ArrDave

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About ArrDave

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    Marietta, GA
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    Shooting (obviously), family, 80's metal
  • Real Name
    David Blanton

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  1. See title. I've searched and not found anything. I'm curious if I'm missing something. Items I am reasonably sure are not: - CR Speed - Guga Ribas - Black Scorpion
  2. My only experience has been with TechWear, I have a match shirt from an MFG who will not be named - the TechWear is pretty nice. Gunsta is the only other brand I'm aware of that wasn't mentioned.
  3. I am quite fond of the racers. As long as you keep the acorn nut loctite'd they are fantastic. So much easier for mag retrieval. Got a couple race masters to start playing with as well. All in all if you are very serious about shooting production the racer is at the top of my list Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. 5/29/17 After action report for the match. So coming in with like 4 days of dryfire and 1 live fire session and a month off otherwise. My expectations were pretty low and I did pretty well. Stages were balanced where you had enough rope to hang yourself. I decided to listen to Steve and JJ/Rob. I wanted to see my sights on each shot and whatever time it took, it took that long. 1st Stage (Stage 6) - So I shot first on the squad. I was hitting everything and went one for one on steel as I recall - I was moving around pretty good. Steel didn't fall (2 out of 4) despite center punching. Called for popper calibration and got a re-shoot. Next run I swapped up my approach a little and I probably still wouldn't have done it that way. All in all - nothing to cry about - finished well on the stage. Probably should have gone Steel while advancing paper while advancing back track then repeat. i was 3 seconds off the stage win but st 2nd Stage (Stage 7) - 2 boxes, from Box 1 had to shoot 1 paper (open) and a texas star at about 9-10 yards. Mandatory reload to Box 2 - Mini Popper, open paper, Target stack with a noshoot, and a swinger that had NS. The side you could ambush it on had the NS. I ran the star like a boss went 5 for 6. Teed up the mini popper no problem to activate the swinger, took the open paper, 1 shot on a presentation of the swinger. The partial target, then 2 shots on the swinger... and the second shot landed int the NS. Still good enough for a 2nd place finish despite the penalty - just by a wide margin (82%). I ran the star like a boss! 3rd Stage (Stage 8) - Field course. My mission of seeing my sights slowed me down. I missed a position by a bit to see the mini popper hiding down range. Advancing from the first position I was too conservative on the open targets. Transititions are a bit sluggish but the second array is the only thing I'm a little upset about - I finished well on this stage as well. 4th Stage (Stage 1) - High value field course. They gave us the choice of taking some 20+ yard shots or you could run a significant amount further and advance and take the shots. I advanced since my confidence at distance wasn't there due to month off. I still finished up 2nd at 95%. I was beaten by 2 seconds but had better points. I'm not sure what the stage winner did. I made up a hard cover hit on a no shoot, called what I thought was a D and made it up too. Pretty strong shot calling for me. 5th Stage (Stage 2) - A side scroller through ports with lots of targets shot from different angles. I shot them as I saw them for simplicity sake. i did not dwell on targets I needed to ignore - which is a BIG win for me. That's something that was giving me fits. I had 2 mikes - 1 was forgivable (as forgiveable as a mike can be) - it was less than a bullet diameter from the edge of hard cover. The second, I think I just heeled a shot over the top - I didn't see it happen. Booo. So I was 71% when I should have been 91%. Less than a second off the pace of the stage win (a G) so that was good. I'm still proud of this stage. 6th Stage (Stage 3) - On the Move Classifier - so this is the one stage where I didn't let my sights dictate my pace and tried to shoot the pace of the HHF. As a result - 3 no shoots, 1 mike! lol. Whoops. 7th Stage (Stage 4) - Back to letting vision dictate the pace. It was a weird hose fest where the first 6 paper needed to be shot 3 times and the final 3 ducks needed to be shot twice. throw in 2 MP and 1 P from the first box. I tried to be cute with engaging a popper with each of my first mags rather than just a standing reload. What I should have done was draw to the right target, engage the left target, advance to the next target on the left, reload on the way up, engage the 2 targets on the left, reload in transition to the 2 papers on the right and the steel array, reload while advancing. I'm not sure what the best way to do this was. I was a second and a half off the pace, but my way netted the best points (by 5 alphas) - but the factor for the stage obviously favored the speed. Plan was executed as well as it could have been, in the last position I made up a C - probably should have let it slide - but I did it pretty quick so i don't know that it hurt me but I don't think I gained anything. 8th stage (Stage 5) - Last stage went pretty well. I was 4th at like 89% and it was due to speed - nearly 2.5 seconds. I'm not sure what got me... just have to wait for the G to drop his match vid and find out. again, it was a weird stage and I'm not sure the best way to shoot it. All in all - the match was a big success. Finished 2nd in PRD at 89%. My total time was 4 seconds off the match lead. All the points were basically the classifier and the carnival stage. I didn't have any stage wins but I was 2nd - 5th on most of them. I threw the videos in ClipShot and it appears a lot of my controlled pairs are like .4-.5 splits. I need to get that down to .3 and have control. Transitions a little sluggish, reloads went well - gun was generally up in position. I felt the trigger on most shots which was good. Excited to get back to training. I might borrow a buddy's Sig P320 X 5 and mess around in limited next month - since he stippled it and went all nuts just to see what it's like for a bit.
