Reload, review, respond


One of the problems with shooting IPDA is that even though they go to some lengths to prevent “gaming” the system and make things more realistic, you know just how many targets you need to engage and where they are the minute you load your weapon to start the stage. 

At least you should, and if you don’t, well, that’s why they invented “Failure To Engage” penalties. 

As such, you know exactly when (or if) you need to reload, and going to slide lock is actually a desirable thing because it’s faster in IDPA to reload an empty gun than it is to top off a partially loaded gun. 

This has a pretty big potential to create some training scars, because even though the odds of we civilians running into a half-dozen attackers is very, very small, we want our training to be up to the task if we need it. 

A comparison: While I was, (and am) not satisfied with the training I received at Front Sight, the shoot-house scenario they ran was interesting and eye-opening. As the amount and location of bad guys were unknown to me, so was my “stage strategy” and possible reload points. I ended up doing pretty well in the scenario (including a 7 yard shot on the hostage taker that went right thru the bad guy’s right eyeball), and I credit my background in competition for not getting the shakes and allowing me to make the shot when needed. 

So what is the point of a tactical reload? Why do people who don’t wear uniforms and/or badges need to do one? More thoughts on that subject over at the Osage County Guns blog.

Quote of the Day, 10/07 Edition

rp_Rob_Leatham_image.gif“Anyone who undertakes any kind of serious (competition) training program is going to find themselves as the local hot-shot, unless you live in Arizona.” 

- Steve Anderson

Having gone from the über-competitive realms of Phoenix Rod and Gun and Rio Salado to the more laid-back reaches of central Missouri, I can DEFINITELY sympathize.

The World Shooting Championship! (or at least our version of it)

Muhammed AliI used to be a big, big fan of boxing. However, I was not a big fan of Mike Tyson, to be honest, but I respected his talent, and I also respected the fact that when he fought, he fought for ALL the titles. 

Then Riddick Bowe walked away from the WBC title and we’ve got the current hodge-podge of belts and titles and champions, and I don’t have the time or energy to keep track of who’s the champion of what. 

Which brings me to the shooting sports. The World Action Pistol Championship wrapped up last weekend, with Doug Koenig and Jessie Duff winning the Men’s and Women’s overall championships. 

World Action Pistol Championship is is NOT the World Shoot, which is NOT the IPDA Worlds, which is NOT the World Shooting Championship, and none of this has anything to do with the ISSF

Got that? Me neither. 

Well-rounded, well-armed

Armed Culture did a great little post on finding good gun advice, and I like this part in particular: 

The four factors of expertise

#1. Breadth of experience.

A guy who has one brand of wine that he drinks is not a wine expert, even if he drinks a lot of wine. Taste only comes with broad exposure. When someone tells you that a product is good, always ask, “Compared to what?”

The typical gun reviewers who lack in this area are military and competition shooters. Many servicemen have extensive experience with the weapons provided to them by the government. But they know little to nothing about the wealth of options available in the civilian world. If your dad got you into sporting clays as a kid, you might be an Olympic class shooter… but that won’t make you an authority on handguns or rifles, or even hunting shotguns.

After reading that, I realized why I was going for “a mind of many things” approach to my journey through firearms culture. I will listen to anything that Rob Leatham or Angus Hobdell have to say about USPSA, but I wouldn’t go to them for rifle advice. In the same manner, I know people who can bust clays with just their mind (and a shotgun), but know diddly about handguns. 

I want to know enough to speak rationally on most gun topics, and I want to be good enough so that when someone says “Hey, do you want to go shoot (insert name of firearms-related activity here)?”, I know I’ll be good enough to enjoy it and have some measure of success at whatever it is. 

As I’ve said before, life is too short to shoot just one gun.

CZ has a bunch of updates

I had heard the P07 Duty was discontinued, but as I only had one source for the info, I held off reporting it. 

Turns out it’s true. The P07 Duty is dead, long live the… P07.

The debut of the full-size P-09 last year brought refined lines and interchangeable backstraps to our polymer Omega line. This year the compact-sized P-07 follows suit, with new features and a nitrated slide finish that wears longer and has increased corrosion resistance. The pistol as a whole has been dehorned, removing any sharp edges to make it more comfortable for all-day carry. 

The P-07 shares the P-09’s updated trigger shape which is more comfortable for long days at the range, as well as its snag-free hammer and forward cocking serrations. Metal 3-dot sights and a beefed up magazine spring round out the bevy of updates, resulting in the best P-07 we’ve had to date.

Good. I hated the P07 Duty’s sights and got rid of them as soon as I could. The improvements made to the P07 make it a better all-around carry gun, and I’m glad to see CZ do this. Now if they could only make a dedicated CCW gun

They’ve got a bunch of other new products out in advance of SHOT, go check ‘em out

Speaking of SHOT and new guns…

logo_CZ-USAWhen is CZ going to realize there’s a huge CCW market here in the states and come out with a smaller, lighter gun suitable for CCW? Don’t get me wrong, I loves me my P07, but it’s just not as comfortable to wear day-in, day-out as my Shield. 

What would I want from CZ for a CCW gun? 

  • Skinny. Because CZ’s put their rails on the inside, they tend to be a bit thicker than comparable guns. Maybe a single-stack would be a good idea, if not, stack and a half like the Shield.
  • 9mm. Duh.
  • The Omega Trigger*. SA/DA or single action with a safety. Great idea, darn good trigger. 
  • 10+1 capacity. Because IDPA. 
  • Polymer, because as much as I love my CZ75, it’s just not an option for daily carry for me.
  • Overall dimensions in the Glock 19 range. 

Ok CZ, now go build this. 

* The Omega Trigger would make a GREAT name for a movie on the SyFy channel

Match Report: Phoenix Rod And Gun IDPA 12/12

Zero’d a stage with an unfired round that got stuck in the chamber and wouldn’t eject, and had an unnecessary Mike on my very first stage, but other than that, I think I did okay. Here’s Stage Four from the match.

Very happy with my movement on that stage and especially that reload. What you can’t see in is the mag got stuck in the gun (my fault, I knew that mag was prone to sticking when I chose to use it). Looking at the scores from the match:

  • I once again was 1st in my Class!
  • The more I shoot my P07, the more I love it.
  • One Mike each on each target on the long shots. Shoulda taken an extra shot. 
  • There’s no reason I couldn’t make Sharpshooter right soon. Epic Ammo Meltdown™ aside, I shot within a few seconds of the lowest score in Sharpshooter SSP.

The big thing was, I got introduce a new shooter to IDPA, so it was a win.