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  1. CHA-LEE's Tale

    Last night I attended an indoor evening match at the Bristlecone Range. It’s been a while since I shot there so I figured I would give it a go. I also decided to shoot Limited at this indoor match to give the Dawson sight setup a run in the less than optimal lighting. They had one large field course stage and three standards type of stages. The field course stage was a three shots per target setup with a good mixture of hosing and aiming. The three other standards stages were a good test of draws, reloads and aiming. Those were not much fun compared to the field course, but then again they never are. I had two mistakes for the match. They both happened on the same standards stage which was a one shot on each target, reload, then one shot on each target again. The start was a turn draw and I got a marginal grip on the gun with my right hand registered too far forward. This kept me from being able to reach the mag release during the reload and I had to shift the gun in my hand to reach it. Then I rushed the shooting after the reload and broke the last shot too early resulting in a miss. I knew that I had a miss as soon as it broke, but I couldn’t do anything about it on this Virginia count stage. I shot all of the other stages really solid with no issues and good points. It was interesting to shoot indoors again with my Limited gun. Seeing a well-defined front sight wasn’t happening due to the poor lighting. I ended up aiming and calling my shots by using the light bars between the front sight and rear notch. Being able to use this alternate method of aiming was an interesting advantage to using the tighter light bar setup. I need to do some more experimenting with this in the future to really prove out its effectiveness. It was fun to be able to do some shooting in the middle of the week. That and it’s always fun to attend matches with friends. Even though the stages were biased towards standards, it was still better than not shooting.
  2. Stock 2 failure to extract issue

    I hate to sound like a broken record, but if you guys can't figure this issue out yourself then get it to a competent gunsmith who can.
  3. CHA-LEE's Tale

    This past weekend I wasn’t able to do any shooting on Saturday. The local match was canceled and I had other things to get done so it wasn’t a waste of a day. On Sunday I attended the Pueblo match and it was a fun time. The stages in this match were biased towards run, stop shoot positions with a decent mixture of shot difficulty. The sun was out and there wasn’t too much wind, but the temp was cool enough to keep our coats on. I am actually surprised how lucky we have been so far with the weather this winter. We usually have a lot more matches getting canceled due to winter weather by this time of year. Hopefully the hardcore winter weather continues to hold out a little longer. My back is doing much better. I only have a small amount of dull back pain if I am on my feet for a long time. The specific foot pain is totally gone now which is great. I am still taking it easy by not lifting stuff that I don’t have to. I think I will stick to not trying to lift heavy stuff for a while. My first major match of the year is the Space City Challenge in Texas at the end of February. My second major match is the Texas State Open in April. It’s been a couple of years since I have attended major matches in Texas so it will be cool to make it down there again.
  4. Camo Cowboy's performance analysis journal

    Its a bummer to hear about your continued elbow issues. You will probably need better imaging than an X-ray for your Doctor to see what is really going on inside there. An MRI or CAT Scan is probably needed to see what the soft tissues are doing. I never had good luck with the flex bands to work out my extensor muscles. It always ended up hurting me regardless of the weight used. I recently got a friction based twisting machine to complement my standard gripper workouts. The machine is called the "Sidewinder" and I listed a link below to it. I got the Sidewinder Pro Xtreme 3 model because it has a 2 inch diameter handle. The Sidewinder is friction based with a spring loaded tension knob so you can set the friction to whatever level you want. This is not a wimpy machine. I currently have it set at its lowest setting and can go through 20 reps of each position with a short rest between positions. After that my forearms are NUKED. I can especially feel the burn on my extensor muscles since they haven't gotten a serious workout in a long time. The cool thing is that even though this machine can nuke my forearms there is zero pain or repercussions afterwards, unlike using the extension bands. This machine may or may not be what you need to get your forearms back into shape. But I can tell you that its a lot lower impact than using the bands. The really interesting thing to me about using the Sidewinder is that I thought I had really good grip strength before using it. Its teaching me that even though I had pretty good gripping strength my muscles were imbalanced due to the weaker extensiors muscles. I am going to keep using the Sidewinder over the next couple of months to see what the long term results will be. https://sportgrips.com/using-your-sidewinder/
  5. Metal grips, mags wedging

    All steel grip guns are more prone to mag wedge jams due to misalignment between the mag and grip during the reload. You can try to round some of the edges inside the grip. But the real solution is to insert the mag at the correct angle. You can get away with really sloppy reloading angles and actions with a plastic grip gun. A steel grip will expose all of that sloppiness.
  6. CHA-LEE's Tale

