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  • Birthday 02/07/1970

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    John Arenas
  1. Anyone go back to a C-More from a mini?

    Interesting suggestions on the drift issue. I have had every cmore (3 in total) drift on me. I have never seen a consistent enough issue to know whether it's one adjustment screw or the other. I've talked to plenty of people that say the same thing, but not enough to characterize it as a "general or known" C-More issue. i.e., I don't believe all C-Mores do it. I think it has a lot to do with the mounting position. I don't believe upright mounted C-Mores would see the issue. Suggestions on getting the adjustment screws locked down better are awesome and I'm going to try these. I wonder how often some of the people that claim to never (or rarely) see drift put their guns on rests and sight them in. I'm not claiming they are wrong or don't do it, but just actually wondering. The drift I'm talking about is normally between 1/2" to 2" at 20 yards. So not something you would notice unless actually on a rest. And on the battery thing, I use 2 - 357 batteries instead of the 1/3N. These up the voltage slightly and I've had excellent battery life. I measure the voltage after every match. When the batteries hit between 1.8 and 1.5 V (with full dot brightness) they get tossed. Back to the original thread: I believe it's a matter of just finding a formula that works for you. There is a reason that there are so many different types of sights out there. Although we like, smaller, lighter, and newer technology it may not be up to the task of phasing the older stuff out just yet. That said, in another couple of years I may try another go at a mini dot sight of either newer tech, or another brand. For now, I'm just going to shoot the hell out of these C-Mores and have fun.
  2. Head cam?

    I have a Mobius. It's like a $70.00 camera with a dash-cam mode and a sport cam mode... or two sport cam modes. I've had it as a dash cam for around 2 years and it's still working great. I don't use it for a hat cam anymore but did when I first got it. It's a $70.00 camera so don't expect it to perform like a $300 one... but it certainly does the trick if you are after performance analysis and maybe posting some FB/Youtube vids on the cheap.
  3. Taran tactical base pad retaining pin size

    1/8". I use old 1/8" drill bits cut to size with a Dremel cut-off wheel.
  4. Anyone go back to a C-More from a mini?

    I changed from sideways C-Mores to DPP's and just couldn't get used to the DPP. All dot, and glass size differences aside I found that I could not obtain consistent recoil (dot track) management in a match. In dry fire I could consistently draw to the dot, but in a match I routinely found myself dot hunting when entering odd shooting positions such as hard leans and especially from a low position, coming up into another position. When I went back to my C-Mores, I immediately reacquired my old shooting performance. It was night and day. I attribute this to the fact that I was using the sideways mount as a thumb rest. This kind of side thumb rest and the weight made the gun track very differently and since I have been shooting so many years that way, I decided it was not worth the effort to get used to the new sight. The drag is, I still have that old C-More drift to deal with. Making sure I practice (SIGHT IN) once a week is a small price to pay for the performance I get with my C-Mores as opposed to the DPP. Of course, this is personal experience and I make no claims of how these differences will affect others.
  5. CHA-LEE's Tale

    Nice work on making the Open GM Class! It sure has been fun watching you grow as a shooter bro. I'll miss that when I move, but we'll see each other at the majors and hopefully I'll be able to give you a run for your money by then. On the popper calibration, I always tell people there is only ONE answer to "would you like to challenge that?" It can ONLY go in your favor. No extra penalty points given, and even at .01% chance there's still only a positive outcome from it. Always say Yes, and hope for one of the many things that could cause that sucker to fall early. I calibrated a crazy 50 yard mini popper once. There was slight evidence of an edge hit so we all knew it was going to fall. But I relied on the calibration gun being an iron sight gun. Sure enough, the dude hit the thing way above the calibration zone. Gamer's gotta game!
  6. Camo Cowboy's performance analysis journal

    Ho....ly.....crap. We did it. Our house is under contract in Colorado and we are negotiating a contract on a new house in North Port FL. I'm freaking out. What an adventure this will be. As a result our lives are a bit on hold. I had to cancel my Area 3 match as that's the weekend before we move and missing out on practice, plus stress will only lead to a less than adequate performance so I decided to suspend all shooting while I pack. I have a shit load of ammo loaded up so I can take about two months to get my press running again after I move and hit the shooting as soon as I get moved. I'll be attempting to join the Hansen Range in North Fort Myers once I arrive. With no response back from email I hope I can just show up and get joined fairly easily. Of course, there is still a contract to secure...and to work through to fruition so it will be a delicate road indeed. If all works out my actual move date is tentatively scheduled for Aug 15th - 21st.
  7. Camo Cowboy's performance analysis journal

