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Title: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 01, 2016, 08:58:26 PM
Getting back into shooting after after a two-year hiatus ... inspired by forum user SlvrDragon50's training log (http://www.czfirearms.us/index.php?topic=78916.0) and the training logs written by many folks over at pistol-forum.com (https://pistol-forum.com/forumdisplay.php?48-Training-Journals).  Thought I would document my training in order to keep a record and hold myself to some level of public accountability, such as it is.  I welcome any comments, advice, feedback....

My goals are to improve fundamentals (grip, draw, reload), and improve accuracy and speed.  Basically to move from a novice shooter to an intermediate level shooter over the next 6 months to a year.  Would like to shoot some steel challenge matches by the end of the summer and try IDPA and/or USPSA this fall.

Handgun: CZ SP01 Shadow, purchased from CZ Custom in 2012. Have around 2,000 rounds through the shadow to date, but mostly "plinking" at bullseye and silhouette targets, without much dryfire and no focused drills.  Gratuitous/obligatory gun pron:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7220/7236574792_c46a7e081e_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/c2tkyU)Shadow w/Kadet Kit (https://flic.kr/p/c2tkyU) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 01, 2016, 09:00:21 PM
First dry-fire session (April 15)

I'm taking a CCW course in June with John Murphy of FPF Training and have never drawn from a holster before, so this session was primarily about getting my new holster set up (I got the bladetech IDPA starter kit from Optics Planet), and doing the initial steps to start building muscle memory for a safe, smooth draw -- I will worry about speed later.  I read several articles and watched a lot of youtube videos to learn the basics of a four step draw previous to this dryfire session.  Did about 50-100 slow, deliberate draws, focusing on keeping trigger figure indexed, and not hitting the safety until weapon was up and presented at target.

Also did some wall drills, to work on trigger control and see if I am flinching.  Flinching has not been a problem for me in the past, but since I have not shot much in the last two years, figured it wouldn't hurt to cover this as well.  Tried the empty casing on the slide trick, and was able to fire repeatedly, even in DA, without causing the shell to fall off.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 01, 2016, 09:03:11 PM
First live fire (April 22)

Tried the new "guntry club" range in my area (Elite Shooting Sports in Manassas, VA).  Great place, not as over-the-top in luxury as some people had described it, but far nicer than my old, dingy range.  Bright, open, clean -- kind of like the Wegman's of shooting ranges.

Purpose of this trip was to establish a baseline I could use to measure progress, and try out a couple of different drills to determine which ones I want to make part of my routine.

Started with the Rangemaster Bullseye Course drill (http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/shooting-drill-rangemaster-bullseye-course) and some of the drills mentioned in this entry from Lucky Gunner's blog (http://www.luckygunner.com/lounge/concealed-carry-tips-three-essential-shooting-drills/).

Using the rangemaster, walk-back, and 5X5 drill, I created a scoring approach for 100 rounds that offers a perfect score of 496 points (300 for rangemaster, 100 for 5X5, and 96 for walk-back).  I thought keeping an overall score would help with providing an initial benchmark and means of measuring any improvement over time.

Results:

Bulleseye was rough, as was to be expected (first live fire since last fall, new range, etc.).  Got 192 out of possible 300, so lots of room for improvement.  Tried to really concentrate on focusing on front sight, and not flinching or jerking the trigger.  Target seemed like just a little black blur at 25 yards, and I'm sure that's where several of the high-flyers resulted from.  Results improved as I walked the target back in.
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1506/26622003235_bc8660decc_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GyuJ4M)04222016_Bullseye (https://flic.kr/p/GyuJ4M) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Walk-back drill:  my methodology was to do 2 shoots to the 3X5 on the body, and one shot to the head, fired at about one shot/second, from 3, 5, 10, 15 yards, repeating twice at each distance (so, six rounds at each distance, for total of 24 shots).  Scoring metrics, I used 3 points for each successful shot on the 3x5 on the body (16 rounds X 3 points each = maximum of 48), and 6 points for each head shot (8 rounds x 6 = maximum of 48).  Really focused on front sight and smooth trigger pull.  Got a 72 out of possible 96, so did OK.  Hitting 5 of 6 head shots helped the score.
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5X5 drill (5 shots in 5 seconds at 5 yards):  methodology was to award 2 points for each round in the circle, 50 rounds, so 100 possible points.  Lost track of how many rounds I fired as I had only printed out one target.  Note to self -- bring a multiple copies of this one next time so it is easier to keep track.  Even though I couldn't calculate a score, I thought I did OK, firing at about a 2 rounds/second pace.  Seemed to rise up a bit, and all of my misses were high, so I'm guessing this is a problem with grip and recoil management.
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1441/26018918053_1b9ca69602_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FDcKRp)04222016_5X5 (https://flic.kr/p/FDcKRp) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Last drill I tried was the Triggerstripe drill.  Started off OK, but only got partway through this one, when I experienced first malfunction I've ever had with the shadow. (https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1715/26556576881_81bd5c438c_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GsHp6c)04222016_triggerstripe (https://flic.kr/p/GsHp6c) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Trigger would not reset and hammer was locked back, rendering the firearm unable to shoot.  I field stripped and inspected, but nothing obviously wrong.  Frustrated, I unloaded, packed up and came home.  Some research here on the CZ form led me to discover the problem was that the overtravel screw on the trigger had worked itself loose (further documented in this post: (http://www.czfirearms.us/index.php?topic=79241.0).

Overall, I got an estimated 334 out of 496 on my little scale, 67% or D+/C-.  Probably to be expected since this was the first time I had fired my Shadow since last fall, was at a new range, trying new drills, etc.  Leaves me lots of room for improvement.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 01, 2016, 09:04:05 PM
Second dry fire session (April 24)

Did a lot of research on grip and recoil management this week.  Led me to this excellent thread containing a ton of good info -- http://www.czfirearms.us/index.php?topic=74212.0 I particularly found the video by Mike Seelander on grip to be very helpful.

Spent about 30 minutes working on grip.  Focused on really indexing my trigger finger high on the slide in order to keep it far away from the trigger and to grip up on the frame.  I found the button on the reverse side of the slide stop made a good reference point.  I also tried to find the correct way to situate my support hand so I could really "crack the walnut" or "squeeze the lemon" and grip really hard.  However, my fingers are so long that when I grip with my trigger hand, my fingers wrap almost all the way round and there is not a lot of surface left on the pistol grip for my support hand.  Still need to play with it some more to find something that really works for me. Maybe a hogue slide-on rubber grip would help by making the grip surface bigger ...

Also spent about 15 minutes working on draw stroke.  Focused again on keeping trigger finger indexed, and building muscle memory for a safe draw.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 01, 2016, 09:13:55 PM
Third dry-fire session (April 26)

Spent about 20 minutes focusing on grip.  Still can't find a way to get much of the palm of my support hand on the grip, without forcing my strong hand off the grip.  For now, I've resolved to try really getting my support thumb way forward and indexed on the slide, which allows me to get the heel of thumb/palm up on the slide as well.

Did some wall drills -- did not notice any flinching.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 01, 2016, 09:45:27 PM
Second live fire practice (April 29)

Second trip to Elite Shooting Sports in Manassas, VA.  Fired about 350 rounds total -- 150 9mm and 100 .22 LR with my Kadet kit.  Did not use my holster, although the range allows it, but I did use my mag pouch so I could practice reloads.  For most of the drills, I loaded the mags with only 5, 6, or 9 rounds, depending on the drill, to allow for more reload work.

Started with the triggerstripe drill that I had to abort last time out due to loose overtravel screw.  Working left to right, started with five slow shots (1/second), then 2 shots/second, then did five-shot string of 3 shots/second.  Did OK, all of the shots were on the paper, most were in the stripe, but not very good grouping at just 5 yards.
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1538/26643276332_433ac6cdb6_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GAnKPj)04282016_vert_triggerstripe (https://flic.kr/p/GAnKPj) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Repeated with a horizontal triggerstripe drill, pretty much same results:

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Ran the 5X5 drill again, learned my lesson from last time and spread the shots around two targets, so I could better judge my performance.  Did OK, missed cleaning the target by one flyer, with two rounds just touching the outside edge of the target circles.  Think I will keep this at 5 yards, but work on increasing my shot tempo the next time out.
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1530/26130381854_393f3184aa_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FP43a5)04282016_5X5_1 (https://flic.kr/p/FP43a5) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

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Next I moved on to a drill I made up that I call "around the clock."  Target at 7 yards.  Starting from upper left, fired one shot at each target, working my way around clockwise, then ended by double-tapping the target in the center.  Thought this would be a good way to practice transitioning from target to target.  Firing at about one round/second, including transition time.  Did OK for my first attempt at this drill, most shots were within the squares, with only a few flyers. 

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1702/26130381774_c3f9a04157_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FP438G)04282016_aroundtheclock_2 (https://flic.kr/p/FP438G) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

At this point, I had burned through all of my 9mm ammo, so put on the Kadet and switched over to .22.  I know this is not a good way to practice recoil management, but it allows me to work on sight, grip, weapon handling, etc, while saving some cash on ammo.

I stayed with the "around the clock drill" at 7 yds. Since it was only .22 with no recoil from the Shadow, I picked up the pace, 2 shots/second, and all targets were double taps.  Pretty good accuracy and grouping.  Interesting that lower left target showed the most spread, guessing that since I am a righty, it threw off my site alignment when I transitioned to a target on the lower left. 
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1449/26736572595_43e9d381b0_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GJBVxz)04282016_aroundtheclock_1 (https://flic.kr/p/GJBVxz) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Last drill, and most fun, was a failure or "mozambique" drill at 7 yards with the Kadet.  I read a lot of Todd Green's advice on the pistol-training.com forums, and following his advice to "aim small, miss small," I thought I would make this a bit harder by putting a 3x5 sticky on the chest, and a 2X2 sticky on the head.  The pink and yellow really stood out on the black silhouette and made it very easy to focus on the sights, not the target.  All shots taken from a low ready.  After a couple of mags, this was getting too easy, so I thought I would test out the range's automated target functions, and did my first ever edge/face drill.  Kept the target at 7 yards, had a 5 second delay, then target facing for 3 seconds, while I tried to hit the 2 body/1 head trifecta from low ready position.  This was a lot of fun!  Did pretty well too, even starting from low ready, although I have to keep my ego in check so this was .22 and no recoil. 
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1634/26643276512_f91324e408_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GAnKSq)04282016_mozambique (https://flic.kr/p/GAnKSq) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr
 
Closing thoughts:

1) Edge/facing mozambique drill was fun -- I definitely plan to incorporate the edge/face timing into some other drills.  Will try it with 9mm next time out.

2) Going to the range by yourself and focusing intently on drills really eats through the ammo quickly!  On most of my previous "plinking" trips, I would split the range lane with a buddy, and 100 rounds was more than adequate for an hour.  I just bought 1,000 rounds of Blazer Brass from SG Ammo, but at this rate, that's not going to last me long.  I will have to get some cheap russian steel-cased ammo and see how it runs through my Shadow so I can save some money on ammo.

3) Did a good job focusing on having a consistent grip, but I did not "squeeze the oil out of the gun" the way I should in order to shoot faster than 2 rounds/second.  Have to really work on this during my next couple of dry-fire drills.

4) Have to invest in getting one of the uplula .22 mag loaders modified for the Kadet.  After going through 100 rounds of .22 in about 15 minutes, my thumbs are aching!  Could also use an additional magazine for the Kadet.

5) Now that I've tried out various drills, need to settle into a detailed plan for the next trip to the range, with number of shots for each drill planned out and written down in advance, so I can benchmark and track progress.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 02, 2016, 08:50:16 AM
Dry-fire practice (May 1)

Spent 30 minutes working on grip, draw, and getting sights on target from low ready.  I noticed during my last trip to the range that when I was working the timed Mozambique drills, hardest part was getting sights on target quickly from low ready.  I was definitely raising, aiming, then firing, rather than aiming as I presented, so I wanted to practice the "elevator" approach to draw and low ready, getting the gun up to eye level quickly, then getting eyes on sights as I punch out toward target.

I put a 3X5 sticky on a door, and used that as target for dry fire from about 4 yds.  Focused on "aiming while presenting" and "squeezing the lemon" on the grip.  Grip felt better today, was able to engage pecs while squeezing.  I think elevating the gun, close to chest, then pressing out is what allowed me to get the chest muscles into play -- much easier to squeeze an object closer to your body and push out, than to push out to arms length before squeezing.

I already do chin-ups, farmer carries, and finger tip pushups as part of my normal workout routine, so my hands should be strong enough to provide a steady grip without getting too fatigued.  However, I did work up a little sweat while dry-firing due to squeezing the hell out of the gun.  I have added a kettlebell crush curl to my kettlebell workout to get some additional hand grip and forearm work.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: OlegG on May 02, 2016, 08:56:31 AM
Good start. Definitely try different kinds of drills and then move to creating a specific training plan for each session. That's the right way to train, just like you would do for your workouts. Also, try the Dot Torture Drill from Todd Green's site - it's a great 50-round fundamentals drill and with 2-inch dots, will challenge you even at 3 yards.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: SlvrDragon50 on May 02, 2016, 05:56:42 PM
Those are some cool drills!

Wish my range would allow for rapid fire though..
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 03, 2016, 01:29:56 PM
OlegG -- Thanks for the suggestion! Yep, definitely plan to incorporate Dot Torture Drill in the future.  Need to do some dryfire work on strong-hand only and weak-hand only first, though.

SlverDragon -- Thanks for popping in to comment!  As I mentioned in my first post above, your training log was what inspired me to start a similar one here on the CZ forum!  Stinks that you can't do rapid-fire at your range, but you could do a version of my "around the clock" drill (minus the double-tap at the end, I guess) to at least work on transitioning between targets.  If you have to shoot slower due to range rules, maybe you could criss-cross targets in an "X" pattern to make it a little more difficult, rather than going clockwise...
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: SlvrDragon50 on May 03, 2016, 02:30:05 PM
Yes, I was definitely thinking about doing that, but I am not satisfied enough with my ability to consistently shoot a single target haha.

Maybe in a couple months!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: OlegG on May 03, 2016, 04:33:22 PM
SlvrDragon,

You should definitely try shooting multiple targets. Having to transition from target to target will challenge you to keep your sight alignment an will help with improving it for single targets as well.

For my wife, I always include into her training plans either a Mozambique Drill (two to the body and one to the head) or an iHack drill (3 2-inch circles) or a Dot Torture drill which has 3 scenarios for multiple targets. She is a beginner (even more than me) but always enjoys these drills - they help her focus and break up the tedium of single target drills. Additionally, even for single targets, I vary the distances and set different goals for different targets.

This is very similar to physical workouts: you exercise different muscle groups at different days and to achieve maximum effect don't stay with the same routine for very long. Even subtle variations in exercises provide additional stimulation.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 04, 2016, 10:57:54 AM
Dryfire Practice (May 3)

Spent 15-20 minutes on the following:

- 25 wall fires

- 25 low ready, elevate, and press outs (slow), focused on strong grip (engaging pecs) and tracking sights as pressing out.

- 25 low ready, elevate, and press outs (half-speed) ? as above, but added trigger pull, focusing on starting the trigger pull as I pressed out, and breaking the shot as I hit full extension.

- 30 strong-hand only wall fire

- 30 weak-hand only wall fire

- 10 fast transitions between two targets, from low ready, about 3 yards

Changed up my grip a bit.  I found that if wrapped/locked the thumb of my strong hand around the back of my support thumb, it opened up some space on the frame for the palm of my support hand.  Not technically a true ?thumbs forward? grip, so perhaps bad from a technique perspective, but it did feel significantly stronger in dry fire.  Will test this out with live fire at next outing to the range.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 06, 2016, 09:45:01 AM
Planned to go to the range tonight, but kids were driving Mrs. Baldrage crazy, so I stayed home to give her some relief.  Got some dry fire practice done after kids put to bed:

- 10 wall fire (two hands)
- 20 strong hand only wall fires
- 20 weak hand only wall fires
- 50 slow draw-and-press, focused on squeezing close to chest, elevating to eye level, then punching out while focusing on sights
- 50 fast draw-and-press
- 20 dry fires transitioning between a couple of 3X5 sticky notes (about one foot apart horizontally, and two feet apart vertically) at 3 yards

Feel like my grip is coming together nicely, but hard to get it in place consistently when doing a fast draw.  Have to use my strong thumb to flip off safety during the draw, and I end up in a two-thumbs-forward grip, with strong thumb on top of weak thumb, rather than wrapped behind it.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Lemming on May 06, 2016, 03:14:17 PM
Just an idea to think about....

Modern sports shooting practice seems to involve moving the gun in a straight line from just after it's cleared the holster until it's fully extended. The L-shaped draw (up then out) is slower.

Once you've practiced enough the gun will arrive in front of your eyes with the sights in alignment. There's no need to try and acquire them during a press-out move (i could never succeed with that anyway).

It may be worth trying....


Sent by Jedi mind control

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 06, 2016, 04:17:21 PM
Thanks, Lemming.  I greatly appreciate the advice

From what I have read, you are referring to the "index" method of drawing, right?  Yes, most folks seem to agree that it is faster, but takes a lot of practice. 

I have a hard time getting sights to match up to natural POA when I do the index draw.  Granted, I have not had hundreds of hours of practice.

I have been practicing the press-out (L-shaped) draw, because it seems (in dry fire anyway) to help me get sights on target and first shot fired faster, even though the draw itself is slower.  Wish I could find the thread on pistol-forum.com that led me to it, but here is a video of Ernest Langdon illustrating differences between index draw (he calls it escalator) and press-out draw (elevator), and advocating that press-out is actually faster for getting lead on target:

https://youtu.be/WS7dgN8iu6Y (https://youtu.be/WS7dgN8iu6Y)

The late Todd Green also seemed to be an advocate of the press out, saying it might not be as fast in a competition vs. a static target, but was more accurate in self-defense scenarios or in competition vs. moving targets. 

Tons of threads about this on pistol-forum.com ... consensus seems to be do what works best for you, most of the time...
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 08, 2016, 05:51:51 PM
Live Fire

Uggh, should have left Mrs. Baldrage to deal with the kids and went to the range on Thursday night instead of today!

My eyes were feeling bleary on the way to the range this morning, but I figured it was just lack of coffee.  However, the first time I went to fire and couldn't focus at all on the sights, I realized I had the contact lens in backward on my dominant eye!  Didn't bother me too much knocking around the house and driving, but squinting in the dim light of the range, it made things very difficult.  Anyway, that's my excuse for the poor showing today, but I liken it to one of those days when you don't have the energy to workout, but go ahead and do it anyway -- usually a crappy workout, but you're still better for having done it.

Anyway, I did order a hogue hand-all grip to see if that would provide a little more surface area.  Went on easy enough.  Can't say it made it a night-and-day difference, but I'll have to shoot with a couple of more times before deciding whether I keep it or not.
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7534/26786187272_e994f673e1_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GP1dg3)Shadow_with_hoguegrip (https://flic.kr/p/GP1dg3) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Started off with some 5X5 drills, using the edge/face time set at 4 secs, from a low ready, reloading after each 5 shot string.  Fired about one box of ammo, so 50 rounds.  Since my press out from a low ready still stinks, figure about 1.5 - 2.0 sec to get the gun up and sights on target, so that leaves about 2 seconds for 5 shots.  Results were pretty terrible as far as keeping everything in the circle, but OK at keeping everything on the paper for my first time shooting this fast.  I did notice that sights were just bouncing up a bit and coming right back down, so did a good job on grip and recoil control, but with my backward contact lens, I was really just pointing a blurry object at a blurry piece of paper ...
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7172/26879699005_32697067be_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GXgu3i)05072016_5X5 (https://flic.kr/p/GXgu3i) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Next, moved to an "around the clock drill" (4 single shots clockwise, then a double-tap in the center) at 7 yards, from low ready, first shot DA, with face/edge timer set for 6 seconds, reloading after each 6 shot string.  This was challenging, especially with the DA first shot, and there were a few strings were I only got 4 shots off.  Aside from a few flyers, groupings were pretty tight, which I guess means good grip/recoil management, even though shots were off.  Once again, I struggled with bottom left target. 
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Finished with a Mozambique drill at 7 yards, from low ready, first shot DA, face/edge timer set at 4 seconds, reloading after each 3 shot string.  Did OK considering contact lens issues, but room for improvement.
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Then switched to Kadet/.22.  Had a lot of problems with light strikes using my Federal bulk ammo, which really threw me off on the around the clock drill (six sec face/edge, from low ready), as I was having to pull the trigger 8-9 times to try and get off 6 shots, so there were several strings were I did fire at all the targets. On the positive side, this gave me the unintended equivalent of several "ball and dummy" drills, and I'm pleased to say there was no flinch at all when any of the numerous FTF occurred.
 (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7263/26879698845_1e1a8f0e14_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GXgtZx)05072016_aroundtheclock_22 (https://flic.kr/p/GXgtZx) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Also did my first ever Dot Torture drill.  3 yards, did OK, but using a .22 with no recoil at all on the SP01 Shadow, so definitely keeping my ego in check.  Will try with 9 mm next time out.
 (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7317/26786187382_ae4ebb93c6_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GP1dhW)05072016_DOT_DRILL (https://flic.kr/p/GP1dhW) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: OlegG on May 08, 2016, 06:18:29 PM
Really good results, especially on the Dot Torture drill. The low recoil of a .22 makes it easier to avoid flinching and to come back on target, but it does NOT help you to place accurate shots, so you can and should feel good - that was all you.

As far as your Kadet having numerous FTFs, it sounds strange - Kadets are supposed to be some of the most reliable and not picky .22 pistols. I have a Ruger 22/45 and with the Federal bulk ammo I get an FTE once per 300 - 400 rounds and actually never had an FTF.
Perhaps JoeL will chime in with an advice: he is using a Kadet extensively and knows the kit really well.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Scarlett Pistol on May 08, 2016, 07:15:30 PM
Baldrage you're doing great and this is awesome. We all work down and throw this path to start. I'll share some resources that helped me get the grip worked out once I arrive home and it's easier than using my phone.

To your last comment. Your strong hand thumb will be up and over your weak hand thumb. That is OK and you'll see/feel why after a few of these good videos I used in figuring out this same stuff. I had the same problems,  including the inconsistent draw when I connected with weak hand up. Spent a month breaking this down step by step every night in dry fire. It paid off a lot, but I have a ways yet for my goals. Anyways, keep up the practice, it may seem a little boring but it is super rewarding in the end!

UPDATE:
Here's some videos and what not that I have really liked and found helpful as I am not far from your experience in my own practice. Each person may connect with a different trainers' styles in a different ways, so just look for the best shooters out there and see what connects with you. Some teach a little better or more clearly, but whatever you do - practice and test these out, don't just take one opinion as the end all - your forever approach.

My Favorite  Books:
Get to Work: The Practice of Getting More Points Per Second
By Steve Anderson
Steve has a unique podcast that may not have the personality for everybody. BUT the guy sure has the science of training figured out. (You can go read a book called "Peak" by Anders Ericsson on the science behind effective learning and training if you want to verify. In fact, its a great read on it's own if you really want to get the most out of your practice and not waste time.) Anyways, This is Steve's third book and his others are good (the second has an interview with Lanny Bassham that is pretty worth while on its own), but this is my favorite. Excellent to get you good drills that develop specific skills you need. Also has a great interview with Max Michel on calling the shot in this book. Also a great emphasis on stage planning and the importance of the mental game.
http://www.amazon.com/Get-Work-Practice-Points-Second/dp/0692229345/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1462753005&sr=8-1&keywords=get+to+work+steve+anderson

Practical Shooting: Beyond Fundamentals
Brian Enos
This is a foundational book of the practical shooting pistol sports. Brian really went deep and in first passing you may think this is a little on the Zen deep end. As I have been starting out in my training the sections on focus and awareness really helped me understand where I was trying too hard and what I was focusing on when shooting. While it is full of gems as you progress to higher levels and some recommend to wait to read it I find it is very helpful to start using in the beginning and incorporate what you can connect with. Brian is a little more on the side of a relaxed grip pressure compared to Rob Leatham, Mike Seeklander, and a few others. You can work that out and test it as you progress, but his natural point of aim is really helpful to check the grip you are building, no matter how hard you squeeze.
Great post by Brian on his forum on NPA that isn't in the book exactly like this:
http://www.brianenos.com/forums/index.php?act=ST&f=17&t=5226
His book:
http://www.amazon.com/Practical-Shooting-Fundamentals-Brian-Enos/dp/0962692506/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1462753492&sr=1-3&keywords=brian+enos

Mike Seeklander on Recoil Management:
This video helped me personally in seeing the specific ways to grip the gun. Such as the strong hand being a sort of front to back squeeze as opposed to gripping it like you would a dumb bell. So, this is as much a video about good grip as it is recoil control. Honestly now that I practice good grip I don't think about recoil at all when I am shooting. My grip comes instinctively from practice in dry fire. If my grip is too soft, then it means I need to practice a strong grip in dry fire and live fire (while not worrying about other things that this may initially throw off while I adjust to the harder grip. Steve Anderson explains this sort of specific practice very well and why it works when you give it the chance).
https://youtu.be/0KnA3SD8IYA

Mike Seeklander on developing a good grip:
Again, I really like how well Mike tries to explain the why behind what he is teaching. Ultimately this helped me figure out how to get my weak hand into the grip while drawing. Previously I was a mess and this video just helped it click for me. Especially when it has the low and to his right video angle. I saw when he actually grips and then grips hard with his weak hand. It was much further into his draw, and I was doing mine way too soon. This caused my wrist to do wrong things (lock too soon, be in the wrong position, etc.). Now, I don't end up connecting my left hand quite as soon as Mike, I end up doing so a little further out like I've seen Rob Leatham do in his draws. Both of these shooters have blazing fast draw and first shot times, so there isn't an exact right way, but this helped me get into the right pathway so I can practice and refine in the correct realm. I think Lemming mentioned that L shaped draw as opposed to a more straight line up to your vision and out once the muzzle is out of the holster and pointed down range. If I understood his comment correctly I think he is referring to this exact difference where Mike is a little more L shaped in this video and Rob Leatham has the style Lemming described.
https://youtu.be/Xl1urjYlsZM

I hope these can help. I am not a master class shooter yet, but I am trying to draw on the best shooters and trainers out there for learning and training. The guys on the forum here have helped immensely at pointing me to the best resources and giving pointers. The more you can dry fire, and the more consistently, the faster and stronger the muscle memory will build. 20 minutes a day during the weekdays will really help, I can attest to that. If you can do an hour each day you'll progress faster. It all boils down to the level of commitment you can give (and that is different for each person). Others' may have different resources that helped them, and that is great - hopefully they share them all! We all learn a little differently and hopefully something we all share can connect with you and help your progression. Practice may be boring, but you'll experience the reward when you shoot and see the improvement - boringly reliable maybe... Oh, I forgot to mention. Steve Anderson's three modes of shooting really helped me apply the Brian Enos stuff. In my first match when I started to fall apart I could immediately remind myself to go back to Match Mode and the fundamentals returned and I carried on. Although somewhat slowly, it was consistent and at my current level of skill. The matches are so much fun, start as soon as you can!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 09, 2016, 08:14:20 PM
Really good results, especially on the Dot Torture drill. The low recoil of a .22 makes it easier to avoid flinching and to come back on target, but it does NOT help you to place accurate shots, so you can and should feel good - that was all you.

As far as your Kadet having numerous FTFs, it sounds strange - Kadets are supposed to be some of the most reliable and not picky .22 pistols. I have a Ruger 22/45 and with the Federal bulk ammo I get an FTE once per 300 - 400 rounds and actually never had an FTF.
Perhaps JoeL will chime in with an advice: he is using a Kadet extensively and knows the kit really well.

Yeah, I have had some FTFs prior, but nothing like this.  I did numerous forum searches, which led me to clean out the firing pin channel on the Kadet.  Did not seem especially dirty, but I'll give it a shot with both Fed bulk and some CCI next time out to see if that makes a difference.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 09, 2016, 08:16:26 PM
Scarlett Pistol -- thanks the tips, and the advice on the books and videos.  I had watched some of those Seeklander videos before, but will watch again with your advice in mind.  I have a feeling this is the type of thing where you can take away something different every time you watch.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 16, 2016, 12:39:39 PM
Live Fire (May 10)

On vacation last week, so I am posting this entry a week after the fact, and the theme of this visit was the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

The Good:
Started off with a Dot Torture drill at 3 yards.  All of the stations that require a draw were shot from low ready, with first shot in DA.  Did very well, dropped only one shot on station 7, and that was because I was peeking at the target rather than focusing on the sight.  My first every Dot Torture drill with 9 mm, and my first time shooting 9 mm with one hand only, strong/weak hand, so very pleased. 
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The Bad:
5x5 drill, 50 rounds, 4 second facing time from low ready.  Missed with 10 shot shots, so 80% hit rate.  I think almost all of the misses were from the first shot getting from low ready onto the target and DA, still really need a lot of work on this.
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The Ugly:
Around the Clock Drill, 7 yards, 7 second facing time for six shots, starting from low ready with first shot DA.  Ran it three times, so 18 rounds total.  Struggled not only with first shot accuracy in DA, but at all of the stations except for the final one in the middle.  Basically, I was all of the paper in both DA and SA.  Need to work on press out/draw/DA first shot and getting a good sight picture on target transitions in dry fire practice.  I know the purpose of speed shooting drills is work at a speed where you are uncomfortable, but with results this bad, I think I will slow down the drill a bit next time out to 7.5 or 8 seconds.
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The final drill:
Mozambique, 7 yards, 3 second facing time, from low ready, first shot DA.  Only had 14 rounds left, so I did four and a half iterations of this drill. Redeemed myself a bit after the horrible shooting on the around the clock drill.  Missed four shots, 2 on the head, and 2 on the body, but the 2 misses on the body were still inside the 8 ring and would have been combat effective hits.
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Switched over to the Kadet kit for some .22 work, and had total failure as it would not fire at all.  I will be posting a separate thread in the Kadet Klub section of the board to get some trouble-shooting advice from the Kadet gurus.


Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: OlegG on May 16, 2016, 12:50:45 PM
Judging from your Dot Torture Drill, you accuracy and target transitions are very good. Added time pressure causes misses. So, you are on the right track - slow down until you're making no mistakes and then move the goalpost to faster times gradually.
For the 5x5 drill - if your misses are mostly coming up on target from low ready, then spend part of the next session doing just that - single shots from low ready in DA. Get them right and then put the drill back together.
You're doing great, keep it up.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 20, 2016, 08:15:13 AM
So while on vacation last week, I watched all of the Mike Seeklander "On the Range" instructional handgun videos, not just grip/recoil management, but also trigger control, reloads, single-hand firing, etc.  Good stuff, and will make it a point to re-watch these on a regular basis.  Wife thought I was crazy for watching shooting videos sitting on the beach in the Florida Keys, but I know folks on this board would understand.   ;D

Also read Ben Stoeger's book,"Dry Fire Training for the Practical Pistol Shooter" (https://www.amazon.ca/Dry-Fire-Training-Practical-Pistol-Shooter/dp/1497319633), on the plane trip down to Florida.  Honestly, I did not find it worth the $10 I paid for the Kindle version -- it's just a list of drills that could easily be found on any competitive shooting website, with no advice on technique, etc.

Dry fire practice last night: 
- 20 wallfire (DA), focused on trigger pull and strong grip
- 20 press-out and fire (DA), from low ready, focused on grip
- 20 strong-hand only (DA), focused on tucking my elbow, as per Seeklander video on single-handed firing
- 20 weak-hand only (DA), focused on tucking elbow
- 20 fast press-out and fire (DA), target was a 3X5 sticky @ 3 yards, from low ready, used dry-fire timer app, set at 1.5 sec PAR (nice free little app, by the way, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.csl1911a1.dryfirepartimer&hl=en)
- 20 fast press-out and fire (DA) with target transitions, targets were 3X5 sticky and a doorknob, two shots on each @ 3 yards, with 3.5 second PAR.  Made these with time to spare, will start shaving some time off of the PAR next practice session.



Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Lemming on May 20, 2016, 11:22:48 AM
The book you should have bought for technique is this one
http://www.amazon.com/Practical-Pistol-Fundamental-Techniques-Competition/dp/1482009978

I have all three and find the dry fire book useful. But you're right - it doesn't teach technique

Sent by Jedi mind control

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Scarlett Pistol on May 21, 2016, 12:13:30 AM
Haha while we've been on a trip my wife noticed I was running with my toddler on my shoulders in a funny way. She proceeded to make fun of me because I was practicing running smoothly with the low stance for shooting on the move. My daughter loved it because we could go fast and not jostle her a bunch. So yes, you're in good company here.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 21, 2016, 09:19:41 PM
Dry fire practice last night -- standard routine:
- 20 wallfire (DA), focused on trigger pull and strong grip
- 20 press-out and fire (DA), from low ready, focused on grip
- 20 strong-hand only (DA), focused on tucking my elbow, as per Seeklander video on single-handed firing
- 20 weak-hand only (DA), focused on tucking elbow
- 20 fast press-out and fire (DA), target was a 3X5 sticky @ 3 yards, from low ready, used dry-fire timer app, set at 1.5 sec PAR
- 20 fast press-out and fire (DA) with target transitions, targets were 3X5 sticky and a doorknob, two shots on each @ 3 yards, reduced time by a quarter of a second from last practice to 3.25 second PAR. 
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 25, 2016, 09:16:32 PM
Live fire practice at Elite Shooting Sports (5/22)

Started off with dot torture at 5 yards.  All the "draws" were shot DA from low ready, and all of the shots on #1 and #2 were DA.  Wow! After nearly shooting a perfect run last week at 3 yds, surprised at how much more difficult an additional 6 feet made:

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Definitely room for improvement, and no point in moving it back any further for now.

Next up, 5X5 drill at 5 yards, from low ready, first shot DA, 3.5 second facing time.  Did OK, it's obvious I have some type of issue shooting at targets to my left, as evidenced by target on lower left.  Maybe I need to rotate my whole upper body, rather than just my arms?

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Around-the-clock drill, 7 yards, from low ready, first shot DA, 7.5 second facing time.  This was so bad, I had second thoughts about posting it.  Just all over the paper, and at least one round almost off the paper completely.  This is the shooting equivalent of air-balling a free throw ...

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Did some dry fire, focusing on grip and sight focus to try and shake off that crap-tastic drill.  Finished up 9mm with mozambique drill, 7 yards, from low ready, first shot DA, 4 second facing time.  Pretty poor, but did better than the last drill.  Shot high on all of the head shots, and again, almost missed the paper.


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After stinking things up so bad with 9mm, I switched over to Kadet kit, and happy to say my previous technical problems were fixed and the Kadet ran fine, aside from the usual handful of light strikes with Federal bulk ammo.

Started with another dot torture at 5 yards, again all "draws" shot from low ready with DA.  Results were much better than first run with 9mm.  Weak-hand only was pretty bad, but I nearly cleaned all of the two-handed stations:

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Wrapped up with another run on the around-the-clock drill, 7 yards, from low ready, first shot DA, 7.5 second facing time.  Used CCI Standard Velocity ammo on this one, to minimize light strikes while racing the timer.  Results were MUCH better, although I still have problems transitioning to targets on lower left.  Obviously I have something off in my sight alignment consistently when turning slightly left to shoot, but no clue how to correct it.  Tips/suggestions?

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Overall, shameful performance with 9mm, pretty good with .22, and just glad to have my Kadet kit up and running again.

Take-aways:

1) Still struggling with first DA shot from low ready, although I thought a lot of dry-fire this week had helped, it obviously didn't.  Seems like it takes an eternity to get a sight picture in live fire, and then I am still inaccurate (usually high) once I fire.  Thinking I need to practice dry-fire with a smaller target to simulate shooting at 7 yards, as I don't actually have that much room in my basement.

2) Still need lots of dry-fire practice shooting one-handed.  Really felt wobbly when shooting at the range, but again, I wonder if this because at home, I am practicing from about 3 yards, and shooting at 5 yards at the range.  Wouldn't think a mere six feet would make a big difference, but I will try a smaller target (maybe 2X2 sticky rather than the 3X5 I had been using) and a little farther distance in dry fire this week.



Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Scarlett Pistol on May 26, 2016, 01:10:11 AM
Baldrage, it's tough. I used those resources I mentioned and I kept making progress with parts and then once I went faster all the parts fell apart. So then I had to figure out what was right and what was wrong. I knew the right parts from the resources I've mentioned and I just had to put the puzzle together. The puzzle keeps coming together more and moee, even after I make breakthroughs. This is how people develop on the path to expertise. It can be frustrating with ups and downs but perseverance in your practice and study will keep you improving. I suck compared to guys and gals on this forum. I am just going through the learning process and know how it can go. Keep up the hard work, it pays off!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on May 26, 2016, 07:02:26 AM
The way I learned to shoot the DA first shot was to go to the range and only shoot DA for maybe 50-100 rounds.  Very slowly at first.  Looks like you are pushing the DA shots left even with the .22 slide.  I also experimented with trigger finger position.  For me, when I shot left, I had the trigger finger too shallow.  I moved in just a little deeper and could pull the trigger straight back just a little more consistently.  You might experiment with trigger finger placement some. 

For the high shots on the lower left, maybe you are feeling rushed near the end of the sequence and just releasing the shot just hair early?  Before you see the sight lower to the proper alignment?  Perhaps give it .1 second longer? 

