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  • Birthday 03/18/1963

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    Kingsport, Tennessee
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    Serving at church as a musician. Fitness. Shooting.
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    John S.

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  1. Yet another 34/5 right here.
  2. Thank you for the responses. I did not mean to imply that a class was necessary. Just because it was important to me doesn’t mean it matters to anyone else. I attempted to convey that when I talked about the support the five new shooters received at our local match. They all did great! I understand about cadence. We did do a drill where we had near, medium and far targets. And yes cadence did change. I donUnderstand that you must have a sight picture prior to pulling the trigger. Because of the order of targets, the drill showed me how to drive the gun by swinging more quickly to set up for the next target, to maintain cadence. As for ‘grammer’ , I never should have post d this without sucking down my second cup of coffee.
  3. Sorry. Yes, we spent a ton of time talking about grip. I had weak hand problems all day. And when weak hand was right, I was busy getting bit by the slide.......3 different times. I’ll have a lovely scar to remind me about the importance of grip. Sorry about the post length. I’ll be more succinct go-forward.
  4. Long post - Run away now or grab you a sleeping bag and sandwich. Good morning, everyone. As a new shooter (will shoot my first match the first week of July) I thought Id share my perspective of attending a Practical Pistol class, for any other new folks that are trying to decide if they just want to jump in to competition or develop some familiarity and foundation first. WHY TAKE A CLASS ? We have some great guys here at our local events. I attended our last event here and watched 5 new shooters participate with no DQ's and a single Procedural. Everyone there busted their cans to help the new guys. As an older guy (56), so much of the sport is overwhelming. In my case, I wanted an intro class or some kind of foundation. Something to teach me what to practice. To understand fundamentals of drawing, sight picture, body ergonomics, target acquisition, flow, etc. I spoke with Gilbert Perez at Patriot Shooting Academy in Dandridge, Tennessee. After explaining what I was looking for, Gilbert invited me to join his Level II Practical Pistol Class, in spite of my lack of experience. He explained that the class would briefly cover fundamentals before spending the entire day working on drills to shoot accurately at higher speeds. He said that he assesses each shooter and works with them at their respective level. He assured me that I would not slow or hinder the class in any way. I was told to bring 1000 rounds. Yes, you read that correctly. And yes, we shot over 1000 rounds. Both my hands still hurt. Gilbert keeps his classes small in order to ensure that people get the most out of each class. I was exceptionally fortunate as a group of people cancelled, expressing concern over the weather. That left 3 of us. A B shooter knocking on Master, if not already there. An older guy (76 year old C shooter that will be a B the second he makes a decision to do so, and a stone cold newb (me). We started on the 3 yard line with a simple drill. At the beep, draw and put 2 in the Alpha. After a single draw by me, Gilbert started making suggestions for change. Lots of body mechanics stuff. Improvement for me was drastic and immediate. While my early draws took so long that my wife could have gone to get her hair, done, they continued to improve throughout the day. Yes, I am still slower than the speed of small, but about 4 times faster than when I got there. Most importantly, I know my faults and weaknesses, and know exactly what to watch for and work on during dry fire practice at home. Interestingly, my two partners in crime also noted significant time improvements. One thing that became a theme throughout the day was that Gilbert would push everyone past the point of accurate shooting. He'd push and push until accuracy went to heck, then bring the shooter back to the ragged edge of their respective skill-set. Once there, he would tell the shooter what it would take to take for the shooter to improve. As the day progressed, things became far more difficult. Drills got complex. Specific target order was assigned to shore up different aspects of flow. And they were assigned in an order that no sane person would ever choose to shoot a stage. It was brutal. It was also an absolute blast. Throughout these drills, I received constant feedback. Gilbert is a no nonsense guy. He demands your best at all times. He's the first to cheer you on when he sees the slightest bit of improvement. He's also the first guy to shine his shoe on your butt when you blow it. It created some pressure and duress to do my very best for every single shot fired. It made me hungry...….really hungry to learn and improve. My favorite quote of the day ...…. Gilbert - "John, what the hell was THAT?" Me - " That was a s#!t show and then it got worse." Gilbert (laughing) - " I agree with your assessment.Now FOCUS!" Things addressed and taught throughout the day (and this is just the stuff that seemed critical to me) Draw mechanics, sighting and target acquisition, magazine changes, cadence, fluidity, visualization, driving the gun, respecting those targets at distance, stage planning evaluation based on your own personal skill set, and a myriad of other tidbits. WHAT DID I PERSONALLY LEARN ? That my draw mechanics are horrible. I keep the gun way too tight to my body and don't aggressively punch out. My draw speed should be consistently fast (for me) regardless of my planned cadence to shoot each target accurately. I have the icky (technical term) habit of yanking and poking while pulling the trigger. Some of this is attributable to an after-market trigger that does not suit me at all. It was beyond horrid. I tried another guys 34 and the trigger was incredible ! Dropping my gun off at DK Customs today will mean a world of difference to clean up this mess. I learned my own personal shot cadence. I actually matched it to a song tempo (AC/DC's Whole Lotta Rosie). When I sing the song to myself prior to a stage or drill, I do some of my best fluid shooting. If I speed up, I might as well throw the gun at the target. This was a huge learning moment for me. In spite of being in the gym six days a week, the mag release on my 34 gen 5, is a nightmare. I cannot timely hit the release without significantly altering my grip. I have to find a resolution for this because it's killing me. In spite of the above, I love the 34. after a 1000 rounds plus, we have bonded. Oh and my DPP lasted 1500 rounds which pisses me off. It now turns off after ten 10 seconds no matter what you do. This thing costs way too much money to pee the bed this early in its life. I was shooting 900 fps loads,, not +P's. Get it together Leupold. I have taken a number of firearms related courses and classes throughout my life. This was easily the best course I have ever taken. I cannot recall working harder, nor learning so much in any other class. It was beyond invaluable. Yes, I am still a slooooooooow hack at best. But I know WHY and most importantly, what I need to work on to improve. I am no longer nervous about my first match. I will walk it. Will focus on SAFETY and applying what I learned. I will still suck, but I will suck with confidence and I will have fun! WOOOOOOOO!
  5. Any recommendations for something lighter that’s reliable?
  6. This makes sense, based on the vets here saying inconsistency between lots (in addition to potential cost savings) is the main reason they reload.
  7. Hi guys. I don’t reload. No intention of reloading. So I’m using off the shelf stuff. Wondering if Federal Action Sports Syntech 150 gr 870 FPS will reliably cycle through a Glock 34 Gen 5 without doing the recoil spring shuffle? If anyone has found a reasonable priced off the shelf Pf130 load that’s cost-effective, I’m all ears. Thanks in advance.
  8. Based on just how crappy the OEM sights are, I cannot disagree!
  9. This is exactly where I’m at. One 34 in the range bag and letting a few things go to fund another. Never saw it coming!
  10. I was absolutely making fun of myself! And I agree wholeheartedly. It’s awesome that there are so many people willing to share !
  11. Yep. That was exactly where I was aiming. It was one of the few clean spots on the target. I left my pastels on the kitchen table.
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