    I shot a match today at Aurora Gun Club. Wow, it was down right hot out and didn't start clouding up until the last stage. Jeez I can't wait to move to Florida so I don't have to deal with this heat! (yeah... I'm kidding) So I was generally happy with most of the shooting but am paying the price for not dry firing, and not continuing my grip strength training. I've been to California, Mexico, sitting in the airport now heading to California, then I head to Florida and Chicago back to back. This work schedule won't lighten up any time soon, and while I would normally not mind much my personal travel and move will make it a tad stressful. I bring it up, because the bottom line is... if I'm not training between matches to do anything to get better then I can't expect better results at future matches. So I'm a bit on coast for a while and I'm OK with that. This match was no different. I had a malfunction on the classifier and it was because I got my gun back from Rick and it was dry as a bone. I knew it and blew it off... and paid the price. With plenty of oil the gun ran tip-top the remainder of the day. I ran some decent stages, but did fall apart on a very tight stage shooting between obstructions. I'm not sure if it's a left eye dominance issue or the fact that my dominance is mot very pronounced. But I've always had a hard time shooting very tight spaces like that. The doubling effect I get causes me to blast through objects readily. On this stage I tried to consciously close my right eye, but I suspect I left it open. OR, the unnatural shooting (with one eye closed) led to some poor shot calling. Either way, I plugged a barrel 4 times before I was able to call my 2 hits, and by then I was rushing the rest of shooting causing a no-shoot hit. So, penalties AND a slow time led to a discouraging score to say the least. There was another stage where my plan was backwards from everyone else. I was a bit worried as normally when this happens it means you are missing something. I was confident that the more smooth aspect of the "left to right" scenario up front on this stage would lead to better hits and the "awkward" portion would be a break even from doing it the other way. I feel like my gamble paid off and I was able to maintain the overall best HF on that stage. This is a triumph for my goal of better stage planning and I feel like I'm picking out optimizations these days that I was missing only a few weeks ago. My plan was based on optimizing each position and determining that the non-shooting time was a wash either way you did it. While not a huge difference, smooth engagements kept the gun running and made my shot quality higher that any other plan I was able to come up with. And for my final goal progress I was very happy with my level of energy and did not even think about pooping out at the end of the day. So, all in all it was a good day shooting with the usual moments of decent shooting being pulled down a tad by reminders that there are plenty of areas to improve. More work, and more fun to come. I still have a ton of fun shooting this sport and this is made better by seeing some of my "competition" increasing their skills and really giving me a run for my money. The top of the local shooting crowd is more crowded than ever and we all having a hell of a good time. I was the RO for a run where Lauren Cannon just executed the run absolutely flawlessly. I didn't see her hits, but her movement, gun handling, and aggressiveness told me she had an awesome run and I was giggling by the time I was trying to give the ULSC command. Her hits were sweet. She beat me legitimately on one of my best runs of the day and was about 3% behind Charlie Perez. Fun stuff and I have no doubt that she'll make GM one day.
  8. Right Handed, Left Eye Dominant

    There are certainly a bunch of "cross eye dominant" people out there. I too, am left eye'd and right handed. Never made much issue about it. I personally feel (I get hammered every time I say this, but here goes) I personally feel that having both eyes open is more important than worrying about which eye you are using. My same thought process goes into just drawing the gun to your left eye rather than tilting or moving your head to make it line up. I developed a weird head-tilt for a bit and things were much better when I got that worked out.
  9. Camo Cowboy's performance analysis journal

