SHOT Show

I just got my plane tickets and hotel reservations confirmed for the 2009 SHOT Show in Orlando.  My Dad and I have been attending since 2005, but I skipped out this past year to go to Gun Skool at Blackwater, instead.  I’m really looking forward to this one.

Whenever I’m at the SHOT show, I try to make the time to shoot a local match.  Fortunately, both central Flordia and Vegas have a pretty good selection to shoose from.  Last time I was down in Orlando, I shot a wonderful USPSA match at the Port Malabar Rifle and Pistol club.  This time around, I’m looking for something on the third Friday or Saturday, not too far from Orlando.

Hmm, I wonder if this blog means that I could swing a press pass for the Show?

Zzzzz…Now with Videos!

Yeah, perhaps I should post something one of these days.

Work lately has consisted of cleaning up other people’s stupid mistakes, and covering up their stupid decisions.  I don’t normally object to this, but when it starts cutting into my free time, I can get a little short.  Not much of an excuse for my posting laziness, but there you go.

Not much shooting, lately.  The last match of the year was the weekend before last, and I’m thinking that I’m going to take the rest of the year off.  I’ll do a bit of dryfire, and try to get ahead on the reloading, but no shooting until the new year.

In the meantime, here are some short videos of the USPSA match at York, PA.  Forgive the lack of editing, post-production, et cetera, as I do not share my co-blogger’s talent.

Turn your iPhone into a Shot Timer

Over at the always readable Firearm Blog they’ve got a new entry up talking about an iPhone app Surefire has created that allows you to use your iPhone as a shot timer. I’ve played around with a couple of friends’ iPhones, and thought it to be a very cool piece of technology.  This just makes me want one even more.

Couple of Quick Notes…

Ok, just a few unorganized and random thoughts.

Weekend Match

Shot the local IPSC match yesterday.  Poorly.  Had one squib out of a batch of rounds I had a gut feeling was questionable.  Did ok on the classifier, though not fantastic.

Panic Buying

With the ascendancy of the Postmodern Messiah the panic buying has been in full swing.  Thankfully, I bought the big important stuff I needed a few months ago, and have been slowly stocking up on various magazines and other accessories.  The night of November 4th, I did lose my mind a bit, and put an order in for one each of the Tripp Research 42 and 52 round Cobramag.  They’re pricey, but seem to be extremely well made and come with a pretty high recommendation from several shooters whose opinions on such things I trust implicitly.

Tripp Research

A couple of days after putting the order in with Tripp Research, I had a follow up question. So I sent an email to them with the question in it. Within 15 minutes, my phone rang, and I spoke to the guy on the other end of the line, who answered my question quickly and satisfactorily.  Customer service doesn’t get any better than that.

Ok, so that’s my boring weekend.  I should have the writeup of the last tactical rifle match done probably next week sometime.  Work’s been busy, so the amount of time I’ve had to screw off and blog has been reduced.

YAPL – November 8, 2008

Place: The Range at NRA Headquarters

Gear: TSS 5″ Limited Gun, 200-odd rounds of the new load.

Goals: Yet more shot-calling practice, plus some long-range work.

Hit the range at 1:00pm or so, on my much-needed day off. Drills for this session as follows:

  1. 50 rds. freestyle group shooting at 15, 25, and 40 yards
  2. 50 rds. calling single shots from the holster at 15 yards
  3. 50 rds. calling 2x from the holster at 15 yards
  4. 50 rds. 2-shot doubles, from the holster, at 7, 15, and 25 yards
Shot calling is slowly getting better. I noticed that I’ve developed a tendency to grip too hard with my strong hand, and that when I do this I get uncalled shots off to 9:00. More dry-practice with the grip seems to be the solution.
Slowfire groups at 15y were in the 1-2″ range, at 25y were in the 5-6″ range, and at 40y, well, they were all in the C zone. I’m wondering if my Limited gun is ready for a new barrel – it has almost 15000 rounds down the existing tube. All the groups/patterns were centered nicely, though.
2 As from the holster at 7y is running just about 1.1 seconds. At this distance, I don’t use the sights on open targets (I absolutely do if there’s hard cover or a no-shoot about.) At 15y, my time climbs up to about 1.5-1.6 seconds. I can push it to 1.4, but I get some Cs. At 25 yards, my split time really starts to climb, about 1.4 for the draw and 0.5 for the second shot split.

Results: More dryfire. I’ve been slacking a little lately, and it shows up in the concsistency of my grip. Watch the sights!