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Old March 31, 2014, 04:18 PM   #376
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Yessir, anyone who doesn't use quality safety glasses is downright nuts.
I once caught a chunk of bullet jacket, that had bounced back off of a steel target.
It got me right in the bridge of the nose, after glancing off my glasses.
It took a pair of pliers to pull it out.
Bled like the devil, tool
Don't want to even think of what would have happened without glasses.
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Old April 6, 2014, 05:54 PM   #377
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turn off electronic ears

I shoot speed steel wearing electronic ear muffs. I sometimes have trouble hearing the ping when I hit the target. Today I tried turning off the amplification and it really helped me hear the ping. I think that the electronics were cutting out the ping along with the gun shot.

I told my buddy. He tried it but had a harder time hearing the ping.

My conclusion: experiment, standing close to another shooter and the timer, and determine what works best for your ears.
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Old April 7, 2014, 09:32 AM   #378
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With the wife happily joining me in shooting USPSA, ICORE and Steel I am burning through a big bunch of ammo.
The benifit is I don't hear all the complaining about, "you going to the range again"
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Old May 23, 2014, 04:15 PM   #379
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be careful firing insurance shots

I have made this mistake myself, although not in a long time.

Some USPSA stages have a limited round count, and some are unlimited. In the stages with an unlimited round count, you can keep shooting to make up a miss, if you realize that you've missed on a particular target.

However, if that target is partially screened by hard cover, or particularly if it is screened by a "no-shoot" target, take the time to downshift and be accurate and get your hit, or don't fire an insurance shot at all.

In each of the last two monthly matches I've seen somebody on my squad fire an extra shot to make up for a miss (or perceived miss) and rush too much and jerk the trigger and hit a no-shoot target, incurring a greater penalty than they would've had with just a miss.
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Old May 24, 2014, 05:08 PM   #380
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hit a no-shoot target
That will teach them to duck when folks are shootin. Got me a couple of no-shoots today that forgot to duck at the sound of gunfire.
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Old May 24, 2014, 06:24 PM   #381
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Last Match was 2 Hrs ago. I learned 2 things
I can't read the wind very good yet 20 mph kiddy wampass direction
Don't go to a match with a load you have never tested

Scored a 186, 191, 193. Ickyyyyyyyy
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Old May 25, 2014, 03:10 PM   #382
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well i guess...

i keep running low on magazines , so i have to stop and reload one then fire, or i reload all of them, then i go back and fire

- a slow precise trigger finger, using just the front digit and a bull pack method
-the more stable you shooting platform the better
-know your gun, so you can compensate for unforeseen issues
-keep it clean and smooth
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Old May 25, 2014, 03:42 PM   #383
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Slow down and shoot faster with regards to hit factor and clock time. Amazing what using the sites will do with regards to accuracy.
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Old June 2, 2014, 12:45 AM   #384
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In the month of May I shot an IDPA classifier with my Glock 19. I shot pretty good this time, but I still (as always) need to further practice engaging multiple targets from behind cover. I'm right handed, and often practice shooting weak hand with support (mirror image) when shooting around the left side of cover. Doing so was a requirement in the PPC course we used as a QC back when I started as a cop in 1981.

So for this match I did that when shooting in Stage III when required to shoot around the left side of cover. My hits were pretty good. I plan to continue shooting that way in that circumstance.

I also shot a USPSA special classifier match with my Glock 35. As usual, I wasn't very fast but I was quite accurate. But I did discover myself making a few errors:

(1.) I was bouncing the trigger when trying to go fast at close range, which is to say my finger was breaking contact with the trigger as I was resetting the sear. So, when I pressed again to take the shot, I bashed the trigger a little bit and a few rounds went left at 9 o'clock as a result.

(2.) I had several D zone hits. In both cases, it was the second round fired on the first target engaged in a particular string of fire. Probably caused by the aforementioned bashing of the trigger.

(3.) In one stage I found myself riding the sights while transitioning from one target to another when engaging an array that had three targets placed close together. In multiple target engagement, it works best to switch your visual focus to the target AND THEN bring the gun over. When you do look/shoot properly it prevents you from over running the center zone of the target and having poor hits or misses or hits into hard cover or a no-shoot.

