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    18 Aug 2015

    Date: 18 Aug 2015
    Gun: Miller Custom 1911
    Gear: USPSA
    Ammo:.45 ACP, 230g FMJ Reloads (400rds)

    - From the ready, fire 3 rounds to 1" dots at 3 yards (x25)
    No PAR, working on letting the gun track back to the same spot
    Focus on sight tracking and trigger press while letting the gun return to the same spot

    - Draw and fire 3 rounds to Avery Trigger Stripe at 3 yards (x32)
    Consistently pushing the gun left after the first shot
    Gun is tracking up and left consistently

    - Draw and fire 6 rounds to Avery Trigger Bars at 5 yards (x38)
    Focus on letting the gun track straight up and down
    Draw averaged around 1.50
    Splits between .21 and .27
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    21 Aug 2015 (Gotta take the good days with the bad...really really bad...)

    Date: 21 Aug 2015
    Gun: Miller Custom 1911
    Gear: IDPA
    Ammo: .45 ACP, 230g FMJ Reloads

    - 1" dots at 3 yards, 3 rounds from the ready (x25)
    Focus is on recoil management and trigger press

    - Draw and fire 6 rounds at 7 yards to USPSA target (Bill Drill) (x15)
    This was going really well minus the draw. Splits were between .17-.21 all day.
    Draw was slow at around 1.50 consistently with the fastest for the day being only a 1.35. Not too terribly pleased with the draw or overall times, but hits and splits were there. Check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjlXJD0-q-0


    - USPSA Classifier CM 99-23
    String 1: Facing up range with hands relaxed at sides, turn and draw, firing 2 rounds to T1-T3
    String 2: Facing down range with hands above shoulders, draw and fire 2 rounds T1-T3
    Hit Factor goal was a 13, which I did not even come close too. I had never shot this classifier before, but I have shot many turn and draws like El Presidente so I figured this shouldn't be too terrible...WRONG!!! I fired ZERO clean runs on this, even when slowing down to shoot clean. Splits and transitions were horrible compared to where I was before summer. My first run, and subsequently my best run, was a 3.34 -1C on S1, and a 2.84 -2C on S2. Overall was a 6.18 -3C, for a Hit Factor of 9.22. It got so bad towards the end to where even dry firing and shooting slow produced worse and worse results. Sometimes you need to just put the gun down and walk away. And that's what I did. Obviously I'm trying to shoot as fast as I could 3 months ago at the peak of my year, which is the wrong answer. Need to dial my self back and get back to basics.
    Last edited by AJZ; 08-22-2015 at 05:51 PM. Reason: Video links added
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    Splits and recoil control are very impressive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt O View Post
    Splits and recoil control are very impressive!
    Thanks Matt!
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    24 Aug 2015

    Date: 24 Aug 2015
    Gun: Miller Custom 1911
    Gear: USPSA
    Ammo: .45 ACP, 230g reloads (231 rounds)

    After my horrible performance on CM 99-23 I decided to run it cold for five runs and see what happened. I was not impressed.

    - CM 99-23
    7.71 (4.07, 3.64) -1C HF: 7.65
    7.03 (3.55, 3.48) -1C HF: 8.39
    6.23 (3.11, 3.12) -2C HF: 9.31
    6.32 (3.19, 3.13) -1C HF: 9.34
    5.24 (2.70, 2.54) -4C HF: 10.69

    My target to target transitions were definitely not there, along with my sight tracking and recoil management. To say the gun was doing some pretty funky things in my hands would be an understatement, lol. To analyze, I was leaving both my eyes and the gun on the target after I had fired the second shot on each target. When I finally moved to the next target, the gun moved before my eyes, which caused me to totally lose track of the gun as well as aided in consistently over driving the gun passed the next target. This accounted for most of the C hits, but I know for sure that at least one was very poor trigger manipulation. After running this, I abandoned my initial practice plan to work on some transitions and sight tracking with some recoil management. Working the same target setup (3 USPSA targets at 7yds spaced 7.5 ft apart from center to edge) I would draw and fire 2 rounds on each target alternating right to left and left to right. At the beginning there was a huge gap between splits and transitions (.20 splits with .46 transitions). When I ended the day I was sitting at .23 splits with .28 transitions. Not nearly my best or even my old average, but it's progress. I'm happy to get back to matches next week, but a bit nervous with my shooting being in the state it is.
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    1 Sep 2015

