This year’s Area 1 Championships was held in Idaho Falls and it featured 13 fun and varying stages. It wasn’t super technical but it was a blast to shoot. Everyone had a chance to do well.
One of the stages (#10) got thrown out because of a rule misprint so we got to shoot it for fun. It featured a unique swinger mechanism that has two plates on either side to destabilize it. I believe it’s called a Leo’s Leaner. It’s was fun to decipher and shoot.
I’m pretty happy that I had only three “Mikes” the entire match, I did however shoot somewhat slower than normal because of match pressure. I came in 10th Open, 4th Master behind an amazing array of fast and young shooters.
You can look at the final scores here : http://www.uspsa.org/uspsa-display-match-results-detail.php?indx=14861&division=Open&guntype=Pistol
A Huge THANK YOU to Tim and crew who spent weeks planning and executing this match.
Nice stages with a rare Rhodesian wall. It was fun but I screwed up three stages so didn’t do that well score wise. Came in third behind the usual GMs.
Here’s a detailed analysis of a technique for moving out-of and in-to a shooting position, most often done using shooting boxes in USPSA. The idea is simple, you want to be moving out of a shooting position as quickly as you can if your position is previously static, the fastest would be to start your move while you’re engaging the last target. Not recommended if the last target is a steel plate or popper. That said, don’t make your last target a steel target.
As you enter a new position, you want to have the gun up and ready and your eyes on target before you get into the position, then fire your first shot as early as legally possible. Usually this means one foot in the shooting box and the other off the ground. Which foot I hear you ask, doesn’t really matter. You’ve learned to walk since you were a toddler, your body will know which is better.
This technique is tricky as it requires shooting while moving and you’d have to make sure your knees are bent and springy so that it’ll absorb the force of starting & stopping to ensure your sights are kept as still as possible.
Now go out and try it out at your next match! It worked well for me.
Shot a fun match at my home range today. Despite all my “pains” and “injuries” I did somewhat decently. I have to stop tanking stages and get more consistency. Also took the opportunity to test a new 170mm magazine by mbxextreme.com. It worked flawlessly. I never did get to try 30 rounds in the magazine. I started 6 stages at this local match with the MBX Extreme magazine and as you can see no issues so far. I’ll do more tests with it and find an opportunity to try 30+1 one day.
As usual, the squad I shot with did not skimp on providing laughter. Thanks guys for a great time!
I recently found out that there was a company who’s making 170mm magazines that is purported to be able to fit 30 rounds of 9mm ammo so I decided to purchase one to give it a try.
Company is called MBXExtreme.com and they currently have four models of magazines 170/140 in 9mm and 140mm in 40S&W and 140mm in 45ACP.
According to the website, the 140mm 9mm magazines can hold 24 rounds and 170mm can hold 29-30 rounds.
As you can see from the video, I could fit 30 rounds in the magazine but not without some help. I think it’ll get better after “breaking in” the springs.
It is still not very clear to me how beneficial 30+1 rounds would be for me as most stages are around 30-32 rounds max especially with the stress that it puts on my grip. Perhaps it would be most beneficial if it was 31+1 for a maximum of 32rounds in the magazine.
I have a match coming up in a few days, I’ll take it out for a spin and report back with another video.
Here it is. Just got back from this really fun match. Had a great time with good traveling buddies. The guys and gals in the squad were fun to shoot with too.
I shot so-so-ish as I did not actively push myself to go fast or do well. I mentally took this match as good alone/vacation time away from family and work. That sort of manifested in how I shot as well, like I was on vacation :)
A shooting buddy of mine told me a few times while video-ing me, he said “Loke, I’ve never seen you move and shoot this slowly before. what’s wrong?”. I was on vacation that’s why. Looks like I need to speed things up and actively compete.
So, next match, my hair will be on fire!
Will be heading to this match next week. Any of you going? ping me so we can catch up!
This match is historically a very fun one, lots of great quality stages and a beautiful range. Checkout some of the videos on YouTube.