Shot this fabulous Level 3 match in the Albany Rifle Range in Oregon. Excellent weather, great facilities, awesome stages. Piss poor performance unfortunately. I did pretty well until I decided to get myself kicked out of the match from a stupid mistake. Watch the video to find out what happened.
Thanks to Mike McCarter and his crew for setting up this fun match. Checkout the details of the match from their website : http://uspsa1.org/
The Stage Descriptions : http://uspsa1.org/?page_id=2
How did my gun drop? Ejection Rod got caught under my band-aid and when I reached down to grab the moonclip, it tore the gun out of my hand. Like so.
Well, lessons learned.
Shot a few more reloads through my Open and Revolver and got the following results.
- 11.0gr N105 + MG 115gr CMJ = 174.7pf ( 7.97 SD)
- 10.0gr N105 + MG 124gr CMJ = 175.0pf (13.67 SD)
- 3.7gr Clays + BC 230gr Moly = 169pf (14.42 SD)
Great!! I got my loads right for Open and confirmed my Revolver power factor for my big Area-1 Match coming next month.
Case gauges are made for one very important purpose when you’re reloading ammo. It ensures that whatever you load will feed in your chamber. Case gauging will not only stop you from experiencing failure-to-feed malfunctions, it also catches torn or split cases.
When a case is split, it enlarges the case somewhat, making it out of “spec”. Here’s a picture of one I caught today :
It didn’t fit into the case gauge easily, it will if I pressed down on it but that’s not what to do. In this case, when I looked at the bullet, guess what I found :
Some of you might say that it’s still fine to shoot as the gun’s chamber will enclose the entire shell and keep it from tearing apart. Me? No way in hell I’m putting that in my gun.
Pulled the bullet, saved the bullet and powder, deprimed, tossed the case and primer.
Phew! A potential disaster avoided thanks to the Dillon Case Gauge!
I thought there will be less people at this Sunday’s match because of Easter, but I guess we’re all die hard! We took almost 6 hours to shoot 6 stages because some of them were long field courses that had very interesting props. Take a look at the video I took of the match :
Shooting revolvers can be taxing on your hands especially in USPSA. Everytime I shoot a USPSA match, I get a wound of some kind on my support hand. Here’s the trophy from Sunday, torn the skin off.
For all the wonderful times I had shooting 200gr Round nose bullets at brown targets. You made me feel proud carrying you by my side, you helped me win my first major IDPA match, and you provided peace of mind to my family and I for the past two years.
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, Model 1911 by the United States armed forces. John Moses Browning’s design stood the test of time and to this date, is the most used, most fired, most copied pistol design in the modern world.
I’m glad to own two of them and will gladly own more in the next few years.
Happy 100th Anniversary buddy!
ps. Incidentally, today also marks the day the HB1016 bill for Suppressor use passed in Washington state allowing legal owners of suppressors to use them anytime they wish. Awesome!
Shot this on Sunday at the Renton Fish & Game Club. 6 stages of a wide variety of fun stages to shoot. Great mix of hosing but yet forcing you to tighten your shots as the targets are often obscured by noshoots or obstacles. Very fun and challenging.
I had major issues with the steel on the first stage. I found out later by reviewing the video that I was hitting high right of the plates. Maybe I’m over compensating for bullet drop. Anyway, that means more practice.
I’m also especially proud of my performance in Stage 6 which is the USPSA Classifier 99-62 Bang and Clang. I shot that clean in 3.40 seconds which is a 8.8235 hit factor. That is estimated as an A Class performance. If I shot that under 3 seconds then I’m in Master / GM territory.
I had two light strikes today during our March high round count USPSA match. Out of the 200 or so rounds I shot, I only had these two. I pulled the bullets to see what was happening and this shocked me.
The Federal primers I’m using is green in color, but take a look at what happened.
Brass is greenish inside.
Back of brass case is tinted green:
Primer is half empty (or half full) of primer charge:
Is this a bad primer? Has anyone seen this before?