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ShredderTactical

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  1. ShredderTactical

    Switching to Red Dot - need help

    George16 - Another vote for 6 MOA dot size, has worked great for me for the past 22 months of shooting USPSA Carry Optics and I would not go smaller. Some folks use 3 MOA, but most of the feedback I read and hear about seems to support that the majority favor 6 MOA. You want a larger dot in order to pick it up faster for the initial shot and this will also allow faster split times. As for dot size, the 6 MOA dot will be about 3 inches at 50 yards and 1.5 inches at 25 yards and a 3 moa dot will be about half that size. So, going smaller than 6 MOA is really not needed for USPSA type shooting and you want a little larger dot for fast acquisition to provide fast split and transition times. As far as going back and forth between a red dot and iron sights, I think if you have a red fiber on your front iron sight you will be fine. I gave up shooting iron sights at speed for competition due to my aging eyes, but most top level shooters I have talked with and heard speak on the subject agree that shooting with a red dot will actually improve your shooting experience and accuracy with iron sights. As for Vortex...I'm a big fan of their products. Have run their large Razor line scopes for precision long range tactical rifle matches for about 6 years and highly recommend them. Have been using a Vortex Razor red dot w/6 MOA dot on a Glock 17 Gen 4 MOS in USPSA Carry Optics and can highly recommend that Vortex product. I'm currently building a second Glock 17 Gen 4 MOS for a backup pistol and will be installing a Vortex Venom w/6 MOA dot on that one. Good luck and have fun!
  2. ShredderTactical

    How many matches do you shoot per month?

    I've been shooting USPSA fairly serious for past 22 months. In 2017 I was trying to shoot 1-2 matches per month but ran into some medical problems with my eyes (dry-eye syndrome, plus allergies that impacted my vision) which forced me to cease all shooting activity for 3-4 months. Have been coming back strong in 2018, shooting 2 matches per month when my schedule allows. Started getting really serious trying to bump up to B class in Carry Optics, so in July I increased dry-firing to 30 minutes per day/6 days per week and increased local matches to 4 per month leading up to NC State Sectional match in mid-September. The increase in training and match activity came about after reading a couple of books about mastering the mental aspects of the shooting sports. After the State Sectional I may drop my pace down a notch or two to have some downtime and get ready for next year. Also, I have a training class scheduled in the fall with one of the top USPSA shooters to help me up my game a notch or two. So, in summary I think the number of matches you shoot will and should fluctuate over the course of a year depending on your goals, training, time available, medical issues, and other stuff that life throws your way!
  3. ShredderTactical

    Hello from NC

    Welcome! Have you shot any matches at the Pitt County Wildlife Club? I've shot a few of their USPSA matches. /r, Jeff Jeff, Yes, PCWC has been on my regular rotation and they run great matches there! My current match rotation for USPSA is 1st Weekend @SWGC (Sir Walter Gun Club near Oxford, NC), 2nd Weekend @DEVILDOG (SFE Shooters at Freedom Gun Club near Louisburg, NC), 3rd Weekend @GRB (Greater Richmond Blasters at Cavalier Gun Club near Richmond, VA), 4th Weekend @PCWC. I'm going to try a new match starting this month, the 1st match being put on by GM Chris Tilley near Sanford, NC on the 4th weekend (this will knockout my attendance at PCWC this month and depending on how good Chris's matches are they may become a regular). Let me know if you want any info on any of these matches. Stay safe and shoot straight! Best Regards, Tim
  4. ShredderTactical

    How are you adapting to the new rules?

