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About Glock26Toter

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  • Birthday 02/07/1970

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    Aurora CO
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    John Arenas
  1. Back in the day, when I ran C-mores (haha. Just got new DPP sight two weeks ago) I used 357 Batteries. 2 stacked was 3.1-3.2v (about 2.8v with the sight ON full) I checked voltage after every match. With the sight ON, I would change them when they hit 1.5v. I believe they'll last all the way down to 1v, but you never know for sure. I purchased them from,
  2. Grip what seems like harder with your weak hand than your strong. That's about even which is what you are after. Also, I noticed in the video that you are allowing the recoil to set you back slightly and not returning to your starting stance after each shot. So basically at the end you are more upright than at the beginning. In order to say on target you are slightly changing the angle of your grip and therefor, it's not exactly the same. Lean in a tad more aggressively and don't allow the recoil to change your position no matter how fast you are shooting. And NO, don't bend your elbows more. You appear to be fully extended, but not hard locked. That's what you want.
  3. Maybe 2 years ago at Area 3. There was a stage that you started with a ball in your hand. You could use the ball to hit a stomp pad that would unlock a door. Or, you could skip the door altogether and run around. Then, at the end was another stomp pad that enlarged some ports from roughly 3" to 6". There may be something I'm forgetting but it was a lot of discussion and seemed like no two people shot it the same way. It was a lot of fun.
  4. The Colorado weather gave us a taste of summer and a full weekend of shooting... plus lots of learning. On Saturday I made it out to the Ben Lomond Gun Club for Cha-Lee's match. I made some colossal mistakes that led to some additional changes to my gun. I'm finally able to really see this dot and keep track of it's path. Maybe I just have like "slow eyes" or something but seems that many times the finer dot tracking it hard for me grasp. It has taken me 3 matches to be able to really see what's going on with this sight. I have no idea if other people have this issue or not, but I seem to take quite a while to notice any changes really, but especially things that affect my dot track. At any rate, this weekend was the clearest I've had to date figuring out the dot track and I now realize that this sight has affected the gun in all aspects. This reminds me of the time I was comparing the two different comps I had for a while. One of them I could easily see that the dot track was up and down, and the other one was giving it quite a bit of wobble. On the classifier, I was just flat unable to keep the dot tracking up and down and it was "down the middle." Wobbly side to side tracking and my attempt at hauling ass made for a 4 mike run. I ran it again for no score and still wound up with 3 mikes. But I did confirm that I was fighting to correct this side action. The next stage I dropped my magazine. This was the third inadvertent mag drop since getting the new sight setup. Clearly, I've also lost consistency in my grip with the change of structure on the left side of the gun. I realized that I had been using the C-More mount as a thumb rest. I knew I had been doing that but didn't think it was a anchor that I would miss. I was wrong. I went home and forgot all about it and started clearing off some shelves above my reloading bench for a home improvement project. (patching some sheetrock on the wall that my bench sits against.) As I pulled down a little bin with misc "match winnings" in it I found... a GoGun *thumb rest [generic]*! Engraved with "Area 1 2015" it was just what I needed. YAY! After a quick coat of mud on the wall, I installed the *thumb rest [generic]* and removed the magazine release extension. I basically don't use it, but for some reason have been leaving it on. So, Sunday I went to the Weld County Fish and Wildlife range for another match and to try out my new setup. It seems that my thumb does naturally fall onto the *thumb rest [generic]* and with a bit more consistency on the grip I didn't notice any difficulty keeping the dot on target. Again, old slow eyes here can't really say if the dot was tracking exactly up and down but it seemed to be much easier to control and with some practice I think the *thumb rest [generic]* is exactly what I need. I have it forward enough that I just touch it and don't put a lot of pressure on it but it also helps to guide my support hand pretty far forward on the gun. This creates a little "Bob Vogel" space between my palms that I like. I've tried to adopt in the past and have not been successful. Maybe this will be the ticket. Reviewing the video the two POV stages show that I still lack a bit of consistency but I am using the *thumb rest [generic]*. On the field course I can see that my support hand is farther back and the steel was missed several times along with some hesitation on a few paper targets while waiting for the dot. On the classifier I had some holster issues, but when the shooting is happening I can see that my support hand is quite a bit farther forward and I'm landing 100% on the *thumb rest [generic]*. This dot was much more controllable and I actually wound up with some very good hits on it. Three charlies and one delta during one handed shooting but believe I had all alphas during the freestyle portions. This reinforces my initial thoughts about the *thumb rest [generic]* having potential to add consistency and get my Bob Vogel grip working. While I had other things that were not tip-top performance I can say that the shooting seemed much better, and the reloads without the mag button were smooth and I didn't notice a thing from that perspective. I definitely need to get to the practice range and start to really work this in. Testing, tuning and adjustments like I've done the last 2 weeks are not supposed to be done at matches and I'm certainly paying the price by slow progress and a lack of understanding of exactly how each thing affects the shooting. Goals moving forward: Get some more practice time. (need to work the new grip and learn how it affects the dot) Drive yourself away and into the next transition. Be confident on the aggressive and wide transitions.
