Guess what, it rained again in the Pacific Northwest. What a surprise. I should get used to it by now. It wasn’t as bad as last week’s match but still pretty wet. My gun had a few malfunctions because I didn’t detail strip and clean it after the Marysville match. Rust has formed in the lockwork and mainspring housing. That’ll teach me not to clean my guns properly especially after getting it wet.
Had a total lack of confidence today taking unnecessary shots, pushing myself when I didn’t have to. Shooting Open is such a mental game. Need to find my zen :)
Gorgeous day for shooting though.
Not hugging trees or going organic. I’m talking about fiber optic sights. I’ve always been a fan of using red fibers in my front sights for all my guns until I started shooting a red dot sight on my Open Division gun. I’m so used to looking at a red dot with both eyes open and hitting where I place the dot (most of the time).
The problem comes when when I switch to another gun like my S&W 625 revolver for IDPA or USPSA, Kimber TLE RLII for single stack. I’m so used to looking at the dot that I forget that I need to align my rear sight. I’ll place the red dot where I want and pull the trigger wondering why I’m not hitting the target correctly.
So, I’ve decided to trick my mind with a simple color change :) Switch my fibers to green and voila! Now I would remember to align my rear sight because it’s different enough from my red dot.
Finally have a few months of not shooting during the off season, I’m back at the range. It’s rough as I haven’t been very diligent at dry firing at home. At least I got to pull off a 2nd place performance. Great day for shooting I have to say. Excited for the rest of the 2015 season.
IDPA just introduced the CCP division which is just a modified BUG division which was announced a while back, instead of the sought after Optics division. I don’t understand that decision. Instead of being a thought leader in the concealed carry space, they opted to make a minor change to their rules to make BUG a legitimate division.
Why can’t they do better?
With the popularity of Reflex / red dot sights these days many members are questioning why this isn’t a valid configuration for IDPA? Most people have RDS sights on their home defense guns, and on-body RDS carry is getting more and more popular. I can only see benefit for the club and the organization if they introduced the Optics division. It will invigorate the sport, stimulate the economy and boost their membership.
They can even help drive what kind of products that manufacturers create for the concealed carry market because it is being tested competitively.
This could be a symptom of a bigger problem related to the old-boys-club mentality of the gun community. The community has always been slow to adopt new things and new technologies. Example, the Internet, Online commerce, Social Media, Video and new technology for guns.
They need to be daring and move at the speed of the Internet or be left behind.
Paul Bunyan Rifle Club runs a Toys for Tots match every year to support the Toys for Tots Foundation. This year they raised $1,511 in cash and a ton of unwrapped toys for kids. Find out more about this awesome charitable foundation at http://www.toysfortots.org