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    USPSA, IDPA, Steel Challenge, Falling Plate, Multi-Gun
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  1. AlphaCharis

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    6/9/18 2nd Match with the CZ Shadow 2 - 3rd Production, 93.59% Watched my videos of the stages from the match I shot on Saturday. My reloads weren't too bad, but I.... don't really want to judge anything else until I shoot a few more matches. I did enough "that was horrible" at the match to last the rest of my transition from the XDm. I'm just going to focus on memorizing my stages and forget about it "being a new gun" or "moving like a C class" and definitely need to stop worrying about the double action and just shoot and have fun. And practice! A:140 B:9 C:25 D:6 M:1 OTS:1 Pts: 89% Stage 1: 4th, 97.32% - 25A, 6C, 1D Stage 2: 4th, 89.63% - 25A, 6C Stage 3: 5th, 77.97% - 15A, 2C, 1D [8.95, 10.19] Stage 4: 5th, 82.00% - 19A, 6B, 1C Stage 5: 4th, 82.36% - 25A, 2B, 4C, 1M Stage 6: 4th, 86.65% - 22A, 1B, 1C Stage 7: 7th, 75.64% - 9A, 5C, 4D, 1OTS [Classifier 09-09, 65.56%]
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    6/5/18 First Match with the CZ Shadow 2 - 6th Production I already posted a bit about my first match, but here's the match video. All my stages look, and felt at the time, C class, the last one looked a little more B class. I was feeling really lazy that night, so that probably didn't help, but this match was mostly about testing my gun out and getting a feel for it, so I didn't really care that I ended up being 6th Production. I was 84% of another Production A competitor that I am pretty equal with (we take turns beating each other). My percentages for the first two stages were 55% and 56%, then 97%, 81%, 71, and 96%. So I did warm up a bit with the gun. By the last stage, I felt comfortable enough to NOT think about the gun/trigger/newness and just shot the stage. (I posted that stage a few posts back already.) I did knock a mag out of a pouch at the last position and ended up dancing around it to avoid stepping on it, but overall that stage went okay because I was much more used to it.
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    6/9 - 6/10/18 USPSA Paul Bunyan - 3rd Production (out of 21), 93.59% - 7th Limited (out of 31), 82.70% Dryfired 6/7 and 6/8, getting more comfortable with the gun. Rotated all my mag pouches back a notch and reloading is way better now. Shot Production on Saturday ....felt like I did a lot better than Tuesday. So, progress continues!! Double action is still hard for me, taking too much time for my first shot. I shot Limited minor with 15 rounds on Sunday to practice for IPSC. I actually shot worse on Sunday. I was in a bad mood after the second stage after getting popper f'd for the second day in a row - same popper. Shot it 3 times Saturday and twice today. I don't know why I let it get to me so bad. I let it trigger a flood of negativity and after I was done being mad I was almost in tears. I think I was stressed since Oregon State is only two weeks away and I was thinking I was doing so horrible with the new gun and I was "never going to shoot well with it." Stupid, I know. Sorry, Squad, for being a pill for a few stages! The two stages after my popper stage were better than the day before's by 0.2 and 0.6 HF, and then the next two were 0.2 HF lower - so I was still relatively consistent. At the end of the day, I was kinda surprised by the scores since I thought I did much worse. I need to stop thinking about it and just shoot! This stage had a half a head target surrounded by no-shoots that was shot after hosing 6 poppers. I pulled my second shot a tiny bit and nicked the no-shoot but the overlay didn't reach the perf! Two alpha without the no-shoot! I shot two alpha today, too, an inch apart in the center of the eyebox. I love how much more accurate this gun is!
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    6/2/18 YRPA Steel Classic Championship | 4th Limited My (last??) match with my XDm. I had a really fun steel match last weekend in Yakima! Besides Berry's Steel Open, I hadn't shot a steel match in a long time. It was a loooong day - three hours of sleep and up at 2AM, match starting around 8 AM, back home around 11 PM. I was pretty tired at the end of the day, but it was worth the trip. I got 4th in Limited. I also shot my 10/22 (that I won at this match 2 years ago), but I had malfs on every stage because of my old mags! ...and was last place in the rimfire rifle irons division lol In Limited, I lost second place because of 2 bad strings on stage 1 (our last stage of the day) (I'm just pointing out the errors from that stage because I was the most inconsistent on it - I lost focus and wasn't aiming appropriately on the middle three strings, any other tiny mistakes here and there would've made up the time as well, as it always goes.) If those two strings would have been closer in time to my first and last string of that stage.... 2nd. Consistency is SO important!! Can't make stupid mistakes anymore. BUT... I was super happy with this match anyway because it was the most consistent steel match I have ever shot. I was there to have fun and call my shots, and I did a pretty good job, so I had a really good day. 1 Kelley, Patrick LTD 130.45 20.75 12.11 14.98 13.93 13.81 20.07 9.85 13.51 11.44 2 Taylor, Robin LTD 144.88 19.38 16.97 16.22 15.82 17.20 19.29 12.06 15.05 12.89 3 Laws, Aaron LTD 147.17 18.49 14.19 23.70 14.45 15.01 20.32 15.01 12.75 13.25 4 Denton, Charis LTD 148.84 27.24 16.95 15.14 14.18 16.03 21.42 11.21 14.94 11.73 Here's the longer version of the match video with some of the rifle malfs and outtakes (me yelling at my 10/22). YRPA Steel Classic Championship - 4th Limited
  5. AlphaCharis

