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  1. J_Allen

    My revolver progression

    Week #5: I’m getting a dry fire routine set up. Got Stoeger’s dry fire book, and already had Anderson’s book as well. So between those two, I hopefully should be good for the next year. I hit my goal for the year, and that was C class. Granted, it was in Production and not Revolver, so maybe doesn’t fit well into this diary entry. I have too many interests and not the time to pursue them all. Anyway, I am looking at only a few matches left this year (live in a cold climate), so as I start thinking about goals for next year (which would be my third): Year 1 - D class, Revolver Year 2 - C class, Production Year 3 - A class, Limited Yes, for a goal I skipped right past B class. Is this realistic? I don’t know right now. In all honesty, B class is a long way off for me. However, I haven’t really done a consistent dry fire program, so I know there are gains to be had. Anyway, I think I’ll let this diary die a quick death right now, but may resurrect it in the future as I gravitate back to the wheel gun. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read these entries. Hopefully I can get better at general skills that will cross over between the divisions.
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    USPSA Revolver Optics Division

    I don’t think allowing revolvers into CO would change a thing. So revolvers can use dots in Open, but not Carry Optics - but does it really matter? I don’t think a revolver would be competitive in either division, so if you wanted to run a dot, then it would be because you wanted to with the expectation of just playing for fun. I’m not saying I wouldn’t do it - it actually sounds like a blast. But I would know that I’m going to get a beat down, regardless of division. Now I am what you would call a pretty poor yardstick. But would an upper tier Revolver shooter really get a lot of satisfaction by beating up on C and D class shooters in CO? I can't imagine any scenario where they would be competitive with someone of equal skill. Now, if CO had kept 10 round capacity and revolvers were allowed, then it may present more of a challenge. As it stands, we can currently run an optic in Open, and deal with major power factor, 170mm mags, etc. just for the fun of it. Therefore, the only way to put an optic on a revolver AND be competitive while doing it, would be to make it a stand alone division. And I would play that game.
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    My revolver progression

    Week #4: Got my 38 short colt load dialed in. Made it to the range once, but was mostly working with the chronograph, rather than on any particular skills. At least now that’s done, so can move on to other stuff. I know this is a boring diary right now, but it’s serving the purpose of keeping me on task. I have about a month before my last match of the year (level 2 out of state), so I could work specifically on reloads, and if I can get comfortable with them, I think I’ll run in the revolver division, rather than production. However, at my weekly match this week, and possibly another level 2 in a couple weeks, I’ll probably still run the auto just for fun. Then I’ll start getting serious!
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    My revolver progression

    Week #3: Not getting frustrated with revolver, rather getting frustrated by myself and lack of time to put in. I did get one day of draws in last week, but pretty minimal. I spent most of my free time reorganizing my reloading room, and I do finally have my press set up for 38 short colt. I had been waiting on a 9mm crimp die, which finally came in. So next I have to work up some loads, but luckily this should be pretty quick since I already have some good advice from the previous owner in terms of what made power factor. The argument I have floating around in my head is whether I have enough time in the next month to get my load figured out and adjust to a new rig. That is why I am thinking of finishing up this season with my bottom loader, and then dedicating next season (along with off season training) to my 627. Since I am still in D class, the jump from 6 shot to 8 shot should help, as well as fall/winter/spring dry fire practice. End of summer is getting busy with kids activities, etc (can’t believe it is going so fast)!
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    DAA Alpha-X disappointed

    I have a Glock that I had to do minor fitting. After watching the video, it was really easy. I didn’t have to break out the dremel or anything, just a little sandpaper to file down the edge corresponding to the inside of the trigger guard. I know it might be a little intimidating at first, but if you go slow it will be ok. In regards to one of the previous posts talking about having modification rendering the holster unsafe - this would be modifications to other parts of the holster (the area where the lock engages for instance). As long as you are sticking to the trigger guard area, and the lock engages fine, then the holster will be completely safe (even if the gun wiggles a little). If you take a little too much off and are unhappy with the fit, you can always give them a call and can order a replacement locking block (it’s less than $20).
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    My revolver progression

    Week #2: A little disappointing. Had one day of draws/reloads, and a couple of days monkeying around Getting my press ready for 38 short colt. Otherwise pretty quiet. Am thinking of finishing up the season with the semi, and switching focus back to revolver sometime in the fall.
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    My revolver progression

    Week #1: Didn’t get much time in this week. Spent about 30 min/day x 5 days working on USPSA activities, but 3 of those were related to organization/reloading. Of the two days I dry fired, I was mostly working on general skills. Steve Anderson’s dry fire drills 1-14 and draw/index. Also learning to use my par timer. So not much progress, but we’ll keep at it. In the meantime, I’m trying to decide where to concentrate the rest of the summer: Revolver vs Production vs Limited. I like the revolvers the best, but still accumulating gear for reloading 38 short colt, and by the time I work up a good load I don’t know how much trigger time I will have before my two level 2 matches. I have one more classifier and I should hit C-class in Production, so that’s the agenda this week.
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    Alaskan454's Range Diary

    Interesting, I’ll give it a shot. Thanks for the tip.
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    Alaskan454's Range Diary

    How are you closing the cylinder of your weak hand is already on the grip? Just curious, as I have found weak hand reloading works for me, and am trying to figure out possible nuances to practice. As an aside, I would have defaulted to strong hand loading off the table, even though I am running with a weak hand reload during the stage. I really should practice weak hand off a table, but just didn’t think of it before.
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    8 shot is how much better?

