After missing a number of matches, I got to take my Open gun out for a spin finally. It was freakishly cold and wet but I didn’t care. Came in 3rd overall because I screwed up two stages royally with 2 mikes each. Anyway, till next match!
HS-6 powder provided by Hodgdon. http://data.hodgdon.com
My match performance :
and a side by side with TimR, Master class :
This match was called “Not Nationals” and it’s the Paul Bunyan’s Monthly USPSA match. Most of the production and limited shooters I know were at the Nationals this week. Some of the regular Open shooters were also missing and already headed down to Las Vegas this month, so it was pretty empty and quiet at the range. That said, it was fun to shoot. The stages were from the Nationals so we got a small taste of the kinds of courses our other friends will be shooting this week.
Good luck to the Northwest team! Bring back some wood!
I’ve always wanted to use a thumbrest on my Open race gun but could never get it to work because the Safariland 013 holster I’m using doesn’t have the clearance for a thumbrest as I’ve mentioned in this post : Arredondo Thumb Rest
I had to distract myself from some personal issues so I decided to take my new Dremel to the holster and make it work.
Here’s how the thumbrest fits on the gun :
First cut with the cutting blade. Yes I know, VERY sloppy.
Another view :
Test Fit :
Smoothed out the cut, and added Birchwood and Casey’s Metal Polish:
Fully assembled :
Final Fit :
Looks like it works! Now I got to get used to using a thumbrest.
This month’s match was excellent in terms of stage design. It has lots of mediocre round count stages with tight shots. It also helps to shoot with a bunch of jokers in your squad. Made the long hours much more fun! It’s a great example of the great people we have in this sport.
This is the 4th Series Match of the Northwest Challenge where slots are assigned for the Nationals next year. You can find out more about the challenge here : http://northwestsection.org/
This was my most horrible match. My whole day was basically screwed from the start. Just stressed from having to clean up the house, traveling, hurt my shoulder, not eating properly. Bad weather didn’t help in the beginning so was really frazzled. My performance degraded progressively through the stages until the dreaded DQ at the last stage. Should have taken the time to calm down and concentrate. But I had to run shooters and run the electronic scoring system and didn’t have time to compose myself. Not blaming it on the system but should have seen the signs earlier and stopped to take a breather.
Lessons learned, my advice is if you’re stressed or not getting your mind right during a match, stop, excuse yourself, take a break and relax.
Twas a good day to be shooting but oh so bloody hot. The sun was out in full force, although the official temperature was at a maximum of 78, it felt like it was 95. we were all sweating and getting sunburnt.
Match was so-so for me, I think I came in 4th overall. I knew I was slowing down and made some mistakes including a mike on stage 4.
Gun run flawlessly again. I’m going to be shooting my 38 super comp till the end of the season before switching to the 9mm major upper that John of http://www.jplprecision.com is making for me.
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Here’s a deep dive / review / look into the USPSA Open Division race gun that I’ve been shooting for a year now. It’s built a decade ago by a local GM. I bought it used from a fellow shooter here in the PNW. Here’s the breakdown :
DAA Foldable Jet Wings
KIDD Blast Shield
38 Super Comp Ultimatch bull barrel
SV (Old STyle) Compensator
EGW Extractor, ejector & lockwork
SV Frame with stippled polymer grip
Infinity TriGlide widebody trigger bow
Infinity long flat trigger insert
Infinity round commander hammer
SPS magazine 170mm (w Grams guts & 4mm bolens) 29rnds
SV Magazine 170mm (w Grams guts & 3mm bolens) 29rnds
STI 140mm (w Grams guts & 7mm bolens) 22rnds