Friday, December 7, 2012

Look vs. No Look Reloads

One of the things that seems to come up every so often is the issue of whether or not to look a reload in, or not look a reload in. Honestly, I don't have a dog in the fight so I don't really care what people do because I think that in general, they both will work. I am just going to relay some of my experiences, what I do, and some of the things I have heard so people can make their own decisions.

So why look the reload in? Those that take the "look the reload in" stance typically do so because they say it ensures a more consistent, positive and fumble free reload. Pretty simple argument, and makes some sense. But has its own set of problems. People are task oriented, and there is a way to look the reload in, and there is way not to look the reload in. It can be a really fine line, that I don't think occurs naturally. I often times see shooters who are "decent" and who look the reload in looking down at the gun that is located somewhere around their waste during the reload. In my mind, this slows the process down by creating more distance to be covered and requiring a more difficult reacquisition of the sights. Not saying a waste level reload can't be done fast, because it can. I have seen it done fast, but that vast majority of the times I have seen it done, it isn't fast. So the hazard of looking it in is task fixation and poor positioning.

So why NOT look the reload in? Those that take the opposite view aren't quite as united in why they take that view. Some will say that if you visually look at the reload, it will actually slow you down because you are consciously trying to process the action and your subconscious mind is much faster than your conscious mind. So in theory, you should be able to go faster.

Others will say that in a defensive application, you will/should maintain a focus on the threat because that is what is endangering your life, not the reload. One example I have heard (although I think a poor one) is that it is like driving a car. If I see something in front of me and I need to emergency brake, I don't look at my foot to make sure it hits the brake pedal, I just do it. That is true, but am I braking, or driving the car? I would argue that I am driving the car, and braking is just part of that. I cannot brake and not drive the car (well I could but...). In a fight, I can stop fighting to accomplish a reload. A more accurate relationship to shooting would be pressing the trigger. I don't watch my finger press the trigger while I am shooting, and I can't shoot without pressing the trigger, just like I don't watch my foot hit the brake pedal (or gas pedal) while I am driving. If I were going to compare a reload to something driving related, I would compare it to inserting and turning the key to start the car, because that is essentially what I am doing with the magazine. I am inserting it and restarting the gun.

The hazard of not looking the reload in is a higher probability of fumbling it, maybe.

So those are the typical arguments, and I am sure I have missed something somewhere but you get the gist. Personally, I try not to look reloads into the gun, but sometimes I do anyway (goes back to that task oriented thing). I see no real change from one to the next. In a perfect world, I would never look because if I don't need to look, then why look? I can use that vision to do something else. What I think contributes most to a consistent reload is a consistent and stable positioning of the gun. If you watch some of the videos on this blog, you will probably notice my reloads have changed a little since I first started writing. The reason it has changed, is because I wanted a more stable and consistent placement of the gun to accept the magazine. At the same time, I also wanted to keep my front sight in my line of sight to minimize the amount of time needed after the reload is completed to put rounds back on target. Essentially for every manipulation I do to my gun (reload or malfunction clearance) I try to keep it up to speed recovery. This is what my reload looks like now.

So look or don't look, you pick, and then find a way to test your choice.

A New Muse

I now have access to an AR-15, standby for some thoughts on it specifically and how I like to run it.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Mike Seeklander - Your Defensive Handgun Training Program

If you have followed this blog for a while, you will know that I have mentioned Mike Seeklander in the past. I was fortunate to get in on a class he taught at USSA in the fall of 2010, and it is really the class that kicked off a season of more serious pursuit of shooting skill for me. I was amazed by what I saw, and decided I wanted to get there. That is one of the great things about instructors who can demo at a high skill level. Sometimes, students just don't know what is possible. If you don't know, then how can you possibly want to get there?

Mike has recently published a new book, called Your Defensive Handgun Training Program, and is putting the finishing touches on an accompany DVD. On his Facebook page, he has posted several snippets from the DVD, they are worth watching.

