Glock26Toter

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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. It's been quite a couple of weeks. I had jury duty on Wednesday (April 5th) and was not picked. They were kind to me and just dismissed me since I was scheduled to go to Florida the following day. With the day already done from a work perspective I took off to the practice range. I fiddled with different spring combinations and watched many slow-mo videos of each spring. I could not tell any difference in recoil springs with what I tried, but thought I could see subtle differences in the hammer springs. I tried 7,8 lb standard springs and 7, 9 lb variable springs. I watched the videos over and over again and just can't see a difference between variable and standard springs. This probably has to due with both the reduced weight and frame length of my gun. I thought I could see slight difference between the 7 and 8 lbs and it was only a slight dip upon closing with the 8. So, back to the 7 lb for me. Regarding hammer springs I felt that I could see a difference on those and although very slight for what I was testing I settled on the 22lb spring. After watching a ton of slow-mo vids, the largest difference in recoil control I could see was grip. If I shot more than two rounds consecutively the muzzle flip became very consistent and hard to see any difference between any of the springs. During single shots, I saw more muzzle flip and more difference between the springs. This leads me to think that the slow-mo video test is not as reliable as I would like... at least not with me holding the gun. I think some way to put the gun in a vise, or something to remove the human element would really be a great way to test springs. Of course there's also the "what feels right" factor. The conclusion: I found a spring combo to run with for a bit. I need to get more rounds down range and just give it time. So, the following day I jetted off to Florida for 6 days days of neighborhood shopping. Eventually we were led to a little place called Warm Springs. It's basically a suburb of Port Charlotte and puts my wife 30 minutes from Sarasota where the art scene is just what she needs. It also puts me 30 minutes from the Hansen range outside of Fort Myers, and about 1 hour (and change) from 4 additional USPSA hosting ranges. This includes Universal Shootings Academy. There a tons of other ranges within a reasonable distance so I think this location will meet all of our goals. To boot, my wife was asked to be in an art gallery in Naples. This led to some good feelings about the move.... it's a very rare situation for such a high-end gallery to approach an artist. This might be equivalent to the day a movie star gets asked to do a role rather than having to audition. This is awesome for her career and is one step closer to my becoming the "full time shooter husband of a world famous artist!" HAHA! So back home for one night's stay and I was in Seattle WA for the remainder of the week. I got back at 12:30AM Saturday morning and packed up for a local match at Ben Lomond gun club. The match was a lesson in frustration. I don't know if it was because I was pretty wiped from an aggressive travel schedule or if I'm reaching critical mass with these sights. I felt constant frustration with an unpredictable dot track and on several occasions spent what seemed like an eternity hunting for the dot. I did OK as far as accuracy with only 1 mike and a couple of deltas for the match, but some of those hits were at a considerable time cost. I mean, on the classifier I hunted for the dot for over 2 seconds. A friend of mine had to pull me out of the ditch and remind me that I'm the one always teaching to find the positive and forget about the mistakes. In an effort to do just that, I'll review my 2 good runs(one for score). It was a stage with lots of movement and some steel that kind of needed to be shot on the move. This led to a port about 30 feet downrange with 4 poppers and some paper. I shot it the first time and had 1 make up on the back steel, but felt very good about the movement and on the front 4 poppers mowed them down 1 for 1. It was a run that felt good for sure. The nook freaked out during scoring so it required a reshoot. I was almost out of ammo and went in with only 2 mags on my belt. This time I went one for one on the back two steels and obtained much more movement during the engagement so I was ahead of my first time heading out of that position. I then missed twice on the front steel so the net was maybe .2 slower than the first run, but I was able to call it "2 good runs" for the mach. Overall it felt good to get a couple right after a rough match AND to blow through the "reshoot curse" unscathed. So now. What to do about these DPP sights. I'm allowing myself to get very frustrated with them and find myself at a crossroads. Do I continue to power through or do I go back to C-Mores? Maybe I'm being too hard on myself and the tracking issues I'm experiencing are no worse than the C-More but I'm putting an expectation that it should be better. Maybe I'm just not allowing myself enough trigger time with the new sights. The gun is considerably different with the two setups, but is it worse? Here's what I'm thinking for moving forward. Now that spring has sprung... well maybe only 4 more freaking blizzards left this year... I'll commit to a practice session every Wednesday. Give myself a break and allow another 6 matches, coupled with practice sessions to see if this get's any better. If I continue to be frustrated, I'll switch to that modified thumb rest and give it another 3-4 matches with practice and see if that helps. This should put me in the Mid May time frame. If I'm still bent out of shape by then it will be time to switch back. Meantime I'm going to stop putting a negative spin on this setup and on my performance. I'll find the positives and note when the dot does track well rather than when it doesn't. I've never changed my setup this drastically and this may be just a lesson in how to hone my skills enough that an equipment change doesn't throw me off so bad. The really good shooters can pick up any gun handed to them and commence to hand our assess to us on a regular basis.
