Quote of the day—Barb L.

Rifles are fun!

Barb L.
April 24, 2015
[This was the first time she had shot a .22 rifle. It was also the first time she shot a scoped, suppressed rifle. And the first time she had shot a rifle from a “bench”. It made it much easier than kneeling and standing like her first rifle experience.—Joe]

New shooter report

Barb’s nephew Jeff wanted to learn to shoot so Barb reserved the training bay at the local indoor range and I brought a bunch of guns and ammo.

I started him out with the safety rules, then grip, stance, sight alignment, trigger prep, squeeze, follow through, and finally dry fire. Once he had that all working pretty good he shot a .22 scoped rifle with a suppresser. Then it was the Ruger 22/45 while sitting, then while standing.


Then it was the .22 revolver:


Then the AR-15. And finally the Ruger P-89 (9mm).


My lead and I went to lunch with three representatives from a vendor today. One had spent many years in law enforcement and the other two really enjoy hunting.  At lunch we spent a lot of time talking about the outdoors, shooting, hiking, hunting, and climbing mountains.

While returning from lunch and walking through the parking garage:

Vendor Rep: Nice Kydex holster for your flashlight. I suppose <company name> has a policy against fully loaded magazines to put in the slot next to it.

Joe: They just might.

Vendor Rep: But it’s the only holster you have for the flashlight, right?

Joe: That’s right.

It was the law enforcement guy.

I love this job and the people I work with.

USPSA match results

As I posted earlier my participation in a USPSA match today was cut short by catastrophic equipment failure. Even having only completed three and zeroing three stages I still didn’t come in dead last:

