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Offline Joe L

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« Reply #165 on: July 03, 2017, 12:04:11 AM »
I never got around to modifying the Kadet firing pin.  I got distracted with plastic gun stuff.  With a SAO 75B and a preference for a pretty heavy trigger anyway, I don't need to make a Kadet run with a light hammer spring.  But, I SHOULD try it myself.  It should help a bunch.  My Kadet is just a grimy mess right now. 

Keep at it. 

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« Reply #166 on: July 03, 2017, 12:31:03 AM »
Before modification, I had to carry the dedicated frame with heavier main spring to use with Kadets. Now I have an option of using frames with lighter mainsprings and better triggers and can go to the range with one frame and multiple slides.

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« Reply #167 on: July 03, 2017, 01:11:22 PM »
Did you try to file Kadet Firing pin to improve the lite strikes situation? Mine two Kadet kits after FP modification work on two frames with 13lb main springs more then 99% reliable on multiple ammo.
The FP modification involve filing off top corner of the FP, to avoid crushing very end of the rim and deliver more penetration just inside the rim on the brass.
FP on Kadet is easy to remove/install without full slide disassembly and replacement is cheap if you ruin it. I bought two extras just in case, but never needed them.

Have not attempted the FP firing pin mod -- I was waiting to see if others were able to re-create painter's experience and see if someone posted an "Idiot's Guide" to the modification, before I tried it!

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« Reply #168 on: July 03, 2017, 02:01:20 PM »
The picture on painter's thread says it all. Go slow, few stroks of file at the time and watch for the indent shape on the spent brass. I remove FP without even slide removal. Just lock slide in the back position. The last one for the friend took total about 15-20 min with Leathermen Multitool (diamond file) right on the range and tested after each few file strokes. Lighter FP pin is needed. Mine are stolen from the ballpoint pens.

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« Reply #169 on: July 07, 2017, 06:50:41 PM »
Live Fire Training, July 6, 2017

Started w/Kadet kit and Dot Torture at 3 yards.  44/50 -- flinched on the first two shots, then pulled it together and hit 44 out of the next 48:

07062917_DOT by baldrage, on Flickr

Walk-back drill -- shot well, and pretty consistent:

5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 5/5 (4/5)
20 yards - 4/5 (4/5)
25 yards - 3/5 (3/5)

New drill - press out at 3 yards.  Intent is get rid of my flinch on first DA shot in a string.  Shot 1 round (DA) five times at all three targets on the top, then 2 shots five times at first targets on the bottom, then three shots four times at last target on the bottom.  Results were much better than I expected, only missed 6 out of 47 shots:

07062017_PRESSOUT by baldrage, on Flickr

Switched over to 9 mm, shooting RMR 124 gr plated RN, 4.2 gr HP-38, 1.125 COAL, mixed brass, WSPP.

Strong-hand/weak-hand drill at 7 yards - hit 9/10 SHO, 11/15 WHO.  Still pulling some WHO to the right ...

07062017_SHO_WHO by baldrage, on Flickr

Switched over to two new loads -- RMR 124 gr FMJ, loaded at both 4.4 gr HP-38 and 4.5 gr HP-38, 1.125 COAL, Win brass, WSPP.

IDPA drill on 1/3 scale targets at 7 yards -- 2 shots to each body, then 2 shots to each head.  Shot this very well -- I would take these scores in a match!

07062017_IDPA by baldrage, on Flickr

Round 1:   - 7 (one head shot just missed -- nicked the top of the head barely outside the scoring area for -5)
Round 2:    -1
Round 3:   - 0
Round 4:   - 2
Round 5:   - 1

Finished up shooting full-size IDPA target, head box at 15 yards, and seated, with wrists resting on my range bag at 20 yards at the 0 zone.  Trying to test accuracy of these two different loads.  My first time shooting with wrists resting on my bag, I think I would have done better just standing and shooting free style.  I'll give the nod to 4.4 gr HP-38, based on result of head shots.

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« Reply #170 on: July 22, 2017, 03:13:56 PM »
Live Fire Training - July 18, 2017

Primary intent tonight was to compare different types of .22 ammo and some 9mm handloads.  Also wanted a good function test of the pistol as I had a pin walk out earlier in the week and I wanted to ensure everything was working OK before my IDPA match the following weekend.

