The 4 rules of gun safety

*The 1st Law of Gun Safety - The Gun Is Always Loaded!

*The 2nd Law of Gun Safety - Never Point A Gun At Something You're Not Prepared To Destroy!

*The 3rd Law of Gun Safety - Always Be Sure Of Your Target And What Is Behind It!

*The 4th Law of Gun Safety - Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Your Sights Are On The Target!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

2011 Alabama State IDPA Championships

This match was held April 16th at the Central Alabama Gun Club. Looks like I'm having issues finding videos of multiple shooters and stages, so you'll have to watch the videos that individual shooters made. This video was pretty good with each stage shown from behind and from a hat cam. Enjoy!

Remember. Shoot safe, shoot straight.

Some IDPA state and regional championships

Thought I'd throw together some posts showing 2011 state and regional championship videos. I wasn't in any of these, but there are some excellent shooters and some great stages. Enjoy! First up is the 2011 Florida State Championships held on March 11th to the 13th. Looks like some great stages.

And here is a link to the stage design documents: 2011 Florida State IDPA Championships.

Remember. Shoot safe, shoot straight.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Saturday at the range.

Good and bad. Ran another 150 rounds down range again. Same as all the other times. Sent 50 rounds of .22 at  10 yards into the head of a B27 target. Decent groupings, but still left. In this photo, you can also see my first 20 rounds of 9mm. Still running left doing the 1 shot per second with only one round almost out of the 9 ring.

I then put another 60 rounds down the range doing the same 1 second per shot. I'm still left and got worse the  more I shot. I'm having difficulty finding a good grip that is high, but not riding the slide release. I'm having issues with the slide not locking back after the last round, so I worked multiple grips trying to find one that doesn't ride the release. Nothing good came from those types of grips. May wind up talking to some of the folks at CCSC to see if they can help out. Worst comes to worst, I can always pay to have someone help me with the grip and the left shooting issues.

In any event, I shot the last 20 rounds as strong and weak hand only from 7 yards at the head of the target. Not too bad. Once again was left, but had a good grouping of 17 shots with 3 still in the head.

All in all, not terribly happy with the session today, but did end up relatively happy with the weak/strong hand shooting.

Well, that's it for this week. Remember, shoot safe, shoot straight.

Shooting the IDPA qualifier - Stage 3

Caleb Giddings goes through the 3rd stage of the IDPA qualifier.

Shooting the IDPA qualifier - Stage 2

Caleb Giddings shows how to run the 2nd stage of the IDPA qualifier.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Weekend practice at the range

Put another 150 rounds down range. Warmed up with 50 .22 rounds to the head of a B27 target. All shots wound up in the head with them all slightly left, but getting better. Used Federal Ammo last week and this week. Last week, only had 2 failure to fires with the Federal Ammo. This week was much worse with about 10 or so failing to fire. I'll clean the gun up real well and see if it makes a difference. Each round had a good strike on the rim, so I'm not sure what happened this week.

As to shooting the M&P 9mm, I put 100 rounds of the PMC bronze down the range this week. Again, like all the previous weeks, the PMC bronze has shot perfectly. I did notice that my first 10 rounds were left at around the 9 o'clock area. Five out of the first 10 rounds were in the wide 8 and 7 rings. Gun felt a little different in my hand. Was about that time I remembered I had taken off my large back strap and put on a smaller one to try it out. Put the large back strap on and it started bringing everything back towards center. Next 90 rounds were pretty much in the X, 10, and 9 rings. Still left, but getting better. Keeping my follow-up shots at around 1 second and focusing on the front sight acquisition over the target.

All in all (other than it being extremely hot inside at the range), it was a good day. Shoulder is a little sore and tender, so I'm doing the heat and ice for 20 minutes each to get it straightened out. My co-worker seems to think I might have a bursa sack issue. She's going to give me a set of instructions on how to work out my shoulder to get the flexibility back and hopefully reduce the soreness. Also been doing fewer shoulder exercises for the front and back of the shoulder.

Anyway, that's it for now. Remember, shoot safe, shoot straight.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Excellent Quote

"The unarmed man can only flee from evil. And evil is never overcome by fleeing from it." 
Col. Jeff Cooper

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Guns Magazine - September 2011 Commentary

You have to read the "Home, home on the range - sorta". article on page 78 and 79. That was one of the funniest range stories I have ever heard or read about. The blurb about "Pepe" was priceless.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Review of the Double Tap Championships with Steve and Rick

Great review of the first 4 stages of the Double Tap Championship in Wichita Falls, Texas. Steve and Rick do a great job talking about the stages and how they ran them.

Sunday at the range

Ok, so put 150 rounds down range today. I did 50 warmup rounds with my S&W 22A as head shots on a B27 target at 10 yards. No issues there. All rounds in the head and had decent grouping. All rounds were shot with a goal of less than 1 second a round and I pretty much felt like I maintained that.

I next put 50 rounds of the USA Ammo that I bought through my S&W Military and Police 9mm. Forty-five of the rounds were in the 9 ring or better with only 5 in the 8 ring. Again, all shots were taken with a goal of less than 1 second per round and I felt like I was right there.

The last 50 rounds were again USA Ammo which I shot through my Taurus PT-92. For these, I put up a small orange target between the 7 and 8 on the B27 target and used that to focus on. Seems my groupings were better again with the PT-92 than the M&P 9mm. I'm guessing it's because the PT-92 is slightly heavier. The only problem with the 92 is that the grip seems short and my off hand pinkie finger hangs off the bottom, so that doesn't feel real comfortable.

As you can see, I'm still predominantly left in my groupings, so still have a lot of work to do there. Anyway, the USA Ammo 9mm shot flawlessly. No failures to fire, eject, or feed. Not smokey at all, but I did wind up with a lot of burnt powder on my arms and it was a bit dirtier than the PMC Bronze 9mm I shot. Still, for getting it less than $10 a box, I'll take the extra time to clean my guns. Now that I'm a customer with USA Ammo, I've received two coupons for half off shipping. Next time, I'll probably order 1000 rounds and including half off shipping, get them for less than $9 a box.

Shoulder doesn't hurt near as much after this 150 rounds, so that's definitely a plus. I do think I need to stop doing shoulder exercises for a while though to see if it will help reduce the aching further. Seems like my posterior deltoid really aches for about two days after doing those exercises. Maybe if I stop completely doing them for another month or so, I'll be back to normal.

That's it for me. Remember, shoot safe, shoot straight!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Survive the zombie apocalypse

Some good information here. Take heed.

20 things you need to know to survive the zombie apocalypse.

Gotta love the next generation....

Really like seeing the young Americans getting involved in shooting sports. Congrats to Justin and his proud father.

Well, I didn't get to my first match

but I did put another 100 rounds down the range on Saturday. Shoulder was only mildly sore afterwards. I shot 50 rounds at 10 yards with my M&P 9mm and 50 rounds with my Taurus PT-92. Shot a slight bit better with the PT-92 which surprised me as I haven't shot that gun in over a month. I've still a ways to go before I'm ready for the next IDPA club match, but my shoulder is feeling stronger every day.

Just ordered my first ammunition from USA Ammo. It takes a while to get it from the west coast to North Carolina (almost two weeks), but the ammo looks good and was pretty in-expensive. I purchased 250 rounds of the 9mm 115gr once fired, reloaded ammo for $42.25 and shipping was around $13 dollars. Hard to find 9mm ammo here for less than $11 a box, so all in all, it was a good deal. I'll shoot some of that ammo this weekend to see how it goes.

Well, that's it for me. Remember, shoot safe, shoot straight.