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6/5/18    First Match with the CZ Shadow 2 - 6th Production

I already posted a bit about my first match, but here's the match video.  All my stages look, and felt at the time, C class, the last one looked a little more B class.  I was feeling really lazy that night, so that probably didn't help, but this match was mostly about testing my gun out and getting a feel for it, so I didn't really care that I ended up being 6th Production.  I was 84% of another Production A competitor that I am pretty equal with (we take turns beating each other).  My percentages for the first two stages were 55% and 56%, then 97%, 81%, 71, and 96%.  So I did warm up a bit with the gun.  By the last stage, I felt comfortable enough to NOT think about the gun/trigger/newness and just shot the stage.  (I posted that stage a few posts back already.)  I did knock a mag out of a pouch at the last position and ended up dancing around it to avoid stepping on it, but overall that stage went okay because I was much more used to it.  

 

 

 

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6/9/18    2nd Match with the CZ Shadow 2 - 3rd Production, 93.59%

Watched my videos of the stages from the match I shot on Saturday.  My reloads weren't too bad, but I.... don't really want to judge anything else until I shoot a few more matches.  I did enough "that was horrible" at the match to last the rest of my transition from the XDm.  I'm just going to focus on memorizing my stages and forget about it "being a new gun" or "moving like a C class" and definitely need to stop worrying about the double action and just shoot and have fun.  And practice!

 

A:140    B:9    C:25    D:6    M:1    OTS:1    Pts: 89%

Stage 1:  4th, 97.32% - 25A, 6C, 1D

Stage 2:  4th, 89.63% - 25A, 6C

Stage 3:  5th, 77.97% - 15A, 2C, 1D [8.95, 10.19]

Stage 4:  5th, 82.00% - 19A, 6B, 1C

Stage 5:  4th, 82.36% - 25A, 2B, 4C, 1M

Stage 6:  4th, 86.65% - 22A, 1B, 1C 

Stage 7:  7th, 75.64% - 9A, 5C, 4D, 1OTS [Classifier 09-09, 65.56%]

 

 

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The light polymer to heavy DA/SA transition is not an easy one. It’s shockingly hard.

 

Dryfire, and more dryfire. Every day for just 10 minutes (if you can manage it) is far more helpful than 45 mins twice a week.

 

Aaaaand then right when I was shooting the metal gun better than I ever shot plastic... I went back to plastic. :D

 

You should probably skip that part.

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On 6/20/2018 at 8:33 PM, MemphisMechanic said:

The light polymer to heavy DA/SA transition is not an easy one. It’s shockingly hard.

 

Dryfire, and more dryfire. Every day for just 10 minutes (if you can manage it) is far more helpful than 45 mins twice a week.

 

Aaaaand then right when I was shooting the metal gun better than I ever shot plastic... I went back to plastic. :D

 

You should probably skip that part.

 

I'm starting to get used to it now!  I think I'm almost to the point I wouldn't want to go back to plastic lol -  I don't know, I haven't shot my XDm since i got this one, I quit it cold turkey to force myself to adapt to this one quicker.  But, yes, dryfire is helping and feeling much more comfortable now. :)

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6/23 - 6/24    2018 Oregon State Championship - 2nd A Class Production

 

Just finished the Oregon State Championship this weekend.  Both days my first TWO stages were the roughest.  First day I had no penalties and only 1 delta... second day I tagged a NS (2A/NS) on the first stage of the day, a mike on the second stage, and 9 deltas throughout the day.  The tougher shots were on day 2 though.  I stayed relatively consistent despite not feeling the greatest on the second day.  I threw up after my first stage (a first, lol) and had a hard time staying hydrated.  Despite that - I always have a great time at this match!  Looking forward to Area 1 being here next year!  We had some Ms and GMs shooting in Production this year - they weren't all over in PCC and CO:  3GM, 9M, 5A  I ended up 14th Production, 2nd A class, 75.56%

 

Stage 1:  8th, 83.29%  I don't know how this was one of my better stages percentage-wise; it was really slow.  Wasted like  whole second lowering my arms for a sec after shooting that target entering the middle section.

 

Stage 2:  10th, 74.51%

 

 

Stage 3: 13th, 78.33%

This would have been a really good stage if I had gotten a few more alphas!  I dropped two deltas on my two right papers rushing off of the open target and onto the clamshell... I ended up having way more time on the clamshell than I thought I was going to gave.  Just a little more time to get those few always and it would have put me very close to a stage win. 

