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About Glock26Toter

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  • Birthday 02/07/1970

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    John Arenas
  1. I buy all my brass from Kenny's Brass. No more worries because he processes it so well it's just like shooting all new in whatever stamp you want. Before that, I ran some unsorted and some sorted. I saw some crimp variances as the different head stamps are of different lengths. If you are not using an undersized die and not too concerned about super crimp accuracy I don't see much benefit from sorting. If you are very concerned with consistency all the same head stamp will always give you the best consistency.
  2. One again, we had a great weekend here in Colorado and I was able to shoot a match in Boulder. Continuing work on my goals I shot a relatively clean match with only 4 deltas and felt like my transitions were aggressive. Every time I moved, I pushed hard and on most stages posted the fastest time. There was one marathon stage that I kind of got tangled up on getting into position and in 1 port felt like I got stuck. I still thought I posted a good time, but found out that some other shooters had beat my time by over 2 seconds. I'm not actually sure if that movement is responsible and I would like to know how they ran that to see if I missed something in the stage plan. I suspect I know where it was, but it would be nice to know. Well, from the standpoint of finding areas for improvement there were plenty. I zeroed the classifier with a 2-mike/no shoot routine that was downright embarrassing. While the time would have led to a GM score I was clearly not capable of maintaining shot quality at that speed. Definitely a lapse in my goal progress. I would rather have posted a much slower time with good hits given my goals are all about shooting more accurately and confidently right now. Another thing that I need to improve is my rhythm in the fast hosing. Several times recently I've been unable to get the crazy fast split times that I should be getting on some of the close point shooting. Targets in wide open ports that are a few feet away have no business getting a .19-.20 split time. I don't do it every time, but in a given stage that might have 10 opportunities for this, I may get held up on 1 or 2 of them. Albeit a small area to worry about I can't deny the fact that another shooter not experiencing this problem can take a stage win based on that. Not to mention the cascade effect. This causes a loss in rhythm and worse yet, can cause an uncalled miss or a "go back and get it" routine that can wreck the run. It's important to be able to make it through a hoser engagement without getting snagged on any of the targets. The last area for improvement? Stage planning. I missed a huge gamer opportunity on one of the stages. Luckily, someone went ahead of me that didn't. I was able to see my mistake and get it corrected before my run. This was simply a start position that I took to mean a much more restrictive body position than it did. This, along with the obvious miss for a better plan on the marathon stage makes me question my stage planning. I need to iron these out and reach a point where I'm confident that I've optimized every movement for my best run. I'm not so worried about doing the same plan as everyone else, but some things are just obvious time wasters and those are the kinds of things I'm still missing. Goals: CALL THE SHOT, and be done. 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.
  3. My advice is definitely have a cloned backup. It's not really a backup if it's any different. That said, it's almost impossible to get them the same. But that's part of the game... trying to get them the same. My two guns are as close as I can get and they still don't shoot exactly the same. One dot is slightly brighter than the other (yes I've been through all the things that may cause that) and one has a tad more rise in trajectory. At any rate, I started out with a used "similar" backup that I later sold and purchased another one from the same gunsmith. Any backup is better than none... but always be working toward cloning them. And spare parts don't cut it. When at Nationals why spend all your prep time in the safety area changing out parts and hoping you have it right? Swap - Shoot. Done.
  4. I shot what I had for many years. That meant production with a Glock 26 (subcompact 9mm that I still carry today) and an "upgrade" to a total POS off-brand 1911 45ACP and used it in L-10 because I already had a few 10 round mags for it. I always encourage people to shoot what they have, or whatever they want. No real reason to ague that one division is better than the next. Now... OPEN on the other hand. Well, that's just COOL. I look soooo cool with my Ferrari. hahaha! Seriously though. I just like all the gadgets.