FYI, Mike is teaching a class in White Hall, AR on April 13 and 14 of 2013. To register go to

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Chopped G22 vs. Gen4 G22

So a couple post ago I talked about taking a Gen3 Glock 22 and chopping the grip frame down to sub-compact length (ala Glock 27). The reason is better concealability, which it absolutely conceals easier than a full size Glock 22. The question is, what is given up in terms of shootability, it anything? To figure this out, I took my Gen4 G22 and the chopped G22 to the range on two separate days and shot Mike Seeklanders defensive handgun skills test, then compared scores. The difference, 3 points in favor of the Gen4 (144 to 147). To me, that is pretty insignificant and probably the difference between an okay day at the range and a little bit better day at the range. The only performance area where I feel the chopped G22 is giving something up is on the reload. It is much easier to reload a full size or compact size gripped gun because the magazine falls free a little bit easier.

So the skills test takes care of defensive shooting, but doesn't really compare precision shooting, or if anything was given up in that area. So I also shot the "300". I scored a 229 (Freestyle=85, SHO=74, WHO=70). My high score with my Gen4 G22 is 244, which I haven't repeated and abnormally high for me. I average in the low 200's, so a 229 is about on par. However this isn't and apples to apples comparison because I have factory night sights on Gen4, and Ameriglo i-dot Pro Operators on my chopped G22. I have found the type of sight to make a fairly significant difference on this drill, at least for me. It will be interesting to see if I can break the 250 mark with the chopped G22 because the sights lend themselves to a little more precision because of the thinner front blade.

Another performance area that I thought a chopped frame might hurt is split times or accuracy at speed due to increased muzzle flip. I already have an issue with visual patience when trying to shooting fast, and it seems logical that the chopped frame would give me less control over the gun at speed. To test this theory, I did a series of Bill Drills on a USPSA A-zone at 7 yards with the Gen4 G22 and then the chopped G22 for comparison on the timer.


As you can see from the timer, not much difference, the hits weren't any different either. Splits stayed in the low 0.20 range, and I dropped a 3-4 rounds over 5 runs each with both guns at that speed. That being said, it does look like there is more muzzle rise, I guess it just isn't significant enough to matter all that much.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Deal on Training

I am a huge proponent of getting firearms training. So anytime a deal comes along, I like to pass it on just in case someone might be interested.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Chopped & channeled...wait...what are we talking about??

A few weeks ago, Rob Pincus posted a video about chopping the grip frame on Glocks to get a more concealable grip size, while maintaining a longer slide length. Many feel that a longer slide has advantages over the sub-compact sized slide, primarily in sight radius, although some also say in barrel length and improved ballistic performance. After watching the video, I couldn't help but think I could pull something like that off without much trouble. Not long after that video was posted, Rob also posted about is G26L that Business End Customs built for him out of a G19. The idea looked pretty cool, so I started my research.

It seems that most commercial customizers don't take full size guns and cut the frame down to sub compact length. They all seem to go from compact to sub compact, or full size to compact. I couldn't find any rationale for it, but I couldn't find anyone who did full size down to sub compact. So I thought why not.

I found a really good deal on a police trade-in Glock 22 already set up the way I wanted for the most part. It came with Ameriglo i-dot Pro Opertor sights, and the previous owner did a pretty stellar stipple job. I prefer a more aggressive stipple, but the work he did will suffice. Initially I thought I would do the compact sized cut first so that if I screwed it up, I would still have the option of going down to sub compact. Would you believe it, I screwed up the first one. I didn't account for all the sanding I would have to do to finish out the cut, and ended up going just a little too short. It really didn't look that bad, but I knew it was a mistake and wanted a second chance.

