Was really fun! we braved some snow, hail, rain and light fog all within the time taken to shoot 6 stages! Paul Bunyan has one of the better facilities in the NW for shooting practical pistol. Great range layout, lots of parking too! Just wished it wasn’t an hour away from my home.
Here’s the video I recorded :
and some pics :
I’ve been using the Hogue Wooden grips for the past two matches and while the size is just right, the slipperiness of it especially during cold/wet days it a little hard to deal with. The Hogue rubber grips that originally game with the gun is just nice but the grooves were a little out of place for me.
It’s designed for someone with slightly larger fingers. When I use it stock, my grip is not high enough. The only way is to modify the rubber grip by cutting off the tangs and smoothen it out.
Here’s how it looks like after cutting and filing it down.
And how it looks on the gun :
Now it’s perfect!
I’ve also changed the trigger weight to 8lbs (average)
Hope all those light strikes will go away now.
Shot this today at the Renton Fish & Game Club organized by the NorthWest Practical Pistol Association.
Shot pretty decently, except for one stage where I missed two targets, 2 misses and 2 FTNs (Failure to Neutralize) for a total penalty of 15seconds!! That basically threw the whole match for me.
Before heading to this match, I made sure my Revolver spring tension was set and locked at 7lbs, checked all my primers to make sure they’re below flush and hand seated them.
But I still had one light strike, out of about 60 rounds. I have a theory about what’s causing the light strike and I’ll see if I can remedy the situation. If not, I’ll have to set my tension weight to a higher weight and deal with the slightly harder trigger pull.
Just ordered this in from Shooters Connection, a fantastic store run by competitive shooters. They are very patient and understand how eager we want our products when we’ve clicked on the PLACE ORDER button. Chuck & Mike from Shooters Connection did all they can to accommodate my special payment requirements and shipped the holster to me SUPER FAST.
It’s made by Double Alpha Academy and designed by Saul Kirsch. The Race Master Competition Holster is modular and you can buy additional “blocks” that allow you to use the same holster with other popular guns like STI, Glock, CZ, etc.
S&W 625 Revolver Block:
Took a while to customize it to fit my hand and draw position though, but once it’s in place, you can screw it all down and it’ll stay put.
A view from the top showing the clearance and pivot rod :
Here it is, my USPSA rig with James Austin’s Moonclip Server:
Shot two matches in this rare weekend. One is the November IDPA Match in Renton. This time round, our Match Director, Cel, put together 7 stages of pure fun, designed to be very revolver friendly. We also saw all kinds of revolvers being used because we created a special division just for revolvers that don’t meet IDPA specs. We saw classic Colt and S&W Model 1917s, vintage S&W Military and Police 38 special and more.
Here’s my performance :
You can watch some of the other revolver shooters here :
Then on Sunday, I brought my dirty S&W 625 out to Marysville to shoot the USPSA match. I squaded with a bunch of Production super shooters. I took twice as long to complete the stages and got in a TON of reloading practice. I also tried switching from strong hand to a weak hand reload technique.
Fun weekend, and the weather was perfect for this late in the year.
Today was Renton’s last USPSA match for the season. They’ll shutdown for the next three months and restart matches again in February 2011. Took my S&W 625 JM for a spin with the Austin Moonclip Server. It was a difficult match because there were lots of pitfalls and forced all shooters to focus on accuracy than speed. Had some major screw-ups but it was really fun. Look at the big smile!
here’s the video of the match :
Here’s Cel who beat me by 1%, and fun guy to shoot with.
and Gregg who was shooting his 686 in .38 SPL. He didn’t have enough speed loaders and was using Speed Strips!! RESPECT
Comparing the amount of smoke that comes out of the muzzle using different types of bullets. Lead Cast is known to be much more smokier because of the lube they put on it during production. The lube burns up during ignition and causes a big puff of smoke.
I’m using Hodgdon Clays Powder and it works well with other types of bullets like Molys or jacketed ones, not lube. Checkout the difference in this video :