I'm not much help here.  Been 3 years since I have tried to do what you are doing.  I am very glad you got your Kadet running, however.   :) :)

Joe

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 28, 2016, 04:01:13 PM
Dry fire practice:
- All shots at 6 yds, at 2X2 sticky
- 20 wallfire (DA), focused on trigger pull and STRONG grip
- 40 press-out and fire (DA), from low ready, focused on STRONG grip, 1.5 sec PAR
- 20 strong-hand only (DA), focused on tucking elbow
- 20 weak-hand only (DA), focused on tucking elbow
- 20 fast press-out and fire (DA) with target transitions, targets were two 2X2 sticky notes, one placed at about 7 o'clock, and one and at 1 o'clock, so I could work on transitioning to that lower-left-quadrant target in the around the clock drill that gives me problems.  3.25 second PAR. 

Moved to a different room in my basement that is a little longer and used smaller sticky notes than previously to try and mimic longer distances at the range.

Dumb question:  when shooting weak-hand only, do you switch eyes for aiming?  I am right eye dominant, and when shooting freestyle or with strong-hand only, I close my left eye.  When switching to weak (left) hand only, should I be closing right eye and aiming with left eye?
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on May 28, 2016, 04:28:58 PM
Baldrage--regarding the weak side eye question.  I don't think it is necessary to try to use your non-dominant eye for the weak side shooting.  Your brain is used to the dominant eye, so use the dominant eye when shooting weak hand. 

Joe
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: armoredman on May 28, 2016, 05:24:01 PM
I agree - I do when qualifying every years, works OK. It doesn't hurt to fire a few rounds with the dominant eye closed, to simulate eye injury, but not every time shooting weak hand.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 31, 2016, 02:37:22 PM
Thanks for the feedback.  Glad to know I was not doing it wrong.

On the other hand, given the way I have been shooting on dot torture drills, maybe I should switch which eye I use!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 31, 2016, 10:37:39 PM
Live Fire Training (5/30 - Elite Shooting Sports)

Intent for today's session was to benchmark and see where I am after a month of training.

Started off w/Dot Torture at 5 yards.  Results were not good, especially in single-handed firing, where I failed to put one round in the circle.  Thinking back on it afterwards, seemed like I was flinching/anticipating recoil, which is unusual for me.  Perhaps it was because someone was doing rapid-fire with a magnum on one side of me, and someone else was teaching two ladies to shoot on the other side of me, with lots of activity at the bench.  Or perhaps I just had too much coffee, or I am just not very good!  Think I will move this back in to 3 yards next time out, and see if I can repeat my previous best of nearly clearing all the stations on the drill.

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Next, turned to the Rangemaster bullseye walk in (5-10 shots at various speeds and distances, starting at 25 yards and moving in to 15, 10, 7 and 5 yards).  I had shot this drill only once before, in the first live fire entry in this journal back in April.  Saw some improvement here, all shots were in the scoring circle except for one, which just nicked the edge of the paper at 25 yards.  Total score was 238 out of possible 300.  The 25 yard shots were nothing to write home about, but I got a couple inside the 9 ring from 15 yards, so that was encouraging, and something to build on.

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5X5 drill was next (5 strings of 5 shots at 5 yards).  Initial benchmark in April was done at 1 shot/second, but since I have been working this drill regularly for speed, I shot it as fast as I could go (don't have a shot timer, but I had the facing timer on 4-second par, shot a little faster than "1-and-2-and-3,", so probably about 3 shots/second).  Put 20 out of 25 inside the circles, so 80%, which is OK, but groupings were horrible.

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Last drill was a Mozambique walk-out (starting at 5 yards, then moving to 7, 10, and 15, two three-shot strings at each distance).  Did WAY worse on this drill than during my initial benchmark session, hitting only 11 out of 24 shots (10 head/1 body) on the 3X5 and 2X2 sticky-notes.

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Awarding one point for each shot in the circles on Dot Torture (25 out of 50), plus my bullseye score (238 out of 300), plus two points for each 5X5 shot inside the circles (40 out of 50), plus 3 points for each successful body shot and 6 for head shots in Mozambique drill (36 points total), equals 319 out of possible 496 points, or 64%.  D+, or little improvement over the last month.  Discouraging, but good incentive to bear down and work harder.

Finished off with some .22 work on the Kadet kit.

Shot another dot torture (Lord knows I need the practice!) at 5 yards.  Did slightly better, putting 29 out of 50 on-target.  All shots from "draw" were low ready and DA, and all single-hand shots were in DA.  Whiffed with my support hand, but at least I got a couple of strong hand-only shots on #5. 

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Finished with an Around-the-Clock drill (from low ready, 7 yards, 8 sec facing time) to work some target transitions, and did fairly well, especially on the target on the lower left that has consistently give me problems.  Shot it six times, but had a couple of light strikes, so if you are counting holes, numbers don't quite add up.

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Take-aways:

1) Recoil anticipation/flinching was unusual for me.  Do other shooters have days where they flinch, when they don't normally flinch?  I'll give it another session before I decide whether this is a real problem needing correction, or just a one-off.

2) A lot of my misses were high, today, and in the last few sessions.  Possibly due to flinching, or perhaps jerking the trigger.  Need to diagnose, analyze, and focus on this in dry-fire and live-fire training.  Need to shore up my basic marksmanship before doing any more work on getting faster.

Next up:

1) Have a few new drills to try, intent is to focus on shooting lots and lots of DA from low-ready/press-out, as suggested by others in this thread.

2) Going to a CCW/CHP class on Saturday.  The instructor and class (John Murphy of FPF Training in Culpepper, VA) get really good AARs on-line and is highly recommended by the pistoleros over at pistol-training.com, so really looking forward to it.  Hope I get some good feedback and constructive criticism from the instructor on my technique.  I have intentionally put off doing much drawing from a holster in my dry-fire practice, because I did not want to instill bad habits, but plan to really start working on drawing from a holster after this class.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: OlegG on June 01, 2016, 08:24:48 AM
I don't think that you should feel disappointed. First cardinal rule - focus on the positive and don't dwell on the negative. Note the improvements over the last month and build on them.

Most drills you are doing are precision drills - Dot Torture, Rangemaster Bullseye Walk, Mozambique. This means that you MUST focus on accuracy above all else when executing these drills. If your benchmark is almost cleaning the Dot Torture target at 3 yards, do not change the distance and/or the speed until can clean it on demand. Only then, either move it farther, or go faster, but not both at the same time. Use the same approach with your other drills. Master each level of difficulty before you make it harder. If you move to a more challenging exercise before you have completely mastered the easier one, you will not get good results faster, since you will not have developed the solid fundamentals to rely upon.

You can also practice you speed drills (5x5x5) in the same session but with a clearly articulated different goal: those drills are not for precision shooting and, using the 5x5x5 as an example, if you can put 5 shots into a 5 inch circle at 5 yards in 5 seconds - ON DEMAND - then it's time to increase the speed or the distance, but not the time to worry about your group size, since it is irrelevant to achieving the goals this drill was designed for.

Think of shooting just as any other sport: you master the techniques one at a time until they are automatic, while in parallel working on increasing your overall fitness level, but you do not try to learn them all simultaneously.

Keep at it - very good progress overall.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 01, 2016, 01:41:25 PM
OlegG,

Thanks for the advice and encouragement.  There is a fine line between objective self-analysis and being overly self-critical, and it is not helpful to cross over that line, so I truly appreciate another's perspective. 
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Scarlett Pistol on June 01, 2016, 05:26:07 PM
OlegG is spot on. Steve Anderson really does a good job talking about good self image. He interviews the master himself, Lanny Bassham, and really gets it. My flinching went away after reading Brian Enos' book and then trying to see my sights in recoil with drills and focus and awareness. It really helps shift your focus so it isn't a concern. Great work, keep it up!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 02, 2016, 08:18:51 AM
Dry fire practice:
- All shots at 6 yds, at 2X2 sticky
- 20 wallfire (DA), focused on trigger pull and STRONG grip, put a spent shell casing on top of the slide, and kept shooting until I had 20 pulls in a row without the shell moving/falling
- 20 press-out and fire one shot (DA), from low ready, focused on STRONG grip, 1.5 sec PAR
- 20 fast press-out and fire (DA) from low ready, two shots, with target transitions, targets were two 2X2 sticky notes, one placed at about 7 o'clock, and one and at 1 o'clock, worked this down to 3.1 seconds from 3.25 second PAR.
- 20 strong-hand only (DA), focused on tucking elbow
- 20 weak-hand only (DA), focused on tucking elbow
 
Nice training session.  Grip felt really good and strong, and it seemed like I was getting a good sight picture, even on the timed press-outs, where I was really working on speed.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 02, 2016, 08:21:45 AM
OlegG is spot on. Steve Anderson really does a good job talking about good self image. He interviews the master himself, Lanny Bassham, and really gets it. My flinching went away after reading Brian Enos' book and then trying to see my sights in recoil with drills and focus and awareness. It really helps shift your focus so it isn't a concern. Great work, keep it up!

Thanks SP!  Do you happen to know where I could pick up a used copy of the Steve Anderson book?  Based on your recommendation, I've had it in my "cart" in Amazon a few times, but it's $30 + S/H, which is a bit steep, so I haven't "pulled the trigger" (is it too early in the morning for bad puns?)  ::).  Looked around on the 'net, but haven't been able to find it cheaper anywhere else.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Scarlett Pistol on June 02, 2016, 10:14:47 AM
I did the same thing too... You could try posting a wtb thread on here and see if someone would part with theirs. So far I have only found it on Amazon and his site. What other books or resources have you used for your primary guides so far?
Haha my boss is on the verge of retiring and he drops puns, farmer jokes,  and grandpa jokes all the time. We know it's been a rough morning for him when he starts before 3pm.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 03, 2016, 08:07:49 AM
Dry fire practice -- my "daily 100" reps:

- All shots at 6 yds, at 2X2 sticky
- 20 wallfire (DA), w/spent shell casing on top of the slide
- 20 press-out and fire one shot (DA), from low ready, focused on STRONG grip, 1.5 sec PAR
- 20 fast press-out and fire (DA) from low ready, two shots, with target transitions,  worked this down to 3.0 seconds.
- 20 strong-hand only (DA), focused on tucking elbow
- 20 weak-hand only (DA), focused on tucking elbow
 
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: OlegG on June 04, 2016, 10:43:16 AM
It's great to see you press-out transition drills time going steadily down: 3.0 secs from 3.25 secs in a week is a fantastic progress. Keep it up!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 06, 2016, 08:08:25 PM
On Saturday, I completed the CCW/CHP "Concealed Carry: Foundations" course run by John Murphy/FPF Training in Culpepper, Virginia.  An AAR of the course is provided in a separate thread (http://www.czfirearms.us/index.php?topic=80316.0), but I wanted to post some thoughts relevant to my ongoing training here.

Some interesting points/take-aways:

- Earlier in this thread, there were some posts about the merits of the "elevator" vs. "escalator" draw.  Mr. Murphy was definitely a proponent of the "elevator" approach, since he believes that in a self-defense situation, this allows you to get the muzzle pointed at the bad guy faster than "escalator," and if necessary, allows you to get off a shot from retention.

- Glad I waited for some professional instruction before I started drilling draws from the holster too much on my own, as the instructors did notice a couple of minor technique mistakes I was making:  1) going too fast on the press out -- need to go fast on steps 1&2, then "smooth and slow" on the press out and fire (steps 3 & 4) so the sights are not bouncing around at full extension; 2) in the four-step draw stroke, I had a tendency to point the gun up at slight angle when going from step 2 to step 3, rather than keeping it pointed straight at the target (apparently a technique mistake that is common to tall guys).  So, I've got a few small things to work on, and will now start incorporating draws from holster a lot more into my dry-fire.

- Trigger reset: we did a little dry-firing drill on trigger reset during the course.  I can see now why this is so important to really shooting fast, and will add it to the list of things to work on.

- Concealment garment:  I just used an old long-sleeve, button-down shirt for this this course, which didn't really conceal my full-size SP01, but was sufficient to let me practice drawing from concealment.  Aside from "shoot me first" vests, what do people typically use in IDPA competitions and for practice?  I'm a pretty lean guy and don't have a lot of bulky clothing, so I'm thinking maybe a light jacket/windbreaker?

- All of the shooting was done at 3, 5, or 7 yards, so all of my dry-fire and live-fire work over the last six weeks really paid off in terms of confidence and performance.  There were 16 students in the class, running the gamut from novice to experienced, and based on what I saw from everyone's groupings, I was one of the most accurate shooters in the class.  So, a nice ego boost after being overly self-critical in my last couple of range outings!  My qualifer target is included below.  The qualifier consisted of 30 rounds shot at 3 yards, including a failure-to-stop string with one shot to the orbital area -- my grouping was essentially a single ragged hole over the heart that could be covered by a tennis ball, plus one shot in the target's eye (doesn't show up well in this photo).  After the qualifier was reviewed and photographed, we were allowed to shoot a "happy-happy-joy-joy" string of whatever we wanted from 5 yards onto the same target (essentially a mag dump), so I did 5 rapid fire shots to the body and one to the head (went a little high and put the head shot in the target's forehead just above the eyes).

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7364/26903034113_d1ba4a360e_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GZk5KK)06042016_FPF_Qualification (https://flic.kr/p/GZk5KK) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 08, 2016, 08:08:24 AM
Dry fire practice -- typical "daily 100" reps, tablet was charging, so couldn't use my dry-fire timer app today:

- All shots at 6 yds, at 2X2 sticky
- 20 wallfire (DA), w/spent shell casing on top of the slide
- 20 press-out and fire one shot (DA), from low ready, focused on STRONG grip
- 20 fast press-out and fire (DA) from low ready, two shots, with target transitions,
- 20 strong-hand only (DA), focused on tucking elbow
- 20 weak-hand only (DA), focused on tucking elbow
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 09, 2016, 11:41:48 AM
Dry fire practice -- now including draws from holster:

- All shots at 6 yds, at 2X2 sticky
- 20 wallfire (DA), w/spent shell casing on top of the slide
- 20 slow draws from concealment
- 20 fast draws from concealment and fire one shot (DA), 2.5 second PAR
- 20 fast draws from concealment and fire (DA) two shots, with target transitions, 3.5 second PAR
- 20 strong-hand only (DA), focused on tucking elbow
- 20 weak-hand only (DA), focused on tucking elbow
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 10, 2016, 06:43:34 PM
Dry fire practice -- now including draws from holster:

- All shots at 6 yds, at 2X2 sticky
- 20 wallfire (DA), w/spent shell casing on top of the slide
- 20 slow draws from concealment
- 20 fast draws from concealment and fire one shot (DA), 2.5 second PAR
- 20 fast draws from concealment and fire (DA) two shots, with target transitions, 3.5 second PAR
- 20 strong-hand only (DA), focused on tucking elbow
- 20 weak-hand only (DA), focused on tucking elbow
- 10 fast draws, no concealment, and fire one shot (DA), 1.5 second PAR

One the draws from the concealment, felt like I made most of the times with a good sight picture and .1 or .2 seconds to spare, but I'll hold off on going any faster for another couple of sessions so I can focus on good technique and getting a good drip consistently.

The last session of draws from no concealment, I was just curious to see how fast I could go.  Made it within the 1.5 second time 5 of out 10 draws, so could probably do it at 1.75 consistently, at least in dry-fire, where no one ever misses!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 11, 2016, 09:45:25 PM
Standard dry fire session:

- All shots at 6 yds, at 2X2 sticky
- 20 wallfire (DA), w/spent shell casing on top of the slide
- 20 slow draws from concealment
- 20 fast draws from concealment and fire one shot (DA), 2.5 second PAR
- 20 fast draws from concealment and fire (DA) two shots, with target transitions, 3.5 second PAR
- 20 strong-hand only (DA), focused on tucking elbow
- 20 weak-hand only (DA), focused on tucking elbow
- 10 fast draws, no concealment, and fire one shot (DA), 1.5 second PAR
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 14, 2016, 09:55:59 PM
Doesn't look like I will be able to get to the range for live-fire this week, due to various end-of-school-year events for daughter and family camping trip this weekend.  Oh well, at least I found time to keep working on dry-fire.

Just finished standard dry fire session, tried to speed up the draws a tad, with pretty good results:

- All shots at 6 yds, at 2X2 sticky
- 20 wallfire (DA), w/spent shell casing on top of the slide
- 20 slow draws from concealment, focusing on good technique
- 20 fast draws from concealment and fire one shot (DA), 10 draws at 2.5 second PAR, and 10 draws at 2.4 second PAR (got good sight picture on 8 out of 10)
- 20 fast draws from concealment and fire (DA) two shots, with target transitions, 10 draws at 3.5 second PAR, 10 draws at 3.4 second PAR (got 9/10)
- 20 strong-hand only (DA), focused on tucking elbow
- 20 weak-hand only (DA), focused on tucking elbow

Also of note:  the instructor at my concealed carry course strongly recommended that everyone involved in shooting sports or concealed carry should have a first aid/trauma kit in their range bag or on their person and get some basic medical training.  Events of last weekend have driven home the wisdom of that advice, not only for accidental gun mishaps at the range, but also for various other heinous scenarios.  I have signed up for a Red Cross adult and pediatric first Aid/CPR class next month (doesn't cover gun shot wounds, but I figured it was a good idea with two small kids in the house), and a day-long trauma/survival medicine training course in the Fall (which definitely covers gun shot wounds).  Received some basic trauma medical supplies and basic first aid kit from Amazon yesterday (tourniquet, pressure bandage, Quickclot sponge, etc.).  Have been watching youtube videos and reading US Army First Aid manual to get the basics down in order to have at least some rudimentary knowledge of how to apply this stuff prior to my training classes.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 23, 2016, 07:46:26 PM
Haven't been to the range in 3 weeks and it showed!  Still good to get out and knock off some rust.

First up - Dot Torture at 3 yards, shot mostly DA, got 44/50, with 3 of the misses coming from weak-hand only shooting (although they were all in virtually the same hole, so at least I get points for missing consistently):

(https://c5.staticflickr.com/8/7332/27588032980_5ef93361f5_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/J2RT43)06222016_Dot_9 (https://flic.kr/p/J2RT43) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Next up, 5X5 Drill, from low ready, 5 second PAR.  In retrospect, I think I was not waiting for the sights to settle before I shot and was not gripping strongly enough to get the sights back down in time.  May have also been jerking the trigger:

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7394/27865418195_199dcf6641_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Jsny1K)06222016_5X5_9 (https://flic.kr/p/Jsny1K) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Finished up my 9mm work with Mozambique drill at 7 yards, from low ready, DA/SA, 4 second PAR, 6 strings of 3 shots.  Only hit 2 out 6 head shots (although 2 more were on the head silhouette, but just missed my 2X2 sticky).  Again, thinking back on it, I may have been jerking the trigger:

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Next, moved on to the Kadet Kit and some .22.  Started with another Dot Torture at 3 yards, mostly shot in DA.  Did great - 49/50, or 50/50 if you count the one miss which just grazed the #6 target:

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/8/7098/27865418095_095b7ea1d4_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JsnxZ2)06222016_Dot_22 (https://flic.kr/p/JsnxZ2) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Finished up with a new drill to work on getting off that first shot in DA, the "Press Six" drill.  This involves:

#1 - Fire 1, no time limit (10 times)
#2 - Fire 1, 3 second time limit (x10)
#3 - Fire 1, 2 seconds (x10)
#4 - Fire 2, no time limit (x5)
#5 - Fire 2, 3 seconds (x5)
#6, - Fire 3, 3 seconds (x4)

All shots from DA, or DA/SA for #5 and #6, from 5 yards.  Did pretty well, some of the misses on #5 and #6 were because I had light strikes on the follow-up SA shots, forcing me to shoot again in DA mode, so pulling the trigger 3 - 5 times to get off 2 or 3 shots within the time constraints.

(https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7335/27865417965_15ef79ef33_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JsnxWM)06222016_Pressout_22 (https://flic.kr/p/JsnxWM) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

All in all, a good outing.  I was definitely anticipating recoil a bit and jerking the trigger during the 9mm part of this session -- shows how perishable this skill is after missing only a few weeks of live fire drills.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on June 25, 2016, 01:01:06 PM
Perishable skills indeed.  Sometimes, however, one breaks bad habits when missing a few weeks shooting as well as some good ones.  I have learned to be very attentive to the fundamentals the first time out after missing a week or two.  Only takes one or two outings to recover.

Joe
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 27, 2016, 08:43:24 AM
6/26 - Dry training

Tried something new today.  I got a laser training cartridge (https://www.amazon.com/Tactical-Training-Laser-Cartridge-9mm/dp/B00R66IPTY?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_cr_arp_d_product_sims) and installed the free Sharp Spotter training software (http://northosoft.com/sharpspotter/HTML/index.html) so I could do some reactive dry fire training.

Started off with 20 wall fires.

Next, fired up the laser cartridge and did some timed draws, 6 yards, shooting at 2X2 sticky with a PAR time of 2.5 seconds, from concealment (OWB, about 3:30 position).  Worked this for about 20 minutes.  This was much better than simply using a timer, as the Sharp Spotter software was able to record the actual shot time, rather than simply counting down time.  I could hit 2.5 second PAR pretty comfortably, unless I completely muffed the draw.  Best time scoring a "hit" was 2.21 seconds, best draw with a near "miss" was around 2.1 seconds.

Also used the laser and Sharp Spotter to do some one-handed shooting, 20 shots each both strong hand only and weak-hand only.

Overall, good training session, especially working the drawstroke.

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 29, 2016, 08:12:15 AM
6/28 Dry-Fire Training

- 20 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- 20 minutes of working on draw, with laser cartridge and Sharp Spotter software.  6 yards, from concealment at 3:30, target was 2X2 sticky note.  Best time with a "hit" was 2.28 seconds, best time with a "near miss" was 2.07 seconds.  Was having problems with my concealment garment (long-sleeve, button-down shirt) sticking to my t-shirt and fouling my draw.  Note to self -- make sure I wear a tighter-fitting t-shirt when training/competing/carrying.

- 20 single-hand only

- 20 weak-hand only
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on July 13, 2016, 08:15:25 AM
Back from family vacation ... Dry-Fire Training, July 13

- 40 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- 10 minutes of working on draw, with laser cartridge and Sharp Spotter software; 6 yards, from concealment at 3:30, target was 2X2 sticky note; best time with a "hit" was 2.18 seconds;

- 20 single-hand only

- 20 weak-hand only
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: SlvrDragon50 on July 13, 2016, 06:36:59 PM
What distance are you practicing the laser training at? I'd love to work on weak hand shooting and see if I'm jerking without the fear of dropping a loaded firearm.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on July 14, 2016, 11:11:32 AM
What distance are you practicing the laser training at? I'd love to work on weak hand shooting and see if I'm jerking without the fear of dropping a loaded firearm.

Six yards - 18 feet - basically the length of my basement.  I use a 2 inch by 2 inch sticky note as a target to simulate a larger target at greater distances.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: SlvrDragon50 on July 14, 2016, 11:46:31 AM
Not bad, do you find that the laser target shooting is relatively similar to how you would shoot at an actual range?
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on July 14, 2016, 09:29:44 PM
Not bad, do you find that the laser target shooting is relatively similar to how you would shoot at an actual range?

It is helpful for working on one-shot drills, like drawing from holster, or slow one-handed firing.  There is no recoil, obviously, so it is of no help in trying to work on speed drills involving multiple shots.  I think it works best with laser-detection software, or one of the laser-lyte targets.  Your natural inclination is to "peek" at the laser on every shot, rather than focusing on front sight, without software or a laser-lyte target, it could actually be detrimental.

Not sure if the laser is accurate enough to be a good judge of trigger slapping/jerking.  The laser cartridge rolls around a bit inside the chamber, and at six yards, seems like it can sometimes be an inch off of POA.  A cheaper way to see if you jerking the trigger with your weak hand shooting would just be to use the old empty-shell-casing-balanced-on-top-of-the-slide trick.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: SlvrDragon50 on July 14, 2016, 10:07:13 PM
Ah darn, thanks for the information.

I like doing that trick except it's just a pain setting it after every time I pull the hammer back!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Tok36 on July 15, 2016, 12:00:50 AM
I just stumbled upon this thread. Interesting stuff.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on July 15, 2016, 09:30:30 PM
Live Fire (Elite Shooting Sports, Manassas, VA)

Started off with Dot Torture at 3 yards, got 43/50.  A bit worse than my last few times out, but first time I had shot in two weeks, and at least I finally nailed all of the one-handed shots on #5 and #8.

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8828/28315066475_30f9461acd_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/K977Mi)07132016_Dot_9mm (https://flic.kr/p/K977Mi) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Next up, 5X5 drill at 5 yards, edge timer set for 5 seconds (yes, slower than I had been doing, but thought I would back it off a bit since I hadn't shot in a while).  Shooting at slower pace made it pretty easy, only missed 3 out of 30 shots (would normally only only be 25 rounds, but I added in one extra 5-round string just for kicks).

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Move on to a Mozambique drill at 7 yards, edge timer set for 3 seconds.  Put 6/8 in the 9 or 10 ring, and 4/6 in the head.  Not too bad.
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Finished off the 9mm with 10 rounds on a bullseye at 25 yards.  Results were not good - only one in the black, 7/10 on the paper, missed the target completely with three rounds:

(https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8689/28210963772_50b0890254_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JYUyF7)07132016_Bullseye_9mm (https://flic.kr/p/JYUyF7) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Switched over to the Kadet and some .22.  Tried out some Federal Auto Match and it ran pretty well.  Most of the .22 shooting was done in DA mode and had no light strikes with either the Federal or the CCI minimags.  Had a few light strikes in SA mode, but only 2-3.  Started off with another Dot Torture at 3 yards, either got a 47/50 or 48/50, depending upon how you count the shot that just grazed the outer circle on #6:

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8816/27699213423_9f6be3017e_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JcFH8e)07132016_Dot_22 (https://flic.kr/p/JcFH8e) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Next up, the Press Out drill at 5 yards, did not do as well on this one as I did last time out:
(https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8651/27699213323_5858d2f4e0_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JcFH6v)07132016_Pressout_22 (https://flic.kr/p/JcFH6v) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Finished off with a walk-back drill, on 4X6 cards.  Five rounds each at 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 15, 20 and 25 yards, shot medium pace (about one shot/second, a bit faster on the targets <10 yards).  Results as follows:

3 yards - 5/5, 1.5 inch group
5 yards - 5/5, 1 inch group
7 yards - 5/5, 1 inch group, with one flyer at 2 inches
10 yards - 4/5, 2 inch group
12 yards - 4/5, 1.5 inch group
15 yards - 4/5, 3 inch group
20 yards - 2/5, about 3.5 inches apart
25 yards - 1/5

Over all, pretty good for me after not shooting for 2 weeks, and only twice in the last month.  Need to work on long distance shooting, so will continue to throw in a bullseye at 25 yards and keep the walk-back drill.


Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on July 17, 2016, 04:44:09 PM
Dry-Fire Training, July 17

- 40 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- 10 minutes of working on draw, with laser cartridge and Sharp Spotter software; 6 yards, from concealment at 3:30, target was 2X2 sticky note; could hit consistently around 2.5 seconds, best time with a "hit" was 2.12 seconds, several other "hits" in <2.2 seconds; getting better

- 20 single-hand only

- 20 weak-hand only
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on July 21, 2016, 09:02:04 PM
Live-Fire Training, Elite Shooting Sports, July 20

A bit shorter session tonight.  Got to the range late, then had a 5-minute cease-fire because one of the other shooters got a nasty slide-bite that opened up his hand, causing him to bleed all over the floor and had to wait for the staff to clean it up.  I also caused a delay for myself, because during the last dot torture station when shooting .22, I fumbled an empty magazine onto the floor just in front of the shooting line. D'oh!  Could have easily reached it, but didn't want the RSO to flip out, so had to flag her over and let her grab it for me.  Embarrassing!

Anyway, enough with the drama, and on to the actual shooting.  As per usual, started with 9 mm, Dot Torture at 3 yards.  Either 42/50 or 44/50, depending upon whether you score the shots just outside the circle, but with grease ring making contact.  Started off really well, all of my one-handed shots on #5 were in the exact same hole, but then lost my focus on #8 and 9:

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Moved on to 5X5 drill at 5 yards, 4 second facing time for each 5-shot string, from low-ready.  Used 124 gr rounds for the first time, instead of 115 gr rounds, and I could actually feel a slight difference in recoil -- less snap, more push.

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Finished up 9mm work with 25 yard bullseye, untimed, 10 shots.  Much better results than last time out -- put 3/10 in the black, 7/10 inside the circle (plus one more just outside the 5 ring).  Not up to Joe L's standards, for sure, but pretty good for me.

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Switched over to the Kadet Kit for some .22 fun.  Started with Dot Torture at 3 yards.  Did really well - 49/50 - except for that whole dropping-an-empty-mag-over-firing-line incident:

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Finished up with walk-back drill, 5 shots each at 5, 7, 10, 12, 15, 20, and 25 yards.  Results as follows:

5 yards -5/5
7 yards - 4/5 (plus just nicked the top edge with one more, so could count it as 5/5)
10 yards - 5/5
12 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 4/5
20 yards - 3/5
25 yards - 4/5

So, overall, big improvement over the longer-range shooting than last time out.  I'm shooting the .22 much more accurately than 9mm, which tells me I am either anticipating recoil or flinching with the 9mm.  Food for thought, and something to work on next time out.



Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on July 26, 2016, 11:23:23 AM
Dry-Fire Training, July 22

- 40 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- 20 minutes of working on draw, with laser cartridge and Sharp Spotter software; 6 yards, from concealment at 3:30, target was 2X2 sticky note; could hit consistently around 2.5 seconds, best time with a "hit" was 2.01 seconds, several other "hits" in 2.1 - 2.2 seconds; getting better, but not very consistent

- 5 minutes working on draw and fire, then transition and fire to another target, PAR time 3 seconds; made this pretty consistently

- 20 single-hand only

- 20 weak-hand only
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on August 02, 2016, 09:37:41 PM
Live Fire Training, July 28, Elite Shooting Sports.

No drama tonight, after an exciting/embarrassing trip last week!  Actually, I got a good laugh, as the guy next to me dropped one of his magazines off the bench and over the firing line tonight.  He seemed like he knew which end of the gun went "bang" and was a pretty good shooter, so I was very heartened to see that I am not the only person who is capable of fumbling a magazine onto the floor.

I broke my fiber-optic front sight earlier this week doing draws in dry-fire practice, so I was interested to see how I would do shooting with an open hole where my red fiber optic dot had been ...

Started out with usual 9 mm dot torture at 3 yards.  Took a little step back tonight, 41/50.  Missed some "lay-ups" shooting SA at stations #4 and #7, along with a couple of flyers on strong-hand only (#5) that almost missed the paper:

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Moved on to 5X5 drill at 5 yards, 4 second facing time.  Got 22/25 on-target:

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Next up, Mozambique drill at 7 yards, 4 second facing time.  Ran this 5 times, 15 shots total.  Results were mixed.  6/10 on my 3X5 target sticky note on the body, but at least the other 4 body shots were still inside the 8 ring and would have been combat-effective hits.   Did not do very well with follow-up head shots.  I missed the 2X2 head sticky with every shot, although I did at least get 2/5 in the head zone, just missing the target sticky.  All of the head shots were high, with 2 missing the target over the head -- tells me I was going too fast and not getting a good sight picture.

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Finished with ten shots at bullseye target at 25 yards.  Not good at all, only got 2/10 in the black, and 4/10 on the paper.
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Switched over to the Kadet Kit and some .22 fun, starting with another dot torture at 3 yards.  Got 45/50, with two of the misses coming on station #6, which should be easy money.  Just shows how much you have to really focus on every shot during this drill, there are no "gimme" putts!

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Next, a Press-Six drill at 5 yards. Did quite well, I think.  Only 1 "flyer", most of the misses were still pretty close to the target, and a lot of good groups.

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Finished with walk-back drill, shooting at 4X6 index cards results as follows:

5 yards - 5/5
7 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
12 yards - 4/5
15 yards - 3/5
20 yards - 3/5
25 yards - 1/5

Overall, pretty good session, even with my busted-up front sight on the 9 mm slide.  Added a green replacement fiber optic rod subsequent to this trip, and curious to see how it works -- I think the green will show up better in the dim light at the indoor range.

Think I was flinching a bit while shooting 9 mm, but did OK, even so -- mostly affected my long-range shooting at 25 yards.  Still have to work on getting a good strong grip consistently.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: SlvrDragon50 on August 03, 2016, 02:13:48 PM
I just started Dot Torture drill myself.

Do you think training with the Kadet kit is helping you with the 9mm? I'm thinknig about getting one just because ammo is so much cheaper.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on August 04, 2016, 10:33:06 AM
I just started Dot Torture drill myself.

Do you think training with the Kadet kit is helping you with the 9mm? I'm thinknig about getting one just because ammo is so much cheaper.

Yes, Kadet kit has definitely helped with one-handed shooting, and initial DA shot in 9 mm.  The DA trigger pull is the same, whether you're shooting 9 mm or .22.  Dot torture and the Press-Out drills are very useful for these purposes.  Not as useful for training speed on follow-up shots, obviously, as there is next to no recoil with the .22. 

As you can see from my log, my typical live-fire training session is 100-150 9mm rounds, and 100-150 .22 rounds, so about 350 rounds in total.  My 9mm ammo (Blazer Brass) costs me $.22/round and .22 ammo is ~$.10 round.  Based on those figures, I estimate the Kadet Kit saves me $12-18 every trip to the range, so up to $72/month.  My kadet kit has paid for itself several times over since I bought several years ago.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on August 04, 2016, 09:09:55 PM
Dry-Fire Training, August 4

- 40 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- 20 minutes of working on draw, with laser cartridge and Sharp Spotter software; 6 yards, from concealment at 3:30, target was 2X2 sticky note; started off very slow, 2.8 - 3.0 seconds, after working for a few minutes I got it down to 2.4 seconds; then when I stopped aiming, and just went for point shooting, I was getting hits/near-misses consistently around 2.2 seconds, best time with a "hit" was 1.97 seconds, with a couple of others in 2.0X range.

- 20 single-hand only

- 20 weak-hand only
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on August 07, 2016, 08:25:55 PM
Dry-Fire Training, August 7

- 40 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- 15 minutes of working on draw, with laser cartridge and Sharp Spotter software; 6 yards, from concealment at 3:30, target was 2X2 sticky note; continued my experiment from last time, of point-shooting vs. aiming, and times continued to improve -- I was getting hits/near-misses consistently around 1.9X seconds, best time with a "hit" was 1.87 seconds, with a "near-miss" at 1.80

- 20 single-hand only

- 20 weak-hand only

- 5 minutes working on draw, fire one, reload, fire one ... hit 5.4 seconds pretty consistently; not sure where that fits on the scale between novice and pistolero, but at least it's a baseline to start working from
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on August 08, 2016, 09:16:35 PM
Dry-Fire Training, August 8

- 40 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- 15 minutes of working on draw, with laser cartridge and Sharp Spotter software; 6 yards, from concealment at 3:30, target was 2X2 sticky note; times were consistent with yesterday's practice -- hits/near-misses consistently around 1.9X seconds, with a handful in the 1.8X range

- 20 single-hand only

- 20 weak-hand only

- 5 minutes working on draw, fire one, reload, fire one ... times were all over the place, worst times were 5.8 - 6.0 seconds, most between 5.0 and 5.5 seconds, a handful under 5.0 seconds (4.79 was best)
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: SlvrDragon50 on August 09, 2016, 01:07:26 AM
Do you find that your laser trainer fits snug in the chamber? Trying to compare Laserlyte vs Surestrike and all of them.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on August 13, 2016, 10:39:43 AM
Baldrage--the 25 yard bullseye AFTER some fast paced drills is tough for anyone. 

Here is the sequence I follow.  Start with the 22 at slow fire pace at 25 or 50 yards, thinking about vision, trigger prep, grip.  Then the faster drills after that.  Then I move to the centerfire gun and again start out at the longer distance with no time constraint.  Then go to the increasing speed drills. 

For me, this is more mental preparation than anything else.  Going from a speed drill back to slow fire takes a change in mindset that I can only execute after a very good day at the shorter distances.  If I'm a little frustrated from the short drills, I don't even go back and shoot long and slow again because I can't settle down and execute the long shots perfectly. 

Joe 

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on August 14, 2016, 05:00:00 PM
Do you find that your laser trainer fits snug in the chamber? Trying to compare Laserlyte vs Surestrike and all of them.

I just got the generic 9 mm laser cartridge from impulse USA.  Two-thirds the cost of the Laserlyte.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R66IPTY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I wouldn't say it fits "snug", but I have never used a Laserlyte or Surestrike, so I can't speak to how it compares.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on August 14, 2016, 05:03:19 PM
Baldrage--the 25 yard bullseye AFTER some fast paced drills is tough for anyone. 

Here is the sequence I follow.  Start with the 22 at slow fire pace at 25 or 50 yards, thinking about vision, trigger prep, grip.  Then the faster drills after that.  Then I move to the centerfire gun and again start out at the longer distance with no time constraint.  Then go to the increasing speed drills. 

For me, this is more mental preparation than anything else.  Going from a speed drill back to slow fire takes a change in mindset that I can only execute after a very good day at the shorter distances.  If I'm a little frustrated from the short drills, I don't even go back and shoot long and slow again because I can't settle down and execute the long shots perfectly. 

