Superstition Mystery Mountain 2011

So the shooting’s done, the scores have been tallied, and I managed to take 82nd place in the Tactical Scope division out of 188 competitors. This is better than I placed last year, but only by a handful of positions. The thing that really sucks about this is that I managed to incur four penalties on the first stage, and only a grand total of six penalties for the entire match. Those first stage penalties amounted to a whopping 50 seconds worth of pain. At it’s heart, 3 Gun is a sport about efficiency; finding the quickest and most effective way to complete a course of fire. Those who do the best are those who can navigate each and every course of fire with a minimum of fuss, while hitting all of their targets and not incurring penalties for hitting no-shoot targets. As you might imagine, 50 seconds worth of penalties is not conducive to a clean run. Nor is taking an inordinate amount of time to complete a a stage.

You can see video of all of my stage runs courtesy of DocMedic here:

The two worst meltdowns were on stages two and five, where I evidently decided that missing what should have been a fairly reasonable rifle shot, was a good idea, and ended up with a time of 105 seconds. (Stage, blown.)

On the upside of things, my movement has gotten better, along with my general abilities to hit targets (suck it, flying clays!) and my pistol game is much improved, though still in need of work.

Highlights of the match definitely include the following (in no particular order): getting to meet Maggie Reese from Top Shot, meeting [url=]Exurban Kevin[/url] who was ROing on one of the shotgun stages, getting to shoot a round of sporting clays after the match was over, and grabbing dinner at The Blue Adobe Grille.

Overall, the match was a lot of fun, even if my performance was well below what I believe I’m actually capable of.

Superstition Mountain 3 Gun 2011

So after a long drive from Colorado we’ve arrived at the 2011 SMM3G match, registered, walked the stages, and dropped in for a visit with Dillon Precision.


No. They won’t let you test-fire a mini gun, even if you ask nicely.

Overall impression is that this match is going to be a good one, with maybe a bit more of a speed componenet to the stages and less super tricky technical stuff than in the last couple of years.

That isn’t to say that there won’t be tricky stuff here. One stage requires you to be strung up in a harness, and another includes something I’ve never seen before: airborne no-shoot clays.

Tomorrow is going to be fun.

One of my favorite things about this match is a fairly minor detail, and that’s the match t-shirt.


All big 3 Gun matches give you the option to buy a t-shirt to commemorate the event, and SMM3G consistently has the best that I’ve ever seen. Using memorable cartoon characters that have obviously been drawn by someone with artistic talent definitely makes the cost worthwhile.

Ok, enough for now. Time to grab some sleep.

First Tactical Rifle Match of the Season!

Overall, the first match of the year was pretty successful, though we did have to overcome a few difficulties. For the first half of the match, competitors had to put up with howling cross winds of 25+ mph that made it difficult to both hit and score the furthest distance target.

We also had an issue with scoring hits on the furthest target of the match, a steel IPSC target at about 375 yards. This will be corrected at the next match by setting the targets up to activate a strobe light when hit.

Probably the biggest success of the match was our introduction of an open-terrain, non-square range stage that challenged competitors to move down a hill and up and onto a structure.

The introduction of a VTAC wall as one of the stages presented some technical challenges that required shooters to engage a steel target at 125 yards from a multitude of positions. This also threw in the added challenge of requiring competitors to move into and out of position, which is something that not many people (including yours truly) practice with any regularity.

Overall, I think this match was a success, despite some of the bugs, which will be corrected in time for the next match.

Note the bolt is in the process of ejecting the spent casing.


Not often you catch muzzle flash in full daylight.

We introduced a new thing to the match this year. Every other month, we’ll be running a standards course using a VTAC wall. Despite the relatively close distance of the target, this proved to be very challenging. The hardest part of shooting through this thing, besides the awkward shooting positions, is transitioning between the ports.

Flying brass looks awesome.

The Anti-Gun View On Compromise

I was recently lurking on a blog run by the rarest of all firearms prohibitionists, one who actually doesn’tcompletely lock his blog to comments from those who disagree.

