Nick was one of our dearest friends, USPSA Grandmaster, Area Champion and all round great guy. Both Deri and Nick were instrumental in my development in USPSA and gave me a ton of tips on how to be better. This memorial outlaw match was put together by a team led by Deri and Tim Ramberg.
I teamed up with Jason Hall to form “Team Hall & Lokes”. There were four stages of crazy and difficult shooting which was super fun. You can see how much we struggled especially with the gear and stage execution but managed to squeak in at 11th place overall. Hopefully we get to see this match again next year.
We miss you Nick! You would have loved this match.
I’ve resisted getting a slide racker on my USPSA Open Division pistol for a few years now. Didn’t really see the need for it, until I shot a few major matches. There’s always one or two stages that required you to load the gun while on the clock and I’ve always struggled with it. Racking my slide by pinching it is not the most efficient way to do it and always makes me nervous doing it.
So during the winter downtime I consulted with John from JPL Precision, my gunsmith, and he figured out a way to install it on my gun.
And O.M.G. what a different the racker makes. Now I feel a lot more confident while loading on the clock. Getting the racker installed also made me think about the other mods I used to have on my gun and went about streamlining everything. This made everything lighter, improved the balance of the gun and made gun handling easier.
I like it and you should to (if you don’t have one yet)
One day I wanna be as cool as this Asian man shooting his Gold Open Division gun in IPSC.
except mine will be shiny!
Adjusting Windage affect Elevation? WTF?!?! Wasted so much time today zeroing the gun. Make sure you adjust the windage, tighten up the retaining screw, then adjust the elevation and reconfirm.
Someone needs to make a modern big lens red-dot alternative to a C-More. *sigh*
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.
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.
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.
Finally got to the range to sight-in the C-more sight that I replaced recently. You can see from the video that the new 9mm Major CFE Pistol rounds I loaded is much more consistent and accurate. Excited to finish off my HS-6 loads and start using the CFE rounds.
Here’s a really long video of me assembling a 300 Blackout AR-15 Pistol from scratch.
Here’s the full parts list:
– STI Upper+Lower
– KAK 8″ 300 BLK Barrel
– KAK Gen 2 Buffer Tube+buffer+spring
– KAK Grip+triggerguard+forward assist+dust cover+charging handle+muzzle device+gas system
– BCM Bolt Carrier Group
– DPMS LPK
– Magpul BAD Lever
– Magpul ASAP
– YHM Takedown Pins
– UTG Pro Superslim 9″ handguard
– SB15 Pistol Brace
– Primary Arms Red Dot + Fortis mount