I have been attending a lot of 3-Gun matches lately, and I am definitely enjoying it! 😁 A couple of small issues at this match, but overall I was happy with my performance. I ended up in 2nd place Overall out of 8 total. We had some long distance shots for shotgun with a slug (I missed that target), as well as a long distance shot with pistol (a little over 100 yards) which made me happy that I chose to use an optic on my pistol. We also had a difficult left hand lean around a wall to engage several shotgun targets, and a strong-side/weak-side rifle engagement. Definitely a match full of challenges. 😉
Saturday, May 12, 2018
This Outlaw 3-Gun match had a little bit of a twist... we were required to use actual concealed carry guns with only one extra mag (30 rounds total on the body), and we were limited to 30 rounds for the rifle and only 7 rounds for the shotgun on each stage (i.e. - no reloading). I decided to use my Glock 19 based Polymer80 build with a Trijicon RMR, because I wanted to see if picking up the dot with an RMR was as easy as it is with the Burris Fastfire III that I use on my optic-equipped competition guns. I'm going to be installing an RMR onto an extra CZ P-07 slide and will use the RMR/P-07 combo extensively for every day concealed carry usage, so this was a great test to make sure the smaller RMR was still a good option. While I am still pretty slow with my 3-Gun performance, I am getting a little bit better and ended up in 3rd place Overall out of 11 total. Definite improvement. 😀
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Due to the high temps today, I decided to use one of my actual carry guns with T-shirt concealment at this IDPA action pistol match. Unfortunately, my reloaded competition ammo that I was using at this match was loaded slightly too long for my optic equipped CZ-USA P-07 Urban Gray and I ended up with a failure to eject on the first stage which took some time to clear. At the end of each stage, the chambered rounds were getting stuck in the gun during the "unload and show clear" procedure. My new grip technique is apparently keeping the slide from locking back on an empty mag (this may have been ammo related too), so I wasted time on the clock wondering if my gun was actually loaded or empty. 😒 I also lost the front sight off of the gun on the third stage, but I didn't even notice it was missing until after the match was over. 😕 I still ended up in 3rd place out of 13 total overall, but I felt like it could've definitely gone better.
CZ-USA P-07 Urban Gray with Burris Fastfire 3
Sunday, April 29, 2018
My performance was a little better at this Outlaw 3-Gun match (placed 4th out of 10 overall), but I am finding it difficult to hit small steel targets with my rifle at distances past 75 yards off hand. It is simply a skill limitation that I am having difficulty overcoming, so I'm going to go down on one knee to stabilize myself for those longer shots going forward. I went down to one knee on the beginning of the second stage and wasted much less time and ammo engaging the long distance targets than I would have if I had just stayed standing up. That second stage also had three shooting positions that were very far apart and made for a long run each time. I am happy that my shotgun ran good though! My next 3-Gun match will be at a smaller venue, so there won't be any long distance shots.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
I was really excited to run my new CZ-USA Shadow 2 in USPSA's Carry Optics division for the first time. This gun is absolutely the best competition handgun that I have ever owned. The double action trigger pull is very smooth, the weight is great for recoil mitigation, and the ergonomics are perfect for me. Adding an optic to the gun makes it even more fun, as I absolutely love the Carry Optics division. I had a lot of new things going on at this match... a new grip technique that I've been practicing in dry fire, new Boombah Hellcat shoes to replace my worn out Salomons, new mag pouches in the bullets out configuration, and obviously a new gun. Other than a stupid little brain fart on the second stage, I was happy with my performance. The last stage was a strong-hand/weak-hand classifier stage, which I usually have problems with because I don't live fire practice that at all anymore (I know... I should). However, I did fairly good on that particular stage (placed 3rd). As usual, my focus for the match was more about accuracy than speed, but I still managed to place 5th out of 14 overall behind four Master or Grand Master shooters. I am finding it difficult to put more priority on speed over accuracy at USPSA matches, because IDPA matches put way more priority on accuracy, and I shoot three IDPA matches per month versus only one USPSA match per month. Oh well, there's nothing wrong with being the most accurate shooter at a match. 😛
CZ-USA CZ Shadow 2 with Burris Fastfire 3 optic
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