 

 

Stage 4:  11th, 62.35%

Stage 5:  15th, 66.63%

 

Stage 6: 16th, 69.83%

So this was my reshoot. A popper at the end fell in the wind before I got to it. The reshoot was going better than my first run, 5 seconds ahead of my time up to the field of poppers at the end.... then - rushed, pick up shots all over.... my, "Oh no" because I knew I was going to slide lock 1f641.png:( ugh! was 16th, 69.83% Ended up being almost TWO seconds slower than my first run. *sigh*

 
 

Stage 7: 10th, 78.76%

 

 

Stage 8:  9th, 84.32%

 

 

Stage 9: 13th, 78.68%

 

 

Stage 10:  18th, 65.34%

 

Stage 11:  18th, 54.57%

 

 

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7/1/2018    DQ!!  :(  

 

So.... after four years of shooting it finally happened.... for realsies.  I DQd :(   (The DQ from November was an illegal stage design and I was following USPSA stage design rules when I was shooting the course, unaware of the "steel fault line" WITHIN the shooting area... so doesn't count "as much."  - It actually felt WAY worse, though. lol)  

 

DQing on the LAST STAGE of the day was, by far, much better than my first DQ - which was my 12th shot or so of the entire match.  Taping and scoring all day without getting to shoot any of the stages was a bummer!  At least I got to shoot this time and got some scores to compare against the other shooters.  I took a picture of all my stage scores and then changed the last place Production in the Competitor App to my scores to see about where I would have placed.  I made an estimate for the last stage, and it looks like I would have won with an 8% lead - so little fluctuation on the last stage probably wouldn't make a difference on placement.  I made mistakes, but it wasn't too terrible. Definitely needed to memorize a few of the stages better though because I wasn't hitting my positions and "hunting" a bit for the targets.      

 

No.... this isn't the DQ, this is my first stage of the day.  I was happy it went well, because at Oregon State I had a hard time on my first stages BOTH days.  I just aimed and shot and didn't worry about anything.  Now if I can just keep doing that lol  20A, 19.81 seconds, 6th overall out of the 61 shooters.  First 5 on the stage were a PCC GM and M; Open GM, and CO M and A.  And Production stage win (except... DQ).  

 

 

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No one was more bummed that you DQ'ed than your fellow Production A shooter here. It's quite a drag that they zero all the HF data for a DQ'ed shooter. As I was inputting your time and points into Excel for my own spreadsheet to see how I'd stack up with you and Todd on all stages minus stage 5, I felt like I was being punished for your DQ.  😛

 

You really did burn it up on stage 6. Thanks for posting this vid... it's convinced me that I need to wear a hatcam just for my own viewing and eval if nothing else. Watching you shoot this is how I "felt" while shooting it, but my time of 27.57 indicates my reality was far different... more in line with shooting on Quaaludes in fact. I wish I had a vid of myself to watch now.

 

May I ask ...what was your HF assumption on stage 5? Was it going well before the DQ?

 

Take care!

 

-Lance

 

 

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11 minutes ago, OlliesRevenge said:

No one was more bummed that you DQ'ed than your fellow Production A shooter here. It's quite a drag that they zero all the HF data for a DQ'ed shooter. As I was inputting your time and points into Excel for my own spreadsheet to see how I'd stack up with you and Todd on all stages minus stage 5, I felt like I was being punished for your DQ.  😛

 

You really did burn it up on stage 6. Thanks for posting this vid... it's convinced me that I need to wear a hatcam just for my own viewing and eval if nothing else. Watching you shoot this is how I "felt" while shooting it, but my time of 27.57 indicates my reality was far different... more in line with shooting on Quaaludes in fact. I wish I had a vid of myself to watch now.

 

May I ask ...what was your HF assumption on stage 5? Was it going well before the DQ?

 

Take care!

 

-Lance

 

 

 

Yeah, it's nice to see how you stack up against the same people.  Oh... I actually would have been third.  I accidentally swapped times for two stages and forgot I took out time for my malfs on stage 3 when I was looking to see what my stage score would have been if I hadn't stupidly stuck my gun half way through the port - I lost about 50 stage points on that stage :(   So, you got me this time! ;) 

 

Stage 1 - 22A, 3C, 1M, 1NS, 29.03 seconds, 3.4103 HF  |  4th  I rushed the first paper and got an alpha/mike/ns, then I don't think my gun liked the aluminum casing and had a weird thing in the second window on the left with that double stack target, so wasted some time there.  I knew there was one paper where I didn't call my shot, but I rushed off of it and didn't pick up any shots, so after show clear I was whining because I was afraid of what I had shot on that target. So... rushing, again.  I need to stop that.  

Stage 2 - 21A, 2C, 22.07 seconds, 5.0295 HF  |  1st  I had good hits, but I didn't have my positions memorized well enough, I was kinda leaning a little extra to hit targets and wasting movement.  It was decent though. 

