Friday Night Steel August 12, 2016

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Match Date: August 12, 2016

Match Summary:

I got the chance to shoot yet another Friday Night Steel this evening. I had taken the day off from work and was able to go a little earlier then normal to get there. It was yet another humid night with threats of rain, but at least the rain held off for me to make it through the match.

fns08122016It was a good match for me, nothing too out of the normal. Well except for the sub 2 second string I had on Stage 1. That is the first sub 2 second string that I have ever had shooting steel. It was a great surprise. I think alot of it has to do with the red dot on the gun. Since I know that where ever the dot is is where the bullet will go and I am getting more confident with the red dot, I am able to move a little faster. As soon as I see the plate under the dot, I pull the trigger and move on. The extra weight also helps with recoil. This little gun is so much fun to shoot now. I have thought about looking into a holster for it, but for now, it’s kind of nice to just carry the gun to the table.

Anyway, other then a couple of jams, I had a great night. I posted a faster score then usual, so that is nice. I think I will stick with Rimfire for a while. At least till I use up all the .22 I have. I would love to look at getting a .22 revolver that I could use for steel. That would be fun and a new challenge for me. I have never shot a revolver in competition and that would be fun to learn a new skill set. Put a little red dot on it, no jams, I would have an incredibly fast time.

Overall, it was a lot of fun and I had a great time shooting the match. I can’t wait till next time. With things going on, it will probably be September before I could go next, but that is ok.

That’s it for this match.

Enjoy the video!

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.

USPSA August 07, 2016 – Oxford IWLA

uspsa_logoSecond Match of the year and I shot it at the Oxford OH, IWLA match. I know I am behind a little on shooting matches this year, but it has been so hot and humid this summer it has been tough for me to get to a match. I have found that when I get too hot and over heated, my blood sugars get out of wack so trying to shoot a match in the heat and humidity just sucks. So instead of hurting myself, I just decide whether or not to go to that particular match based on the weather.

Sunday was not a bad day for shooting. It was one of the few days this summer that started out cool and low humidity. By the time we were finished with the match, the heat and humidity had risen and I was feeling it.

The crew up there setup 5 really fun and challenging stages to shoot through, 4 challenging stages and one classifier. I completely blew the classifier because I was not thinking. My mind got into that automatic mode and I took 3 procedural’s on that stage. I should have just stopped shooting that string and taken one procedural and misses. It would have been less of a hit on my time and hit factor.

My loving bride came along with me to this match to watch. My Brother and sister in law had been asking to take squirt over night for a while, so I asked if they would take him for this weekend so we could both go to the match. In addition, my good friends Brad and Justin were there and we made sure to all squad together to shoot together. It was nice having everyone there.

This is only my third ever match shooting USPSA and I have a lot to learn. I need to start walking stages more and relying less on the thoughts of others to plan out my stage. I need to take the initiative and form my own plan and then maybe run it past one of my buddies to see if I am thinking along the right track. This match I placed about the same as my last match, so I am maintaining my consistency at least. I am not all over the board, so that is a good thing. It means my strengths and weaknesses are balancing out. I need to get a number so I can get classified next year. I need to see where I stack up over all.

While this sport is hard, IDPA was hard at first and I was getting very good when I decided to move over to USPSA. It will take time, but I will improve.

What I did good this time: I had fun.

What I did bad this time: I rushed. I made some really bad shots doing it and didn’t call my shots like I should have. I need to work on stage plans more and making sure I shoot my plan. I also need to dry fire and practice more when I am not shooting. Alot of my problems could be solved from dry fire.

Scores for this match have been posted on the USPSA Results page of the blog.

That’s it for this match. Check out the video below.

