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  1. CHA-LEE

    Disconnector Hitting Sear

    What you described with the sear and disconnector interaction is normal. The trigger moving back or forward during this disconnector movement sounds like the over travel isn’t limited enough. This is also evident on your pictures as the trigger bow is moving back far enough to make the sear and disco touch the back side of the hammer strut. That back side of the hammer strut shouldn’t touch any of the other trigger parts when everything is setup correctly.
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    CHA-LEE's Tale

    We got lucky with the weather this past weekend with no snow and very little wind for the outdoor matches. It was cold each morning but warmed up enough to not be horrible. I showed up early for both matches to help setup. Most of my setup help was in the form of pounding nails into the frozen ground which wasn’t fun but it kept the blood flowing which also helped keep me warm. These winter matches usually have a lower level of attendance and that also means less setup help so I figured I would get out early and help make it happen. On Saturday I attended the CRC match in Byers and shot my #2 Limited gun. We started the match in the mid 30’s and I was battling the cold hands scenario on the first few stages. I consciously gripped the gun hard which helped manage the recoil properly but my trigger finger was slow. I got all of my hits on these stages so that was good but I know I could have shot them faster if my hands were not cold. They had a good mixture of aiming and blasting in the stages for this match. One stage was heavily steel biased with 9 plates. Four of the plates were on two different swingers which was a new prop for me. When these swingers were set you could see one of the plates but the other was hidden behind a hard cover steel. Both swingers were activated by step pads which were placed at the front sides of the shooting areas. You could shoot this stage straight up by running to both ends of the shooting areas to step on the pads and activate the swinger. Or you could choose to stay back and not activate the swinger and eat a FTE and Miss on the second plate. In dry fire I walked the stage with both plans and found that running forward to step on the left pad took an extra 5 seconds which was almost a 1 hit factor disadvantage verses staying back and eating the FTE and Miss. My “Staying back” plan required a solid execution of shooting the steel with minimal delay which was risky as some of the plates were 25+ yards away. I shot the first position of the stage solidly with good one for one hits on the steel and no extra time in over aiming at the plates. I went to the second position then had to hit the inner plate on the swinger after activating it and ended up missing it 3 times and it was hidden behind the hard cover again before I could engage it again. I tried cleaning up the other plates quickly and started missing those as well because I was “Trying” to shoot fast. I eventually got all of the steel shot and finished but I completely squandered my potential time advantage with all of the steel misses. I wasted at least 3 – 4 seconds missing steel in the second position. I still feel that my stage plan was the correct one but I blew it by not hitting the steel one for one. I finished up the match on the classifier which was the same one I shot at the Whistling pines match. I shot it more aggressively this time on the first string and it resulted in 1 hard cover miss. I also botched the first reload again. This is the second time I have botched a reload to strong hand shooting right afterwards. I need to put some reloading dry fire effort into that scenario to see what I am doing wrong. After I was done with the match I was able to test the accuracy on my #2 Limited gun again. At 10 Yards I was once again not able to produce a group better than 2 inches. This group was in all random directions around my aiming point as well. To rule out any potential for my lack of group shooting skills, I had two other shooters attempt to shoot a group with the #2 and their results were not any better. This definitively proves that it’s not “Me” with the poor accuracy, it’s the gun. The thing I am not sure about is if this is due to the lighter 9lb spring I put in it or if the barrel is simply shot out. I didn’t bring my spring kit with me so I couldn’t test it again with a heavier recoil spring. That is next on my list of things to test with this blaster. I know that in the past if I went below a 10lb spring the accuracy would suffer so it may just need a 10lb spring to shoot accurately. That or I need to replace the barrel and quit trying to limp it along in the current configuration. On Sunday I attended the USPSA match at the Boulder Rifle Club. It’s been a long time since I have shot this match. This is primarily because the Pueblo match is the same day and I prefer going to the Pueblo match. This month the Pueblo was having a Super Classifier match using the new 18-x classifiers. There is no reason for me to shoot the Super Classifier match so I decided to give the Boulder match a try instead. I used my #4 Limited blaster at this match since I know its accuracy is solid and it ran like a champ the whole day. This match was different than most other club matches because they setup 7 different stages with the majority of them being small field course stages. There were some different options in how to tackle most of the stages so that was nice to see as well. One of these stages had an opportunity where I could lean around a wall and engage all of the targets strong hand only. Using a stage plan like that is rarely a significant advantage as it adds a lot more risk in getting good quality hits. Since this was just a club match I figured that it would be fun to give it a try. I shot the stage good and yielded good points as well. My shooting was slower than I expected which produced a slower stage time than I wanted. But it was fun to give it a go and see how it would turn out. For maximum performance I should have shot the stage straight up and moved between the different shooting positions. But sometimes you need to try different stuff and have fun with it. Overall I shot this match really good. I had solid hits all day while shooting aggressively and no penalties. I was happy with my overall performance. It was also nice to shoot with some new people I don’t normally shoot with because I don’t attend this match very often. I wanted to do some post match Limited blaster testing by trying a 10lb spring in the #2 gun. But everyone wanted to tear everything down and get out of there. That is understandable as it was getting later in the afternoon and people were worn out. I will have to do that testing next weekend some time.
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    TODAY ONLY: Interview with Bob Vogel, the paper GM