I borrowed a G27 frame from a friend and made my marks for the sub compact cut. When I started cutting, I made sure to leave myself a little extra material on the frame for the finishing out process. This meant there was more work to do after the actual cut, but the end product was better as a result, so a fair trade off. If a G19 with chopped frame is a G26L, I have dubbed this one the G27SL for Super Long:)

I will say this, going from full size to compact is a lot easier than cutting to sub compact size because of the flush fit magazines with the sub compact size. Getting all the angles just right can be a little complicated. However, going from full size to compact is pretty straight forward, just have to leave enough material on the frame for the finishing out process.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Untactical, Tactical Shotgun

I think a lot of times when people think "tactical" shotgun their mind automatically migrates to a shorter barrelled shotgun with all kinds of cool guy accessories hanging off of it. I fall victim to this mindset all the time. What is it that really makes a shotgun, or any firearm for that matter "tactical"? I have been giving this some thought lately and decided it is worth an experiment. I ditched the 18.5" barrel and side saddle on my Mossberg 500 and put on a 28" vent rib accu-choke barrel with dual beads.

Obviously, the things that typically characterize what people refer to as a "tactical" shotgun are meant to serve a purpose, and give the shotgun some performance advantage either in shootability, sustainability, or manueverability. I will be running my shotgun sans all the tactical goodies for a while to see all that stuff really makes a difference, or if my "untactical" shotgun is just as good as the "tactical" version.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Revolver Trigger Manipulation

I got into a conversation over on THR about split times with .357 magnum vs. 44 magnum or something like that. Pretty much it was about splits times with a revolver. So I posted my video from comparing .38 special to .38 special +p to .357 magnum. It led to a good conversation about trigger manipulation with a revolver, and some mistakes I have been making. Most notably, how the trigger needs to remain in constant motion through the firing cycle. You definitely see some pauses in my manipulation. I slowed down the video so that it can be seen better than when watching at actual speed. Thanks to the guys at THR for pointing out my mistakes. I am still getting a handle on shooting the revolver.

I will try to get some more video in the next couple weeks to compare and see if I have improved any.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The CFS Shot Timer Debate

Earlier this year I took a Combat Focus Shooting course from a local instructor because I wanted to see what the course was like and it was conveniently close. It seems like the Combat Focus Shooting curriculum catches a lot of flak for various, and I will not say that it is all undeserved, but in my opinion CFS is not drastically different than what I have seen other instructors teach, they just use fancier (and more descriptive) words to describe it all. This is something I will say about CFS, and any firearms course for that matter. The material being taught is not as important as the instructor's ability to impart information to the student. Another way to say it, the instructor needs to be able to teach and the instructor is what makes the course worthwhile...or not. One of the things about CFS is that it is franchised, or whatever you want to call it. In the past 6 months I have become acutely aware of a plethora of CFS instructors who are not Rob Pincus, the guy who came up with it all. This is all fine and dandy except a CFS Instructor certification does not an instructor make. So for anyone out there wanting to take a CFS course, pick a good instructor because they are not all created equal. You can read my review of Tom DuPreist CFS course here.

Now onto the debate. I happen to be good friends with another CFS instructor who is kind of local and we go back and forth all the time about CFS stuff. Recently, while discussing another instructor and another type of firearms course the issue of shot timer use came up. For those that don't know, CFS instructors generally don't use shot timers. The reason, as I understand it, has something to to do with the anticipation of the need to shoot. Actually I agree with their point, but I don't think shot timers should be excluded to the extent CFS instructors seem to exclude them in my experience.

The issue I have with excluding shot timers completely or nearly completely is that a metric to measure pure shooting ability has to exist. Without such a metric, we will not be able to know if our training/practice has been effective or efficient, we would not be able to tell if who we are today is better than who we were yesterday. I think most would agree that the point of practicing and training is to get better, to get better we need to be able to objectively measure performance. Without measurable metrics we would also not be able to set performance goals, which are a key component of skill improvement.

There are two measurable metrics that are easily applied to shooting, accuracy and time. They can both be applied independently, or in conjunction. Ideally, they will both be measured in conjunction. How long does it take me to shoot this many rounds and get this many hits on this size target at this distance. I can record that data, sit on it for a few weeks and repeat. If my practice has been effective, I should see an improvement reflected by a shorter time. I can also start to measure the efficiency of my training by varying my resource input in practice until I see no additional gain. For example, I spend 5 hours and 1,000 rounds of ammunition to improve 5% on whatever shooting tests I have decided to utilize. The next cycle I reduce my resource input by 50%, but still show a 5% improvement on the shooting tests. The next cycle I reduce my resource input by another 50% and only show a 2% improvement on the shooting tests. Using this data I can dial in my resource input so that I am not using up resources but seeing no additional skill improvement. I can use this same technique to see if the drills I am using are producing the intended result. There is such a thing as wasted practice, and the more of that we can mitigate the better.