Started with Kadet, Federal Automatch .22 - Dot torture at 3 yards.  44/50, dropped two on target #1, then settled down and only missed 4 out of the next 48 shots.  Had 2 light strikes out of 50 rounds, both fired with a second trigger pull in DA :

07182017_DOT by baldrage, on Flickr

Press-out drill at 3 yards, from low ready, trying to focus on pulling the trigger before I bring the gun to full extension -- intent is to reduce my tendency to flinch on first DA shot in a string.  Top row were all single DA shots, bottom row was all double-taps, first shot in DA.  I went 1/5 on the first target, then 5/5, 4/5, 9/10, 9/10, and 9/10.  This was shot w/CCI Mini-mags -- had 5 light strikes out of 45 shots, all fired with another trigger pull in DA.

07182017_PRESS_OUT by baldrage, on Flickr

Walk-back drill, 4X6 index cards, with Minimags on the first attempt, then CCI Standard Velocity on the second and third attempts.  Did not do as well at 20 and 25 yards this week, but 4/5 on the last string at 25 yards was a nice way to end this drill.

5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 5/5 (2/5)
20 yards - 3/5 (3/5, 1/5)
25 yards - 2/5 (1/5, 4/5)

Switched over to 9 mm, first drill was SHO and WHO at 7 yards using RMR 124 gr plated RN, 4.3 gr HP-38, 1.125 COAL.  Forget to bring my usual 5" circle targets, so made-do with with larger 7" circle on a couple of FAST targets.  Shot well, 19/20 WHO, 10/10 SHO in the circle, and 3/5 in the 3X5 box.

07182017_WHO_SHO by baldrage, on Flickr

Next up, wanted to compare how a new load with RMR 124 gr FMJ RN compared in accuracy and recoil to my standard RMR 124 gr plated RN.  First up, my standard load - 124 gr RMR plated RN, 4.3 gr HP-38, 1.125 COAL, WSPP.  Head shots free-style at 15 yards, about 2 shots/second, body shots at 20 yards, free style, about 2/shots/second:

07182017_124RMR_HCRN by baldrage, on Flickr

Next, the new 124 gr RMR FMJ RN, 4.5 gr HP-38, 1.125 COAL, WSPP.

07182017_124RMR_FMJ by baldrage, on Flickr

Results were kind of a wash -- a few more flyers with the plated bullets, but that's due to me, not the bullets.  Groups were a bit smaller and recoil was just tad bit less with the 4.3 gr plated, felt like my sites got back on target slightly faster. Either would be adequate for use in IDPA.

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« Reply #171 on: July 24, 2017, 12:41:09 PM »
I ventured over the Potomac River into the People’s Democratic Republic of Maryland again on Saturday to shoot an IDPA match at the Anne Arundel Fish and Game Club (AAFG).  Traveling with a firearm in Maryland still makes me a bit nervous, but I do relish participating in a shooting competition in a state that is decidedly un-friendly to 2A rights!

Staff at AAFG is very friendly, and ran a safe, efficient, and fun match on a day in which temperature approached 100 degrees and humidity was so high you could almost see the bullets leaving a wake through the thick, wet air.  Overall, this was a tough match – five of the six stages were “limited” scoring (no make-up shots) and involved numerous targets from 15- 25 yards, the majority of which were covered by no-shoots.  The MD commented that the match had been designed in honor of one of their founding members who was a bullseye shooter.  If this were a golf match, these would have been PAR 5 holes!  I guess my practice at walk-back drill out to 25 yards paid off, as I finished 10th out of 42 shooters, second out of 20 SSP shooters and first in MM class. Of the 9 shooters that finished ahead of me, 2 were classified as Masters, and 2 as Expert. On a day in which everyone’s scores were tanking due to hitting no-shoots, I made it through the entire match hitting only 2 no-shoots, so very pleased with my performance. 

This match contained a couple of things I had not done before – firing SHO while moving, and firing SHO from retention.  I did OK on those, but need to add SHO on the move to my dry-fire routine.  Also had one stage that required tactical reloads/reloads with retention – fortunately, that is something that I have practiced in dry-fire, so I was able to do it smoothly and quickly, while most of the other shooters fumbled around with trying to pocket their mags.  This reinforced my belief that time spent practicing reloads is more valuable than trying to shave a few tenths of a second off of my draw.
For the record, I shot the match using RMR 124 gr plated RN, 4.3 gr HP-38, 1.125 COAL, with my SP01 Shadow Custom (13.5# hammer spring).