    Sarge> Here is the difference in the mindsets. You list limitations as to why you can't or wont achieve your goals. GM's make lists of their limitations then treat them as opportunities to overcome and are willing to put in the effort to work past them or find alternate solutions to mitigate the limitation. The best enablers for people to get better at things is high quality training mixed with highly focused practice. Ask yourself this. How much money have you invested in yourself with highly effective personal training over the years for practical shooting? How much money have you spent on Guns, Gear and Ammo over that same time frame? Hint, one of these investments is far more important than the other if you want to maximize your performance.
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    TODAY ONLY: Interview with Bob Vogel, the paper GM

    Read my explanation to Sarge...... I am not claiming that GM practical shooters are "GM's" in everything they do in life. GM level practical shooters simply understand the process and effort it takes to become a GM. This level of sacrifice and dedication is something that most B Class shooters don't and never will understand or they wouldn't be stuck in B Class. I want to make it clear that there is nothing wrong with someone who feels that "B Class" skill in anything is good enough for them. We all have different priorities and motivations for the endeavors we strive to participate in or achieve in life. I am also not claiming that being a GM practical shooter is somehow more important than anything else in a persons non-shooting life. We all have the choice of which activities we want to get involved in and to what level that participation can or will be. The reoccurring theme through human performance history is that the basic recipe successful people use to maximize their performance doesn't vary much from one activity to the next.
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    TODAY ONLY: Interview with Bob Vogel, the paper GM

    Sarge> Bitter truths are still bitter. You are missing the point with your examples. If someone goes to school to become a surgeon, does it automatically make them a "GM" in that field? Absolutely NOT. The same goes for Orchestra members, post hole diggers, trash truck drivers or whatever else occupation you want to list. Show me someone who is a "GM" in other activities in their life who is also a B Class practical shooter with a vested interest in improving but is stuck in B class forever. These people will be the far exception compared to the majority "Career B Class shooters". These exceptions are usually limited by something else that is obvious. The point I am trying to make is that the majority of Career B Class shooters out there don't know what it takes to achieve a GM level performance in doing anything much less shooting. These people usually have significant problems with or refuse to set goals, achieve goals, embracing the suck when needed, troubleshooting issues, and continually pushing for the next level of performance. This reality applies to everything in life, not just practical shooting. There are plenty of social statistics out there that prove time and time again that this reality is true. Don't kill the messenger. The Facts are the Facts. If you or anyone else reading this thread takes offense to these facts then its 100% in your control to change your reality by dedicating yourself in the appropriate manner. GM level performance isn't some mystical unachievable thing that most non-GM's make it out to be. It simply requires a level sacrifice and dedication that most people are not willing to do.
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    TODAY ONLY: Interview with Bob Vogel, the paper GM

    Really? Show me a majority sample of B class shooters who are also performing other skills, tasks or functions at 95% or above everyone else TRYING HARD to do the same task(s). I will save you some time, it doesn't happen. That is a bitter pill to swallow but doesn't make it any less true.
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    TODAY ONLY: Interview with Bob Vogel, the paper GM

    The thing that people have a really hard time understanding is that earning a GM classification is just the beginning. Producing an overall match performance at a consistent GM level when titles are on the line is a completely different level of skill and determination to achieve. I also want to point out that most shooters who achieve a GM classification in USPSA also have or have achieved "GM Level" skills in other aspects of their life, job or experience. Most of the career "B Class" shooters you see at matches are also "B Class" in everything else they do in life. They can't break out of B class performance in doing anything in their lives so why would practical shooting be any different? This may sound harsh to some, but it is what it is.
  8. How much building an 80% 2011 will cost totally depends on how much you wreck during the process. You can get 100% 2011 frames for pretty cheap so I don't see the need to get an 80% frame.
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    CHA-LEE's Tale