On the flip side, it is very easy to over-emphasize the time component to the point that we compromise on certain aspects of technique. Perhaps this is what spawned some of the CFS methodology, I don't know, I didn't design it. That is something that needs to remain in the back of your head though. Be your own judge on what compromises you might be willing to make for the sake of speed. I will not go so far as to say which techniques I think are acceptable, and which are not because generally speaking there are multiple ways to mix the kool-aid and everyone has their favorite flavor.

For clarification, what we are measuring is not the ability to cognitively process a problem and then solve it, what we are measuring is the physical action that takes place after cognitive processing. Some practice and training time does need to be allotted to the specific area of cognitive processing. So there is not a 1:1 relationship to defensive or unplanned/unanticipated shooting, but that is fine because all we are trying to do is measure shooting skill in a repeatable, consistent manor and shooting skill has a direct impact on what we can accomplish in a defensive shooting.

My friend and I disagree on some of these points, at least we did a few days ago. That is fine, we are adults capable of disagreeing and still being friends. Unfortunately some of my contemporaries (read: fellow shooters) don't seem to be capable of that. So please do not read this post as a dig at CFS, or my friend who is a CFS instructor. If someone came to me and said they wanted to take a pistol class, my friend would be one of the first recommendations I would make. I don't have to agree with everything he teaches to think he is a good instructor who teaches some good stuff worth knowing.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mesa Tactical Sureshell Carrier - An Update

I first started using the Mesa Tactical side saddle about 6 months ago. Since then, the gun and the carrier have seen a lot of time on the range. Most recently, the Mossberg 500 was used by another shooter in a one day defensive shotgun course. The Mesa Tactical shell carrier worked flawlessly, as would probably be expected. One other shooter in the class was also running a Mesa Tactical side saddle on an 870 and had similarly flawless performance.

I have been very impressed with the build quality and functionality of the shell carrier, plus it is the only 8 round shell carrier I could find. The only critique I would have is that if it is left loaded for an extended period of time, the polymer inserts that retain the shells to start to take a set and shells are not held as tightly as I would like. If the shells are removed for a day or two the issue remedies itself, but it is still a hassle to deal with, especially if the shotgun is used in a home defense or duty role and needs to be ready at a moments notice.

Monday, October 15, 2012

GoPro Video

Back at it.

This is some video taken using a GoPro from a carbine class I took the end of August. The camera belonged to the instructor and he let me borrow it because I have thinking about getting a GoPro to Contour Roam for a while. We are working balance of speed and precision on steel, and also figuring out our personal failure points on pistol transitions vs. carbine reloads. And yes, I forgot to my defense, we had just started doing transitions :)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Hiatus

My wife and I just welcomed our first child into the world. Given the incredible demand this places on my time and energy, I am taking a break from the blog. I will continue to gather content during my time off, but it probably won't be posted for a while.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

.38 Special vs. .38 Special +p vs. .357 Magnum

I decided that I wanted to try out some different types of ammunition in my SP101 to see how they felt, and if there was any truth to it not being worth shooting .357 magnum in a small revolver. Now, the SP101 isn't your typical "small" revolver. It actually has a fair bit of heft to it, which helps considerably I am sure.

I had a box of Federal .38 Special LRN in the range bag already, so I tossed in a box of my carry load, Federal 158gr LSWCHP +p and a box of BVAC 158 LSWC .357 Magnum. The BVAC load is actually a little on the weak side for a .357 magnum at only an advertised 1002 fps. I have no idea how close it really is to that number, but that is what I was told. The standard pressure .38 special comes in 770 fps and the .38 special +p comes in at 890 fps. So we have right around 100 fps between each load, and they are all of the same weight.