  5. I went on a short vacation down to the Fort Myers Florida area this weekend. My wife and I met some friends who just moved down there and had a relaxing time with them. I took my buddy to a local match just North of Fort Myers at the Hansen Range with the Fort Myers Practical Shooting Association. I ran into a couple of people that I shot Nationals with so it was a nice surprise for all of us. They put on a heck of tough match down there with some 25-35 yard partial shots and a couple of swingers that were only visible through a window as wide as the swinger. With all classic targets and those tough shots I racked up 14 deltas and a couple of mikes. In the end, so did the top competitors that showed up that day and I wound up winning the match. While shooting I concentrated on my goals of aggressive transitions and calling shots. While 14 deltas was quite a bummer, the good news is that in most cases I was successful at getting good hits on some far targets plus kept a pretty consistent game going for all 5 stages. There were a few moments of point shooting on wide open and then transitioning to a far mini popper where I was able to vary the shooting engagement appropriately. This has been a weak spot for a long time. Overall, I felt like I made progress and that felt good. Areas for improvement.. more consistency is needed. I still managed to get hung up on a couple of steel targets and knew darn well I had a some deltas and mikes. However, I called them and just moved on. Obviously contradictory to my goal set. Goals: CALL THE SHOT, and be done. Drive yourself away and into the next transition. Be confident on the aggressive transitions.
  6. It was good time blasting this weekend with two matches. One at Aurora Gun Club on Saturday and another at Centennial Gun Club on Sunday night. I had worked a pretty hard schedule during the week and almost skipped Saturday's match to relax. Only to realize that to truly relax I needed to be shooting! The match went well and I shot a clean match. Something I haven't done in a long time. I feel like I shot consistently, and didn't take any extra precautions in order to accomplish it. There was one stage with a ton of head shots and no-shoots that I probably could have pushed harder on but that stage put me in survival mode. I was very deliberate to call my shots and really watch the transitioning to ensure I didn't pick up any penalties. I still wound up with a very respectable time and it was certainly the right choice for that engagement given my current ability. Had some top Open GM's been in attendance I would probably not have won the stage, but certainly wouldn't have lost the match based on that performance. The match had me very pumped and feeling good at the end of the day and I had a great time. Areas of improvement were certainly still easy to find in their usual places. The classifier for instance was one that I know I'm capable of picking up a good score. But I just didn't focus enough and shot waaaaaay too many charlies to be proud of. I also had another stage where I posted a time quite a bit quicker than anyone else, but this was the result of not waiting for a good sight picture and picked up a 2 (or 3... can't remember) deltas. Proof, once again that the balance between speed and accuracy is very easy to upset. But again, I just had a good time and prefer to leave the match on the positive note that I made progress on my goals. Then it was the indoor match at Centennial. It was certainly crowded and the usual "80% rule" was in affect. I had a good time trying to help some new shooters and while I was unable to pull off another clean match I managed to get some video to really look carefully for goal improvements. Reviewing the 2 stages I can immediately see some pretty sloppy footwork coming off the blue barrel. This leads to an unstable platform while shooting on the move. On top of that I called a mike, but had already moved on. Upon going back for the makeup I went back to the wrong target so the makeup shot was simply wasted time. Also, I clearly don't get deep enough into the port on the right. This lead to my transitions, although aggressive being new positions instead. On the 2nd stage I can see that I've made some improvements in my transitions. I like the way I aggressively push into the next array at each opportunity. I also was very stable during all my shooting on the move. This was rewarded with high shot quality (no deltas) and I wound up with a 13.78 HF on that stage. A good time for sure! I'm looking forward to shooting next weekend in some decent weather. (hopefully!) I'll be traveling to Fort Myers FL for a weekend getaway and shooting a local match at the FMPSA club down there. Goals: Call the shot and be done. Drive yourself away and into the next transition. Be confident on the aggressive transitions.
