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  1. You've loaded a squib already? Please be very careful and dedicate your full attention when you are reloading. Look inside every single case before placing a bullet and check the powder hopper often. Finally at this point of your reloading adventure, clear the entire shell plate if you have any issues or need to stop for any reason. Later on you can learn to clear just the malfunction and keep loading the rest. I dont want to hear about anything happening to you or your gun!
  2. I'll jump in way behind here A116747 Second match was all-classifiers so got my initial classification- C class 54.97%
  3. jmtyndall


    The dude isn't human. From what I recall he made master in IDPA right away and his initial classification was GM in USPSA. I'm not saying he didn't work hard, I'm sure he did. But a few months of dry fire isn't going to me to GM that's for sure! Anyways, I just got my initial C classification and I plan on taking whatever classes I need to advance as quickly as I can. I don't care if someone made GM without taking classes, or if someone took 57 classes and took 10 years to make GM. If they can shoot at that level then that's pretty awesome to me.
  4. I think he's saying the fundamentals are the same whether you're shooting 5 or 25 yards. The 25 yard target is a little blurrier and harder to see but everything that happens at the gun is the same. You find a precise points of aim, align the sights, press the trigger straight and smooth and then the bullet hits the target. If you just look at angular deviation a 3" 25 yard group is like shooting a 0.6" group at 5 yards. With a 9mm that essentially means that all of your bullet holes have to touch each other to meet the goal. In fact if you measure a 0.6" group center to center then it should fit entirely under a quarter at 5 yards. I might be able to do that with my wife's 1911. No chance I could do it with my M&P. That's not to say I can shoot a 3" group at 25 yards either. The target is so out of focus for me that I struggle to get a consistent sight alignment/sight picture. But at least I know fundamentally what I should be doing lol.
  5. I was back at the range last night. Did better than last time and my grip strength has returned, though I still have a bit of pain (probably mild tendonitis) from jumping in so hard. Hands haven't been used to gripping so hard for as long as I've been doing dry fire sessions. It's been REALLY hard to take the days off to let them heal. In the mean time I am still doing some movement and airgunning around the house, as well as digesting as much content as possible. Joined Practical Shooting Training Group, started rereading the books I have and been working my way through the Practical Pistol Show podcasts. Anyways, back to the range time. As limited as I am with what I can do at this range I worked on pressing out, finding the sights and breaking a shot as quickly as possible at 7 yards. As close to performing a fast draw as I can get at this range. The results weren't exactly pretty, but out of 100 rounds I shot 93 Alphas, 6 Charlies and a delta, timer data was worthless due to other shooters on the range. I'm tightening my grip and anticipating recoil as I pull the trigger which I'm really trying to work on as well, so I spent another 60 rounds practicing trigger control at speed/group shooting. Basically set a 3 inch dot out at 7 yards, get a good sight picture, then execute a quick but smooth trigger press. The final 6 shots I was able to keep all 6 at relatively quick speed. I shot my remaining 90 rounds doing doubles at 7 yards, really trying to work on seeing the sights, gripping the gun, tracking the sights etc. My last couple of runs I tried to concentrate on locking my wrists and I felt like I was better able to control recoil. I want to make that a focus next time I go out. I am amazed at the things you can learn just shooting 2 rounds at a target just 5-7 yards away. I'm itching to shoot my next match, but I'm out of town for a funeral this weekend. Probably for the best though since my hands are still a bit sore.
  6. Yeah this. But only if you buy two guns then never compete with them. Then it's like buy twice, cry perpetually as you pay your ammo bill
  7. Oh lord. No longer all that interested in buying one of these to dabble in CO
  8. Your English is great. Thanks for the advice. I definitely slowed down and did some slow fire group shooting and worked on breaking the habit of holding the trigger back and riding the reset. Maybe the session wasnt a total waste. But I like your idea of shooting doubles with only one round. I'll try that out.
