Firearms Training - Sharing Experience (Read 22092 times)

drck1000

Re: Firearms Training - Sharing Experience
« Reply #180 on: March 02, 2020, 01:25:56 PM »
When the thumb thing returned, was it right off the bat, or more as you fatigued?  So it would be more an endurance issue.
You mean the gap between my left hand thumb pad and the grip?  I believe that sort of developed over time as I was trying to clamp/close the fingers of my support hand more as well as apply more pressure near the top of the frame (bending a horseshoe open) for better recoil management.  While I already shoot the 17/34 pretty flat, shooting more with the RDS I was working to further reduce the dot movement during recoil.  I found that my left hand sort of crept further clockwise around the grip. 

drck1000

Re: Firearms Training - Sharing Experience
« Reply #181 on: March 10, 2020, 04:48:12 PM »
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. . . ).   :rofl:

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. 

Notes:

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. . .  ;D

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.



Coconut-kid

Re: Firearms Training - Sharing Experience
« Reply #182 on: March 10, 2020, 07:07:39 PM »
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. . . ).   :rofl:

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. 

Notes:

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. . .  ;D

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.


Good seeing/shooting with you as always.   Its been a minute since I've shot uspsa.  But always a good time with good people.  Damn clasifier.   :wacko:

drck1000

Re: Firearms Training - Sharing Experience
« Reply #183 on: March 11, 2020, 08:32:35 AM »

Good seeing/shooting with you as always.   Its been a minute since I've shot uspsa.  But always a good time with good people.  Damn clasifier.   :wacko:
Yup.  Always good to see friendly faces and shoot with like-minded people.   :thumbsup:

I didn't shoot matches for about 3 years as well, but when got back into shooting matches again it was good to see many familiar faces along with many new faces.  Hope to see and your buddies more often.

Yeah, damn classifiers.   :wacko:  :rofl:

WTF?Shane

Re: Firearms Training - Sharing Experience
« Reply #184 on: March 11, 2020, 02:09:54 PM »
Did lots of shooting this past weekend. 

Did you end up shooting the MPX? Thoughts?

drck1000

Re: Firearms Training - Sharing Experience
« Reply #185 on: March 11, 2020, 02:26:29 PM »
Did you end up shooting the MPX? Thoughts?
Naw, I didn't.  Though Coconut-Kid did offer to let me tryout his. 

I'm pretty sure I'll get a PCC.  Right now it's the Sig MPX and Noveske, but I'm waiting for some work stuff to clear to decide. 

WTF?Shane

Re: Firearms Training - Sharing Experience
« Reply #186 on: March 16, 2020, 08:51:04 AM »
Good training this weekend, but might have to cut back on shooting now due to ammo supply. Time for more dry firing.

drck1000

Re: Firearms Training - Sharing Experience
« Reply #187 on: March 16, 2020, 10:50:19 AM »
Good training this weekend, but might have to cut back on shooting now due to ammo supply. Time for more dry firing.
Awesome!  It was great seeing ya on the range!   :thumbsup:  I'll get around to posting some thoughts, probably later tonight. 

Regarding ammo, unfortunate timing.  Supply down and pricing going up in a time when I have been shooting more often than I had been and was planning on ramping it up even more.  Will likely be doing more dry fire as well. 

drck1000

Re: Firearms Training - Sharing Experience
« Reply #188 on: March 16, 2020, 03:30:51 PM »
Attended a handgun class this weekend with a group that I've trained with a number of times now.  Another great class and at perfect timing as I had been struggling with pistol shooting as of late and over the past week or so felt I had gotten back to a solid path with focusing on fundamentals again as well as some other adjustments.  Noticed that I had developed some bad habits and while I think I corrected most, good to have the keen eyes of experienced instructors providing feedback. 

It was a cool and overcast day that made for good training.  It rained quite a bit in the morning (not surprising for this group and location), but the rain let up by the time we got to shooting with just some light showers here and there.  This was a foundational level handgun class with a pretty wide range of experience levels.  From some folks who had never shot a gun before to some who have quite a bit of shooting experience.  As I have mentioned before, I always enjoy working on the fundamentals, especially with this group.  Was particularly looking forward to this one to get me back on track toward solid pistol shooting. 

