Sunday, August 19, 2012

Blackhawk Pistol Club's August IDPA Match / 8-26-12: Waterloo, IA


The BHPC IDPA monthly match for August is SUNDAY the 26th @ CVPR on Rt 63 between Waterloo and Hudson just west of the John Deere Implement.

Any updates on this match will be posted on the iliowapracticalShooters forum and our Facebook page.

We're looking to do SEVEN stages with a round count between 75-100 (bring more)

Match Fee is $15.00, $12 for BHPC Members. FIRST TIME BHPC Shooters shoot free! Tell your friends! We had 24 shooters at our last match and a couple new faces. I’d love to see match attendance around 30 before the end of the season.

Match times are as follows:
Setup: 07:00/07:30
Sign in: 08:30
New Shooter Orientation: 09:00
Safety brief - stage walk through: 09:30
Shooting starts: 10:00

ALSO MAKE SURE TO BRING WATER and hydrate before the match, the weather has gotten a little cooler, but it’s looking to be in the mid 80s on match day.

If you are able to be there early for set up, any and all help is appreciated! No really, we really could use the help, we’re not going to be too prop intensive this match but many hands still makes light work.

Hope to see you there!

Regards, JD

Monday, August 13, 2012

From : Competition Pros and Cons

Competition: Pros and Cons


Some points of interest from the article and comments:

So, you need to be honest with yourself about your motivation. Are you there to supplement your training or are you there to compete for the sake of competition? Both are perfectly valid choices, obviously. But the answer to that question is going to have an impact on what you practice. Time you spend working on competition-oriented skills is time you could have used to work on defense-oriented skills.

Another potential snare of competition shooting for the defense-minded shooter is equipment selection. When you go to a match, it’s hard to look at the guys with their tricked out race gear when you’re wearing a Glock 27 in an IWB holster under a sweatshirt (which is exactly how I shot my first USPSA match in the mid-90s). The temptation to compromise a little here and a little there can be strong. First you switch to a G34… because, hey, it’s basically the same gun, right? But it’s not. Seeing how you can shoot with a G34 isn’t the same as seeing what you can do with a much smaller, greater recoiling G27. Then you switch to a faster holster. Now you’re practicing to draw a different way and perhaps from a different location on your body. We said earlier that people will focus more on the definitely-game this weekend than the maybe-fight in the future. So where will your focus be, on your CCW gear or your game gear? On the other hand, if you’re going to run your “real” gear you cannot use it as an excuse or a crutch. You’re making a decision and that’s 100% on you. Don’t try to convince yourself you would have beat the World Champion if only your holster was a little faster or your sight radius a little longer.
 From the comments section.
Stealing a quote from Soutnarc’s forum; “You can’t go as deep training as in a race or a fight. If you don’t compete it’s easy to convince yourself you’re going hard. You’re not.” Mark Twight
I do find that I have to be careful to not let bad habits get into my tactical toolbox, like standing in a doorway port at an IPSC match and just blazing away at targets to get max speed on the string of fire, or running balls-to-the-wall down a hallway at an IDPA match instead of moving as I would in real life.
I almost never win a local match, but I do well, and with IDPA I very often get “most accurate” at the match running a G19 with a NY1 trigger from an IWB holster under a T-shirt, instead of the “concealed carry” guns other guys are running, like a tricked G34 in a Blace Tech holster under a ‘shoot-me” vest.

 It's all about what you're there to get from it and being up front with yourself about it too.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Update: Bowie Tactical P30S w/ Delta Point

Ran the Bowie Tactical / HK  P30S again @IDPA today in Ames, IA with the emitter taped over to get better acquainted with the irons, I could have shot Open Div. in USPSA today, but want to get better with the more familiar sights before really diving into the red dot...well that and I just felt like shooting with the guys in Ames.

I'm having trouble tracking the front sight, need to paint it and may possibly have a tritium vial installed in it. On a good note I was running some hotter ammunition and did not have any failures of any sort. Previously I was having some random failure to feed issues. Not sure if was from the refinished slide which seems to be a little tighter than pre-coating or if the added mass of the Deltapoint had anything to do with it, all I know was that I had no issues while running Winchester Ranger T NATO ammo today. After a couple hundred more I'll try some standard velocity 124gr FMJ and some 115gr FMJ and see what kind of results I have.

On a P30 only note, the slim slide stop lever assy. I installed has fixed my failure to lock open on empty issue.

Had some decent Bill Drill runs @ 10 (4.13), 7(3.53), and 5 yards(2.42), was down 2 for the stage, forget n which strings but think I dropped 1ea on the closer targets.

Head shots with the irons took a little more work. Still need to get to the in-door range and properly sight in the Delta Point.

Overall I'm pretty happy with the gun, I'm still shooting the 1911 better, but it will take some time to get used to something different.

On another topic, Suarez International is holding some Red Dot Equipped Pistol specific training classes,

in October, unfortunately I won't be able to partake this time around but will be looking for these offerings in the future.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Monday, August 6, 2012

Pistol-Training.Com Springfield Custome Report #3 is out.

Springfield/Warren 9mm 1911 Endurance Test: Report #3

6-Aug-12 – 10:25 by ToddG
6,609 rounds 3 stoppage 0 malfunctions 0 parts breakages
2 mag deadlined
For contrast:

Glock 17 gen4 Endurance Test: Week Three

8-Apr-11 – 11:18 by ToddG
5,424 rounds 5 stoppages
(+1 w/non-LCI extractor)
0 malfunctions 0 parts breakages

P30 Thursday: Week Three

21-May-09 – 23:59 by ToddG 4,700 rounds
0 stoppages, 0 malfunctions, 0 parts breakages

HK45 Endurance Test: Week Three

27-Apr-10 – 01:00 by ToddG
3,659 rounds
0 stoppages 0 malfunctions 0 parts breakages

M&P Monday: Week Three

12-May-08 – 22:07 by ToddG 5,058 rounds
0 stoppages, 0 malfunctions, 0 parts breakages

Turning in good round counts, if you're following this series of tests, one thing to take serious note of are the issues related to magazines, two magazines dead lined. Finding the "right" magazine for your 1911 can be a breeze or a nightmare depending on multiple variables. If there is any singular issue to be held against the 1911s of today, it's the magazine issue. You shouldn't have to play mix and match on guns and mags to get a working combination. With .45 caliber guns it's not too bad but the "other" calibers seem to be a little harder, not sure about 10mm and .38 Super, but 9mm and .40 can be a real pain in the rear.