Saturday, March 11, 2023

USPSA Action Pistol Match - 03/11/2023

USPSA action pistol match at The Lead Farm in Lubbock, TX. I was using my new custom V8 ported Staccato P 2011 in the Open Division. The gun ran great and the V8 ports work really well even with my lower powered reloaded ammo that I use for matches. I had a few minor mistakes (more like weird confusion hesitations), a couple instances of trigger freeze (typical for me with 2011s), and a miss on a target on one of the stages. I ended up in 9th place Overall out of 72 total, which was a really large turnout for our area. 👍

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Custom Staccato P Handgun

With the recent initial frustration and disappointment with my Springfield Prodigy 1911DS, and the frustration with Bul Armory's lack of supply of their newest generation of 2011-style guns in the US market, I decided to sell my first generation Bul SASII Tac Commander and purchase a used 4.4" Staccato P 2011 handgun to customize and to have for holster test fitment at RFV Tactical. I knew that I wanted to have it direct milled for a Holosun 509T red dot, so I picked up an iron-sight only version and sent it off to Impact CNC Machine to have it milled for the optic and then to DSC Gunworks to have the barrel and slide ported in a V8 configuration. After getting the slide and barrel back from Impact and DSC, I textured the grip while retaining the star logos, pinned the beavertail grip safety (because the previous owner permanently disabled it), cut the front of the frame's dust cover at an angle to better match the factory cuts on the slide, completely dehorned the slide and frame of all their sharp corners and edges, and then Cerakoted the slide in Graphite Black H-146 and the frame and beavertail in Stainless H-152 to match my custom two-tone Staccato C2.

Having the slide direct milled for the optic rather than using Staccato's optic mounting plate system allows the Holosun 509T to sit really low and there are no additional small screws that might come loose if they are not torqued and thread-locked properly. 👍

I plan to use this gun for daily carry and to compete at action pistol matches for a little while going forward. Surprisingly, this full-size 2011 is an ounce lighter than my 4.25" Springfield Prodigy 1911DS, but it actually has much less muzzle flip due to the V8 porting even with my lower powered reloaded ammo that I use at matches.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

IDPA Action Pistol Match - 02/22/2023

Indoor IDPA action pistol match with my Springfield Prodigy. I designed all the stages (I kept it simple) and ran the match, but we had a small turnout with only 6 people total. I got a little sloppy on the fourth stage trying to push my speed and then slowed it down too much on the last stage, but I still came in 1st place Overall with a margin of over 8 seconds. The Prodigy has been running 100%, but I am considering going to go back to rotating through different guns for carry and competition until I finish my new custom Staccato P that I am building. Carrying and competing with the same gun every week gets a little boring for me. I may even rotate my Sig XCarry, Walther PDP, and Shadow Systems MR920 into the mix to keep it interesting. Who knows what I'll do next... 😎

Update: I finished the custom Staccato P build a few days later, so I will be shooting it for a little while going forward. 👍

Saturday, February 11, 2023

USPSA Action Pistol Match - 02/11/2023

USPSA action pistol match at The Lead Farm in Lubbock, TX. I went back to shooting my Springfield Prodigy 1911 Double Stack again after finally receiving the RMR-footprint optic mounting plate that I ordered in September of 2022. 😒 During my recent daily dry fire practice sessions, I have really been trying to consciously grip the gun harder so that I can shoot the gun faster in live fire. I've been carrying and dry fire practicing with the Prodigy for over a week to get used to it, but I ended up getting a blister on the top of one of my fingers on my strong hand from gripping the gun so hard with my support hand. Apparently the fingers of my support hand land differently on top of my strong hand when gripping a 2011-style gun. This blister forced me to change my grip slightly just to avoid pain when gripping the gun. You can see on the last stage in the video that I actually had to re-acquire my grip during my draw because of the pain from establishing my grip wrong. 😵 Due to this, my performance wasn't as good as I would've liked and I ended up in 12th place Overall out of 59 total. The 2011-style gun is still a great platform, and I am going to run the Prodigy at a few more matches just to get used to it. I am also building a custom Staccato P 2011 with a ported slide/barrel, so I plan to dedicate some time to the 2011 platform for a little while.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

IDPA Action Pistol Match - 02/08/2023

Another indoor IDPA action pistol match recorded. 😜 I switched to my Springfield Prodigy 1911 Double Stack for this match as I plan to shoot it at several action pistol matches this month. This gun took a lot of work to get running reliably, but it's good to go now.  My performance was okay, but nothing spectacular.  While the 2011 platform is great for shooting fast with the single action trigger and the Prodigy is nice and heavy to help mitigate recoil, I think I still shoot my Zev Tech OZ9C faster. I came in 1st place Overall (only 7 total) with a 7+ second margin. 👍

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Outlaw Steel Action Pistol Match - 01/28/2023

Outlaw Steel action pistol match at the Lead Farm in Lubbock, TX. I was again running my Zev Tech OZ9C in the Open division. The gun ran great again, but I didn't perform as well as I would've liked. I had a lot of misses because I was trying to go too fast, and making up all the missed shoots took extra time. 😟 I also got called for a miss on the second stage (6 hits required at each of the four shooting positions) which added 10 seconds to my overall time, but after getting home and reviewing the video, I confirmed that I made up all of my missed shots on every stage. I ended up in 9th place Overall out of 47 total, but I should've been in 6th place without the incorrectly called penalty. 😡 Oh well, it was still a lot of fun! 😁

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

IDPA Action Pistol Match - 01/25/2023

Although I attend these indoor IDPA action pistol matches all the time, it's been a while since I recorded one. I was again shooting my Zev Tech OZ9C that I recently updated with an Overwatch Precision TAC trigger, and the gun ran flawless. Other than a few brain farts and reload fumbles (typical for me at an IDPA match), I ended up in 1st place Overall out of 8 total with a 23+ second margin. 👍 This OZ9C is an absolutely amazing gun! I love everything about it and I love shooting it! I normally rotate through a lot of different carry guns (CZs, 2011s, Glocks, Walthers, Sigs, etc), but I can see myself carrying and competing with this one on a regular basis for a while. 😁💓😎💜