MRCPS April Uspsa
Match Results – Combined
Place Name Member # Class Division PF Lady Mil Law For Match Pts Match %
1 Helterline, Nick A24193 G OPEN MAJOR N N N N 745.4775 100.000 %
2 Ramberg, Tim TY70622 M OPEN MAJOR N N N N 704.8636 94.552 %
3 Pries, Scott A57006 G LTD MAJOR N N N N 650.9987 87.326 %
4 Kettels, Tom L465 M OPEN MAJOR N N N N 649.7426 87.158 %
5 Hoang, Vinh TY55787 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 612.2319 82.126 %
6 Wiley, John A68387 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 607.1873 81.449 %
7 Hong, Andrew A83199 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 599.8781 80.469 %
8 Tan, Loke TY66526 M OPEN MAJOR N N N N 598.7592 80.319 %
9 Loo, Bob L1770 A OPEN MAJOR N N N N 594.1050 79.695 %
10 Lee, Yong FY41528 G PROD MINOR N N N N 580.5697 77.879 %
11 Kim, Hwansik A86278 A PROD MINOR N N N N 539.6461 72.389 %
12 Eap, Sorida TY76563 B OPEN MAJOR Y N N N 532.4589 71.425 %
13 Albero, Joseph FY37033 C OPEN MAJOR N N N N 529.1346 70.979 %
14 LeRoux, Scott L3253 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 525.3467 70.471 %
15 Tag, Alan A51215 G PROD MINOR N N N N 522.1622 70.044 %
16 Shoemaker, Floyd L2396 M OPEN MAJOR N N N N 511.6337 68.632 %
17 Wood, Bruce TY47022 A OPEN MAJOR N N N N 507.5291 68.081 %
18 Huang, Jemy TY71576 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 491.8023 65.971 %
19 Cotie, Paul A76039 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 490.3199 65.773 %
20 Dong, James FY22573 B OPEN MAJOR N N N N 484.1667 64.947 %
21 Roberts, Kevin A66808 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 471.5292 63.252 %
22 Olka, Chris TY54513 B SS MAJOR N N N N 470.0700 63.056 %
23 Nevins, Chris FY75900 A PROD MINOR N N N N 460.1006 61.719 %
24 Plotnikov, Emanuel L3050 M PROD MINOR N N N N 456.4464 61.229 %
25 Munson, Lisa A8382 A SS MAJOR Y N N N 454.2216 60.930 %
26 Galanti, Mike TY13332 A LTD MAJOR N N N N 446.7189 59.924 %
27 Miller, Tavis TY71173 A PROD MINOR N N N N 441.2201 59.186 %
28 Roessel, Steven A44141 A OPEN MAJOR N N N N 439.5921 58.968 %
29 Stockwell, Nicholas A89438 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 432.0450 57.955 %
30 Leone, Larry L3001 A LTD MAJOR N N N N 426.6662 57.234 %
31 Noel, Brian A29646 G REV MINOR N N N N 418.1377 56.090 %
32 McNees, Don A88218 B LTD MINOR N N N N 415.6461 55.756 %
33 Farrow, Dave B49 B PROD MINOR N N N N 410.6384 55.084 %
34 Baleros, Rae A83018 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 406.8212 54.572 %
35 Mouille, Scott TY68271 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 402.2876 53.964 %
36 Saslawsky, Mike TY56783 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 391.1727 52.473 %
37 James, Jason TY75331 B PROD MINOR N N N N 382.9065 51.364 %
38 Erickson, Aaron TY84885 U SS MAJOR N N N N 374.4335 50.227 %
39 Domingo, Noel A85786 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 372.3201 49.944 %
40 Galind, Edward A61323 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 371.2768 49.804 %
41 Brosas, Albert A54960 B LTD MINOR N N N N 369.2145 49.527 %
42 Vanlandingham, Greg A90645 U PROD MINOR N N N N 360.9470 48.418 %
43 Chiou, Roger TY71834 U LTD MAJOR N N N N 359.3018 48.198 %
44 Roessel, Gary A2757 B LTD MINOR N N N N 358.9575 48.151 %
45 Slaughter, Rustin A90627 U LTD MAJOR N N N N 354.3652 47.535 %
46 Tomasie, Squire L1145 A PROD MINOR N N N N 349.1555 46.836 %
47 Wall, Gary TY41939 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 348.2757 46.718 %
48 Allen, Craig TY71465 B PROD MINOR N N N N 337.3902 45.258 %
49 Breitkreutz, Gale TY82582 D OPEN MAJOR N N N N 336.3473 45.118 %
50 Hodges, Palmer A80680 C PROD MINOR N N N N 336.2436 45.104 %
51 Straathof, Greg A89323 U PROD MINOR N N N N 331.6126 44.483 %
52 Pajarillo, Mario A25659 U PROD MINOR N N N N 328.3804 44.050 %
53 Tsang, Keith A71578 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 323.8689 43.444 %
54 Hodges, Justin A80693 C PROD MINOR N N N N 323.3540 43.375 %
55 Harris, Brad A54628 A LTD MAJOR N N N N 322.6308 43.278 %
56 Sherman, Tod TY37515 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 314.2959 42.160 %
57 Boffey, David PENDING U PROD MINOR N N N N 309.3078 41.491 %
58 Mackley, Matt PENDING U PROD MINOR N N N N 307.4944 41.248 %
59 Mortell, Jeff A86651 C PROD MINOR N N N N 307.4439 41.241 %
60 Dussault, Kyle A90234 U REV MINOR N N N N 304.4598 40.841 %
61 Shatto, Rollie TY18977 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 301.6599 40.465 %
62 Clark, Dean A85321 C LTD MINOR N N N N 295.1779 39.596 %
63 Harding, Matt A87093 C PROD MINOR N N N N 291.0945 39.048 %
64 Millican, Arthur L3892 U OPEN MINOR N N N N 286.3976 38.418 %
65 Tablang, Nelson A86966 U PROD MINOR N N N N 278.4613 37.353 %
66 Soraparu, Heather TY86040 C PROD MINOR Y N N N 278.0775 37.302 %
67 Smith, Alex TY78406 C SS MAJOR N N N N 276.6623 37.112 %
68 Westrich, Chaun A78506 C REV MINOR N N N N 271.8651 36.469 %
69 Paczosa, Dan 2(SS) A87261 U SS MAJOR N N N N 271.1708 36.375 %
70 Kellet, Steve TY37763 C SS MAJOR N N N N 270.8322 36.330 %
71 Paczosa, Conner 1(PROD) A87261 U PROD MINOR N N N N 262.0480 35.152 %
72 Gross, Brad A89754 U PROD MINOR N N N N 250.8192 33.645 %
73 Crow, Don A85736 U PROD MINOR N N N N 237.3173 31.834 %
74 Adam, Brandi A73942 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 232.1828 31.146 %
75 Fenlin, Jim A77726 D SS MAJOR N N N N 212.6674 28.528 %
76 Jensen, John TY87846 U PROD MINOR N N N N 211.2494 28.337 %
77 Parisi, Jesse PENDING U LTD MINOR N N N N 195.8696 26.274 %
78 Hansen, Susan A89501 U PROD MINOR Y N N N 179.5240 24.082 %
79 Grover, Jason A86456 U PROD MINOR N N N N 177.4217 23.800 %
80 Russell, Jim F79157 D PROD MINOR N N N N 176.7931 23.715 %
81 Huffman, Joe TY29386 B OPEN MAJOR N N N N 147.4298 19.777 %
82 Rowe, Mark A67862 D SS MAJOR N N N N 132.3297 17.751 %
83 Bregante, Carlos TY4508 C LTD MINOR N N N N 122.8851 16.484 %
84 Tolentino, Ronald A90654 U PROD MINOR N N N N 113.1315 15.176 %
85 (DQ) Soltesz, Bob PENDING U SS MAJOR N N N N 0.0000 0.000 %

For some reason they have me listed as being in Open class instead of Limited. I sent them email asking that they correct the error.

They had a very “interesting” stage where you ran about 15 yards to the first five paper targets then ran about another 15 yards to some more paper targets and around the corner there was a Texas Star and three poppers 31 yards away:


A Texas Star is challenging under most any circumstances but 31 yards is almost obscene. Without going to Idaho I don’t have access to a place where I can shoot targets at 31 yards. This was evident in my performance. It took me several shots to discover I needed to hold at the top edge of the plates to hit them. Many people left some and at least one person left all of the plates as misses.

This was another “interesting” stage. The start position was facing up range with your hands on the X’s:


It was very awkward. And the taller you were the more difficult it was.