  5. 5/27/17 Match Video - will update with thoughts tomorrow.
  6. Flattened primers, primer flow at your primer strike will let you know things are bad wrong.
  7. Book max on RS Comp for 180 L TC is 3.3 - you're like 30% over max - just an FYI.
  8. SNS 125 TC at 1.105 w/ 3.9 grains of Prima V made 132 PF at Area 6 in April (approx 85 degrees). Similar load with 3.8-3.9 and Titegroup works as well. Prima V doesn't meter quite as well as the TG so expect a little more ES in a given batch.
  9. I am plugging back in on my training. Per the wifes request I took a month off. The first match back is this weekend. I hit a live fire session yesterday trying to ease into it. My trigger control eroded a little bit as I was hitting low. Toward the end of the session I had it sorted out again. This makes me want to practice my trigger control until I can't anymore! In other news, the VZ diamondback grips on my practice gun which I was inoculated to previously feel rough in my hands. Gonna take a minute to get back to that point.
  10. Seriously even if it doesn't fix your magazine issue, taking the gun apart with the stainless mag brake is much more enjoyable.
  11. Is it when partially loaded or empty? I put the stainless brake in my FPB guns because the sheet metal one is the devil.
  12. My last name starts with BL - I shoot first on pretty much every match I shoot and I shoot top of the order at every club match at least once, sometimes I get a break, but rarely. I'm going to load up my practice magazines the night before and have them ready to swap out when I'm the last shooter, then just throw them on my belt as I grab my kit and run to the next stage, catch up on mag maintenance when I actually have time to.
  13. TLDR: I zeroed two stages, one for failing to reload mags and one for failing to shoot a strong hand string with my strong hand. Issues due to being too cerebral when the buzzer goes off, not gripping hard enough late in the stages and too much tension causing inaccuracy Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I haven't compiled my Area 6 video because i'm so disgusted with my performance. My mental game hasn't caught back up since my Stoeger class so I've had a couple lousy matches in a row. A quick analysis now that the pain has subsided from underperforming. I noticed that I had two HUGE things screwing me up. The first is being overly cerebral. If you’ve read any of this crap you probably know that about me purely reading this jazz and my penchant for descriptive words. That’s affecting me because when you see this video, you’ll see my mentally directing my movements and kind of processing rather than just running the routine I’ve programmed in and trusting my skills. This is causing me to be slow on a couple accounts – wide transitions it’s obvious, as well as processing sight pictures – aka throttle control. It also causes me to miss positions. The further on in the stage it is the more likely the performance is deteriorating. The second thing is grip tension and overall tension. My grip relaxes after that first reload or second – if I have a mike in the stage it’s usually not in the first magazine. As I move through the stage the tension builds in my shoulders/arms causing me to start to throw shots I should make easy. More on that later. Preface - work has been rough. I had a fire spring up last week and I couldn't make it down to the range to walk the stages the days before. I was in the office until 8:40PM Thursday evening – good news is it helped me sleep like a baby because the match wasn’t on my mind at all – first time that’s happened. Tried to make lemonade and get to the range at 6:30A which was my guess at first light. The first couple stages I walked via cell phone flash light and got decent plans. Started on Stage 11 – Will It Run I was first shooter of the first day – I had a couple mental hickups and was a little slower and deliberate, a couple too many charlies (26A 6C) – not horrible but not my best – acceptable. Felt good going in the next one. Stage 12 - Standards stage – 6 open targets at 20 yards, 6 tuxedos (3 on each side) ranging 12-15 yards. String 1 - 1 on 6 targets freestyle – reload – 1 on the remaing 6 strong hand only. String 2 – same deal but weak hand only after the reload. My strategy was just go left to right on string 1 and right to left on string 2. I think that the freestyle zebras one hand the open targets was probably a little faster plan. As it is, this was my best stage. I had a HF of like 3.29xx and #16 of 1XX in Prd – but I was about 8 seconds too slow bullseying everything. I probably could have just broken 30 seconds. Not bad in fairness. Stage 1 – Running down a dream – shoot house stage. This went OK on time and not great on points. I had 1 mike and 2 D’s. The mike was when I “double tapped” a target, so it was an A/M in the