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one of those days

So is a bad practice better than no practice at all ?
Here's the footage of last Sunday afternoon.

Cleaned the Edge last night and Vibria this afternoon.
Just the hose and dunk method but they'll run fine.
Put new fiber in the Edge.

Gear Note: Had the replacement gel pad cups in my cart today but never checked out.

a short list

shhhh shooter sleeping

First road trip of the season.
I drive for various reasons.
One of the reasons is as pictured :)
The short list is:
I smoke like a chimney
I drive like a nut.
The Honda Pilot is perfect size for three guys and gear.
I bring an AR, the faithful Coleman, jumper cables, tools and other crap.
For instance, you can't take a roll of paper towels and brake cleaner when riding with someone else
( But I have used both)

March 3 Omaha Match

Sometime it is interesting what you hear in the video background.
"He did it the hard way" refering to setting up on a small steel plate with a big penalty popper behind it.
Not the brightest idea which I realized after I had the plan already in my head so I stuck with it and got lucky.

I went to the match with the intent of shooting a clean consistent match. There were many things I could have done better.
I shoot my best when I see my sights on every shot. thing from steve anderson seems to really help chase out all the negative thoughts.
I had a dead primer which then caused another malfunction when I was one short on the array.
I chased a mag forever on a bungled reload that I should have just dropped.
No penalties and just two D's.
classifier was 52.7% which raises me a whopping 1.2 percent
but 65.3% in my division club match = goal achieved.

Gear Note: My equipment ran fine. I am going to order that thumb rest steve did.


An hour an 15 minutes which was too long and my elbow will hurt in the morning.
I better wear that cursed brace to sleep tonight.
5 minutes at the wall and then Steve Andersons drills 1-7.
Finished with an unloaded start to edge of magwell drill
Finding I want to insert it lower than a regular reload
Weakhand draws still have along way to go.
Index is getting better. The wall drill is getting better.
I think that short flat trigger helped. That or the zillion trigger presses.
Starting to be able to hold the sight steadier with a faster slap.

Registered for April match in NE and will register for the Sectional tomorrow.

Still kicking around the idea of purchasing a thumb rest and alpha-x race holster.
Researched the thumb rest. I think if I do it I will get the Saul Kirsh adjustable one.
That drop in one just seems to far rearward. It's kinda close to the beginning of the season
for a gear change. I have learned I am a bit slow to adapt to new gear

the ugly stick


Ever feel like throwing your gun across the room ?
Tonight I seriously had to suppress the impulse. WTFO ?
Dryfire was so bad it was a challenge to not just rage quit.
Maybe that's a bit how Bennefit felt at the area match last year
Magazine grip was inconsistent as hell and missed the whole gaping magwell at least three times.
Bad grip on draw multiple times. Catching myself with a wimpy support hand grip.
Randy says "Sometimes, it's just the day."
I will try again in the morning.
five minutes at the wall and then SA drills 8 - 12.
a LONG 1 hour 3 minutes.
There would be more colorful language in this entry but ...
I'm pretty sure my mom reads this blog :)

The Protective Barrier

The best stuff for dry cracked hands

Tonight I found an excuse for last night's hot mess.
When I started dryfire I noticed my mags were slippery. Duh. I knew my hands were a little slippery but didn't realize how much that affected things
Hopefully that is at least partially because I am gripping the gun much harder and not cheating the grip in dryfire.
I remember how that burnt me two years ago.

Yes, boys and girls, working hands hand cream should be applied before bed and not a couple hours before dryfire.

Tonight went much better although it's blatantly evident I need to practice at least five times a week.
An hour and ten minutes. Started with five minutes at the wall but from leaning positions trying not to cant the gun.

Then SA drill 13 front sight foward. Then I did some wide transition and focus change drills.
Finished up with reloading while leaving a position. Left to right and right to left. I am better left to right.

Daylight Shaving Time

Snowing and Blowing today so I didn't go to Garretson.
I am sick of shooting indoors anyway.

Did just the wall drill this morning and a few el prez drills.
Then I did an hour and 15 minutes after supper.
SA BK 1 drills
14 - front sight turn
15 - 2 reload 2
16 - Bill reload Drill
17 - Headshot sight picture
18 - Table draws - standing and sitting from a barrel
19 - 1 x 6
finished with some movement watching the sights bounce all over :(

Gear Note:
Almost out of bullets again. I Didn't order any because I spent the money on Joshua's oral surgery bill.
Randy emailed me that he has a drop in thumb rest he will let me try
I use the Dry Fire Par Time Tracker app.
I used it last year too.
I paid the three bucks for the full version so I could store multiple drills but I don't
really use that part much. I just adjust the times on one drill. So the free version would have been just fine.

Match Mode Mood

nook picture

Didn't want to dryfire tonight but I put on Steve Anderson's podcast and got to work.
Sorta.For about twenty minutes
He's had a couple podcasts on match mode dryfire so I did that.

I have practiced "match mode" dryfire a couple times before but not using nearly every target I have.
Ran it six or seven times for 25 seconds as fast I could call the shots. It was hot mess at first but got better at the end.
Pretty easy to call and make up misses on mini scaled steel targets.
I had paper mixed in too simulating activated targets. I used three rooms and two doors and a stacked blue barrel barricade.

I need to do this more often. It really got my heart pumping.
Maybe I should dig out the wife's long forgotten and buried treadmill.
Nah, I'll just have another cigarette and then reload ammo for an hour or so. : |

Gear Note: I got all the Nooks updated except the one they used at Garys Gun Shop.
Last year I didn't get that one back until the first match so I couldn't use it until the second match.

rushing trying and hurrying

How To Get To The Next Level
Feb 23, 2017 Anderson podcast
I really liked this episode.It hits pretty close to home.
Goal is leaving acceptable hits on targets.
I am at the match to see an acceptable sight picture on every shot
I did 58 minutes of match mode practice tonight

gear note: case gauging for match ammo.
geek note: I did more analysis of the SC stages today. I can do this.

Heads Up - B class dead ahead.

Yesterday I was going to practice with Josh and Gary but they felt it was too cold and windy.
Of course by 2 pm it was beautiful weather and I was disappointed. I found a cure for it though.
About ten gallons of gas through the Alligator ( MB S500 ) and two hours later I felt great.
I can't remember owning a car I so thoroughly enjoy driving.
We are still getting aquainted but managed not to run into anything or anyone ;)

Dryfire tonight was SA BK1 drills 1-4; drill 20 and five minutes at the wall.
Drill 20 was a little frustrating at first but I am getting a little better at snapping eyes first to next target
Same with the turn and draw. If I just concentrate on quickly snapping my head to get my eyes on the target the rest of the body just follows.
My feet are pivoting more consistently tonight. Before I could never pivot on my right foot because it was painful
so I have been working to break the habit of pivoting on my left foot. Still clumsy but making progress and it's definitely faster and more stable