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  • Birthday 08/30/1973

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    Husband first, Father second. Jack of all trades, master of few. I like to forge/make knives, I'm a pilot, SCUBA diver, I smoke meat religiously, I'm a devout believer in Christ. I am a prepper, and an EDC guy. I'm a huge reader - fiction and non-fiction. Life Member of USPSA, former member of Team Springfield, multiple Area titles back in the mid 90's. Now I'm old, fat, and can't see ... so shooting is also now just an interest.
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  1. This is really good stuff. I really liked the comparison piece. The actual "see what you did here, this is what it should look like." It coming from Brian is also pretty epic as he's studied every aspect of the game to levels most of us would never understand. On top of the fact that he reached the highest levels of the game and, with TGO, revolutionized how future generations even thought about the game. And I do agree with what Benos said, having taken a few classes myself. You forget so much. And for me at least it was always intense - shooting 500-700 rounds in a day. Certainl
  2. All true. At this stage in my shooting life though I'm able to understand that. I know when I'm working on one thing versus another such that if a new tool exacerbates one aspect that I want to work on then I have the knowledge to transfer. As mentioned, this is fairly exception based training. The reality though is that focused on efficiently making the gun do what I want is the key to doing well in competition. Well, let me rephrase that, efficiency in all aspects of the game helps improve match performance. If a tool can help me with that, that can then be transitioned to the p
  3. Haha ... noted. Won't be going to the dark side just yet. Too many years as an open guy ... enjoying production anyhow. I would say it was, and is, an interesting learning. Really helps keep the gun aligned and dialed during dry fire. Throw the longer set up on and the gun just looks rock solid.
  4. So I bought a new compact handgun for CCW over the weekend and was tinkering with it quite a bit Sunday. Obviously smaller/more compact guns are inherently a little harder to shoot for a lot of reasons. One observation I had though was the "new" focus on sight alignment. As I toyed with the gun more I could see the sights took just a milli second more to settle. I would see any mistake with not holding the gun still or a less than ideal trigger press. So I took the slide and put it on my competition frame and just did a little dry fire with it. I won't shoot the gun t
  5. Ugh - my bad. I neglected to see this was in the revolver forum. Apologies.
  6. To me the trick with swingers is that I often forget just how fast the bullet is moving. Essentially WAY faster than any swinging target. My plan doesn't always work out this way but I simply try and call two good shots. Attempt not to move the gun too terribly much with the swinger ... that for me has been a failing maneuver. As mentioned above - timing it with when the target is slowest is always good but just don't forget that if the A zone is in the sights with a good trigger press - whether the target is moving or not - should 99% of the time yield an A hit.
  7. 12 lumens, but heavy as a mule!! I don't love this change for that reason, but it is what it is. I'm certain a light is in my production gun future. New holster too. Ugh.
  8. I don't remember it taking too terribly long. I would say the lifesaver (for me) was the trick Benos highlights in his book. Placing a piece of scotch tape, even a fairly small piece, over the non-dominant eye lens (or, if you are trying to switch dominant eyes then over the eye you don't want to be dominant) was instrumental. I don't shoot anything with one eye closed now. Ever. Not my hunting rifles, not my bow, not my pistols. Honestly can't imagine shooting any other way now. J
  9. I've seen this dynamic at times. It seems it can be almost dependent on the club or even the squad at times. One thing that always helps is showing up for multiple matches, at least in my experience. Having moved a few times I can say that the first time I have showed up at new clubs, assuming I knew nobody (most times the case), it can be a little chili in the reception department. But different areas have been different. When I moved to Arkansas I wasn't too far removed from a more active role in the sport. So when I shot matches generally I knew people and the rece
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    Sometimes I guess I can be a bit over zealous. Some solid dry fire the past few days. Much more intense, much more intentful. There's a deliberate focus. For some reason it all feels very different. Well, there's one new things that also feels different. The soars. Again, it's been intense sessions with a lot of reps. And my hands simply aren't used to it. So ... I have a raw spot on my weakhand index finger from under the trigger guard, my weakhand palm area where it contacts the grip, my strong hand index knuckle from where it contacts the grip, believe i
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    Signs ... I guess I'm not allowed to get religious here ... so I will avoid that outside of saying that I believe... and I believe in signs. And signals. And winks. And whatever else those who believe similarly would say. So the chain of events: I put in for a match I never thought I would get into several months ago. It was kind of a set and forget moment. And I forgot. Last night, had a great dry fire session. And I got poked a bit by a buddy which kind of stoked some competitive juices. Today I ordered a few parts for the P320 to solve s
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    I have to figure out target focus. I'm so old school ... haven't even begun to figure that out.
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    And so dry fire I did. Felt great to get the rig back on. Very basic tonight. Draws and reloads. In the house, so a light switch was the target. I'm in an awkward place with this journal because it is mostly just me but it's a public forum ... so kind of weird. I write a lot thinking someone might read it BUT the truth is nobody really does and I want to use this diary (or dairy as I guess I'm prone to calling it) to document a little. So I can grow. And learn. Tonight, while relaxed, I had a little intensity. I felt that little burn. It felt gr
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    Welcome 2021 ... a new year. Things are different today than in the past several years. In 2019 I started shooting a couple of matches. In 2020 I actually shot several matches including Area 7. While I didn't report on them, I also shot two additional matches after in October and November. The November match actually turned out to be ok. Here's the thing about 2021 - I know I'm going to shoot this year. My life situation is set up that I know that will be the case. And reading my last post in the diary it's one of those things that I have decided to actually make some c
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