The weirdest reloading press malfunction I’ve ever had.

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I figured that running the press would be a good chore to get out of the way for the holiday.

Just a few minutes ago, the press suddenly stopped seating primers properly.

After stopping what I was doing, clearing the plate of rounds, and taking some time to investigate, I found a primer stuck to the bottom of the shell plate platform.

Seemingly in defiance of gravity, it wasn’t even jammed on anything. Tapping it with my finger sent it scurrying off for some dusty corner of the basement.

February Blackwater 3-Gun

Last Sunday, as has become a habit, I shot the monthly Blackwater 3-Gun match. This time, though, I brought my new HD camcorder along…

I ended up winning the match by just over half a second.

The Good:
Shotgun – I ran the shotgun better than I ever have. Loading, accuracy, and speed were all excellent. It’s probably fair to say that I won this match on the shotgun.
Movement – Looking at some of my old match video from last year, my movement has been improving a great deal. I still have a lot of work to do on this part of my game, but my progress has been pretty significant.

The Bad:
Rifle – I don’t know if I’ve just been getting faster with the other guns, but my rifle shooting seems really slow, especially offhand and supported offhand. It’s probably well past time to break out the .22LR and do some serious position shooting practice.

Fun match as always. Next month, the season really begins to heat up, so expect to see more posts like this.

-C

Hollywood Guns

There were a couple of displays with movie guns at SHOT. Fans of Firefly ought to recognize this one…

And fans of Dirty Harry should recognize the next one.

Smith and Wesson actually had a pretty large display with about ten guns that had been used in various movies on display, including the revolver from XXX, the gun Sameul L. Jackson carried in The Spirit, and the S&W Model 76 that Heath Ledger used in The Dark Night.

Lancer Systems L15 Lower Receiver and Quickmag

One of the things at SHOT that I think will be of interest to a lot of 3 Gun shooters is the new modular receiver system that Lancer has released, the L15. It uses a pin and slot system so you can swap out mag wells on your rifle.

The Lancer L15 system with no attached magazine well, showing the attachment points.

This is what it looks like with the competition mag well installed.

Swapping magazine wells with this system is just a matter of knocking out one pin, sliding the current mag well off, and replacing it with the one you want to use.

The other cool thing that Lancer had on display, and one that a lot of 3 Gun shooters will be interested in is their Quickmag system. While it looks like products that are already on the market that allow you to carry an additional magazine on the gun, the Quickmag is designed in such a way that when you press the button to release the spare magazine, it also activates the magazine release on your rifle. Basically, with the push of a single button, you can dump your empty and release a fresh magazine. It was extremely easy to use this product to execute a rifle reload in a second or less. It was cool enough that it’s the one product I actually shot video of:

The Quickmag design is still being refined, and they’re hoping to release it later this year.

Back to the local matches…

I shot a two-stage local match last Monday night and managed to land slightly above middle of the pack in all divisions, 13th out of 29 shooters, and, surprisingly, first place in Production Division.

Not too shabby for as little range time as I’ve been getting lately.

On the gear side of things, I’m really, really liking the M&P Pro. After the match, I sent the gun off to get a trigger job on it. It’s about the best M&P trigger I’ve ever felt, and I’ll have more info on it once I get a chance to test fire it at the range.

Next up will be a couple of magazine extensions for shooting 3gun, and I should have all of my pistol bases covered.