Highlight/Notes:

1)   Overall, it was good to see that the time I have been spending on the range as well as dry fire seems to be paying off.  I was happy with how I shot early on in the live fire session.  Later, was able to push things and there were times where I found that I either pushed things a bit too far or just got sloppy at times with the fundamentals and noticed that on paper.  Good to find that “a bit too far” point of pushing it and find where I need to focus training.
 
2)   I shot the class with my “Gucci” Glock 19 that I recently got back after sending it back to the manufacturer for some issues.  Shot about 320 rounds in this class and not one malfunction.  So that about 600 rounds total since I got the gun back and no malfunctions, so was quite happy about that.  Want to put at least another 400 rounds or so, hopefully without issue. 

3)   This was my second handgun class shooting with RDS and am feeling a lot more comfortable with all aspects of shooting with RDS.  Particularly with picking up the dot quicker on the draw (really helped with dry practice) and reducing the splits. 

4)   Having newer shooters in the class often helps with my own shooting.  As mentioned previously, always good to work on the fundamentals, but listening in on instruction for newer shooters is an opportunity to pick up things in a different light that I usually pick up things that help me.

5)   Want to work on target transitions more.  Noticed some errant shots in specific instances when pushing things in those drills.  Trannies is definitely an area that I want to work on more in general from shooting matches, but also from the class.  A few of the drills were such that it diverted more attention to the shot strings and noticed my hits suffered.  Wasn’t wildly off, but I did notice “coloring outside the lines”. 
No equipment issues or desires to get something after the class.  Pretty happy with the current setup and put the “gun funds” toward more ammo. 

Another great day of shooting with like-minded individuals.  Lots of familiar faces and always good to see folks new to shooting coming out for firearms training. 

macsak

Re: Firearms Training - Sharing Experience
« Reply #189 on: March 16, 2020, 05:28:43 PM »
Attended a handgun class this weekend with a group that I've trained with a number of times now.  Another great class and at perfect timing as I had been struggling with pistol shooting as of late and over the past week or so felt I had gotten back to a solid path with focusing on fundamentals again as well as some other adjustments.  Noticed that I had developed some bad habits and while I think I corrected most, good to have the keen eyes of experienced instructors providing feedback. 

It was a cool and overcast day that made for good training.  It rained quite a bit in the morning (not surprising for this group and location), but the rain let up by the time we got to shooting with just some light showers here and there.  This was a foundational level handgun class with a pretty wide range of experience levels.  From some folks who had never shot a gun before to some who have quite a bit of shooting experience.  As I have mentioned before, I always enjoy working on the fundamentals, especially with this group.  Was particularly looking forward to this one to get me back on track toward solid pistol shooting. 

Highlight/Notes:

1)   Overall, it was good to see that the time I have been spending on the range as well as dry fire seems to be paying off.  I was happy with how I shot early on in the live fire session.  Later, was able to push things and there were times where I found that I either pushed things a bit too far or just got sloppy at times with the fundamentals and noticed that on paper.  Good to find that “a bit too far” point of pushing it and find where I need to focus training.
 
2)   I shot the class with my “Gucci” Glock 19 that I recently got back after sending it back to the manufacturer for some issues.  Shot about 320 rounds in this class and not one malfunction.  So that about 600 rounds total since I got the gun back and no malfunctions, so was quite happy about that.  Want to put at least another 400 rounds or so, hopefully without issue. 

3)   This was my second handgun class shooting with RDS and am feeling a lot more comfortable with all aspects of shooting with RDS.  Particularly with picking up the dot quicker on the draw (really helped with dry practice) and reducing the splits. 

4)   Having newer shooters in the class often helps with my own shooting.  As mentioned previously, always good to work on the fundamentals, but listening in on instruction for newer shooters is an opportunity to pick up things in a different light that I usually pick up things that help me.

5)   Want to work on target transitions more.  Noticed some errant shots in specific instances when pushing things in those drills.  Trannies is definitely an area that I want to work on more in general from shooting matches, but also from the class.  A few of the drills were such that it diverted more attention to the shot strings and noticed my hits suffered.  Wasn’t wildly off, but I did notice “coloring outside the lines”. 
No equipment issues or desires to get something after the class.  Pretty happy with the current setup and put the “gun funds” toward more ammo. 

Another great day of shooting with like-minded individuals.  Lots of familiar faces and always good to see folks new to shooting coming out for firearms training.

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