    Date: 1 Sep 2015
    Gun: Miller Custom 1911
    Gear: USPSA
    Ammo: .45 ACP, 230g reloads (295)

    1" dots at 3 yards
    - 5 Dots slow fire, 3rds per dot
    - 5 Dots draw and fire 3rds per dot
    - 5 Dots draw and fire 3rds per dot SHO
    - 10 Dots draw, transfer, and fire 3rds per dot WHO

    WOTG "Fab 4" on A/C zone steel at 10yds (2yds apart) x 25
    - Base: 2.85 (1.49, .34, .47, .55)
    Note: This is part of a new practice tracking I'm trying. I'm tracking only the first run on each drill I do. Over time, I track just 1st run gains and losses. Very similar to starting and tracking a cold FAST over time. Same idea, just over more drills.

    WOTG "Time Machine" on 4 A/C zone steel at 10yds (2yds apart) x 15
    - Base: 3.81 (not anywhere close to where I was before summer)
    - End: 3.25 (1.50, .24, .26, .24, .27, .24, .26, .24)
    Last edited by AJZ; 09-14-2015 at 11:07 PM.
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    Shall we give it another go?

    What's been going on:
    It's been quite an adventure since the last time I posted on here. So where are we at? Well, gunsmithing school is finished, and I even managed to do another year of "Advanced/Master" gunsmithing. It was quite the experience. While in school my shooting most definitely suffered.I spent far more time building guns and teaching others to build them than I did actually shooting them. Now that all of that's done shooting can again become a priority. I've shot a few matches (maybe 15) since my last post, which is far less than I should have. I gun hopped between Glocks, CZs, 2011s, 1911s, M&Ps, red dot guns, etc, in 9, 40, and 45. It has not helped my shooting in the least. So it's time to get back on track.

    Longterm Goals Revisited
    USPSA Grand Master in Single Stack, Production, or Limited Division With inconsistent practice, none of these became a reality. A new, more realistic goal will be A class in Single Stack.
    Master in all IDPA Divisions (Stock Service Pistol and Custom Defensive Pistol are already accomplished) I achieved another Master rating before IDPA changed the rules and classifier. Under the current rules, I am automatically a Master in all classes. So this goal is "accomplished"/no longer a goal.
    Top 10 finishes in major USPSA and IDPA matches within my classification. I did achieve this, most recently taking 3rd overall in a major match in the new Carry Optics division, as an unclassified shooter. I also achieved 2nd place at a major match in Limited. This will remain a goal as I am always trying to win.


    Shorter Term Goals Revisited
    Top 10 finish at Western States Single Stack Championship (WSSSC) in November, 2015 Didn't happen because I'm dumb and seem to stop practicing completely a month before every major match I shoot.
    Top 10 finish at Northern Arizona Classic (October 2015) I was still unclassified in Limited when I shot this, so I pulled a 21st place finish overall for the Division. Had I held any classification I would had achieved this.
    Mike Pannone Covert Carry Class (October 2015) Class was cancelled.
    Transition to CZ P-09 (November 2015) Achieved this. Really like this gun and for DA/SA it is where it's at!
    Concealed draw to first shot 1.0s (AIWB or 3 o'clock) Still chasing this one. I think a more realistic goal is consistent 1.3s draws both from concealment and open.
    Consistent sub 2.0 Slide Lock Reloads from concealment with 1911/2011 Achieved this. 2011 is pretty consistent, 1911 is much harder. Keeping this as a goal.
    FINALLY CLEAN GARCIA DOT DRILL!!! Ain't never gonna happen! Lol

    New Goals!
    • 1.2s Single Stack "speed" reloads
    • Top 20 Finish at Western States Single Stack Championship
    • Top 10 Single Stack Overall Finish at Northern Arizona Classic (NAZC)
    • Clean "4 Aces" using Ben Stoegers GM times


    So there it is. Lots of reloading and shooting to be done.
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