Sunday, December 20, 2015

Close Quarters Drills

I'm still recovering from knee surgery, so for my first time back to the outdoor range I thought I would just work on close quarters drills with three of my concealed carry guns.  The first two runs on the video are with my CZ 75 P-01, the second two are with my CZ P-07, and the last two are with my Sig Sauer Ultra Compact 1911 in 9mm.  Normally I would start moving backwards after the first two shots, but I don't have that kind of mobility back just yet.  Out of all of the training that I do by myself at the outdoor range, these drills are definitely the most fun. 😊

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Sig Sauer Ultra Compact 1911 9mm Handgun

I recently had arthroscopic knee surgery due to a torn meniscus and some damaged cartilage, and to help me recover faster I picked up another couple of guns. :-P  On a serious note, I've owned two Ruger LCPs (one for me, and one for my wife) and a Ruger LC9s Pro.  Out of those three Rugers, two of them had catastrophic failures while shooting them at the range, so I felt like I needed to replace them since I simply couldn't trust them anymore.

I've always liked the Sig Sauer Ultra Compact 1911s, but I didn't really want another compact 1911 in .45 ACP, especially in that small of a size. After some research, I discovered that Sig also makes the Ultra in 9mm, so I picked one up to replace my Ruger LC9s Pro.  I am VERY impressed with this gun!  It is very accurate and lightweight, but has very little recoil, and it is easy to conceal (especially with carbon fiber slim VZ Grips installed). I think it looks really good too.  It has quickly tied with my CZ P-01 as my favorite concealed carry gun. I was so impressed with it, that I picked up a Sig Sauer P238 as a replacement for my Ruger LCP. 😊

Monday, November 23, 2015

Custom Kydex Holsters

I've been using a modified universal nylon holster for daily carry for over a year.  It has worked well for me, because I've been able to use it with all of my compact carry guns, and it has been really comfortable.  However, with all the dry fire practice that I do with my carry guns, it has started to wear out.  When new, it was also stiff enough that it wouldn't collapse after the gun was drawn, which is great for re-holstering frequently during dry fire sessions, but it hasn't maintained that stiffness over time.  I have been considering using custom Kydex holsters, but I didn't want to buy a separate holster for every carry gun that I own due to the expense.  I also wasn't completely happy with the design of most of the commercially available holsters, so I decided to just build my own molding press and buy the materials to make my own custom holsters.  After taking the time to build my press and make my first holster, I can tell you that the average price of $70 for a quality Kydex holster is a bargain! 😝 But, the satisfaction of making your own custom holsters is priceless. 😉 By the way... I have no intention of making and selling holsters.  I just wanted to make them for myself.

The first holster I made was for my CZ P-07. As a bonus, this same holster works nicely for my CZ 75 P-01 by simply tightening the tension screw near the trigger guard. To make this task easier, I used a stainless steel thumb screw, which also helps to secure the holster in place when worn.

The second holster was for my two CCO sized Sig Sauer 1911s. Even though the slide profile is different on the two guns, adjusting the tension of the trigger guard screw allows this one holster to work for both guns.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

CZ-USA CZ P-09 Handgun

I have been wanting to acquire a CZ-USA P-09, but I have a weird thing about having to have a "reason" to buy a new gun  even if the reason isn't all that legitimate. Unfortunately, I could not come up with a good enough reason (by my standards) to get one since I already have too many competition guns. Then I started reading discussion threads about the new USPSA Carry Optics division on some of the gun forums that I visit frequently.  There were several posts with pictures of P-09s with optical red dot sights mounted to them and I immediately realized I had a reason to get one. 😛  I purchased a Burris Fastfire III red dot sight and mounted it using a Springer Precision CZ-75 rear sight dovetail mount adapter. I also installed a factory threaded barrel for the cool factor. I've been dry-fire practicing with the gun quite a bit, but I'm not sure if having a red dot sight is any quicker for me versus regular competition sights.  Regardless, it's still a bad ass looking gun with the optic and threaded barrel. 😎

Saturday, October 17, 2015

USPSA Action Pistol Match 10/17/2015

This was the last USPSA action pistol match to be held at the Amarillo Rifle and Pistol Club, as these matches will be moving to a larger range in January. I've been shooting in the Production division for a little while this year, but decided to shoot one of my Limited division guns at this match. This was the first time I was shooting my home loaded .40 S&W ammo (major power factor), and it was definitely better than off the shelf ammo as far as recoil goes.  I didn't have any gun/ammo malfunctions, but I did have a brain fart on Stage 5 (a brain fart at a USPSA match??? Yep!).  There were two Grand Master shooters at this match, so I wouldn't have won anyway. 😛 Still had a lot of fun though.