I've been working on adjusting my grip lately in my dry fire sessions so that it is more consistent across all of the different platforms that I carry regularly and compete with (CZs, 1911s, and Glocks). A few months ago, I started placing the index finger of my support hand on the front of the trigger guard. This is not a common technique, but my hands are so big that when I grip a 1911 my index finger naturally goes in front of the smaller trigger guard anyway. This technique actually allows my support hand to get higher up on the gun. I'm now trying to keep my support hand thumb off of the frame of the gun. While dry firing with several different guns back to back, I realized that the placement of my support hand thumb on the side of the frame was in a different spot depending on the gun I was holding, and it would actually touch the slide on my 1911s, which could potentially cause a malfunction. Keeping my thumb off the side of the frame eliminates any left-to-right pressure that may inadvertently affect accuracy, and it allows me to put more pressure on the side of the gun's grip with the palm of my support hand, which is a good thing. I just need to keep practicing this in dry fire so that it becomes subconscious muscle memory rather than a deliberate effort. 😜
Sunday, April 8, 2018
I'm definitely not happy with my performance at this IDPA action pistol match. It was very cold outside for the first 2 stages, so my hands weren't really cooperating with me. I even dropped a mag during a tactical reload. Then after it warmed up, we had a stage with two 40 yard targets. I had three misses on those two targets and my one hit was barely there. I think my shots were hitting high at that distance, so I need to take the time to go see where all my current competition pistols hit at 50 yards. The last two stages went well (I even won the last stage!), but my poor performance on the first two stages put me at 4th overall out of 11 total. 😕
Monday, March 26, 2018
In February, I sent the slide of my CZ-USA CZ Shadow 2 to CZ Custom to have it milled for an optic, and I just got it back today which was much faster than I expected. I also had them do some extra milling to the slide to lighten it up a little more, so that it would make the weight restriction of 45 ounces for the USPSA Carry Optics division rules. To keep the gun under the weight limit, I'm using a Burris Fastfire 3 optic, thin G-10 grips from LOK Grips, Mecgar +2 magazine base pads, and special springs/followers from CZ Custom that give me 21 rounds in each magazine (reloadable with a closed slide). I am VERY excited to run this gun in USPSA! 😎 My optic-equipped CZ P-09 will now be my dedicated IDPA Carry Optics gun.
I've also installed a 0.275" tall Dawson Precision front sight on my CZ Shadow 2. The front sight psuedo co-witnesses with the vertical white line on the back of the Burris Fastfire III optic as shown in the photo below on the left. This can effectively and accurately be used as a backup sight system out to 10-15 yards if the red dot ever fails for whatever reason. The photo on the right shows what it typically looks like when I'm shooting at targets. The front sight is also used as a reference point to help me find the dot much quicker when I bring the gun up during my draw or when the dot is not visible due to an awkward shooting position (prone, weak hand, etc.). I normally like a red fiber optic rod in my competition sights, but I am went with green in this one, because I want it to contrast with the red dot of the optic.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Finally! A 3-Gun match where my Franchi Affinity shotgun ran 100%!!! So happy that it's running good now! 😁 I still need to get the optic on my rifle zero'd properly. When I changed back to a fixed red dot from a 1x6 scope, I basically mounted it and quickly lined it up with the iron sights, so I know it's not where it needs to be for targets past 50 yards. My lack of hits on far targets are 50% due to the optic not being properly zero'd and 50% due to me sucking! 😜 I did pretty good with my CZ-USA P-09 pistol though. I ended up in 7th place overall out of 10 total, but I actually won the last stage (no rifle used on that stage). Definitely having more fun at 3-Gun matches.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Another run in the PCC division of USPSA with my CZ-USA Scorpion EVO S1 Carbine. Had a great time at this match, and other than a slightly fumbled reload I felt like my performance was decent. I was definitely not "fast", but I only had two "C" zone hits for the whole match. 😁 I ended up in 5th place overall out of 21 total. My CZ-USA Shadow 2 will be ready for Carry Optics by the next USPSA match, so I may not shoot in the PCC division for a little while even though I absolutely love it.
CZ Scorpion EVO S1 Carbine
CZ Scorpion EVO S1 Carbine
Sunday, March 11, 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
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
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
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
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. The Magpul enhanced mag well solves the problem of all the sharp/weird edges and angles inside the mag opening, improves the grip of the gun, and also improves the aesthetics of 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
- Magpul enhanced mag well