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  1. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by JV View Post
    Same caliber.
    You win. I have not decided on what your prize is, yet.

    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:
    3.47 1.50/1.72/.25
    3.47 1.46/1.79/.22
    3.13 1.35/1.57/.21
    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.
    3.32 1.43/1.65/.24
    3.23 1.40/1.61/.22
    3.01 1.30/1.50/.21 This made me really want to push for a sub 3 second run.
    3.23 1.30/1.62/.24
    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
    4.79 1.70/.61/1.69/.25/.25/.29
    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.
    Last edited by joshs; 09-09-2013 at 08:39 AM.

  2. #32
    For what it is worth, a G3 17, Gadget, minus connector, Vickers mag release, stock slide stop, Glockmeister grip plug and HD sights is my current blaster set-up. JV and Fred may disagree, but I think the Gen 3 trigger is enough better than Gen 4, that it is an advantage. Later Gen 3 pistols seem to have shrunk the accuracy advantage that Gen 4 enjoyed for a while. I also reload the Gen 3 faster. I would like to get the Gen 3 textured to hang onto it better in cold and wet weather.

    Welcome back to Perfection!

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    I forgot how slick the Gen 3 grips are, but I've also let my grip strength training slack. I can barely close a CoC 1.5 gripper now and I used to be able to close a 2 for multiple reps. I'm going to see if I can fix it with grip strength before resorting to grip tape or texturing. It works for Vogel. Did you have problems with the Vickers/TD slide release as well?

    ETA: I forgot to mention the one thing I don't like about the HD sights, which is Trijicon only offering the rear sights with green tritium. I much prefer yellow rear tritium for contrast.

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    15-Jan-2015 NRA Range

    50 rounds fam firing Todd's new Burton Commander, including a go at the DotW with a completely strange pistol with expected results.

    17.49 (-1H, -2B)
    10.42 (-1H, -1B) No slide-lock. I'm bad at math.
    5.71 clean

    50 rounds to get used to shooting G19 again. I also checked zero on new sights. (Warren/Sevigny Carry Rear w/ Dawson .105 wide, .215 tall front) I like the sights, but they were shooting 1" left at 7 yard with practice ammo. Need to bump the rear sight and recheck zero.

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    16-Jan-2015 NRA Range


    Zero VX-6 on new BCM ELW-F upper;
    Determine approximate subtensions of VX-6 No. 4 reticle to determine utility for holdovers;
    Setup SKD SMS sling to be usable in prone, sitting, kneeling, and off of range table.

    5 rounds to zero (55gr. Wolf Gold) at 46m;
    2 5 shot groups at 46m with SMS sling and mag monopod for support, both groups overlaid into about an inch (2 MOA);
    Posts on No. 4 reticle are about 3.5 mils from crosshair at 6x and well over 20 mils on 1x;
    15 rounds testing SMS sling in other positions;
    10 rounds testing utility of No.4 reticle for close range offset at 5 yards, PoI is about half way between crosshair and lower post.

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    20-January-2015 KSTG @ NRAHQ

    Goal: Win!

    As usual when a number of changes need to be made to the match during setup, I made a number of mental mistakes because I was thinking about match setup more than shooting the match. Luckily, there were very few shooters on the first squad, and I was able to shoot the match again without worrying about setup. The results show what a difference good v. bad mental game can make.

    Savani, Josh SA 61.64 20.80 0.00 20.80 1 15.86 1.00 16.86 1 10.45 1.00 11.45 1 12.53 0.00 12.53 1
    Savani, Josh SA 88.17 24.41 7.00 31.41 3 21.31 5.00 26.31 6 13.33 0.00 13.33 3 17.12 0.00 17.12 2

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    15-April-2016 Practice @ NRA Range

    Famfire with new Ruger SR1911 100 Speer Lawman from Ruger badged magazines (Checkmate?).

    19-April-2016 USPSA @ NRA

    Goal: Don't do anything stupid with unfamiliar gun.

    50ish round of Federal Champion 230 gr ball

    I had so much fun shooting and dryfiring my new 1911 I decided to shoot it for the monthly USPSA match. Unfortunately, I didn't have a good holster, mag pouches, or even magazines, but it was still a lot of fun. I also decided to install a new set of sights right before the match to really complete the "caution to the wind" approach. Unfortunately, the sights changed the POI to hit about 4 inches low at 10 yards, which resulted in me zeroing a stage.

    Stage 1

    I was pretty nervous given that I had no idea where my sights were regulated and the first target to shoot was at 33 yard popper. This was obviously entirely my fault as I was the one who designed the stage. I missed with the first shot on the popper and I didn't see the round impact the backstop, so I assumed it hit low and held on the head for the second shot which resulted in a hit. On the setup to the second box I was entirely too slow. I entered the box clearly not ready to shoot. In the last box, I knew that I couldn't make any makeup shots due to limited capacity and shot very conservatively.

    Stage 2

    This is the stage I zeroed. After shooting the second target, I realized that one of my shots had impacted right along the perf between the head box and hardcover rather than where I was aiming. At this point, I didn't know if I was just anticipating the trigger on a new gun or if the gun was just shooting low. After an ok reload, I started to shoot the second array, but realized that I was still hitting very low. I thought that I tried to correct by aiming higher in the head box, but it didn't work. I ended up with 5 Mikes and a zero for the stage.

    Stage 3

    After my disappointing performance on Stage 2, I shot this stage entirely too conservatively. I started off well, but forget my stage plan as I began to move back to engage the targets on the other side of the wall. I also shot way too slow for this target difficulty. I shot all As and didn't even use most of the A zone. The SR1911 moves around a lot more than I'm used to (especially with the stock spring I was using for this match), but it was still coming back down from recoil faster than I was breaking shots.

    Stage 4

    Pretty much everything about this stage went wrong. I shot slow and inaccurately and had a bad reload. I guess I had an ok turn and draw given the poor AIWB holster that I'm using.

    20-April-2016 Practice @ NRA Range

    Testing SR1911 with 230 gr HST. 50 rounds of HST and 50 more rounds of Federal Champion

    22-April-2016 Practice @ NRA Range

    100 rounds of Federal Champion. 1 FTF on round 297. This was the last round from a CMC "Shooting Star" mag.

    Worked 1R2 with descending par. I had trouble consistently staying under 4 seconds. The combination of bad holster and mag pouch with new gun was not helping. This is about 1 second more than my time with a G19.

    I tried to fix the low shooting sight problem by filing the front sight:

    After spending a fair amount of time trying to get these sights to work, I realized that TLG was probably just trying to tell me that FO sights are going to get me killed on the street. I now have a set of Heinie Ledge Straight Eight sights with JohnO front sight treatment installed on the gun.
    Last edited by joshs; 04-25-2016 at 11:17 PM.

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