I made a post a in November last year about guns of character. I talked about how a guns that’s worn in through years of use is much better looking and more desirable than a dirty gun.
Recently I came across this picture of John Mercurio’s well worn 1911. He says he has over 50,000 to 60,000 rounds through this beauty.
Found this buried deep in the berm at the Renton Fish and Game club. It’s a 100 year old silent movie of one of the very first Single Stack matches shot with a then, brand new, M1911 pistol. What a rare find!
Watch this video (shot by BJ Norris) of the recent Single Stack Classic at time index 2:25 onwards, Dave Sevigny (aka android) shoots a variation of the el-presidente from a seating position. what’s interesting is you can clearly see the holes in the middle target. As he shoots, the 1st shot hits dead center in the A-zone, 2nd shot of the split slightly to the right, as if he’s already transitioning to the far right target.
he does it again, consistently, after the reload. Usually we take both shots stationary, then quickly transition to the next. Talk about saving a fraction of a fraction of a second
here’s a picture :
Here’s a video I took of a practice session to try to improve my reloading accuracy for single stack magazines. The magwell is very small and you’d have to get in at the right angle for it to seat smoothly. I think I’ve only managed to load the magazine smoothly three or four times during that time. I definitely need more practice.
I’ve also dinged my magazine followers. I have to remember to use Snap Caps in the future.
I’ve been using these MEGGAR mags as secondary (I use CMC Powermag+ as primary) for my daily carry and IDPA matches. I think I’ve shot them ~5 times over the course of 6 months. I was practicing reloads for my Single Stack match and found out why the mags have problems sliding in and out of the magwell, unlike the Powermag+.
The feedlips are cracked!
and bulges out.
Looks like I won’t ever buy them again and stick to the CMC Powermag+. So should you.
CheckMate Industries is sponsoring the 4th Annual Single Stack Championship in May 30th 2010 and I intend to participate with my Kimber TLE/RL II. I shoot IDPA with it a lot and only have a holster & one dual mag pouch. I did not have enough mags and mag pouches for Single Stack as each stage runs around 20-24 rounds and that means at least four 8round magazines.
Ordered some CMC Powermag+ 8 round magazines and Don Hume dual mag pouches from MidwayUSA and I’m all set… hopefully!
here are the details of the match if any of you are interested :
Sunday, May 30th, 2010
Renton Fish & Game Club
7 stages, ~140 rounds
$15 match fee
Awards for overall placement
Open to single stack 1911-style pistols. As in past years, this will be a non-denominational match, to attract both IDPA and USPSA shooters in the area. Targets and scoring will be based on IDPA, with Course of Fire rules borrowed from USPSA. Run and gun, drop mags all over the ground, the whole deal.
Average attendance the last three years has been ~50 shooters.
The Leatham-Enos scoring system allows ESP and CDP (and USPSA Single Stack) to shoot head-to-head, so there will be one division competing for the single stack championship, and other divisions for folks who just want the trigger time (bring your revo, Glocks, hi-caps, whatever, if you don’t have a 1911).
Leatham-Enos scoring adjusts the time penalty to accommodate power factor. Vickers scoring is always .5 second per point, major and minor can’t compete against each other. The scoring program will be tweaked to automatically apply a different penalty – .3 second – for major. Shooters will register as either CDP/Single Stack Major, or ESP/Single Stack Minor.
The match will generally be run like a regular club match, with shooters meeting at 10:00. No pre-registration required. Awards and prizes after the match.