    IDPA rules seem to be stuck in park regarding Carry Optics. As far as I can tell IDPA still does not recognize CO as a separate division. The below rules are quoted from the current IDPA rulebook. 1. From section 8.2.10.A - "IDPA allows clubs to add “Specialty Divisions” for scoring. This division allows cartridges smaller than 9 mm, carry optics, activated lasers, mounted lights, and other firearms which do not fit into the other competition divisions to participate in matches." 2. From section 8.2.10.F -"Clubs are not required to implement this provision, and Match Directors are allowed discretion with implementation so that match quality remains high." Due to aging eyes I have had to give up on iron sights for competitions and have switched to Carry Optics. Since IDPA has not recognized CO as a real gun worthy of it's own division and USPSA does, I voted with my feet. I joined USPSA in October 2016, let my IDPA membership lapse, and have been enjoying focusing on the technical aspects of shooting fast, safe and accurate, and moving up the ladder in USPSA CO division. This is not a slam against the IDPA organization or sport, just an explanation of the impact of IDPA rules lacking quality forward movement regarding the CO division.
  5. If you get nothing else out of shooting with better shooters...watch and learn! When I first started, I felt intimidated shooting in a squad with a bunch of better shooters. But after a few times I found that it was actually helpful to watch the better shooters and see what they are doing that got them where they are. Currently, I'm a C class shooter starting to post B classifiers and my average should push me into B class shortly. I still enjoy shooting with those classed below me and try to pass on some tips, but I think I help my own game when I shoot with those above my level and watching M and GM shooters can be fun and rewarding.
  6. ShredderTactical

    Switching to Red Dot - need help

    I second what others here have already said. Angus46 gave an accurate description above about how to break this down. Focus on your target (where you want the bullet to hit), then drive the gun to your point of aim and the dot should appear. This takes lots of practice to be consistent with your presentation every time you bring the pistol up for a shot. Dryfire is your friend here and will get you where you need to go without spending any money on ammo! I switched from iron sights to red dot about 1 1/2 years ago when I was struck with aging eye syndrome and figured it was worth a shot. Before switching, I tried chasing some magical prescription for my eyeglasses so that I could continue to shoot with iron sights but could not find a good solution that worked for me. The great thing with a red dot is that all you need to focus on is the target, at one focal distance, instead of dealing with three focal distances (rear sight, front sight, target). I have been using a Vortex Razor on a Glock 17 Gen4 MOS and shoot Carry Optics division in USPSA matches several times each month. I’ve had C class for about a year now, starting to shoot B scores on the classifiers and my average is on a steady rise toward making B since reading some books about proper mental focus. Enjoy the red dot, they are most likely the wave of the future for all shooters and can put the fun back into shooting when you have old(er) eyes ?!
  7. ShredderTactical

    Filtering Out Distractions

    Suggest everyone read "With Winning in Mind", by Lenny Bassham. Excellent book on how anyone can excel at any task, especially geared toward shooting since Lenny was a Gold Medal Olympic shooter. After mastering mental training techniques for himself and attaining his shooting goals, Lenny started Mental Management Systems, a business to train others in how to use these techniques in any area of life. Lenny is recognized as a teacher of the world's best in mental preparation for sport and business. His clients include: FBI, Secret Service, Navy Seals, Marshals Service, Army Marksmanship Unit, Marine Corps Marksmanship Unit, and various Olympic teams from around the world. I read his book with some hesitation, but it comes highly recommended by many top shooters in USPSA and other organizations. Never gave much thought to the importance of mental training before, but since applying some key techniques from the book I have quieted the distracting voices in my head and seen my classifier scores progress in an upward direction. I am a believer!
  8. ShredderTactical

    Hello from FL

    Welcome to the VB area...some good shooting opportunities are available if you look around. Let me know if you need any suggestions on ranges and matches in the NC/VA area.
  9. ShredderTactical

    Hello from NC

    Shooting a Glock 17 Gen4 MOS with a Vortex Razor red dot (6 MOA) in Carry Optics division and having a blast (pun intended). Bad news is my eyes are getting old and I can't shoot fast enough with iron sights for competitions anymore. So, Carry Optics has been great for me and helped with my eyesight issues so I can once again enjoy shooting and work on speed and accuracy. Also, I'm finding shooting CO is helping with ability to call shots like never before. Good news is I'm retired now, so have lots of time to concentrate on gun stuff, training, and matches. Currently setting up a second Glock 17 Gen4 MOS for a backup CO gun. Enjoy this forum and having a great time in USPSA!
  10. ShredderTactical

    Hello from NC

    Long time shooter, various competitions for last 10 years (tactical rifle, shotgun, pistol, 3-gun, LR rifle, etc), now getting serious about mastering pistol skills and enjoying USPSA. Currently hitting one match per weekend in eastern NC/VA area. Reading books and researching resources to climb the ladder in USPSA,. Have been using this forum more and more as a go to resource and thought it about time to register for and start participating ?. Thanks to all, now let's get to work and "get some" as my hero Jerry Miculek likes to say ?!
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