New Hudson H9: First Impressions

Just in time for yet another SHOT SHOW, a newly designed pistol will be available for the show. Hudson MFG has announced the new H9 Pistol. This pistol has caught my eye for a couple of reasons.

Let me start with saying, I have not put hands on this pistol yet, these are just my impressions from seeing the promo videos and pictures online and reading about it from the manufacturers website. This is just gut feels at this point as this pistol is not in the wild right now. Which is a bummer.

The H9 is very interesting and caught my eye in that it looks very much like a redesigned 1911 in 9mm. It has a 1911 style grip and trigger, but they removed the hammer and replaced it with a striker firing mechanism. The other thing that has me intrigued is the lowered recoil spring. They lowered the spring on the frame and that makes me wonder how that makes the recoil feel. Does it help with recoil management? What does higher power 9mm and heavy rounds feel through it?

I am actually a little excited about this pistol. This could be a really well done redesign of the 1911. It could also be a flop, but either way, it has my curiosity piqued. I love my 1911’s and it seems like this could really be a fun pistol to shoot. I would love to get my hands on one and put it through it’s paces! Man this would be cool.

Below is the promo video from You Tube they released. Very well done and cool video. It’s definitely a well put together video. Enjoy the video and check out Hudson on the web, on instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

Widener’s Guide to Smokeless Powder

When getting into reloading, I remember how nervous I was trying to pick out my first powder. I did all the research online to see what most people were using for 9MM and what was available in my area. I read through all my manuals (I had 2 at the time) and compared and contrasted. Finally I settled on IMR 700 at the time. Now I am using Power Pistol.

There was a lot I didn’t understand, even back then. I had to do a lot of internet searches to try to break down how a powder works. I had to understand Burn Rate, different shapes and how they will meter through the powder measure. What I should expect to see and what was too much.

Smokeless Powder is the driving force behind our bullets and the most dangerous part of reloading. Too little and you can get a squib and not know it and blow up your gun. Too much and you will over charge the round and blow up your gun. Just right and the bullet will exit and go down range…..but you could still blow up your gun LOL! I am not trying to talk anyone out of reloading, just know that when dealing with the powder, it is an explosive and it can hurt you.

Our new friends over at Widener’s Reloading and Shooting Supply have come up with an excellent article/guide explaining how smokeless powder works. They go into how it works, what it looks like and they even have a video showing what is meant by Burn Rate and how it effects different powders. I wish I had known about this guide to use as a starting point back then.

Check out Wideners Guide to Smokeless Power and let us know what you think. This is a great beginners tool!

House Keeping 01-04-2016

It’s time for a little house keeping and catch up here. So I know I have been out of pocket for a while, but I have not had a lot of time since the end of October to do much of anything. Between Raising a toddler now, School, work other projects and spending time with family, that doesn’t leave a lot of time for blogging and shooting right now. At least now I am in the slow season of shooting, so that will help.

But I am sorry I have been so remiss. With a new year comes a renewal at the blog. I have a few new articles sitting in the wings to get out and some other things happening, like a redesign of the blog. In case you haven’t noticed I started with some changes to the blog itself. New Theme, Less boxes, and soon, more new content and a few new friends!

So please stick around and I will have some new and exciting things coming your way!

End of Season Wrapup 2016

Well the end of the shooting season is upon us. Time to clean the guns and put them away till next year. However, before all that can be accomplished, a look back at how this season went is in order. Taking a moment to take stock of how you did is important. So let’s take a look at this year’s End of Season Wrapup!

Due to time and finances (still looking for that Ammo Sponsor! Anyone? Anyone?) and the weather, I was not able to shoot as much USPSA this year. I just didn’t have the funds to buy the needed components for reloading and with my diabetes, if I get too overly hot, my blood sugar gets so out of whack, I can’t see straight. So I cut back on the number of matches this year because of that. I am hoping that next year the weather will be a little cooler and I will be able to attend a few more matches.

Even still, I think this was a great season for me. This was a learning year. Learning what worked and what didn’t. Figuring out how to plan stages, count rounds, count shots things like that. I had a blast the whole time, but that was the point.

I didn’t win any matches, and I really didn’t place well, but at least I was out there and trying to learn something new. It was frustrating at times, but it was interesting. Ultimately I was just happy to be out here shooting and having fun with my friends.

Overall, I accomplished the goals I set out to accomplish for the season and that is the main point. I had a great time. Next year, I will set new goals and try to achieve those.

Friday Night Steel

Steel was awesome this year. I shot in the Rimfire division this year and I had a blast. Back at Christmas last year, I built myself an open gun out of a .22 I had and decided that I wanted to shoot that this year at steel. It was the best decision I made. I set some new record times for myself, got to shoot some .22 and just had a blast all around.

This year I decided to just have some fun with the .22 and surprised myself. With the new dot on the pistol I was faster and more accurate then in years past. I could really rip through the stages with it. Other then a few jams occasionally, I posted some killer times. I think next year I am going to stick with rimfire and do it all again.

I had a better time with steel this year then with USPSA. Since there is not a lot of movement with Steel I didn’t have to worry about the heat as much. It was still hot at times, but over all, being in the evening, it wasn’t too too bad.

I didn’t do near as well as I had hoped in the 777 Match this year. I still had a good match time, but I got into my own head and was just trying too hard. I messed up a lot and took a few misses. That extra shot threw me off at times. But I still had a great time.

So that is it for this year and shooting matches. I had a great time and learned alot. Time to practice and get ready for next year!

Friday Night Steel, Annual 777 Match, October 28, 2016


Match Date: October 28, 2016

Match Summary:

The end of the steel season is here and that means the annual 777 match. This is a fun match shot right before Halloween where each string consists of 7 rounds each. Instead of payouts via the Lewis Class System, they distribute plaques to the Class and overall division winners. It is a great time each year.

gopr07332While this was not my best performance, this was still a great match for me. I was one second too slow to win a plaque this year, but there is always next year. I got into my own head as I was shooting. I am not used to the 7th round and it was throwing my cadence and round counts off. So that resulted in some misses that drove my time up.

The weather was awesome for a match like this. It was not too hot or too cold. I could live with shooting in that kind fo weather all year around! The best part of this match is getting to shoot in the darkness a little. As you can see from the picture on the left, it results in some really cool image captures. That is a still from the video (see below) that I always make sure to shoot. It just shows you that even a rimfire .22 can create a ball of flame.

This was such a fun match for me and this is always a fun and great way to end the steel shooting season. I can’t wait till next year and the start of the next season season. Till then that means alot of Dry Fire and range time.

That’s it for this match.

Enjoy the video! I took the liberty to add some spooky special effects to this one for Halloween. Also I am using a new video editing software, so bear with me if the video is a little choppy or wierd while I am learning the new software.

Have a Happy Halloween!

Match Video:

For stage information and layout please see the Friday Night Steel Website.

For updated scores, see the 2016 Friday Night Steel Scores page on the blog.