The gun is all used up

I went to a USPSA match today and my gun barrel fractured and locked up my gun. This is a cropped version of the picture I tweeted about shortly after the incident:


Robb Allen almost immediately asked the obvious question, “Your own loads or factory?” And of course the answer was they were rounds I had loaded myself. In many situations this would be the end of the story. The shooter had a squib (a round with no or insufficient powder) which resulted in a bullet stuck in the barrel and the next round set off the automatic self-destruct sequence of events. Another way it could have happened was a round got double charged or the wrong powder was used. In any case it is relatively easy and frequent that handloaders blow up their guns through their own carelessness.

But as Ry pointed out the head of the shell casing is still there which probably means there wasn’t an over pressure event involved. I was able to hammer the gun open far enough for the shell casing to drop out and confirmed Ry’s suspicion:


This is a perfectly normal looking piece of brass. Even the primer looks normal so there was no overpressure event involved. I tried putting it in the case gauge and it would only go in about halfway. The chamber of barrel is now, of course, large than spec and the brass expanded just a bit more than normal even though it can’t be seen with the naked eye.

I tried for quite a bit to get the gun open in the hopes that I could remove the barrel but I wasn’t able to get it open any beyond this:


You can’t see it in the photograph but the feed ramp also split.

I finally just closed it up:


I don’t know what the root cause was. I wonder if it wasn’t a timing issue which caused some abnormal stress because I had a broken link with this barrel once before.

Something that is interesting to me is that I had the lugs break on the original STI barrel after about 20,000 rounds and this barrel failed after almost exactly the same number of rounds. I have known the gun was living on borrowed time for nearly six years now so I can’t really complain a lot.

I’m not going to try to get the gun repaired. As Barb, essentially, and Gay_Cynic said, I used the gun up.

Update: I should have said that the shot sounded and felt almost normal to me. The recoil cycle wasn’t quite right but there wasn’t a greater than normal impulse or BOOM!

Case prep

I thought mine was getting complicated and expensive. Actually it’s complete ammunition manufacturing.

The guy giving us the tour obviously isn’t a hand loader, is he?

So anyway; you want a complete home loading facility, it would look something like that. The QA alone is quite an impressive operation.

I’d need a rather larger spare bedroom than the one I currently use for reloading.

Hat tip; Sipsey

Steel Challenge match results

Ry and I went to a Steel Challenge match today. I shot with a centerfire pistol and he shot a .22 Pistol.

I came in fourth out of 30 people which is significantly better than the seventh out of 36 last time with this group. I felt really good about almost all of my shooting this time. Well… except after stage 4 where I had no problems and it confounded almost everyone else in our squad and Taylor said she wasn’t going to hang out me with anymore. I completed it in 19 seconds flat and it took her over 49 seconds.

Ry made a video of me shooting one of the stages. It seems like my draw is really slow but it seems to be on the order of 1.5 seconds so that isn’t too bad.

Another thing of interest is that I was wearing a Boomershoot 2006 shirt and the R.O. said the Latin (Veni, vidi, BOOM!) was perfect.

Here are more detailed results:

Stage # SCSA ID Stage Name
1 ?? Go Fast
2 ?? Star Burst
3 ?? Concentrate
4 ?? In & Out

Centerfire Pistol

Place Name Comp SCSA Division Aggregate Total Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 DQ Additional
1 Christian S 58 PROD 57.71 57.71 10.40 15.62 15.48 16.21 Junior
2 Alexander W 55 3362 OPN 62.61 62.61 9.71 15.71 21.12 16.07 Junior
3 Connor P 60 A87260 PROD 72.30 72.30 11.00 20.43 20.04 20.83 Junior
4 Joe H 23 3799 ISP 74.71 74.71 12.54 20.58 22.59 19.00 Senior
5 Bob S 2 PROD 78.06 78.06 13.02 20.21 22.55 22.28 Senior
6 Euan G 4 ISP 81.87 81.87 13.85 26.14 20.99 20.89
7 Jeff K 15 PROD 87.74 87.74 13.69 25.61 20.77 27.67
8 Matthew M 14 PROD 88.08 88.08 13.94 24.69 25.48 23.97 Military
9 Dan P 62 A87261 ISP 89.16 89.16 15.05 25.94 24.13 24.04
10 Eric W 63 3362 PROD 90.28 90.28 16.24 22.62 27.87 23.55
11 Lukasz T 35 5956 ISP 90.31 90.31 10.87 24.60 26.03 28.81
12 Bradley M 57 PROD 96.33 96.33 13.15 23.80 29.56 29.82 Junior
13 Lance B 16 PROD 97.86 97.86 18.22 26.53 25.52 27.59
14 Tim R 20 ISR 99.84 99.84 18.85 23.81 26.24 30.94
15 Earl B 10 ISP 100.32 100.32 19.27 24.08 28.13 28.84
16 Don C 33 A85736 PROD 101.26 101.26 16.96 27.43 29.15 27.72 Senior
17 Jason F 24 PROD 104.44 104.44 14.90 29.54 30.07 29.93
18 Jeffrey K 39 A84426 PROD 106.46 106.46 16.19 31.00 25.14 34.13 Senior
19 Jesse P 28 PROD 109.06 109.06 18.42 29.30 28.91 32.43
20 Mark B 3 OPN 112.01 112.01 18.79 30.51 29.48 33.23
21 Bryce K 8 PROD 114.50 114.50 18.86 26.12 30.76 38.76
22 Brad M 49 ISP 119.75 119.75 16.98 39.49 34.20 29.08
23 Jason G 27 A86456 PROD 121.79 121.79 17.35 32.19 35.62 36.63
24 Joel F 7 PROD 124.19 124.19 18.71 29.01 33.64 42.83
25 Euan G 9 PROD 125.53 125.53 23.00 31.80 37.14 33.59
26 Patrick D 5 PROD 155.65 155.65 17.15 40.77 49.57 48.16 Military
27 Denny M 25 PROD 164.79 164.79 27.78 50.18 38.22 48.61
28 Taylor C 18 ISP 170.22 170.22 20.46 47.90 52.83 49.03 Lady
29 Gail C 19 PROD 210.22 210.22 29.49 62.28 52.56 65.89 Lady
30 Paul B 29 A87020 PROD 248.23 248.23 18.95 120.00 42.46 68.43 Senior