EAA/Tanfoglio Witness Elite Match

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

IDPA Indoor Action Pistol Match 10/14/2015

Another indoor IDPA action pistol match at Texas Panhandle Pistol Club. I missed a head shot on the first stage, which took a few seconds to realize and make up the shot, but otherwise I had a really good run (placed 1st out of 8 total). I blazed through the 4th stage, which was a strong-hand/weak-hand standard that I've been practicing a lot for during my dry fire practice sessions.

EAA/Tanfoglio Witness Elite Limited Pro

Monday, October 5, 2015

2015 IDPA Panhandle Classic Action Pistol Match

This month is significant for me, because I started competing in action pistol sports 2 years ago this month, and because I finally attended my first "big" IDPA match (8 stages) this weekend and got 1st place overall! I had been practicing a lot prior to this match (both dry and live fire), and it definitely payed off at this match. It had rained heavily the night before and was raining all day during the match, so 4 of the 8 stages were muddy as hell.  Not the best environment for action pistol sports, but it created an interesting challenge that you don't usually have to deal with. 😊

CZ-USA CZ 75 SP-01

Sunday, September 27, 2015

CZ-USA CZ 75 P-01 Handgun

After carrying my CZ 75B Stainless Steel Limited Edition for a while, I realized that it is just too big for my preference as a concealed carry gun.  I found myself not wanting to carrying it very often, so I decided to convert it to a dedicated competition gun by replacing the CZ Custom tritium night sights with a set of CZ Custom competition sights with a fiber optic front.  The SS LE already has all of the trigger improvements done to it (the double action trigger pull actually feels smoother than my CZ 75 SP-01 for some reason), so the sights were the only thing that needed to be changed. It should make a great backup competition gun to my SP-01.

To replace the SS LE as a carry gun, I picked up a CZ 75 P-01, which is a compact alloy frame version of my SP-01 competition gun.  The P-01 also has a hammer decocker, so that the hammer can be safely lowered like my CZ P-07.  I installed all of the same trigger improvement components from Cajun Gun Works and CZ Custom Shop that I installed in my SP-01 and SS LE and installed the CZ Custom tritium night sights that I removed from the SS LE. I also had the frame Cerakoted in Stainless (H-152Q) like I did with my SP-01.  I have to say... I believe the P-01 is the best carry gun that I currently own.  It is slightly lighter and thinner than my polymer framed CZ P-07, has twice the capacity of my two Sig Sauer compact 1911s, and I think it looks really awesome! 😎

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Motorcycle Track Day - 09/12/2015 @ COTA

It's been a year since we were at Circuit of the Americas for a motorcycle track day with Ridesmart Motorcycle School.  The last time, I had a little bit of an "off" that ended my day early, so I was a little nervous about coming back. I took it really easy most of the day, but finally started running at my normal pace by the last two sessions. The weather was perfect for Austin in September, and we had a lot of fun. :-)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

IDPA Indoor Action Pistol Match 09/09/2015

Another indoor IDPA action pistol match at Texas Panhandle Pistol Club. On the second stage, I accidentally turned on the safety while moving to the next shooting position, and then hit a "no shoot" target at the end of the stage. Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes... I gotta stop making mistakes! :-)  This was my first match using my home loaded ammo, and it is definitely helping my speed.