    Thanks for the follow up. I did just go to the dark side (8 shooter), so we’ll see how much of a difference it makes.
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    New production rules

    So I just had an epiphany. I started using the PractiScore Competitor app (note: this is not the similarly named PractiScore app) for my phone to look up results - this app is awesome. It really lets you compare results to see what stages you are dropping points on, and whether it was due to speed or a accuracy. I love it! So why the epiphany? Really, my only complaint with the revolver division is the lack of competition locally. I started shooting my Glock in production just to have a level platform to go against some of my friends. The beauty of the PractiScore Competitor app is that not only can I compare my production results with my other friends shooting production, but there is also a function to combine divisions, so I can include buddies shooting limited. So I know we’re not “suppose” to compare across divisions due to different equipment, etc, but I like to know where I stand regardless. Then it hit me - if I have a production legal holster for my revolver, then my entire revolver set-up IS production legal. I CAN directly compare my results with theirs, AND at the same time, I do NOT have to register as a Production shooter. The app can combine the Revolver and Production results only. That way USPSA can see there are still revolver shooters out there, I can shoot the gear I want to, and I get the competitive feedback I crave. So the only downside is that I have to trade off the benefits of a race holster for a kydex holster. It has to be production legal, without opening below the halfway point of the cylinder. Well, I found one that fit the bill, and realized I actually like it better than the old style Racemaster I was using. Now, the caveat is that I feel it’s because I am more comfortable really being aggressive now with the draw from the kydex, whereas I was a bit more timid with the race holster. With enough practice, I’m sure this would not be the case, so I am probably unnecessarily handicapping myself with respect to draw speed - but at my level these fractions of a second don’t matter. Maybe I’ll change my mind in the future, but for now I’ll be representing revolver division, while still competing with my friends. WIN-WIN!
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    My revolver progression

    Thanks for the early encouragement! In order to make this revolver specific, I thought I’d add one more post regarding how my reloading technique has progressed already. When I started, I was inspired (and in awe of) YouTube videos of Jerry doing his strong hand reload (switch revolver to weak hand with strong hand handling the moon clip). I had read that if you set the revolver on a table and just pick it up to load, then whichever hand picked up the moon clip should dictate your technique. Since at a static range I would always transfer hands off the table, I decided this was the way for me. Despite practicing it (but probably not THAT much), I was always fumbling the rounds into the cylinder. This was perhaps because the cylinder was pointed slightly away from me, which I could remedy by twisting my left wrist towards me. Nevertheless, this year I switched to weak hand reloads (keeping strong hand anchored on grip, and using my weak/left hand to handle moon clip). This was a much more fluid process (for me) and allowed more muzzle control, especially back on target after closing the cylinder without adjusting the shooting grip. Now obviously, everybody is different, and will gravitate towards their own personal reloading technique. For me, it just happens to be weak hand, so that is what I will continue to practice. But additionally, I intend to practice strong hand a little too, just to have it in my quiver. Jason LESSON LEARNED: Try a bunch of different techniques to see what works for you.
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    My revolver progression

    First off, the only point of this thread is that I thought is would be fun to chronicle my journey in USPSA revolver division. Maybe add weekly updates in terms of things learned, or skills practiced. It might not be a great read for a while, but perhaps if I can keep on task, then in a year or two it might contain some pearls of wisdom in a somewhat natural progression that another new revolver shooter can use. Background: This is my second year of USPSA, and I am a D class shooter, 33%. This basically means I’m at the bottom of the totem pole, and there is nowhere to go but up. I’ve been running a S&W 625 shooting major power factor. However, I recently picked up a race ready S&W 627 on the classifieds. I think this will help with the longer field courses, but honestly probably wouldn’t have helped with my classifiers (obviously depends on the specific classifier, and we’ll test that theory in the next couple of weeks). My first year was devoted to going slow, and getting comfortable. I have been experimenting this year with pushing the pace (still slow, but at the razor’s edge of my own personal comfort level). The main thing I have learned this second year is to shoot comfortably, but do everything else at warp speed. In other words, RUN between arrays! Brian’s book was a good read, but some of that stuff went over my head. I understand the theory of why you should call your shots, but I’m not at a level yet where I could start doing it. I think of all the possible skills, this is the one I am most excited to be eventually learn. Finally, I am not going to improve until I have a dry fire routine - this is critical in moving up the ranks, and it’s starting now. Thanks for any words of encouragement, I hope this goes well! Jason EDIT: I originally posted this in the revolver forum, and funny enough, discovered the range diary 15 min after opening this thread. I’ll have the mods move it.
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    First Match and I Did Horrible

    OK, this is epic. And jkrispies, thanks for that breakdown. Definitely puts it into perspective.
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    New production rules

    With the introduction of new production rules (2018 update to Appendix D4), can we now run 8 shot minor guns in production if they have bobbed hammers and extended cylinder releases? I was under the impression that these external modifications used to be a no-go, but the rules now appear to be relaxed for after market parts.
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