.22 Pistol

Place Name Comp SCSA Division Aggregate Total Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 DQ Additional
1 Christian S 59 RFPI 46.69 46.69 7.16 13.10 14.21 12.22 Junior
2 Connor P 61 A87260 RFPI 47.66 47.66 7.74 12.04 14.85 13.03 Junior
3 Lukasz T 34 5956 RFPO 50.86 50.86 8.54 14.39 13.33 14.60
4 Bradley M 56 RFPI 53.63 53.63 7.28 14.55 17.20 14.60 Junior
5 Jeff K 6 RFPO 55.02 55.02 9.39 14.23 15.63 15.77
6 Stephen D 1 RFPO 56.18 56.18 9.83 16.39 13.44 16.52
7 Alexander W 54 3362 RFPI 57.27 57.27 8.91 13.97 15.88 18.51 Junior
8 Cel A 48 4893 RFPI 58.49 58.49 11.97 15.46 15.82 15.24
9 Lance B 12 RFPI 72.81 72.81 12.20 17.27 21.37 21.97
10 Addison L 52 RFPI 73.83 73.83 9.14 20.13 26.24 18.32 Junior
11 Earl B 11 RFPI 79.23 79.23 9.65 19.77 24.54 25.27
12 Michael M 50 RFPI 93.87 93.87 17.92 26.63 23.32 26.00
13 Erik F 17 RFPI 95.71 95.71 14.51 26.51 30.53 24.16
14 Denny M 26 RFPI 103.69 103.69 11.45 29.27 36.83 26.14
15 Ry J 21 TY76202 RFPO 112.62 112.62 18.63 24.50 34.05 35.44
16 Adrian C 38 RFPI 113.81 113.81 15.13 25.98 35.98 36.72 Junior
17 James W 32 RFPI 116.89 116.89 13.68 40.04 35.67 27.50 Senior
18 Sara W 45 RFPI 117.25 117.25 30.42 30.62 30.36 25.85 Lady, Junior
19 Sabrina W 43 RFPI 125.27 125.27 19.81 37.65 36.21 31.60 Lady, Junior
20 Joey M 47 RFPI 143.40 143.40 44.56 42.90 26.41 29.53 Junior
21 Ezzy A 44 5478 RFPI 153.70 153.70 21.73 42.75 44.20 45.02 Lady, Junior
22 Isabelle M 42 RFPI 198.93 198.93 23.24 104.72 34.68 36.29 Lady, Junior
23 Paul B 30 A87020 RFPI 228.11 228.11 18.52 120.00 52.80 36.79 Senior

Rounds in the last month

Here is an update on the total number of rounds I have reloaded:

223.LOG: 2027 rounds.
3006.LOG: 467 rounds.
300WIN.LOG: 1351 rounds.
40SW.LOG: 38807 rounds.
45.log: 0 rounds.
9MM.LOG: 21636 rounds.
Total: 64288 rounds.

This is a delta of 3064 rounds since last month. This is composed of 1,137 rounds of .40 S&W and 1,927 rounds of 9mm. So far this year I have reloaded 6,859 rounds.

This morning I ran some bullets over the chronograph using the ETR7 powder I got last month. Using the Montana Gold 180 grain JHP and the loads suggested somewhere else I tried 4.5 grains and 4.8 grains with an OAL of 1.135. The results were a little lower velocities than what I expected. All tests were with the muzzle 10 feet from the first screen of the chronograph and an ambient temperature of 32F. The low temperature may have affected the velocities some but I need to be able to make major power factor (165) even when it is cold out.

4.5 grains of ETR7:

Mean Velocity: 861 fps
Standard Deviation: 17.5 fps
Minimum Velocity: 832 fps
Maximum Velocity: 891 fps
Extreme Spread: 59 fps
Power Factor: 155.07

4.8 grains of ETR7:

Mean Velocity: 891 fps
Standard Deviation: 20.6 fps
Minimum Velocity: 864 fps
Maximum Velocity: 935 fps
Extreme Spread: 71 fps
Power Factor: 160.54

The suggested max load is 5.0 grains. But what I need to do is check the primers of the 4.8 grain loads before bumping the load up to the max. And if linear interpolation is valid for this range of loads 5.0 grains isn’t going to get me into major.

Unexpected question

Barb got a new water heater installed recently and one of the installers poked his head in the laundry room to ask Barb to turn on the hot water facet in the kitchen to get the water to drain.

Some time later he asked, “Who here works for Blackwater?”