A great day, even with the heat.  I have often heard “a bad day shooting is still better than a good day working,” but a good day shooting is the best!

Will update with some pictures when I get them off my phone and uploaded to my Flickr account.  Update w/pictures:

This is one of the typical stages ... view here is about 15 yards, there were two additional barrels further back (not pictured) at about 20 yards.

IMG_20170722_095545 by baldrage, on Flickr

This was the first stage I shot ... four targets stapled together, all partially covered by no-shoots or hard cover.  Shooter started out facing the target at five yards (first orange cone on the ground), drew and fired one shot at each target while retreating to 10 yards, then one shot at each while retreating to 15 yards, then again to 20 yards.

IMG_20170722_095507 by baldrage, on Flickr

Wide-angle shot of one of the AAFG action pistol bays below ... they normally run two stages on each each bay to make the most out of their limited real estate.  The stage on right involved shooting SHO from retention at the 3 targets by the cones (2 partially covered by no-shoot) in tactical sequence, 2 shots each; then dropping prop from weak-hand and shooting them all again while retreating (again in tactical sequence); then one head shot on each while still retreating. 

The stage on the left of this bay was a bank-heist scenario; shooter started out with their hands on the teller's "window" (the railing that is partially visible in the foreground), then engaged the targets through the railing, then retreating to the various barrels and shooting them again.  Note the numerous no-shoot "hostages" -- some tricky shots from around cover at 12-15 yards!

IMG_20170722_091802 by baldrage, on Flickr

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« Reply #172 on: July 28, 2017, 06:16:55 PM »
Live Fire Training, July 25, 2017

Dot Torture, 3 yards, with Fed Automatch.  45/50 - one flinch on #1 and #2, then one missed shot on SHO and WHO, and one missed shot (too much of a hurry, didn't get a good sight picture) on #10.  One light strike.

07252017_DOT by baldrage, on Flickr

Press out drill at 5 yards.  Shot OK, 32/45 -- room for improvement.  1 light strike w/Fed Automatch

07252017_Press by baldrage, on Flickr

Walk-back drill, 4X6 index cards, with CCI Minimags.  6 light strikes in total.  Strange that I seem to consistently shoot the 25 yard card a bit better than I do the 20 yard card!

5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 4/5 (4/5)
20 yards - 3/5 (2/5)
25 yards - 3/5 (4/5, 4/5)

Switched over to 9 mm, testing 124 gr RMR FMJ RN, 4.4 gr HP-38, 1.120 COAL.

Strong-hand-only (about 3 shots/2 seconds) and weak-hand only (one shot/second) at 7 yards.  9/10 SHO, 16/20 WHO.  Feeling very comfortable with SHO.  Getting much better with WHO, but still room for improvement in both accuracy and speed.

07252017_SHO-WHO by baldrage, on Flickr

Next, transition drill (five index cards in two rows, shot three times at 10 yards, three times at 15 yards).  Shot the 15 yard drill twice for extra practice.  Results were very good at 10 yards, missed only one shot due to flinching on the initial DA shot.  15 yards - shot well the first time through, but pretty poorly the second time.  Lost my focus on front sight and follow-through -- peeking at the targets.

Target     10 yards       15 yards
1              2/3               2/3 (0/3)
2              3/3               3/3 (3/3)
3              3/3               2/3 (2/3)
4              3/3               2/3 (2/3)
5              3/3               3/3 (1/3)

Finished up testing some RMR 124 gr plated FP, 4.0, 4.1, 4.2 gr HP-38, 1.06 COAL, FC brass, along with the 4.4 gr HP-38 FMJ load mentioned above.  Head-shots on IDPA target at 15 yards, and 0 zone at 20 yards, all shot free-style.  Plated FP at 4.0 gr HP-38 was the best of the bunch, with 4.4 gr HP-38 FMJ a notch below.  Will load up the rest of the FP at 4.0 gr HP-38 and shoot some standard drills to see how they do.

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« Reply #173 on: August 04, 2017, 09:22:06 PM »
Live Fire Training - August 3, 2017

Started w/Dot Torture at 3 yards with Kadet Kit, using Federal Automatch.  Had 1 light strike, and shot 44/50 -- a couple of flinches, then I caught myself peeking at the target on #9 and 10.