    Last night I was able to shoot the indoor USPSA match at the Whistling Pines gun club. I used my #2 Limited blaster for this match to get some more run time on it. It ran without any issues and I didn’t notice any accuracy issues. While shooting the stages I could feel and see the difference in using the 9lb recoil spring and it felt good. This match had quite a few no shoot partial targets at distance so aiming hard was a requirement or you would be punished with misses and no shoot hits. As always, seeing iron sights indoors is a challenge and produces slower shooting than normal so it turns into a visual patience effort more than anything else. I was able to stay visually patient the whole night and it worked out well as I was able to generate good hits with no penalties. I only had one D zone hit and that was when I started going a little blast crazy on some close targets before I reigned it in again. I got to shoot one of the new classifiers that night. It was CM 18-06 called For that Day. This was an aiming biased classifier with a zebra hard cover on the left and a no shoot blocked target on the right. I performed well on this classifier from a shooting perspective with only 3 C’s. But I botched the first reload a little bit and had some slow draws due to needing to refine the sight picture in the poor lighting before starting shooting. I ended up with a 5.5 Hit factor on this which surprisingly ended up being a 113% run compared to the high hit factor on USPSA. My run on this was ok, but not a 100% performance and absolutely not a 113% performance nationally. If the 100% hit factor was set properly on this classifier my run shouldn’t have been much better than an 85%. This further proves that these new classifiers have dramatically lower high hit factors than they really should be. Especially when you compare them to the old classifiers where they bumped up the 100% hit factors to almost super human performance levels. I don’t understand why USPSA would screw up these 100% hit factors so bad. I hope that they get them adjusted properly before people milk them to death generating higher classifications that people really didn’t earn. During this match I had two major reloading issues on the field course stages. The first stage we started on was a box to box lateral movement field course and when I slapped down for the next mag off my belt during the reload the magazine popped out of the pouch and I got a poor grip on it. I had to reposition the magazine in my hand before I could insert it into the gun. On the second field course stage it once again had two shooting boxes to run between and it was a full 10+ strides to the next box. I exited the first box aggressively and ran hard to the second box and the mag in my first pouch flew out due to the aggressive hip movement while running. I still had a second mag on my belt so I thought I was still good to go. But when I exited the second box and initiated the reload the magazine once again popped out of the pouch while slapping down at it and I got such a poor grip on it that I fumbled the mag and dropped it on the ground. With no mag in the gun and all of my mags on the floor I had to retreat a little bit and pick up a mag off the floor so I could finish the stage. This was a monkey show for sure. This is the first time that I have had magazines eject while running hard with these new mag pouches. But it isn’t the first time I have had them pop loose during an aggressive slap down to them during a reload. I need to do some more dry fire testing with these pouches to see if the issue is a retention tension issue or if the pouches just won’t work for my aggressive slap style reload. If I can’t figure it out I will switch back to my trusty Safariland 771 mag pouches.
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    CHA-LEE's Tale

    The weight of the recoil spring needed is totally dependent upon your grip strength and recoil management skill. The goal is to use a recoil and hammer spring setup that minimizes the muzzle bounce after the slide snaps back forward. There is usually direct correlation between grip strength and recoil spring weight that ends up being the optimal setup. Basically, the harder you grip the gun in real pounds of grip force the lighter recoil spring you will need to minimize the muzzle bounce as the slide snaps forward. If you have poor grip strength and the gun is allowed to muzzle flip excessively then you need a heavier recoil spring to snap the slide back forward with more force and produce reliable feeding.
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    Camo Cowboy's performance analysis journal

    Shiny!!!!
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    CHA-LEE's Tale

