Sunday, March 11, 2018

Outlaw 3-Gun Match 03/10/2018

I was still having issues with my Franchi Affinity semi-auto shotgun at this 3-gun match near Dawn, TX (my first time at this venue). It just keeps having intermittent problems with light primer strikes (possibly because it's not going completely into battery, but I don't know for sure), which results in a dead trigger and requires a manual cycle to get it running again. Very frustrating for sure, and eats up a lot of time. I also need to practice my shotgun reloads as well, as they are just a clumsy mess right now. It was good to shoot my AR-15 again, and it was surprising to me how little the recoil was when compared to my CZ Scorpion 9mm carbine that I've been using a lot in USPSA matches. I've also gone back to a fixed red dot sight on the AR-15 (same as my CZ Scorpion), because the Vortex Strike Eagle 1x6 scope that I installed last year SUCKED. I could not get a consistent view through the eye box even when dry fire practicing at home. I like the fixed red dot MUCH better and it's more consistent with the optics that I'm using on other competition guns. Despite the shotgun issues, and the fact that I came in 2nd to last place, I had a great time. 😊  I am planning on attending the 3-gun matches at this venue more often, so hopefully my skills will start to improve over time.

UPDATE 3/14/2018: After disassembling the Franchi shotgun multiple times to polish and smooth out all the contact/friction points, I discovered that I just had a bad batch of ammo! 😖 I bought some new ammo today to test it and ran 100 rounds through it without any failures. I then tried to run what was left of my old ammo (about 20 rounds) and had two more misfires.  I then ran an additional 50 rounds of brand new ammo through it without any failures.  I'm pretty confident that I won't have anymore issues with the gun at my 3-Gun matches. My shotgun reloads will be the only issue now! 😁

Saturday, March 3, 2018

IDPA Action Pistol Match 03/03/2018

I was really happy with my performance at this IDPA action pistol match with my optic-equipped CZ USA P-09 Urban Gray.  The Burris Fastfire 3 optic performed perfectly at this match, I didn't have any brain farts, I tried to be consistent and smooth rather than fast, and I ended up in 3rd place overall out of 19 total.  I also had the least points down overall (only 5 points down for the entire match), which means I was the most accurate shooter of the day. I did have one light primer strike on the first shot of the last stage. This unexpected malfunction kept me from placing 2nd overall as there was less than a 0.50 second difference between 2nd and 3rd. Overall, it was a great match and a lot of fun. I am really enjoying shooting in the new Carry Optics division of IDPA. 😀

Sunday, February 4, 2018

IDPA Action Pistol Match 02/03/2018

I was really excited to shoot my optic equipped CZ P-09 in the new Carry Optics Division of IDPA. I came in 2nd place overall out of 18 total, but I did have a few issues with the red dot sight.  At the end of Stage 5, the red dot shut off while I was engaging the last two targets of the stage (you can see how slowly I shot them in the video).  Cycling through the power/mode button on the side of the Burris Fastfire 3 optic, I was able to get the red dot to come back on, but it disappeared again during one of the strings of the new 5x5 Classifier stage at the end of the video.  I still did okay on the Classifier (Expert in ESP), but I was concerned with this issue.  When I got home and inspected the optic closer, I realized that the battery cover was about a 1/4 turn from coming off, which would explain why the dot kept turning off randomly.  Lesson learned... tighten that battery cover before every match! 😜

Friday, February 2, 2018

Outlaw 3-Gun Match 01/28/2018

I haven't been to a 3-Gun match since April of last year, so I was excited to attend this one, especially since shotgun was optional and I could use a PCC gun as my rifle.  This meant I could use just my CZ P-09 pistol (with an optic) and my CZ Scorpion EVO S1 Carbine.  Unfortunately, the first two stages went very badly for me.  I was not confident in my Scorpion for long distance shots (farther than 50 yards), so it took some time to see where the POA/POI was at those distances.  Plus, the red dot disappeared after the first two shots!  I was able to get it to come back on by simply changing to a different brightness setting, but I still don't know why that happened. 😕 I also had trouble with the accuracy of my pistol's optic, as I was missing a lot of small steel targets past 20 yards.  After the second stage I was able to adjust my pistol's optic slightly (using the co-witnessing front sight as a reference point) and ended up doing much better on the last two stages (placed 2nd on both of those stages).  The last stage was interesting because we had to carry a 20 pound container of water and shoot everything one-handed!  I ended up 7th out of 14 overall due to the issues I had on the first two stages, but I still had a lot of fun and learned some valuable lessons.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Glock 19 Gen 4 Update