Joe

Yep, that's good advice.  I could certainly try starting with the longer-range drills and work back to shorter distances. 

However, for me, starting with .22 than switching to 9mm causes me to flinch quite noticeably.  Something about going from the little "pop" of the .22 to the "bang" of the 9mm, makes the 9mm seem like "BANG!!!" 
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on August 14, 2016, 05:11:32 PM
Met one of the goals I set for myself when I first started this log a few months ago, by competing in my first "match" today:  shooting bowling pins at Fairfax Rod & Gun Club.

Course of fire was six bowling pins at 7 yards, 10 rounds max, timed, a miss is a three-second penalty.  After that, six bowling pin-shaped steel targets at 15 yards, 10 shots max, miss is a three second penalty.

I shot the course three times.  This was the first time I had ever shot at anything other then paper, and first time I had shot at this range, so first run, I was little nervous, and it showed -- knocked down 4 or 5 out of 6 bowling pins, and I think I missed all of the steel targets at 15 yards.  Second run, a little better, 5/6 pins, and one or two steel targets, but I realized I was "peeking" at the targets rather than staying focused on front sight and follow-through.  Third run, I stayed focused on the sights and follow-through, and results were fantastic -- 6/6 on the pins, using only 7 out of my allotted 10 rounds, and 6/6 on the steel, using only 8 or 9 rounds.  Got a polite round of applause from the other shooters!  Didn't think to jot down the time, but it should be posted in a week or so.

Lots of fun, and this is a monthly match, so I will definitely be back!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on August 16, 2016, 09:25:29 PM
Live Fire Training, 8/15, Elite Shooting Sports

Monday night is apparently the night to go shooting, since I practically had the range to myself.  Only 3 other shooters on the 25-yard range when I arrived, and all three left within 20 minutes of my arrival.

I took Joe L's advice and started off with long-range accuracy, rather than rapid fire.  First up, walk-back drill:

5 yards - 5/5
7 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 2/5 (what!)
20 yards - 3/5 (that's better!)
25 yards - 0/5  >:(

Followed up with Dot Torture at 3 yards, all "draw" stations shot DA from low-ready.  40/50, misses were a result of either "peeking" at the target instead of focusing on front sight/follow through, or flinching.  Maybe it's because the targets are bright orange and very visible, because I am repeating like a mantra "don't peek at the target" over and over to myself -- yet, I still do.  Seems like I drop at least one shot at station #1 every time out!  Weak hand was not very good this week.

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Finished w/15 rounds of 5x5 drill, from low ready, 5 yards.  Did OK, 13/15 on the targets, one of the misses was a flyer that was almost off the paper:

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Switched over .22 and another Dot Torture at 3 yards.  Results were outstanding -- 47/50 or 48/50, depending on whether you count the miss on target #8 that is just kind of touching the target:

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Next, worked on that DA first shot from low ready with Press Out drill at 5 yards.  Shot pretty well, 45/60, with a lot of the misses coming on the 2-shot and 3-shot stations at #3 and #6, when I was actually pulling the trigger 3 or 4 times due to light strikes on the SA shots.  Not sure what was going on at station #1, which should be pretty easy, since it is a single, untimed shot, but I guess that is consistent with my habit of dropping a shot at target #1 on Dot Torture.

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Finished with Around the Clock drill, 9 circuits (45 rounds total), 7 yards, 7 second par time, 1 shot at each of the 5 targets.  Hadn't shot this one in a while, was pulling a lot of shots a bit high:

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Take-aways and things to work on:

1) Stop peeking!  Bowling pin match results showed how well I can shoot when just focus solely on the front sight and follow through.

2) Need more work at long range (20 - 25 yards)

3) I need to re-work my grip again, because I had numerous occasions where the slide did not lock back on empty magazine.  I think with big hands in "thumbs forward" grip, I am unconsciously hitting the slide release lever with my right thumb.  Did not have this problem shooting weak-hand only.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on August 19, 2016, 01:14:08 PM
Dry-Fire Training, August 18

- 40 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- 10 minutes of working on draw, with laser cartridge and Sharp Spotter software; 6 yards, from concealment at 3:30, target was 2X2 sticky note; times were a little slower,  consistently in the 2.2 - 2.4 second range, with a handful in the 1.9 - 2.1 range.  Had on a loose t-shirt under my the button-down shirt I use for a practice concealment garment, which fouled my draw on numerous occasions as the two shirts clung together.

- 20 single-hand only

- 20 weak-hand only

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on August 21, 2016, 03:04:09 PM
Results from the bowling pin match I shot last week were finally posted -- I finished 4th of 12 shooters in the centerfire category (they take the single best score of all of your runs).  Not bad at all for my first time out.  Read up a bit on pin matches on the 'net this morning, and apparently 9mm is considered underpowered and a handicap when it comes to shooting pins -- .45 is considered the standard.  So, either I really had beginner's luck, or all of the dry-fire and range-time has been paying off.  Times as follows:

1st - 19.41 sec
2nd - 20.77 sec
3rd - 20.85 sec
4th - 22.78 sec (<----- my score)
5th - 26.54
....
12th - 57.46
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on August 30, 2016, 09:35:27 PM
8/29/2016 - Elite Shooting Sports

Had family in town last week, so no dry-firing, and no live-fire for last two weeks.  Took a while to knock the rust off.

First up, walk-back drill at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 yards, 5 shots each at a 4x6 index card:

5 - 5/5
10 - 5/5
15 - 1/5 (WTF?!?)
20 - 1/5
25 - 1/5

Rust showed -- I was definitely peeking at the 15 yard target, rather than focusing on front sight and follow-through.

Next up, dot torture at 3 yards.  45/50, not bad, considering I hadn't shoot in two weeks.  One of the misses was just off the target on station #5 (strong hand only).  Jerked the trigger and pulled the shot, knew it was a bad miss as soon as it happened.

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Next up, 5X5 drill, from low ready, first shot in DA.  22/25, all of my misses were high.

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Moved on to Mozambique drill at 7 yards, from low ready, first shot in DA, 4 second facing time.  I shot 8 times, with 2Xbody, and 1Xhead, so 24 rounds total.  Hit on half of the head shots (all misses were high), and 11/16 body shoots.  Average results at best.

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Next, switched to Kadet Kit and .22, starting with another Dot Torture.  Results were very good, either 47/50 or 48/50, depending upon how you count the near-miss on station #7 that is just touching the border.  Two of the three misses came on station #7 (weak hand only), indicating I kept my focus throughout this drill and only dropped one "lay up" on station #3.

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Moved to Around the Clock drill next, 7 yards, from low ready, first shot DA, 7 second facing time.  Decent grouping, but shots were consistently high,  tells me I was peeking at target and not keeping focus on front sight and follow through.

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Finished with another walk-back drill at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 yards to try and redeem my earlier effort.  Results were much better:

5 - 5/5
10 - 5/5
15 - 5/5
20 - 4/5
25 - 2/5

Only take-away from tonight is that I need to break my bad habit of peeking at the target.  Maybe I need to start chanting "FRONT SIGHT AND FOLLOW THROUGH" 100 times before picking up my pistol!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on September 01, 2016, 08:48:55 AM
Dry-Fire Training, 8/31

- 40 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- 15 minutes of working on draw, with laser cartridge and Sharp Spotter software; 6 yards, from concealment at 3:30, target was 2X2 sticky note.  A bit rusty after no dry-fire for the last two weeks.  Times consistently in the 2.2 - 2.4 second range, with a handful in the 1.9 - 2.1 range. 

- 20 single-hand only

- 20 weak-hand only

- 10 minutes working on draw and shoot 1, reload, and shoot 1.  Aiming for 5.5 second PAR; fastest time was 4.9, I had a couple of fumbles on reload that put me over 6.0 seconds.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on September 12, 2016, 09:19:16 AM
First IDPA match, 9/10/16

After a couple of months of dry-fire practice 2-3 times/week, and weekly live-fire practice at an indoor range, focusing on dot-torture drills, timed mozambique drills, timed around-the-clock drills, timed 5X5 drills and 4x6 walk-back drills, I finally shot my first IPDA match this weekend and had a great time! 

Everyone was super friendly, from the match director who called me prior to the match to welcome me aboard and tell me what to expect and, to my fellow squad-mates, to the ROs, who ran a safe, efficient, safe day of shooting in 95 degree heat.

I shot my 9mm CZ SP-01 Shadow Custom using Blazer Brass 124 gr RN (looking around the net, I could not find a definitive answer on whether this was ?legal? for IDPA, and if so, what division, so I signed up for SSP; in any event, no one at the match seemed to care, but I did get several ?nice gun? comments and talked to a couple of other CZ owners).  We had six courses of fire over three different stages, set up at three different ranges.  Since it was so hot, the Match Director made the call for everyone to ditch their cover garment if they so desired, and almost everyone did. 

I was nervous for the first COF, and focused on the target rather than my sights and follow-through, resulting in a bad score for that run, about 10 seconds behind the MM- and SS-class shooters.  Once I got through the initial jitters, I settled down and held my own for the rest of the match.  I shot zero down on several COFs, and ended up finishing 5 out of 15 in SSP, and 16/47 across all divisions.  This match was designed as a BUG/CCP match, so everything was pretty close range, and those of us shooting full-sized service pistols certainly had a distinct advantage vs the folks using their tiny back-up guns.  Still, it was still a nice confidence booster for my first time out, and other than my first COF, I felt that I shot to the level of my ability. 

The icing on the cake was that when I asked what the etiquette was with regard to collecting spent brass, no one else on my squad was interested and I was told ?take all you want,? so I ended up bringing home about 1500 pieces of brass (I am a budding re-loader).  A couple of the club members also grilled up burgers and sausages for the competitors, and since my squad was the last to eat, I was told to take home leftovers, so I not only came home with a pound of brass, but also lunch for the next day!

Take-aways for training: 

- all of my dry-fire practice on draws and reloads paid off, especially reloads, as every stage required at least one reload, and I saw a lot of competitors fumble around wasting valuable time with very slow reloads.  I was not blazing fast on my reloads, but I was smooth and at least adequate.  I had been putting more emphasis on my draw in dry-fire training, but I will switch the priority and start working reloads more (especially reloads with retention), as there is more room for me to make gains there rather than trying to shave another few tenths of a second off of my draw.

- need to add shooting while moving laterally to my dry-fire routine.  I had done some dry fire practice on shooting while advancing on the target, but nothing laterally.

- need to add shooting around a barricade to my dry-fire routine.  I did fine shooting around barricades at the match, but I did get the ?COVER!? reminder from the RO at just about every one. It would be nice to train myself to square up to the barricade and keep my feet planted there, so I am not getting ?COVER!? constantly yelled in my ear at future matches.

- I have done plenty of dry- and live-fire practice on my one-handed shooting, both SHO and WHO, but have heretofore practiced only on accuracy, not speed.  I should start adding some drills where I add a time element to my one-handed shooting.

- as usual for me, the single biggest factor is just to stop peeking at the targets, and focus ruthlessly on sights and follow through. Once I did that, my accuracy was very good, and the only difference between the best shooters and myself was trigger speed.

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: SlvrDragon50 on September 12, 2016, 10:46:00 AM
Congrats! Sounds like it was a lot of fun!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on September 14, 2016, 08:13:51 PM
Baldrage--excellent report and analysis of your first match.  I think you have nailed everything you need to work on.  Nice to hear that it was a well run match and that everyone was helpful.  That's the way clubs and matches grow--they treat the new shooters right. 

Keep it up!

Joe
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: 1SOW on September 14, 2016, 09:23:32 PM
Baldrage,  congratulations on your performance for a first time out.

As JoeL said, it does sound like you saw the primary areas where you can gain the most by focusing your practice.  Smooth movement and target transitions  is where most lose time.
You also need to try out a USPSA match.
It's like CZs.  You can't have just one. :) 
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on September 15, 2016, 11:03:37 AM
You also need to try out a USPSA match.
It's like CZs.  You can't have just one. :)

Ha! Would love to, and one of the other IDPA shooters I was talking with made the same comment.  Only problem is time -- between job, kids, dry-fire and live-fire practice, getting ready to start re-loading, and the occasional skeet outing, one IDPA match a month is about all I can handle for now! 

I'll definitely get around to trying USPSA at some point, but I'll pencil that in as a stretch goal for next year. :D
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on September 17, 2016, 06:32:40 AM
Dry-Fire Training, Sept 16

- 40 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- 10 reps - grip hard and hold for 10 seconds (working on grip strength and ingraining muscle memory)

- 5 minutes of working on draw, with laser cartridge and Sharp Spotter software; 6 yards, from concealment at 3:30, target was 2X2 sticky note; times were a little slower,  consistently in the 2.4 - 2.8 second range.  I think either the sharp spotter software or my laptop had something going on in the background (bleep you MS auto-updates!), and was causing a delay in the camera's shot detection, as several times I would shoot, then hear the "ding" of a detected shot about half a second later.

- 20 single-hand only

- 20 weak-hand only

- 10 minutes shoot one, reload, and shoot one, target was 2X2 sticky notes at 6 yards.  PAR time was set at 6.5 seconds, and I was consistently down in the 5.8X range, with best time of 5.4X.  Also did some reloads with retention, putting the "spent" magazine into a front pocket.  Did a couple of minutes combining this with forward, backward, and lateral movement (shoot 1, reload, shoot 1, move while shooting).

- 5 minutes shooting around "barricades" -- standing behind a doorway, and kneeling behind the kids' art easel.

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on September 19, 2016, 08:18:23 AM
Results from last week's bowling pin match. 

The match runs as follows:  10 shots at six bowling pins on a table at 10 yards. Reload, and 10 shots at six steel bowling pin plates at 15 yards.  Score is based on combined time for 10 and 15 yards, with 3 second penalty for each bowling pin left standing or on the table, and for each steel bowling pin plate left standing. 

I had three poor runs -- you guessed it, peeking at targets and not following through on the sights -- then pulled it together for my fourth and final run and cleaned the pins/steel.

Scores below are each participants' best time:
1st place - 15.17
2nd place - 17.43
3rd place - 20.96
4th place - 21.35 (<------------------ My score)
5th place - 21.41
6th place - 21.81

I finished 4th out 19 shooters.  The top two guys were very impressive shooters, then there was a logjam of about a half-dozen guys in the 20.XX - 22.XX range.  This was my second bowling pin match, my best score today was about 1.5 seconds faster than my last time out.  If I could shave another second off, I'd be challenging for third place, but there are enough really good shooters at this club that 1st or 2nd is pretty far beyond my abilities right now (can't realistically see myself cutting five or six seconds off my time).  Some goals for my next time out:

- Be more consistent.  Clean the pins/steel on multiple runs, not just one run out of four.

- Get a bit faster. 20 seconds seems like a realistic goal.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on September 21, 2016, 08:00:32 AM
Dry-Fire Training, Sept 20

- 40 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- 10 reps - grip hard and hold for 10 seconds (working on grip strength and ingraining muscle memory)

- 5 minutes of working on draw, with laser cartridge and Sharp Spotter software; 6 yards, from concealment at 3:30, target was 2X2 sticky note; times were better today,  consistently in the <2.5 range, with best time of 1.92.  Maybe the sharp spotter software was just working better today.

- 20 single-hand only

- 20 weak-hand only

- 10 minutes shoot one, reload, and shoot one, target was 2X2 sticky notes at 6 yards.  worked both slide lock reload (~5.5 sec range) and reload with retention (6 - 6.5 secs). 

- 5 minutes shooting around "barricades" -- standing behind a doorway, and kneeling behind the kids' art easel.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on September 22, 2016, 07:09:01 PM
Live Fire Training, Sept 21

Started off w/usual Dot Torture at 3 yards.  Really tried hard to focus on front sight and follow through.  Did very well, except for my one-handed shooting, which took a huge step backwards.  Overall, 45/50, with all 5 misses coming on one-handed shooting.

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Next, moved to some walk-back shooting at 4X6 index cards, at 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 yards, five shots each.  Results as follows:

5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 2/5
20 yards - 1/5
25 yards - 1/5

Finished up 9 mm work with multiple timed Mozambique drills, 7 yards, 5 second facing time.  11/12 shots either in the 8 ring or on the head.

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Switched to Kadet Kit and some .22 work, starting with another Dot Torture at 3 yards.  Did a little better on single-handed shooting, but a little worse over all, 41/50.

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Next moved to around-the-clock drill at 7 yards, 6 second facing time.  Did very well, except for first target on upper left shot from low ready, where I dropped a lot of shots low:

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Finished up with another walk-back drill, results as follows:

5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 5/5
20 yards - 3/5
25 yards - 2/5

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on September 25, 2016, 09:33:20 PM
Dry-Fire Training, Sept 25

- 40 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- 10 reps - grip hard and hold for 10 seconds (working on grip strength and ingraining muscle memory)

- 5 minutes of working on draw, with laser cartridge and Sharp Spotter software; 6 yards, from concealment at 3:30, target was 2X2 sticky note; times were better today,  consistently in the <2.5 range, with best time of 1.45. 

- 20 strong-hand only, one shot

- 20 strong-hand only, two shots at two different targets

- 20 weak-hand only, shot

- 20 weak-hand only, two shots at two different targets

- 10 minutes shoot one, reload, and shoot one, target was 2X2 sticky notes at 6 yards.  worked both slide lock reload (<5.0 sec range) and reload with retention (~5.5 secs).

- 5 minutes shooting while moving -- laterally, toward, and backing away from targets
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on September 29, 2016, 09:21:23 PM
Dry-Fire Training, Sept 30

- 40 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- 10 reps - grip hard and hold for 10 seconds (working on grip strength and ingraining muscle memory)

- 5 minutes of working on draw, with laser cartridge and Sharp Spotter software; 6 yards, from concealment at 3:30, target was 2X2 sticky note; .

- 40 strong-hand only, two shots at two different targets

- 40 weak-hand only, two shots at two different targets

- 10 minutes shoot one, reload, and shoot one, target was 2X2 sticky notes at 6 yards.  worked both slide lock reload (<5.0 sec range) and reload with retention (~5.5 secs).

- 2 minutes shooting from behind doorway, standing and on one knee
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on October 04, 2016, 08:10:11 PM
Dry-Fire Training, Oct 40

- 40 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- `0 minutes of working on draw, with laser cartridge and Sharp Spotter software; 6 yards, from concealment at 3:30, target was 2X2 sticky note; fastest time was 1.46 seconds, most were in 2.2 - 2.4 second range.

- 40 strong-hand only, two shots at two different targets

- 40 weak-hand only, two shots at two different targets

- 10 minutes shoot one, reload, and shoot one, from concealment, target was 2X2 sticky notes at 6 yards.  worked both slide lock reload (<5.0 sec range) and reload with retention (~6.0 secs).

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on October 05, 2016, 07:16:26 AM
Dry fire more often!  Two days max between sessions, just pick up the gun and feel the trigger pull a few times if you don't have time for a full drill session. 

Joe
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on October 05, 2016, 08:28:19 AM
Dry fire more often!  Two days max between sessions, just pick up the gun and feel the trigger pull a few times if you don't have time for a full drill session. 

Joe

Oh yeah, I do a few grips/trigger pulls every time I handle my pistol (for cleaning, pulling the barrel for "plunk" tests while reloading).  Not on a daily basis, since I don't carry, but a couple of additional times per week.  However, I don't record that here, since I don't that consider this "training" any more than I consider climbing a few flights of stairs as "exercise." 

My goal is two dedicated dry-fire training sessions and one live-fire training session each week -- I record them here as a way of trying to keep myself accountable.  I've been falling way off in live-fire training recently as we have been short-handed at work and I am not getting home until 7:30 or 8:00 PM every night, so no time to make it to the range before it closes.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on October 05, 2016, 10:42:40 AM
Good explanation.  I was hoping that was the case, as far as reporting goes.  Keep it up.  Good plan.
Joe
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on October 07, 2016, 09:34:00 PM
Dry-Fire Training, Oct 7

- 40 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- 10 reps - grip hard and hold for 10 seconds, with smooth trigger pull and good sight picture at the end of 10 seconds

- 5 minutes of working on draw, with laser cartridge and Sharp Spotter software; 6 yards, from concealment at 3:30, target was 2X2 sticky note; was in a groove tonight, consistently getting under 2.0 seconds, fastest was 1.80.

- 40 strong-hand only, two shots at two different targets

- 40 weak-hand only, two shots at two different targets

- 10 minutes shoot one, reload, and shoot one, target was 2X2 sticky notes at 6 yards.  worked both slide lock reload (4.5 - 5.0 sec range) and reload with retention (~6.0 seconds secs).

- 2 minutes shooting from behind doorway, standing and on one knee

- 2 minutes shooting toward, away, and laterally from target

Second IDPA match tomorrow (assuming it's not rained out) -- haven't had much live fire practice since last month's match, so we'll see how I do!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on October 08, 2016, 07:56:50 AM
Good luck in the match!!  Don't worry about lack of live fire practice.  Your dry fire will carry you through.  No problem.

Joe
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on October 09, 2016, 07:54:16 AM
Thanks, Joe!  Unfortunately, I did not do so well at the IDPA match yesterday, due to a combination of the elements, and my constant shooting nemesis -- NOT FOCUSING ON THE FREAKING FRONT SIGHT AND FOLLOW-THROUGH!!!  So frustrating to know what I have to do to shoot well (front sight and follow-through), to practice doing those things, and then as soon as the buzzer goes off at a match, all that practice and technique goes out the window and I'm just pointing the pistol at the targets and pulling the trigger spasmodically.  Grrr!    >:(    Still had a great time, though, and already looking forward to the next match.

Anyway, I took some pics, and here are some corresponding thoughts/observations.  We had a three courses of fire set up on three different ranges, here is the first:

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8557/30201193455_a58e5f9049_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/N1M1BZ)IMG_20161008_091015 (https://flic.kr/p/N1M1BZ) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

This stage had the shooter starting off just to the left of the picture, with both hands on a no-shoot target.  At the buzzer, shooter had to push the no-shoot out of the way ("get down! bad guys are attacking!"), then advance while shooting on the three targets to the left, get behind cover, and engage the other five targets.  This was trickier than it seems, as all three targets on the left were at different heights, and with the the plastic rain covers on, it was very difficult to see where the primary target areas were.  Two of the targets on the far right had hard cover and the third was behind a no-shoot, so basically head shots required on all three of those targets.  Because I did not take my time, I missed several of the head-shots on those targets, resulting in a -5 penalty and I think two Failure to Neutralize Targets (-10 each, I could see the bullet holes in the rain cover just over the heads of the targets).  Scores have not been posted yet, but I know my score was very poor on this stage.

Stage #2 involved some shooting at long (~20-25 yards), medium, and short range: 

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Shooter started off behind a wall just off to the right of this picture, about 5 yards further back then the blue barrels.  From cover, had to engage two targets on the far right, which were both turned sideways (again, very hard to judge where the target zone was with the rain cover over the targets).  Then, run to the blue barrels, and engage three more targets, one of which was behind a no-shoot and required a head-shot.  Then run to the green wall, and engage the three targets on the left at about 5 yards.  I did a little better on this stage, had several -1s, but at least no FNTs.  I thought I had planned out a good shooting strategy and when to reload, but I lost count while shooting, ending up one round short, and had to re-load a second time to get off the last shot on the last target.

Last stage was a little more elaborate:

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Shooter started off in the "alley" in the middle of the photo, with one hand on your "partner" (green duffel bag filled with weights laying on the ground by the white barrel in the center of the photo).  On the buzzer, shooter had to pull "partner" backwards to safety, setting off a swinger right over the white barrel in the middle of the alley.  Then, shooter retreated and engaged targets on left side and right side of the alley.  On the left side, there were three targets, one of which was almost completely covered by a no-shoot, requiring a difficult head shot.  On the right side, there two targets at about 5 yards, and a metal target at 7 yards that triggered another swinger that was covered by a no-shoot, requiring very careful timing.  I did well on the first swinger, missed both head-shots on one of the targets on the left (FTN, -10), had a -1 on one of the easy targets to the right, and down zero on the final swinger that was covered by a no-shoot.  This was a difficult, but very fun stage!

Here is a close-up of two of the targets on the right, took this to illustrate how difficult it was to see the target zones, even on fairly easy targets at close range:

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Can't complain too much, since the rain covers stayed on for the whole match and it was therefore a level playing field for everyone, but it added to my frustration on a day when I did not shoot well overall.

A couple of other notes/observations: 
- Staff running the match was super-friendly, as were all the other shooters.  There were several folks shooting their first IDPA match and everyone went out of their way to welcome them and be helpful.  One of the new shooters was a lady who obviously was new to shooting, and the SO and RO went out of their way to make sure she was comfortable, talking and walking her through every stage. 
- The staff had set up canopies at each of the ranges so the shooters did not have to stand in the rain the entire match -- a little thing, but much appreciated!
- I brought home a gallon zip-lock bag filled with brass - say 500 rounds or so - nice bonus that definitely helped take the sting out of not shooting well.
- The hosting club provided $5 gift certificates for their pro shop (which is very well-stocked) for all the match shooters.  I was planning on picking up some more primers while I was there anyway, so another nice bonus.
- The club provided lunch after the match as well.  So for my $20 entry free, I not only got to shoot three very fun stages, but got a free lunch, $5 off some primers, and about $50 worth of brass.  Very nice way to spend a rainy saturday morning!

Training/practice take-aways:
- 1) SLOW DOWN! It sounds dumb since this was only my second match, but in retrospect, I think I was unconsciously a little over-confident, since I did fairly well on my first match.  I was trying to race through each stage to better my score, rather then focusing on shooting accurately, and it showed.  As I read somewhere, "you can't shoot fast enough to overcome missing the target," and that was certainly true today, when there were a lot of head-shots required that really needed that extra half-second to get a good sight picture and follow-through. 
- 2) As always, I need to focus ruthlessly on the front sight and follow-through, and not peek at the bleeped targets!  So easy to say, so hard to do (at least for me).  I think I will ditch my laser cartridge for my next few dry-fire practices and see if that helps reduce my tendency to peek at the target.
- 3) Dry-fire practice on draws and reloads definitely paid off.  I did not have to consciously think about either during the match, and all went very smoothly.
- 4) I need to work on head shots.  I have noticed during my live-fire training that I tend to miss high when transitioning to head shots on mozambique/failure drills, and that tendency carried through to today's match.  This is mostly due to not taking the extra half-second to get a good sight picture, but I think also partially due to my sights, which are set up for six o'clock sight picture, rather than combat sight picture.  My natural tendency is to put the fiber-optic front sight right on the target, rather then right below it.  I am going to think about getting the sights re-done for a combat sight picture.

UPDATE: Scores have been posted, and I finished 14 out 23 in SSP, and 23 out of 41 shooters overall.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on October 15, 2016, 01:39:13 PM
Live Fire Practice - Oct 14, 2016


Training goal for tonight was to consistently and ruthlessly focus on front sight and not peek at the target.

Started off with walk-back drill on 4X6 index card at 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 yards, results as follows:
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 5/5
20 yards - 3/5
25 yards - 1/5

Followed up with usual Dot Torture at 3 yards:

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Finished up 42/50.  Did much better on single-hand shooting this time out, but dropped several easy shots on #2 and #3.  I was keeping focus on front sight, but I think I was over-fighting recoil, causing the pistol to drop and resulting in low shots.

Next up, did some failure-to-stop drills at 7 yards, 4.0 second facing time, did pretty well, 9/12 body shots inside the 9-ring, and 5/6 headshots:

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Finished up 9mm work with some around the clock drills, 7 yards, 4.0 second facing time, was all over the place on this one, pulling first shot to the left, shots at the top-right target low, and high on everything else:
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Switched over to the Kadet kit for some .22, starting with another Dot Torture, ended up with 43/50.  Again, I was missing low, due I think to anticipating/overcompensating for recoil:

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8132/30040386130_fd45973c1b_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MLyQcU)20161014_DOT_22 (https://flic.kr/p/MLyQcU) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Failure-to-stop drill next, 7 yards, 4 second facing time.  Did well, 13/16 body shots inside the 9-ring and 5/7 on head shots:
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Finished up with another walk-back drill out to 25 yards.  Results as follows:
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 5/5
20 yards - 0/5 (WTF!)
25 yards - 3/5

Overall, felt I did well in my goal of staying focused on front sight.  Need to keep working on making that a consistent habit.  I did better on not anticipating recoil and dropping the front of the pistol when I just relaxed and stopped worrying about how fast I got off follow-up shots.  Just let the sight rise and fall on its own, and not try to pull it back down to get off a shot quickly.

Also shot off my first 20 hand-loads, and glad to say they all functioned perfectly (details over in my reloading log in the ammo subforum).





Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on October 20, 2016, 08:13:07 AM
Dry-Fire Training ? Oct 19

As previously mentioned, I decided to ditch the laser training cartridge for a while to see if that would help me focus on sight picture and stop peeking at the target.

- 40 wall fires with empty cartridge on top of case; focus on strong grip and smooth trigger pull

- 20 slow press out and fires; focused on pulling the trigger as I hit full extension, rather than pulling the trigger after my arms were extended

- 40 draws from concealment; target was 2X2 sticky note at 6 yards; used PAR time app on my tablet, was able to draw and get a good sight picture under 2.0 seconds; I found that not using the laser cartridge helped me slow down on the press out to acquire the sights, without slowing down the overall draw ("slow is smooth and smooth is fast") 

- 40x strong hand-only shoot 1, transition to different target and shoot 1; targets were 2X2 sticky notes at 6 yards, placed about 12 inches apart, with one sticky note about 8 inches higher than the other

- 40x weak hand-only shoot 1, transition, and shoot 1, as above

- 40 draws from concealment, shoot 1, reload, transition to new target and shoot 1; using the PAR timer, I was at 5.2 seconds pretty consistently, best time was under 5.0 seconds

- 2 minutes of draw and shoot 1, advance toward targets while firing, take a knee behind a barricade, and shoot from left and right side of barricade
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on October 25, 2016, 09:47:14 AM
Dry-Fire Training ? Oct 24


- 40 wall fires with empty cartridge on top of case; focus on strong grip and smooth trigger pull

- 30 draws from concealment; target was 2X2 sticky note at 6 yards; was able to draw and get a good sight picture under 2.0 seconds 

- 40x weak hand-only shoot 1, transition, and shoot 1

- 40 draws from concealment, shoot 1, reload, transition to new target and shoot 1; using the PAR timer, I was at 5.2 seconds pretty consistently, best time was under 5.0 seconds

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on October 28, 2016, 08:42:12 AM
Dry-Fire Training ? Oct 27

- 40 wall fires with empty cartridge on top of case; focus on strong grip and smooth trigger pull

- 10 slow press outs, focus on strong grip and pulling trigger as I reach full extension

- 30 draws from concealment; target was 2X2 sticky note at 6 yards; was able to draw and get a good sight picture under 2.0 seconds 

- 40x weak hand-only shoot 1, transition, and shoot 1; tried a new technique to cant my hand about 10 degrees, as I read it is supposed to help engage your wrist/forearm muscles and provide more support -- it did seem to help, will try it next I am shooting dot torture

- 40x strong hand-only shoot 1, transition, and shoot 1

- 40 draws from concealment, shoot 1, reload, transition to new target and shoot 1; using the PAR timer, I was at right around 5.0 seconds
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on November 02, 2016, 08:09:52 AM
Dry-Fire Training ? Nov 1

- 40 wall fires with empty cartridge on top of case; focus on strong grip and smooth trigger pull

- 10 slow press outs, focus on strong grip and pulling trigger as I reach full extension

- 30 draws from concealment; target was 2X2 sticky note at 6 yards; was able to draw and get a good sight picture under 2.0 seconds 

- 40x weak hand-only shoot 1, transition to new target, and shoot 1

- 40x strong hand-only shoot 1, transition to new target, and shoot 1

- 40 draws from concealment, shoot 1, reload, transition to new target and shoot 1; using the PAR timer, I was at right around 5.0 seconds
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on November 05, 2016, 07:21:27 AM
Live Fire Training - Nov 11

Finally made it back to the range after several weeks since my last session.

Walk-back drill, 5 - 25 yards

5 - 5/5
10 - 5/5
15 - 4/5
20 - 3/5
25 - 1/5

Dot torture - 3 yards.  43/50.  Did a better job not peeking at target, did pretty well with one-handed shooting, but still lost concentration a couple of times and dropped some easy shots.

(https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5834/30672713812_0630f3cfbd_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NJrFcj)11032016_DOT_9 (https://flic.kr/p/NJrFcj) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Failure to stop/Mozambique - 7 yards, from low ready.  I was rusty after 3 weeks away from the range, so gave myself a generous 5 second facing time.  Did well, 5/8 head shots, 11/16 inside the 9-ring, 15/16 inside the 8-ring.  Still missing high on all of my head shots.  This was shot with my handloaded ammo, and follow-ups on the body shots did feel faster/easier than the Blazer factory ammo I normally use.

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5769/30157956134_ac54c14532_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MWXpEW)11032016_FAILURE_9 (https://flic.kr/p/MWXpEW) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Switched over to Kadet Kit, started with walk-back drill:

5 - 5/5
10 - 4/5
15 - 5/5
20 - 3/5
25 - 3/5

Around the clock drill at 10 yards, generous 7-second facing time.  Results were not good, consistently dropped everything low:

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5741/30701149001_45f379eb09_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NLXpZc)11032916_CLOCK_22 (https://flic.kr/p/NLXpZc) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Finished up with another Mozambique drill, shot well - 6/10 head shots, 12/18 inside the 9-ring, 17/18 inside the 8-ring.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5335/30672713632_b61a070308_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NJrF9d)11032016_FAILURE_22 (https://flic.kr/p/NJrF9d) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Overall, not as bad as I had feared after 3 weeks off.  Tonight was mostly about knocking off the rust, and function testing my handloads (only my second batch).  Hitting the 4x6 index card at 25 yards is still very challenging, as is my transition/around the clock shooting.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on November 11, 2016, 03:01:03 PM
Dry-Fire Training, Nov 11

- 40 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- 10 very slow draw, press, and fire, with focus on solid grip and good sight picture

- 40 strong-hand only, two shots at two different targets

- 40 weak-hand only, two shots at two different targets

- 20 reps draw and shoot one, reload, and shoot one, target was 2X2 sticky notes at 6 yards, 5.0 second PAR

- 20 reps draw and shoot one, 10 reps at 2.0 sec PAR and 10 reps at 1.9 sec PAR

- 20 reps behind doorway, standing and on one knee
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on November 14, 2016, 06:09:32 PM
Baldrage--A suggestion after seeing your targets.  After not shooting for 3 weeks, start with the Kadet, not the centerfire.  Shoot 10 rounds slow, just feeling the trigger, thinking about moving the trigger slowly to the rear without moving the gun.  Then go to your drills, perhaps with the .22 first, all the 22 drills. 

When you go to the centerfire gun, again, take 10 shots slow, thinking about the trigger control, but with the recoil sensation now.  It all comes back to me with a few rounds.  Then go to your drills. 

If I shoot the centerfire first after a few weeks off, then go to the .22, I tend to over-control the 22 in anticipation of the recoil, maybe shooting a little low like you did.  If I remind my subconscious mind that there is no reason to man-handle a .22 while releasing the shot, I shoot well again after just a few rounds.  But you need to become familiar again with the impulse of the centerfire after shooting the 22, so another 10 rounds of centerfire before drills might help you get the most out of the drills. 

Just a suggestion for your consideration.  Might all be in MY head.  Your results may be different.   

Joe
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: handgun2 on November 14, 2016, 07:42:34 PM
wow, completey respectful!   joe/sensie?

such good advice, I cant remember when I ever really concentrated that much. I really need to do! thank you for sharing. probably one of the best "inservice" every. no matter gun, or shooter..

thank you! K in MI
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on November 14, 2016, 08:10:53 PM
handgun2--thanks.  I've shot poorly often enough to have learned a few things that help me get back to shooting well. 

Baldrage--

I also went back to your report on the second match.  First of all, you are shooting with a super club with super people in it.  That's great. 

Secondly, I feel your pain as far as having a difficult match.  This one would have been a good one to slow down even more on, and just get the sights lined up as you prep the trigger, then release the shot without moving the gun.  Every time I got in a hurry while shooting an IDPA match, I shot poorly, which means too quick to get good hits.  I slowed down enough once to shoot a clean match in a six stage match, but it took waaaayyy long.  I eventually got my speed up enough to place in the top 1/4, barely, with enough points down to know I wasn't going too slow. 

I guess I would say I made more progress shooting slowly making every shot count, than I did shooting fast but without good enough control to minimize the points down. 

If at all possible, practice shooting at an IDPA target as often as possible, so you know where the 0 boxes are without seeing the outline.   I used to shoot at paper plates, but those were too easy to see and were the wrong shape.   And I never shot a match where I had to shoot them covered.  That would have hurt. 

As always, keep up the dry fire.  But practice live fire as close to match conditions as you can with the range and time you have.  Hang in there. 

Another qualifier.  I haven't shot an IDPA match in a few years.  But I may shoot one again just to see if a few years of bullseye has helped or not. 

Joe
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on November 16, 2016, 08:41:10 PM
Baldrage--A suggestion after seeing your targets.  After not shooting for 3 weeks, start with the Kadet, not the centerfire.  Shoot 10 rounds slow, just feeling the trigger, thinking about moving the trigger slowly to the rear without moving the gun.  Then go to your drills, perhaps with the .22 first, all the 22 drills. 