  2. I must be the only guy that has purchased the Arredondo comp cleaner tool. I use it occasionally to scrape the comp out and it works great. I did change the profile of it a bit to make it look more like a screwdriver (it comes with a weird curve on one side that I didn't like). I think It works better than a screwdriver because the steel is harder? Or maybe I just think it does because I paid money for it. But I did use a small screwdriver for a while and whether its the angle or the steel I think the tool works better.
  3. This is excellent information. I have always just taken their word for it.... I've never gone minor but will remember this next time I see someone go minor. You have an excellent success story here, and I think applies to all situations. We are all human and tend to "memorize" things differently. As a person that documents technical procedures and then has to watch as others try to follow them it's staggering how differently people interpret "simple instructions." This happens all the time, and that's why a competitor is NEVER in the wrong for asking to have any issue spelled out for them until they have a complete understanding. I think the most important parts I'll take away are: First and foremost, PAY ATTENTION and run those numbers on your own simultaneously. I'll be watching closely now. Secondly is the part about being nice. Anyone will instantly put a wall up if they are attacked. If you can prevent that, even with their own work being called into question most people will help rather than hinder. Thanks for sharing.
  4. The weather this weekend was a major score. On Sunday I was able make the Aurora Gun Club match, and by the time we started shooting the coat was off! I didn't have a lot of focus on anything but watching the dot. None of my gun parts had come in yet, so the gun was exactly the same as the previous week. Probably a good thing so I could get some real, outdoor action with the current setup. While shooting, I found that dot seemed to be easier to follow and didn't have much in the way of random side-side wobble. I would hesitate to say it approached the level of consistency that the old C-More had, but I was able to aim and made a considerable increase in my overall accuracy. The only mike I had was on the classifier. I was in a super aggressive transition mode, and just let myself put the transition before the shot and drifted it off to the right side. In a confused state, two targets later, I thought I pulled another mike and made it up instantly. This caused an additional extra shot/extra hit combo that drove my score into something like a .2 HF. Ooops. Back to the main goal, I was one for one on all steel that day, and only a single delta. There were definitely two highlights that spell out some progress on dot tracking. One, was on a stage where you had to shoot some close-up stuff, and then run into some squat level ports for quite a bit of aiming. While in the port I was aware of having to break my arm extension considerably. Especially for a tilted zebra target that was way over to the left. My left arm was bent at what seemed 45 degrees at the elbow. I became aware that was gripping very hard with my support hand to keep the dot tracking consistently. This is a good thing as I was finally able to "remember" to grip hard to keep the gun moving the way I wanted. This, changing up the shooting, or handling during an engagement is something I've struggled with for a long time and I'm happy to finally report a bit of progress on this goal. The other stage was from our famous "city builder" stage design guy. There was some decently awkward shooting before running down a 16' hallway into an open area of super wide transitioning. This spread out array has very low on risk (no, no shoots) and definitely called for shooting on the move. However, I missed my reload button while launching out of the previous awkward position. This led to a delayed reload and by the time I got ready to shoot I was at the end of the hall. I entered loose shooting mode and just mowed down the array. The bad news is, I allowed myself to get in make up mode, and just shoot brown causing almost all charlies (and one delta). The good news is, while in that mode I was able to watch the dot enough that all those shots were called and the gun was handled with a very strong grip from both hands. I felt like I hadn't seen the dot, but upon reflection it was like "I was seeing the dot, just not much of it." Allowing C shots as "good enough" is not something I look at as the victory here. Considering the trouble I've been having, controlling the gun and seeing the dot track well during that crazy engagement is the victory. So, I should have my springs and be able to get some more testing in within the next couple of days. I'm going to miss all matches this coming weekend as I'm off to Florida through the weekend. This time, no shooting... only house hunting! Yes, I'm planning on moving to the Fort Myers area and this next trip down will be to look around the Pine Island, Cape Coral, and Fort Myers areas. I've lived in Colorado my whole life and always wanted to live in a climate without winter. It was never something I viewed as possible until I realized that my job can be done from anywhere and with the CEO's blessing I'm heading to Fort Myers for a new chapter in my life.