I've made some subtle changes to my recently acquired Gen 4 Glock 19, and I'm really happy with the results. Changing the grip angle was the biggest improvement to the gun that I've done besides the DIY high visibility front sight modification. Even though it's still not exactly the same grip angle as a CZ or 1911, the gun feels much better in my hand and points more naturally for me now. This was a fairly easy change to make by modifying the factory medium beavertail backstrap by simply cutting off the bottom section of the backstrap so that it essentially flattens out the "Glock Hump" at the bottom of the back of the grip similarly to the Grip Force add-on beavertail adapter. A lot of Glock enthusiasts go to extreme measures to change the grip angle by cutting and epoxying or heating and reforming the back of the grip to physically remove this hump, but these methods typically require a stippling job to hide the modification (along with removing the finger grooves on the front of the grip). I didn't really want to stipple this gun's grip as I like the Gen 4 texture, and the finger grooves don't really bother me. Modifying the backstrap was relatively easy and I can always purchase a replacement factory backstrap set for $20. I also slightly contoured the bottom of the trigger guard so that it is more comfortable against my knuckle when gripping the gun. While the CZ P-07 is still my favorite concealed carry gun, this Gen 4 Glock 19 is now higher up on my favorites list. 😀 Below is a list of upgrades and modifications that I've done to the gun, which have all made the gun much more appealing to me in both form and function.

  • Glock OEM tritium 3-dot sights with DIY high visibility front sight modification
  • TAU Development Group Striker Control Device (a safety measure for appendix carry)
  • Vickers Tactical enhanced slide stop lever by TangoDown
  • Glock OEM Gen 3 smooth face trigger shoe with a contoured trigger safety lever
  • Lone Wolf Distributors 3.5# connector and 6# trigger spring
  • All the internal trigger components have been polished
  • Factory medium beavertail backstrap modified for improved grip angle
  • Bottom of the trigger guard contoured for comfort
  • Pearce grip plug

Thursday, December 21, 2017

CZ-USA CZ Shadow 2 Handgun

I just acquired the latest and greatest competition gun from CZ-USA... The CZ Shadow 2! 😍 I found this two-tone Shadow 2 at my local gun store and traded in my CZ-75 Stainless Limited Edition that was just collecting dust in the safe.  I plan to use this new gun in USPSA's Production division.  Unfortunately, the Shadow 2 is too heavy for IDPA rules, so I'll continue to use my CZ-75 SP-01 for IDPA.  The Shadow 2 is ready to go out of the box for competition use.  It already has fiber optic adjustable competition sights, a smooth trigger pull, thin safety levers, aluminum checkered grips, and excellent checkering on the front and back straps.  The only thing I've done to the gun is install a 13# hammer spring, a 10# recoil spring, a reduced power firing pin spring, and a reduced power trigger spring (all from Cajun Gun Works).  With these springs and a little bit of polishing on the internal trigger components, it already feels much better than my modified SP-01 and has a much shorter trigger reset.  Trigger pull weights are now under 7.0 lbs double action and under 2.5 lbs single action. As a bonus, the Shadow 2 is compatible with all the mags that I use in the SP-01, so there's no need for me to purchase any new magazines for it. I'm very excited to start using this gun during the 2018 season! 😀

UPDATE February 2018:  I've decided to have the Shadow 2's slide milled for an optic by CZ Custom with their new multi-optic plate cut and use this gun in the Carry Optics division of USPSA rather than in the Production division, since my old eyes really prefer a red dot sight for competition. This gun is perfect for USPSA's Carry Optics and I'll use my optic-equipped CZ P-09 in IDPA's new Carry Optics division. Unfortunately, CZ Custom has a 10-week turn around on milling work, so I'll just keep using my CZ Scorpion EVO Carbine in the PCC division of USPSA until this gun is ready.

Monday, December 4, 2017

DIY High Visibility Front Sight Modification

I recently came across an article on (linked below) for a DIY High Visibility Front Sight modification and figured I would try it out on my new mostly stock CZ P-07 and Glock 19 Gen4. I've heard about using florescent paint on the front sight before, but I wasn't sure how that would work around the tritium vial of night sights. I've installed factory tritium 3-dot sights on both of the guns (mainly because I already had the CZ sights), so using the hole punched pin stripe tape seemed like a great method. I've gotta say... my old eyes really like it! 😁 Why not just buy Trijicon HD sights? Because the HD sights aren't available for all the different guns I carry. Plus, I've got enough pin stripe tape to do this several hundred times for only $5. I liked this modification so much that I went ahead and modified all of my carry guns. 😎