Match Report: USPSA at SW Florida Practical Shooters, 2/4/16

I shot the weekly USPA match at the Hansen Range prep for this weekend’s class with Bob Vogel, and to spend a little quality time with my new upgraded CZ P-07. Let’s roll the tape!

Overall, I’m not happy with how I shot: I had too many Mikes on targets where they just weren’t justified. This was the first time I shot the P-07 in USPSA, and I had trouble picking up the front sight on strings of fire. I’ve got Meprolight night sights on it right now, and they… suck. They’re hard to pick up because they’re three dot sights (which I hate) and the front sight post is too thick for precise aiming. I got the night sights because the P07 is my regular carry gun in addition to being my IDPA gun, so I need to find a compromise between a race gun sight that’s useful on a square range and night sights useful on a carry gun. I think I may (may!) have found that compromise, so we’ll see how they’ll work out.

My plan was, before tonight, to shoot the P-07 at the Vogel class, but I honestly think shooting the new (old) pre-B CZ75 in the class will better reflect my actual skill level.

Opportunity is knocking

Or,

Alas, poor Remington. I knew them, Horatio: a company
of infinite accuracy, of most excellent shotguns: I hath
borne them on my back a thousand times; and now, how
abhorred in my imagination they are!

The Firearm Blog noticed the big grey elephant in big green’s SHOT show booth: Where is the R51, and what happened to Remington Defense?

Let’s face it, Remington has not been on a roll as of late. The Tracking Point rifles where… whelming, and the 700 recall mess-up is tarnishing the reputation of what once was the gold standard in precision rifles. There’s been recalls with their shotguns as well, the purchase of Para-USA, the elimination of Para-USA not going over that well, the iffy quality control on Marlin rifles and the fact that the ACR failed to live up to expectations, and you can see why the execs at the Freedom Group might be gulping down Xanax by the handful right now.

So why not sell to Sig Sauer?

Okay, aside from the fact that Sig probably doesn’t have a billion or so in spare change in the sofa cushions, selling most of (if not all) of Remington to Sig makes a lot of sense, and by “Remington”, I mean Remington as it was five or six years ago, before it went on a buying spree. Sig’s product lines and Remington’s core product lines intersect but lightly. Sig doesn’t make shotguns or bolt guns and their ammunition production pales in comparison to Remington’s, so the two brands wouldn’t cannibailze each other that much. The Remington 1911’s do conflict somewhat with Sig’s 1911’s, but if they cut Para loose again, that problem would solve itself. There’s also the question of Remington’s AR line, but again, Bushmaster is just sitting there, waiting to be turned loose from under Freedom Group’s thumb.

Sig benefitted greatly when Freedom Group snapped up AAC: Sig’s new silencer line and the MCX are just two of the items hatched by John Holister and Kevin Brittingham since they left AAC, and I’m sure there’s more to come. Will Sig snatch up Remington as well? Only time will tell.

Pocket Dump

I’ve been pocket-carrying my KelTec P3AT a lot recently, and decided to get some practice with it. I shot the Step By Step Gun Training “Shoot And Scoot” event last week, and I was reminded how much I hate shooting it. The trigger bite on it, especially with the Crimson Trace laser on it, is nasty and makes shooting more than a dozen rounds an exercise in pain.

Ever shot a Tokarev? It’s a lot like that.

So now I’m looking around. I’m thinking LCP, Bodyguard or P238, or maybe even breaking the model and going with an LCR, maybe even in .22 Magnum. In the mean time, I’m going back to pocket-carrying the Sccy. The new version is a LOT better than the one I purchased many years ago, and it fits into the pocket of my khakis, plus it give me 10+1 of 9mm versus 7+1 of .380.

I’ll take it.

Do You Like American Marksman?

icon_american-marksman-redI like American Marksman
Don’t you like American Marksman, too, baybeee? 

Why yes, I am a big fan of the Violent Femmes. Why do you ask? 😉

I’m really excited that The American Marksman is starting to take off. I’ve known about this for over a year and a half, and I think it’s a great way to get people of all skill levels and ages into competitive shooting, which has been my hobbyhorse of late. I’m not going to enter (I have better things to do than shove my ugly mug in front of the camera again), but dude, fifty grand is fifty grand.

Go for it.

Empowerment to the people, y’all

The world’s largest bookstore, Amazon, has no stores, and the worlds largest armed force, the American gun owner, has no generals, ranks or chain of command.

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What do Uber, AirBnB and the other elements of the “sharing economy” have in common? They allow people to create income using their pre-existing consumer goods.

Just like the armed, responsible gun owners of Gun Culture 2.0, who are creating “safe spaces” for themselves and others by using their previously purchased firearms to defend what is near and dear to them.

That’s change we can believe in.

Follow up question: When (if ever) will the firearms industry feel the effects of this quote from my friend and marketing expert, Don Giannatti:

“Owning the audience is better than owning a factory.” 

Discuss.

 

The Middle Child

Tam’s work with the P250 is showing that a locked-breech, subcompact .380 is a great choice for people who can’t handle the recoil and slide manipulation of a 9mm. When I worked behind the counter, I’d recommend the very-similar Ruger LC-380 and the not-so-similar KelTec PMR-30 to people who didn’t think they were up to using a 9mm effectively (and there were a LOT of them here in the well-upholstered corner of Heaven’s Waiting Room).

Which got me thinking: There’s good defensive .380ACP ammunition out there that comes close to the FBI standard of 12″ of penetration through gel and four layers of denim, so I’m quite comfortable carrying a .380 on a regular basis, but a little more oomph would always be nicer.

So why doesn’t someone make a locked-breech, striker-fired compact (or subcompact pistol) that has a little more power than .380 and yet is more controllable than 9mm?

Something in 9×18 Makarov, perhaps?

There’s a wide range of inexpensive ammunition out there for that caliber, and some rather respectable self-defense loads as well. The Makarov round has less pressure and less velocity than 9mm, and yet we still think of 9×18 = blowback action, not locked breech.

Look, if we can make a semi-auto gun in a wheelgun caliber like .357 Magnum, we can make a locked-breech gun in a blowback caliber like 9×18 and sell the crap out it to the people with physical limitations that make their need for armed self-defense more urgently than the rest of us.

Ok, Kel-Tec, you’re not afraid to break the rules, let’s make this happen.

Ozymandias, USPSA GM.

Take a few moments to read about the rise and fall of this niche sport, and ask yourself if there are any comparisons to practical shooting.

Practical shooting hasn’t reached the point where there’s million-dollar payouts, and Lord knows it’ll probably never be shown on network TV, but if something like bowling can catch the country’s attention for a few decades, why can’t USPSA?

He Went Full Metcalf. Never Go Full Metcalf.

To be honest, the only reason I can come up with why a “Gun Culture 1.0” writer like Dave Petzal would write something like this is because he doesn’t understand that his love of the outdoors and desire to put food on the plate is pretty much identical to my love of competition and desire to stay safe as a member of “Gun Culture 2.0”.

It’s not one or the other, it’s BOTH.