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    6/6/18 #dryfire Okay, I did a lot of double action trigger pulls tonight, getting a feel for it. Then about 20 minutes of dryfire familiarizing myself with the gun some more. At @MemphisMechanic suggestion, I taped down the hammer to the beavertail for my dryfire. I had forgotten it'd be a double action pull otherwise. Draws, reloads, El Prez, 90 degree transitions. The gun is heavier, but I don't know how much that effects transitions really. It feels like I'm acclimating well to the added weight. I kinda like drawing it, feels like when you pull it out of the holster, the weight, like - "helps" it up the rest of the way to eye level. I don't know how to describe it - feels different LOL. The stock grips are actually not bad. I thought I wanted something really aggressive, but I'm going to try these out a few more matches to see it it's enough. I took @NickBlasta's advice and added a little oval of grip tape where my support hand thumb sits. I had a bad habit of holding it higher, sometimes riding the slide - so this is a good marker to get used to where it needs to be and keep from slipping out of place. I'll take it off before IPSC. Indexing is exactly the same as my XDm, so I don't need any adjustments, which is awesome; one less thing that needs relearning. The mags are so slippery and my new mag pouches' retention so much looser that I keep whacking/fumbling mags out of my pouches. Little bit of a learning curve. It'll be SO much easier to stuff mags on 'mags on table' starts - I think I'll be happy. Reloads are so smooth going in and coming out... I think I'm going to love this gun. I'm really excited about getting in a longer dryfiring session tomorrow. I'm happy
  6. AlphaCharis

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    6/6/18 Got my Shadow 2 yesterday!! Shot a match with it!! Picked up my gun yesterday (finally!) and went straight to the range. @NickBlasta put the new springs in for me - 11 lb recoil, 11 lb mainspring and we test fired it before the match. It was zeroed and I was really happy with its accuracy. My first two stages were really rough. My first shot I pulled it into the hardcover on the double action pull, and had a pickup shot. All my splits the entire first stage felt incredibly SLOW. It felt horrible. When scoring, my alphas were like an inch apart and I had 1 charlie, 25 alpha, but was slow. Also.... I was so preoccupied with shooting the gun for the first time, I totally missed an entire target! ugh Oh well. I was missing my XDm HARD after the first stage LOL Dryfired the double action a bunch at the safety table and was starting to get the hang of it. The single action pull felt "sloppier" than mine and about a pound heavier. It will take some getting used to. Below is the last stage of the match, I was starting to get the hang of the timing, but the double action trigger added like a second to my first shot LOL ALSO... using totally different mag pouches than I'm used to. I'm using Ghost pouches on this belt instead of the usual Double Alpha. I measured the trigger weights today. XDm: 2.25 lbs. It was kinda hard to get the S2 because of the shape of the trigger, especially in DA, but seemed to be S2: 3.5 lb SA / 5.5-6 DA. Also, the trigger on my XDm didn't really have any play in it, so that's another thing I need to get used to with the S2.
  7. AlphaCharis

