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Gatoose's Pro-gress journey

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So, I have been extra inspired lately to finally start my first range diary. A little background about myself; Im currently in the military and I am stationed in Las Vegas. I started practical shooting back in 2017. Because of the military, I have been deployed on and off, too much to get classified in a division. I started in limited, experiemented with open glocks (nightmare), then went into pcc. However, just recently, someone offered to trade my pcc with an old school STI open. It was too good to pass up. And now, I am tuning and getting to know my open gun.

 

3 months ago, I was stationed in South Korea for a year. I was not able to shoot but I was determined to get better somehow. I bought books on practical training, I worked on my conditioning, with a focus on grip strength. Fast forward to present, after shooting some PCC matches, I saw more fluidity in my motion. I shot some pistol during practice to see where my recoil management was and it was definitely a lot more improved. I also bought a dillon xl650 from all the money I was not shooting away. I got into reloading and was hooked. There was a sense of pride and ownership in the rounds I formulated. Now that I shoot open, it has resparked the creativity and challenge in 9mm major loads.

 

Fast forward to today, I shot 3 classifiers since being back in country. But, with the trade, that classification will have to wait as well. I was consistently placing around top 10ish with a pcc and will probably be dropping lower when I finally shoot open. Biggest thing i got out of pcc was speed and effecient movement. I hope it translates well into open. 

 

One of the books that have changed my training philosophies is Charlie Perez's Path to Focused Effort. It has revamped how I practice and dryfire. I used to repeat my draws and reloads in dryfire, but drawing and reloading only took up a fraction of a stage's time. I looked at match videos and practiced what I really needed work on. Entries, exits, running to next shooting spots, transitions, calling shots,  and my biggest weakness, shooting on the move. Im even struggling to not shoot a upl match this weekend and practice instead. 

 

 

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Here is a compilation of my May and June matches with my pcc. 

 

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For this weekend, I wanted to train and get some trigger time with my open gun. I was debating on going to the range and using all the target stands and shooting boxes I built. I also had steel targets I wanted to train on but these local ranges do not allow it. In the end, i decided to shoot a local UPL match. Now my logic was, Im going to treat these stages as an oppurtunity to work on my flaws and weaknesses. I shot a upl match to prep for USPSA.

 

My plan was to shoot on the move as much as I can, reload effeciently and pay attention to the dot. One thing I did notice about my movement was pcc helped me with my entries and exits. Getting the gun up and ready when entering positions helped my get my shot off more accurately. In the end, i was sent home early due to malfunctions I had to figure out. Long story short, my hammer would not fall and I had to mess with the sear spring. All in all, I am definitely digging open.

 

After messing with different loads, ive settled with 125 grains of sns coated round nose, and 7.2 grains of cfe. This reaches to 173 pf. 

 

I also had left over 115gr that I have been able to load to reach 168pf.

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