Obvious Posted September 2, 2022 Share Posted September 2, 2022 I think most of us have gone through @CClassForLife's range diary. I found it extremely interesting and sparked my want to start recording my thoughts somewhere. Not necessarily for anyone else, but to be able to reference and remind myself of what I've learned. Some folks here have already made the connection of who I am, the "jorts" guy if you're on the competitive shooting subreddit. I have been competing in limited with a constantly malfunctioning RIA double stack 1911 for about a year now. Enough that it's been comical to a degree, yet extremely aggravating. One match it would run great, the next match I'd have a bent firing pin and couldn't ignite primers. I love the gun but thanks to someone here, have finally upgraded to a CZ TSO and will start using it for limited. I'm undecided as to whether I'm going to sell my RIA or set it aside for another fun division yet. I'm frequently busy with school and my internship, but have decided I want to take USPSA more seriously. I started shooting USPSA to become a better shooter in general. Before I started in USPSA, I didn't even know what dry fire was. Thinking about it though, "becoming a better shooter" is too vague. I think setting goals was a great way to go about things. I've extended "becoming a better shooter" into several facets of my life, I think for the better. I'm now going to the gym 3 days a week with buddies, with a major goal of getting better in the cardio department (I am severely lacking) and losing weight. So, lets start to break this down. Fitness Goals A fifteen minute mile by Halloween 2022. A 10 minute mile by February 2023 Twenty pounds lost by the end of the year. An extra 90 pounds added to bench press by February 2023. Incorporating more yoga and sports like basketball and tennis. Eating much less fast food. Shooting Goals A penalty free match by the end of November 2022. An all alpha's match by the end of 2022, regardless of time. A 1 second draw to first shot (alpha) by the end of December 2022. A 1-1.5 second reload by the end of December 2022. At least 15 minutes of dry fire every day. Acquiring more targets/variety to set up mock stages. 1st place in limited at a local match by December 2022. Top 5 in limited at a level 1 match by December 2022. Practice more with other USPSA shooters Push for max speed in practice, see where I start to break down. Figure out why. C class by the end of 2022. Attend a major match in 2023. Potentially a nationals? Not sure if there's a big point yet. GM by the start of 2024. This is largely a jumbled mess and I'm sure more will be added to it. But after a 15 1/2 hour day of constant school/work, this shall suffice. Initial thoughts on the TSO after 175 rounds: The recoil impulse with 180 gr reloads (3.7 gr e^3 loaded to 1.135") felt very light, but quite stout with 180 gr federal. With the red fiber front sight, it wasn't incredibly bright in an indoor range. May be better outside. Will consider swapping to a green fiber. My trigger finger felt like it was almost being "clicked" or forced off the trigger during recoil, leading to it always being ready to shoot when sights settled out of recoil. I've always tried to get my finger off the trigger as fast as possible, but as of right now I'm not sure if I'm resetting subconsciously myself, or if my fingers getting moved during recoil. The grips are more aggressive than they look. I was considering giving them a silicon carbide treatment but I'll refrain from now and see how they do once I start to get sweaty at an outdoor match. It feels like my sights aren't settling out of recoil as naturally as I'd like. It may still just be part of getting used to a new platform, but I found myself often searching for my front fiber instead of being able to know where it'll land when it comes out of recoil. I suspect this will change with more time and ammo. My thumbs are large enough that it doesn't fit perfectly on the thumb rest. Fine with reloads, but started to hurt with factory ammo. I'll have to play with how I grip the gun, or possibly 3D print another thumb rest. My dominant hand isn't quite sure how to ride the safety yet. In the "off" position it sits below where my thumb naturally falls after shooting a 2011 style gun for a year. Once again, I'll have to play with my grip and see what feels comfortable. So far, I have not flicked the safety on with my non-dominant hand. The magwell came much better contoured to the frame than I've seen in the past. Not quite perfect, but I suspect mags won't hang up on it during reloads. To be tested. Monday is payday and I'll be ordering my holster then. Dry fire in the coming weeks along with the gym. First match with it hopefully in a month or less. And with this mess I bid you guys adieu for now. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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