    This past weekend was a bust from a Match perspective. The cold weather and threat of snow forced the matches to cancel. Since there weren’t any matches to attend I decided to brave the cold and do some live fire training on Saturday. Saturday was the warmest day on the weekend topping out at 40 degrees which isn’t too bad. The bummer was that temp also came with 25+ mph winds at the range which sucked the heat right out of you if you weren’t bundled up. I went to the range with three other friends and we setup a very basic box to box drill type of stage with a good mixture of open and partial targets along with some steel. We took turns running through the stage and I got some more practice with shooting steel using the new method. Given how cold it was with the wind I didn’t shoot as much as I would have liked simply because it was miserable. The strange thing that I noticed is that if I didn’t grip the gun HARD it was shifting around within my hands due to my cold hands. If I gripped the gun HARD the sights tracked properly and the hits went where they should. If I used my normal FIRM grip the gun was flopping around excessively and I had worse hits. This grip pressure difference is something that I have to relearn every winter while I try to shoot with cold hands. Since I knew the weather was going to be poor for that live fire session I focused on doing some blaster testing. Since I beat down the frame rails on the #2 Limited gun I wanted to see if the accuracy improved or if the POI changed. I started off with doing some group shooting with the #4 to set a baseline of accuracy. The bummer was that I couldn’t produce a very good group at 10 yards regardless of which gun I tried. I don’t know if this was due to the cold hands, the wind blowing me or the target around or what. But the best group I could produce was about 2 inches at 10 yards. I know my #4 blaster can produce all rounds touching groups in “Normal” range conditions and that it’s very unlikely that its accuracy went south all the sudden for no good reason. This failure in producing really tight groups was 100% on me. I tried to do some group shooting with the #2 blaster to confirm the accuracy but it was producing the same 2 inch group as the #4. Since this doesn’t conclusively confirm or deny any improvement in mechanical accuracy I will need to redo this testing at another time. The good thing is that the POI on the #2 was identical to the #4 so I was able to at least confirm that didn’t change. I was able to test the grouping quality of the #2 with both a 10lb and 9lb recoil spring to see if it changed. I could produce the same 2 inch group with either spring and I prefer how the sights track with the 9lb spring. In the past when I would try an 8 – 9lb recoil spring in the #2 blaster it would negatively impact the accuracy. It didn’t seem to make any difference this time around. But given that I couldn’t produce a better group than 2 inches myself I will need to redo this testing as well. I will likely need to do this accuracy testing at the indoor range where I won’t be contending with the cold or wind. After I was done playing around with my pistol I had a chance to sight in my Competition AR. I recently swapped the hand guard which also required replacing the barrel nut so I wasn’t sure if that changed the POI. Since I had to sight that in I also took that opportunity to move the Holosun 510C sight little forward on the rail. Even though I made these two changes to this AR it didn’t change the point of impact much at 50 yards. It only needed 1 click in both vertical and horizontal to get the POI back to where it should be. It’s pretty cool that you can swap that kind of stuff around and not have it dramatically change the POI. I also took that chance to double check the POI of my new AR and it was still dead on at 50 yards. By the time I got done sighting in my AR’s I was done with being in the windy cold range conditions. We packed everything up and headed back home. While I don’t think this practice session was super effective due to the poor weather it was still better than not shooting at all. This is the reality of trying to keep active in the shooting sports through the winter months. Sometimes you simply have to embrace the suck and grind through the sucky weather.
  13. Shooters who can’t break out of D or C class usually suffer from a severe lack of urgency and efficiency in their gun handling movement. 1.5 - 2.0 second draws are common with these failures. Then to top it off, their marksmanship skills are usually poor. If your gun handling is slow or inefficient and you can’t hit what you are shooting at with any level of consistency then you will forever be stuck at the D/C class level. Another commonality I see with the D/C shooters are congenital gun malfunctions. If your equipment isn’t reliable then your performance isn’t going to be reliable either. All of this combined usually translates to people who really don’t care about getting better and enjoy the social aspect of the matches more than the competition. There is nothing wrong with that either.
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    Lead poisoning while hand loading

    It sounds like some people posting here who are or were shooting at indoor ranges then had elevated lead levels think that the only exposure happens when they are shooting. Regardless of you shooting or not you are still being exposed to lead. Especially if you are ROing.
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    CHA-LEE's Tale

    My POA/POI sight in distance for iron sights is 10 Yards. That is where I do most of my group shooting as well because the aiming spot isn't to blurry while I am focusing on the sight alignment. It basically allows me to keep the whole gun registered on the aiming spot more consistently. I also do all of my accuracy testing off hand from a normal two handed grip and presentation. I have tried doing it from supported positions in the past and almost always end up with a worse group verses doing it off hand. My accuracy goal at 10 yards is to be able to produce an all rounds touching group. That is totally doable off hand if the gun is mechanically accurate and I am doing my part in breaking clean shots. After I verify the POA/POI at 10 yards I will double check POI at 25 yards to see if any additional windage adjustments are needed as those issues usually don't get exposed until 25 yards and beyond.
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