second position – was really dumb – target was probably 11-12 yards. The D’s were on 20ish yard targets – grip breaking down + lean not great but not the best. Wide transitions REALLY slow me down and I missed the last position. I’m a tall dude and I don’t need to be squatting unless I absolutely had to. Decided to do that to mitigate a noshoot I had to shoot past through a window. Should have just trusted my skill. The supers did it in 24-25 seconds. I did it in 32 seconds – There was probably 4-5 seconds in wasted time on longer transitions and not darting my eyes on those two wide transition positions. I was 2nd to last and my magazines got real sandy – had to clean em quick. Ran down the hill to catch a walk through on the next stage, we’ll load them later. Stage 2 – Brutal truth – one of the trickier stages that paralyzed you with options. Had a good plan – had my walk through. Grip being lazy caused misses on mini poppers. Not filling magazines caused me to completely ignore the last position – BLAZING FAST TIME (lol) – all the mikes/FTEs ended up causing me a zero. I had moved my unshot magazines forward and topped off my mag with my ULSC round so I thought I was ready to rock and wasn’t. Stage 3 – Find it – I had bad points – likely due to not enough grip pressure – 1 mike due to a barrel strike and 2 D’s. I moved around the stage OK for me but in the last position did not manage throttle control at ALL. Total bullseye mode in the last position. The theme so far is my grip is inconsistent and I remember realizing that here. Stage 4 – Wasted Youth - Bunch of ports – I’m tall enough to just barely make them be a pain in the ass. The second position in the port I had abysmal accuracy – 2 mikes 2 D’s – I totally missed a position on a wide transition and had to adjust – so probably 3 seconds there. Fast dudes under 20, I was 27. Realistically I should have probably expected 23-24 seconds with better points had I connected. Stage 5 – Monkey Barrels – terrible memory stage all magazines started on barrels. I shot all the targets – slowly. Ended up with 2 mikes due to barrel strikes and bad grip. Really starting to realize what’s going on with my accuracy. Stage 6 – Blind Pew – a 2 position medium course with a big steel array – 2 lonely papers and some more poppers with a clam shell. So straightforward I had no problem ended up 73% I think I had one makeup on steel. Shooting steel is an issue for me because the only time I get to is in matches. Stage 7 – Black Spot – Similar to the other stage but with a plate rack. 2 makeups on plates due to how the gun was sitting in my hand. 68%. These two stages are probably most representative of “where I’m at” 70-75% of the top dudes. Stage 8 – Hold my beer – carnival stage. Shoot one array with activator, reload strong hand only. I was starting to mentally check out at this point – shot the second string freestyle. 10 penalties. ZERO! Stage 9 – thrown out. Stage 11 – Six Sixty Six - I decided I would run the most aggressive plan and attempt to just burn it down because the match was basically done anyway. I had 3 mikes and a pretty good time (both on the clock and from a fun perspective) I saw 2 of the mikes happen and remember them but I was commited to swinging for the fences on this one. It ultimately netted a 57% run – which is silly. Realistically had I shot it would have been a second to two seconds slower and I’d probably been in that 70-75% band again. With 2 zeros I was 54% in production. Playing the “what if game” had I not zero’d 2 stages and shot the final stage seriously then I probably would have been in the 65-70% band. I had a goal of shooting better than 80% on the match. Yeah – that was WAY too aggressive. Dudes I shoot with who are GM’s were high 70’s. 70% would have been an achievement given my level of participation and time I’ve got into the game so far. But now I know! Big take aways – Grip discipline – I’m seeing what I need to see when I decide to pull the trigger but my grip isn’t there. My post shooting routine is updated. I’m going to go ahead and fill 6 extra magazines and keep them in my range bag. If I’m faced with that situation again I’ll just throw on the new magazines after I’m immediately done – shoot the next stage – then deal with my magazines. I’ve got the magazines in the bag anyway, might as well use them. I need to figure out how to shoot matches in “match mode” and stop being so damn cerebral. This is the biggest thing costing me time (decisiveness moving, decisiveness on wide transitions and throttle control) I’m going to take a little time off and work on my head a bit. I think I had too much invested in my identity as a shooter and less in my approach to shooting
  15. I would suggest not the Ghost Thunder/stinger. I had one, and I would suggest the value scaled appropriately from the ghost up to the next one.