  9. One thing at a time. What you're saying sounds right. I look for about 0.020" bell on 9mm with coated bullets. Could probably use a bit less but every now and then I get a case the bullet just doesnt quite sit right on. So I stay with that. No affordable scales measure to the hundredth of a grain. What you have is sufficient. Everything we do can be assumed to be +/-0.1gr and this it doesnt make a ton of sense to try to determine our precise load by throwing a bunch of charges and then averaging them. Most powder drops throw +/-0.1gr with most powders. The fact that yours only threw 3.6 and 3.7 means you're throwing more precisely than that. So your powder measure is doing fine. Your digital scale effectively rounds your charge weight. That means the 3.6gr will display but the charge weight is actually somewhere between 3.55gr and 3.64gr (see why the sticker says +/-0.1gr?). It will read 3.7gr on the display if the charge is between 3.65gr and 3.74gr. 3.64gr and 3.65gr are incredibly close together yet read 3.6 and 3.7 respectively on the display. 0.01gr of powder is very likely less than 5 tiny kernels. Oh and the load cell performance likely varies with temperature, battery voltage or wall power fluctuations, tiny air currents (these aren't enclosed lab scales), florescent lighting etc. So a known check weight placed on the scale could display different results at different times! A beam scale could be more precise if you're very careful using it, but they are susceptible to being read wrong, the magnetic damping can interfere with the reading a bit and the pivot points need to be clean and razor sharp. All of this explanation to say that what you have is fine. In the beginning it's a bit hard not to hyper focus on being ultra precise. The instruments we have just aren't capable of being that precise with certainty. If you want to be very consistent when working up loads for the chrono we can talk about trickling powder to try and eek some extra precision out of the scale.
  10. Well I went to the range today. I've been doing a lot of dry fire and focusing on grip, so my hands are smoked. I figured that was okay and I'd still have a productive live fire practice. Right after warming up I shot the doubles drill a couple times and noticed I was barely able to hang all the shots in the A/C at 7 yards. Tried to work on a few other things and was just really unsatisfied with my shooting. Gun was moving around in my hands, having to readjust grip, yanking the trigger and pulling shots low left. Packed it in and called it a day. I was feeling pretty down but I spent some time thinking and reflecting and realized a lot of the issues stemmed from tired hands not being able to actually grip the gun. My hands were sore and tired which explains the gun shifting around, and likely explains the horrible flinch I didnt see as much last time I shot. I didnt make progress in my shooting tonight, but I did learn a lesson. Know when to let your body rest. Dont ignore what its telling you. I turned money into noise tonight because I didnt listen. I will take a couple days off to recover, regroup and then try again next week. Hopefully with better results. Also, need to train trigger control at speed. Cant be said enough. Slow fire, pin and reset I can pull the trigger dead straight. When I try to go fast my hand tenses and I pull the gun all over the place
  11. Is this to say the grey version is somehow different? The gun store near me stocks the grey ones and I haven't seen the black/blue ones before.
  12. Thanks for the input. I feel like if the issue is trigger finger strength or getting the brain acclimated to moving that finger on my uncoordinated hand, then pulling the trigger a bunch might help. If it's anything else, it's going to make the issue harder to solve. I'll keep experimenting with it to see if I can find any solution that works with any degree of certainty. So far I get lucky sometimes and unlucky other times.
  13. Set up for transitions last night. It takes more effort than I expect to move my eyes first before the gun, I kept finding myself tracking the sight across the room and trying to settle it on the target. I really need to work on this quite a bit. Also taking a note here that I need to remember to work on trigger control and trigger control at speed! Freestyle and strong hand only I have good trigger control when moving slowly and I can pull the trigger without disturbing the sights. When moving quickly freestyle trigger control is still good (crushing with the weak hand stabilizes the gun quite a bit), but when shooting strong hand only I have a tendency to tense the whole hand when the buzzer goes off and I start pulling the trigger. I think I know how to work on that. Weak hand only is a totally different story. The sights almost ALWAYS break left as the trigger releases. I've tried sticking more finger in the trigger, less finger in the trigger, purposely pushing right with my trigger finger, removing fingers from the grip, gripping hard, gripping losely, different backstraps and I can't seem to find a consistent solution to this problem. I feel like half the time I pick up the gun I can get about 4/5 trigger pulls without moving the sight, then the next time I pick up the gun I get 0/20 without moving the sight. I've shifted my mental focus from keeping my other fingers perfectly still to concentrating on the trigger finger, to thinking about what show is going to be on TV later and I just cannot pinpoint the issue. It's getting a bit frustrating. Maybe pulling the trigger weak hand only a few thousand times will help? Or maybe it's just going to ingrain whatever the heck I'm doing to cause this.
  14. See the sights, break the shot, move your head/eyes to the next target, bring the gun to your eyes. Tracking the sight is going to be way slower.
  15. jmtyndall

    Optic Ready Shadow2?

    Isn't the information available now that it won't make weight? 1.33kg empty as advertised is something like 46.75-47oz without the optic or basepads. So either way you're having the slide worked to make weight.
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