CZ-USA CZ 75 SP-01

Saturday, August 15, 2015

USPSA Action Pistol Match 08/15/2015

It's always a humbling experience when you _think_ you are getting faster, but then realize that you are still slow (placed 5th out of 34 total). :-P  The match winner at this USPSA action pistol match was about 3 to 5 seconds faster than me on each and every stage. Granted... the match winner is a Grand Master that is currently ranked 11th in the country in Limited Division, but it looks like I will need to keep practicing. :-)

CZ-USA CZ 75 SP-01

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

IDPA Indoor Action Pistol Match 08/12/2015

I was able to get video of me from a different perspective at this indoor IDPA action pistol match at Texas Panhandle Pistol Club.  I was shooting my CZ-USA CZ P-07, which is one of my regular concealed carry guns with 3-dot tritium night sights.  I recently installed a factory competition hammer and also purchased a Blade-Tech OWB kydex holster for it, so I was curious to see how well it would work for me at a match.  I had one miss during a weak-hand shot on the 4th stage (shot was barely in the black painted area on the target), but otherwise I felt like I did pretty good with the gun (2nd place out of 9 total).

In case you're wondering, we don't use the required cover garment at these indoor IDPA matches during the summer because it's so hot inside the range.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Time to start reloading my own ammo!

I recently acquired a used Dillon 550B progressive reloading press, and I just finished building my gunsmithing/reloading workbench. I'm still waiting on a few parts to come in for the Dillon, but I should be "rollin' my own" soon. :-)  I don't think this will save me any money because I plan on doing a lot of live fire practice now (previously my only live fire practice was at actual matches), but I'll be able to reduce the power level so that my shooting will hopefully be faster shot to shot.  I plan to start out with 9mm, and then will eventually load my own .40 S&W and .45 ACP once I get the hang of it. Let the fun begin! :-)

Update 08/28/2015: The reloading is going very well. I've already loaded 700 rounds of 9mm and have shot 200 of those rounds. The reduced recoil is definitely a nice advantage. I've already ordered the .40 S&W dies so that I can start reloading for USPSA's Limited Division.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

IDPA Action Pistol Match 08/09/2015

So... I won this IDPA action pistol match at Amarillo Rifle and Pistol Club (out of 14 total), but... I don't really know how (I'm sure everyone else was wondering the same thing).  I thought my performance was decent, but not worthy of a win. I guess the regular top shooters just made more mistakes than I did.  There was a timing discrepancy on stage 5 (it was called out as 8:34, but it was actually 15:34), but I pointed it out and got it corrected before the results were published.  I'll take the win, regardless. :-)

CZ-USA CZ 75 SP-01

Thursday, August 6, 2015

CZ P-07 - Cerakoted Slide

I was so happy with the stainless Cerakoted frame of my SP-01 that I had the slide of my P-07 done in Midnight Bronze (a mix of Burnt Bronze and Armor Black). Everybody knows that all black guns are more dangerous, so this makes it much safer too. :-P

Saturday, August 1, 2015

CZ 75 SP-01 - Cerakoted Frame

I really don't like all black guns (they're too dangerous that way, right? :-P), so I've been contemplating changing the appearance of my CZ 75 SP-01 by either having the frame and slide hard chromed, or having just the frame Cerakoted in Stainless (H-152Q) to give it the appearance of a factory SP-01 Shadow Dual Tone.  While hard chrome would've been an awesome look (and a very tough finish), I went with the less expensive Cerakote option since I was able to find a local certified applicator and because I really like two-tone guns.  I also installed the ambidextrous safety from an SP-01 Shadow to complete the look. I am extremely happy with the way the gun looks now! :-)

Sunday, July 19, 2015

USPSA Action Pistol Match 07/19/2015

Another back to back weekend of shooting USPSA matches.  Today's match was at the Shooter Ready Action Pistol Sports outdoor range near Canyon, TX. I was shooting my EAA/Tanfoglio Witness Elite Match in .40 S&W and decided to shoot the remaining 75 rounds of high power self defense ammo from a carry gun that I no longer own. While this ammo resulted in more felt recoil than I am normally used to, I'm happy to report that I didn't have any malfunctions other than me not inserting a mag all the way in the gun during a reload (the mag dropped out while firing). I believe this was due to me loading one too many rounds in the mag. We had six stages with two classifier style short courses, and I sucked at both of those two stages. :-P I still managed to place 2nd out of our small group of 8 entries, so it was a good day for me.

EAA/Tanfoglio Witness Elite Match