Sunday, July 18, 2010

July 17-18 GSSF Match

Went to the River Bend Ballistic Challenge III GSSF match in Dawsonville, Ga.
I used my G23 in Amateur Guardian, I also borrowed a G17 and used it in Competition.
I'm planning on getting a G17 or G34 for IDPA so borrowing the G17 helped alot.
Here are my scores for the individual events.


Glock the Plates
String Time Hits Misses Total Time Average Time
1 13.57 4 2 33.57 30.78
2 16.14 4 2 36.14
3 16.50 6 0 16.50
4 16.90 4 2 36.90

Glock 'M
String Time Steel Target

1 15.50 Hit
Average Time: 29.62
2 11.27 Hit

3 12.10 Hit

Target A+B hits C Hits D Hits Misses Total Time
1 2 4 0 0 +4
2 1 0 3 2 +29
3 1 1 4 0 +13
4 4 1 1 0 +4

5 to Glock
String Time

1 12.62

Average Time: 21.38
2 14.02

3 13.51

Target A+B hits C Hits D Hits Misses Total Time
1 6 0 0 0 +0
2 4 2 0 0 +2
3 4 0 2 0 +6
4 2 3 1 0 +6
5 2 1 3 0 +10

Total Elapsed Time



Glock the Plates
String Time Hits Misses Total Time Average Time
1 6.92 6 0 6.92 8.87
2 10.12 6 0 10.12
3 9.14 6 0 9.14
4 9.31 6 0 9.31

Glock 'M
String Time Steel Target

1 10.40 Hit
Average time: 16.93
2 12.98 Hit

3 9.42 Hit

Target A+B hits C Hits D Hits Misses Total Time
1 6 0 0 0 +0
2 3 2 1 0 +5
3 4 0 1 1 +13
4 6 0 0 0 +0

5 to Glock
String Time

1 12.19

Average time: 14.94
2 12.26

3 12.36

Target A+B hits C Hits D Hits Misses Total Time
1 6 0 0 0
2 6 0 0 0
3 5 1 0 0 +1
4 4 2 0 0 +2
5 3 2 1 0 +5

Total Elapsed Time


The results for the match will be out In a couple days, so I will see how well I did. Obviously I did much better with the G17 than the G23, but I put that down to the recoil.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

IDPA here I come.

I've been thinking about starting competitive shooting for a while, but I recently decided to actually get off my butt and do it.
My first choice was what to shoot. I only have 2 pistols that are acceptable for practical shooting, my G23 and my STI Spartan. The G23 is my EDC and while I have no problems shooting it, I don't feel I would be quite as accurate as I could be shooting it in a competitive setting. The recoil is just a bit to snappy for me to shoot a whole lot of it, after about 100 rounds my hands start to
get tingly like they are going numb.
My long range plan is to get a Glock 17, and run it in Stock/Production division, but until I can afford the gun, ammo , and accessories, I'll be shooting my Spartan.

Currently it is at Ott Gun Works getting de-horned, and adding a new trigger, and main spring housing (both originally plastic). I've shot around a thousand rounds through it, and am comfortable with it, which is the best i can hope for I guess.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Creekside Carbine Readiness Course

First Impressions:
Overall a good course. Lots of good information for beginners as well as people with some experience.

First thing we went over our Zero and reverified that everyone could hit the target with whatever sights they were using at 25 yards. I saw a good mix of Aimpoints and EOTech's with a few people using plain old Iron sights.
After everyone was comfortable with hitting the target we moved up until our muzzles were about 1-2 yards from the targets and then attempted headshots.
Needless to say we got to see what the difference between where were aiming and where the bullet hit at conversational distances. Aiming for the center of the head I hit the neck. After a few shots I found that if I placed the EOtechs ring on the forehead I'd hit the center of the head. I also figured at that range I didn't need to use the sights just kind point the barrel at the target and shoot. It was just as accurate and easier to boot.

We then shot from the kneeling and "scuba prone" the kneeling is pretty self explanatory, although a more accurate term would be supported kneeling, the "scuba prone" is a low prone with the weapon canted to the side so you can fire from the lowest possible position while laying on your stomach. I was hoping they would cover firing from your side while in the prone position but it wasn't mentioned.