  7. I was able to shoot a local match, and get some practice in this past weekend. For January in Colorado we've been incredibly lucky and this weekend, while not exactly warm was good enough to get out and do some blasting. Saturday I spent the day at Ben Lomond gun club shooting a local match. My shooting contained more mistakes than normal and I was pretty disappointed with my score. The first stage I let myself get lazy and not think about whether to reload or not. Upon running the stage I ran out of rounds on the last peice of steel and took a mike. Later, I kept looking at a no-shoot partial target and although it was at a risky position I decided to shoot at the alpha zone instead of higher up for two C's or even a head shot. I paid the price and although I made the shot up, I wound up with a no-shoot. I did this again on another stage and that one ended up being left as a mike,no-shoot. With one more mike thrown on the classifier the total damage was 3 mikes and 2 no-shoots. OUCH! I'm not sure if shooting with some freinds visiting from out of the country caused me to get lazy or if I was just being stupid. Either way, not taking the match seriously enough led to a performance that I'm hoping not to repeat. What went well? I did have some success at what I feel are some good transitions and some pretty decent times that kept up decently with the two GM's taking 1st and 2nd. So despite some serious mistakes overall I feel like I made some progress on my goals. The following day I was invited to practice at that same club and decided, "to hell with any responsibilities" and went for it. HAHA! We setup one of the stages from the previous day's match that had led to some discussion and shot that all day. The stage, naturally didn't end up getting setup exactly the same but I feel it was better because it allowed us to shoot it in a bunch of different configurations. While the best plan for that particular stage was discussed I tried not to worry about it and just pretend it could only be shot in the 2-3 ways I chose. I was more worried about trying to improve my accuracy(calling the shot and being done) and especially my aggressiveness with transitions. I feel like I made some progress (although not much in the accuracy department) and a lengthy discussion between myself and Cha-Lee led to my learning something about the stage plan in the end. Unfortunately I executed his point pretty poorly and wound up hurting my foot. I could barely walk on it afterwards and felt like a dork when everyone was like "let us young guys pickup the stage and you just rest your dumb ass in the car." I still helped clean up and after some IB, Cold pack, and a night's rest the foot was fine. I'm feeling myself getting lazy with shooting, analysis, and motivation. I'm trying not to let that happen and making myself continue journaling is really helping that. I get all "screw that" for a few days, but after I do it, I'm like "when's the next match?!" Goals: Call the shot and be done. Drive yourself away and into the next transition. Adding in, Be confident on the aggressive transitions! (I almost always fire 3 shots at big, aggressive 180 transitions and this usually leads to 3 good hits.)
  8. It's not just foot position. Be sure to look for other visual anchors and get a feel for the whole view. This is dependent on the particular position and engagement to be had of course. Think of it more like, a work flow rather than a spot you need to hit with a particular body part. Looking at the foot position, you'll reach a point where you are pretty close to that spot and don't need to continue to look there as you approach. Just as normal walking, if you look at curb you are approaching do you continue to look at the curb as your see your foot land on it? No. Likely you gauge the distance and then you look up at the door you will enter after stepping up on the curb. By the time you step up, you are now looking at the door knob. You don't look directly at the doorknob, but start to look past the door as you open it... and so on. So, look at a position as a work flow and when you are done making sure you will hit your spot then move onto the visual anchor of the edge of a wall... or if you can see through it, now you look at the target. You ease into the position and start mounting your gun into position. Now you are looking through your sights at the target as you see it come around the edge of the wall... and so on. Again, this is dependent on many factors. However, in the absence of absolute anchors like a fault line, or barrel, I've often stood in a position and looked around at walls, the berm, and just the general surroundings. This way I know when an entire view is coming into "focus" to tell me I'm arriving. This blends the particular foot arrangement into the flow and I start the engagement more simultaneously.
  9. I'm not sure why you are weary of COC... but I'll tell you how I trained to greatly improve my grip. I used to use cheap-o's and balls and stuff. I did it for years with no progress. But once I did two things my grip improved a lot within about a year. (also, while still fragile this has been my recovery from shooter's elbow) 1. For every set of COC grippers I did 2 sets of flex bands. This makes sure you don't train one side of the muscle. (causing tennis/shooters elbow when you overdo it) 2. Buy a COC that can't do 10 times. Don't get one you can't do once either. For me, the 120lb. A guess to start with. I could do the 120 lb one about 4-5 times. I started doing these on my way to and from work and would do 2 sets of bands (started blue... then red), and 1 set of grip for each trip. Then I would do 4 sets and 2 sets. Soon, I could squeeze the 120 lb COC 10 times without too much issue. Then I purchased the 145 lb and I can now do that one 10 times. I also have the red and green bands together for the flex. Not sure if I'll bother to go higher, but my grip is nice and strong and my elbows do pretty good unless I do something stupid to injure them. All this helps to be able to squeeze very firmly and keep the trigger finger isolated. If recoil control means, say 80 lbs and it's 100% of your grip strength then you don't have much choice but to incorporate all your fingers. If that same 80 lbs is like 60% of your grip strength it's way easier not to use all your fingers. i.e., not include the trigger finger.