    I only shot one match this weekend. It was at the Aurora Gun Club and the weather was nice and warm all day. The shooting went well, but unfortunately I had a major death jam on one stage and this cost me big time. I was told it was a 5 second repair, and I followed that up with some pretty careless shooting that netted me a 3 detla stage. My only 3 deltas of an otherwise clean match meant that the rest of the day I was super happy with. I did NOT poop out at the end and had a strong finish. I also managed to score a 97% on the classifier. A fun day, and an encouraging day that with a bit more work and dedication I'll soon make some measurable progress on my goals. Movement was decisive and I feel like, for the most part I executed with my utmost aggression. I did get pretty unstable dipping into a port to engage 2 poppers, but got things stable after 2 misses and managed to make the next two rounds hit steel. I followed that up with a 90 degree turn to some far, partial no-shoot hits that were very stable with fast splits that drew an encouraging reaction from people watching. With regard to "staying in the game" the entire match I did feel myself slipping away as I was waiting on the final stage. I consciously got up, walked around and talked and made sure to keep working on reset duties. This helped a lot and I didn't feel at all tired when it was my turn to go. So while I didn't feel like a whole new person, I'm happy to have acknowledged some progress on my goals this weekend. The only problem now is that the move is heating up. This was one of many matches I'll be missing over the coming weeks for our final push to Florida. I crated my V-Nailer and otherwise transformed my wood shop into a garage for the next guy all day Sunday. The house goes on the market THIS FRIDAY, and with the current real estate market in Denver we'll honestly be surprised if we don't have an offer by Saturday. So, between crazy work travel and crazy personal travel I fear that my shooting will take another slump (like the DPP era) and I'll have considerable work to do this winter... that's right... I'll be shooting this winter! hehehehehehehe.
  10. A Most Unusual Stage

    I try to ask myself what purpose each prop has when setting up a stage. If it's not contributing to the overall challenge of the stage, then why bother to set it up?
  11. Camo Cowboy's performance analysis journal

    This weekend I shot the 2017 Mile High Showdown at the Ben Lomond Gun Club. I also volunteered to setup and RO. It was a pretty brutal schedule and the guys that actually do ALL the work have my utmost respect. Thanks a whole bunch to Cha-Lee, Jerry Westcott and the other heavy hitters that make matches like this possible. I've known Cha-Lee for quite a few years now and I understand a bit about where he comes from when dreaming up his shooting challenges. If you can master the skills required to make it through one of his matches clean you are truly ready for some serious shooting success down the road. Other matches will throw in boats, rubber chickens and feats of math or engineering before the shooting starts, but the Mile High Showdown is about making the SHOOTING fun and hopefully that tradition will continue with whoever takes up the baton for next year. I was only able to get 3 stages on video as there didn't seem to be any people on my squad to “trade work” with. Paul Clark Jr, grabbed the GoPro for what we got on video but I didn't want to make him video all of them so when he was distracted, it didn't happen. 3 Stages is enough to see what I need to see. I see a lot of areas for improvement to be sure. In the spirit of how I like to analyze my performance we'll start with what went well first. I was able to hang onto 3 stage wins with some spicy runs that went very well for me. The first one is Stage 2 (my first stage and the first stage on the Vid). There are two areas that I performed well on this stage. The first was not getting too hung up on the start position. To me, doing a “one foot in, one foot out” scenario only added complexity and to get all that steel way downrange I wanted to have a comfortable, stable shooting platform. That required a foot position for both feet that didn't line up near the X's so no advantage was gained by destabilizing the start position. Although I still missed said "stable" position for a fairly mediocre one, I slaughtered that steel and gained a significant time advantage over my competition. It was a good thing too because my movement into that final position was slow, and non-aggressive. But the shooting was accurate so my points, and time gained on the steel was a solid run that held up against everyone else. The remainder of the shooting, mostly on steel was good and I was happy throughout the day with my shot calling. I was also not deterred by some of the more significant challenges. On the single shot stage it was challenging not to rush that shooting. The “1 per” targets were spread out and the stage was super wide causing a sluggish feeling to the shooting that could easily cause serious rushing by the end. With far targets to finish up on, there was probably a lot of misses on those last targets. I made it through without issue and was proud to have performed well on that stage as well. So, without stretching this out too long, suffice it to say I mostly kept my shit together despite several costly mistakes. I mostly performed some good shooting and moving. Now, looking at the vids I can also see a laundry list of things that didn't go so well. Mostly they are movement issues that I'm still working on. I see that I'm beginning target engagements way too early and stretching them out beyond necessity. Looking at people like Chris Tilley, the dude has a clear handle on how long he takes for a setup and unless he's in that setup window he's hauling ass. I frequently miss that and spend too much time setting up... or not enough time sacrificing aiming quality. Although on average that works out reasonably well, the true GM can get that window correctly set and executed on each engagement. The other issue I see is that I'm still making strategical errors. (I.e., bad stage planning... or more accurately, engagement planning within a stage plan.) There are several engagements where I chose to (or accidentally) took risky targets on the move and hammered a no-shoot as a result or paid the penalty in time for stretching the engagement out. Also , I STILL lost my shit on the last stage of the day. I missed SEVERAL calls and wound up giving up 2 mikes, 3 deltas, and countless charlies on the last stage. (actually it was 12) This cost me the first place win. In reality, eliminating any ONE of my mistakes that day would have netted me the first place spot for open. Clearly, there's still a lot to learn!
  12. Camo Cowboy's performance analysis journal

