staccato C2 that is completely stock (other than installing a red dot sight), I really wanted to customize the crap out of this new one.

I purchased the gun and immediately sent the slide off to Vulcan Machine Werks to have the slide milled for a red dot, but I also had them mill their Stacc-Ports into the top of the slide and barrel. While the slide was off getting milled, I took the frame completely apart and dehorned it in preparation to be Cerakoted in Stainless (H-152Q) by CP Tactical Solutions. While the frame was off getting refinished, I textured the grip module in my signature RFV Tactical concealed carry texture.

Once all the pieces came back, I put it back together and put a Surefire X300U-A on it to finish off that extreme custom look.  The gun turned out exactly how I wanted it, and it shoots and carries great!

The only downside to the Stacc-Ports barrel porting system is that it completely blackens the face of the front sight post after shooting just a few rounds. The fiber optic rod or tritium vial in the front sight becomes completely unusable and is very difficult to clean afterwards. To shield the front sight from the blast of the Stacc-Ports, I wrap it with a piece of electrical tape right before I go to the range for practice or for a match. The electrical tape stays in place during shooting, but is easily removed and keeps the front sight nice and clean during extended shooting sessions. I also keep a piece of electrical tape on the top of any weapon mounted light that extends past the muzzle of any of my guns so that the muzzle blast doesn't burn the coating off the top of the light. That piece of electrical tape doesn't impede the function of the light at all, and it is very easy to replace. 👍