We then fired shots while sidestepping , and moving forwards and backwards, after we had movement down they covered "Cover & Concealment" and "slicing the pie". We did a few drills using cover and slicing the pie.
Next up was engaging targets while moving laterally, we engaged 6 targets spread 3-5 yards apart from a range of about 7 yards starting at the leftmost target and moving rightward, then repeating the drill from the other direction. First we did it at a slow walk, and the second time through we were moving a pretty good clip. They wanted us to keep our hips oriented on the targets and not our direction of travel which was hard at first and only got a bit easier with practice. But like Mr. Harris pointed out , if you don't practice and train constantly nothing will come easy. The biggest point they would make is if your hips were too far out of alignment they would tell you to freeze, and then attempt to reengage a target you had already passed without moving your feet.

Our Final drill was where the Instructor would give you directions covering the drills you had performed while engageing targets downrange, so you would move forwards, left, right, back, kneeling, prone ect. all the while shooting and reloading.
Oh did I forget to mention reloading?
Yeah we reloaded. We reloaded a lot. The only drill we didn't reload is confirming our zero.
I must have reloaded 200 times, and only a couple of times did I reload because my mag was empty. The instructors would just randomly call out "reload" sometimes they would call out "target" and have us engage in the middle of a reload. The rapid pace of "reload" caused a couple of people some stress during the day, mostly due to trying to reload, fire, and replace the 'old' mags all at once. The rule was if it hit the ground it stayed there until the end of the drill. I had an issue with this when my EOTech fell off during a reload on the moving forward and back drill, I just flipped up my BUIS and finished my shooting, but I had to leave it on the ground until we were done so I did the remainder of the drill wishing I had a wider aperture on my rear sight.

The Gear
I used my Carbine (The EFDER) , everyone had DI AR's. Saw all brands, some with rails, some without. No one had any malfunctions relating to their weapons that I saw. When we took a break I was the only person who even bothered to field strip and wipe down their weapon. I did discover a couple of small things about my weapon,
First I needed to take a file to the leading edge of my adjustable stock. the charging handle was catching on it causing me to not be able to lock the bolt to the rear correctly a couple of times.
Second I was the only person there with no sort of brake or flashider on their weapon, as such the recoil was causing my follow up shots to be a bit slower than some of the others.
Thirdly , My EOTech came off in the middle of a drill. This being training its no harm no foul, however, if this had been real life I woulda been screwed. So Lesson Learned :"Make sure all your shit is tight, and dummy corded, unless you don't want to keep it anymore."

I used three USGI mags with Magpul Rebuild kits and Ranger plates, and a Lancer L5 30 round magazine. I also took some H&K high reliability mags but didn't need to use any. Some people were using P-Mags , windowed and Non, others were using standard mags, and one student was using all Lancer Mags.
AFAIK noone had any magazine issues, but I wasn't asking either.
Lessons learned:
  1. Seating a fully loaded magazine is not as easy as you may think it is. Early on several people, including me, had a magazine (or two) drop out of their weapons when they thought it was seated properly, after the instructors went over why that was happening and suggested loading to 28 rounds the issue went away. The only Mag I would load to 30 rounds was the mag I knew I would load my weapon with at the start of the drill.
  2. The clear Lancer mags are Nice. There were many times during the day I would glance atthe lancer while removing it from my weapon during a reload and notice it only had one or two rounds left. I would then make sure I didn't grab that mag for any of the consecutive reloads. The only bad thing about the Lancers is they don't make Ranger plates for them.
  3. Ranger Plates. I've used all sorts of magazine pulls. I've used 550 cord ones, duct tape tabs, ect. Of all these the Ranger plates are the best I think. Several times I would do a reload and the only way I could grab the mag out of my dump pouch was with a finger through the loop.
I used my Battle Belt (See Below), a couple of people used mag carriers on thier pants belt, a few had chest rigs and one or two had full on vests. A couple of people remarked they needed to get dump pouches because loading a mag back into a mag pouch was difficult under stress during the many reloads.
Not once did I notice my G23 on the belt even throughout the moving, kneeling, proning (sic). It didn't come out of the Bladetech, it didn't bounce, it was exactly what it supposed to be, a backup weapon that was there but not in the way.
I did find an instance during the day where I found an expended cartridge in my mag pouch, because there are no drain holes or anything in them, the round landed in there during a course of fire and I later inserted a mag in on top of it. While nothing happened here, I can imagine the expended cartridge loading itself into a mag and finding its way to my weapon.