When you go to the centerfire gun, again, take 10 shots slow, thinking about the trigger control, but with the recoil sensation now.  It all comes back to me with a few rounds.  Then go to your drills. 

If I shoot the centerfire first after a few weeks off, then go to the .22, I tend to over-control the 22 in anticipation of the recoil, maybe shooting a little low like you did.  If I remind my subconscious mind that there is no reason to man-handle a .22 while releasing the shot, I shoot well again after just a few rounds.  But you need to become familiar again with the impulse of the centerfire after shooting the 22, so another 10 rounds of centerfire before drills might help you get the most out of the drills. 

Just a suggestion for your consideration.  Might all be in MY head.  Your results may be different.   

Joe



Joe L -- thanks for the feedback and the suggestions!  I am surprised anyone other than me is still reading this thread!

I have found that for me, starting with .22 then switching to 9mm has made me flinch/anticipate recoil for 9mm much worse then starting with 9 and switching to .22.   Something about getting used to the little "pop" of the .22 makes the 9mm seem like "BANG" to me, rather than just the usual "pop!". 
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on November 16, 2016, 08:43:42 PM
handgun2--thanks.  I've shot poorly often enough to have learned a few things that help me get back to shooting well. 

Baldrage--

I also went back to your report on the second match.  First of all, you are shooting with a super club with super people in it.  That's great. 

Secondly, I feel your pain as far as having a difficult match.  This one would have been a good one to slow down even more on, and just get the sights lined up as you prep the trigger, then release the shot without moving the gun.  Every time I got in a hurry while shooting an IDPA match, I shot poorly, which means too quick to get good hits.  I slowed down enough once to shoot a clean match in a six stage match, but it took waaaayyy long.  I eventually got my speed up enough to place in the top 1/4, barely, with enough points down to know I wasn't going too slow. 

I guess I would say I made more progress shooting slowly making every shot count, than I did shooting fast but without good enough control to minimize the points down. 

If at all possible, practice shooting at an IDPA target as often as possible, so you know where the 0 boxes are without seeing the outline.   I used to shoot at paper plates, but those were too easy to see and were the wrong shape.   And I never shot a match where I had to shoot them covered.  That would have hurt. 

As always, keep up the dry fire.  But practice live fire as close to match conditions as you can with the range and time you have.  Hang in there. 

Another qualifier.  I haven't shot an IDPA match in a few years.  But I may shoot one again just to see if a few years of bullseye has helped or not. 

Joe

Yep, terrific club with great people.  Unfortunately, they are done until spring, so it'll be another 6 months until my next IDPA match. :(

Doing a little reading, it seems that my experience for first two IDPA matches is fairly typical -- get surprised at how well you do on the first match, get cocky, and go too fast at the second match!

Good suggestion on practicing with IDPA targets to get used to the target zones -- I am going to ask Santa to put some paper IDPA practice targets in my X-mas stocking!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on November 16, 2016, 09:07:01 PM
Live Fire Training - Nov 15

Did about 10 dry-fires before I loaded the gun, practiced really focusing on the front sight.

Started off with walk-back drill out to 25 yards using 4x6 index cards - best results I have had to date:
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 4/5
15 yards - 5/5
20 yards - 3/5
25 yards - 4/5

Next, Dot Torture at 3 yards.  Did not do so great -- 41/50.  Found that I was anticipating recoil on my draws, caused me to drop some easy shots on #2 and #3.  Weak-hand-only shooting was terrible - 1/5:

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5327/30897134642_1b12da2f10_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/P5gTFY)11152016_9_DOT (https://flic.kr/p/P5gTFY) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Next up, some Mozambique drills at 7 yards, 4 second facing time.  I tried to focus on taking my time to get a good sight picture on the head shot, and did very well -- 7/8 on head shots, and 14/16 body shots inside the 9 ring.

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5707/30897447902_22b7b17342_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/P5iuP1)11152016_FAILURE_9 (https://flic.kr/p/P5iuP1) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Next, I tested out some of hand-loads at 5, 10, and 15 yards.  Trying to decide between 4.5 gr of HP-38 and 4.6 gr.  Not really "training", so I will post those results over in my reloading log on the ammo board.

Switched over to Kadet Kit and did another walk-back drill:

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

Followed up with a Dot Torture at 3 yards.  Much better results this time - 45/50 or 47/50, depending upon how you count the near-misses that creased the border of the dots.  Dropped a couple of easy shots due to anticipating recoil on the draw on #2, but buckled down after that:

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5520/30897134422_78bacfae28_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/P5gTCb)11152016_22_DOT (https://flic.kr/p/P5gTCb) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Finished with Around the Clock Drill.  Did well, except for the first shot on the target on the upper left, where I was consistently dropping shots low, apparently anticipating recoil again -- strange that I was doing this all night, but only on a draw/first shot of a string; did not have that problem on any follow-up shots.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5716/30897136992_57e198ab0f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/P5gUou)11152016_22_CLOCK (https://flic.kr/p/P5gUou) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Overall, really good outing for me.  Very pleased with my shooting at 20 and 25 yards.  Big ego boost when I am hitting a 4x6 index card free-style at 25 yards, and the guy next to me shooting an AR with a laser sight can't get a group better than basketball-size on a human-sized target from a bench-rest at the same distance.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on November 23, 2016, 06:51:24 PM
Live Fire Training - November 22, 2016

Most of this session was dedicated to trying out some new hand-loads. I am a newly-minted reloader, still experimenting to find a standard load.

Started off with walk-back drill on 4X6 cards out to 25 yards, using some of my handloads (RMR 124 gr RN FMJ bullet with 4.6 gr HP-38):
  5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 3/5
20 yards - 4/5
25 yards - 3/5

Then, a dot torture at 3 yards, using factory ammo.  Only 41/50.  Did poorly on single-handed shooting, and dropped a lot of shots on #6 and #9, anticipating recoil on the first shot in order to get the follow-up shot off, I think:

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5794/31089886631_d03cce3895_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PniN98)11222016_DOT_9 (https://flic.kr/p/PniN98) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Followed up with failure/mozambique drill at 7 yards, 3.7 second facing time, using some of my handloads.  Did very well, 8/8 head shots, 11/16 inside the 9-ring, 15/16 inside the 8-ring with only one flyer:

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5641/31060444022_a9d4e26613_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PjGTSW)11222016_FAILURE_9 (https://flic.kr/p/PjGTSW) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Finished up with some testing of a new handload at 10 yards (Extreme 124 gr RN, over 3.9 - 4.4 gr HP-38).  Really just testing for function, not accuracy, so no pictures worth posting.

Switched to Kadet Kit, and did another walk-back drill:
 5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 3/5
20 yards - 3/5
25 yards - 4/5

I am out of dot torture targets, so did a drill I haven't done in a while - Press Six at five yards.  Consistently average - got 6/10 at each target except for #1.  Good drill, I will work this one back into my regular rotation.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5333/31089886561_1bab7efd77_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PniN7V)11222016_PRESS_SIX (https://flic.kr/p/PniN7V) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on December 07, 2016, 09:23:33 PM
Live Fire Training - 12/5/2016

Walk-back drill, using some of my handloads (Extreme 124 gr RN using 4.2 gr HP-38):

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

Dot Torture at 3 yards, using factory ammo, and a new-for-me target, an 8-1/2 X 11 printable target from pistolforum.com that is especially for DA/SA guns.  Results were pretty bad, as I was flinching/anticipating recoil on the first shot of quite a few strings, which is quite obvious from looking at targets #1, #2, #3, and #9.  However, most of the follow-up shots were dead on (targets #4, #7, and #10).  36/50, perhaps the worst Dot Torture drill I have ever shot. 

(https://c5.staticflickr.com/1/744/30655860084_824a3d00e8_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NGXiaN)12052016_DOT_9 (https://flic.kr/p/NGXiaN) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Switched back to some handloads, and shot failure to stop/mozambique drill at 7 yards, 3.7 second facing time.  Very good results - 6/6 headshots, and 11/12 inside the 9-ring.  I think it's time to speed this one up a little bit, will try 3.5 seconds next time.

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/1/348/30688015743_6b090d6a9f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NKN6VH)12052016_FAILURE_9 (https://flic.kr/p/NKN6VH) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Then spent quite a while testing out some new handloads.  Finished up with an around-the-clock drill, but forgot to snag the target as I was packing up to leave, so no picture.

Mixed performance all around tonight -- only hit 2/5 at 15 yards on the walk-back drill, then nailed 4/5 at 20 yards; did horrible on the Dot Torture, then great on the Mozambique drill.  Perhaps it was just hard to maintain focus on the drills as I was also trying to gauge how my handloads were performing as well as testing out some new loads ...
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on December 13, 2016, 08:43:17 PM
Live Fire Training - December 12, 2016

This session was dedicated to trying to decide the best of two different handloads (Extreme 124 gr RN bullet with either 4.2 vs. 4.3 gr gr HP-38)

Started off with walk-back drill on 4X6 cards out to 25 yards, using 4.2 gr rounds:
  5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 4/5
15 yards - 3/5
20 yards - 1/5
25 yards - 1/5

Followed up with Dot Torture at 3 yards.  Targets 1 - 4 were 4.2 gr, targets 5 - 9 were 4.3 gr.  37/50, not good.  I was more focused on trying to assess the "feel" of each round, rather than focusing on my shooting, I think.

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5553/31258932810_6e909f78c5_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PCfcFq)12122016_DOT (https://flic.kr/p/PCfcFq) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Next up, Mozambique drill at 7 yards, 3.5 sec facing time, using the 4.3 gr.  Results were pretty good, two flyers, three rounds in the 8-ring, everything else either in the head or inside the 9-ring:

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/1/328/31484573762_ebd1a03790_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PYbESE)12122016_FAILURE (https://flic.kr/p/PYbESE) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Switched to around the clock drill, 7 yards, six second facing time.  Did this twice, first with 4.2 gr, then with 4.3 gr.  I was all over the place with the first shot from low ready (upper left target), but did OK on the others.  Settled in on the second target and focused more on my front sight, less on trying to assess the ammo.

4.2 gr target -- (https://c7.staticflickr.com/1/136/31258932990_6de3f48b89_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PCfcJw)12122016_CLOCK_2 (https://flic.kr/p/PCfcJw) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

4.3 gr target -- (https://c4.staticflickr.com/6/5553/31631232875_33f8fa4828_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Qc9kw4)12122016_CLOCK_3 (https://flic.kr/p/Qc9kw4) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Last up, I shot these targets at 7 yards, about 2 rounds/second in 5-round strings.  4.2 gr on top left and bottom right, 4.3 gr on bottom left and top right.  4.2 gr was the clear winner in this drill.

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/1/664/31631233195_31184e6d8e_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Qc9kBz)12122016_5X5 (1) (https://flic.kr/p/Qc9kBz) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Now that's out of the way, I will pick one load as my standard (leaning toward 4.2 gr based on results of the last drill), and get back to focusing on my shooting/training, as opposed to focusing on assessing ammo.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on December 14, 2016, 07:16:54 AM
Baldrage,

I don't do these drills any more, so maybe I'm not the one to be giving much advice here.  But, that never stopped me in the past. 

If I was going to pick one load based on those targets, I would go with the 4.3 results, but only in a blind test, not knowing which load went with which targets.  Usually, lighter loading is better just to minimize the recoil, so I can certainly understand wanting to go with the lighter load unless there was a compelling reason to do otherwise.   With your short test, there isn't a compelling result difference that would have you go with the 4.3, however.  In other words, I see a short informal experiment, not really a test.  Simply knowing which rounds went with each target as I was shooting them would have affected the results for me.  I "know" beforehand that the 4.3 should result in slightly larger groups, so I would have been surprised to see the lower left last target result, which is excellent.  That to me would have been a surprise and my reaction would have been, golly, the 4.3 looked good once, maybe I can adapt to that afterall.     

If I was really going to quantify the differences between 4.2 and 4.3, I would do an entire training session with one, tally up the results, then come back the next session and shoot the other one, then see if there really is a statistical difference favoring the 4.3.  I simply couldn't do it switching back and forth on the same day.  There is so much more going on here mentally in executing these drills for me to give either load a fair test switching ammo back and forth between targets.  I would get less than optimum results from BOTH loads as a result. 

For now, I wouldn't dwell on it.  Go with 4.2 and don't change it for a few months.  Eliminate one more variable.  Most importantly, for each practice sesson you can think about the front sight and not be distracted by 0.1 gr difference!! 

Joe   
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on December 14, 2016, 08:24:53 AM
If I was really going to quantify the differences between 4.2 and 4.3, I would do an entire training session with one, tally up the results, then come back the next session and shoot the other one, then see if there really is a statistical difference favoring the 4.3.  I simply couldn't do it switching back and forth on the same day.  There is so much more going on here mentally in executing these drills for me to give either load a fair test switching ammo back and forth between targets.  I would get less than optimum results from BOTH loads as a result. 

For now, I wouldn't dwell on it.  Go with 4.2 and don't change it for a few months.  Eliminate one more variable.  Most importantly, for each practice sesson you can think about the front sight and not be distracted by 0.1 gr difference!! 

Thanks, Joe, great advice, as usual!  As you say, switching back and forth caused less than optimum results from both loads.  I will load up a couple of hundred rounds of both 4.2 and 4.3 and just shoot one or the other for my next several training sessions, rather than switching back and forth during the same session. 
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on December 21, 2016, 10:21:55 AM
Live Fire Training - December 20, 2016

To quote Ice Cube -- "today was a good day."  It was my birthday, and I had the day off, so Mrs. Baldrage graciously allowed me to leave her home with the munchkins to head out to range for a few hours this afternoon, and I shot very well (for me). 

I followed Joe's advice and just stuck with one handload today (Extreme 124 gr RN at 1.125 OAL, 4.3 gr of HP-38, WSPP) so I could focus on shooting, and leave assessment of the ammo to an after-action study of the results.

Started off with walk-back drill on 4X6 cards out to 25 yards:
  5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 3/5
15 yards - 5/5
20 yards - 1/5
25 yards - 2/5

Dot Torture at 3 yards.  45/50 -- dropped a few due to flinching on first shot of a string, but shot very well strong-hand only and weak-hand only.

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Failure drill -- 7 yards, 3.4 second facing time.  27 rounds, got 6/9 head shots (one flyer just off the paper above the head), 14/18 body shots inside the 9-ring (and about half of those actually inside the bullseye/10-ring), and 17/18 inside the 9-ring.

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Finished 9 mm training with 6 runs of around-the-clock drill at 7 yards, 6 second facing time.  A couple of flyer/flinches on top left and top right target, but otherwise, results were excellent (for me)

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Switched over to Kadet Kit and did another walk-back drill - outstanding results, best I have ever done on this drill.  Look out, Joe -- I'm coming after you!  ;D

5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 5/5
20 yards - 5/5
25 yards - 4/5

Another Dot Torture at 3 yards, this time with .22.  Again, best I have ever shot this drill, either a 46/50 or 49/50 depending on how you score three near misses on #1, #7 and #10 that just creased the border of the target circle.

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Finished with a press-out drill at 5 yards.  Hoping this well help cure my tendency to flinch on the first shot of string.  Did very well on #1, #2, and #4.  Started to flinch again on #3 and #6 as I added time element and trying to get multiple shots in just a few seconds.

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Overall excellent results (for me).  It was a big help to not worry about assessing my handloads and just focus on my shooting technique.  Either that, or it was Lady Fortune smiling down upon me and guiding my bullets home since it was my birthday.  Still flinching quite a bit on the first shot from low ready, especially with 9 mm.  Need to throw in some ball-and-dummy drills, I guess, and/or start working the press-out drill with 9mm as well as .22.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on December 21, 2016, 04:08:56 PM
Baldrage--Excellent!!!  What a great report and targets.  I always shoot better when I am not just trying to squeeze in a trip to the range before having to go back to the office or have another appointment.  If I know I am not constrained time wise, some of the distractions are removed and one can think about execution and not the range time constraint. 

Well done.

Joe
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on January 14, 2017, 03:42:00 PM
Live Fire Training - Jan 10, 2017

Started off with 9mm, using my handloads (124 gr RN extreme bullet, 4.3 gr HP-38, WSPP, 1.125 COAL)

Walk-back drill:

 5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 3/5
20 yards -  3/5
25 yards - 3/5

Dot torture at 3 yards.  Hadn't shot in two weeks, and the rust showed -- 41/50. Dropped all of the easy single DA shots on #2 due to flinching/anticipating recoil.  Pulled it back together and did OK after that, with a couple of fliers caused by flinches on #9.  Did well on strong-hand only and single-hand only shooting, #5 and #8.

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Santa brought me some practice IDPA targets, so first time using these at an indoor range, and wow, they looked huge compared to the normal LEO silhouette target I have been practicing with.  Shot several rounds of failure to stop/mozambique drill at 7 yards, started at 3.5 second facing time, then 3.4, 3.3, and 3.2, all from low ready, 3 strings of 3 shots at each, so 36 rounds total.  Hit all 12 head shots, and 24/26 in the zero zone, with two fliers in the -1.  Will move this back to 10 yards next time out.

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Switched over to Kadet kit and another walk-back drill:

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

Interesting that I did better at the long ranges today (20 and 25 yards) then I did at intermediate range (15 yards).

Did another dot torture and cleaned the target - 50/50:

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Collected up my brass and came home.

All in all, not a bad trip.  Knocked some rust off, shot reasonably well at long ranges.  Still flinching/anticipating quite often on first DA shot.  Need to stop worrying about controlling recoil, I think, and just let the pistol sights bounce up and come back down.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Boris_LA on January 14, 2017, 04:52:59 PM
I would suggest to start next time with 22 Kadet and get wormed up. Shoot 9mm second.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on January 22, 2017, 05:03:46 PM
Dry-Fire Training, Jan 22

Got away from dry-fire practice for the last two months, as I have been using my limited free time for reloading ...

- 40 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- 20 reps draw from concealment, PAR timer 1.9 sec, 6 yards at 2X2 sticky

- 20 reps draw from concealment, shoot one, reload, shoot one, 5 sec PAR, 6 yards at 2X2 stickies

- 20 strong-hand only, two shots at two different targets

- 20 weak-hand only, two shots at two different targets

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on January 26, 2017, 08:33:57 PM
Live-Fire Training, Jan 23

Got to the range and realized the fiber optic rod had broken out of my front sight (again).  Must have happened while I was practicing draws during dry-fire.

Started with walk-back drill:
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 3/5
20 yards - 5/5
25 yards - 0/5

Dot torture at 3 yds, did very well - 47/50 with all three misses coming on weak-hand only #8:

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Failure to stop drill at 10 yards, from low-ready, 3.5 second facing time.  Results were "eh" - 30 rounds total, 19/20 body shots were in the 0 or -1, area, but only 10/20 in the 0; head shots were much better- 8/10.

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Finished up with around the clock drill at 7 yards, 6 second facing time, from low-ready.  Threw a lot of the first shots in DA on the top left target due to anticipating recoil.  Rest of the targets were OK (for me). 
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Tested out a ladder of new handloads (Blue Bullets 125 GR coated RN), then switched to .22 for some more 25-yard work.  Almost wish I hadn't, as results were not good -- 22/30 inside the 5-ring, and 9/30 inside the 7-ring.  Joe L I am not! Will try this again next time out when my front sight is repaired.
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Overall, not bad (for me), especially without the FO rod in the front sight.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: 1SOW on January 29, 2017, 04:21:29 PM
Quote
Got to the range and realized the fiber optic rod had broken out of my front sight (again).  Must have happened while I was practicing draws during dry-fire.

If you're using the CZ 1mm FO sights,  after you spin the ball end,  make sure the muzzle end is melted so there's just a tiny bit of slack to allow maybe 1/32" or less front-to-rear movement.  If it can move farther,  mine is  more susceptible to breakage going in and out of the holster or when rapid firing.  The tops of the front sight itself shields the snug fitting rod ends.
 or not.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on January 31, 2017, 05:18:56 PM
If you're using the CZ 1mm FO sights,  after you spin the ball end,  make sure the muzzle end is melted so there's just a tiny bit of slack to allow maybe 1/32" or less front-to-rear movement.  If it can move farther,  mine is  more susceptible to breakage going in and out of the holster or when rapid firing.  The tops of the front sight itself shields the snug fitting rod ends.
 or not.

Thanks, good tip.  I just replaced the FO, and there's no movement that I can tell, so hopefully it will stay put.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on January 31, 2017, 05:28:38 PM
Live Fire Training - January 29, 2017

Walk-back drill:
5 yards - 5/5 (all 5 holes touching each other!)
10 yards - 4/5
15 yards - 5/5
20 yards - 3/5
25 yards - 4/5

Dot torture - 42/50.  Missed a couple on the the single-hand only targets, and dropped some easy ones on #4 and #9.

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Failure to stop drill - 10 yards, 3.5 second facing time, from low ready.  Hit 8/9 head shots, 13/18 inside the 0, and 17/18 inside the -1.

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Switched to Kadet Kit and finished with press out drills at 5 yards, and 30 shots on a bullseye target at 25 yards.  Results were not great, pulling everything a bit left for some reason.  Oh well, least I was getting rounds on the paper at 25 yards, as opposed to the shooter two lanes over from me that was shooting a .308 rifle at 7 yards ... 

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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on February 06, 2017, 09:06:57 PM
Live Fire Training, Feb 2, 2017

Walk-back drill (using my Extreme 124 gr handloads):
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 4/5
15 yards - 4/5
20 yards - 2/5
25 yards - 1/5

Switched over to a new handload to test it out:  Blue bullets 125 gr RN, 4.0 gr HP-38, WSPP, nominal 1.10 COAL.

Dot torture, 3 yards - 40/50.  Missed several on the the single-hand only targets (#5), and dropped some easy ones on #4 and #10.

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Failure to stop drill -- IDPA target, 10 yards, 3.5 facing time.  13/15 head shots, 21/30 inside the 0, 30/30 inside -1.

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My flinching was very noticeable tonight.  I watched the Ron Leathem videos on grip that was just posted in the "competition" board before this trip, and I think I was also over-gripping the gun as a result.  I made an adjustment part-way through the IDPA drill, and results got better -- canted my support hand further forward, so my thumb was pointing straight along the frame; this helped lock my wrists together better and helped reduce the flinching before the first shot of each string.  I need to get back to a regular dry-fire routing to drill that grip into my muscle memory.

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on February 11, 2017, 09:06:10 AM
Dry-Fire Friday, Feb 10

- 40 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- 20 reps draw from concealment, PAR timer 2 sec, 6 yards at 2X2 sticky

- 20 reps draw from concealment, shoot one, reload, shoot one, 5 sec PAR, 6 yards at 2X2 stickies

- 20 strong-hand only, two shots at two different targets

- 20 weak-hand only, two shots at two different targets

- 20 press outs, with 10 second hold -- focus on strong grip
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on February 12, 2017, 09:06:07 PM
Live-Fire Training, Feb 12

Started with Dot Torture at 3 yards - 40/50.  Dropped a lot of easy shots due to flinching before the first DA shot on a couple of strings.

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Flinching continued over to the walk-back drill, but I pulled it together at the end and stopped flinching for the rest of the night:
5 yards - 4/5
10 yards - 3/5
15 yards - 3/5
20 yards - 2/5
25 yards - 4/5

Failure to stop drill, 10 yards, from low ready, 3.5 second facing time.  Hit 9/10 head shots, and 16/20 inside the 0, 20/20 inside -1:
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Finished up with a new transition drill that I thought might help prepare for bowling pin matches this spring.  I used two rows of 4X6 index cards (6 in total, 3 on top row, 3 bottom row), loaded up 6 rounds, and then practiced shooting them all in a row, one shot at each target.  Ran this three times at 10 yards, then three times at 15 yards.  The 10 yard targets were shot about one round/second (counted "one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two..." as I was shooting).  The 15 round targets were a bit slower, maybe 1.5 shots/second.  Results as follows:

Target     10 yards       15 yards
1                  3/3               2/3
2                  3/3               2/3
3                  2/3               2/3
4                  3/3               3/3
5                  2/3               3/3
6                  2/3               2/3       
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on February 14, 2017, 07:27:56 AM
looks like you are making progress.  I can usually get control of the trigger again if I think..."pressure on the trigger as the sights line up, smooth, continuous trigger pull without changing tension in any other muscles except trigger finger".  With no change in tension in other fingers, there is no flinch.  Get some pressure on the trigger early, no jerk.  Smooth continuous pressure on the trigger as the sights line up, good shot. 

Thinking "don't flinch" never works.  Thinking "trigger control" as in steps above usually works.   

Joe
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on February 18, 2017, 03:46:00 PM
looks like you are making progress.  I can usually get control of the trigger again if I think..."pressure on the trigger as the sights line up, smooth, continuous trigger pull without changing tension in any other muscles except trigger finger".  With no change in tension in other fingers, there is no flinch.  Get some pressure on the trigger early, no jerk.  Smooth continuous pressure on the trigger as the sights line up, good shot. 

Thinking "don't flinch" never works.  Thinking "trigger control" as in steps above usually works.   

Joe

Great tip, Joe! Thanks!  Will definitely keep that in mind on my next range outing.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on February 18, 2017, 03:47:16 PM
Dry-Fire Friday, Feb 17, 2017


- 40 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- 20 reps draw from concealment, PAR timer 2.0 sec, 6 yards at 2X2 sticky

- 20 reps draw from concealment, shoot one, reload, shoot one, 5 sec PAR, 6 yards at 2X2 stickies

- 40 strong-hand only, two shots at two different targets

- 40 weak-hand only, two shots at two different targets

- A couple of minutes shooting while advancing at targets
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on February 20, 2017, 06:49:17 PM
Live Fire Training, Feb 19, 2017

Started with Dot Torture at 3 yds, results were horrible - 39/50 -- started off OK, but tons of flinching on #6,7, 8 .. got it back together on #9 and #10, but damage was done.  Still over-anticipating recoil on the first shot of each string.

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Walk back drill was better
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 4/5
20 yards - 3/5
25 yards - 3/5

Failure to stop drill was great.  10 yards, 3.5 second facing time from low ready, first shot in DA.  8/10 head shots, 19/20 in the zero with one shot in the -1.  No flinching at all.

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Finished up with some transition drills -- 4 index cards in two-by-two pattern, one shot at each, three times at 10 yards, three times at 15 yards.  Did much better at 10 then 15.

Target     10 yards       15 yards
1                  2/3               1/3
2                  3/3               1/3
3                  3/3               2/3
4                  3/3               2/3
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on February 21, 2017, 06:20:52 PM
You're still making progress!!  That's great!

Joe
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on February 27, 2017, 09:00:18 PM
Dry-Fire, Feb 27, 2017


- 40 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- 20 reps draw from concealment, PAR timer 2.0 sec, 6 yards at 2X2 sticky

- 20 reps draw from concealment, shoot one, reload, shoot one, 5 sec PAR, 6 yards at 2X2 stickies

- 40 strong-hand only, two shots at two different targets

- 40 weak-hand only, two shots at two different targets

- A couple of minutes shooting while advancing at targets and kneelling
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on February 28, 2017, 09:50:46 PM
Live Fire, Feb 28, 2017

Started with Dot Torture at 3 yards.  Tried to slow down and take my time.  Started off very well on 1 and 2, missed two shots each on 3 and 4, nailed all six shots on 5 (strong-hand only), got them all on 6, missed one on 7, then missed four on 8 (weak hand only -- pulled most of the shots just to the right), finished up hitting everything on 9 and 10.  40/50 overall, with almost half the misses coming on weak-hand only.   

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Walk back drill was outstanding, for me -- best I have ever shot it:

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

Moved on to Failure to Stop drill, 3.5 second facing time from low ready, 30 shots total.  I moved it back to 12 yards, since I nearly cleaned this last time at 10 yards.  Results were pretty bad - 6/10 head shots in the zero, 3/10 in -1; 13/20 body shots in the zero, 7/20 in -1.  Lot of flinching on this drill on the first shot in DA coming up from low ready, follow-up shots were OK:

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Tried a new drill -- 5X5 drill (five shots at five yards in five seconds) with both strong and weak-hand.  Did very well on strong hand, hitting 9/10 shots.  Little bit worse with the weak hand - 8/10, but again pulling everything to the right (too much trigger finger?).

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Finished up with target transition drill -- six index cards in two rows of three, 2 shots at each one at 10 yards, 2 shots at each at 15 yards -- intended to mimic the set up at our local bowling pin matches.  Did very well, except for middle target (#2) on the top row (the one right in front of my face).  Actually did slightly better at 15 yards than at 10:

Target     10 yards       15 yards
1                  2/2               2/2
2                  1/2               1/2
3                  2/2               2/2
4                  2/2               2/2
5                  2/2               2/2
6                  1/2               2/2

Overall, I felt it was a pretty good night.  Did very well on shooting at 15 yards and beyond.  Poor WHO shooting on the Dot Torture killed my score on that drill, but did pretty well otherwise.  Lots of flinching on the Failure to Stop Drill, but I was able to pull it back together and do well after that.

Joe L -- I really tried to apply your advice to focus on a smooth trigger pull rather than focus on "don't flinch" and it did seem to help a lot shooting at distance.  On the timed Failure to Stop drill, I was slapping the trigger to beat the timer, and as a result, flinched on a lot of shots.  Lesson learned:  smooth trigger pull at speed is hard!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on March 05, 2017, 08:01:40 PM
Dry-Fire Friday, March 3, 2017

- 40 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- 20 reps draw from concealment, PAR timer 2.0 sec, 6 yards at 2X2 sticky

- 20 reps draw from concealment, shoot one, reload, shoot one, 5 sec PAR, 6 yards at 2X2 stickies

- 20 reps draw from concealment, facing away from target, turn and shoot one at 2X2 sticky

- 40 strong-hand only, two shots at two different targets

- 40 weak-hand only, two shots at two different targets

- A couple of minutes shooting while advancing at and retreating from targets
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on March 05, 2017, 08:20:05 PM
Live Fire Training, March 5, 2017

Started off with Dot Torture at 3 yards.  Slowed down, tried to focus really hard on my sights and smooth trigger pull.  44/50 overall -- best I have shot this in quite a while.  Missed 2 on strong hand only (#5) and 2 on weak hand only (#8), then lost my focus at the end and dropped two easy ones on #9 and #10.

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Last time out, walk back drill was outstanding. Today, not so much:

5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 4/5
15 yards - 4/5
20 yards - 5/5
25 yards - 1/5

Next up, failure to stop drill at 12 yards, 4.0 second facing time, from low-ready.  Did better than last week, 16/20 body shots in the zero, 4/20 in the -1; 8/10 head shots in the zero, 2/10 in the -1.

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Have an IDPA classifier this week (my first), so did some extra one-handed shooting practice again -- 5X5 drill (five shots at five yards in five seconds) with both strong and weak-hand.  Did very well on strong hand, hitting 10/10 shots.  Little bit worse with the weak hand - 7/10, but again pulling everything to the right.

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Finished up with target transition drill -- five index cards in two rows, shot three times at 10 yards, three times at 15 yards.  Almost cleaned it last week, but did pretty poor on this one today.  Caught myself taking up the trigger, then holding it and trying to break the shot at the perfect sight picture, rather than just focusing on the sights and one smooth trigger pull:

Target     10 yards       15 yards
1                  2/3               0/3 (flinched on this one every single time, and knew it)
2                  2/3               2/3
3                  2/3               3/3
4                  3/3               2/3
5                  2/3               2/3 (barely, both shots just nicked the edge of the index card)

Mixed results over all -- better on the Dot Torture and Failure to Stop drills, way worse on the walk-back and target transition drills.  I can feel some significant improvement the last couple of weeks.  I was calling my shots pretty consistently today, and knew right away which shots missed and why. 
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on March 07, 2017, 07:26:54 PM
Try a little mental trick on the weak hand shots.  Think, "pull the trigger to my nose".  Also try slightly less finger insertion in the trigger guard.  I am assuming weak hand is left hand here. 

Joe
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on March 11, 2017, 06:29:20 AM
Dry-Fire Friday, March 10, 2017

- 40 wall-fires (with empty casing on top of slide)

- 20 reps draw from concealment, PAR timer 2.0 sec, 6 yards at 2X2 sticky

- 20 reps draw from concealment, shoot one, reload, shoot one, 5 sec PAR, 6 yards at 2X2 stickies

- 20 reps draw from concealment, facing away from target, turn and shoot one at 2X2 sticky

- 40 strong-hand only, two shots at two different targets

- 40 weak-hand only, two shots at two different targets

- A couple of minutes shooting while advancing at and retreating from targets

- 20 press outs, focused on strong grip (push/pull) and front sight
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on March 11, 2017, 06:37:07 AM
Try a little mental trick on the weak hand shots.  Think, "pull the trigger to my nose".  Also try slightly less finger insertion in the trigger guard.  I am assuming weak hand is left hand here. 

Joe

Thanks, Joe.  Yes, weak-hand is left hand for me.  Great tip, as always.  I focused on using a bit less finger on the trigger in dry fire and will try the "pull trigger to nose" next tip at the range.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on March 17, 2017, 09:07:17 PM
Live Fire Training, March 12

Ammo - Extreme 124 gr RN plated, 4.2 gr HP-38, mixed brass, 1.125 OACL.

Got three shots into Dot Torture, and the cardboard target hanger fell down.  Yes, it was going to be that kind of outing.

Got another hanger set up, and re-started Dot Torture.  Tried to take my time, but still shot it poorly today -- 38/50.  One-handed shooting was much better (6/6 on strong hand), but dropped a lot of easy shots on #3, 4, 6, and 7.  In retrospect, pretty sure I was over-gripping the gun with my strong hand, causing me to send shots low every time I pulled the trigger.

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Switched to index card walk-back, shot this one poorly for the second week in a row. Did OK out to 15 yards, then fell apart on 20 and 25.  Can't say what went wrong here, as I thought I had done pretty well, and it wasn't until I reeled the target back in that I saw how poorly I had shot at the longer ranges.

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

Moved to failure to stop drill at 12 yards, 4 second facing time, from low ready, 10 strings of 3 shots.  Got 9/10 head shots, but only 10/20 body shots in the 0 zone, with the other 10 in the -1 zone.  Again, pulled several shots to the left and low.  I was thinking so much about not flinching, that I over-gripped the strong hand, causing me to pull to the left.

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Finished with transition drill on six index cards in two rows, shot three times at 10 yards, three times at 15 yards.  Mediocre results this week:

Target     10 yards       15 yards
1                  2/3               3/3
2                  2/3               2/3
3                  2/3               2/3
4                  3/3               2/3
5                  3/3               2/3
6                  3/3               2/3

I equate this to one of those days at the gym, where you have no energy and go through the motions of working out.  You're better for having done it, just for staying in the habit of going, but not a good performance.  Re-learning the lesson not to grip so hard with strong hand was worth it, I guess.  Will work on grip with 70% weak hand/30% strong hand in dry fire this week.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on March 17, 2017, 09:46:38 PM
Dry Fire Friday, March 17

Tried something new tonight, as I think my dry-fire routine was getting stale and rote.  Decided to use a FAST target, and some 1/3 scale IDPA targets, all set up at about six yards.

- 10 slow draws from concealment, focusing on strong weak-hand grip and smooth trigger pull.

- FAST target - 20 draws, shoot 2 and 3X5 box, reload, and 4 shots at five-inch circle.

- 40 strong-hand only shots at FAST target, and three IDPA targets.

- 40 weak-hand only shots at FAST target, and three IDPA targets.

- A couple of minutes' starting with back to targets, draw and advance.  Tried to focus on knees bent, and pulling trigger while my foot was in the air (shot, step, shot, step).  Same drill starting close to targets, draw and retreat.

- 10X10 seconds, gripping the gun HARD with weak hand, engaging chest and shoulder muscles, with a smooth trigger pull at the end of 10 seconds.  Had little sweat going on when this one was done.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on March 19, 2017, 04:44:04 PM
Shot my first IDPA classifier two weeks ago, and finally got my scores back today.  I classified as marksman (MM) class in SSP -- only one step up from novice.  :(  Accurate reflection of where I'm at as a shooter right now, since looking back through this log, I have really been in a slump the last few months.  But, I'd be lying if I didn't admit that in the back of mind, I was hoping I would pull it together and qualify for SS class.

Scores as follows:

Stage 1
Points Down - 15
Raw Time - 30.9
Score - 45.9

Stage 2
Points Down - 7
Raw Time - 25.75
Score - 32.75

Stage 3
Points Down - 37 (!!!)
Raw Time - 37.51
Score - 74.51

Overall -  153.16    MM

I did OK for me, on stage 1, and I actually had the best overall score on stage 2 out of the 10 people I shot with, but I totally flubbed stage 3 -- numerous flat out mikes (misses) at -5 each just tanked my score.  I knew I was shooting all of the stages way too fast, even as I was doing it, but I just went brain dead at the beep of the start timer.  It was like I had an out-of-body experience watching myself spazz out with no ability to stop it.  We ran the whole classifier through in one go, rather than having the squad take turns shooting each stage, and the down side of that approach was that I did not have a chance to stop and collect myself mentally, and run through the mantra of "slow is smooth, smooth is fast" before each stage. 