Barb told him no one, but that I had got a tour through their facility. That wasn’t exactly correct (see also here) but it was close enough.

Apparently he saw the hats hanging up in the laundry room:


Speed steel challenge fun match results

Yesterday I went to Whidbey Island for a steel match at Holmes Harbor Rod & Gun Club. It was a beautiful day to be on the island:



The match was run the same as Steel Challenge but none of the stages were the classifier stages.

The stages were the most interesting steel stages I have shot. In each of the pictures below you shoot the white plates in any order then shoot the yellow stop plate last.

You had to be careful on this one. It was undefined what happened if one of your shots hit both the yellow and white plate. Our squad gave the shooter credit for whichever plate gave him the best result.

One guy in our squad called this stage “Saw tooth”.

They called this stage “Train crossing”.

I don’t recall there being a name for this stage.
They called this stage “Drag race”. Obviously it was a very fast stage.

“Drag race” was the last stage our squad shot and I was “getting into the zone”. As per Steel Challenge rules we shot each stage five times and threw out the slowest time and summed the remaining four times. My cumulative time for the four best strings was 11.87 seconds (an average of 2.9675 seconds for the draw and five hits). One string was 2.83 seconds. When I finished a guy on our squad told me, “Fancy shooting!” I’m not sure “Fancy” was the appropriate term but I was very pleased with the results. Although I’m nearly certain there are a lot of shooters could do it under two seconds.

The overall results are as follows. Most people shot more than one gun in different classes. The class definitions (IIRC) are:

RF-RI-O: Rim Fire Rifle Optics
RF-O: Rim Fire Pistol Optics
CF-I: Center Fire Iron
CF-RV-O: Center Fire Revolver Optics
CF-RV: Center Fire Revolver
CF-LR: ??

Name Class Total Time
Brian RF-RI-O 40.88
Dan RF-RI-O 51.58
Brian RF-O 53.89
Jeff RF-RI-O 55.26
Jeff RF-O 62.29
Mac RF-O 66.97
Jim CF-RI-O 68.13
Joe CF-I 78.15
Dan CF-RV-O 80.36
Jeff CF-I 87.68
Bruce CF-I 97.78
Mac CF-RV 95.31
Bruce CF-I 97.78
Dennis CF-LR 111.99
Jim CF-RV 139.34

It wasn’t a big field of competitors in my class but I did win by a pretty wide margin.

USPSA match results

I participated in an USPSA match today. The results are:

Match Results – Limited

Place Name USPSA Class Division PF Lady Mil Law For Match Pts Match %
1 Hoang, Vinh TY55787 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 767.5256 100.000 %
2 Gillaspie, Brent A89049 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 573.9757 74.783 %
3 LeRoux, Scott L3253 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 556.5122 72.507 %
4 Nguyen, Johnny A71227 B LTD MINOR N N N N 555.3398 72.355 %
5 Banks, David A79458 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 552.1760 71.942 %
6 Huffman, Joseph TY29386 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 529.4745 68.985 %
7 Rustin, Slaughter PEN U LTD MAJOR N N N N 527.5801 68.738 %
8 Galanti, Mike TY13332 A LTD MAJOR N N N N 527.0083 68.663 %
9 Tsang, Keith A71578 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 516.8853 67.344 %
10 Huang, Jemy TY71576 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 516.2424 67.261 %
11 Blair, Bruce A47451 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 455.2447 59.313 %
12 Feucht, Alan A72439 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 445.7381 58.075 %
13 Stockwell, Nicholas A89438 U LTD MAJOR N N N N 434.0948 56.558 %
14 Domingo, Noel A85786 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 418.2819 54.497 %
15 McNees Jr., Don A88218 B LTD MINOR N N N N 410.8311 53.527 %
16 Hong, Andrew A83199 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 399.8011 52.090 %
17 Cook, Jason A85741 U LTD MINOR N N N N 387.1407 50.440 %
18 Sherman, Tod TY37515 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 374.8925 48.844 %
19 Reibman, Ryan A84564 D LTD MINOR N N N N 364.6060 47.504 %
20 Landon, Ryan A84974 U LTD MINOR N N N N 354.9776 46.250 %
21 Garcia, Edwin PEN U LTD MAJOR N N N N 347.6332 45.293 %
22 Adams, Bryan A85106 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 310.2931 40.428 %
23 Parrott, Drew A88208 U LTD MAJOR N N N N 281.3870 36.662 %
24 Bregante, Carlos TY4508 C LTD MINOR N N N N 181.1482 23.602 %
25 Stockwell, Taylor PEN U LTD MAJOR N N N N 172.6321 22.492 %

I came in at the 76th percentile this time. This is a slight improvement from last Sunday. But what is most interesting to me is that at the last match Andrew Hong came in ahead of me getting 99.6% of the possible match points (I got about 78.6%). This time he came in number 16 with 52.1%. He must have had some equipment problems or something. He zeroed stage 1 and stage 2. And he came in 9th on stage 3.

Here are pictures of stage 5, “More Disaster Factor (13-08)”, and stage 7, “Window Pain”:



This was before it started raining. It got pretty muddy and for most of the match we had clear plastic bags over the targets. It wasn’t nearly as wet as last Sunday but it was enough to cause a few issues with the targets and the tape failing to stick.