  5. Nice work. You are spot on with your rehearsal and live movements. This will certainly help your execution and therefor help your performance. I would agree with the others here, and say that walkthroughs should almost always be slower. Unless you are timing a specific set of segments to try to decide which is faster. A walkthrough is about proper rehearsal/movement and not timing. If you are doing it faster than you shoot it, either people like Nick Blasta are dodging out or way like crazy (haha!) or you're not concentrating on the correct aspects. Chic, make a very good point as well. Training is way less effective if you are messing up your intended drill because you failed to rehearse it. Saves ammo and it's still valid practice.
  6. Well, I was only able to get one match in this weekend. The weather crapped out on Saturday, but Sunday held out nicely for a match at Pueblo West Sportsman's club. During the week I had purchased a pair of Under Armor baseball cleats. I decided on baseball cleats because the "cleaty" parts look to me like they are designed for sideways stability rather than forward stability like the football ones. Soccer cleats were a no-go. The soccer cleats were super stiff on the sole and even the most rubbery "cleaty parts" were way harder than the baseball cleat causing them to get zero traction on the stores flooring. These baseball cleats appear to have decent traction on concrete/wood/flooring. They are also a high-top design which I like because low shoes wind up with a lot of sand and rocks in them by the end of the day. Not to mention the ankle support. So, I wore them all day Sunday and really liked the traction and comfort. With Solomon shoes me feet are sore by the end of the day, but these were comfortable all day without issue. I'm very happy with them so far. With respect to the shooting... well not so much. I pulled some serious stupid shit out of my hat for the match and I'm actually not going to analyze it too much and pretty much just take is as a bad day. I never really felt it, from the get-go. Evidence of this was on the classifier. I was like "since I'm not feeling too ballsy I'm going to take the conservative head shots and not risk shooting the stage like it's supposed be shot." I paid the price with 3, yes 3 mikes. I think the real issue is that the honeymoon is over with that new DPP sight and I reverted back to shooting it just like the C-More. It's not the same and although it can be better it requires a few changes and considerable more dot-time before I can really get a good handle on it. I can't quite call it for sure, but likely my grip loosened up and took that new track to mean I can just put the shaky dot somewhere on brown and pull the trigger. I need to get out to the practice range and really work on learning/watching the tracking. If I can't get to the point where I can easily stay on it, then maybe experiment with some new springs or a different mount. I need to re-gain confidence and understanding what I'm seeing in the sight so I can get back to work on my chief goal of getting the hell off the target once that last shot is called. Goals moving forward: Get some more practice time looking through that sight. Wait for the shot you want. Call it, and be done. (this is going to take MORE rework) Drive yourself away and into the next transition. Be confident on the aggressive and wide transitions. Optimize each position and movement in your stage plan.
  7. So, I personally feel it's imperative to shoot with both eyes open. Not everyone agrees, but I think any movements or unnatural facial expressions are to be avoided just like in all the other aspects of what we do. Like Hi-Power Jack said "I can't imagine running around with one eye closed." I hope that some people help you out by posting how long it took them and maybe some pointers. I don't really have any except to just, stick it on your goal list (at the very top) and work on it above any other goal. Keep those eyes open. If you are into some serious aiming don't worry if an eye closes, or partially closes. Just keep keeping both eyes open whenever you can. With respect to the M Class plateau you spoke about. Keep in mind that you are entering into a class where the separation between classes is smaller than any others. What I mean is, that to get where you want to go you only need to improve your game by a few seconds and a few points. Nothing you do from here on will be a major change. It's all little stuff.
  8. Your are doing great. Keep it up. When I don't feel like entering a journal entry... I do it anyways. Since starting my journal I really feel like it has made the progression more fun. I even did one for my professional life for a while. There were some things that weren't going to so well and I considered quitting. Instead I started a journal and worked on improving the things at work that I didn't like. Now I like my job, my coworkers and will be there for a while. Good luck. See you around.
  9. To expand a tad more... try leaving the video camera on during your final walk through, and then comparing that to your run. See how close they are. They should be the same if you are really doing a walk through.
  10. You are going good identifying areas for improvement and working on them. Don't forget to point out areas you did well in. Along those same lines I would advise that NOT is not a word that should be in a goal. Below is your list with a few comments from "glass half full" guy. Skills to work on: 1. Flip & catch in the sun - hopefully this is tongue in cheek as it's not point related, but brings up the point of practicing repeatable movements. 2. Swingers - what about them? You look like you are tracking them great. Continue practicing swingers and refine your point of aim. 3. Not panicking - ah, the NOT. Where are you "panicking?" Swingers, other instances. This should be some sort of focus or confidence related goal for a particular situation. 4. Not looking at foot or fault line after stepping over it - another NOT. How about we concentrate on "pick your spot" or "identify anchors" as I call it. 5. TRIGGER CONTROL.... I've backslid - You know what has to happen here. More practice, more shooting. To expand on the anchor thing. This is greatly improved by taking your walk through very seriously and obtaining your exact shooting positions during it. This will help cement in both the intended items and general view. That way, the position becomes more familiar when shooting and you subconsciously get into it during the run. This is expanded by looking around a bit while in that final position. You may identify something that tells you are there that you don't see if you are just standing near or otherwise not in your final position. This can happen subconsciously as well, but the only way that can happen is if you are in your exact position. As an example on a run I recently did, I decided I needed to enter a shooting position between a shotgun wad, and a stick on the ground. There was nothing on the fault line that I noticed so those items are what I picked for my "anchors." I made sure they were still there when it was my turn to shoot. When I was actually shooting it I have no recollection of looking for, or seeing the anchor items. I either used them subconsciously, or just did it based on general view. But either way, I entered in the exact spot I needed and executed the run exactly as rehearsed. The point is, I don't know if I used the conscious anchors or other subconscious anchors. What I do know is that I allowed that to happen from the exact position during walk through and spending the time to find a conscious anchor for it.