The prohibitionists were claiming that the pro-gun people need to come to a compromise on the issue of gun policy. In response, one of the pro-rights folks asked the prohibitionists what laws they’d be willing to compromise on. They were asked what, if any, gun laws would they modify or repeal in their entirety.

This is the response from one of them:

It’s pretty funny when one of the most unreasonable and stubborn guys around asks what would we like to give up.

I’ve already told Bob, nothing. We give up nothing because this is not a bargaining situation like in business where you give and take.

This is a matter of right and wrong and a matter of life and death.

Emphasis is mine. Regardless, the response starts with an attack, and then veers straight off into zealot country.

I’ve long held the view that many people who espouse anti-gun positions actually do have a vested interest in reducing violent crime, and are simply trying to approach the topic from a (clearly incorrect, unworkable, and wrongheaded) position. I’ve always tried to avoid thinking of gun prohibitionists as a bunch of Snidely Whiplashesque, mustache-twirling, one-dimensional caricatures.

Evidently I may need to revise my stance.

Zombies. Machineguns. Shotguns. Awesome!

Two of the most well-known shooting personalities in the state (and nation) have joined forces to create something that’s pretty awesome.

Michael Bane of Shooting Gallery fame and Alan Samuel from Machinegun Tours have joined forces to do some belt-fed zombie slaying.


More POV Match Footage

Here’s some more POV footage I shot at a match this last weekend. Marvel as I tank a classifier. Be astounded as I execute a standing reload to fire a single shot at the end of a stage.

Despite the screwups, and the fact that I was shooting Limited Minor, I still managed to come in 9th out of 29 shooters in the division.

Glow Ammo Review

So, here’s the review that I hinted at a few days ago.

At SHOT I bumped into the owners of the company who make a new product called Glow Ammo.

They were kind enough to supply me with a couple of product samples to try out, and on Monday night I did just that.

The product itself are little adhesive plastic discs that you stick on the base of your pistol bullets. Click here to see what they look like when adhered to the base of some bullets.

The owners of Whistling Pines Gun Club were kind enough to let us run a few magazines of the ammo I loaded up, and we shot some video to see what the results would be.

Here’s the video:

Overall impression is very positive. Glow ammo, unlike traditional tracers, is non-pyrotechnic, so it’s safe to use at indoor ranges or places where actual tracers would present a fire hazard. The one downside to this product, and one that the manufacturer is very up front about, is that it will not be visible in full daylight. It will work on indoor ranges, as well as late-afternoon/dusk outdoors.

The trace itself was very visible in a low-light setting, and made spotting hits extremely easy, though in some cases, muzzle flash made it a little bit hard to see the trace for the shooter.

That said, I think this product will prove to be an extremely useful training aid, especially for those who find themselves in the position of coaching a new shooter, or diagnosing another shooter who’s having problems making consistent hits. Feedback from shots fired is instant and easily spotted, allowing a trainer/spotter to give immediate feedback (you can see some of this in the video) without the need for a spotting scope or guesswork.

Additionally, this product could be tremendously useful for competitive shooters who want to post match videos on YouTube or Vimeo, as it allows a viewer to get an idea of where the shots are landing on the target.

Overall, I’m looking forward to testing this product further, and hope to get out to the range to try it under various shooting conditions.

Some footage from this weekend’s match

So, yesterday we rode up to Aurora to shoot a local match. I was lucky enough to be able to run my M&P in both Production and Limited/Minor. It turned out to be a pretty good match, I had some good runs (no results yet, they scored my as having shot Limited/Major, which bumped me up higher in the rankings than I should have been.)

As luck would have it, the keychain video cameras I’d ordered after seeing this story about their use at a Miami Subgun match had come in, so with the application of some velcro to the brim of my hat and the bottom of the camera, I was able to shoot some POV footage, so enjoy!

I’ll be shooting a two-stage indoor match tonight, as well as testing that ammo I hinted about a few days ago, so keep your eye peeled for updates in the next day or so.