    With the cancellation of one of the matches this weekend I only made the match at Pueblo West Sportsman's Club this weekend. I had managed to dry fire every night since being back home last week. Not a lot, but at least performed some reload drills where I reloaded 10-12 times out of #1, then the same out of #2 and #3. Then did some reloads out of all three consecutively This coupled with some draws seems like a good drill to keep the basic skills on the upslope. For the match, there was not a single reload issue. Most of the shooting was fine and with my Gopro down (dead battery) I'm not able to really analyze movement. However, I did concentrate on getting super aggressive in movement and posted some good times on most of the stages. All but one stage was successful on shot calling. Several instances I called marginal shots and when we went downrange I verified those calls. Until the last stage I had one no-shoot. It was basically an AD, where I was settling into a position after running hard on a reload. When I was coming into position a came up on an open target between two no-shoots. I just saw brown and allowed the prepped trigger to let one loose while the dot was still on the white, heading over to the intended target. The good news out of that is that by the time I did get my dot on-target and called the next two shots I had forgotten all about it. The cadence just sounded like an instant make-up shot and I avoided internal (or external) self talk and just moved on with the work I had to do for that stage. I had actually successfully forgotten all about it until scoring. Once again, I let my composure fall completely apart on the last stage of the day. We had several new shooters on the squad and after I ran my plan had a few discussions with them about their plans. Then, I was almost last in the order. I just lost focus and didn't stay mentally in the game by the time my turn came around. I failed to call several shots and racked up 2 mikes and 5 detlas on the stage. As a bonus, I also did it very slowly. This is the third or so match where I feel like I didn't stay in the game and have given up copious amounts of points on the last stage. For sure something I need to work on and avoid things that remove my attention from the match until I've scored my last points.
  13. CHA-LEE's Tale

    I was not aware of who brought the treats. Thank you! I've now promoted you to "Stand up dude, in my book." HAHA.
  14. training to get to master

    I think the common thread here is "Work." As most are saying, M class takes work. You need to begin identifying your areas of weakness and training to eliminate them. How you go about it is up to you, and full of recommendations on books, drills, and the like. You need to try them, see what works, and keep trying them until you find that either some, or a collection of them all eventually work for you. But all that is... well, work! What most GM's will tell you, is that for every live round fired many, many more were dry-fired. My dry/live fire ratio is very low and I spent a lot of time "just having fun" and not taking matches very seriously. I had been shooting USPSA for like 8 years (with about a 3 year hiatus) before I made A class and did that about 1 year after adopting a serious attitude. 4 years later, I've been a GM for almost a year now. Meanwhile, Big Panda made GM in a couple of years. (can't remember exactly, but it was fast). I'll bet his dry/live fire ratio puts mine to shame. I know the number of books he's read and classes he's attended does. As does he, when we compete. I'm OK with that because the work I was willing to put in has made me the shooter I am today. No more, no less. Either way. Work/experience is what it takes. And since everyone is different on how much time and at what level of work they can (or are willing to) put in this is not an easy answer.
  15. Sleep?

    Over the years I have figured out that I need 6-7 hours of sleep. I would think it's different for everyone so I recommend figuring out what your best amount of sleep is and trying to stick to that. Since quitting almost all alcohol intake many years ago I have not needed an alarm clock. It was not quitting drinking that made that happen. I started doing it anyways, but I found that alcohol disrupted that ability and it could not be relied upon until I quit drinking. Vary rarely when traveling in a time zone that's more than a 2 hour difference I wake up with an alarm, but at home I don't need one. And generally, at a hotel I still wake up and turn it off before it starts making noise. From that experience I can say that "I know, for me" that alcohol disrupts sleep. Anyways, I also agree that sleep is a waste of time and if I could just skip it altogether I would do that. I mean, really? I've got to spend hours on end with my eyes closed? Missing EVERYTHING! I've never been a person that enjoys "sleeping in." I have however enjoyed the hell out of some Tequila.
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