08032017_DOT by baldrage, on Flickr

Press out drill at 5 yards, DA, from low-ready.  Trying to break the shot as I hit full extension.  1 light strike with Fed Automatch.  Shot well, 4/5 on each of the targets, but still flinched on at least one shot on each target:

08032017_PRESS OUT by baldrage, on Flickr

Switched over to CCI Minimags for walk-back drill.  Had four or five light strikes.  Shot well out to 20 yards, but not so good at 25 today:

5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 5/5 (5/5)
20 yards - 4/5 (4/5)
25 yards - 2/5 (1/5, 2/5)

Switched over to 9 mm, using RMR 124 gr FMJ, with 4.3 gr HP-38 at 1.120 COAL, Brazer Brass, WSPP.  SHO-WHO at 7 yards, about one shot/second with WHO, slightly faster with SHO.  9/10 SHO, only 12/20 with WHO this week -- pulling everything to the right:

08032017_SHO-WHO by baldrage, on Flickr

Next, transition drill (five index cards in two rows, shot three times at 10 yards, three times at 15 yards).  Shot the 15 yard drill twice for extra practice.  Results were very good at 10 yards, missed only one shot due to flinching on the initial DA shot.  15 yards - no consistency; lost my focus on front sight and follow-through -- peeking at the targets.

Target     10 yards       15 yards
1              2/3               2/3 (1/2)
2              3/3               2/3 (1/2)
3              3/3               3/3 (1/2)
4              3/3               0/3 (2/2)
5              3/3               3/3 (1/2)

Finished up testing some RMR 124 gr plated HPs, 3.6, 3.8, and 4.0 gr HP-38, 1.06 COAL, FC brass, WSPP -- 10 shots each at the 5" circle targets at 10 yards, SA.
3.8 gr was smallest group, with 4.0 gr right behind.  Will load up 30 each at 3.8, 3.9, and 4.0 gr HP-38 and try at 15 and 20 yards next time out.

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« Reply #174 on: August 11, 2017, 08:58:55 PM »
Live Fire Training - August 10, 2017

Dot Torture w/ Minimag 36 gr HP at 3 yards.  46 out of 50 -- two flinches on #2, other than that, almost perfect.  5 light strikes with the minimags.

08102017_DOT by baldrage, on Flickr

Press out drill at 5 yards, 5 single DA shots at each target, from low ready, trying to pull the trigger as I reached full extension.  Did OK on the outermost left and right targets, but stunk it up on the two middle targets, go figure.  Used Fed Automatch and had zero light strikes for the 30 shots in this drill.

08102017_PRESS OUT by baldrage, on Flickr

Stayed with the Fed Automatch for walk-back drill.  Had only 1 or 2 light strikes.  Shot well out to 20 yards, but again not so good at 25 today:

5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 5/5 (4/5)
20 yards - 4/5 (4/5)
25 yards - 3/5 (2/5)

Switched over to 9 mm, using RMR 124 gr FMJ, with 4.2 gr HP-38 at 1.120 COAL, mixed brass, WSPP.  SHO-WHO at 7 yards, about one shot/second with WHO, slightly faster with SHO.  9/10 SHO, 13/20 with WHO this week -- woo-hoo, a one-shot improvement over last week's WHO.  At least I'm consistent.  Still have a tendency to pull my WHO shots to the right (weak hand = left hand for me):

08102017_SHO-WHO by baldrage, on Flickr

Next, transition drill.  Shot the 15 yard drill twice for extra practice.  Results were perfect at 10 yards.  Did terrible on first target, made only one shot due to flinching on the initial DA shot. 

Target     10 yards       15 yards
1              3/3               1/3 (1/3)
2              3/3               3/3 (2/3)
3              3/3               2/3 (2/3)
4              3/3               2/3 (2/3)
5              3/3               3/3 (2/3)

Finished up testing some RMR plated FN and HP 124 gr bullets at 15 and 20 yards.  HPs were very accurate at 15 yards, but nothing was accurate today at 20 yards -- these were all shot free-style, so the resulting shotgun pattern was due to the shooter, not the bullets!
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« Reply #175 on: September 20, 2017, 09:23:20 PM »
Whew!  Work, vacation, family drama, and work travel kept me away from the range and competition for the last month.  I was able to get in some regular dry-fire practice, but no live-fire prior to my last IDPA match at Fairfax Rod & Gun Club two weeks ago.  I did OK, considering the lack of practice -- finished 24th out 91 shooters, #8 out of 38 in SSP, and #2 out of 12 MM-class shooters.  Shot the match with 124 gr RMR FMJ, 4.2 gr HP-38, 1.120 OAL, mixed brass -- soft shooting, and accurate enough, as there weren't too many long-range targets.