New shooter report

I took a former boss of mine, Marcello, to the range today. It was over two months ago that he had express an interest in going shooting for the first time but schedules hadn’t worked out until today.

Before we stepped onto the range we did the normal safety, grip, stance, and sight alignment stuff. I thing asked what he wanted to get out of this range session. His was a different story than I had ever heard before. He was a little bit scared of guns. He wanted to resolve that. He wanted to be either comfortable with guns or know for certain that it wasn’t for him. I’m sure nearly all of my readers know how this is going to resolve.


Here is just the bull’s-eye:


That is the result of firing his first 20 rounds of .22 LR from my Ruger Mark III into a target nine feet away. I verified on another target at 21 feet the sights are a little off. The gun is shooting a little bit to the right.

I would edit the picture to emphasize his smile but it is big enough to easily see in the picture above.

I put up a more difficult target (four diamonds) and moved it out to 15 feet where he continued to do extremely well. I had him put one shot on each diamond. I had him go from low ready to fire on one diamond. I had him go from low ready to fire one round on each diamond until the gun was empty. I had him go from low ready to fire two rounds on each diamond until the gun was empty.

He kept probably 80% of the shots inside the diamonds and his speed rapidly increased.

I had him shoot a .22 LR revolver in single action mode from 15 feet. First dry fire, then live fire. He did great. Then I had him shoot double action dry fire about a dozen times. It looked pretty good even though you could tell he was struggling a little to get a consistent pause between the cylinder rotation and the hammer falling. The first cylinder of live fire was not very pretty. Everything was on paper but not many were on the diamonds. The second cylinder was much better. Nearly all were in the diamonds.

He moved on to 9 mm. Dry fire followed by a single round in the gun. He was a little bit surprised at the recoil even though I told him it would be a lot more. Then I had him shoot two rounds. All the shots were great and I had him empty a magazine into the target. Again all good and his speed was picking up as well.

I had him shoot a few rounds of .40 S&W through my STI. He could tell there was more recoil and it was a bit more than he wanted. He went back to the 9mm and soon his shots were getting a bit wild. Still on paper but not the tight groups on the diamonds like before. It had been nearly two hours on the range and I was pretty sure he was getting tired and maybe developing a bit of a flinch. I suggested he might be getting tired because of the shots weren’t as good as he was doing earlier. He agreed and we packed up and left.

I told him about professional training available from Insights offered at the same range, different range options in the area, rental guns, and competition. He seemed interested and told him I would be glad to give him more lessons. He just needs to let me know when and next time he needs to buy the ammo.

Winning. One new shooter at a time.

From my ammo depot

I have been doing some organization of my ammo and shooting up the older and small quantity stuff. I noticed the packaging for CCI Mini-Mag .22 LR ammo has changed over the years:


The leftmost is the oldest and the one on the right is the most recent.

On Tuesday I finished off the box on the left. I suspect it was getting close to 20 years old. Every round fed, fired, and ejected without a problem in my Ruger Mark III.

USPSA match results

I shot in another USPSA match on Sunday. It was raining. At times it was really pouring. At other times it was a mild drizzle. It never stopped.

One of the guys at the match has been to a couple of Boomershoots and I know both he and his wife from outside of the gun community. He came up to me, said hi, and I told him it seemed a little damp. He said, “I’m not staying. I just came to check on my stage.” He had a shovel over his shoulder and had dug a ditch to carry some of the water away.

It wasn’t the wettest match I have ever heard of but it was the wettest match I have ever attended.




Match Results – Limited
Place Name Member # Class Division PF Lady Mil Law For Match Pts Match %
1 Hoang, Vinh TY55787 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 786.2780 100.000 %
2 Hong, Andrew A83199 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 783.4298 99.638 %
3 Huffman, Joe TY29386 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 617.8207 78.575 %
4 Banks, David A79458 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 604.0272 76.821 %
5 Baleros, Rae A83018 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 549.8423 69.930 %
6 Leander, Mike A28558 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 522.8482 66.497 %
7 Glines, Sterling A81856 U LTD MAJOR N N N N 503.5897 64.047 %
8 Domiolio, Noel A85786 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 347.6279 44.212 %
9 Bell, Eric A32654 A LTD MAJOR N N N N 230.1977 29.277 %
10 Stephens, Scotti A73026 none LTD MAJOR Y N N N 141.6806 18.019 %
11 (DQ) Huggins, Rick A88883 C LTD MINOR N N N N 0.0000 0.000 %

This is a much better outcome that previous matches. Only two master class shooters were ahead of me. Another B, an A, and a Master class shooter were below me. Although clearly they were having a “bad day”. I came in at about the 73rd percentile of the shooters. This is much better than the 52nd percentile, and 59th percentile of the previous two matches.

I have been practicing and then testing myself with El Presidente. Here are the results from January 30th of this year. To make it easy for the spreadsheet and to reduce the need to tape the targets I only track the strings where I got all A-zone hits:

Mean Draw Time: 1.79
Mean Split Time: 0.60
Mean Transition Time: 0.72
Mean Reload Time: 2.086
Mean Total Time: 10.36

This sucks. I had no idea how slow I had become until I did this test.