  5. I've often called myself "slow" in the this area. I don't feel qualified to start messing with equipment unless I can identify exactly why I feel like it's not living up to it's promise and what modification or part would help. For me, this takes time to understand how I'm using, reacting to, or otherwise interfacing with said equipment. Once I'm sure it's not something I'm doing then I feel I can try a new piece of equipment and fully see the change. Then I can analyze the change and decide if it's helping, which takes time for me. I'm not sure if that makes me slow, careful, wise, or stupid. But it at least puts me on the "Practice" side of this thread.
  6. Work harder at trying to present the magazine to a consistent spot rather than the gun. For most, I think we have a tendency to make the gun go where the magazine is. By reversing our thought process and worrying more about consistency with where we put the magazine, the gun hand more naturally follows. Left arm straight - snag the mag - back up to where it started. It's a very repeatable/robotic motion. The gun will just go to where that hand completes it's magazine presentation. For these drills, only bring the mag and the gun together and don't insert the mag all the way. This "partial insertion drill" helps to reinforce the alignment and "looking the mag in." Keep up the good work!
  7. I just moved both of my guns from a C-More setup to a DPP. I previously used the 6MOA on the C-Mores and think that the 2.5MOA DPP is easier to see than the C-More. I think it's better.
  8. Well, it was a weekend of hard lessons for me. More experimentation with the old thumb rest has led me to believe that I may be barking up the wrong tree. I went to a match at Aurora Gun Club on Saturday. It turned out to be a great day and my jacket was ditched by the time the shooting started. I found that I was very conscious of differing levels of pressure on the thumb rest. When I was shooting fast, the pressure would increase considerably on the rest and cause the dot to get really crazy. At one point, I was pretty sure that the dot was moving side to side and not up and down. This made for some pretty crappy shooting on steel. After a dismal day of shooting I went home and decided I better get this thumb rest thing figured out. The following day I headed out to the range with Cha-Lee. I experimented with both guns. One of them I had the rest on, and the other one had nothing. Basically, after trying several configuration of the rest, I figured out that any forward pressure was very inconsistent and didn't appear to help the dot track up and down. I found the best configuration to be upside down. The upside down mounted rest only extended the screw portion of the rest and this closely matches the thickness and location of the old C-More mount. I'll give it another go after severely modifying the thumb rest as pictured below. This is really now, an index point for almost all sideways pressure. After reviewing pics of myself shooting with the old C-More this way more closely matches how that mount affected my thumb pressure. However, after a bit if discussion with Cha-Lee, he showed me that I can make a better improvement through spring/FP stop tuning than with a thumb rest. With this in mind and considerable help from Cha-Lee we landed on a combo that I'll use as a baseline to do some additional testing. I can throw the thumb rest situation back in once I have the gun tuned exactly the way I want without it. I took the gun with the new springs. (small radius FP Stop, 20# hammer spring, 8lb recoil spring) to Centennial Gun Club on Sunday night. While it was a total disaster from a shooting perspective I got some good dot watching time in and feel that it was at least as consistent as I had seen at the range earlier that day. The dot, while still not tracking up and down was at least remaining in the glass and I don't feel like my grip was pushing it all over. This is another case of old "slow eyes" needing to put more rounds downrange to decide what I'm seeing so I can make a decision on what to do next. Meantime, I've ordered a bunch of different springs and will continue my experimentation to see if I can tune the gun for a dot track that I can be happy with. Thanks for the help Cha-Lee!
  9. 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 cheapbatteries.com,
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.