Saturday, May 23, 2015

USPSA Action Pistol Match 05/23/2015

We were planning on attending a motorcycle track day this weekend, but it was canceled (again!) due to severe weather that was forecast for the area. :-(  So... I shot another USPSA action pistol match at the Amarillo Rifle and Pistol Club instead. :-)  It has been raining heavily in my area too, but the skies dried up just long enough for us to shoot the match. Although it wasn't my best performance (hit a "no-shoot" on stage 4), I still placed first overall out of seven competitors that braved the chance of rain. At least I didn't have any gun malfunctions! :-)

In an attempt to eliminate my magazines as a cause of the frequent malfunctions that I'd been having on both of my EAA/Tanfoglio guns that share these magaizines, I recently replaced the factory springs and followers with the kit from Grams Engineering. These new springs and followers also increase the magazine's capacity to 20 rounds with the already installed Henning base pads (I am only loading them to 19 to keep them reliable). I've also polished the breech face of the slide on this gun, and I am now using Frog Lube paste for lubrication. All of these changes made a huge difference as the gun ran flawlessly.  I can even tell a difference when simply racking the slide to load the gun at the start of a stage.

EAA/Tanfoglio Witness Elite Limited "Custom"

Sunday, May 17, 2015

USPSA Action Pistol Match 05/17/2015

I had a blast at the USPSA action pistol match at Patriot Outdoors in Clovis, NM today.  I was doing really well (for me) until I had a malfunction and accidentally flipped on the safety while clearing the jam. I got so flustered that I ran past the next target without engaging it, which was a 30 point penalty. I also hit a "no-shoot" on another stage for another 10 point penalty. :-( With a 40 point deficit I placed 8th out of 36 shooters, which also included pro shooter Max Michel

EAA/Tanfoglio Witness Elite Limited "Custom"

Thursday, May 14, 2015

IDPA Indoor Action Pistol Match 05/13/2015

This IDPA indoor action pistol match was a pretty big deal for me, because it was the first IDPA match that I've ever won.  I guess all the dry fire practice that I do is starting to pay off. :-)  After viewing the video, it still looks like I'm going slow as hell!  This was my second time shooting my new CZ 75 SP-01 at a match, and I still had one light primer strike during the last stage even after installing a heavier 13# hammer spring.  I'll need to do a little more home gunsmithing to see if I can resolve that issue permanently, because I really like using this gun.

CZ-USA CZ 75 SP-01

Saturday, May 2, 2015

IDPA Action Pistol Match 05/02/2015

First IDPA action pistol match with my new CZ SP-01.  Unfortunately, I had five light primer strikes throughout the match, so I guess the 11.5# hammer spring that I installed is too light.  I'll have to change that out to a 13# spring before I use it again.  As usual, I had a brain fart (or several) and two misses. I really do like the gun, but it's certainly not leaps and bounds better than my EAA/Tanfoglio guns that I've been using at matches.

CZ-USA CZ 75 SP-01