And from February 12th:

Mean Draw Time: 1.60
Mean Split Time: 0.54
Mean Transition Time: 0.64
Mean Reload Time: 2.43
Mean Total Time: 9.83

Better but not by much. Things still weren’t clicking. I had to really go slow to get the A-zone hits. This was especially true with the first shot after the draw and the split times for shots on the same target. It shouldn’t take almost as long for a second hit on the same target as it did for a transition to another target over three feet from the previous one. Why was it taking so long to get on target with the sights and pull the trigger? I just didn’t know.

From March 11th, a few days before this match:

Mean Draw Time: 1.75
Mean Split Time: 0.39
Mean Transition Time: 0.63
Mean Reload Time: 2.30
Mean Total Time: 8.45

The splits on the same target got a lot better. I had been practicing with a .22 on multiple shots on the same target when it suddenly just clicked. The splits just happened without me having to think about them. The sights lined up and the gun went “bang!” without me having to think about it. When I substituted the .40 caliber it still happened.

When I shot the match on Sunday things felt a lot better. The gun went bang without me thinking about it. There were some very short range shots where either I didn’t let up on the trigger enough to get a reset or I was cycling the trigger faster than the gun was cycling the slide. I’ll have to do some tests to find out what is going on with that. And for all except the stage with the 50 yard targets I got good hits. My speed improved without problems with my accuracy.

8.45 second El Presidente’s are still slower than they used to be. I’m pretty sure I was doing them in the mid to high sevens years ago. More practice is needed. The transitions need work. I know this because of this. I should be able to remove at least a tenth of a second. I would then get down into the low 8’s for El Presidentes.

I’m going to the range tomorrow and doing a bunch of transition work with the .22. I’ll do another El Presidente test on Thursday.

USPSA match results

I finally found the USPSA match results from last month when I shot a match the day after Valentines day. One stage was particularly well themed:

Shoot them in the heart. The black is considered “hard cover”.

This (quasi) heart shaped outline on the ground is the shooting box.

The results for my division are as follows:

MRCPS The Love Zone


Match Results – Limited

Place Name USPSA Class Division PF Lady Mil Law For Match Pts Match %
1 Hoang, Vinh TY55787 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 675.1016 100.000 %
2 Hong, Andrew A83199 A LTD MAJOR N N N N 599.5350 88.807 %
3 Huang, Jemy TY71576 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 548.9420 81.313 %
4 Leander, Mike A28558 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 528.9624 78.353 %
5 Olson, Kevin A51227 A LTD MAJOR N N N N 528.2475 78.247 %
6 McClure, Dave A71541 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 443.7927 65.737 %
7 Rick, Huggins A88883 D LTD MINOR N N N N 424.4684 62.875 %
8 Harris, Brad A54628 A LTD MAJOR N N N N 419.2345 62.099 %
9 Rae, Baleros A83018 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 418.2772 61.958 %
10 Huffman, Joe TY29386 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 412.9623 61.170 %
11 McNees, Don A21888 C LTD MINOR N N N N 406.3468 60.190 %
12 Tsang, Keith A71578 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 391.8932 58.050 %
13 Tod, Sherman TY37515 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 319.1640 47.276 %
14 Russ, Kimberly TY59608 D LTD MINOR Y N N N 293.3518 43.453 %
15 Shatto, Rollie TY18977 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 290.2087 42.987 %
16 Wall, Gary TY41939 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 285.7136 42.322 %
17 Garcia, Edwin PEN U LTD MINOR N N N N 257.2086 38.099 %
18 Workman, Rob A88068 U LTD MINOR N N N N 247.2043 36.617 %
19 Harding, Matt A87093 U LTD MINOR N N N N 246.3886 36.497 %
20 Bregante, Carlos TY4508 C LTD MINOR N N N N 123.7345 18.328 %
21 (DQ) Mathena, Lee A85475 D LTD MINOR            

As you can see I didn’t do all that great. There were ‘C’ and ‘D’ class shooters who came in above me. Among other things, on the last stage I had a major brain fart and fired six shots on the wrong side of a shooting line. That was worth 60 points of penalties. It didn’t even give me any advantage to do so. I just forgot I needed to be on the other side of the line to shoot those targets.

This match was shot before (February 15 versus February 22) that last USPSA match I reported on. In that match I came in at the 59th percentile. In this match I came in at the 52nd percentile. That is a little better but it is essentially unchanged even though there was some practice between the matches.

Words still mean things II

When writing a review on a firearm, some ammo, or an optical sight, etc., it is probably not a good idea to say that you had “zero issues” or “zero problems” or “zero failures” with it. I’m going to be left wondering exactly what these specific zero issues/problems/failures were, and why you’re not telling us more about them. If you had “no issues” then it would be best if you put it just like that. “Zero issues”, on the other hand, are a whole different subject, and they are potentially very frustrating.