  10. I can't post sales pitch here, but if you search for "rack buddy dry fire training aid" on YouTube you may find some dude in a cowboy hat that offers what you need.
  11. Sounds like you may be putting an upward wrist force on the weak hand. It should be downward. Move the weak hand thumb slightly forward so it makes the wrist push down. That will prevent the trigger finder interference. Also, keep working on that trigger finger isolation. It's more important than you might think. If your thumb moves you are likely milking the cow and not just moving your trigger finger back. This couples your grip and your shooting. Those need to be separated. Strength training with COC grippers will help that.
  12. I made it to Aurora Gun Club for a local match on Sunday this past weekend. The weather cooperated nicely and I wound up not even wearing a coat most of the day. I shot a pretty solid match and only had 2 deltas. I seemed to have a pretty successful time at calling my shots and moving quickly. I can't say that I made any real improvement on my specific goals of transitioning, but I didn't lose any ground and was definitely aggressive. I only lost my consistency on one stage for a single array. Unfortunately it was a very far array (about 30 yards I think) and it led to 2... yes TWO mikes on that stage. The problem on my "problem" stage was that it was a very aggressive one-step transition into an array that you could see for quite a distance before running to a final position. The anticipation of the final run, coupled with the aggressive step proved too much motivation for my feet. I wound up shooting 3, 30 yard targets on the move and paid the price in shot quality. So bottom line is, I shot a pretty decent match but still need significant work on my goal set. Goals: Call the shot and be done. Drive yourself away and into the next transition.
  13. I practiced today with a couple of buddies. I'ts been a while since I practiced and I'm VERY lucky to have a friend who gained fairly rare access to an indoor range with lots of props. We setup a nice 30 round stage and shot it a bunch of times. I felt pretty good about most of the shooting but it was pointed out to me that my transitions are lacking. I need to work harder at my goal to "drive the gun away" and more than just that I need to work on my ability to call that final shot and be done with it. That goal is really about trying to instantly call that 2nd shot and commit to moving on - and into the transition. I need to setup some transition drills and really work on what I'm seeing in the sight as the final shot breaks so I can get to the "driving the gun away" part with more aggressiveness. My financial situation is not quite what it was two years ago and I put myself in a bit of a bind with a large remodel and spending lots of $$ on trips last year to major matches. This year I'm going to have to rein it in a touch and only go to matches that don't involve travel $$. I have plenty of miles to go wherever I want, but the extra costs of hotel, food, car and match fees will have to be stifled this year. I've decided that, although motivated by finances I need to get on board with this idea and make it align with my goals rather than look at it as a set back. (an attitude that has been affecting my motivation lately.) Sooo.... I'm going to take this coming year to really work on honing my skills and become a proper GM. Rather than spend money going to matches and losing to the top dogs, I'll stay around here and commit more $$ to practice and training. I also have a vacation day "surplus" at work and will commit to taking those vacation hours to spend on training. Hopefully this will lead to a better showing at next years area matches... and especially Nationals. I'll also hopefully have some decent funds in the account for the spring-bling that we all suffer when having to fork over the big bucks in Jan,Feb,Mar signing up for most of the matches we plan to attend. By then I'll have a shit-load of miles and hotel points and save even more! Goals: Call the shot and drive away. (need more video review and PRACTICE this particular skill) Drive yourself away and into the next transition. (I've realized that when it's several steps I'm good at this. But when it's one or two steps I'm not)
  14. In my experience.... it seems like just when you get good and stocked up it's new barrel time. Or worse, yet. It just changes. It's very common for people to run 6.8 grains of whatever for a long time and then, what seems like overnight you have to go to 7.0 grains... and then 7.1 and it just creeps up over time. Every single person that I've talked to over the years that didn't make PF at a major match swears that they made major since however many years ago and nothing has changed. Well, something has... and that's the reason I don't load too many ahead. e.g., last year at Nationals. I made Major without issue all summer and shipped 800 rounds to Nats. Shortly thereafter I chrono'd those rounds at 165PF. (my experience just told me it had been a bad idea to ship those rounds without a fresh chrono.) Same everything that I had run at 170 all year. I shipped ANOTHER 800 rounds to Nats with a bump in powder and sure enough, made 170 with the new rounds.
  15. Kenny's Brass. It's decapped, cleaned, roll sized. It's exactly like new... but cheaper.