  11. Dude, welcome. Keep the journal, keep a list of goals and always find a positive (something that you did well) for everything you find that needs improvement. You'll have a ton of fun. My advice for now is, straighten out those arms to almost locked so you can control that muzzle flip better. Also, stand like you are expecting someone to try to knock you over and you don't want to get knocked over. Lower, aggressive, stable platform. From the feet, all the way to the gun. You'll find that you can watch your sights better, and move better. Have fun!
  12. Yeah, you are rockin' it. Keep up the good work. My only advice would be, pick up the pace, and get a touch more accurate. HAHAHA!
  13. That was sweet shooting buddy! Congrats on the placement.
  14. I shot my first outdoor match with the new DPP setup this Sunday at Aurora Gun Club. It was a pretty sweet day for the most part, but the wind picked up toward the end and that sucked. I started off pretty strong with a nice speed shoot that went very well. I "easily" held the dot in the alpha zone and went 1 for 1 on some mini poppers so my confidence was boosted in the new sight setup from the start. The next stage was the classifier. It was Front Sight, so wide transitions on open targets seemed very fitting since that's what I did the day before. I had to dot hunt for the first time with this sight setup to start with. Then, I was transitioning very aggressively on string 2 and let one fly just as brown target entered the glass. Clearly, the dot had been off the target and I fired a makeup shot. That's a Virginia count stage so although I made up the mike with an alpha, the damage was still significant. From an execution standpoint the day didn't get any better. I had some significant problems while moving. I slipped 3 times and one of the times when I recovered my grip was so poor on the gun that I dropped my magazine. Then, the gun malfunctioned with the makeup mag. This was a total hoser stage so I dropped 18 places on that screw up alone. The main concern I have with that train wreck is that the gun malfunctioned. This was the first match with a new slide as well as the new sight. I'll make sure this gun get's a lot of action in the next few weeks to see if that was a fluke or not. From the new sight perspective the match was a total success. I'm completely in love with the new setup and dropped a single delta all day. I also shot a total of maybe 3 makeup shots. These sights are tracking like a boss, and I really think there is something to my "smaller glass = more accurate" comment I made on my last post. Even if that's a bunch of horse shit it's making a difference to me. If I can continue to increase accuracy, and stop sliding all over hell I think I can increase my overall performance. Speaking of sliding all over hell, I'm thinking about trying a set of football cleats or other type of cleat with a much more aggressive tread. The current trail running shoe wears too quickly and just isn't that great when the dirt gets about 3-4" of soft depth.
  15. I picked up my other gun from the gunsmith, and he mounted my 2nd Deltapoint Pro sight on it. There was an issue, on both guns with the racker not clearing the Everglades mount so he machined off the side of the mount so it was flush with the side of the DPP rather than sticking out a bit. That, coupled with sliding the racker over just touch, makes the clearance enough that if I leave my pinky in there when manipulating the racker it won't get pinched. However, after one indoor match and today's practice, I'm pretty confident that the racker is reduced to just jewelry. After getting both guns really dialed in using a benchrest, I spent some time doing wide transition drills to see how the dot compared to the old C-More. First off, I was relieved to find that at outdoor intensity the dot was nice and clear. As clear as these eyes can make it anyways. I found that the dot track is very fast, but consistent. I can't quite tell if it's the same shape every time because it seemed to move too fast to really watch. Also, it's not just straight up and down, but it's clearly within the A-C zone. I also seem to benefit more dramatically from a stronger grip with this sight than with the C-More. What I mean is... the effect on grip intensity seems to have less of an affect on the C-More than with the DPP. As long as I was gripping it firmly it seems that I could get into the .18 split zone and maintain the dot track much better. If I loosened up too much it seemed that it started getting quite large and less consistent in the glass. I suppose that's just a general rule, but the C-More seemed to remain more "watchable" throughout the spectrum. The thing about that is, the dot track always stayed within the glass. So even though it's a smaller glass, if the dot stays within it throughout the shooting... well, that's got to be more accurate right? So, I'm not sure if it's the weight, mounting point, dot sharpness, or what but all I know is that this gun is quite different than it was before. Now that I said all that, it's really all of it together. This setup has been thrown for a loop and I'm confident, given my current ability that's it's just what I needed to really buckle down on my accuracy.