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  1. OK, thanks, IVC! I hold the gun straight up and down, and I'm at the point where I can shoot pretty accurately if I take my time and don't fight the recoil at all. Now I need to speed it up, and issues of grip (like thumb placement/pressure) are becoming more important.
  2. Thanks, 45Raven! I'll just keep experimenting to figure out what works best for me.
  3. I shoot a CZ Shadow 2 with thin safeties on both side. Shooting freestyle, I keep my strong hand thumb next to the safety, more or less where the "ledge" would be if I had that kind of safety. My questions is, when shooting SHO/WHO, where should I put my thumb? Should I keep it on/next to the safety, or lay it on the frame below the safety? Pressure against the frame, or no pressure? My current thinking is to put the thumb against the frame below the safety, mainly because when shooting WHO I tend to rub the slide if I put the thumb on the safety. This doesn't seem to be a p
  4. Hitman, Can you give me some context for your statements? In what situation are short barrel ARs used 99% of the time? Thanks, John
  5. I've had the thought of building a 9mm AR pistol for home defense, because a) I like to build things and b) the world seems to be getting stupider by the day. So a couple of questions: 1) Is this even a good idea? Or would you stick with .223/300 BLK/12 gauge shotgun, etc.? I already have an AR-15 and several 9mm pistols, but I was thinking that a (preferably suppressed) 9mm AR pistol would be an ideal way to defend the castle without blowing out my eardrums or risking over-penetration. But I know that PCCs as a whole don't have the best reputation for reliability....
  6. Went to the range again yesterday. Worked mainly on Doubles, around 250 rounds, shooting at 3" circles at 15 yards. Payed close attention to my grip, especially locking my wrists, and worked on shot calling. I noticed a bad tendency for the second shot in each pair to go low, and usually to the left, so that I would end up with only four or five shots in the circle. Gripping as hard as possible with my left hand basically solved that problem, but it's hard to keep doing that without wearing out my forearm. I hope it's just a matter of pushing too hard against the recoil with my right hand
  7. Practiced at the range yesterday. Group shooting went very well, usually keeping 4 out of 5 shots in the head box A-zone at 15 yards (freestyle), 10 yards (SHO), and 7 yards (WHO). Time to move back a little. "Doubles" and "Practical Accuracy" drills were a learning experience. Tried doing Doubles at 7 yards using 3" circles, as Ben has been recommending lately. Didn't use the timer, just watched the sights and tried to pull the trigger on the second shot when the sights were back on target. I have some work to do. The horizontal variation was not terrible, but th
  8. Ah, I think I'm beginning to understand! Within Production, the "other guy" won more points, largely because he won the stage with the most points. Overall, however, some PCC guy probably won every stage (I'll have to go back and check). Am I on the right track? I can see I have more pondering to do.... Thanks, John
  9. Just when I think I understand the scoring rules.... One disclaimer before I begin: As much as I like to win, that is not what this is about. I am genuinely puzzled by something. I shot an indoor match a couple of days ago, and I can't seem to understand what Practiscore is telling me. According to the "Overall" view, I came in ahead of all the other Production shooters. However, when I switch to viewing just the results for Production, I find that I'm in second place. I understand how HF is calculated, and my HF is slightly higher than the HF of the shooter whom I may or may
  10. Shot an indoor match last night. Three classifiers, one longer stage. Came in 2nd out of 10 in Production, but the competition was not exactly stiff. Everything went well except for the first stage, which was "It's Not Brain Surgery," a six round classifier involving head shots only. Took a mike on the first target. Didn't even see it in my sights, because I wasn't paying enough attention. This seems to be a weakness of mine when it comes to first stages. It's like I forget some of the fundamentals of good shooting on the first stage, and I need a mike or a NS to remind me to get my act
  11. Mikey: I realized a while back that grip and trigger control were very important to shot calling when shooting iron sights, in the sense that it's really hard to call the shot if my sights are whipping around in a blur of motion, not tracking consistently, and I sometimes can't even see the front sight at all because it has moved down or sideways and is completely obscured by the rear sight at the moment of ignition. I've had good success overcoming that problem when shooting freestyle, but shooting one-handed is still a big challenge. My experiment with my CO pistol (above) proved to me th
  12. I went to the range yesterday and payed special attention to shot calling. I tried shooting a couple of mags into the berm while tracking the front sight up and down, and while it was an interesting exercise, I don't yet understand how this will help me to see the front sight lift off the target at the moment of ignition. That seems to be the one thing necessary, and it's the one thing I'm missing. But judging from many things I've read, I trust that being able to do that is somehow dependent on an awareness of the movement of the front sight throughout it's up-down travel. I will keep doi
  13. Are you saying that shooters who are calling their shots during a match are actually moving their eyeballs up and down as the front sight rises and falls in .20 seconds or less? Sorry to seem obtuse, but I always find this topic confusing. The way to master other shooting skills can be described pretty simply, but shot calling seems to go beyond skill into the realm of mystical insight!
  14. I can use all the help I can get! If I understand you correctly, you are talking about a drill to increase general awareness of what the front sight does in recoil, as opposed to the specific skill of being able to see the front sight as it begins it's upward journey and knowing from that where the bullet will hit the target. Is that right? And are you saying that I should try to maintain visual focus on the front sight while firing shots into the berm (i.e. actually track it with my eyes), or that I should try to maintain mental focus on the sight (i.e. awareness of the sight) a
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