The best I could figure out how to compare them was to compare split times from one round to the next shooting at the same target, at the same distance. I chose to use a USPSA paper practice target (because I had one), and to shoot from 7 yards. My goal being to keep everything in the a-zone. I also thought video might be nice.

The average split times are actually pretty dang close. Close enough, that I don't think it really made that much of a difference if I was shooting standard .38 special, .38 special +p, or .357 magnum. Especially if you look at the whole story and see the actual split times. Some of my fastest splits were actually with the more powerful loads at 0.34 seconds.

The real story here I think is the amount of smoke, not the amount of recoil. The difference in smoke from the .38 special and .38 special +p really wasn't that noticeable from behind the gun. The smoke from the .357 magnum was indeed very noticeable. Noticeable enough that it made it a little more difficult to track the sights on the target.

Smoke from .357 magnum load
It is my understanding the lead .357 magnum loads will smoke more than their jacketed counterparts. The jacketed rounds tend to have more bang behind them too. So I think the next project is going to be testing a jacketed .357 magnum load and seeing how it differs.

I also definitely have a lot of revolver work that needs to be done to get on par with this thing. I am looking forward to it :)

Friday, September 7, 2012

First Live Reloads

I managed to get back on the range and ran a few live fire reload. This is the best (read: least suckiest) are my first live fire reloads, and they need lots of work obviously. I am shooting at a USPSA A-zone at 7 yards. For the SP101 I am committed to running from the pocket because that is probably how I am going to be carrying my reload when the gun is carried. When I get a dedicated competition revolver I will start looking at setting up a belt with speedloader holders instead. I imagine that will speed up my reload by a couple seconds. Hopefully. This is glacial speed.

I have played around a few different techniques in dry-fire and this seems to be the one I can accomplish most reliably. I just hope I can speed it up, although I really have no idea what a decent reload speed is for the revolver. Any tips are appreciated. 

New Duds for the Shotty

I finally got around to picking up something to transport my shotgun in from the house to the car to the range. I have long been in need of something, and I just generally don't like the cheap hard plastic gun cases, although they are serviceable for the purpose. I wanted something that I could also stuff full of shotgun ammo, a note pad, list of drills, markers, you name it, I wanted to be able to carry it. Essentially I wanted a range bag for a shotgun so that my normal range bag wouldn't have to crammed full of shotgun related stuff and not have enough room for the pistol stuff. I also wanted it to be somewhat economical. To fill this role, I decided to go with a ModGear Ultimate Rifle Case.

The case is intended for a rifle, but fits my 18.5" barrelled Mossberg 500 and extra barrel pretty well, plus all the stuff I wanted to carry.

Fully loaded and ready or the range.

Interior of the case.

I could fit two, 25 round boxes of 12ga birdshot into the smaller pouches.
Interior pockets fit a clipboard nicely. 

Or a pistol
Time will tell how durable the case is. I will make sure it gets thrown around enough to make a difference if it can't much abuse. It took a nice dusty ride in the back of my pick up truck with the spare tire and a bunch of other junk today.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

First Rounds Downrange

Somehow I missed posting about my first rounds through the gun. I was at the range a few weeks ago for a reason other than shooting my new revolver, and only had about 35 rounds of .38 special with me. I decided I might as well function check the gun and start getting a feel for it.

I started off running the 5^5 drill on 3"x5" index cards. This has kind of turned into one of my standard drills because I need to work on pretty much all aspects of shooting at a low percentage target and this serves as a decent benchmark.

I stapled up a paper USPSA target and did a walk-back drill. I made it back to 15 yards and was right at the bottom of the head A-Zone, then stepped back to 25 and dropped two below the head box (this would foreshadow things to come).

Since I unsuccesscully shot at the head box from 25 yards I decided to put it on the timer and see how I could do shooting at the torso A-Zone. Pretty much, not so hot. After that I stepped it back to 50 yards and fired one round just to see if I could hit paper...surprisingly I did.