On the plus side, I actually scored better on the first two stages than I had feared.  Lots of room for improvement -- all I have do is eliminate a few misses on stage 3 and I am right there in sharpshooter (SS) class (cut-off is 142).  I've got an opportunity to shoot another classifier in April, and my goal is SS class.  In the meantime, I will keep practicing, and will see about getting "SISMOO, SMOOIFAS" ("slow is smooth, smooth is fast") tattooed on my hands as a reminder not to spazz out on the starting beep again!   ;D
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on March 19, 2017, 09:01:25 PM
Dry Fire Friday, March 19

Went back and watched some of the Mike Seeklander videos on grip and recoil control today.  Focused dry-fire tonight on "crushing the walnut" be engaging pecs to really squeeze the grip, and get a 70% weak-hand/30% strong hold.  Felt really good in slow reps, but hard to "crush the walnut" then press out on a fast draw.  Slowed everything down and emphasized form over speed. 

- 50 slow draws from concealment, focusing on strong weak-hand grip and smooth trigger pull.

- FAST target - 20 draws, shoot 2 and 3X5 box, reload, and 4 shots at five-inch circle.

- 40 strong-hand only shots at FAST target, and three IDPA targets.

- 40 weak-hand only shots at FAST target, and three IDPA targets.

- A couple of minutes' starting with back to targets, draw and advance.  Tried to focus on knees bent, and pulling trigger while my foot was in the air (shot, step, shot, step).  Same drill starting close to targets, draw and retreat.

- 10X10 seconds, gripping the gun HARD with weak hand, engaging chest and shoulder muscles, with a smooth trigger pull at the end of 10 seconds. 

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on April 02, 2017, 09:05:14 PM
I have started trying to do 10-15 minutes of dry-fire every day, rather than relying on one or two longer sessions per week.  I hung a dot torture target down in my workshop by my reloading bench, and I've been doing dryfires at 3 and 5 yards, focused on good sight picture and steady trigger pull.  I end with one ten-second hold at each of the ten target dots, really squeezing the heck out of the gun, before pulling the trigger.

Have kept with it pretty well, managed to do it about 10 times over the last two weeks.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on April 02, 2017, 09:06:58 PM
Dry Fire Friday, March 31

Continued focus on "crushing the walnut" by engaging pecs to really squeeze the grip, and get a 70% weak-hand/30% strong-hand, push-pull hold.  Medium pace, emphasis on form over speed.

- FAST target - 20 draws, shoot 2 at 3X5 box, reload, and 4 shots at five-inch circle.

- 40 strong-hand only shots at FAST target, and three IDPA targets.

- 40 weak-hand only shots at FAST target, and three IDPA targets.

- A couple of minutes' starting with back to targets, draw and advance.  Tried to focus on knees bent, and pulling trigger while my foot was in the air (shot, step, shot, step).  Same drill starting close to targets, draw and retreat.

- 10X10 seconds, gripping the gun HARD with weak hand, engaging chest and shoulder muscles, with a smooth trigger pull at the end of 10 seconds.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on April 02, 2017, 09:25:00 PM
Live Fire Training, April 2, 2017

Using 124 gr Extreme RN, with 4.2 gr HP-38.

Started with Dot Torture at 3 yards.  Did 10-15 dry-fires as warm up.  Scored 42/50, dropped some easy ones on #2 and #3, missed two on weak-hand only.

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Did well on walk back drill today:
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 4/5
20 yards - 3/5
25 yards - 4/5

Practiced some additional weak-hand only (6/10) and strong-hand (9/10) only at 7 yards:

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Switched over to 124 gr RMR RN, 4.2 gr HP38.

Failure to stop drill, 30 shots at 12 yards, 4-second facing time, from low ready.  Did well, 10/10 head shots, 15/20 in the down zero, with 5 additional in the -1 zone, no flyers.

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Last drill was transition drill on six 4X6 index cards in two rows, shot three times at 10 yards, three times at 15 yards.  Mediocre results again this week.  Interesting that I again did the worst on targets 3 and 5, which are the center targets in each row and should theoretically be the easiest:

Target     10 yards       15 yards
1                  2/3               2/3
2                  2/3               2/3
3                  2/3               0/3
4                  1/3               3/3
5                  2/3               1/3
6                  2/3               3/3

Overall, I was pleased for not having done any live-fire in two and half weeks.  Dry-fire focus on strong grip with support hand helped, and I generally had a good focus on sights today.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on April 10, 2017, 02:25:11 PM
Shot my second IDPA match of the season this weekend.  It was another classifier, and my goal was to make Sharp Shooter, which I had missed by about 10 seconds when I shot my first classifier last month.  I ended up coming very close, but missed making my goal due to a single mental mistake that resulted in a procedural error on stage three. 

Here are my scores for each stage:

Stage 1
Down ? 12 (had a -5 miss on a head-shot)
Time ? 35.12
Score ? 47.12

Stage 2
Down ? 5
Time ? 30
Score ? 35

Stage 3
Down ? 17
Time ? 49.12 (including 3 second procedural error penalty)
Score ? 66.12

Total down ? 34
Total time ? 114.24
Total score  ? 148.24

My focus going in to this match was to SLOW DOWN and focus on good sight picture for each shot.  Basically, not to spazz out once the start buzzer went off.  Mission accomplished.  At the command ?Shooter, are you ready?? at the beginning of each stage, before I responded ?ready,? I closed my eyes, repeated the mantra ?Slow is smooth, smooth is fast? in my head, and pictured Clint Eastwood in the movie Unforgiven (in the scene where he very slowly and deliberately guns down a bunch of guys in a barroom).  Sounds silly, but it really helped ? I did not shoot too fast on any of the stages, and my total points down (34 total) was almost half what it was when I shot the same classifier last month (59 total). 

I had one miss on a head shot on stage 1 that resulted in a -5 penalty, which really hurt my score for that stage, but at least I was able to call the shot as it happened ? a good sign that I am improving as a shooter.  Scoring was -9 on Target 1 (left most), 0 on Target 2 (center), and -3 on Target 3 (right).  My -5 miss was a head-shot on Target 1, and I lost another couple of points on single-handed shooting, so I need to continue working on that.

I shot Stage 2 very well (scoring was -2, -1, -2 on Targets 1, 2, and 3, respectively) ? weekly dry-fire practice on shooting while advancing and retreating paid off.

Stage 3, scoring distribution was -5, -6, and -6 on Targets 1, 2, and 3 respectively.  I shot OK for me (I had 37 down on this stage alone the last time I shot it, so 50% improvement in accuracy), but I had a mental cramp during the first course of fire, and started moving from behind cover before I completed my reload.  The SO yelled out ?Hey!? which caused me to freeze and look back at him for two seconds, then he yelled ?Keep going!? so I completed the stage, and afterwards he informed that I had committed a Procedural Error (3 second penalty) by leaving cover with an empty gun.  I know the IDPA rules require you to reload behind cover, so can?t explain why I started to move, but lesson learned and I likely won?t make that mistake again. 

The cut-off for Sharp Shooter classification is 142 seconds, so that 3 second PE penalty and associated 2-3 seconds pause while I looked back at the SO caused me to fall just short of my goal.  The title/classification itself is kind of meaningless, but I was looking at 142 seconds as more of concrete, qualitative goal on which to focus my training and self-improvement.  So, very frustrating to come so close and just fall short, knowing that one mental hiccup likely prevented me from reaching that goal, but still encouraging to know that I am making improvement and very close to reaching it.  This was my fourth match going back to last fall, and this was the first time where it felt like everything slowed down for me and I was comfortable. Only hiccup was that the SO gave me a bit of a hard time on manually de-clocking my SP01, and I had to explain to him that since it was a manual safety, DA/SA gun and IDPA rules for SSP require me to start hammer down, that I had no choice but to manually decock the gun. 

Aside from the frustration of my PE, I had a great time.  Weather was beautiful, and as usual, the folks at Fairfax Rod & Gun Club ran a safe, friendly, and fun match.  I had several first-time IDPA shooters on my squad, and the SO and Match Director (and the other shooters) went out of their way to make them feel welcome, explain everything, and help them through the match.  Bummed that I will miss the next two monthly matches due to family commitments!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: 1SOW on April 10, 2017, 03:21:34 PM
An RO should not be heard or seen except for safety actions.  When a shooter is totally focussed on shooting the stage,  an oral or visual distraction can blow the stage.
  It's happened to me more than once.  I tried to politely tell the RO after the "...and holster" command.  It's not something you can't practice for.  On the other hand,  being able to cope with the unexpected isn't necessarily a bad thing IF everyone shooting gets the same and it's not a classifier stage.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on April 12, 2017, 07:08:43 AM
Live Fire Training - April 11, 2017

Ammo used:  Extreme 124 gr RN, 4.3 gr HP-38, 1.125 OAL, WSP primers

Dot torture at 3 yards - 43/50.  Did OK, half the misses came on SHO/WHO targets.  Dropped a couple of shots here and there where I lost focus and peeked at the target, rather than focusing on sights and smooth trigger pull.

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Walk-back drill was terrible this week:  I actually had zero hits on 20 and 25 on my first attempt, so ran the target back out and tried again.  Results were marginally better:
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 4/5
15 yards - 4/5
20 yards - 2/5
20 yards - 2/5

Single-handed shooting at 7 yards, 10 shots at each target (40 total).  Did terrible on left (weak) hand -- 12/20; too much trigger finger pulled everything to the right (bottom target).  Once I "choked up" on the trigger further toward the tip of my finger, shots came back on target (upper target).  Right hand felt good, 17/20.

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Failure to stop drill, 12 yards, 4 second facing time from low ready, 10 reps of 3 shots each (30 shots total): 9/10 head shots, 15/20 in the zero, 4 in the -1, 1 flyer in -3.

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Transition drill (six 4X6 index cards in two rows, shot three times at 10 yards, three times at 15 yards).  Mediocre results for the third training session in a row (actually did OK at 10 yards, but very poor at 15, so mediocre overall).  Disappointing, because I was making an extra effort on smooth trigger pull, and following through on each shot -- I did not "call" any misses as I was shooting it, so not sure why I did so poorly.  Perhaps I was unconsciously flinching:

Target     10 yards       15 yards
1                  3/3               3/3
2                  2/3               1/3
3                  2/3               1/3
4                  3/3               2/3
5                  3/3               1/3
6                  3/3               1/3

Finished up by testing some new reloads - RMR 115 gr FMJ with 5.1 and 5.3 gr WSF, 1.120 OAL, S&B primers (I had previously tested a ladder of 4.7, 4.9, 5.1, and 5.3 gr WSF).  25 shots of each at 7 yards as fast as I could, about 3 shots/second; played around a bit with trigger reset and had one really nice group -- will experiment with that a bit more on my next live-fire training session.  The 115 gr FMJ with WSF had a bit more snap than the 124 gr bullets with HP-38 I have been using as my standard load, but after the first 3-4 shots, I was focused on the target and didn't really notice.  Would be a good practice load or back-up if I couldn't find any 124 gr bullets.  Couldn't really tell any difference in accuracy or recoil between 5.1 gr WSF and 5.3 gr WSF.  Think I will split the difference and load up a hundred at 5.2 gr WSF.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on April 13, 2017, 11:06:24 AM
An RO should not be heard or seen except for safety actions.  When a shooter is totally focussed on shooting the stage,  an oral or visual distraction can blow the stage.
  It's happened to me more than once.  I tried to politely tell the RO after the "...and holster" command.  It's not something you can't practice for.  On the other hand,  being able to cope with the unexpected isn't necessarily a bad thing IF everyone shooting gets the same and it's not a classifier stage.

Yes, I admit that I was little annoyed that the RO yelled out a non-safety issue and distracted me, but more mad at myself for having such a brain-fart.  I think the RO was just surprised, and he blurted out "hey" unintentionally, so I can't really blame him.  FWIW, the club just posted the overall match results, and they forgot to add the -3 Procedural Error to my score, so the 2-3 seconds the RO cost me by yelling out were a wash.  As usual with such things, it all evens out in the end. 

A classifier is not really a match, in that you're competing with yourself more than the other shooters, but just by way of assessing where I fit in with my peers at this club, I finished 14th out of 43 SSP shooters, and 1st out of 23 folks who classified MM (is it better to be the #1 MM, or the worst SS?  ;D).  Analyzing my results with the guys in SS class, it appears as if that missed head shot (-5) on stage 1  hurt me more than the screw-up on stage 3.  My raw times on all three stages were slower than the SS-class shooters, but my points down and overall scores on stages 2 and 3 were better than several of them.  Still frustrated at myself for just missing my 142 goal, but encouraging to see how everyone else did and know that I just need to pick up a couple of seconds and/or eliminate a single mike and I'll make my goal.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on April 13, 2017, 11:12:52 AM
Dry-fire training, April 12 2017.

- 10-20 slow draws from concealment, focusing on technique (strong weak-hand grip, press out at eye-level, and smooth trigger pull).

- FAST target - 20 draws, shoot 2 at 3X5 box, reload, and 4 shots at five-inch circle.  Worked this down to 7 seconds in dry-fire, which is supposedly the threshold for "advanced."  I doubt I could do it that fast in live-fire, but sub-10 seconds ("intermediate") seems possible.

- 40 strong-hand only shots at FAST target and three 1/3-scale IDPA targets.

- 40 weak-hand only shots at FAST target and three 1/3-scale IDPA targets.  Focused on getting used to using the tip of my trigger finger to avoid throwing shots to the right.

- A couple of minutes starting with back to targets, turn, draw, and advance.  Tried to focus on knees bent, and pulling trigger while my foot was in the air (shot, step, shot, step).  Same drill starting close to targets, turn, draw, and retreat.

- 10 or so reps shooting around a barricade at 1/3 scale IDPA targets.

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on April 16, 2017, 03:11:09 PM
I went skeet and pistol shooting with a buddy yesterday at the local Izaak Walton club.  I haven't shot skeet since last fall, so I was pretty terrible at that, but I shot pistol very well.  The way the range is set up at this IWLA, the minimum distance you can shoot at is 25 yards.  So we put up a full scale IDPA practice target, and a couple of reactive B-8 bullseyes, and just plinked (plunked?) away for a couple of hundred rounds.  Mostly with my CZSPO1 Shadow Custom, and a little with his HK45.  I commented to my friend that at the indoor range, 25 yards seems very far away, and I do very poorly shooting at the B-8 at that range.  However, outdoors, it did not seem that far away, and I was hitting the black in the B-8s with almost every shot.  The IDPA target looked huge -- I got bored of putting double-taps into the zero zone, so started doing double-taps on the head, and probably had about 90% hits.  It was fun to shoot his 45, which I have not done in a long time -- made the 9 mm seem like a .22 when I went back and forth between the pistols. 

This was all just fun plinking, not really training, but I practiced shooting with a trigger reset for most of my shots, and it definitely seemed to help with accuracy.  So, although this was just an excuse to get outside on a nice day, I think it was actually beneficial for my training to plink away for fun for an hour or so, rather than focus intently on my usual drills and worry about each and every shot and whether I did better or worse than the last time out.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on April 19, 2017, 05:47:34 AM
Baldrage--Good report.  I have similar thoughts about training versus recreation, from the mental aspect of shooting. 

Training becomes "work" too easily for me.  I get serious about it, have a plan, a routine, some goals each time I get in the truck to head to the range.  If I shoot well, I pat myself on the back and think to myself, this will make another good entry in my log book, I am making progress with all this hard work! 

Then we take a friend or a student out to the range, for the purpose of helping them shoot or comparing pistols, or something like that.  We go just for the joy of shooting.  I don't even know what distances or targets we will shoot at, then we get there and I can't resist putting up a bullseye B-8c target and then a few paper plates for fun.  We shoot the plates, completely relaxed and just working through a magazine almost subconsciously, without much effort other than "gosh that trigger is gritty and has a long creepy pull".  But we see how well we can shoot when we aren't working at it. 

My theory is that all the hours shooting with a plan and with some goals as disciplined practice is showing up as subconscious trigger control without conscious effort.  Mentally, we let our brains do what we have trained to do, we don't overthink, we aren't distracted with results and outcomes, our expectations are not driving our trigger fingers.  We simply shoot.  Line up the crummy factory sights and move the trigger without moving the gun.  We don't know where in the trigger stroke the gun is going to go off and we don't care.  We just shoot. 

I could win every match I enter if I could plink instead of getting so serious about "competition". 

There is a lesson for us here. 

Joe
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on April 29, 2017, 07:52:48 AM
Live Fire Training, April 25, 2017

Ammunition - RMR 124 gr plated RN, 4.3 gr HP-38, 1.125 OAL, mixed brass, WSPP

I was eager to see if the excellent marksmanship from my plinking expedition last week carried over to training drills this week.  Grip and sight picture felt good throughout, results were mixed.  I continued to practice shooting from trigger reset, rather than releasing trigger on every shot.

Dot torture, 3 yards.  Shot this the best I have in a long time - 46/50.  Dropped a couple on #2 and #3 where I lost focus and peeked at the target, then one weak-hand shot on #8
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Followed up with some strong-hand and weak-hand only shooting at 7 yards.  20 shots with each hand at 5 inch circle targets.  SHO was very good - 18/20.  WHO was terrible - I went 2/10 until I remembered Joe L's advice to "pull the trigger finger back to your nose."  Results improved after that - 6 out of the last 10. 

Walk back drill not very good today:

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

Transition drill -- six index cards in two rows, shot three times at 10 yards, three times at 15 yards.  Another poor showing.  Not sure if I was peeking at target or starting to flinch:

Target     10 yards       15 yards
1                  3/3               2/3
2                  2/3               2/3
3                  2/3               1/3
4                  3/3               3/3
5                  2/3               0/3
6                  3/3               3/3

Finished up with a new drill, I'll call "IDPA drill" -- two 1/3 scale IDPA targets at 7 yards, one set up about six inches lower than the other.  Shoot 3 rounds at each body, reload, 3 rounds at each head.  I came up with this to practice shooting at multiple IDPA targets, and especially transitioning to head shots.  Ran the drill four times, scored as follows:

Round 1: - 14 (missed two head shots at -5 each)
Round 2:    -9 (another missed head shot)
Round 3:   - 6
Round 4:    -1

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Finished up by testing out some new handloads with WSF powder.

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 05, 2017, 09:22:48 AM
Live Fire Training, 5/2/2017

Ammo used - 124 gr RMR RN, 4.3 gr Hp-38, 1.130 COAL, WSP, mixed brass

Started w/dot torture at 3 yards.  46/50 -- missed one shot on WHO #8, and a couple of others where I lost strict focus on front sight and peeked at the target.

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Weak-hand and strong-hand only at seven yards.  A little bit better on WHO this week -- 10/20 -- but a little bit worse on SHO -- 15/20.   

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Walk back drill -- ran out of RMR 124 gr ammo after 10 yards, and had to switch over to 125 gr Blue Bullets, 4.0 gr HP-38, 1.110 COAL, WSP.  I don't know if it was the ammo or me, but coincidentally, accuracy beyond 10 yards went in the toilet for the rest of the outing. 

5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 1/5
20 yards - 1/5
25 yards - 0/5

Transition drill -- five index cards in two rows, shot three times at 10 yards, three times at 15 yards.  Results at 15 yards were terrible:

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

Finished up with IDPA drill at 7 yards.  Two shots to each body, then one to each head.

Round 1:   - 4
Round 2:    -1
Round 3:   - 4
Round 4:    -9

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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 10, 2017, 06:38:55 PM
Live Fire Training, 5/9/17

Ammo used - RMR 124 GR Hard Core Plated RN, 4.3 gr HP-38, 1.125 COAL, WSP, Blazer and FC brass

Usual Dot Torture at 3 yards to get started.  43/50 -- missed only one shot on single-handed targets, but dropped two easy ones each on #6 and #9.  Easy to lose mental focus on this drill and start peeking at the target rather than front site ...

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Weak hand-only and strong-hand only, 20 shots each, 7 yards.  Did well on SHO (16/20), very poor on WHO (7/20).  Still pulling all of my WHO shots to the right, but at least not as far right (they would have mostly been -0 hits on IDPA target).  Need to continue working this, and practicing firm grip in dry-fire so I don't milk the pistol when shooting WHO in live-fire.

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Walk back drill -- results were terrible at 15, 20, and 25 yards, so I re-shot to get some additional practice.  Results were only marginally better:

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

Transition drill -- six index cards in two rows, shot three times at 10 yards, three times at 15 yards.  Results were mixed; I guess marginal improvement over last week's practice:

Target     10 yards       15 yards
1                  2/3               1/3
2                  3/3               3/3
3                  3/3               2/3
4                  3/3               0/3
5                  3/3               2/3
6                  0/3 (!)          3/3

Failure to stop drill at 12 yards, 4 second facing time.  Hit 8/10 head shots (-4 IDPA scoring with one flyer in -3 and one in the neck area for -1), and 16/20 body shots in -0 zone (-4 IDPA scoring):

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IDPA drill at 7 yards, with two 1/3-scale targets hung as pictured, one lower than the other.  Shot 2 at the body on each target, then 1 on each head.  Did OK on body, but had a lot of -5 misses on the head shots which killed my scores:

Round 1:   - 15
Round 2:   -7
Round 3:   - 11
Round 4:   -3
Round 5:   -11

Finished up by testing some new handloads with WSF powder (4.9 gr) and the RMR 124 gr RN plated bullet.  Accurate, but recoil was a bit stronger than my normal load of 4.2 gr HP-38).  Will drop the WSF to 4.7 gr and try another 50 rounds next week.

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Overall, an effective outing.  Results were not stellar, but these are all relatively difficult drills.  Areas to work on are:  WHO, first shot from draw/low ready, and accuracy from 15 - 25 yards.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 01, 2017, 07:21:11 PM
Live Fire Training, May 30, 2017

Haven't updated in a while ... last trip to the range was devoted entirely to testing out some different handloads and a new-to-me .40 upper for my SP01 Shadow, so nothing interesting to report, but got back to training routine this week.

First up, Dot Torture at 3 yards with Kadet Kit.  45/50, all 5 misses were result of anticipating recoil in first DA shot.  This is a bad habit I've picked up over the last few months as I started to focus more on grip and faster follow-up shots.  I have no flinch/anticipation after the first shot, but it's definitely there on the first shot in most of my strings.  Did well on strong-hand-only and weak-hand-only, which I have really been practicing in dry-fire.

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Next up, walk back drill, still with .22.  I re-shot the 15, 20, and 25 yard targets for some extra practice.

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

Switched back to 9mm, using RMR 115 gr FMJ with 4.8 gr HP-38, S&B primers, at 1.15 COAL and FC brass.  SHO/WHO at 7 yards.  Hit 8/10 SHO, and 12/20 WHO. Definite improvement with WHO over my last couple of outings, but plenty of room to get better.

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Transition drill -- five index cards in two rows, shot three times at 10 yards, three times at 15 yards.  Results were mixed; I guess marginal improvement over last time out.  Not sure what happened on #5 at 15 yards, peeking at the target maybe:

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

IDPA drill at 7 yards, with two 1/3-scale targets hung as pictured, one lower than the other.  Shot 2 at the body on each target, then 2 on each head, as fast as I could get a good sight picture, about 2 shots/second.  Did very well on this drill:

Round 1:   - 2
Round 2:     0
Round 3:   - 3
Round 4:    -2
Round 5:    -1

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Tested out another ladder of handloads - RMR 124 gr plated FN, 3.6 - 4.2 gr HP-38, S&B primers, 1.055 COAL, Win brass.  Shot well free-hand at 7 yards,  all were very accurate, soft recoil.

Switched over to .40 upper and shot failure-to-stop drill with 3 rounds to the body, 2 rounds to the head, 10 times, at 12 yards.  Untimed, but as fast as I could get a good sight picture (maybe 3 rounds/1.25 seconds).  Standard factory sights on this upper, and they are terrible -- very hard to see in a dimly-light, in-door range.  20/30 in the zero zone on the body -- all of the misses due to flinching/anticipating recoil on the first DA shot.  17/20 head shots.  No flyers -- everything was in 0/-1.  Overall, pretty pleased for my first real drill shooting .40. 

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Take-aways:
1) Need to drill the heck out of first DA shot to get rid of this flinch!
2) WHO improving, need to keep working on it in dry-fire.


Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 19, 2017, 09:21:57 PM
Live Fire Training, 6/12/2017

Started out with Kadet Kit, Dot Torture at 3 yards.  44/50 - flinched on four of my first 8 shots (all DA), then settled down and only missed two the rest of the way.  Hit all of the one-handed shots.

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Followed up with walk back drill, still with .22.  I re-shot the 15, 20, and 25 yard targets for some extra practice.

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

Switched over to 9mm, using RMR 115 gr FMJ with 4.8 gr HP-38, S&B primers, at 1.125 COAL and Blazer brass.  SHO/WHO at 7 yards.  Hit 8/10 SHO, and 14/20 WHO. Continued improvement with WHO over my last couple of outings, but still room to get better (targets are reversed in the pic below -- SHO should be on the right, and WHO on the left).

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Transition drill (five index cards in two rows, shot three times at 10 yards, three times at 15 yards).  Results were very good at 10 yards, except for first target -- flinching on the initial DA shot again.  15 yards - very inconsistent; need to slow down a bit and focus on front sight and follow-through.

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

IDPA drill at 7 yards, with two 1/3-scale targets hung as pictured, one lower than the other.  Shot 2 at the body on each target, then 2 on each head, as fast as I could get a good sight picture, about 2 shots/second.  Did very well on this drill for second outing in a row (but not as good as last time).  Missed one head shot on round 5 that cost me -5:

Round 1:   - 1
Round 2:    -1
Round 3:   - 5
Round 4:    -2
Round 5:    -7

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Again, finished by switching over to .40 upper and shot failure-to-stop drill with 2 rounds to the body, 1 round to the head, 16 times, at 12 yards, 4 second facing time.  Standard factory sights on this upper are still very hard to see in a dimly-light, in-door range.  17/32 in the 0 zone on the body; 14/32 in the -1 zone, 5 flyers in the -3.  13/16 head shots.  Shot this much better last time out -- lots of flinching on first DA shot and jerking the trigger finger to beat the timer as I struggled to find the sights.

Take-aways:  need to keep working on flinch in first-shot DA; keep up the good work on WHO dry-fire; take my time at 15+ yards, especially in transitioning between targets - take the time to follow-through!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 21, 2017, 09:16:17 PM
Live Fire Training - 6/20/2017

Started off with usual Dot Torture at 3 yards, using Kadet Kit.  Did well for me, 46/50 - dropped my usual shot on #1 due to over-anticipating recoil on DA shot, missed one shot each on SHO and WHO targets, and dropped another one on #7. 

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Walk-back drill with 4x6 cards, still with .22.  I re-shot the 15, 20, and 25 yard targets for some extra practice.  This was very good shooting for me, and an improvement over the last several outings.

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

Stuck with the Kadet kit for some extra SHO and WHO shooting. 7 yards, hit 16/16 SHO, and 17/20 WHO

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Followed up with one-handed shooting with 9mm -- RMR 115 gr FMJ, 4.8 gr HP-38, WSPP, Blazer Brass, 1.125 COAL.  Same results I always get on SHO - 8/10, but my WHO continued to show improvement -- 16/20.

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Next, transition drill (five index cards in two rows, shot three times at 10 yards, three times at 15 yards).  Shot the drill twice for extra practice.  Results were very good at 10 yards, except for first target -- flinching on the initial DA shot again.  15 yards - much better this week, did a lot better job focusing on front sight and follow-through.

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

IDPA drill next.  Started off OK, but then had two misses on run #3 and one miss on run #4 at -5 each that killed my score.  Need to remember to really follow-through on the head-shots.  This drill and the next drill were shot with RMR 124 gr RN Hard-Core plated bullets, 4.8 gr WSF, WSPP, mixed brass, 1.125.  I know some forum members swear by WSF, but it seems pretty snappy to me -- I was able to recover sights more quickly and felt less recoil with the 115 gr FMJ and HP-38 rounds.

Round 1:   - 3
Round 2:    -3
Round 3:   - 13
Round 4:    -6

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Finished up with failure-to-stop drill at 12 yards, 4 second facing time.  OK results - 5/9 headshots, 14/18 of the body shots were in 0 zone, all the misses were in -1.  Yup, need to focus on follow-through on the head-shots.

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Overall, a good outing -- pleased with how I shot.  A few flinches on initial DA shot here and there, but much improved over the last couple of outings. 

Planning to hit either a bowling pin match or IDPA match this weekend if we are not rained out here on the east coast.  Will try to snap some photos and post a report back here.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 26, 2017, 06:53:31 AM
I ventured across the Potomac into Maryland on Saturday for my second IDPA match of the year at Anne Arundel Fish & Game Club (AAFG).  I was nervous about traveling into the People's Democratic Republic of Maryland with a firearm, but I researched the Maryland gun laws, kept ammo and gun in separate locked containers, and strictly obeyed the speed limit for the entire trip. 

First time I have shot at AAFG.   It is a much smaller club than Fairfax Rod & Gun Club (FFRGC), which is the closest IDPA venue to me here in Northern Virginia.  Facilities and grounds are much smaller and older at AAFG, but the people were friendly and they ran an efficient and safe match.  There were 36 participants for this match, so we were divided into three squads of 12 shooters.  This is about half the size of the normal turnout at FFRGC, and my impression was that the experience and skill level at AAFG was much higher -- on average -- than at FFRGC, with a lot fewer rookie/novice shooters. 

After helping to set up the targets, we registered and began the match at 1000.  The match itself was shot on three small action pistol ranges, and each range was set up into two courses of fire.  Overall, the courses of fire were short in distance (longest shot I think was 15 yards), but were complicated and tricky, with a lot of seated shooting, a couple of props, two difficult swinging targets, and a lot of no-shoots and partially covered targets.  I will give a short description below for anyone who is interested.

I finished 16 out of 36 shooters with one DQ and one no-show, so really 16 out of 34, and I came in third of the 10 folks classified as MM class.  Would always like to do better, but I shot to the best of my ability, and as I said, the average skill level seemed higher than in my handful of previous matches, so I came away pleased with my performance.  Aside from the two difficult swinging targets, I was very accurate, scoring only -1 on Stage 1, -2 on Stage 3, -3 on Stage 3, and -1 on Stage 5.  Stages 4 and 6 each had the tricky swingers that caused me to finish -11 and - 10 respectively, for overall total of -28 for the match.  I shot accurately, and my strategy for the match was to take the time for an extra round on all head shots or other difficult targets in order to ensure a hit.  That paid off in terms of accuracy, but did cost me some time, and forced me to go to a third magazine on a couple of stages.  All of my range and dry-fire practice paid off, as draws, reloads, and straight-forward targets were done smoothly and accurately, as if I were on autopilot. 

With only 36 shooters, the match was done by 1230.  I helped break down the targets and police brass, and was on the road for the return to trip Virginia by 1300.  In summary, a fun match and a good crowd of shooters.  Glad I ventured out to explore AAFG and discover another option for IDPA within an hours' drive.
 
Stage descriptions (in the order I shot them):
Range 3, right side - this was an airplane scenario that had us grabbing our gun and reloads out of a box ("holster" of a downed air marshal) to engage six targets in three rows interspersed with several no-shoots from a kneeling position.  The no-shoots made for some tricky angles, and required some shuffling on your knees to avoid hitting them.  I finished -1 on this COF.

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Range three, left side - this was a car scenario, that had us grabbing our gun from the "dashboard" to start, and engaging several targets from the passenger's seat, before exiting the car to engage the remaining targets from behind the car door.  This course of fire included a steel target that when hit, released a high target that spun as it dropped, requiring two VERY quick follow-up shots to engage before it finished its descent.  I was not quick enough and missed the drop/spinner for -10, my only misses on this course of fire.

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Range 1, right side - This course started off shooting the first two targets on the move, then going to cover and engaging a steel target and another target from cover, before moving to a door, engaging two targets (with a no-shoot partly covering both) through the door, and then engaging three more targets around the left side of the door (two of which were covered with no-shoots).  I finished -1 on this stage.

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Range 1, left side - We started seated, with pistol and reloads in a briefcase.  First three targets were engaged seated, then we moved, carrying the briefcase to low cover behind the barrels to engage the rest of the targets, including a swinger and two targets covered by a no-shoot.  I finished -2 for this COF.

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Range 2, right side - Started seated, and engaged the first target, three small steel targets, and a final target at about 15 yards from seated position, before advancing to cover to engage a couple of targets on the left.  This was trickier than it looked, as hitting the second and third steel targets from seated position was no easy feat and took most shooters (including me) multiple shots.  I finished this stage -3.

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Range 2, left side - Yes, that is a toilet in the picture below.  This was a construction site shoot-out scenario that had us shooting the entire stage one-handed from the "throne."  On the buzzer, pull rope to engage swinger, then pick up pistol with strong hand, hold curtain with left hand, and engage all of the targets SHO while seated.  I had a brain cramp and forgot to pull the rope to start, so had to stop after engaging the first two targets, reach over with my left hand, grab the rope to pull it and engage swinger, then go back to shooting.  I had a couple of -3s on the swinger, and dropped several -1s on other targets, to finish -11 for this stage.

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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 29, 2017, 10:36:38 PM
Live Fire Training, 6/27/2017

Started with Kadet Kit and Dot Torture at 3 yards.  42/50.  Flinched on first DA shot several times and missed two WHO shots.

Walk-back drill with 4x6 cards, still with .22.  I re-shot the 15, 20, and 25 yard targets for some extra practice.  Kind of funny because there was a gentlemen next me who, judging by the coaching/instruction, I think was hosting a co-worker on his first trip to the range -- they were shooting a .22 rifle with scope at 25 yards at a standard B-8 target and looked at me kind of slacked-jaw when I ran the target out to 20 and and 25 yards and was hitting index cards with a pistol. :D

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

Switched over to 9 mm upper and RMR 115 gr FMJ, 4.8 gr HP-38, 1.125 COAL, mixed brass, WSPP.  Started with SHO/WHO. Hit 10/10 on SHO at 7 yards, then switched over to WHO and noticed 8 of my first 10 shots were in a nice group 2-3 inches to the right of the target circle.  Looked down at my pistol and yep, the rear sight had come loose and worked its way over to the right.  So that was the end of my normal practice routine -- no sense trying to shoot out past 7 yards with jacked-up sights.  Fortunately, I had brought a couple of FAST targets with me, because I had a notion to try it out this drill at the end of my normal practice routine just for fun. 

For those not familiar with the Fundamentals of Accuracy and Speed Test (FAST), it involves two targets - a 3X5 horizontal target box, and below that, an 8 inch circle.  The drill is to draw, shoot two at the 3X5, reload, then shoot 4 at the target circle, at 7 yards.  Each miss adds time to your score; less then 10 seconds is considered "intermediate," and less than 7 seconds is considered "advanced."   I shot the drill ten times, and had a single miss on the first DA shot to the 3X5 every darn time!  That adds 2 seconds to the time, plus another .5 second for shooting without concealment.  With those time penalties, I was consistently in the 7-8 second raw time, plus 2.5 seconds for a miss and no concealment, put me in the 9.5 range -- just making the cutoff for "intermediate."  This drill really drove home that I have to put some dedicated work into eliminating my consistent flinch in first DA shot, as I am shooting all of the follow-up shots accurately and quickly.  I'm planning to add a drill just to work on single DA shots to my standard practice routine until I can overcome this bad habit.

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on July 01, 2017, 07:07:25 AM
Baldrage--just catching up with your last few reports.  Great job shooting and writing up the recent match.  I would have done OK on the SHO stage sections!

What do you think now of training using the Kadet for preparation for a centerfire only match?   

I did both, but shifted primarily to the 9mm for IDPA preparation and made my 9mm ammo supplier very happy.   The Kadet was great for transition drills but not much help for rapid sequences.  At least that is what I remember.   

Joe

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on July 02, 2017, 03:20:05 PM
What do you think now of training using the Kadet for preparation for a centerfire only match?   

I did both, but shifted primarily to the 9mm for IDPA preparation and made my 9mm ammo supplier very happy.   The Kadet was great for transition drills but not much help for rapid sequences.  At least that is what I remember.   

Joe

I'm using the Kadet primarily on my precision shooting drills -- Dot Torture, Walk Back out to 25 yards -- not anything involving recoil or follow-up/transitions.  With the 13.5# hammer spring I'm using on my SP01 Shadow Custom, I get about 5% light strikes with the Kadet, so it would be very frustrating for say, a FAST drill or Failure-to-Stop drill.  But it is a still good way of keeping training costs down.  Even though I reload 9 mm, it costs me about $.12/round for 9mm, and I've been getting .22 for $.075/round, so with the $.05/round difference, I'm saving about about $5 every range trip, or about $20/month -- that's about half of my monthly range membership fee.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Boris_LA on July 02, 2017, 03:32:46 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.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L 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. 

Joe
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Boris_LA 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.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage 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!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Boris_LA 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.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage 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:

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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:

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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 ...

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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!

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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.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage 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 :

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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.

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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.

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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:

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

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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.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage 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.

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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.

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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!

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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage 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.

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

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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.

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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.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage 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.

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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:

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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:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4366/35980304850_29040c8b18_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WPst6C)08032017_SHO-WHO (https://flic.kr/p/WPst6C) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), 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.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage 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.

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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.

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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):

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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!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage 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.

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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.

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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.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage 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. 