I saw several types of slings, even someone who had the same basic sling setup as I did. They two guys with the BFG slings seemed to me to be constantly adjusting them to tighten and loosen them depending on what we were doing. I understand thats how it's designed, but it seemed a lot of effort to me. Mine stayed adjusted exactly where I put it all day long. It didn't swing around, it didn't catch, it just did what I needed which is the important part. As long as you are happy with your gear, and it does what you need it to do then use it.

Just thought I would throw this out there. I used Georgia Arms 'canned heat' and out of over 500 rounds expended not one issue.

Overall it was a fun and educational day. I started out a bit rusty and stiff but as the day wore on I warmed up and got smoother and a bit more accurate. I learned a lot, and came away with a few new skills. Now I just need to remember to Practice them.I did get a bit of a sunburn so I would suggest sunscreen, but I really should have thought of that anyways...

Friday, October 2, 2009

Battle Belt

Molle Belt with 3 AR Mag's , Dump Pouch, BFG Trauma Kit Now!, and Holster.


Mags with dump Pouch closed. I am waiting on a three Pistol Mag Pouch, thats been backordered for a while. It will be mounted on the outside of the 2 AR Mags.

Dump Pouch open.

BFG TKN! and Holster. The Holster is a BladeTECH that I attached to the belt with a MOLLE Serpa adapter (The screw holes line up)

The Contents of my BFG TKN!.
(Petroleum Gauze, QuikClot, 4 Pair Nitrile Gloves, Combat Application Tourniquet, Face Shield, Betadine, Smelling Salts, 6 feet duct tape, 3 feet Self Grip Bandage, Gauze, Shears, Cinch Tight Bandage, 1" Medical Tape)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

More E(FDE)R Goodness!

Someone pointed out that my carbine isn't an Evil Black Rifle, so much as an Evil Flat Dark Earth Rifle. So here are some more pics of my finally completed Carbine.

The Buttstock is a DuoStock with a CAA Stock Saddle on it.

The VFG is a 5 Position VFG with a Battery Compartment for CR123's.
I think it offers alot more flexibility than standard VFG's.

The Sights are an EOTech 552 and EOTech 3x Magnifier. I've put some thought into a smaller RDS but haven't really
made any decision one way or another..

Here it is, in it's case, and It fits perfectly, add a 20 round mag and I can have a Rifle ready to go just by opening a zipper.
I noticed in this pic I have the VFG flipped the Opposite way I usually do. Normally its flipped towards the Magwell.

A View From the rear, showing the Magnifier flipped out of the way and the EOTech ready to go.

Here I tried to show how the Iron sights can easily be used by flipping them up and taking the EOTech off.
The EOTech gets in the way, but I have a much better firing position with the riser there, so I make sacrifices for the
sake of ability.

Heres a close up of the reciever group showing the Phase 5 EBRv1 (Extended Bolt Release version 1)
This allows me to operate the Bolt catch/Bolt Release with my trigger finger, making Remedial action and loading much
easier and faster.

It also shows the QD sling connection at the reciever tube assembly, I use it in this position when I wear the weapon
with what I call a "Short 2 Point" Sling, which is really like a 1 point sling. If I put the QD on the forend position it acts
more like a 2 point sling.
This pic also shows the CamLock slider allowing me to adjust the length of the sling quickly between normal and "short"
setups and the buckle that allows me to remove the sling from my body quickly.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

EBR (Sorta)

Here are a Couple of pics my my new rifle, It's not completely finished as I want to change the pistol grip out for a Coyote one, as well as get a Larue Mount for the Magnifier, and a Magpul Battery Assist Device, I'm also Waiting on a Camlock slider to make the sling a bit more adjustable.