Did lots of shooting this past weekend.
Had a day off, so headed to the pistol range to get some good reps in getting back to solid fundamentals that I found that I had gotten away from. Also recently got a gun back after sending it back to the mfr. Swapped out the sights on that gun as well, so checked POI. It was a nice and cool day on the range and was actually pretty crowded for a week day.
Shot a match on Sat. After having shot like $hit the previous match, I was really looking forward to this match. My focus was getting back to solid A zone hits and then pushing the pace. Speeding up the draw and target transitions are also things I've been working on, but decided to focus on getting solid A zone hits first. Shot pretty well with much less mikes, but still had two. One I sort of felt, but it was on a far target with an awkward angle around a barricade and the target obstructed by a barrel. The second what I assume is a total brain fart. That part of the stage was pretty easy. Two stations with two fairly easy targets (distance and amount of target exposed) each, but had to shoot each target 3x as opposed to the typical 2x. When we were scoring, in the second station, I had shot the first target 4x and the second 2x. Can't explain it as they were all A zone hits and the targets were separated by a decent amount. :facepalm:
In previous matches, I had also shot terribly on the classifiers. Overall, I ended up with decent scores, but the classifiers had been my downfall for total match scores. Did much better than previous matches on the classifier this past match, but still not quite as well as I could have. I could have pushed it more, but I was trying to make sure I A) shot it clean, no mikes and B) at a decent pace. Shot it clean, but time was, well, I'll call it at a "smooth pace" (it was slow. . . ).
To finish up the weekend, had a training session with some like minded individuals/friends. It included working on fundamentals to start, then progressing to some timed and competition to induce some stress. Had some free shoot time after as well and had a fun competition with friends.
1) Shooting on a consistent basis really helps, but quality reps in that is really important. The folks that have been shooting consistent in recent training sessions have shown a LOT of improvement. It was truly impressive to see. Both in fundamentals as well as when pushing things in some friendly competition. For me, I have been shooting pretty consistently for the last 3-4 months, but had gotten away from solid fundamentals, so it was good to get back to that and see improvement there.
2) Having a new gun that doesn't function properly is super frustrating on many levels. I had picked up a "Gucci Glock" end of 2019, but had to send it back to the mfr after experiencing some malfunctions. Got it back a couple of weeks ago and since then have about 500 rounds without any issue. Have a handgun class coming up and that should be another 300 rounds or so, so hopefully close to trusting the new gun. Then there was a shooting buddy who was having all sorts of problems with his older gun, but one that he doesn't shoot often. When I shot with him in the past, he would make comments about my plastic 9 and that I should get a "real" pistol made of steel and shoots 45. Well, his "real" steel pistol that shot 9 was having all sorts of problems. While I felt sorry for him for having to endure that, of course there were some comments sent his way. None of the other shooters who had Glock, HK, etc were having problems. . .
3) While I will always enjoy shooting a variety of firearms, going to stick to shooting a "base" platform for now. Glock 34 for pistol matches and Glock 17 or 19 with RDS for training as primary, with 17/19 with irons mixed in. The CZ will have to stay in the safe for a while more.
4) Magpul Glock mag pros and cons. My 19s came with Magpul mags and overall I'm impressed. They have functioned flawlessly, they are about half the price of OEM Glock mags, and they seem to eject more positively than OEM Glock mags. However, they only have an indicator for the full 10 rounds, so can't really tell how many you have in the mag say between 3-10. Not really a big deal, but having more ports to see how many rounds are loaded in the OEM mags really help checking how many are loaded up in say a class or training session. Yeah, yeah, I can tell about how many rounds by the weight, but I like to know how many rounds are in there and have gotten used to the ports in the OEM mags. That said, moving forward, I think I will be buying more Magpul Glock mags.