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About Glock26Toter

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    John Arenas
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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)
  7. 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.
  8. Kenny's Brass. It's decapped, cleaned, roll sized. It's exactly like new... but cheaper.
  9. I advise against loading too many ahead. Just when you get ahead, something can change and you wind up with a less than desirable PF. I only get about 1-2 k ahead at most. Nothing sucks worse than finding out you have an issue with several thousand rounds you can't use.
  10. I trade between HS6 and Autocomp. Funny thing that I've found. 7.6 grains of Autocomp = 8.3 of HS6. Same volume. So when switching from one to the other I don't have to adjust my powder measure and still shoot 171PF. Also, people say I'm crazy but I can't tell the difference. (maybe at different PF, but at 171 I can't)
  11. It's been several days of crazy work schedule in Ontario California, but now that I'm back I wanted to get an entry down for last weekend's match. It was down at Pueblo West Sportsman's club. The weather turned out pretty decent and I had a good time shooting the match. I took almost all POV videos (Link here) and have watched it several times looking for improvement in my goals. I was very happy with my shooting and although I think I see transitions that are not nearly aggressive enough, the big transitions are super aggressive and what I've been shooting for in my "Drive yourself away..." goal. The classifier reminded me that equipment maintenance is always important. I hadn't cleaned, or even touched my green gun since 2 weeks prior. Last weekend I remember thinking "green gun battery is questionable and it's still dirty.... I'll grab the black one today." Well, this week I thought the same thing about the black gun and grabbed the green one. When shooting the classifier, as I made ready I looked at the dot and was like... yeesh, that sucker is a bit dim. Well, it was too dim to see at the speeds required to do anything effectively. I managed to get through the stage but it was not pretty. The following stage (new batteries!) I just myself get distracted. The initial mistake of missing a steel and transitioning out of a port wasn't a big deal. What was a big deal was that my mind was already figuring out how to get a decent makeup shot back on it, while the rest of my body was trying to shoot 4 long shots through a 3.5" wide angled port. I wound up hitting the wood twice and sending bullets of into miketopia. Two mikes is NOT how to wrap up an otherwise sweet match, but that's exactly what happened. So lessons / goals? Careful shooting. (only a couple of deltas... I made progress here.) Drive the gun away when the final shot is called. (hmmm. I felt like I did that, but the vids paint a different picture. Keep working on this) Drive yourself away when the engagement is complete. (This I feel I made progress on. Not evident in the vids, but I'm pushing hard to get to the next target when it involves movement.) Maintenance. DO IT! (When you buy 357 batteries for $1.25 ea it sure as hell doesn't pay to conserve and screw your match)
  12. I was able to shoot a match at Aurora Gun Club this weekend. I worked in the garage all day Saturday and got my arm good and sore and was worried about it on Sunday morning when it still hurt like hell. I put the KT tape on by myself and figured out a pretty good way to do that, so next time I'll be SURE to put it on for woodworking no matter how minor the project seems when I get started! Once again, the tape did it's job and the elbow didn't hurt at all during the match. I was also responsible for the classifier/mini stage again. Once again I made a stage design mistake that resulted in a bit of discussion but I think the solution was good and nobody screwed it up that I was aware of. Basically the design of the 2nd stage had you shooting across the first one. Something that on paper looked like a non-issue. We routinely shoot stages in which you can see the other stages targets. However this one mixed the targets a little too well for some people's liking. I thought it was a non issue... I mean, just don't shoot the wrong targets right? In the end a few well placed barrels made everyone happy. Next time I'll be more careful about the mix. The match itself I was very happy with. I shot a clean match, but suffered too many deltas for my liking. On my own stage I shot 4 deltas and had a mix-up on one array that cost me several seconds. I wound up 17th place (combined) on that stage. Luckily it was only an 80 point stage, but it was a reminder that I'm not yet done learning consistency lessons. On the remaining stages there were no stage planning issues. I was confident that I had optimized the shooting as was able to keep the gun running throughout some positions that took careful execution and optimization that I felt were tip top. I posted some decent times and was able maintain a high alpha count. I think that's good progress in my goal set of shooting when I need to shoot and moving when I need to move. Improvement? Well, the usual. I made some mistakes in squeezing the trigger with little or no sight picture. In each case I was able to catch myself and re-engage so I knew I did it immediately but it cost me huge amounts of time. I also let things get too loose a few times and paid the price with a high delta count. So the goal list remains unchanged for now Careful shooting. Drive the gun away when the final shot is called. Drive yourself away when the engagement is complete.
  13. Keeping a range diary has led to my having a lot more fun and personally feel it's had a large impact on my performance increase. Thinking about each match, and actually writing down what you did well brings the fun stuff well into the front of your mind. Then following that up with what you need to improve makes you think about that. It all comes full circle when you get to write down later that you made progress on those areas of improvement as a positive. Keep it up!