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4355/37214291331_0fa8a4f0a9_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YGuYhB)09182017_DOT (https://flic.kr/p/YGuYhB) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), 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:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4359/36544818663_eb90666c50_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XFkKop)09182017_PRESS (https://flic.kr/p/XFkKop) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), 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:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4347/37214291261_3cff0cc40f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YGuYgp)09182017_SHO-WHO (https://flic.kr/p/YGuYgp) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), 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:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4350/37184817402_50bedc56d6_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YDTUHq)09182017_IDPA (https://flic.kr/p/YDTUHq) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), 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.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage 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:

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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:

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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:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4446/23556639688_93cb22910a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/BTBWh9)09262017_SHO-WHO (https://flic.kr/p/BTBWh9) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage 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:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4485/37690916332_2be99a4d41_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZqBNi3)10102017_DOT (https://flic.kr/p/ZqBNi3) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), 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.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4489/37674704036_854014ea7f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZpbGWG)10102017_SHO_WHO (https://flic.kr/p/ZpbGWG) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), 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.

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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.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage 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.

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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.

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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.

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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on October 18, 2017, 07:36:40 AM
Baldrage--first, great match report.  Second, the only way I learned to shoot WHO was to have my strong arm in a sling for 6 weeks following rotater cuff surgery.  Seriously, I would go to the range and shoot weak hand only the whole time.  My trigger finger placement and grip have to be refreshed WHO every time I shoot that way after not doing so for a while.  Do this maybe once per month and shoot maybe 10% of your normal practice rounds WHO.  For movement, dry fire drills at home using some 1/3 size targets maybe?   You already have plenty of SHO in your practices, I think. 

I always had to spend some time analyzing the match while it was fresh in my mind, identifying where I lost points, and worked on those areas very specifically or else I would fall back in to the same routine I was going through pre-match. 

Joe



Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on October 19, 2017, 12:43:36 PM
Thanks for the feedback, Joe!  I already make sure I shoot twice as many rounds WHO as SHO in both my dry-fire and live-fire practice.  While I wouldn't go to your extreme and break my own arm just to focus on it (;)), the idea of focusing exclusively on WHO/SHO for a couple of weeks or at least one range session per month is what I am debating.

Good tip on practicing movement drills in dry-fire with 1/3 scale targets -- already doing that, but can't get the same feedback/validation at the range on whether I'm putting in good dry-fire reps or just building training scars.  I guess that's just one aspect that really only gets better the more matches you shoot.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on October 19, 2017, 09:09:58 PM
Live Fire Training - October 17, 2017

After three weeks in a row of 49/50, I KNEW I was going to clean the Dot Torture tonight, and I did it (barely! close calls on #5 and #10):

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4462/23949775888_56ddef11bf_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CumRYu)10172017_DOT (https://flic.kr/p/CumRYu) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Walk-back drill was good tonight, too.  Target is 4X6 index card.  Perfect out to 15 yards, and consistent at 20 and 25:

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

Switched over from Kadet kit to 9mm ... shot various loads, trying to clean up some various RMR 115 and 124 FMJ loads with HP38 and WSF I had laying around.

Transition drill -- target is five 4X6 index cards arranged in two rows, 1 shot at each card, then re-load and repeat two more times, for total of three shots on each target.  Ran the drill twice at 10 yards and twice at 15 yards. Did much better than the last time I shot this a few weeks ago:

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

Did just a little strong hand only and weak hand only shooting, 6/8 SHO and 5/8 WHO:

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

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4489/23949776228_474a73f500_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CumS5m)10172017_IDPA (https://flic.kr/p/CumS5m) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on October 22, 2017, 07:30:44 AM
The dot torture drill looks excellent to me.  hit on the line is as good as hit on the number, in dot torture and bullseye. 

Joe
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on October 26, 2017, 07:29:56 PM
Live Fire Training, Oct 24, 2017

Moved the Dot Torture back to 4 yards this week ... 47/50, that extra yard made a difference!

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Walk-back drill was outstanding tonight, except for 15 yards: 
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 4/5 (4/5)
20 yards - 5/5 (5/5)
25 yards - 3/5 (5/5)

Switched over to 9mm, shooting some RMR 115 gr FMJ, 4.8gr HP-38. 

Transition drill -- perfect at 10 yards, not-so-good at 15 yards:

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

Strong-hand and weak-hand-only - 9/10 with strong-hand, but only 9/20 with weak-hand (pulled everything to the right):

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4462/37244529764_5f85247a63_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YKaX7U)10242017_SHO-WHO (https://flic.kr/p/YKaX7U) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

IDPA drill at 7 yards, ran it 5 times, finished -5, -4, -1, -8 (-5 for missing a head shot), and -1:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4467/37244529604_09e9447cc7_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YKaX59)10242017_IDPA (https://flic.kr/p/YKaX59) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Finished up testing some Precision Delta 124 JHPs with 3.6 - 3.9 gr Titegroup.  First time I have tried TG -- soft shooting, but DIRTY.  By the time I shot off 20 rounds each at 3.6, 3.7, 3.8 gr, my pistol jammed up hard while shooting 3.9 gr rounds.  Had to really rack it hard to get the slide to pull back and eject the round.  Re-inserted a different round and had same result.  Got it home, cleaned the pistol, and it seems to be functioning fine, so I'm thinking that 70 rounds with TG got the gun so dirty it was not cycling.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on November 11, 2017, 03:27:55 PM
Live Fire Training - Nov 8, 2017

Started with Kadet kit, Dot Torture at 4 yards: 48/50

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4537/24466272968_c03c54c816_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Dh13yy)11082017_DOT (https://flic.kr/p/Dh13yy) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Walk-back drill was weird tonight at 20 yards: 
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 5/5
20 yards - 3/5 (0/5, 1/5)
25 yards - 3/5 (3/5, 4/5)

Switched to 9 mm, started with transition drill, perfect at 10 yards for the second outing in a row:

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

Single-handed shooting at 7 yards; 18/20 SHO, 23/30 WHO:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4525/24466272778_a0aefce86a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Dh13vh)11082017_SHO-WHO (https://flic.kr/p/Dh13vh) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Finished with 1/3 scale IDPA target, 7 yards, 4 second facing time failure-to-stop drill:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4517/24466272688_2b204f0fdb_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Dh13tJ)11082017_IDPA (https://flic.kr/p/Dh13tJ) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Overall, pretty good outing for me.  I was actually kind of nervous shooting because by sheer coincidence, the instructor from my concealed carry class, who is a well-known instructor here in the mid-Atlantic, was in the lane next to me.  I felt like a kid taking his drivers' ed instructor for a ride!

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on November 26, 2017, 08:59:54 PM
Live Fire Training - Nov 20, 2017

Started with Kadet kit, Dot Torture at 4 yards: 47/50.  Missed two easy shots on #1 and #3, should have had 49/50!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4522/38635793902_e0193442bf_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21S7xtC)11202017_DOT_22 (https://flic.kr/p/21S7xtC) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Walk-back drill was pretty good tonight, except for 15 yards:
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 4/5 (4/5)
20 yards - 3/5 (4/5)
25 yards - 3/5 (4/5)

Switched to 9mm and transition drill -- stunk it up on my first run at 10 yards, than missed only one shot on second run at 10 yards, and one shot at 15 yards:

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

SHO/WHO at 7 yards -- 16/20 SHO, 20/30 at WHO.  Started off pulling everything to the right again on WHO, then settled down and focused ruthlessly on the front sight and follow-through, and started putting them inside the ring.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4572/38635793932_1946ab8f22_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21S7xu9)11202017_SHO-WHO (https://flic.kr/p/21S7xu9) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Last up, IDPA drill at 7 yards, 6 second PAR, 2 shots to each body, then 1 shot to each head.  Ran it four or five times, but I messed up on the timer and ran them all at once instead of one at a time, so didn't get any good scoring data for each individual run.  Did OK, overall, one miss on a head shot would have been -5, and had two shots in the -3 zone, but everything else was 0 or -1.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4516/38667792521_ac25d4ed18_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21UWxxX)11202017_IDPA (https://flic.kr/p/21UWxxX) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on December 02, 2017, 10:25:31 AM
Live Fire Training, November 27, 2017

Started off as always with Kadet kit and Dot Torture, at 4 yards.  47/50, lost focus and missed two easy shots on #1 and #7:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4540/27010857979_902ed36eed_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/H9RH2V)11272017_DOT_22 (https://flic.kr/p/H9RH2V) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Walk-back drill:
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 4/5 (5/5)
20 yards - 3/5 (5/5)
25 yards - 1/5 (4/5)

Switched to 9mm using 124 gr PD JHP, 3.9 gr HP-38.  Transition drill - missed cleaning 10 yards by one shot, lots of room for improvement at 15 yards:

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

SHO/WHO -- 18/20 SHO, 17/20 WHO.  Huge improvement in WHO this week, key was to stop fighting recoil and just let the gun do what it wanted to do, then get back on the sights. 

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4525/38069652074_52e8399538_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2115VeC)11272017_SHO-WHO (https://flic.kr/p/2115VeC) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Lastly, IDPA drill with 1/3 scale targets at 7 yards, 2 shots to each body, then 2 shots to each head, 6 second PAR time.  This was tough, missed several head shots that resulted in -5 scores.  Only one -3 flyer on the body shots, but the missed head shots really tanked my overall scores.  Ran the drill 5 times and finished -8, -2 (outstanding for me), -11, -16, and -11.  Overall, not great, but then again, this is equivalent to trying to do head shots at speed on full-size targets at ~20 yards, so I guess not too bad, all things considered.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4548/38069651974_e8c23a82c7_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2115VcU)11272017_IDPA (https://flic.kr/p/2115VcU) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on December 13, 2017, 09:06:31 PM
Live Fire Training, December 5, 2017

Dot torture at 4 yards -- 43/50.  Dropped a lot of easy shots:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4559/39007786992_d96e96bff4_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22qZ74A)12052017_DOT_22 (https://flic.kr/p/22qZ74A) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Walk-back drill was much better -- missed cleaning it by 2 shots:
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 5/5 (4/5)
20 yards - 4/5 (5/5)
25 yards - 4/5 (4/5)

Switched to 9mm using 124 gr PD JHP, 3.9 gr HP-38.  Transition drill - missed cleaning 10 yards by one shot, lots of room for improvement at 15 yards:

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

Single-handed shooting at 7 yards - 9/10 SHO, a step back on WHO this week, only 13/20:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4584/39007786782_c2513deea8_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22qZ6ZY)12052017_SHO-WHO (https://flic.kr/p/22qZ6ZY) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Lastly, IDPA drill, 6 second PAR time.  Ran it 5 times, with the following scores:  -3, -12 (2 missed head shots), -15 (2 missed head shots), -12 (2 missed head shots), and -5.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4734/38158300985_aba5e83058_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/218Vgt8)12052017_IDPA (https://flic.kr/p/218Vgt8) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

My shooting was kind of inconsistent -- bad on a couple of drills, then a couple of good and bad runs on other drills.  I was fighting a cold, so focus wasn't completely there, but still a productive outing.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on December 22, 2017, 04:55:02 PM
Live Fire Training - Dec 19, 2017

Dot torture at 4 yards -- 42/50, missed lots of easy shots, but at least they were all pretty close to breaking the target circles.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4725/38350177175_b7568a23c4_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21qSFzi)12192017_DOT_22 (https://flic.kr/p/21qSFzi) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Walk-back drill was outstanding (for me) today.  For the second week in a row, missed cleaning it by 2 shots:
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 5/5 (4/5)
20 yards - 4/5 (3/5)
25 yards - 4/5 (4/5)

Switched over to 9mm for transition drill, did well at 10 yards (missed cleaning it by 1 shot), but terrible at 15 yards -- didn't follow-through on the sight picture, going too fast.

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

WHO/SHO - 16/20 SHO, 14/20 WHO, still room for improvement:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4597/38350177045_21e5b716f4_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21qSFx4)12192017_SHO-WHO (https://flic.kr/p/21qSFx4) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

IDPA drill, 6 second PAR, results were pretty bad, lots of missed head shots for -5 each killed my scores.  Looking at the patterns on the targets, it's obvious I am still anticipating recoil on the first DA shot and pulling it down and to the left:
1st run -8
2nd -12
3rd -8
4th -11
5th -6
6th -17
7th -15

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4593/25359577548_ebbf5d0c85_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ECWsTE)12192017_IDPA (https://flic.kr/p/ECWsTE) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Kind of surprised at how poorly I shot overall tonight -- I had done a lot of dry-fire the 2 weeks previous, and had just taken a training class the week before (will post an AAR when I have time to sit down and do a write-up) and really thought that would result in a stellar outing.  Oh well, still quality trigger time!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on January 07, 2018, 11:37:03 AM
Live Fire Training, Jan 2, 2018

First outing of 2018!

Dot Torture at 4 yards, 44/50, dropped two easy shots on #9 -- got to focus, focus, focus on front sight and stop peeking at the target!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4681/24669694747_3f42069d0f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DzYCLB)01022018_DOT_9 (https://flic.kr/p/DzYCLB) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Walk-back drill was not as good as my last visit to the range.  But, still kind of funny -- range was a little more crowded than usual on a week-night, as lots of folks coming out to try out their new X-mas blasters, so I ended up on the 50 yard rifle range, as the 25-yard pistol range was full.  Guys on both sides of me were shooting ARs at 10-15 yards, and I'm running my 4X6 index card targets out to 25 yards -- got some funny looks from the riflemen!
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 4/5
15 yards - 4/5 (4/5)
20 yards - 4/5 (4/5)
25 yards - 2/5 (3/5)

Transition drill, missed cleaning 10 yards by just one shot again, did a bit better on 15 yards than my last visit.  Like Dot Torture, got to focus on getting a good sight picture and not rushing my shots.  Easy to fall into shooting on rhythm in this drill, rather than waiting for a good sight picture.

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

Single-hand shooting at 7 yards, really good this week, 9/10 SHO, 17/20 WHO:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4598/24669694847_e9510d1bba_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DzYCNk)0102018_WHO-SHO (https://flic.kr/p/DzYCNk) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

IDPA drill also much better than last time out ... 7 yards, 1/3-scale targets, 6 second PAR, five rounds scored as follows:  -1, -2, -8 (one missed head shot for -5), -7 (another missed head shot), and -4.  Looking at the target on the left, it's clear I'm still flinching/anticipating recoil a bit on on first shot in DA.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4597/39507587032_713c4b7337_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23c9HcE)01022018_IDPA (https://flic.kr/p/23c9HcE) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on January 13, 2018, 10:26:41 AM
Live Fire Training, January 8, 2018

A little better at Dot Torture this week:  47/50:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4705/38958396664_d998037216_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22mBY3d)01082018_DOT_22 (https://flic.kr/p/22mBY3d) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Walk back drill was inconsistent -- perfect out to 20 yards on the first run, but then hit only 1/5 at 25 yards.  Subsequent strings at 15 and 20 yards not as good:

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

Transition drill with 9 mm (RMR 124 gr RN, 4.3 gr HP38).  Finally cleaned it at 10 yards, but shot very poorly on my first run-through at 15 yards, did better on the second attempt.

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

Single-hand shooting at 7 yards, 14/15 SHO, only 15/25 WHO.  Think I had too much trigger finger WHO and that resulted in pulling a lot of shots to the right:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4649/38958396534_fd60f76002_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22mBXZY)0108018_WHO-SHO (https://flic.kr/p/22mBXZY) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Finished up with IDPA drill, but with my .40 cal slide and some 165 gr RNFP Winchester target rounds.  Didn't have enough ammo for my usual 2 to each body, then 2 each head, so I did modified mozambique: 2 to each body, then 1 to each head.  Not timed, but probably ~7 seconds or so.  Results were pretty good: -2, -3, 0, -5, -1.  Jerked/flinched the first DA shot on a couple of strings into the -3 zone.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4650/39667325231_00267b2349_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23rgpNx)01082018_IDPA (https://flic.kr/p/23rgpNx) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Take-away from tonight's outing:  wondering if part of my problem on flinching/jerking first DA shot is too much trigger finger?  Could be I have too much finger on the first shot, then unconsciously adjust it on subsequent follow-up SA shots.  I will  focus on this during dry-fire practice and try to be more conscious of finger placement during my next range outing.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on January 21, 2018, 12:44:25 PM
Live Fire Training, January 16, 2018

Dot torture at 4 yards.  47/50; improved, but left-handed shooting was my weak point this time out:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4765/39819389841_c7a2ceec4b_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23EGMja)01162018_DOT_22 (https://flic.kr/p/23EGMja) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Walk--back drill:
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 5/5 (5/5)
20 yards - 3/5 (2/5, 3/5)
25 yards - 3/5 (3/5, 4/5)

Switched over to  9mm PD 124 gr JHPs, 3.9 gr Win 231.  New year, thought I would try some new drills ...

B-16 bullseye target at 25 yards, 10 shots, untimed.  51/100, 8 out of 10 shots were inside the 5-ring, other two were on the paper, but not in any of the scoring rings.  Joe L has nothing to worry about from me!

Next up, modified my usual transition drill.  New drill is three index cards in a spaced-out "U" shape -- a vertical card on the left, then a horizontal card in the bottom center, then another vertical index card on the right.  Two shots at each target drawing from the holster, ran the drill 3 times at 10 yards, then 3 times at 15 yards (36 shots total).  Results:

                   10 yards       15 yards
Left                 3/6               2/6
Center            4/6               5/6
Right               6/6               5/6

RHO and LHO shooting at 7 yards -- results were TERRIBLE this week!  6/10 RHO, and 11/20 LHO.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4723/39819389931_2fbbcd3962_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23EGMkH)0116018_WHO-SHO (https://flic.kr/p/23EGMkH) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Fiber optic fell out of my front sight as I was finishing LHO shooting, so I switched over to .40 slide and Win 165 gr RNFP for last two drills.

FAST drill -- I had the target set on a 9-second facing time, and finished all of four runs with a second or two to spare.  I didn't score the target each time, but cleaned the drill on two out of the four runs:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4695/24949189797_44c0f26fa9_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/E1F7UM)01162018_FAST_40 (https://flic.kr/p/E1F7UM) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Last up, IDPA drill at 7 yards, 8 second facing time, drawn from holster. Five runs, scored -11, -9, -7, -6, -8.  Still flinching on first DA shot and missed lots of head shots.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4745/24949189837_f2997d3216_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/E1F7Vt)01162018_IDPA (https://flic.kr/p/E1F7Vt) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on January 25, 2018, 09:36:37 PM
Live Fire Training, January 25, 2018

Uggh, step backward on Dot Torture -- 41/50.  Lost my focus for a couple of minutes on #7 and #8 and that caused me to drop six shots:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4724/28121232889_263647dffe_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JQYENV)01232018_DOT_22 (https://flic.kr/p/JQYENV) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Walk-back drill:
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards -  3/5 (4/5, 4/5)
20 yards - 5/5 (3/5)
25 yards - 0/5 (3/5)

B-16 bullseye target at 25 yards, 10 shots, untimed.  68/100, all 10 shots were inside the 5-ring, and 3 were inside the 9-ring. Big improvement from last week.

Switched over to 9 mm PD 124 gr JHP, 4.0 gr Win 231, S&B primers.

New transition drill -- 3 index cards in a spaced out "U" shape, 2 shots at each, from holster (no concealment).  Still flinching on first DA shot, and in too much of a hurr on center target, need to slow down enough to get a good follow-through.

                   10 yards       15 yards
Left                 3/6               1/6
Center            3/6               5/6
Right               4/6               5/6

WHO/SHO at 7 yards -- 8/10 SHO, only 3 out of my first 10 WHO, then pulled it together and finished 8 of my last 10 WHO (11/20 total):

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Four runs on the FAST drill, 7 yards, from holster (no concealment).  All the misses were first shots in DA.  I shoot this drill in dry-fire all the time to work reloading, if I could just clean up that first DA flinch, I would be scoring at "advanced" level:
9 second facing time - 1 miss
8 second facing time - 1 miss
7 second facing time - 1 miss
7 second facing time - 1 miss

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Finished with IDPA drill, 8 second facing, 1/3-scale targets at seven yards, from holster (no concealment).  Five runs, scored -1, -1, -5 (missed head shot), -3, and -13 (tried to push too fast on my last run of the day, missed two head shots):

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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on January 28, 2018, 11:01:11 AM
IDPA match -- January 27, 2018

Weather was unseasonably warm here on the East Coast, so I headed back into the Democratic People's Republic of Maryland for an IDPA match at Anne Arundel Fish and Game Club.

My last match was in October, and I haven't shot at AAFG since last July, so I was a little nervous and rusty, and it showed on my first two stages, where I finished -13 and -8 down.  These just so happened to be the two most difficult stages in the match, Stage 1 featuring three partially covered targets at about 15 yards that were behind a swinger and had also be shot through a portal in a wall, and Stage 2 featuring a steel popper that triggered a drop/twisting target behind a barricade that required very quick movement to be able to engage. 

I did better as the match went along, finishing -7 on Stage 3, -1 on Stage 4, -4 on Stage 5, and down zero on Stage 6.

The staff at AAFG ran a safe and efficient match as usual, and dealt well with some drama from one of the competitors who was DQ'd and took it in very poor humor.

Finished 18/47 overall, and 7/22 in SSP -- middle of the pack, about where I left off last year.

Of interest to the folks on this board, lots of "sweet gun" and good-natured "cheater's gun" comments on my SP01 Shadow from the other shooters.

Updated to add that ammo used was PD 124 gr JHP, 3.9 gr Win 231, WSPP, win brass, 1.10 COAL.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on January 29, 2018, 07:08:08 AM
Always good to get the first match of the year over with.  I did the same on Saturday myself, but it was bullseye.  Slow, deliberate, bullseye.  But I survived the match just fine from a physical standpoint--none of the back and hip aggravation that I had in 2017, and, of course, the CZ 75B frame and Kadet and 9mm 10x bushing slides both worked just fine.  A good day for me, even with low scores for everyone. I still had the highest of the poor scores. 

All of my bullseye buddies and I shot poorly, but we got through it.  It was like a training match for February, when we go to the normal bullseye match length of 2700 points.  That will make for a long day at the range.  This year I think i can handle it. 

We both showed up.  That's a good thing.  Now if we can just keep it up.

Joe
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on February 02, 2018, 07:13:05 PM
Always good to get the first match of the year over with.  I did the same on Saturday myself, but it was bullseye.  Slow, deliberate, bullseye.  But I survived the match just fine from a physical standpoint--none of the back and hip aggravation that I had in 2017, and, of course, the CZ 75B frame and Kadet and 9mm 10x bushing slides both worked just fine.  A good day for me, even with low scores for everyone. I still had the highest of the poor scores. 

Glad to hear you are feeling better, Joe! 

We both showed up.  That's a good thing.  Now if we can just keep it up.

Yep, even a mediocre outing at a match is still a chance to get away from job/family/life stress for a few hours.  That was only my eighth match since starting IDPA in fall of 2016, so gaining experience can only be a good thing.  If you had told me in 2016 that I'd think finishing in top third of competitors was mediocre, I would have been pretty happy, so good to keep things in perspective!

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on February 02, 2018, 07:28:38 PM
Live Fire Training, January 31, 2018

Uggh, Dot Torture was brutal this week -- 41/50!  Trying too hard on the single-handed shooting, and it did not work.  One more bad run like this, and I will be reeling the target back into 3 yards:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4724/40016546022_c242b7dced_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23Y8fYE)01312018_DOT (https://flic.kr/p/23Y8fYE) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Walk-back drill was much better:

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

Finished up .22 with 10 shots on bullseye target at 25 yards -- 67/100, a minor improvement over last week.  Joe L still doesn't have to worry about me ... yet ;)

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Switched over to 9mm, new drill -- draw and shoot 1 in DA at 5 yards.  Intended to help me shake my tendency to flinch/anticipate on first shot in DA.  Hit 8 or 9 out 10 shots, much better than I thought I would do.  Wonder if I should make this a draw-and-shoot-2?

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Interestingly enough, my single-handed shooting with 9mm was much better than my earlier .22 single-handed shooting on Dot Torture.  8/10 SHO, and 16/20 WHO.  Big improvement from last week.  I think the difference was I didn't worry about trying to control recoil -- just focused on a smooth trigger pull and let the gun recoil however it wanted.  Not the fastest way to shoot SHO/WHO, but seemed much more accurate.

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Transition drill:  10 yards, from holster, 2 shots on each target, 6 second PAR/facing time.  Ran it six times, for a total of 12/18 on first three runs, and 15/18 on the second three runs.

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Finished with two runs on FAST drill. First run with 8 second PAR/facing time was clean.  Missed the first DA shot on the second run with 7 second PAR/facing time.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Mccian on February 02, 2018, 09:32:09 PM
@Baldrage and Joe...... just to let you know someone is following and thoroughly enjoying the journey.....keep it up
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on February 09, 2018, 06:56:39 PM
@Baldrage and Joe...... just to let you know someone is following and thoroughly enjoying the journey.....keep it up

Hey, thanks!  I've been keeping this log going for my own sake, but nice to hear that someone else is following along and finds it worthwhile!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on February 09, 2018, 07:11:08 PM
Live Fire Training - February 5, 2018

Dot Torture at 4 yards - 40/50.  That's really bad.  The downside of a drill that's so easy to score is that I am pressing, and thinking about my score the whole time rather than focusing on each shot.  OK, I think I'll take a brief hiatus from Dot Torture and bring it back to 3 yards when I resume shooting it:

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Walk-back drill, not as good as last week.  Good news is that I am routinely getting 100% out to 15 yards and at least 3/5 or 4/5 at 20 yards.  Consistency at 25 yards is still eluding me, though:
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 5/5, 5/5, 2/5
20 yards - 4/5, 5/5
25 yards - 1/5, 0/5 (!), 3/5 (better)

Bullseye at 25 yards:  66/100, almost identical to what I shot last week.

Switched over to 9mm.

Draw and shoot 1 at five yards: 9/10.  Pretty decent grouping on my first 5 shots, but group really opened up on the second 5 -- barely nicked the outside of the target ring with 4 of the shots.  Not sure what was going on there...

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Transition drill:  10 yards, from holster, 2 shots on each target, 6 second PAR/facing time.  Ran it six times, for a total of 12/18 on first three runs, and 12/18 on the second three runs.  A bit worse than last week.
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Single-handed shooting at 7 yards:  8/10 SHO, about what I usually get; and 16/20 WHO, same score as last week, but big improvement from how I shot in Dot Torture earlier in the evening and in general.  Forgetting about recoil control and just focusing on front sight and smooth trigger pull make me much more accurate.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4749/39277465425_e1b92bb4b2_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22QPh4K)02052018_WHO-SHO (https://flic.kr/p/22QPh4K) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Also messed around with my .40 slide.  I replaced the factory sights with some of the CGW EZ/D sights to mimic the set up I'm used to on my 9mm Shadow slide, and I'm pretty sure they are shooting about 3 inches low at 10 yards.  Need to look at the calculator on Dawson Precision website and post something in the gunsmithing forum here to see about replacing the front sight....
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on February 17, 2018, 09:46:07 AM
Live Fire Training, Feb 13, 2018

OK, I said I was going to take a break from Dot Torture, but I was feeling relaxed and alert on my weekly trip to the range this evening, and last week's poor performance was still sticking in my craw, so ... 45/50 at 4 yards.  Much better!  This would have been a clean target at 3 yards, as all 5 of the misses were just barely outside the circles.

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Building on that, a very good walk-back drill.  I was really seeing the sights well and focusing on a nice, smooth trigger pull:
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 4/5, 5/5
20 yards - 5/5, 5/5
25 yards - 3/5, 5/5
Don't usually post pics of this drill, but I feel that kind of shooting merits a picture:
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Last drill with the Kadet -- Bullseye target at 25 yards, 10 shots.  77/100 -- not Joe L territory, but personal best for me!
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Switching over to 9mm, Draw and shoot 1 at 5 yards, focus on breaking the shot as I bring the pistol up and extending out.  Intent is help break my tendency to flinch on first DA shot.  Good on my first five shots (top target), lousy on my next five (bottom target), great on my last five (bottom again):
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4705/40317404181_c26f992919_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24qHeCi)02132018_DRAW1 (https://flic.kr/p/24qHeCi) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

SHO/WHO at 7 yards -- 4/5 and 7/10 SHO (fair, not great), only 5/10 (poor) and and 8/10 (good) on WHO:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4630/39419888425_a7d5713391_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/234pesH)02132018_WHO-SHO (https://flic.kr/p/234pesH) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Transition drill, from holster, 7 yards, 6 second facing time, 2 shots on each target. 15/18 on my first run, and 12/18 on my second run.  Impressed myself by hitting 6/6 on target #1 on my first run, as it is the first shot from DA that I usually flinch and shoot low.  Maybe the draw-and-shot-1 drills are paying off ... Anyway, I am still shooting these type of drills on on rhythm rather than waiting the extra .1 second for a good sight picture.  Also in too much of a hurry to transition to next target and not following through.  Have to remember to slow this down next week, maybe a 7 second facing time.
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Finished up by testing some new bullets -- SNS 125 gr CN for 9mm, and RMR 165 gr RNFP for .40.  SNS looks promising, will load up some more at 4.0 gr Win 231.  The RMR were my first-ever .40 reloads, so not really testing for accuracy, just making sure I did everything right and they functioned.  They went "bang" and I still have all of my fingers, so they functioned fine. Will load up some more of these and test for accuracy/recoil next week.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on February 18, 2018, 07:23:43 AM
Baldrage--on the .22 slow fire, all you are doing that can be improved a little is minimizing moving the gun as you pull the trigger.  Try gripping tighter, taking up the slack and just starting to move the sear before you line up the sights.  "prepping the trigger" I call it.  Then smoothly move the trigger to the rear without changing the tension in your grip.  Every shot, not just for 7 or 8 like I sometimes do!

On the flinch, I have that too, sometimes even moving my eyes from the sights as I pull the trigger.  Guaranteed bad shot.  Not always the first shots after the .22, sometimes after 5-10 rounds.  Again, I have to think to myself, "tight grip, prep the trigger, smooth trigger pull".

But, I'm no open sight shooter.  I couldn't shoot a 4" group with the P-07 or P-10C on Friday standing, two handed grip, 25 yards, with Rem UMC ammo.  I'm blaming the ammo.  :) :)

Hang in there. 

Joe
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on March 10, 2018, 08:38:03 AM
Baldrage--on the .22 slow fire, all you are doing that can be improved a little is minimizing moving the gun as you pull the trigger.  Try gripping tighter, taking up the slack and just starting to move the sear before you line up the sights.  "prepping the trigger" I call it.  Then smoothly move the trigger to the rear without changing the tension in your grip.  Every shot, not just for 7 or 8 like I sometimes do!

Thanks, Joe!  Good advice, as always.  Shooting pistols sounds so simple, yet it is hard to do it well consistently.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on March 10, 2018, 09:03:58 AM
Live Fire Training - March 7, 2018

Uggh, I hadn't done any live fire since Feb 13 and it showed.  Work and family kept me from the range for the last several weeks, but I had increased my dry-fire accordingly, thinking it would help stave off any rust from setting in.  It didn't.  Results today were brutal!  Oh well, no one can accuse me of vanity and selectively posting only good results, so at least I've got integrity if not marksmanship skills  ...

Dot Torture -- 38/50 at 4 yards.  One out of 6 on WHO.  Lots of flinching and peeking at the target.

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Walk-back drill - first run was brutal, marginal improvement on second run at 15 - 25 yards:
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 3/5, 3/5
20 yards - 1/5 (!)), 5/5
25 yards - 2/5, 2/5

Bullseye at 25 yards -- 64/100 (pic below says 59/100, but I didn't see that I just nicked the 5-ring on my first look, so scored it incorrectly).

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Switched over to 9mm.  Draw and shoot one on top target, draw and shoot 2 on the bottom target.

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Transition drill at 10 yards, 7 second facing time. 16/18 on my first run through, 12/18 on my second run.
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SHO/WHO at 7 yards. 8/10 SHO; 6/10 and 8/20 WHO -- that's really bad.  Lots of peeking at the target going on instead of just focusing on my sight picture.

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Finished up by testing some new loads of "40 lite" with SNS 180 gr RNFP coated lead bullets.

Pretty poor showing all around, but hopefully I got all of the rust out of my system with this outing.  This is good motivation to redouble my dry-fire, with a focus on simple mechanics like good trigger pull and follow-through instead of draws, reloads, and movement.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on March 10, 2018, 04:45:11 PM
My bet is that the next range trip will be good.  At least for me that is what happens.  Reality of live fire sets in on the first trip after missing a few weeks, then I am back on track rapidly after that. 

Also note that your 25 yard bullseye target has smaller scoring rings than a B-8C, I think it is a slow fire 25 yard target, with sizing to simulate the normal 50 yard slow fire.  We can shoot 50 year round here so we don't have to use that target.  It always hurt my feelings to shoot at something with that small of a scoring circle!!   :) :)

Hang in there.

Joe
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on March 17, 2018, 12:18:33 PM

Also note that your 25 yard bullseye target has smaller scoring rings than a B-8C, I think it is a slow fire 25 yard target, with sizing to simulate the normal 50 yard slow fire.  We can shoot 50 year round here so we don't have to use that target.  It always hurt my feelings to shoot at something with that small of a scoring circle!!   :) :)


Hmm, the 25-yard targets I use are B-16 "NRA Slow Fire Pistol 25 yard targets," but if you're telling me they have unusually small scoring rings, I'll jump on that as an excuse!!!  ;D
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on March 17, 2018, 12:37:19 PM
Live Fire Training, March 12, 2018

After my horrible showing last week, moved the dot torture back in to 3 yards, and slowed down.  Much better results - 49/50, had one flyer on WHO at #8.

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Walk-back -- I've been doing a lot of dry-fire with both eyes open, so I gave a try shooting the 5 and 10 yard targets with both eyes open for the first time:

5 yards - 5/5, 5/5
10 yards - 5/5, 5/5
15 yards - 5/5, 4/5
20 yards - 4/5, 4/5
25 yards - 2/5, 4/5

25 yard bullseye - 60/100, a couple of flyers:

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Switched over to 9 mm, draw and shoot one on the top target (11/20), draw and shoot 2 on the bottom target (9/10):

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/797/39953754295_fa77fb6995_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23SzrbF)03122018_DRAW1 (https://flic.kr/p/23SzrbF) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Transition drill at 10 yards, 7 second facing time, 13/18 on first run, 14/18 on the second run, 15/18 on the third run.

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Single-handed shooting at 7 yards, hit my usual 8/10 SHO, but much better WHO this week -- 18/20

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Finished up by testing some ".40 lite" hand-loads with SNS 180 gr RNFP bullets.  Very low recoil -- softer than 9 mm.  I can see using one of these light loads for IDPA once I get the hang of the sight picture on the CGW EZ/D 9-40 sights.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on March 17, 2018, 08:59:49 PM
You are back!  That looks good.  On WHO, consciously try a little more trigger finger insertion.  Looks like you are pushing the gun right.  I am assuming you are right handed, same as me.  Your .40 results are interesting.  I don't like how snappy my 9mm 75B slide is compared to a 97 in .45 or even a polymer 9mm P-09.
Keep at it.
Joe
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on March 20, 2018, 07:54:15 PM
You are back!  That looks good.  On WHO, consciously try a little more trigger finger insertion.  Looks like you are pushing the gun right.  I am assuming you are right handed, same as me.  Your .40 results are interesting.  I don't like how snappy my 9mm 75B slide is compared to a 97 in .45 or even a polymer 9mm P-09.
Keep at it.
Joe

Yeah, I have strong tendency to push the gun right when shooting left-handed (I am a righty).  I have long fingers, and already pull the trigger at my first finger joint, rather than pad of my finger, so I don't think more trigger finger is the answer.  Guessing it is more due to snatching at the trigger instead of a steady pull, but thanks for the suggestion!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on March 20, 2018, 08:10:23 PM
Live Fire Training, March 19, 2018

Good outing tonight!  48/50 on Dot torture, one flyer on SHO #5, and flinched on #9, knew it was off as soon as I pulled the trigger:

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Walk-back -- once again shot the 5 and 10 yard with both eyes open on my first run-through, and then just for an experiment, shot the whole drill with both eyes open on the second run. 

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

Bullseye - 78/100 (1X).  Not Joe L. territory, but another personal best for me.

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Draw and shoot 1 (top target)/draw and shoot 2 (bottom target):  still getting some fliers on first DA shot, but improving, I think.

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Transition drill, 10 yards, 7 second facing time -- 16/18 on first run, 13/18 on second, 11/18 on third.  Kept a good sight picture on first run, then fell back into bad habit of shooting on rhythm for the next two:

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SHO/WHO at 7 yards -- muffed both DA shots on SHO, so 8/10; several fliers that missed by a lot on WHO, but still finished 15/20:

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IDPA drill, 7 yards, 8 second facing time.  Four runs, finished -3, -2, -1, and -3.  This is simulated 21-yard distance, so I would take those scores in an IDPA match:

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Finished up with some more extensive ".40 lite" testing.  Shot 50 rounds of 180 gr SNS RNFP, 4.0 gr WSF, 1.130 OAL and 50 rounds of same with 3.7 gr Win 231.  Both had a nice soft recoil, a bit less then my usual 9 mm loads, which are usually down at min power factor.  I think the WSF was a little less smokey, so I will go with that as a standard load for now.  I did some shooting with both eyes open at 5 and 7 yards while testing out these loads, and it really seemed like having both eyes open helped a lot with reducing my tendency to flinch/anticipate recoil.  I need to do a lot more practice to be able to shoot at speed with both eyes open, but promising results so far, so I will keep up the dry fire practice.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on March 25, 2018, 05:22:45 PM
IDPA match -- March 24, 2018

I once again ventured across enemy lines into the People's Democratic Republic of Maryland for the monthly IDPA club match put on by the fine folks at Anne Arundel Fish and Game club.  This match was set up as 1/2 classifier, and 1/2 standard match, in that the standard 72-round classifier was set up in all three bays, along with three different stages, so each squad could shoot part of the classifier and a stage, then move to the next bay and shoot the next portion of the classifier and a stage, then move to the next bay and shoot the last portion of the classifier and a stage.  Pretty smart and efficient way to set things up, and the match was run smoothly and safely as always.  Of interest to folks on this forum, several of my squad-mates admired my CZ SP01 Shadow and stated they were in the market for a CZ, but could not find any in stock at a LGS in our area.  I immediately offered them to chance to handle and dry-fire my Shadow over in the safe area, and believe I may have convinced at least one squad-mate to catch the "cz-ickness."