Stage 3 - 29A, 5C, 1M, 53.72 seconds, 2.7923 HF  |  6th was HORRIBLE... stage plan was awesome, I eliminated going down two hallways and didn't have to go to the end of the stage... BUT... I put my gun halfway through the port and had several malfunctions, not realizing what I was doing.  I had 18 seconds of clearing multiple bad jams :( 

Stage 4 - 9A, 3D, 7.37 seconds, 6.5129 HF  |  3rd  The classifier - I had a good time, but 3 deltas lol...  The two paper on left I had a nice group straight across the middle of the alpha right in the delta zone.  The last target I knew was bad because I had loosened my grip and saw the gun jumping like crazy... I needed to calm down and just call my shots on that! 

Stage 5 - DQ [24A, 2C, 35.00 seconds, 3.6 HF]  And the last stage I DQ'd on.. well... I only got to shoot 8 aimed shots.

Stage 6 - 20A  19.81 seconds 5.0480 HF  |  1st  The steel stage we started on went almost perfect.  The only thing was when I left the first position I forgot how it was to run in sand lol and was thrown off by my slow departure lol.  Then at the end I had a few pickups.  But I was really happy with it.

 

So... I am only using brass cases from now on, I'm never putting my gun halfway through a port again, making sure I add my position at a port in my visualization, visualize every stage better and in more detail for every stage, stop rushing, call my shots.... and not DQ.

 

 

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1 hour ago, OlliesRevenge said:

You really did burn it up on stage 6. Thanks for posting this vid... it's convinced me that I need to wear a hatcam just for my own viewing and eval 

 

 

Haha thanks!  That was my only "good" stage, but I had good things here and there that were an improvement, so there were positives.  Just gotta bring it all together lol

 

I like having video because I never know how I did until I see it.  I usually feel it was SUPER slow and then sometimes it looks way better when I watch it.

 

I'm the green scores compared against you and Todd. 

Custer DQ scores https://imgur.com/a/MjuPtYH

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Haha thanks!  That was my only "good" stage, but I had good things here and there that were an improvement, so there were positives.  Just gotta bring it all together lol
 
I like having video because I never know how I did until I see it.  I usually feel it was SUPER slow and then sometimes it looks way better when I watch it.
 
I'm the green scores compared against you and Todd. 
Custer DQ scores https://imgur.com/a/MjuPtYH
Thanks for sharing all that. When I saw your time on stage 3 I knew something had happened. How did sticking your gun through a port induce a malfunction? Maybe there's something I need to learn here.

So far I've had two score destroying types of malfunctions with my new Shadow 2. They both involved the Montana gold 124 gr jhp. It's a finicky bullet in the cz because the transition from bearing surface to ogive is very abrupt, like a cone. This fact, combined with the short leade of the CZ, makes for a volatile combination. The first malfunction was due to an oal too long, resulting in the gun failing to go into battery and the bullet getting stuck in the rifling and separating from the case during my manual attempts to extract it... zeroed that stage.... clearing it involved squib rod & hammer at safety bench.

So, I started loading that bullet to 1.065 in, and at the next match discovered that an oal too short can cause the mouth of the jhp to jam at the top of the mouth of the chamber. Not as catastrophic as malf #1, but still ugly. To clear it involved taking out the magazine.

Now, Montana gold jacketed hollow points are for practice only. My current match load is a Montana gold 124 grain CMJ over 3.8 grains of titegroup, at 1.125 oal. No problems with that load so far. It plunks nicely all the way down into the Shadow 2 chamber, and does not require any gentle prying w/thumbnail to get it out.

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3 hours ago, OlliesRevenge said:

Thanks for sharing all that. When I saw your time on stage 3 I knew something had happened. How did sticking your gun through a port induce a malfunction? Maybe there's something I need to learn here.

...both involved the Montana gold 124 gr jhp. 
 

You're welcome :)

 

@Nickblasta thought it might have been because I hit my front sight on the port on recoil and short stroked it.  Not sure if that was the reason, or the only reason - might have been that and the aluminum casings.  Maybe doesn't like them?  I was shooting factory Federal, but two of the rounds I ejected had strikes on the primers.  There was bay one that something felt off as well.  I wasn't sure at the time what happened, I could have sworn I pulled the trigger in double action in the middle of a mag and was super confused.... I was thinking maybe what happened was that I had a light primer strike and it dropped the hammer, but I pulled the trigger again without racking, which would be in DA, and it went off.  At that end of bay 1 at after show clear I was like.... "What did I do?!"

 

Yeah my XDm doesn't like a long OAL or JHP and I read both those things may also be finicky in the S2.  So the OAL of my loads have worked well in the Shadow, I shot Oregon State without any malfs.  I'm still using 124 Rainier at 4.0 gr Titegroup.  130 PF 

 

 

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