I obviously have a lot of work to do with this gun. I generally wouldn't have that much trouble getting the hits I want. I have a feeling there is going to be a pretty steep learning curve. I haven't been able to get back on the range with it yet, but hope to in the next couple of weeks. I have my fingers crossed.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Speedloaders and what goes in them.

I have decided to run HKS speedloaders for now. Mostly because I can find them locally and I like to support local business. I know I can order Safariland speedloaders online, and I truly feel they are the better speedloader, but then I wouldn't be supporting local business.

For the time being, as a carry round I will be using Federal's 158gr +p LSWCHP. It isn't the latest and greatest tech, but there were some sitting around at the house so it is what I am using for the moment. Once I shoot them all up, I will start looking at some other options.

Once thing I have noticed, it is more difficult to reload the LSWCHP with the speedloader than it is the RNL rounds I have been using for practice.

I have also given thought to how I accomplish my reload. There are apparently a lot of different ways to skin this cat. On the front end, I was thinking that one of the techniques that allows me to keep my shooting hand on the gun at all times would be the best. Then I realized a problem. I carry my tac light in my left front pocket, this would be the same pocket the speedloader would go in since I don't plan on using a speedloader pouch for concealed carry. If I dump a speedloader in that same pocket it gets crowded pretty fast. On top of that when I stick my hand in the pocket to get the light, or the speedloader, I have to try and figure out which is which. So I decided to run the speedloader in right front pocket, which means I can't use my left hand to execute the reload. Oh well. Now I am just trying to decide if I want to use my left thumb to activate the ejector rod and eject the fired brass, or use the whole hand and do that step with the gun still in my shooting hand. Right now I am leaning towards using the thumb once I have transitioned the gun to the left hand, but I will to put it on the clock and run it some more to really decide.

Other than that, I feel like my technique is coming together pretty well. I just need to put some more rounds through the gun. It has been a slow couple months from a shooting perspective.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Gotta Love Kydex

One of the great things about Kydex holsters is that once you aren't using the gun it was originally made for, with a little ingenuity you can turn it into a holster for another gun. Like a Beretta 96D holster into a Ruger SP101 holster. Who would of thought this...

...could be turned into this so easily. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Enter the Revolver...

This isn't exactly an IDPA suitable revolver, but I have always wanted one and found a good deal. The plan is to add another more IDPA friendly revolver later on. This will be a good one to work some of the same skills getting ready for it though.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Carry Gun

On WTBGU yesterday there was an article posted about choosing a carry pistol and it split most handguns into a few different categories for comparison and then identified the ones they felt were the best. Pretty good article, and I don't disagree with a lot of their choices. It got to me thinking though, what do I consider to be an acceptable carry pistol and which ones would I recommend? The conclusion I have come to is, it depends.

This is why I say that. When coming up with the criteria that a carry pistol should meet, it was all performanced based. First thing that popped into my head is that I should be able to a hit a man sized target from 50 yards (I define "man sized" as the -1 zone on an IDPA target). Other criteria that I felt was worthwhile was hit an 8" circle from 25 yards in under 3 seconds, pass the 5^5 test using 3"x5" index cards as the target, hit a 3"x5" index card from 10 yards, and pass Dot Torture from 3 yards. All that, on demand. Meaning cold, with no warm up, every time. Writing out those criteria I realized that it is as much about the shooter as it is about the gun, and that is why it depends.

If someone can accomplish all that with a Ruger LCP, then I don't see why that wouldn't work as a carry gun. Might not be the gun I would carry, but I probably wouldn't give anyone grief over it if I knew they could pass those tests.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Essential Gear

One of the equipment items that I think every shooter needs is a Shot Timer. There are lot of variations on this and which route you go I don't really care, but everyone serious about shooting needs one. This is why, to measure skill. If skill cannot be measured, how do we know if it is good or bad?

Once we have the ability to measure skill, we then also have the ability to measure the improvement or decline of skill. Once we can measure either of those two, we can evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of our practice and make adjustments where needed.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Responsibility of Carrying a Gun

Often times, people talk about the responsibility of carrying a gun from the context of not doing something stupid with the gun and generally being safe. I want to talk about another aspect of that responsibility.