(for those of you who aren’t part of the gun culture, your “zero” is that particular adjustment, or set of adjustments, of your sighting system that puts your bullet right on target at a specific distance when using a specific load [often under specific atmospheric conditions])

Steel Challenge match results

I attended a Steel Challenge match last Sunday. Here are the results:

Stage # SCSA ID Stage Name
1 SC-103 Smoke & Hope
2 ?? Renton Plate Rack
3 SC-105 Accelerator
4 SC-108 Roundabout
Place Name Comp SCSA Division Aggregate Total Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 DQ Additional
1 Christian S 8   PROD 58.29 58.29 12.14 12.97 19.79 12.83   Junior
2 Alexander W 3 3362 OPN 66.09 66.09 16.73 16.24 16.39 16.17   Junior
3 Lukasz T 21 A82888 ISP 82.76 82.76 15.69 25.34 20.17 21.00    
4 Matthew M 51   PROD 83.54 83.54 16.39 21.61 25.56 19.42   Military
5 Tim R 50   PROD 87.74 87.74 19.45 23.23 22.51 21.99    
6 Steve L 64 A22574 OPN 87.79 87.79 16.68 24.08 25.48 20.99    
7 Joe H 44 TY29386 ISP 89.72 89.72 18.76 22.40 24.57 23.43   Senior
8 Jeff K 18   PROD 90.04 90.04 19.23 20.98 25.55 23.72    
9 Jeffrey K 36   PROD 93.97 93.97 19.54 18.88 28.90 26.09   Senior
10 Eric W 4 3362 PROD 96.27 96.27 19.82 23.92 29.95 22.02    
11 Tim R 49   ISR 98.39 98.39 20.56 30.00 23.87 23.40    
12 Charles B 57   OPN 99.64 99.64 21.34 29.82 23.50 24.42    
13 Justin H 58   PROD 100.54 100.54 17.96 21.27 31.59 29.16    
14 Michael M 34   OPN 104.90 104.90 22.74 26.23 29.20 26.17    
15 Dan P 7 A87261 ISP 106.69 106.69 17.86 38.78 26.85 22.64    
16 Greg M 55   PROD 108.58 108.58 20.77 21.76 31.18 34.31    
17 Lance B 32   PROD 109.73 109.73 24.65 22.43 30.28 31.81    
18 Steve N 63 A88468 PROD 110.86 110.86 20.00 27.69 29.86 32.75    
19 Charles B 62   ISP 112.13 112.13 20.65 31.21 29.75 29.96    
20 Earl B 54   ISP 112.61 112.61 18.37 34.80 28.12 30.76    
21 Dan G 47   PROD 115.70 115.70 20.27 28.90 31.25 34.72    
22 Don C 45 A85736 PROD 116.66 116.66 23.92 24.74 26.08 41.36   Senior
23 Connor P 6 A87260 PROD 117.44 117.44 18.80 24.54 21.20 52.37   Junior
24 Jen M 29   ISP 120.22 120.22 25.41 19.30 21.46 53.52   Lady
25 Thomas P 14   PROD 120.97 120.97 24.28 33.41 36.65 26.07    
26 Brad M 1   ISP 121.43 121.43 24.30 41.73 25.32 29.52    
27 Mark P 24 A75542 ISR 123.14 123.14 11.53 76.16 16.70 18.19    
28 Jason F 31   PROD 133.70 133.70 20.95 40.28 35.02 36.89    
29 Jason G 25 A86456 ISP 133.88 133.88 21.10 46.10 26.35 39.77    
30 Jesse P 40   PROD 138.20 138.20 23.98 34.09 46.09 33.48    
31 Todd H 26   ISP 140.42 140.42 29.08 44.49 28.73 37.56    
32 Campbell T 48   ISP 181.74 181.74 32.02 54.54 37.99 56.63   Lady
33 Dave N 11   PROD 214.24 214.24 41.79 76.71 50.36 50.75    
34 Patrick D 52   PROD 229.03 229.03 32.26 83.97 75.25 36.99   Military
35 Jim C 60   PROD 238.21 238.21 36.02 67.70 89.38 44.61    
36 Gail C 46   PROD 238.29 238.29 34.34 79.19 61.48 62.72   Lady

I did a little better this time than last. I still made a serious mistake that cost me about two seconds which cost me a couple of positions. On stage two there were six, instead of the usual five, small plates that were a bit harder to hit than most. On string three is had several misses and should have reloaded before shooting the fourth string. But instead I figured I had eight rounds left and it should be fine. I again had a lot of misses and had to reload for the last two plates.

I know better. There was no point in taking that risk. I had a fully loaded magazine on my belt. It would have cost me another couple of seconds off the clock to reload before the fourth string rather than two seconds on the clock during the string.

Rounds in the last month

Here is an update on the total number of rounds I have reloaded:

223.LOG: 2027 rounds.
3006.LOG: 467 rounds.
300WIN.LOG: 1351 rounds.
40SW.LOG: 37670 rounds.
45.log: 0 rounds.
9MM.LOG: 19709 rounds.
Total: 61224 rounds.

This is a delta of 1896 rounds since last month. This is composed of 830 rounds of 40 S&W and 1066 rounds of 9mm.

I still haven’t found any of my favorite pistol powders available. But I found a pound of Longshot on my shelf and another local source had some so I bought a pound from them as well.. I’m working up a load for 40 S&W with it. Even 0.2 grains less than the suggested starting load gives higher velocities than what I really want. I’m getting 1047 fps with Montana Gold 180 grain JHP for a Power Factor of 188 when I really want a PF on the order of 175. I may reduce the seating depth and see if that helps. I was able to order eight pounds of ETR7 which I’m hoping works out okay. If so then that should keep me in business for quite a while.