    My back is doing a lot better. I don’t have the foot pain anymore which is awesome. Right now I only have a dull back ache if I sit or stand stationary for a long time. If I keep moving then it usually doesn’t have any pain at all. I am still taking it easy in lifting stuff and will continue to do so for a while. There is no need to rush in to lifting stuff when I can wrangle up some help to make the process easier. The hardest part for me is asking for help as I am used to doing stuff by myself. Old man winter decided to stay away this past weekend so I was able to shoot on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday I got to do some live fire practice with some friends. I didn’t get to shoot a bunch but I did get a chance to test out my new Rudy Project +.50 diopter shooting glasses. A while back I had some +.50 Diopter lenses put into my Rydon Rudy Project glasses. The first time the prescription was made the focal point position in the left lens was screwed up and it gave me a vertigo feeling while wearing them. I had to get the left lens recut to fix the focal point position and now they work properly. There is a little bit of magnification change as I look through the extreme left/right sides of the lens but that is to be expected with a wrap lens like this. I used these new shooting glasses on both Saturday and Sunday and didn’t notice any difference in performance from my old straight lens shooting glasses I have been using. The primary reason I wanted to switch to these Rudy Project prescription glasses is due to their better wrap around eye protection. Nobody wants to lose an eye at the range and there seems to always be something flying around during matches or range sessions. On Sunday I shot the AGC match. They decided to forego the classifier again and setup 4 large field courses instead. This match is usually biased towards close easy targets which produces a lot of hosing shooting scenarios. This match was different as there were 90% partial targets and a lot of hard aiming distance shots. This slowed the shooting pace way down and it showed in the stage hit factors. I don’t mind more difficult shooting stages like this as I can buckle down and earn my hits. But my squad mates were getting beat up pretty bad by racking up shooting penalties or shooting a crap ton of C/D zone hits. Matches like this are usually a good wake up call for local shooters to reinforce the requirement of marksmanship in matches. Aiming hard on every stage paid off as I didn’t have any shooting penalties or D zone hits for the match. The only thing I wasn’t happy with that day was my movement aggressiveness when running from one position to the next. I wasn’t giving it 100% as I am still leery of injuring my back again. That being said, I would rather donate a few seconds to the competition due to half hearted running verses go crazy and hurt my back again. I am sure I will get back to running around aggressively once my back is healed. Hopefully we can get lucky with the weather again next weekend. The weather forecast is currently calling for temps in the mid 40’s for next weekend. We will see if that holds out. If there is anything consistent about the Colorado weather is that it’s extremely inconsistent and hard to predict.
  7. Stock 2 failure to extract issue

    A small amount of machining marks in the chamber are not going to cause extraction issues if the extractor hook is tuned properly. If the extractor hook is worn or not cut at the correct angles and you are using a worn out extractor spring, then MAYBE those chamber marks would cause a problem. But in that situation the root cause of the problem is still based on the crappy extractor fit and function. I use to shoot EAA/Tanfo guns a a lot before switching over to the 2011 platform. The one thing that always blew my mind with EAA/Tanfo guns is how inconsistent the slides were cut for the extractor groove and spring pocket. Then there was always inconsistencies in the extractors themselves in how they where manufactured. There wasn't one Slide/Extractor configuration that I used that didn't require some amount of tuning to produce 100% reliable extraction. Some setups only needed the depth of the extractor engagement to work properly, but most also required reshaping the extractor hook itself and switching to a Wolff Extra Power extractor spring. These parts are not like Lego pieces that you simply slap together and they magically work. You have to precision tune these parts to whatever is needed due to the variances in slides and extractors. After I accepted the fact that every single EAA/Tanfo gun required the extractor setup to be tuned and simply put in the effort to do it, then I never had extraction problems after that. If you don't know how to tune these parts yourself then get it to a gunsmith who does know how to TUNE it verses throwing parts at it and hoping that it will fix the problem.
  8. You need a lens correction that biases your focus to the front sight but also doesn't destroy your distance vision. In my testing a +1 or +1.5 diopter made the front sight very clear but also made the targets past 10 yards super blurry. I tested a bunch of different lens diopters and the best offset that worked overall was a +0.50 diopter in both eyes. This focal offset gently biases my focus to the sights without completely destroying my distance vision.
  9. fiber optic rod

    Best place online I have found to buy Fiber optic rod....... Get a sample pack and test out the colors yourself. http://www.fiberopticproducts.com/Archery.htm
  10. Uprange Reloads