It seems to me that most of the professions generally regarded as having the highest level of responsibility are what I call the "life saving" professions. These are mostly in the medical field. People who's daily job revolves around improving the health of other people. While I have a very high regard for those in the medical profession, in my opinion it is fairly easy to make decisions with the sole purpose of saving or improving life, even knowing that a poor decision may cost someone their life.

As people that carrying firearms we may find ourselves in a similar situation, having to make decisions that directly impact the life of another. But this is the difference. Where doctors, nurses, EMTs, et al. are trusted to save life, we who carry guns either as a personal choice or professionally are trusted to take life. To me, that is a responsibility that far out weighs any other than I can think of. Let that sink in for a while, and make sure you are willing to carry that responsibility on your shoulders.

Monday, July 30, 2012

"300" vs. "300"

The "300" has become a standard drill that I use for measuring performance, and also to work on basic marksmanship. It serves as a data point for comparison as well. On June 29th I shot the 300 with my Glock 22. On July 26th I shot the same drill with the LC9 for the first time.

My highest score with the Glock 22 is a 244.

My highest score (and only score) with the LC9 is a 190.

I am still learning the LC9 trigger, so that is what I attribute the lower score to. Not a limitation of the gun, but a limitation of the shooter.

Freestyle, LC9 (70)

Strong Hand Only, LC9 (43)

Weak Hand Only, LC9 (77)

Freestyle, G22 (88)

Strong Hand Only, G22 (74)

Weak Hand Only, G22 (82)
Obviously the SHO string with the LC9 really hurt me.

Aurora CO, Initial Audio

The first 90 minutes of radio traffic for PD and FD.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Think Small

One of the problems when carrying a concealed handgun is we often times are told we need to also carry a spare magazine, a tactical light, a knife and an assortment of other tactical "accessories". There just isn't enough room to carry all this stuff! Haus of Guns wrote a good blog post about this conundrum titled Carry Less, Carry More and makes a really good point about not overloading with gear.

In the past, I have always been one of those guys who pushed for carrying a full size or near full size pistol. A look at the list of pistols I have used as carry guns in the past is evidence of that belief, all but two have been full size pistols, and those two didn't stick around long. Having started shooting and carrying the Ruger LC9 I am rethinking my approach to concealed carry. My logic behind a full size pistol has always been better shooting performance and more bullets and all that is true, but at what cost? Is something easier to carry better than something that is easier to shoot?

Monday, July 23, 2012

Log the Training

There are three parts to being ready when you NEED to be ready. First part, buy a gun (preferably a good one). Second part, carry said good gun. Third part, learn to RUN said good gun.

“The only defense against evil, violent people is good people who are more skilled at violence”


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A goal nearly attained...

I have a few more days before the deadline to clean Dot Torture at 7 yards. I shot a 48/50 a few days ago. Getting closer.


I am still working on trying to get where I can use an over the top rack technique on pistol reloads in under 2 seconds. So far, it has been nothing but a barrel of FAIL. My last couple of range trips I have spent more time than normal specifically on reloads trying to better quantify where I am at now. On 6-29-12 I did 19 reloads on the clock and had an average time of 2.53 seconds. I really had some impressive times for this reload technique with a fastest of 2.13 seconds when everything went well. I had three other reload below the 2.20 mark. My slowest was an incredible 3.32 seconds where I really fumbled everything up. I only had one other reload over 3.00 seconds, another fumble. Here are the raw numbers.

1st Shot
2nd Shot


So if I nail the reload, I can get close to where I want to be (sub-2.0 seconds). The problem is, I am not consistently nailing the reload. I have always struggled with reload consistency on the Glock platform. I consistently have trouble getting the magazine and mag well lined up correctly and they get hung up on each other. This is one area where the Beretta excelled over the Glock, as mentioned in this post. I just really need a lot of work in this area (and every other area too!!!).