I didn't get a chance to take any pictures of the first stage, which involved firing from around three different sets of barrels at targets 10-12 yards away -- finished down 2 on that stage.

Next stage is pictured below -- started out by opening a door, then firing at two targets behind a swinging no-shoot, then through the door and to a wall, where there
were two targets on the left side, two more on the right, then run to the barrels on the far right to engage two more targets from ~5 yards.  I did well on this stage, finished only 3 points down.

FXRGC09092017_IDPA_2 by baldrage, on Flickr

FXRGC09092017_IDPA_3 by baldrage, on Flickr

Last stage was "walk the dog" -- firing while advancing and retreating from 4 targets with a stuffed dog leashed to your wrist, distance was ~15 yards at the start, advancing up to about 7 yards, then doing it in reverse.  I did not shoot this stage well, ended up 9 points down and had one 3-second procedural penalty for forgetting to move after reloading to fire my final shot.

FXRGC09092017_IDPA_1 by baldrage, on Flickr

Had a great time, and as usual, the staff and competitors at FXRGC were friendly and safe.  Overall, very happy finishing in the top third after not firing any live rounds for over a month leading up to this match.

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« Reply #176 on: September 21, 2017, 09:10:59 PM »
Live Fire Training, September 18, 2017

OK, back at it -- first time at the range for live fire training in a month.  During dry-fire, I had really been focusing on a smooth trigger pull and not moving the sights, so focus for tonight was carrying that over to live-fire.

Usual dot torture at 3 yards with Kadet Kit, .22 Federal Automatch.  49/50, missed one shot on #5, strong-hand only, when I lost focus for a second. 

09182017_DOT by baldrage, on Flickr

Walk-back drill: 

5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 5/5 (4/5)
20 yards - 5/5 (3/5)
25 yards - 1/5 (3/5)

Press out drill, five single DA shots at each circle, from low ready, 5 yards.  Stunk it up on first target (upper left), but re-focused and did better after that:

09182017_PRESS by baldrage, on Flickr

Switched over to RMR 115 gr FMJ, 4.7 gr HP-38, 1.125 OAL, mixed brass.  Started with one-handed shooting at 7 yards, 8/10 with strong hand, 15/20 with weak hand:

09182017_SHO-WHO by baldrage, on Flickr

Transition drill at 10 and 15 yards:

Target     10 yards       15 yards
1              2/3               2/3 (3/3)
2              2/3               3/3 (2/3)
3              3/3               3/3 (2/3)
4              3/3               3/3 (2/3)
5              3/3               2/3 (2/3)

Finished with IDPA drill -- two shots to each body, then two shots to each head; untimed, but at a pretty decent pace.  Shot well, ran it three times and finished -2, -3 (flinched and pulled first DA shot, made all of the other 7 shots on that string), then -2:

09182017_IDPA by baldrage, on Flickr

Overall, not bad for a month off.  Felt good to shake off some rust, and I thought I did pretty good of focusing on smooth trigger pull and not moving the sights or jerking the gun.

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« Reply #177 on: September 30, 2017, 09:21:33 AM »
Live Fire Training, Sept 26, 2017

Dot torture with .22 kadet kit:  49/50, lost focus and missed one shot on #5, strong hand-only:

09262017_DOT by baldrage, on Flickr

Walk-back drill:

5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 5/5 (4/5)
20 yards - 2/5 (3/5)
25 yards - 2/5 (3/5)

Press out drill -- much better than last week:

09262017_PRESS by baldrage, on Flickr

Switched over to 9mm, mostly testing different types of handloads at 7 and 15 yards (various loads of 115 and 124 FMJ with HP-38 and WSF powder), but I did do my normal transition drill and SHO/WHO drill.

Transition drill -- target #3 (upper right-most target) was my nemesis today; I was shooting "on rhythm" and not waiting for a good sight picture:

Target     10 yards       15 yards
1              3/3               1/3 (2/3)
2              3/3               3/3 (3/3)
3              1/3               0/3 (2/3)
4              3/3               3/3 (3/3)
5              2/3               3/3 (3/3)

SHO/WHO at 7 yards -- shot this really well today, hit 15/16 SHO, and 18/20 WHO:

09262017_SHO-WHO by baldrage, on Flickr

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« Reply #178 on: October 15, 2017, 08:54:34 PM »
Live Fire Training, Oct 10, 2017.