  14. I shot one match this weekend at Aurora Gun Club. I was responsible for the "short stage" and the classifier. We've had a couple of bottle necks on that stage lately with multi-string classifiers and have learned a lot about how to consider match flow when picking stages. I failed to see a stage plan for my quickie stage that to the local range "Safety RO" violated the ranges safe angle policy. It was an oversight and a lesson and once I found out about it didn't agree that we violated any safe angles. It was definitely on the edge and could have resulted in bullets impacting where they shouldn't have. However it was not going to result in bullets going over a berm, or hitting a floor so in the end, the RO and I decided it could stay. We all know a forbidden action well into a local match will usually just result in it being thrown out. I didn't want to do that. Well, after blowing all the tape off of one of the targets, I got to shoot it twice. Both runs were significantly faster than anyone could do running the "original design" way. I learned a lesson to watch for everything and once again proved that leaving stage descriptions vague can be a good way to learn a lot about stage design. So, that stage and another one that included some very close, on the move engagements reminded me of my goals. Those close targets should not result in low shot quality and it's important to stay there and AIM until the shooting is done. The aiming can be of the loosest focus we need to provide, but it still has to have a certain level of discipline and execution or you just wind up puking points allover the place. On both the stages that involved that type of engagement I only posted 1 delta and a few charlies. When coupled with the fact that I feel my movement was aggressive and as fast as I could move that's a significant step in my goals. There were a couple of stages that had some good aiming challenges as well. While I did get a mike on one of them, for the most part I feel like I was able to get a tad more aggressive on my transitions and made progress. The only time I feel like I lost it was on the missed target. I was getting VERY distracted by some bad sun glare on my glass. I was seeing it the whole time when shooting that direction but for that one target allowed myself to continue moving into the transition despite not having called the shot. Basically... I called the first hit... then miss.. then an uncalled makeup shot... and moved on. The one mike compared to some very spicy times on targets with noshoots all over them makes me feel good about the match overall and I had a good time for sure. So the goal list remains unchanged for now Careful shooting. Drive the gun away when the final shot is called. Drive yourself away when the engagement is complete.
  15. I ran out to AGC this morning for some technical work and a bit of practice. I just switched to Precision Delta bullets and wanted to chrono/sight in with them to see what differences were had. As it turned out, the green gun was only 1" left, and the black gun was dead on. Since it's been a while since I sighted in, I'm not sure if they were off, and the PD bullets made them less off, or if they just haven't drifted much this time. At any rate, I was happy with the accuracy (.75 groups at 15 yards) and after a nudge on the old C-More they were both dead on. I didn't want to get too crazy since both guns chrono'd at 179PF with the new bullets. This is not crazy hot, but it's certainly over where I like to be so I dropped .3 out of my powder and I'll verify with the chrono tomorrow after the match. This should put me back in my sweet spot. This also means a total of .5 grains less since switching to Winchester Primers and Precision Delta bullets. If my math is correct (and it's probably not) that means I should see a savings of $1.34/1000. That's almost $20.00/year HAHAHA! So I did some work on transitioning. It was recently brought to my attention that I could be getting off the target faster and decreasing transition times. After a bit of personal reflection I believe this is a good spot to focus on improving. Not that I'm camping out the target, but in my recently increased focus on calling shots I've become aware that the second call is creating a linger. Today I concentrated on immediately moving the gun off the target before seeing the dot in the glass again and only reacquiring it on the next target. The mental note that made this a conscious thought was "jerk the gun away from the 2nd shot." That may be overstating it a bit as I'm not blindly jerking it away, but rather driving the gun AWAY from the shot that just broke. This leads, more definitively TOWARD the next target and the dot comes back into the sight ON the next target. This is easily overdone, but the thought process of putting my mind on the AWAY portion of the transition rather than the TOWARD portion seemed to help me grasp, and perform the process. I can see an improvement in the aggressiveness of the transition. I was not tracking time or accuracy and was only focused on what I saw and felt at this new level of aggression. I did see anecdotal improvement on time as my 15 yard, 5' transitions were routinely in the .21-.23 range. Something that I believe would have been in the .28-.30 range before. I'm not positive and since this is the first day practicing I'll hold off any real conclusions until I can get some more trigger time on this one. I blasted about 80 rounds in freestyle and then switched to SHO/WHO for several rounds of the same drill. I'm getting much more confident and comfortable with one handed shooting. I think making an effort to run at least 2 mags at the end of each session in SHO/WHO has helped a bunch on this. So, goals moving forward will get an edit for better transitions. Continue calling shots like you've been lately. (careful shooting. Watch the dot) decrease transition time by "driving the gun away" when the final shot is called. MOVE. (drive the gun and yourself away from the engagement when the final shot is called)