Bottom line up front:  I went "buzzer dumb" on the first portion of the classifier (the easiest), shooting far too quickly and missing way too much as a result.  That tanked my score on the classifier and for the match as a whole, finishing 22 out 45 shooters, and 8 out of 17 in SSP.  I missed moving up my classification from MM to SS by 1.8 seconds.  Doh! 

The classifier:  As I said, I went spastic on the first portion of the classifier and was 21 points down, more than on either the second stage (-5) or the long-distance third stage (-19).  I still would have probably made the cut-off for SS, but on stage three, one of my targets fell over in the middle of the stage, and the RO and I paused for a couple of seconds to look at each other before he said "keep going" and I finished out the stage.  I was kindly offered a chance to re-shoot, but we ran out of time and the match ended  before I could take advantage of the opportunity (strict noise ordnances in the surrounding suburb force AAFG to end promptly at 1:00 PM).  So, very frustrating that I once again JUST missed one my goal of making SS-class, but encouraging to know that even though I tanked one stage and had a major technical issue on another, I still almost made it.  Very confident I will make SS with time to spare the next time I have an opportunity to shoot the classifier.

Speaking of classifiers, one of the other three stages we shot was the new abbreviated 5X5 classifier.  I finished in 24.46 seconds and -5 down, good enough for SS class on the abbreviated scoring, but this was just for practice and the MD was not going to submit these scores for an official classification.

The other two stages were "Renaissance Festival Fiasco" and "Left in the Grave."  The Renaissance stage started with shooter seated, eating a "turkey leg".  At buzzer, stay seated, draw, and engage three targets on the left, then three more on the right, before standing up, advancing to cover, and engaging two more targets and two steel poppers from behind cover.  I finished zero down on this stage (thanks to sending several extra rounds downrange to ensure good hits -- I love unlimited scoring), despite accidentally flipping my safety on as I leaned over to reload while seated, and despite one light strike that required an additional trigger pull in DA to fire.  This stage was a great learning experience about the necessity to be careful not to muzzle your own leg when drawing from a seated position, as one of the shooters in my squad was DQ'd for doing so.  Fortunately, he took it in good grace, and stayed to help run the score-keeping, earning much respect from the other shooters.

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"Left in the Grave" had the shooter start with both hands on a shovel, mimicking being forced to dig your own grave by the omnipresent "vicious drug gang."  On the buzzer, shooter used the shovel to knock down a steel popper, grab loaded pistol off a table, engage three targets, then move to low cover and engage two targets on the left and two targets on the right.  Spare mags were stowed in a briefcase on the right, requiring some cautious juggling to avoid muzzling oneself while opening the case and retrieving a magazine.  I finished this stage down only one, and with the lowest time on our squad, but picked up a PE for not staying low enough while engaging the second set of targets from behind the low cover.  I'm 6'3" and it took a good bit of contortion for me stay that low, so happy I only picked up one PE on this stage!

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Overall, poor results, but had a great time and learned (and re-learned) some valuable lessons.  I can see I have a bad habit to go spastic on the first stage of my matches, I guess due to both nerves and self-induced pressure to "get a good score."  However, once I get it out of my system, and calm down, I shoot to the best of ability on the remaining stages.  Note to self:  SLOW DOWN and be a tortoise on the first stage -- get good hits, and get the nerves out -- then go back to normal speed for the succeeding stages.  Also learned a valuable lesson (at another shooter's expense) about need to be careful drawing when seated.  Already looking forward to my next match -- my first Tier II competition -- back at AAFG in April.

Updated to add that ammo used was PD 124 gr JHP, 4.0 gr Win 231, S&B primers, win brass, 1.10 COAL.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on April 06, 2018, 05:45:58 PM
Live Fire Training, April 2, 2018

First range trip in two weeks, but I'd been doing a lot of dry-fire, working on good trigger press and shooting with both eyes open.  For tonight's training session, I put a small piece of masking tape over the left lens of my shooting glasses and shot everything with both eyes open.

Dot torture - 48/50.  Shot low on everything, I guess because of a different perspective with both eyes open.  Adjusted the sights on the kadet after #5 and things seemed to level out.

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Walk-back drill -- not as accurate beyond 15 yards with both eyes open vs. squinting:

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

Bullseye at 25 yards - 67/100.  Seven shots in the black, which was good, but missed the target completely on a DA shot after a light strike:

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Switched over to 9mm, using 115 gr RMR FMJ, 4.6 gr W231.

Draw and shoot 1 (top right), draw and shoot 2 (bottom left), 5 yards.  8/10 on both targets.

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SHO/WHO at 7 yards.  Shot this very well (for me), did a good job watching the sights and not peeking at the target. 8/10 and 5/5 SHO, 10/10 and 9/10 WHO.

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Transition drill at 10 yards -- thinking back to my last match, where I shot way too fast on the first stage of the classifier, I intentionally set a very leisurely 8 second facing time.  Intent is to condition myself to be patient, get good sight pictures, and follow through.  Finished 5/6 on my first run, 3/6 on my second run, 6/6 on my third run.

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IDPA drill at 7 yards.  Ammo was SNS 125 gr CN, 4.0 - 4.4. gr WSF (4.4 gr worked well, little smoke, and almost no burnt-wire smell from the coated bullets) Again, set a leisurely 9 second facing time.

Run 1: -6 (missed one head shot for -5)
Run 2: down 0
Run 3: -5 (missed one head shot)
Run 4: -3
Run 5: -6 (missed head shot)

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Extremely valuable practice lesson.  I need to drill patience (good sight picture and follow through) as much or more than technique.   Shooting with both eyes open was (pardon the pun) eye-opening.  My first-shot flinch on DA practically disappeared.  I did not realize how tense my face and neck were when shooting with one eye squinted, and I think that tenseness made me much more likely to flinch.  With both eyes open, my face is in a normal, relaxed position, and flinching was minimal.  I will be very interested to see if this holds true at my next live-fire training session.

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on April 12, 2018, 08:05:05 PM
Live Fire Training, April 9, 2018

Second try shooting with both eyes open, piece of masking tape on left lens.  Overall, I still feel this is helping tremendously with reducing flinching, but still haven't adapted completely yet to shooting long range.

Also switched things up a bit by shooting everything with 9mm, rather than .22 for the first half of the training session.

Dot torture - 3 yds, 47/50, lost focus for two shots on WHO target.

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Walk-back was all over the place tonight, very inconsistent:
10 yards - 4/5, 2/5 (!)
15 yards - 4/5, 3/5
20 yards - 4/5, 4/5
25 yards - 2/5, 4/5

2 tries at the 25-yard bullseye -- 77/100 on my first run, 71/100 on my second.  All 20 rounds inside the scoring rings:
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Draw and shoot 1, then draw and shoot 2 at 5 yards, working on breaking first shot as I finish presentation of the pistol.  Got all 20 shots inside the targets:
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SHO/WHO at 7 yards.  20/20 SHO - perfect! but only 9/20 WHO - weak!
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Transition drill at 10 yards, 8 second facing time.  2 perfect runs, one run where I only hit 3/6, and one run where I got 4/6.  Inconsistent, but I'll take the clean runs:
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More inconsistency on the IDPA drill:  -7 (one missed head shot), -3, and -3.
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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on April 22, 2018, 06:45:26 AM
I apparently backed into achieving my major shooting goal for 2018:  officially classifying as SS-class in IDPA.

During my last match, we shot both the standard 72-round classifier and the new 25-round classifier.  As I had mentioned previously, I missed the cut-off for making SS in the 72-round classifier by 1.8 seconds, due to a target falling over in stage 3.  I easily made SS class in the 25-round classifier, but my understanding was that it was just for practice and the MD was not going to submit these scores for an official classification.  So I was very surprised when the MD for an upcoming match contacted me to say that I had mistakenly registered as MM class, when IDPA HQ had me down as SS class.  I logged into IDPA.com, and sure enough, the scores for both the most recent 72-round classifier and the 25-round classifier were posted, and I was "officially" listed as SS.

I have mixed feelings on this -- glad to get the monkey off of my back, since I think SS is more reflective of my performance in matches and overall skill then MM.  However, it would have been more satisfying to get there via the long-form classifier, as a vindication for all of the practice that I am putting in to improving my shooting.  Oh well, nothing to do for it now but double-down on my practice and make sure I can perform to SS level.  It will be interesting to see how I fare the next time I have an opportunity to shoot the 72-round classifier -- I'm betting that with no mental pressure on myself, I will sail through it and make the SS cut-off with plenty of time to spare.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on April 22, 2018, 01:59:36 PM
Live Fire Training, April 16, 2018

Started off with 9mm, dot torture at 3 yards.  46/50:

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Walk-back drill:
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 3/5, 2/5, 5/5
20 yards - 2/5, 4/5
25 yards - 2/5, 5/5

Bullseye at 25 yard -- 59/100 and 60/100.  Not good, but consistently mediocre:
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SHO/WHO at 7 yards -- terrible SHO, but very good WHO, go figure:
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Transition drill at 10 yards, 8 sec facing time - 4/6, 4/6, 5/6, 2/6 (bad), 4/6:
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Got two shots into an IDPA drill and had a squib, so I packed up and came home.

I'm sure trigger time will benefit me in the long-run, but nothing noteworthy to take away from tonight's practice.  I had a minor cold and felt unmotivated to go, so no surprise it was mediocre and inconsistent. 
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on April 27, 2018, 09:22:35 AM
Last weekend, I crossed into the Democratic People?s Republic of Maryland to cross off one of my 2018 goals:  participating in my first sanctioned match.
 
I attended the ?Lt Col Matt Matthys, USMC, Memorial Match? at Anne Arundel Fish and Game Club (AAFG), which was AAFG?s first-ever sanctioned IDPA match, and I was honored to participate.  As usual, the AAFG members and staff ran a well-organized, safe, and fun match.  I have to really tip my hat to the way the MD got the most out of AAFG?s limited real estate, and another hat tip to ROs and SOs who made everyone feel welcome, kept us moving through the stages efficiently, and were extremely courteous throughout the entire day.

I assumed the level of competition for a Tier 2 match would be significantly higher than a monthly club match, so my goal was just to get a feel for how a sanctioned match differed from a Tier 1 club match, and hopefully finish in the top half of shooters overall. My assumption about the level of competition being higher at a sanctioned match was spot-on.  At the typical monthly AAFG club match, there are maybe 4 or 5 guys classified at Expert.  At this match, there were about two dozen Experts and a half-dozen Masters. 

I have been listening a lot recently to Steve Anderson?s podcasts, and went into this match intent on shooting in ?match mode,? i.e., not thinking about shooting too fast or too slow, but just shooting acceptable sight pictures.   Maybe I had a once-in-a-lifetime performance, or maybe ?match mode? clicked on in my head, but I ended up shooting extremely well, finishing 29th out of 94 competitors overall, and 9/36 in SSP.  Draws and reloads were smooth and unconscious, and I shot most of the match in a zen-like state of mind where it almost felt as if I was having an out-of-body experience and just watching myself shoot once the buzzer went off, rather than making conscious decisions during the stages. 

In one of my last posts, I had lamented ?backing into? a classification bump from MM-class to SS as a result of the new abbreviated IDPA classifier, but as it turns out, I would have finished first in MM and received a ?match bump? up to SS as a result of this match anyway, so it all evened out.

Take-aways:  I can?t express how extremely pleased I am with how I shot!  Not sure if it was due to my attempt to use Steve Anderson?s ?match mode? mental approach, because I went in with no expectations on how I would perform at a sanctioned match, or if the stars just aligned, but I?m eager to shoot another match soon and see if I can come close to repeating this level of execution.  I?ve been keeping a running list of ?lessons learned? that I update after each match, and I actually keep a copy in my ammo box to review before each match.  My two lessons from this match were:  1) embrace ?match mode? ? don?t worry about whether I am shooting a stage too quickly or too slowly (the speed will come from the hours of dry-fire and live-fire training) just shoot when I have an acceptable sight picture; and 2) don?t disrespect close targets ? still have to get an acceptable sight picture and follow-through on targets at 7 yards and closer.

Some additional details on each stage below (I?d like to post some photos of the match, but the latest Apple IoS update borked my ability to get photos off of my phone ? will update with pics when I get it sorted out).

Overall -- Several of the stages involved shooting at awkward angles from low cover, which was lamented by the older shooters with bad knees and tall guys like me.  I did pretty well on those stages regardless and had no PEs from breaking low cover.  Stage 1 was limited scoring, but all of the other stages were unlimited, and I automatically took an extra shot on head shots and targets farther than 10 yards.  I shot the match with my SP01 Shadow Custom (13# HS) using Precision Delta 124 gr JHP, 3.9 gr W231, 1.10 COAL, Win SPP, mixed brass.

Stage 1 ? Standards (warm up)
Shoot three strings of one body and one head shot, either free-style, WHO, SHO at 10, 7, and 5 yards.  You could tell very quickly who practiced weak-hand-only shooting and who did not.  I finished -1 on this stage, good enough for 6/36 in SSP.

Stage 2 ? ?Trash Raid?
Started off shooting from retention at two targets at near-contact range, then retreating and shooting around a wall at a partially covered target and a swinger at about 10 yards, then advancing to a doorway and engaging two more targets at 3 yards.  The first two targets were at such close range that when I shot from retention, the blast blew several pasters off of the target and I thought for half a second that my pistol had gone full-auto!  I finished -4, 16/36 in SSP.
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Stage 3 ? ?Mall Rampage?
Stage began by dragging a wounded security guard (i.e. a standard punching bag) behind cover, then engaging targets with hard cover and non-threats from low cover between 7 and 12 yards.  I finished -2, 20/36 in SSP.

Stage 4 ? ?Save Your Neighbors?
Stage began with engaging two targets on the move, before again taking low cover to engage three targets placed at 15 yards, covered with both hard cover and non-threats.  A lot of folks had trouble with either shooting on the move, or engaging at medium-distance from low cover, but I did well, finishing -3, good enough for 3/36 in SSP.
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Stage 5 ? ?Save My Kids ? I Mean Goats?
Another low cover stage.  We started off sitting on a chair facing uprange (reading a book), with empty gun and magazines on a table behind the shooter.  After retrieving the loaded gun and spare magazines from a table, shooter moved to a low barrel laid on its side through which we engaged targets at about 10 yards.  The barrel restricted vision and required a hard lean to get the left-most or right-most targets, depending upon which side of the barrel you chose to shoot from.  I shot from the right, and had a mike on the right-most target.  Still, finishing -7 was good enough for 4/36 in SSP.
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Stage 6 ? ?Convenient My A**?
Stage began with a near-contact range target requiring a body and head shot.  Shooters then moved right to the end of a wall to engage one target down-range (15-20 yards), and another head-body sequence on a target to left at about 7 yards from the cover of the wall. Shooter continued advancing down range repeating this sequence ? engaging the target at the end of the range, while shooting around successive walls with head-body combinations at closer targets.  I made liberal use of unlimited scoring to send extra rounds at the long-distance target and all of the head shots, finishing down 0 and 7/36 in SSP.
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Stage 7 ? ?Peace and Quiet?
Stage began with shooter begins sitting on AAFG?s famous ?throne,? with loaded pistol on the ground in front of the toilet.  At buzzer, retrieve pistol and engage targets from low cover beneath the ?bathroom stall? walls at close range (about 3 yards), with several non-threats interspersed among the targets.  I finished down 0, 8/36 in SSP.
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Stage 8 ?Abducted?
This is the stage where the wheels fell off of ?match mode? for me.  This course of fire involved five partial targets that were arranged behind a couple of non-threat targets. The targets were close (only about 5 yards), but the non-threats limited -0 zones to either head shots or partial body zones.  In retrospect, I ?disrespected? the targets because they were so close, and did not focus on a good sight picture.  The result was a hit on a non-threat and -7 for the stage, 30/36 in SSP.
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Stage 9, ?Robbery in Progress?
Another stage with close-range targets.  Shooter started seated at a table, with gun in a box and magazines on the table.  At the buzzer, shooter pulled a briefcase off the table, retrieved and loaded gun, and engaged four partially exposed targets, two of which were behind a swinging non-threat that had been activated by the falling briefcase. Again I did not give sufficient focus to a good sight picture, resulting in a mike on one of the targets that required a hard lean from the seated position.  I finished -6 for the stage, 21/36 in SSP.
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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on April 29, 2018, 09:36:06 AM
Live Fire Training, 4/24/18

Spent most of the evening testing out new sights on my Kadet and .40 slide, so abbreviated time spent on training drills.

Dot torture with Kadet kit -- 48/50.  Took me about 25 rounds to get the sights adjusted, so I'll chalk the miss on #1 due to the sights.

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Walk-back was good out to 20 yards:
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 5/5
20 yards - 5/5
25 yards - 2/5

Switched over to 9mm, SHO/WHO, not very good tonight -- 15/20 SHO, only 13/20 WHO:

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Transition drill -- started off poorly, 4/6 and 3/6, but finished on an good note, 5/6 and 5/6. 

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Lots of flinching on first DA shot going on tonight.  Weird because I thought I had that problem licked -- did not flinch at all shooting in the match last weekend. 
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Scarlett Pistol on April 29, 2018, 11:36:46 PM
I meant to comment on your match post. Speed, accuracy, and match mode are legit! Steve Anderson knows what he is talking about when it comes to practice and training.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 01, 2018, 11:26:01 AM
I meant to comment on your match post. Speed, accuracy, and match mode are legit! Steve Anderson knows what he is talking about when it comes to practice and training.

Yes, it makes a lot of sense, and speaking from my own experience, "hurry, try, fail" on match day is spot-on.  I'm eager to shoot my next match and try "match mode" again to see if I am really grasping the concept and applying it correctly, or if my last match was just a lucky one-off!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Scarlett Pistol on May 01, 2018, 12:17:23 PM
I meant to comment on your match post. Speed, accuracy, and match mode are legit! Steve Anderson knows what he is talking about when it comes to practice and training.

Yes, it makes a lot of sense, and speaking from my own experience, "hurry, try, fail" on match day is spot-on.  I'm eager to shoot my next match and try "match mode" again to see if I am really grasping the concept and applying it correctly, or if my last match was just a lucky one-off!

It wasn't lucky, it was real. Just don't fall into "hurry, try, fail". I tried to speed up on my second match and just failed. Get that speed in dry fire and live fire practice. Try as I might I still haven't been making it to matches. I shot 3 about 2 years ago and then shot one last Thanksgiving. It was an outlaw steel match. I had just been practicing accuracy with my 10mm for a bit, so I knew all I could do was just focus on seeing my sight as the shot broke. Basically, for 8 months I hadn't practiced draws, transitions, reloads, movements, nothing! I came in 3rd place out of 27 or so people in my division. Match mode is the real freaking deal!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Jiva on May 02, 2018, 03:07:24 PM
I know it?s perhaps cliche but I often have to remind myself so I?ll say it here as well:

Slow is smooth; smooth is fast :)
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 03, 2018, 08:53:56 PM
Live Fire Training, April 30, 2018

Thought for sure I would clean the Dot Torture tonight.  Came close, but no cigar.  49/50:

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Walk-back was good out to 20 yards:
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 5/5, 4/5, 4/5, (4/5)
20 yards - 3/5, 4/5, 4/5, (5/5)
25 yards - 2/5, 2/5, 2/5, (5/5)

In retrospect, the new sights were off on my Kadet.  When I started to shoot the bullseye target at 25 yards, all of my hits were grouped on the top of the target, barely on the paper.  I readjusted the rear sights a few times, and got the target below -- 82/100, a new personal best.  Then I went back shot the 15-25 yard index cards again, and got the last scores in parentheses above.

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Switched over to 9mm, SHO/WHO was very good tonight - 8/10 SHO, 9/10 WHO.

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Transition drill at 10 yards, 8 second facing time, from holster.  Ran it six times, and finished 5/6, 4/6, 5/6, 6/6, 5/6, 4/6.  I flinched badly on the first DA shot from the holster on almost every run, but aside from that, was extremely accurate and avoided shooting on rhythm.  I do all of my dry-fire in DA, so I'm at a loss for why the first DA shot in live fire at the indoor range continues to plague me (but fortunately, does not plague me shooting outdoors at IDPA matches).  Perhaps it is because I am starting off with .22, then flinching at the initial recoil of the 9mm?

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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 10, 2018, 03:00:00 PM
I shot an IDPA match at the NRA range for the first time on Tuesday evening.  The match consisted of 4 four short (but complicated) stages, with six-man squads rotating through every hour to shoot the match.  Although there were a few familiar faces from the monthly IDPA matches held at Fairfax Rod and Gun Club, I wasn?t sure what to expect in terms of skill level from the other participants.  Nevertheless, heeding the wisdom of the ?pod-father? Steve Anderson, I went into this match with no expectations on where I would place or how fast/slow I would shoot, but rather with the intent of merely calling every shot and shooting at my current level of skill, i.e., utilizing ?Match Mode? ?. 

This approach seemed to work well, as draws, reloads, aiming, and movement were all done subconsciously, allowing me to focus on my sights and shooting when I had an acceptable sight picture.  I finished first in my squad, 10th out of 35 overall, and 5th out 12 SS-class shooters.  I had one mental error that resulted in a -3 PE, which cost me a spot in the rankings.  Other than that, I believe I did shoot to my current level of ability (pretty accurate, moderate speed), so +1 for ?Match Mode? TM.

The match was well-run, and the RO and my fellow shooters were polite and friendly enough.  This was also my first IDPA match an indoor range.  I have to say, I much prefer shooting outside, but this is a nice complement to my two other outdoor venues and more options for shooting a match is always good.

Photography is forbidden at the NRA range, but a brief description of the four stages is provided below.

Stage 1 (standards) ? This stage involved three strings of fire (one shot, then two shots, then three shots on each target) from compressed ready/retention position, through a narrow slit between two barricades, at two targets a yard or two away.  I finished down zero and 4th overall on this stage.

Stage 2 (?protect your head?) ? This stage required all targets to be engaged SHO, with weak hand covering the side and back of your head.  Four targets were engaged from low cover/kneeling position at 5 and 7 yards, and two additional targets were engaged from prone/sideways position at 7 yards.  I finished down 6 and 8th overall on this stage.

Stage 3 (?thugs attack?) ? This stage started off engaging two targets covered in T-shirts at 7 yards, then move to barricade and engage a target on each side of a barrel at 5 yards, with hard cover leaving only a narrow two-inch strip available to shoot at.  I made liberal use of unlimited scoring and used 5 shots on each of the last two targets to get 3 good hits.  I finished down 2, but my time was good enough for only 11th overall on this stage.

Stage 4 (?active shooters?) ? This was the longest stage of the match.  Started off engaging a target at almost contact range, then moving laterally to engage a target at 20 yards from behind cover and a second target to the left at 4-5 yards, before advancing down a ?hallway? to another wall, where the sequence of one long-distance target (15 yards) and one short target to the left was repeated, then advancing to a final wall, where the stage ended with one more target at 10 yards, and two targets at 4-5 yards.  I had one PE in the middle of this stage, when I shot the 15 yard target, then forgot to engage the closer target to the left before I started to move.  I hopped back behind cover and engaged the closer target, but apparently had my foot on the fault line and touched the edge of my foot outside the fault line.  I finished down 2, but with the additional 3 seconds added to my score, finished only 16th on this stage.

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 19, 2018, 09:14:55 AM
Live Fire Training, May 16, 2018

Ehh, was not feeling it tonight and it showed.  I consider tonight's outing "maintenance practice" -- did not advance my skills any, but important to do it to keep skill levels from atrophying any further.

Dot Torture - 47/50, two near misses on SHO, and one miss WHO (flinched on first DA shot).
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Walk-back was good out to 20 yards:
5 yards - 5/5
10 yards - 5/5
15 yards - 4/5, 5/5
20 yards - 5/5, 3/5, 3/5
25 yards - 2/5, 3/5, 3/5

Bullseye - 57/100 and 67/100.

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Switched over to 9 mm, playing with Xtreme 135 gr RNFP, 4.0 gr Win231.  Transition drill at 10 yards, 5 runs, finished 6/6, 5/6, 5/6, 4/6, 4/6.

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Also tested a ladder of the Xtreme 135 gr RNFP with 4.0 - 4.4 gr WSF.  Felt much softer than the Win231 loads.  Will crank out a couple hundred at 4.4 gr WSF and give them a more extensive test next week.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 23, 2018, 11:19:14 AM
Another short match at the NRA range with three stages plus a 5X5 classifier.  I had two expert-level guys on my squad shooting carry optics who blazed through the match, and I unconsciously pressed, trying to match their speed.  This resulted in the ?rush, try, hurry fail? phenomenon all action pistol fans are familiar with -- I had two mikes on the second stage, and a lot of -1s and a -3 on the 5X5 classifier (good thing for me you can't be demoted in IDPA!) .  I came away disappointed with my failure to stay in ?match mode? and assumed I would finish middle of the pack, but when the scores were released this morning, I finished 9/35 overall, and 2/10 in SS.  Apparently my two good stages were good enough to balance out my two poor stages.

Take-aways from this match:

- Need to consciously practice keeping trigger finger high and clear during movement.  RO mentioned to me after the match that my finger was creeping down near the trigger guard.  Not enough for a penalty, but close enough to merit correction.

- Need to work on moving quickly/?bursting? between shooting positions.  A fellow shooter was kind enough to take video of me on two stages, and it looks like I am moving in slow-motion!  Draws and reloads were smooth and fast enough, but clearly lacking urgency on foot movement.  First time I have ever seen video of myself shooting, and there is a lot to take away from it.

- Need to change my practice schedule to emphasize ?match mode? shooting for a few days prior to a match.  I?ve really been going hard on ?speed mode? in my dry-fire practice, and this may have contributed to ?rush, try, hurry, fail? on a few stages.

- Need to continue working on mental game.  Don?t get caught up in how other shooters are performing and don?t think about match results during the match.  Easy to say, hard to follow-through on match day!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 02, 2018, 08:54:53 AM
Live Fire Training, May 30, 2018

Dot torture - 49/50, missed one on SHO, #5.  The misses on #1 were from me adjusting the rear sight.  Thought for sure I was going to clean the drill this time out!

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Walk-back.  Forgot to bring my pack of index cards, so I shot this with 5" circle targets:
10 yards - 5/5, 5/5
15 yards - 3/5, 5/5
20 yards - 4/5, 4/5
25 yards - 5/5, 4/5

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Bullseye at 25 yards - 69/100.  Not fantastic, but I was getting a lot of light strikes by this time, so six of the 10 shots were in DA.
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Switched over to 9mm.  Thought I would shoot the new IDPA 5X5 abbreviated classifier a few times:
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SHO/WHO at 7 yards:  10/10 SHO, 17/20 WHO:

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Finished up shooting some FAST drills, trying to break 7 seconds.  Came close, but missed one head shot each time for -2 second penalty, so best I did was 8 seconds.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 11, 2018, 01:11:01 PM
Great match this weekend at Fairfax Rod and Gun Club (FXRGC).  Match Directors and SOs moved almost 100 shooters through registration/shooting safely and efficiently, under an omni-present threat of thunderstorms that fortunately held off until the match had ended.  As always, staff working the match and my fellow shooters were extremely pleasant and bent over backwards to help out those participating in their first match.

I had my best finish ever ? 5th out of 97 overall, 2/20 in SS and 3/20 in ESP.  I beat one M-class shooter and a half-dozen Experts, so extremely pleased with my performance!  I have to give a huge shout-out to Steve Anderson ? I?ve been listening to his pod-cast, and have 100% embraced his approach to dry-fire practice and Match-Mode, and it is really paying off for me.  I highly encourage anyone that participates in any type of shooting competition to check out his pod-casts for invaluable insight into how to approach practice and the mental game

My take-aways from my last match were: to not worry about results during the match, and to dry-fire in Match Mode rather than Speed Mode in the last few days prior to the match.  I succeeded in both, and had great results on match day.  So my take-away from this match is just to employ the exact same approach, and see if this formula continues to pay off.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 16, 2018, 05:18:06 PM
Live Fire Training, June 12, 2018

Started off with the Kadet Kit, doing some draw-and-shoot to work on first DA shot.  Results were pretty good:

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Walk-back -- really good out to 20 yards, 3/5 at 25 yards:

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Bullseye at 25 yards -- 74/100 on first ten shots, then had a lot of light strikes on second ten shots, resulting in DA re-tries, only 52/100:
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This was my second outing with a 17# hammer spring, which is supposed to be 100% with the Kadet Kit.  Still had a lot of light strikes in SA, which is surprising.  I will put the Fed Automatch on the shelf and try with CCI minimags next time out to see if the problem persists.

Switched over to 9mm and SHO/WHO at 7 yards.  SHO was OK, usual 8/10.  WHO started off really bad, 2/10, then got better as I remembered to just let the recoil happen -- 6/10, 7/10, 9/10.
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Finished with transition drill at 10 yards, and did terrible.  Definitely shooting in rhythm instead of getting a good sight picture, combined with flinching on first DA shot.

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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 20, 2018, 07:43:01 PM
Live Fire Training, June 19, 2018

Shot well tonight!

Dot torture: 48/50

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Press-out drill at 3 yards, only missed a handful of shots:
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Walk-back drill:  again, very solid out to 20 yards; 25 yards was either feast or famine:
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Bullseye -- not so good, 59/100 and 57/100:
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Switched over to 9mm, Draw and Shoot 1, hit 23/25, nice job with the heavy 17# hammer spring in DA:
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SHO/WHO at 7 yards -- started off really bad with each hand, but last 10-shot strings were perfect 10/10 SHO and 8/10 WHO:
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Transition drill at 10 yards, much better this week.  I made sure to wait the extra .1 or .2 second to get a good sight picture:
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Finished up shooting IDPA 5X5 classifer with 9mm and some .40.  All but a handful of the misses were with .40.  Shooting a bit left is a persistent problem with my .40 slide -- either sights are slightly off, or I am flinching a bit in anticipation of recoil.
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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on July 10, 2018, 09:06:34 PM
Gotta post the bad with the good, so ... after finishing a career-high 5th out of 97 at my previous IDPA match, I plummeted back to reality, finishing 22/45 at my last match at Anne Arundel Fish and Game Club on June 22.  Forecast was for heavy rain, so the MD designed an all-steel target match, and this was my first time shooting so much steel, including a Texas Star.  I did pretty well on four out of the five stages, enough to finish top-third in a field with lots of Expert and several Master-level shooters, but I had one disastrous stage with three mikes due to a stubborn piece of steel that wouldn't fall, and that one bad stage was enough to drop me from the 14-15-16 range down to 22nd.  Still had a great time and really enjoyed shooting a "Steel IDPA Challenge."  Hats off to the MD and SOs at AAFG for another fun match!

Some pics of a couple of the stages:

Bay 1, with first stage on the right (swinging target and one small target attached to a no-shoot), and second stage on the left (various small steel targets balanced on poles). 
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Bay 2, stage 3 (plate rack and Texas Star)
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Bay 3, stage 4 on the right (five steel IDPA targets, with four additional big steel rectangles behind them), and my nemesis, stage 5 on the left (two cascading rows of steel poppers, with several additional poppers in the middle).  It took me five or six hits on one of the big poppers on the right to get it to fall, which resulted in me running out of ammo with three targets left standing, for a whopping -15 on this stage alone.  I should have just skipped it and come back after addressing the other targets, but had brain-lock/tunnel vision in the heat of the moment.  Lesson learned.
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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on July 14, 2018, 02:44:54 PM
Live Fire Training, July 7, 2018

My next IDPA match is going to be a "big bore" match in which shooters are encouraged to use .45 and .40.  I will be using the .40 slide with my SP01 Shadow, so wanted to get in extra .40 practice this week.

First up, IDPA 5X5 classifier at 10 yards, along with a mag or two of head shots.  As you can see, I have a tendency to flinch with the .40, pulling everything to the left.
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Some draw-and-shoot-one drills at 7 yards, working on not flinching:
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Some right and left-hand only drills at 7 yards.  7/10 SHO and 19/20 WHO:
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Finished up the .40 work with some IDPA drills, 1/3 sized targets at 7 yards, two shots to each body, then 2 shots to each head, 8 second facing time.  Inconsistent -- had some really good strings, and couple of poor ones, finishing -3, -10, -1, -6, and 0:
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Switched over to 9mm, and did the walk-back drill:  perfect at 25 yards, but only 3/5 at both 20 and 15 yards:
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Finally found some Alliant Sport Pistol Powder while on vacation over 4th of July, so finished by testing out some loads:  124 gr PD JHP, 1.10 OAL, 3.8, 4.0, 4.2, and 4.4 gr of Sport Pistol, S&B primers, mixed brass.  Only tested at 7 yards, so looking mainly at recoil characteristics and smoke.  Think I will load to 4.1 gr for IDPA:
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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on July 16, 2018, 01:34:43 PM
I haven't posted anything about dry-fire for quite a while, as reading about someone else's dry-fire routine is normally pretty boring, but just in case anyone is still following along and maybe looking for dry-fire ideas ...

I've mentioned several times in the last month or so about how I've really bought into Steven Anderson's approach to dry-fire practice and match-mode, so I've used the first 12 drills in his "Refinement and Repetition" book as the core of my practice routine.  My dry-fire area in my basement is only about 18' long, roughly 6 yards, so I've had to adapt by using either FAST targets (printed on 8.5 X 11" paper, so slightly reduced size) or 1/3-scale IDPA targets. 

I have three basic routines, each takes about 30 minutes (including time to pull out gear and secure/clean-up when finished).  My goal is to dry-fire 4 times/week and live-fire 1/week.  I usually do the "Core Skills" twice, then "Movement" and "Plate Drills" once each during the course of a week.  This doesn't count dry-firing the Dot Torture target I have hanging near my work-bench, which I'll do anytime I have my pistol out for cleaning or maintenance.

Routine 1:  Core Skills (FAST Targets)
Fast Draw to sight picture
Turn & Draw to sight picture
Burkett Reloads
FAST
6 reload 6
SHO 6/WHO 6
 
Routine 2:  Movement Drills (FAST Targets)
Box to Box - Side
Box to Box - Forward
Upper 6 on the Move
Forward 6 on 3, 3 on 3
Entry to barricade (standing), 2 IDPA targets
Entry to barricade (kneeling), 2 IDPA targets
 
Routine 3:  Plate Drills (I use 6 4X6" index cards stapled to a 4' wooden rod as my plate rack facsimile)
Plate Index
Straight Plates
Plate Transitions
Plate Loads
Plates on the Move

All of my dry-fire is done in "speed mode" and I keep track of the PAR times, but the day or two before a match, I'll set up a mini-stage with five or six targets, and run through it a few times in "match mode" with no timer to try and reduce any tendency to rush/try/hurry/fail on match day.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on July 18, 2018, 10:12:51 PM
Monthly IDPA match at Fairfax Rod & Gun Club (FXRGC).  In honor of Independence Day and "'Merica!", shooters were encouraged, but not required, to use "Big Bore" guns, either .40 or .45 for this match.  I used a .40 slide I had bought from another forum member, my first time shooting .40 in a match setting.  I used SNS 180 gr RNFP, 4.1 gr Sport Pistol, S&B primers, 1.128 OAL for my ammo, so not full-on major power factor, but not a minimum power factor load, either.

Murphy's Law struck, as the RNFP failed to feed properly and caused jams on two out of the five stages of the match.  I have shoot over a thousand of these bullets in practice, and never had a jam, but the shooting gods mandate these type of things happen on match day, so I tapped-racked-banged and got on with it, but those jams easily caused me 5-10 seconds.  I finished 23rd out of 96 overall, 4/13 in ESP, and 5/22 SS-class shooters.  I also finished 10th out of the 43 participants who elected to shoot "Big Bore."  Not bad for my first match shooting .40, and if it weren't for the two jams, I would have been even more pleased with my performance.

I had a great time, even with the gun malfunctions, and appreciate the hard work the MD and all of the SOs put into setting up and running the match.  Not an easy task to move 100 people through safely and efficiently, but they did a great job!


