I came in 10th overall out of 80 shooters, with a revolver nonetheless! Had lots of fun but two stupid brain farts. checkout the match video :
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.
Primer is half empty (or half full) of primer charge:
Is this a bad primer? Has anyone seen this before?
Shot at Renton’s first USPSA Match of the season organized by Aristotle. It was a super-cold day with temperatures around 30-34degF (felt like 25!) and light rain throughout the entire day. Stages were pretty fun especially the first hoser stage and the Paper Poppers classifier stage. Here’s the video I took :
All that reloading takes a toll on your hands. Checkout the wound from repeatedly hammering the ejection rod during reload :
Look forward to shooting more USPSA to get more practice!
Much to my friend’s chagrin over cleaning your guns often, this excellent tool by Allisontool.com would speed up my cleaning regime for my revolver. One of the things about cleaning revolver is you have to clean six chambers compared to one on other semi-auto guns, and it can be a chore sometimes. With this tool, I can just use one stroke to clean all 6 holes in the cylinder.
It comes in two flavors, a Brush and a Mop.
The brush even has a single retractable brush on the other end of the tool for cleaning cylinders or chambers of other compatible guns.
I think all revolver owners (who love clean guns) should buy one.
I bought mine from Brownells. Just be careful when you order, look at the Manufacturer’s part number, the “P” stands for Brush and “M” stands for Mop. So for instance, the .45 ACP S&W N-frame revolver tools are coded as N4P for brush and N4M for Mop.
I’ve talked about this holster in my USPSA Revolver Rig a while ago and this is by far the best race holster I’ve used. Retention is pretty amazing considering it only grabs on to the trigger guard and part of the frame.
I’ve used a CR Speed holster before and had an occasion where I bumped the gun from the back and it went flying onto the ground. Luckily the gun wasn’t loaded.
At the time of this video, the holster is around $200 and each insert is $65. They have inserts for most of the popular guns used in competition today.
As you’ve all know, I’ve been having issues with light strikes for the past 4 matches with my revolver and ammo. I’ve talked to numerous experts on multiple forums, tried many ways to fix it, from increasing trigger weight, hand seating primers etc. None worked properly. Until one day, I shot a USPSA match at Paul Bunyan with brass that I’ve shot and reloaded 3 times after getting it from a friend.
All 100 rounds shot perfectly, without one single light strike. The next 100 rounds were brass that I’ve not used before and there were two light strikes. I pulled the light strike bullet, deprimed it and lo and behold! This is what I saw :
the primer pockets were crammed up with crud, not just black soot/carbon from normal wear, but white powder like substance. The brass that worked well, didn’t have this crud anymore because I’ve shot and reloaded them several times.
This is how the primers looks like :
The fix that solves all these problems, is to clean the primer pockets. I took a small screw driver and scraped all the white crud from all my brass.
Now I’ll not have any more problems YAY! Finally!