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    Josh Mazzola

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  1. 2019 Texas PCC Shootout It's been a full year since shooting my last PCC match and my first match of any sort since my last posting. So, I dusted of the JP GMR and headed out to the 2019 TX PCC Shootout... I'll admit straight away, not practicing on the gun with any sort of regularity at a match was detrimental (duh). I was slow on settling the sights and I was less than confident about calling my shots. Now, this was exacerbated by the fact that all the targets were cut to only be 1/3's for the whole match. A neat/unique thing I hadn't seen before. It apparently also threw numerous others for a loop, as no one at the event shot a clean match! So, I was taking a lot of controlled shots and shooting way less doubles than normal...as a result, my time for the event was the slowest of the top 4 shooters. With that said, my accuracy was also the best...so, at the very least there was correlation...but at the end of the day, I didn't shoot accurately enough to make up for my slower speeds, and I ended in 3rd place overall at 89%. It was quite enjoyable to be back out shooting despite struggling at times to hit the same cadence and consistency I mentally knew I was capable of. What I did Well: Movement felt strong - really didn't feel like I was slow or anything less than explosive on my movements Stage Planning and Execution went as planned. What I can Improve On: Cadence and overall speed was poor - targets were tougher than usual, but I still shot too slow Was having difficulty settling the sights coming into position on movement - need to focus on sights being ready and gun discharging the second I hit the spot to shoot Caught myself staring at hits as I was moving past targets instead of calling the shot as I took it The effects of not shooting were patently obvious and I lacked the confidence to move at my standard speed
  2. Another vote from me - I feel like the texture, angles and swell allow me to hold the firearm one handed very easily, and align with the trigger where I want.
  3. I've shot with both the titan and the RT. Both are great. I like the angles in the ports and the top porting of the titan...it's a bit more effective for me when controlling recoil. Here's my rifle equipped with it:
  4. A Brief Return It's been almost a year since my last posting in the journal. I've only shot 1 USPSA match in that time period, just a few weeks ago, and 2 night matches, also just a month or so back where I shot "tactical guns" instead of my normal match kit...My time has been devoted heavily to the launch of a new youtube channel: 9 Hole Reviews and a new company, Slate Black Industries. Alright, enough on where I've been, let's talk about the match. At this last local match, I shot Open. It's only my 2nd??? maybe 3rd time shooting open at a USPSA match, and only like 5th time shooting open at all, at 3 gun/uspsa/outlaw/etc. I was shooting my Atlas Chaos, which I've thoroughly enjoyed and has been flawless thus far. So, as you might expect, after having been off from shooting handguns for basically a year, I lost the dot on my first stage, then threw a mike into a hardcover...DOH. From there, it was actually halfway decent. My movement still felt strong, my shooting felt pretty darn good (I had one bad run on a plate rack in a later stage which in review appeared to be because I was learning hard to see the rack instead of just taking an extra half step to see it clearly) and my placement was 2nd overall of 60 something shooters, so I'll take it. What I did Well: Kept things under control for my first match back - I know I can shoot faster than I did, but I was paying a lot of attention to tracking the dot and doing the things I needed to, to have a safe clean day. Reloads all went smooth when they were needed. Stage Planning felt like I was maximizing efficiencies. What I can Improve On: If I'm going to shoot open and be serious about it, I need to spend more time dry firing and finding the dot on draws and transitions. Pick up the actual shooting speed - I shot mostly alphas (WHICH IS GOOD) but I probably could have pushed the envelope and still hit mostly alphas Work on "flow" - my movement is strong in the aggressive and bursting area, but I'd categorize as weak on flowing through a stage. I prefer start/stop explosiveness to continual movement, but it's a skill I need to continue to develop Maybe try to shoot more than once every 6 months?
  5. One of the things that I'd work on, as mentioned above, is driving your support hand higher, and slightly less forward, putting the base of the metacarpal directly into where your thumb joint and meat of the palm intersect on the firing hand grip. From there, torquing down hard with the meaty part of the support hand should be both easier and have more impact on recoil control. Eliminating this gap was very important for me when I was first starting out and looking to improve recoil control.
  6. People talk about pointing the finger to "point at the target"...honestly, I've not found that to be the case, although admittedly it is why I first tried it. By pointing the finger, you're rotating your wrist back slightly from the "hammer grip" that you've described. For me, I find there is less tension being applied to my wrist by pointing, which I prefer. That "hammer" wrist alignment is similar to how I shoot pistols, but when I extend out on a long gun, I've found no advantage to torquing on my wrist.
  7. In my experience, best recoil control on long guns / best way to secure repeatable and predictable dot movement comes from eliminating as much slop as possible between the stock and shoulder - I achieve this by applying reward pressure to the gun with my support hand, and forward pressure from my shoulder. If you think about it like tug of war, where you're pulling on a rope...at what point do you believe you have the greatest ability to maximize your "pull strength"? Is it with the elbow locked, slightly bent, significantly bent? Is it with the elbow below the rope, above the rope, in line with the rope? For me, it's approx. in line, with a slight bend...hopefully these photos will help illustrate. Picture #3 is of a hard lean out of position, so you can see over the top of the shoulder a bit better.
  8. You guys are awesome - thank you for all the info - going to do some additional digging into the publications and such!
  9. Hey All, Was having a conversation with a friend regarding the origin of putting red dots on modern handguns - I know that open shooters have been doing it for a VERY long time in the various action shooting sports. Does anyone know approximately how far back you've had to go to find the original open 1911s/2011s with original red dots? Any photos people have would be amazing! Would love to see some of these old/original setups! Thanks in advance
  10. Had the opportunity to run a converted Sterling on a USPSA style course for 9 Hole Reviews. Was a lot of fun!
  11. The difference in impulse between a "non-tuned" (gas, bcg, springs, etc) 18R and 16M is, in my opinion, quite noticeable. When you look at the tuned variations, I believe that gap shrinks quite a bit, but does still exist; you will feel slightly more recoil on the 16M gun...whether it is material enough to effect your stage is another matter. Now, 16I tuned, for me, is almost impossible to notice a difference against 18R. I've wanted to do away with an 18" gun for some time because I shoot a lot of bay matches, and need the shorter setup...so I went with a 16I to test. Here are some vids of the gun in action:
  12. This is my 16" gun going out to 800...you won't be handicapped if you're maxing out at 400, by choosing a 16" gun, especially one which can push 77grn projectiles. I would suggest some research on gas system length and associated dwell time with the shorter barrel, though. The rifle length gas on an 18" gun will provide a moderately softer recoil impulse. But if you're doing the whole adjustable gas thing, it becomes nearly a non-issue.
  13. Yes was shooting on 10x and no, I've not tried paper at that distance. That said, this rifle groups between .5 and 1" depending on ammo, at 100.
  14. Historically, the long range portion of 3 Gun was always a weakness of mine, because I never had a place to practice it. Over the last year, I've put in the time and effort to secure a training location and get out for consistent practice. Man, it's a lot of fun when you figure out your dope and wind holds. Recently got a chance to shoot with my buddy at 9 Hole Reviews and put the Lone Star Armory rifle on display for one of his practical accuracy vids...I know you can probably stretch this rifle out even another 100-200 yards but this felt really good; maybe that's what I'll work to next. In the mean time, I've translated the 100-500 game into 3 Gun and been smoking the long range stages at the few locals I've attended. If you're serious about 3 Gun and don't already have immediate access to a facility like this, I suggest you change that as it massively improved my game!
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