Match Video:

Friday Night Steel July 29, 2016

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Match Date: July 29, 2016

Match Summary:

The weather made for an interesting match this evening. Between rain, sun and humidity, it was a muggy and moist July summer evening. I had some really good runs this evening, but I also had some epic failures that contributed to a high scoring time. I think that a lot of that had to do with ammo. The M&P22 seems to run my thunderbolts just fine, but craps the bed when it comes to the Remington golden nose bullets in a bucket I got for cheap. Regardless though, I still came out with a payout, so while I sucked, I sucked just enough to shoot for “free” next time.

fns07292016After getting my gear together and out to stage 1, as I was sitting there minding my own business, it starts to pour down rain. You can actually see the rain in the video from stage one. I had thought about grabbing my card and heading back to the shelter to wait it out, but I was next in line when it started, so I just toughed it out. After I ran my strings, I packed it all up and ran for the shelter. We had to wait about 10-15 minutes, but after the rain was through, the sky cleared, the sun came out and we boiled down in the pistol pits. But I still tried to finish the night strong.

My battery died on stage 3 for my camera so that’s why it looks a little rushed when I am getting up there. The RO and the rest of the people were kind enough to move me down a slot so I could run back and replace the battery in the GoPro. I had already done my make ready routine so I just ran with it instead of holding people up.

Overall, it was a lot of fun and I had a great time shooting the match. I can’t wait till next time and see what the weather brings for us.

That’s it for this match.

Enjoy the video!

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.

Housekeeping

I am so sorry I have not posted anything for a long time. While I did not mean to take an unintentional Hiatus from the blog, it was kind of nice for a relaxer. But I need to get back to it.

I am pretty sure most people figured I died and fell off the face of the earth. Well the rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated. That is not the case at all.

July has just been a busy and hectic month between work, school and family life. Plus the weather here as been so hot and muggy lately. With the Diabetes, one thing that I have learned is that I have to watch my body temperature. If I get to hot and over heated, my blood sugars get all out of wack and I don’t feel well at all. I need to make sure I eat and stay hydrated, but running around with a gun all day gets too hard after a while.

So with all that, I just haven’t been able to do any shooting this month. I skipped USPSA this month because of the weather. I am planning on shooting this coming Friday (7/29) at Friday Night Steel so at least I will be able to share that soon.

With that, I have some competitions coming up and I need to get to the range for a couple of reviews I have sitting on my desk I need to accomplish and soon!

Stay tuned for more soon!

Going Ballistic with Ryan Cleckner – Podcast

I’ve mentioned Ryan Cleckner a couple of times on the blog before, once for a video I shared when I was writing for Wide Open Spaces and then a review of his book “Long Range Shooting Handbook” more recently. Well his is back and I have some really great news for you!

goingballisticlogo_small I would like to introduce a new podcast being hosted by Ryan about firearms and the firearms industry, Going Ballistic with Ryan Cleckner. According to the website:

The Going Ballistic Podcast includes lessons about firearm technical information, discussion of firearm industry and political topics, interviews with both pro and novice shooters and industry members, and reviews of various products.

Being a new podcast, this is a great time to get in on the ground floor and listen from the beginning. He has 5 episodes posted already, with many more in the works.

I am excited that Ryan has started this podcast to share his knowledge and passion for guns with the rest of the world. If you are into gun podcasts, this is one you should subscribe to and listen to on a regular basis. This one is certainly being added to my podcatcher app! You can subscribe right from the website or search for it in your favorite podcatcher app.

Head on over and take a listen and tell him I sent you!

About Ryan (from the Going Ballistic website):

Ryan Cleckner was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ where he learned to love to shoot, hunt, hike, and and many other outdoor activities. He served in the the US Army’s 1st Ranger Battalion / 75th Ranger Regiment as a sniper team leader and had multiple combat deployments to Afghanistan. Upon returning from service, Ryan became an attorney and executive in the firearms industry. He currently practices firearm regulatory law, teaches Constitutional law courses at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, AL, produces and hosts this podcast, writes books (Long Range Shooting Handbook) and articles, runs a video channel about shooting, and builds and sells custom rifles. To learn more about Ryan, please visit his website at RyanCleckner.com