Quick review of the stages:
After a quick warm-up stage of five shots at five yards, the first stage involved punching a target, then drawing and moving to cover to engage three targets on the left, and three targets on the right.  Pretty straightforward and I finished down only 3 points, and fast enough to rank 10th on this stage.
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Next stage involved some longer-range shooting, 5 shots at 25, 20, and 15 yards.  Easy to tell who practiced at longer ranges and who didn't on this stage.  The lighting and ground slope make shooting in this particular bay always tricky, so I was happy to finish down 8, good enough for 13th overall on this stage.
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Next stage, "pew pew in the pews," represented a defensive situation in a church scenario, with the shooter beginning seated, then moving to low cover to engage one target with a head shot, and two other targets on one side of the cover, then the same type of target array on the other side of cover, with two steel targets that could be engaged from either side.  This is one of the stages where my gun jammed, and although I recovered quickly, it blew my stage plan, and I was flustered and shot poorly, finishing -17 (two missed head shots).
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Last stage mimicked shooting at some angry bears in a camping scenario, and required six shots on a close-in standing target, before moving to cover and engaging a target array on the left and on the right.  Pretty easy stage, but my gun jammed, and a round stove-piped, which took me several attempts to clear.  I finished down only 2 points, but my time was poor due to the malfunction.
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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on July 21, 2018, 09:16:45 AM
Live Fire Training, July 17, 2017

Changed things up a bit by doing my normal routine in reverse -- first shooting some .40, then 9 mm, then ending with .22.

First up, draw-and-shoot-one/two (one shot on the top circle, two shots on the bottom circle) with .40:

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After that warm-up, switched over to 9mm and some one-handed practice:
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Two runs on the IDPA 5X5 classifier at 10 yards.  First run was very good, finished only down 3.  Rushed it on the second run-through and missed the head shot low, so -8.  Finished up with 10 shots at the head, and hit 8/10.
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Tried out a new shot-calling drill inspired by a fellow forum member, as described here: http://www.czfirearms.us/index.php?topic=98418.0.  Fun little drill, and I will incorporate this into my routine.

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Finished up with Kadet kit.  Just missed cleaning dot torture:
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Walk-back drill was OK, started getting a lot of light strikes, requiring me to shoot much of this in DA:
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Finished with 25 yard bullseye.  100% light strikes in SA, so I had to shoot this completely in DA, and results were not great:
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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on July 30, 2018, 07:23:49 PM
Live Fire Training, July 24, 2018

Main focus of tonight's session was shooting with both eyes open.  I've really been working on this in dry-fire, and even though I still see two sets of sights and two targets, I think I'm starting to get the hang of it, and wanted to see how I did in live fire.

Started off with draw-and-shoot one/two at 5 yards, emphasis on getting an adequate sight picture and breaking the shot just prior to pistol reaching full extension:

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IDPA 5X5 classifier.  First two runs were in "speed mode", not too worried about accuracy, just trying to see what it feels like to push this really fast in live fire.  Third run was in "match mode", still fast, but not pushing for a specific time and ensuring adequate sight picture/trying to call the shot:

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Single-handed shooting.  Closed one eye for this drill, as shooting one handed with two sets of sights and targets floating in my vision is too hard for me at this point.
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Switched back to both eyes open for "call it" drill.  This worked much better at 7 yards, than the 5 yards I did last week:
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Switched over to Kadet kit for one run at Dot Torture to finish things out.  On a whim, did it at four yards and just missed cleaning it!
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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on August 01, 2018, 07:52:42 AM
Shot another fun IDPA match at the Anne Arundel Fish and Game Club (AAFG) near Annapolis, Maryland, last saturday.  The pucker factor involved in driving into maryland with a handgun, high-capacity magazines, and several hundred rounds of ammunition is worth it for the great matches that AAFG puts on.  The MD prides himself on pushing shooters out of their comfort zone, and their matches usually draw a pretty skilled group.  In addition, several fellow competitors shoot CZs, and my SP01 Shadow Custom always gets some jealous/good-natured remarks, so they have great taste in firearms!

The match consisted of one short warm-up stage, the 5X5 classifier, and five regular stages.  With one exception, I shot to the best of my ability and ended up finishing 10th out 35 shooters, 4th of 10 in ESP, and 3rd out 13 SS-class competitors.  However, with the exception of that one stage, I did well on all of the other stages, finishing from 5th to 14th, so overall pretty pleased with my performance.

Thanks to the MD and SOs at AAFG for another safe, fun, and challenging match!

A mini-summary of the 4 regular stages:

Stage 1 - started with shooter seated in "car"; engage a steel popper, then stand, stomp on a plate to activate an up/down target, then move to the barrels and engage another steel popper and two paper targets, before moving into a "house" to engage additional paper targets and a swinger.  A lot going on in this stage, but I moved well and shot well, finishing only -2, good enough for 10th.
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Stage 2 - Began with hands on the "bank teller window", then engaging several paper targets from low cover/through the slats, before dropping even further -- under the counter -- to engage the steel "leg" on a target at the back of the array, causing it to fall, where the entire target became visible and was dispatched with additional rounds on paper.  I did just OK, good enough for 14th.
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Stage 3 - Began with both hands on the left-most wall/barrier.  At buzzer, engage several far targets around the left side of the wall, before moving right to the stomp-plate, engaging a paper target hidden behind a swinging no-shoot, then continuing to the next wall an engage a steel popper and additional paper targets around the far right end.  Not a great photo, but this was my best run of the day, good enough for 5th place on this stage.
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Stage 4 - Began by engaging two paper targets on the left while retreating, then shooting several paper targets and one swinger from the right side of the wall, before moving to the next wall to engage several paper targets, and finally moving to another wall and engaging a close-up paper target through a window.  I had a heck of a time hitting the swinger on this one, but still finished -7, good enough for 12th on this stage.
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Stage 5 - Looking at the picture above, began at the wall on the far right, facing up-range.  On the buzzer, shooter could move either left or right to engage a paper target and steel popper, which activated a no-shoot that swung back-and-forth in front of two paper targets.  The swinging no-shoot/targets were at a severe angle and very difficult to engage while staying behind cover -- I had a miss, finishing -9 and only 25th on this stage.

Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on August 09, 2018, 10:43:36 PM
Delaware State IDPA Championship, Bridgeville, DE, August 4, 2018

My first Tier III match.  I went into this match with no expectations other than getting experience shooting a major sanctioned match and trying out a new venue.

Bad news first:  I was DQ'd due to my ammo not making Power Factor.  The load was  PD 124 JHP, 4.1 gr (I thought) Alliant Sport Pistol, 1.08 OAL, FC brass, Win primers.   Just missed it, as my top 3 fastest rounds were 124 PF, 124 PF, and 125 PG.  I was chronoed 2/3 of the way through the match, and allowed to finish shooting the match for no score, but still disappointing.  On the drive home, I went over and over the load in my mind.  Our resident CZ forum reloading experts, Wobbly and IDescribe, chronoed this exact load at 130-135 PF, so what went wrong?  Were they mistaken?  I knew that couldn't be, so I went back to square one on every aspect of my reloading procedure, and it dawned on me -- I had not zeroed my beam scale in quite a long time.  Got out the check-weights and sure enough, the scale was measuring .4 gr too light!  Lesson learned -- zero the scale every time before loading match ammo!!!!

With the bad news out of the way, the good news is that I shot the match to the best of my current level of skill.  If I hadn't DQ'd, I would have finished 63 out of 175 shooters, so I'll take a (unofficial) top-third finish at my first major match.  I did a great job staying in "match mode" and avoided trying either go too fast, or trying to be too accurate and slow.  I finished down 40 points for the match, with over half of those 40 points coming on two very difficult swinging targets.

A great job by the folks at Bridgeville Rifle and Pistol Club -- match was extremely well-run, hospitality was great, and as you'll see below, the stages were fun and challenging.  I highly recommend that anyone in the mid-Atlantic region come out and shoot this match next year.

Some pics of the various stages below.

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Fun "wild west" stage that started standing at a bar, punching over a target, engaging steel to release two moving targets, then running to the horse trough to go prone and engage the remaining targets.

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A couple of pics of the "mannequin factory" stage -- no difficult shots, but required close attention to make sure all of the targets holding "weapons" were engaged.

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"Wood you save us" -- had one dropping target and several "surprise" targets that could be engaged on the move.  This was one of my better stages.

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"Barbecue" stage that started holding barbecue utensils with back to the targets. 

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This stage had the shooter engaging targets from a window while seated inside the "truck".

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Standards stage -- engage all three targets with strong hand from one side of the barrier, then switch hands and engage all three targets weak hand from the other side of the barrier.

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This stage featured only two targets, but was perhaps the most difficult stage of the entire match.  One small steel target between the barrels released an incredibly fast swinger, which required 5 hits.  I only got 3 on paper, so I was -11 on this stage alone.

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"Officer down" was a fun stage that started with gun and reloads on the officer, and shooter on their knees performing CPR on the mannequin.

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"Teller window" had the shooter engaging targets through a barred window while seated on a moving platform (to mimic the "jitters" you would have during a real bank hold-up).

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"Not so amusing" was a complicated stage that involved shooting through a curtain and two swinging targets.  I did well, down only 5 on this stage.

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"Supermarket Shootout" was a difficult stage for many, including me.  Starting with both hands on the shopping cart, shooter engaged targets on the left and right while moving to the barrier to engage several additional targets and a swinger at 12-15 yards (not pictured), before ducking inside the supermarket to engage some additional targets and a dropping target.  That swinger at 15 yards got the better of me (and a lot of other shooters) and I finished down 14 on this stage.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Jiva on August 15, 2018, 07:14:30 PM
Looks like a LOT of fun with interesting stages.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on August 29, 2018, 02:18:13 PM
I shot the IDPA match at NRA HQ last night.  Kind of went in cold, as I've been on vacation and then had family in town, therefore no live-fire and only limited dry-fire since my last match three weeks ago.  I could see from the registration that there were a couple of very high-speed shooters on my squad, so I just focused on doing my own thing and trying to call every shot -- i.e., "match mode."   Worked well, I finished 11th out 38 overall, and 4/11 in SS class.  Had one foot fault and one missed head shot that combined to cost me a couple of places, but overall I felt I performed at my current level of skill.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on August 31, 2018, 05:36:18 PM
Live Fire Training, August 31, 2018

Had the day off and was able to get a pass from Mrs. Baldrage to head out to the range this afternoon.

Started with 9mm, first drill was some draw-and-shoot-1 at 5 yards, then draw-and-shoot-2, draw-and-shoot-3.  Focused on a fast draw and getting the shot off as soon as possible:

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Switched to strong-hand-only and weak-hand-only at 7 yards.  10/10 SHO, and 16/20 WHO.

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Did a couple of runs of IDPA classifier in "speed mode", then switched over .40 and worked on zeroing in the new Vortex RDS I picked up a while ago to play with.  Once I had that more or less squared away, I put on the Kadet kit and did some distance work.

Walk-back drill was very good for not having shot this in a couple of weeks, hit 12 out 15 at 25 yards:
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Finished up with one run at the bullseye at 25 yards -- got 78/100, best I have shot this in a long time.  What made it better was that I was getting 100% light strikes in SA mode, so it was all shot in DA (note the three shots on the bottom right that are marked was just me using up my last couple of .22 rounds to try and hit the bar-code at 10 yards).

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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on September 22, 2018, 02:09:53 PM
Live Fire Training, September 18, 2018

Started off w/9mm, working on "speed mode".  Shot several runs on a FAST drill, and IDPA 5X5 classifier.  Finished with SHO/WHO at 7 yards:
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Then did some more experimenting with .40 and Vortex RDS ... think I've got it sighted in now, will have to reload a couple hundred rounds of .40 and try putting the RDS through some standard practice drills.

Finished with Kadet kit.  Thought for sure I would clean the Dot Torture drill tonight, but lost focus on two shots and finished 48/50:
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Walk-back drill was pretty good, 8/10 at 20 yards, and 6/10 at 25 yards:
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Shot some bullseye at 25 yards.  Four runs, 62/100, 74/100, 59/100 and 80/100.  Was getting a light of light strikes, so most of this was shot in DA:

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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on October 08, 2018, 10:26:30 AM
The planets aligned such that I was able to shoot three IDPA matches over the last two weeks.  I did pretty well in all three matches by using Steve Anderson's "match mode" philosophy to shoot my current level of skill.

IDPA match at the NRA range, September 25 -- the NRA matches are small, but they attract some very skilled shooters.  I was very pleased to finish 9th out of 35 overall, and 2nd out of 10 in SS-class.  Pic below was one of the stages we shot twice -- first time starting at the side, then running in to take a knee and shoot around the barrel, slicing the pie.  Second run started straight behind, then running forward to take a knee and shoot over the barrel, near-to-far. 

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IDPA match at Anne Arundel Fish and Game (AAFG), September 28.  AAFG also usually has several very skilled shooters and the MD here always likes to create difficult stages that force shooters out of their comfort zone, so these matches can really test your skill.  I finished 6th out 37 overall (ahead of several Expert-class shooters) and 4th of 19 in SS-class.  I had one mental mix-up on a stage that resulted in me not engaging a target and -10 down, so I would have placed even higher without that foul-up.  Here is one of the stages (featuring the famous AAFG "throne") which required shooter to engage all targets strong hand-only while remaining seated:

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IDPA match at Fairfax Rod and Gun Club (FXRGC), October 6.  FXRGC matches are pretty large, running several AM and PM squads.  This was their last match of the year, and I finished 8th out of 84 participants (ahead of a couple of Experts and one Master), 2nd out of 21 SS-class shooters.  Again, I had a mental error on one stage in which I did not re-engage a target after reloading, so would have finished third overall without that -5 penalty.  Here is one of the more intricate stages, featuring a mock-up of the cockpit of a crashed X-wing fighter (complete with a working canopy),  from which the shooter engaged all targets while seated:

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Extremely pleased with how I performed during this two week stretch.  My regular dry-fire practice in "speed mode" and application of "match mode" has me feeling very confident and performing very consistently during matches -- thank you, Steve Anderson!  Just need to work on better pre-stage visualization to eliminate some of those mental errors and I'll be nipping at the heels of the top IDPA shooters here in Northern Virginia!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on November 03, 2018, 08:58:48 AM
Live Fire Training, October 30, 2018

Started with draw and fire one shot at 5 yards, 1 second PAR time, then draw and shoot 2:

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Strong- and weak-hand only shooting at 7 yards.  SHO was perfect 10/10, WHO started off poorly, but once I focused on not fighting/anticipating the recoil, settled in a shot much better:

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A couple of runs of IDPA 5X5 classifier at 10 yards, then used same target to practice some head shots with .40 slide and RDS:

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Ended the outing with Kadet kit.   Was getting a ton of light strikes with the cheap Fed bulk pack .22 ammo, so both of these drills were pretty much shot entirely in DA. 

Started by finally cleaning the Dot Torture drill -- woot!

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Walk-back drill:
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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on November 10, 2018, 09:36:52 AM
Live Fire Training - November 7, 2018

Focus for today's training session was getting used to shooting with a red dot sight.  I have Vortex Venom mounted on a .40 slide with a Springer dovetail mount.  At my last range outing, I tried shooting a few rounds with a 9mm barrel in this .40 RDS slide, and it worked, so I ran that configuration for this entire training session.  I have been doing a lot of dry fire with the RDS, but this was my first extended live fire session with it.

I'm trying to decide whether to have my 9 mm slide milled and adopt an RDS full-time.  I'll give it a lot more dry-fire and live-fire practice before I make a decision, but I can say I like the RDS for shooting in an indoor range, with the typical poor lighting.  Not sure how it would transfer to shooting in daylight in a match environment.  I may have to wait until next spring and try out it in a match or two.

First up, draw and shoot one/shoot two at 5 yards:

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Next, strong-hand only and weak-hand only at 7 yards.  SHO was fine, but I was really milking my grip/jerking the trigger in WHO.

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Finished up 9 mm with many runs of IDPA 5X5 classifier at 10 and 12 yards, in "speed mode."  Also shot a couple of mags' worth of head shots at 12 yards:
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Switched over to Kadet kit and .22.  Used CCI minimags, but once again had tons of light strikes, so all of these drills were shot 90% in DA.

Dot Torture at 4 yards:  48/50.

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Walk-back drill:

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Finished with two strings of bullseye shooting at 25 yards - 78/100 and 75/100.  Not great, but at least it was consistent and all 20 shots were inside the scoring rings.

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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on December 16, 2018, 12:49:25 PM
IDPA match at Fairfax Rod and Gun Club (FXRGC), December 8, 2018.

This was a surprise/pop-up match, as the IDPA season at FXRGC ended in October, but I guess the stars aligned for the match directors and staff to make this possible.  So I braved the sub-freezing temps (thermometer on my car said 22 degrees on the drive over) for a short little 4-stage match.  I finished 15th out 66 overall, and only 7th of 15 SS-class shooters.  Once again, poor pre-stage visualization resulting in Procedural Errors was my nemesis -- two PEs for -6 points dropped me from 9th to 15th.  Shooting, draws, reloads, and movement was fine, but I fired one extra shot on a limited stage, and had one foot fault.  Of interest to folks on this forum, several people on my squad asked me about my SP01 Shadow, giving me an opportunity to evangelize about CZs in general and the Shadow in particular.

This match had a general Christmas theme, as shown in pics of two of the stages: 

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This stage started with gun and reloads on the barrel, while shooter held "milk and cookies" in both hands.  The evil elf in the chimney was a drop-down target that was activated by a stomp-plate.  All of the "elf" targets had the -3 down outer portion of the target cut off, so were smaller than the standard IDPA targets.

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This stage featured the x-wing fighter cockpit from our last match, re-purposed as santa's "upgraded sleigh" that had been shot down by ISIS while delivering presents.  Stage began with gun in a box on the dashboard, and entire stage was shot while seated.

A fun match despite the cold weather -- although temps were low, at least it was not raining or windy.  Staff and participants at FXRGC were friendly as always, and I was happy to chat with a couple of new IDPA shooters on my squad who approached to me ask for advice.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on December 24, 2018, 10:51:43 AM
IDPA match at Anne Arundel Fish & Game Club (AAFG), December 22, 2018

Last match of the year for me, and unfortunately I made numerous mental mistakes that will leave me fuming until I shoot my first match next spring!  Due to rainy weather the day before (set up day), this match featured all steel targets, so kind of a "steel challenge meets IDPA" format.  My shooting mechanics were fine, and I did well on stages featuring a texas star and Polish plate rack, but I goofed on one of the easier stages, due to "rush, try, hurry" mindset, resulting in my failing to engage a target, and the -20 down killed my score for match.  Finished 23/50 overall, and 6/16 in SS class.

A couple of pics from the match:

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One of the stages I did well on, featured a "hostage," plate rack, and texas star (the black steel on the left was a no-shoot, with the actual target being the little white swinging plate to the left of the head).  I shot this left-to-right and finished 11th overall on this stage.

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This straight-forward stage featuring six steel plates killed me.  It was shot in two strings -- string 1 was two shots on each target in tactical sequence (so every target got one before getting the second), string two was two shots on each target, with no regard for sequence (i.e., double-tap each one).  Like a lot of shooters, my eyes lit up on this "easy" stage, and I was unconsciously pushing for speed.  This caused me to fail to engage a target after a reload on string 2, and those two misses equaled -20 points down.

Take-aways from the match:

- I did a poor job staying in "match mode" on the easy/straight-forward stages.  Ironically, it was the more difficult stages featuring the Texas Star and Polish plate rack where I stayed in match mode and did the best.
- I helped run a couple of the stages by manning the scoring device, and I think having everyone's time right in front of me is what pushed me out of match mode.  Hard to stay focused on just calling my shots when I could see how my score was stacking up against the best shooter on our squad after every stage.
- Shooting mechanics were fine, even though the only live fire I have done in the last six weeks was the IDPA match at FXRGC (i.e., no range practice).  It's all about the mental game for me at this point.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Joe L on January 08, 2019, 09:17:45 PM
"...all about the mental game at this point..."

I know exactly what you mean.  I served as timekeeper nearly every IDPA match I participated in just to have something to do while waiting for the squad to finish shooting.  It was good to help, but it didn't help me any mentally. 

Bullseye is even more challenging to get right mentally for.  That is my main goal this year--come closer to mastering the mental side of a match compared to practice.  I know how to shoot a 10 every shot, I just don't execute every shot perfectly yet. 

I think too much about the other shooter's results and that distracts me from thinking only of making the current shot a 10. 

Joe
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Chuck James on January 08, 2019, 10:43:37 PM
It's hard to beat a man...when his mental game comes together.

Thank you for sharing your progress with us!!!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on March 20, 2019, 02:22:47 PM
Thanks for the responses, Joe L. and Chuck!

I have not updated this journal/log in quite some time.  I had a nasty sinus infection for 2+ months over the winter that frequently left me light-headed and slightly dizzy, so I did not do any shooting or even much dry-fire in January and February.  Fortunately, the infection has gone, and I have started knocking some of the rust off my shooting skills (such as they are) in anticipation of the up-coming competition season.  Before the 2019 season starts, I wanted to assess how well I met my shooting goals for last year and post my goals for the upcoming year. 

2018 was the first year for me as a serious competitive shooter (some would say IDPA is not that serious, but let?s not go there!).  My shooting goals for last year, and how I did in achieving those goals: 

+Reload, dry-fire, and shoot safely - I didn?t blow up my gun, I still have all my eyes, fingers, toes, and I didn?t have any NDs.

+ Dry-fire 100 times ? I smashed this goal, and stopped counting somewhere around 120 sessions.  I averaged 3-4 times/week, so probably ended up closer to 200 dry-fire sessions for the year.  Listening to Steve Anderson?s ?That Shooting Show? podcast during my daily commute helped keep me motivated to dry-fire.

+ Make SS class in IDPA ? I achieved SS class in March 2018.

+ Participate in 10 IDPA matches ? Another goal smashed, as I ended up shooting 16 IDPA matches.

+ Participate in one sanctioned IDPA match ? I actually shot 2 sanctioned matches;  a Tier 2 match at Anne Arundel Fish and Game Club, and the Tier 3 Delaware State IDPA match. 

+ Take at least 1 class ? I took an Advanced Pistol Skills class with Karl Rehn via John Murphy?s FPF training in Culpepper, Virginia.  I meant to write up an AAR for this thread, but never got around to it!  Short version:  great instructor, but class was geared more to beginning competitive shooters, so I only picked up one or two tips.  The bad ? the TRS on my SP01 Shadow broke early on in the course, and I had to spend the rest of the day shooting the instructor?s spare Glock 43 (confirmed that I am not a Glock fan).

+ Try one new venue ? I competed at two new ranges ? the NRA HQ range in Vienna, Virginia, and the Bridgeville Rifle and Pistol Club in Delaware. 

- Try a USPSA match ? The one goal I didn?t meet.  I fell into a comfortable rhythm of shooting two IDPA matches every month, and couldn?t earn enough day passes from Mrs. Baldrage to squeeze in a third match.

So, 7 out 8 goals met.  Not bad.  Looking back through my posts over the last year, I?d say my shooting skills improved greatly in 2018 and I progressed from novice/beginning action pistol shooter to a solid intermediate-level competitor who is knocking on the door of ?advanced.? 

My general goal for 2019 is more consistent match performance, i.e., strengthen my "match mode" mental game and resist the urge to "rush, try, hurry, fail" in pursuit of higher match placement.  My specific goals for the year:

- Reload, dry-fire, and shoot safely.

- Dry-fire at least 200 times and live-fire at least 3 times/month.

- Make Expert class in IDPA.  I came within a few seconds of doing this last year, and am regularly finishing near or above EX-class competitors at my monthly matches, so this seems like a realistic goal. Mental approach will be key ? need to just stay within myself and not get ?classifier-itis? or unconsciously push for speed when I have the opportunity to shoot a classifier.

- Participate in 10 IDPA matches.  My kiddos are at that age where they have activities every weekend, so 10 matches is still a good goal.

- Participate in one sanctioned IDPA match.  Already signed up for the Tier 2 IDPA match at AAFG in May.

- Take at least 1 class.  This one might be tough, as I?ve already taken all of the advanced/competition pistol shooting courses regularly offered in my geographic area.  Keeping my eye open for a chance to train with Steve Anderson or Gabe White if they come to Virginia.

- Try one new venue.  Got my eye on Thurmont, MD for IDPA and Quantico Shooting Club for Steel Challenge or USPSA.

- Try a USPSA match.  My primary focus is going to be on making EX in IDPA, but if ? no, WHEN ? I make that goal, I?ll bump this up in priority.

- Convince at least one friend or colleague to give competition shooting a try.  I've been working on this over the last year and I am surprised at how resistant my friends and colleagues that are gun owners and relatively avid shooters have been to give it a try. 

Thanks for reading, and I'd appreciate any feedback, observations, or advice anyone might have!


Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Tok36 on March 20, 2019, 04:18:10 PM
'Confirmed that he is not a Glock fan'. This is the real achievement.   ;D

Thank you for the update.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: adrian on March 20, 2019, 05:26:29 PM
     Hiya baldrage and thanks much for your excellent sharing of your competitive shooting. And glad you are on the mend, and ya wonder why your mates don't wanna hang out in 22 degree matches lol. When the trigger spring went,I assumed your back up would be another cz. I've had the shadows slide stop break in two ,twice to many times. You have a great competitive spirit, and we know you will improve this year. And as long as your mates are supportive, thats the best they know how. I hope Mrs. Baldrage treats you to a private training with Steve Anderson this year and we get to watch some of the video. Be well.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on April 01, 2019, 06:06:16 PM
Thanks for the feedback!

I was on travel for work last week, so very late in posting this, but here's a live fire training update from March 18:

Started with draw 1 and draw 2 at 5 yards:

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Then SHO/WHO at 7 yards:

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Then several iterations of IDPA 5X5 classifier at 10 yards (pretty obvious I was jerking the trigger here, pulling everything to the left):

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7807/46602595495_5344d465ef_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2e17u2M)03182019_IDPA (https://flic.kr/p/2e17u2M) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Switched over to Kadet kit, failed to fire on SA almost every time, so these were all shot pretty much in DA.

Cleaned Dot Torture at 3 yards:
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Walk-back drill -- very good, I thought, for not having shot out to 25 yards for several months:

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Bullseye at 25 yards -- pretty poor, 58/100 on first run, 66/100 on second run.

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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: adrian on April 01, 2019, 06:24:28 PM
     Hiya and thx for the update,nice shooting. Be well.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on April 05, 2019, 11:49:42 AM
Had a chance to shoot a classifier -- just missed making expert.  Raw time 22.64, but a couple of very close misses pushed me to 28.64, missing cut-off for Expert by 3 seconds:

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Disappointed I missed my goal, but encouraged in some respects.  Raw time shows I am fast enough, just to have tighten up on accuracy a bit (tendency to pull everything a bit left).  Not bad for coming into this one being pretty darned rusty.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on April 28, 2019, 10:55:40 AM
Live Fire Training, April 23, 2019

Working on shooting with both eyes open this session.  Starting to get the hang of it at 10 yards and in, but longer distances still a problem (seeing two sets of sights and two sets of targets).  Definitely helps me reduce flinch/recoil anticipation.

Draw 1 and Draw 2 at 5 yards for a warm-up:

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SHO and WHo at 7 yards:

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IDPA 5X5 classifier at 10 yards -- getting better, I think, didn't throw as many shots to the left.  Had at least one good run that would have gotten me an Expert classification.  Now I just have to make that the norm.
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Switched to Kadet kit, walk-back drill out to 25 yards:
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47669745742_bda728f7d4_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fCpUBY)04232019_WALKBACK (https://flic.kr/p/2fCpUBY) by baldrage (https://www.flickr.com/photos/78983440@N07/), on Flickr

Dot torture at 4 yards:
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Interesting side note:  I didn't realize until half-way through my training session that the shooter in the lane next to me was none other than Mr. John Murphy of FPF Training here in Virginia, whom I have trained with a few times.  Good to see him, but having one of your former shooting instructors in the lane next to you is a bit stressful! 
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on May 01, 2019, 09:00:43 PM
Last weekend I traveled over the Potomac into the Democratic People's Republic of Maryland for a monthly IDPA club match at Anne Arundel Fish and Game club (AAFG).  This was my first real match of 2019, aside from shooting a single classifier stage at the Fairfax Rod and Gun Club last month.

My goal for this match was to focus on staying in "match mode" and not worrying about outcome/performance, but instead, keeping focused on seeing my sights lift and calling every shot so as to avoid the "rush, try, hurry, fail" cycle that is familiar to every practical pistol competitor.  Stuck in my head was a quote from one of Steve Anderson's recent"That Shooting Show" podcasts:  "if you're fast, you don't have to hurry."  I am not the fastest competitor by any stretch, but I'm faster than many, I do put in a lot of practice, so I really wanted to just go out and shoot at my current level of skill without pressing.

I kept repeating to myself the mantra "I am here to see my sights and call every shot" throughout the day, and I ruthlessly banished any thoughts about speed, my scores, other shooter's times/scores, and the outcome of the match.  Nevertheless, because I was helping out with recording scores on the tablet, I was pretty sure by the end of the match that I had turned in the best performance on my squad and was pretty happy with how I shot.  I did a good job staying in match mode throughout the day --  there were only two targets out of six stages where I didn't remember waiting for an appropriate sight picture.

When the results were posted, I was very happy to see that I finished second out 22 competitors, and first out of 12 SS-class shooters.  Best finish ever, for me, in terms of ranking.  I also had my first ever stage win, and finished second on two other stages.

I am extremely pleased with this performance, but fully realize that I had a couple of other factors working in my favor for this match. Firstly, many of the normal "top dogs" that shoot at AAFG weren't in attendance -- there were no M-class shooters, and only two EX competitors, so I beat out a crowd of mostly SS and MM class participants.  Secondly, we had a substitute match director for this match, so the stages were pretty straight-forward and not as difficult as those typically created by the normal match director, who goes out of his way to develop extra-challenging stages.  Still, this was a good vindication of my self-assessment as a high-level SS class shooter that is on the verge of classifying as Expert, and a good boost to my self-esteem as a shooter.

Weather was gorgeous, my fellow competitors were a pleasure to squad with, and as always the staff at AAFG did a great job administering a safe and fun match.

A couple of pics of some of the stages below.

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Stage 1.  This was the first stage I shot, and was my first stage win ever.  Start off facing up-range, turn and stomp on the plate to trigger a swinging target, then run to either right or left barricade and slice the pie to shoot three targets, before going to the other barricade and slicing the pie to shoot another three targets.  All of that dry fire practice on turning and drawing definitely paid off for me on this stage.

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Stage 4.  I particularly enjoy stages with props or unusual starting positions.  This stage was set up to mimic a dinner date gone horribly wrong and was shot seated, with unloaded pistol in the box at the start.  I fumbled my initial load with a magazine from my belt, but still finished 7th overall on the stage.

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Stage 6.  My last stage of the day, and was definitely the most difficult.  Targets arrayed from 7 to 20 yards, and firing sequence began far to near, with two shots on the partially obscured bodies, then near to far with one shot on the head.  I sent several make-up shots on the final head shot at 20 yards and was very glad I did, because I only landed one round that just barely creased the corner of the -1 zone.  Good enough for me to finish second on this stage.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 02, 2019, 12:34:13 PM
Got out to shoot only my second match of the year, at the NRA HQ range.  These short matches always feature some tricky stages and some high-level competition.  I finished 8th overall out of 27 shooters, about where I should given the number of EX and SS participants whose skill meets or exceeds my own that were at the match.  In addition to three regular stages, stage 4 was the 5X5 classifier, and I again finished in roughly 21 seconds raw time, but had 8 shots outside the down zero, putting my score at 29 -- poor job staying in "match mode" and just shooting what my sights showed me.  Similar to my earlier classifier this year, raw time was fast enough, but too many misses pushed me over the 25 threshold for expert.

Pics of two of the most interesting stages below.

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This stage required some quick thinking, as shooter had to pick up one of two markers on the barrel in the foreground, see if the bottom of the marker was red or blue, then shoot the opposite color with three shots each.  I initially overran the barrel by a step or two, forgetting to pick up a marker, but recovered and did fine.  At least one person in each squad picked up the marker and mistakenly shot the same color as what they saw.

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Stage 3 had us walking on a "steel I-beam" to engage hostile threats disguised as construction workers.  The boards were wide enough that staying on wasn't a challenge, but shooting through the small aperture in the orange/mesh vision barrier on the left required a tricky lean.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: Rek on June 02, 2019, 07:16:49 PM
Thanks for the post, nice to see and read a description of how it's done.
Maybe I can get my club to do it.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: tdogg on June 05, 2019, 05:37:44 PM
When the results were posted, I was very happy to see that I finished second out 22 competitors, and first out of 12 SS-class shooters.  Best finish ever, for me, in terms of ranking.  I also had my first ever stage win, and finished second on two other stages.

I am extremely pleased with this performance, but fully realize that I had a couple of other factors working in my favor for this match. Firstly, many of the normal "top dogs" that shoot at AAFG weren't in attendance -- there were no M-class shooters, and only two EX competitors, so I beat out a crowd of mostly SS and MM class participants.  Secondly, we had a substitute match director for this match, so the stages were pretty straight-forward and not as difficult as those typically created by the normal match director, who goes out of his way to develop extra-challenging stages.  Still, this was a good vindication of my self-assessment as a high-level SS class shooter that is on the verge of classifying as Expert, and a good boost to my self-esteem as a shooter.

Baldrage and Scarlett Pistol!!!,

I just wanted to thank you for turning me onto Steve Anderson.  A while back you had mentioned his podcast in this thread and I looked him up and started listening.  I've now read his books and perform his dry fire drills 1-12 on a regular basis.  I too now have seen the light of "Match Mode" and have seen real improvements to my game.  I went from chasing the local hot dog's to being one of them.  I routinely beat a Master class IDPA shooter in our USPSA matches and he is shooting carry optics (cheater guns :))!  When he figures out the USPSA rules, it will be a little more challenging :).

As Steve say's, don't let the negativity creep in!  A win is a win, they didn't show up and thus you beat them at that match!  I too struggle to keep in match mode and stay focused the entire match.  I still have plenty to learn but am having fun getting better and my goal is USPSA A class by the end of the year.  I just need more time to practice!

Cheers and thanks again!
Toby

Edit: to add Scarlett Pistol to the thank you for reference to Steve Anderson.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on June 06, 2019, 10:42:17 AM
Toby -- thanks for reading and for your comment!  I am becoming almost hesitant to recommend Steve Anderson, since that just creates better shooters that I have to compete against! :)

Great news for me is that I am signed up for Steve's 2-day course in September!  I'll definitely post an AAR here post-class.
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on July 27, 2019, 08:16:43 AM
Two weeks ago, I once again traveled over the Potomac to participate in an IDPA match at the Anne Arundel Fish and Game Club (AAFG).  Fun match and I did extremely well, finishing 5th out 27 shooters (ahead of five EX-class competitors) and first in SS-class.  Would have done even better, but I fell out of "match mode" on half of one of the last stages, got a little frisky, and finished -8 on that stage.  A couple of pics of some of the more interesting stages below:


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This was kind of a standard shooting-while-seated stage, where the shooter had to keep at least one cheek on the chair the entire time.  What made it not standard was the two targets in the last row with hard cover, requiring head shots.  Being tall definitely worked to my advantage on this stage, as I could easily see over the no-shoots and engage the last row of targets without two much difficulty.  I finished down zero and 2nd overall on this stage.

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Hardest stage of the day -- shooter began laying on his back holding the "baby" (yellow stuffed animal), with gun and reloads in the barrel.  On the buzzer, rolled over on weak-hand shoulder and engaged the two targets through the barrel, weak-hand only, three shots to each body, while holding baby with the strong hand.  Then, set "baby" down, reload, and engage the two targets again with head shots, this time strong-hand only.  Like most competitors, I do not practice shooting prone with one hand!   I finished in the middle of the pack on this stage.

Another well-run and very fun match.  My thanks to the SOs and MD at AAFG!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on September 22, 2019, 01:29:50 PM
Woot!  Completed one of my biggest goals for this year by taking Steve Anderson's two-day "Unchained" shooting class last weekend in Virginia Beach!

Phenomenal class, learned a ton, both in terms of technique and mental game.  Now I just have to "get to work!"

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Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: tdogg on September 23, 2019, 02:29:59 PM
I'm jealous!  Congrats!
Title: Re: baldrage's shooting log
Post by: baldrage on October 14, 2019, 08:31:00 PM
I shot the Halloween-themed IDPA match at Fairfax Rod & Gun Club this weekend.  Fun match and well-run, as usual.  As you'll see below, the staff put a ton of work into the stage decorations and painting up the various zombie and monster-themed targets.  This was my first match since taking Steve Anderson's class and I'm glad to say I was able to stay in "match mode" the entire time.  I finished 8th overall out of 81 shooters, first in SS-class, and 5th out of 18 in ESP.  There were several other guys on my squad shooting CZs -- is it just me, or is CZ slowly taking over the entire practical shooting sports world?  When I was at Steve Anderson's class, the majority of students had CZs and Steve remarked it was the first class he had ever had with no Glocks. Anyway, I digress -- on to the match pics!

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Pretty straightforward stage -- start out in the middle, engage the two targets while retreating, then move to either end of the barrier and engage two additional targets from cover before moving to the other side of the barricade and engaging the remaining two targets.

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This stage was set up to mimic a "research lab gone wrong" scenario, and had a cool little table with beakers, etc. and a couple of monster targets shot through a doorway behind the barrels in the picture.

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This was the requisite zombie stage -- all targets engaged from behind the "car."  The targets were behind cover, requiring some careful planning to minimize the amount of shuffling around behind the car to be able see them.  My best stage of the day and good enough for overall stage winner.

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Another pretty straight-forward stage featuring some "mutant spiders" -- start at the position on the right behind the barrels, and move forward to engage some low targets and a pop-up at the end of the stage.  Note the detail in the stage props and targets!