Today was my first serious practice session in a while. I went to the range last Friday, but it was just to make sure my new (to me) Gen 3 17 worked. Today, I actually got to practice, and it was awesome. I now remember how much I love pistol shooting. So:
8/8/13 NRA Practice
Goals: Check zero with carry ammo, 3x5 walk back to get used to new gun/sights, shoot lots of 1-reload-2, and end with FAST.
Today was also my first day really shooting with a set of Trijicon HD sights. I've fired a couple of rounds through other people's guns that were equipped with HDs, but not enough to really develop an opinion. So far, I really like them. The rear sight notch is wide enough (I think it's .165) to get adequate light bars around the slightly wide .140 front sight, but it isn't so wide that it's difficult to judge if the light bars are equivalent. The sights are on the tall side as well, which I prefer. With shorter sights I have more trouble reading the smaller (vertically) light bars.
I also like the rear sight design for the Glock HD sights. The angled cuts make it easy to see past the outside of the rear sight similar to a Warren Tactical rear.
Since I just had the sights installed on the gun my first task was to check to see how well zeroed the gun was with my carry ammo. (124 gr +p GDHP) The gun was perfectly zeroed thanks to member chrismark420 from Nova Armament who installed the sights.
Next I did a 3 shot 3x5 Walk Back Dril. I started at 10 yards and moved in two yard increments until I threw one shot high at 20 yards.
Then I moved on to 1R2. I started with a bunch not for time and focused on simply doing everything right. This was also my first time trying a Tango Down/Vickers Slide Release. I haven't used them in the past when shooting Glocks because they aren't USPSA Production Division legal, but I've made the decision to shoot USPSA in Limited from AIWB, so I no longer have to worry about Production legal modifications. I only had one lock back issue (slide going forward too soon on a reload), but that could have easily been my fault or the fault of worn mag springs. Hopefully, I don't run into the problems that others have had with the TD slide release because I really like how much easier it makes locking back and releasing the slide.
1R2 at 7 yards on 8 inch circle for time:
2.95 (-1) 1.24/1.50/.21
4.30 1.36/2.69/.25 The slide went forward as soon as my thumb made contact with the release to preload. I don't think I made contact any more forcefully than normal, so I think the slide stop was barely in the notch.
3.01 1.30/1.50/.21 This made me really want to push for a sub 3 second run.
At this point I realized I only had enough ammo set aside for 1R2 to do two more runs, so I really pushed to get sub 3.
3.05 1.29/1.54/.22 So close
2.90 1.15/1.51/.24 Success!
This is about as well as I've shot 1R2. So I was quite happy to shoot it this well on my first day with a new gun. Apparently Todd and Tom are correct; the Gadget really does make you faster. :P
6.86 (-1H) 1.70/.62/1.70/.24/.26/.28
7.85 (-1H, -1B) 1.85/.51/1.82/.24/.22/.23
This wasn't so good, but I really think I let my success at 1R2 go to my head. I was shooting a new gun, and I tried to shoot sub 5 runs rather than focusing on getting hits. I'm still pretty happy with how well the practice session went.