    All gun handling needs to be performed in a manner that is obviously above reproach from a safety perspective. That is if you want to finish the match without being DQed. Is what you are doing "Legal"? Absolutely. Is it the best reload method for that specific movement? Absolutely not. I could shoot a stage with my gun upside down and pull the trigger with my pinky. Would it be legal? Yes. Would it be the best way to shoot the gun? No.
  11. CHA-LEE's Tale

    No matches this past weekend due to the holidays. Since there were no matches and the weather was cooperating on Saturday I wrangled up some friends and we did some Live Fire practice. We setup a large field course and shot it several times in different ways. For this practice session I used up all of my ammo that wouldn’t case gauge. Surprisingly it all ran with zero issues. I thought for sure I would have at least a couple jams using this ammo but I didn’t. It was nice to burn up this ammo as it’s been sitting around for a while now and I didn’t trust using it in a match. Between practice runs I was able to do some slow motion video of all three of my Limited blasters to see how the recoil felt and muzzle flip/bounce looked. I shot these three blasters in the same conditions with a full magazine to eliminate any weight variables. Since I had been shooting the #1 blaster most of the day I used that as the baseline of what felt normal. The #2 blaster felt a touch harsher in recoil and the #3 felt a touch softer. Both of these guns felt slightly different in slide friction when I racked them before shooting. The #2 felt like it had only oil on it and racked with very little lubrication resistance. The #3 felt like it had thicker oil on it when racking it. It was cold coming out of the bag so I can attribute the “thicker” feeling to that. I am using the same spring and firing pin block setup on all three of these guns (10lb Recoil, 20lb Hammer Springs). The slide weight is also identical at 12oz stripped. Overall the felt recoil and sight tracking is very similar between all three of these guns. There is a little bit of muzzle flip which happens when the slide bottoms out on the frame. There is a little bit of muzzle wobble when the slide snaps back forward, especially on the #2 blaster. I wish that I could get away with using a lighter recoil spring as that would eliminate the muzzle wobble, but prior testing also confirms that the accuracy goes out the window when I use a lighter recoil spring. I might revisit testing heavier hammer springs to see if I can reduce some of the slide velocity. I have tested heavier hammer springs in the past and that usually leads to the muzzle tip up during the shot situation which I really don’t like. I will do some more hammer spring testing but I will probably end up back where I started. The good thing is that this setup is fairly consistent across all three of my Limited blasters. At the end of this practice session I was able to give my MPX PCC a run in the new light weight front end configuration. I shot the stage with it to compare to my pistol runs and it was really easy to shoot. The heavy front end feeling was completely gone and I could flick it around easily during hard transitions. I shot the stage using only the big circle in the sight and that worked out really well until I got to the mini poppers. When I got to the mini poppers I was looking for the 2 moa dot in the middle of the circle which wasn’t turned on and my shooting was delayed looking for it. That was a bone head moment on my part but I can’t be too hard on myself given that it was my first time in shooting the MPX that day with only the big circle reticle. I am still shooting factory ammo with the MPX so the recoil was a little more harsh than it needed to be. Even though I could feel the recoil in my shoulder the sights barely moved on target. I could literally shoot as fast as my finger could go and keep my hits on target. The next step for this MPX is to develop a dedicated ammo load for it. I will try to get that done in the next couple of weeks. It was a very productive practice day with friends. I also tried my best to take it easy on my back by not lifting heavy stuff. Even though I tried to take it easy on my back I was still in hurting shape at the end of the day. My lower back hurt a little but my right foot was in some serious pain. This back injury is causing pain in the arch of my right foot to the point of making walking difficult. I did some research on this and this type of remote foot pain is common with a sciatic nerve pinch at the S1 vertebra level. I took it easy over the rest of the long weekend and the foot pain has chilled out. The strange thing about the foot pain is that walking doesn’t flair it up, but standing does. If I stand for an extended amount of time then the foot pain starts to build. Walking after that doesn’t make it go away. If I refrain from standing stationary and keep walking around the foot pain seems to take a lot longer to manifest. All I can do is continue to take it easy until this injury heals. Getting old sucks!!!
  12. Selling/Trading this for that....