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    Yeah..... that's hard for me, I've been tryyyyying... *insert Yoda quote here* hehe I think CHA-LEE accurately assessed the reason I also talk too much while shooting - because I'm judging myself and my mistake instantly - I really need to do that after the match is done. I know I can and *will* (eventually) do something, I just constantly get sidetracked on the way there. Maybe I will reread Lanny Basham's book so I can remind myself to be more positive. Thanks for the comment a positive outlook really does help
  8. AlphaCharis

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    A light trigger feels so nice though
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    The closest range is 1hr 15min away so I pretty much never livefire practice. The only livefire I get is matches. I am nearly not disciplined enough..... I go through spells of dryfiring 5 days a week, then I erroneously think it's not helping because "I still suck", or I think that dryfire is making me worse for some reason and "take a break." All of a sudden I haven't dryfired for 2-3 weeks, and then start dryfiring again.... it's a horrible cycle that I need to break. BUT.... this last year has been way better than the past because I used to never dryfire at all. I have a lot of my dryfire in my journal, but I didn't put all my sessions in the last few months. I'm starting my schedule back up today - minimum of 15 minutes, 5 days/week. My problem is that I like to see results "right away," so I just need to learn to be patient and keep practicing whether it looks like there are results or not.
  10. AlphaCharis

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    Yeah, I will definitely put updates on it. I'll be staying in Production with it, just shooting in Limited minor at the locals this next month to get ready for IPSC Nats. Yeah, the decocking thing is weird to me! LOL I shot Gooldylocks' Accushadow a few months ago and had to decock it... I was like, "What if it fires?!"
  11. AlphaCharis

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    Yeah, I have the 5.25. I got the CZ Shadow 2, the blue grips. I might buy some more aggressive grips, though.
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    Yeah, 5" is the max barrel length in Prod. Thanks! It was a good excuse to get the Shadow 2, I guess. I did shoot it at Iron Sights last year on the side stage and liked it.... hopefully I'll get used to it quickly!
  13. AlphaCharis

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    You can't use the XDm at all in IPSC Production, or the Glock 34 - which are the two guns I have. So I needed to get a new gun, so just went for one I would use in USPSA Production, too. Plus... I don't think I would enjoy a 5 lb trigger coming from 2 lbs.
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    6/4/18 IPSC Nationals & NEW GUN!! #NoMoreMcRib??? So..... I signed up for IPSC Nats in July. But... I can't shoot my XDm in the Production division And... I had to buy a new gun which I haven't even shot in a match, yet, because it is coming TODAY!! I know... This is super bad timing! I have Oregon State Championship in TWO WEEKS and IPSC Nationals in FIVE WEEKS, and I haven't shot the double/single action trigger before (in a match). I have to dryfire the crap out of this gun and get as much livefire as possible, and get used to the double action and the heavier trigger. My XDm is like... 2lbs. I'm not sure what this will be, but I ordered an 11 lb recoil and 13 lb mainspring, so we'll see how well the almost-completely-stock-everything-no-polishing-at-all trigger will be. NERVOUS! and excited OH... I already got: my new holster and hanger from BSPS; some Mecgar mags (so, I'll have like 7 of them since I'll probably be abandoning my trusty McRib for USPSA Production); my springs; I already had a spare belt for the few times I shot Open; a magnet I can actually use now!, and I think I'll try out my Ghost pouches for my belt, but also might just use my current setup, not sure yet... I'll see how it feels when I set up my belt tonight. And... I might shoot Limited minor with 15 rounds to get used to the IPSC Production capacity.
  15. AlphaCharis

    Long time lurker..

    Haha, yeah I saw your journal entry afterward saying you wanted to make Master in Limited by this time next year. Limited is an excellent division as well I'd be shooting Limited, too, if I had an Atlas haha Welcome also to the dryfire/livefire side of competitive shooting, you'll make Master in no time!
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