Dot torture at 3 yards with Kadet kit.  This was deja vu -- another 49/50, same as last time out.  Only miss was on weak-hand only, #8:

10102017_DOT by baldrage, on Flickr

Walk-back drill:

5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 4/5 (4/5)
20 yards - 4/5 (1/5)
25 yards - 2/5 (4/5)

Switched over to 9mm to shoot a few drills, and test some new reloads.  First up, strong hand and weak hand-only.  My local club gave us a heads up that next IDPA match would feature a flashlight stage, so I shot the strong hand only with a flash light in my left hand to get used to it.  Did OK strong hand (16/20), weak hand, I started off only 4/10, realized I was not focusing on the sights, got myself together, and finished 9/10.

10102017_SHO_WHO by baldrage, on Flickr

IDPA drill at 7 yards, using 1/3-scale IDPA targets, 2 shots to each body, then 2 shots to each head.  Shot the drill three times, and finished -7, -5, and -1.

10102017_IDPA by baldrage, on Flickr

Finished up by shooting a hundred reloads with a new-to-me bullet -- Precision Delta JHP 124 gr at various loads ranging from 3.6 - 4.0 gr HP38.  3.9 gr HP38, 1.100 OAL had best accuracy for me at 7 and 15 yards.  No problems with feeding or extracting.  I will roll up another hundred of these w/3.9 gr HP38 and use them at my next IDPA match.

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« Reply #179 on: October 17, 2017, 10:03:24 PM »
Another fun and safe match at Fairfax Rod and Gun Club (FFRGC) on Sat, Oct 14 -- the last of the year at this venue.  I finished 8 out of 43 SSP shooters, and 22 out of 93 overall.  This match had three stages (brief summary and pictures below).  I used PD 124 JHP bullets for this first time in this match, and was very happy with their performance -- low recoil and very accurate (I had one target that was almost scored as a miss (-5), but closer inspection revealed that two bullets had gone through the same hole).

Overall, I am pleased with how I shot.  Looking back at this match and some previous matches, my scores indicate I am doing very well (for me) in the more straight-forward stages involving two-handed shooting around cover at various distances.  My performance falls off considerably in stages involving single-handed shooting or shooting on the move.  I already practice both in dry-fire, and practice one-handed shooting during my weekly range trips as part of my standard training regimen, but I can't practice shooting on the move at my indoor range.  Wondering if I should keep doing what I'm doing in terms of practice, and wait for results to improve over time, or focus more practice time on these weak spots in "my game" at the cost of practice time for speed/accuracy in standard two-handed shooting technique?  Something to ponder ...

Summary of Match:

The first stage started off with six shots at close range over a couple of barrels, then a steel popper that activated a swinging non-threat.  Move to cover and engage two targets behind the swinging non-threat.  Then move to the other side of the cover and engage two more targets.  Then move to new cover, hit a steel popper that activated a drop/spinning target.  The drop/spin target gave me a hard time the one other time I have seen it in a match, but I did well today and finished this stage down only 4 points, good enough for 5th out of the 43 SSP shooters.

FFRGX10102017_1 by baldrage, on Flickr

Second stage was the mirror image of one the stages we shot last month, with the starting point (a closed door) moved over to the far right of the bay/range, and the shooters had to go through the door, then work our way back from right to left across the bay, engaging various targets from behind cover along the way.  I finished only down 1 for this stage, but picked up a 3-second PE for letting one of my feet break the fault line behind cover.  Even with the PE, I still finished the stage #3 out of 43 SSP shooters.

FFRGX10102017_4 by baldrage, on Flickr  FFRGX10102017_3 by baldrage, on Flickr

Final stage required use of a flashlight in the off-hand (really more of a prop, since this was outside during daylight hours) and shooting strong hand-only around cover at distances of 7 and 10 yards.  Most of the shooters used the two-handed Harries method, but since the cover would have blocked any light from the flashlight, I went with a search technique instead, holding the flashlight up over my head (and over the cover) with my weak hand.  I did not shoot this stage very well.  I found myself looking at the targets for hits rather than focusing on my sights, and therefore had to shoot a lot of make-up shots.  Finished down only 6 points, but all of the make-up shots killed my time, and put me 17 out of 43 shooters.

FFRGX10102017_2 by baldrage, on Flickr

 

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