Fortunately, I caught myself right away and actually didn't drop any points on that stage.
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Old July 20, 2014, 06:10 PM   #385
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Don't get frustrated when a popper won't fall after repeated hits.
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Old August 4, 2014, 08:43 PM   #386
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Don't be scared of .......

thinking outside of the box when it comes to shooting.

Over the weekend, I remembered how a big guy would shoot his bolt action .22 rifle in the early variants of our rapidfire matches (back in the early 90s). He was inspired by the British Army's rapidfire technique of shooting their SMLEs.

I practiced it today on a rack or two at the range. Whoa, Nellie! It works:

I am holding the bolt handle knob with my thumb, pointer finger, and index finger, and I'm just touching off the 13 oz CZ trigger with my ring finger (obscured in the photo). I was shocked by both the speed and accuracy I was getting.

Actually, I have issues with shooting this light triggered rifle in the normal way. The trigger was modified with a Brooke's Kit, and it yields a light pull but not a crisp one. It is light and soft (not creepy, just soft). Thus, I tend to have a tendency to snatch it off when shooting using my pointer finger and pull the shot. For whatever reason, it actually seemed more natural with the ring finger today. Go figure.

The friendly little local competitiion I intend to try it in is this Saturday. We call it the Rapidfire Rimfire Match. This is the steel silhouette setup we shoot at from a distance of 25 yards:

I put the little cardboard card up with dots on it for sighting in on a practice day. It is not usually there.

A shooter engages the rack of targets in four strings - rams, turkeys, pigs, and finally the dastardly little chickens. An RO instructs the shooter to load and make ready. After a "fire when ready" command, the shooter starts when reasonably ready. The RO starts a stop watch with the first shot and then stops it when the last standing animal in a string is down. The RO calls out the time to a scribe and the scribe records the time. If a shooter goes six for six (no misses on a string), he/she get's a three second deduction as an accuracy bonus. The shooter's score is his/her aggregate time for all four strings less any accuracy bonuses. The RO moves down the line after the first shooter finishes with a string. After all four shooters (we have four racks) have completed the same string of critters, the RO comes back to the first shooter, and they repeat the drill for the next string of silhouettes. The shooter loads and readies his/her rifle as soon as he/she completes a string and the RO has moved down the firing line to the next shooter. The shooter engages the safety or leaves the bolt back, and lays the rifle flat on the bench. They pick it up after the RO cycles back to him/her, and the shooter prepares to fire on command. Thus, things keep moving smoothly and safely.

There are two classes - scope/aperture sights and open sights. The game is dominated by semi-autos. However, if one wants to compete with a manual repeater, we have compensating time deductions:

semi-auto = zero
pump = 18 seconds (deducted from the shooters aggregate time less any accuracy bonuses)
lever = 24 seconds
straight pull bolt action = 30 seconds
conventional bolt action = 36 seconds

I won last month shooting the above pictured CZ 452 American. But, some good semi-auto shooters crashed and burned. Thus, I lucked up. I am trying to grease things up a little further in anticipation of the talent that will attend this weekend. To first timers, I always say, "You can't miss fast enough to win. So, take aim and get hits."
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Old August 5, 2014, 12:59 PM   #387
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last match

My last pistol match was at the National Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio.
What I learned was that, even though I have been shooting for a long time, I remain perfectly capable of making rookie mistakes... like crossfiring onto my neighbor's target. He was a real gentleman about it. ("happens all the time. We are very close together. Forget about it.")
It bothered me more than it did him.
And Murphy was close by....a gun that has been remarkably reliable for years gave me a double alibi in the last two strings of Rapid fire in the .22 match.
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Old August 7, 2014, 01:41 AM   #388
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The last highpower match I shot at- I was shooting on my target, but had my spotting scope on the wrong lane. That will give a guy the most unholiest of conniption fits. But even with all of my unnecessary fidgeting and sight adjustment/re-adjustment I still managed to pull off a 452 out of 500.

And at my last Running Target match- I misread the score standing board. Dang near had a relapse of those above mentioned conniption fits.
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