    Is the 2011 platform more or less prone to breaking than other platforms? I am not sure because I seem to be good at breaking anything I shoot. Listed below are the 2011 parts that I have broken or have failed while I have been using that platform. This list isn't all inclusive as I am compiling it from memory and the older I get the more I forget Broken/Failed Upper Parts Front Sights - Broken in half or start walking out of dove tail Adjustable Rear Sights - Broken hinge, blade, windage and elevation screw Barrel Bushings - Broke two Briley spherical bushings in half Guide Rods - Tungsten guide rod came unscrewed and a Dawson Toolless guide rod failed in the locking lever area Barrel Links - Broken a couple of barrel links on barrels that were not fit properly Barrels - Shoot enough and they get shot out and lose their accuracy Cracked Slides - I have cracked 2 slides over the years in different locations Aftec Extractor - I have worn out one and totally broke the hook off another due to a case head separation Broken/Failed Lower Parts Grip Screws - I have cracked several grip T nuts and totally lost the front screws/tube several times Hammer Strut - Broke an EGW Titanium hammer strut in half Sear/Hammer/Spring wear - Trigger jobs don't last forever and need to be freshened up a few times through the season Slide to Frame Fit - Shoot enough and the slide to frame fit goes out the window causing accuracy issues Worn Slide Stops - Slide stops wear and cause accuracy issues Ambi Safety - I have broken off the right side ambi safety before Grip Safety - Broke a grip safety in half Grip Safety Pinning - Broke the pinning of the grip safety several times Mag Catch - Worn out a couple of mag catches Trigger Bow - Broke an SV trigger bow where the shoe separated from the bow. Cracked Frame - I have cracked a couple of STI frames in the slide lock area
  13. Selling/Trading this for that....

    Rowdyb> It think you are isolating the use case of the backup gun too much. If your only use case for the backup gun is for Major match gun redundancy, then that is a pretty expensive investment that is hard to justify. If you broaden the use case for your backup gun to serve as a viable replacement at any time (Club Matches, Major Matches, Practice, etc) then it makes more sense. Minor failures that can be resolved with a simply part swap are really not a justification for a backup gun. Catastrophic failures like Cracked Slides, Shot Out Barrels, Accuracy Issues, Trigger problems, etc are what can cause significant down time for a blaster to get repaired. That down time for catastrophic repair IS what justifies the need for a backup gun. Its not uncommon for it to take a gunsmith weeks or months to resolve a catastrophic issue. Gunsmith time and real time are two different things which is a whole different discussion, but that down time needs to be accounted for. I also want to point out that the more we shoot a particular gun the more we get tuned into how it shoots, feels, and functions. Having a backup gun that is a completely different configuration can and will be a significant distraction mid match when you switch over to it. We are playing a game where seconds, if not tenths of seconds, separate the winners from losers. We need to eliminate as many distracting variables as possible so we can always perform our best. All three of my Limited guns are clones of one another. I can put all three on a table and shoot each one back to back and not be able to distinguish one from the other. They can all serve as my "Primary" at any given moment because of their identical function. I do designate one a "Practice Only" and another as the Primary and another as the Backup. Through each shooting season their assignment changes as needed while I am dealing with Minor or Catastrophic failures on any given one. There always seems to be at least one blaster that is either broken, been repaired and needs its function to be proven, or whatever else that takes it out of the match use roll temporarily. Having two other Limited guns to leverage during the down time of the third keeps me shooting with confidence through the whole season. This game is hard enough as it is. There is no reason to make it even harder by injecting strange variables into the process. Equip yourself with the tools needed to produce a consistent performance given the level of participation you choose to engage in.
  14. Selling/Trading this for that....

    Having a viable backup to switch to absolutely saved my bacon at several major matches over the years. Do Limited blasters cost a significant chunk of change? Absolutely. But I also spend a lot of money traveling to major matches. I don't want to flush $1000 - $1500 in travel expense down the drain because I am too cheap to have or bring a backup gun. I attend 12 - 15 major matches a year and spend a significant amount of money traveling to them. The cost of a backup gun isn't that significant when I compare it to the travel expenses that backup gun would protect. Its all about insuring your investment. If someone is primarily attending local matches with a sprinkle of majors here or there then a backup gun isn't really needed because your travel expense risk is minimal. I have 3 Limited guns and don't even bring a backup to local club matches. If my blaster fails in the middle of a club match then it is what it is. I am only out the club match fee and the gas to get there.
  15. LOW LEFT

    Gripping the gun properly and firmly can mask a crappy trigger pull, but that is only a band aid. The root of the problem is not having the skill to pull the trigger in a manner that does NOT displace the sight alignment. Yip Yapping on the internet isn't going to fix that problem. Putting the gun in your hand and dry firing the crap out of it until the sights don't move when you pull the trigger IS the solution. Then replicate that same process in live fire. If you can't figure it out on your own, then work with a competent trainer to help you fix the issue in person. Taking a class by itself isn't going to magically fix a shooters issues. Students still need to take what they learned from the class and put in the effort to deploy what was learned.