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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dot Torture and the PT-22

Dot Torture is one of my standard drills. Anytime I am starting out with a new handgun, it is a drill that I use to measure my performance with that specific gun. I can typically easily clean Dot Torture from 3 yards, can get it from 5 yards with a little more work, but have yet to get a 50/50 at 7 yards. So I know that if I struggle at 3 or 5 yards I need more work. Or if I clean it at 7 yards I am shooting better than I normally would.

I recently had the opportunity to shoot Dot Torture with the PT-22 and scored a 49/50 at 3 yards. I am disappointed in the one miss because it was completely my fault. One of the problems for me with shooting Dot Torture at a distance that it is relatively easy to accomplish is that I tend to go faster than I should be. Because I know I can get the hits at 3 yards my training focus shifts from "just get the hits and clean the drill" or "how fast can I get the hits and still clean the drill". That is okay if I am not using the drill as a measuring stick, but in this case it came back to bite me. The one miss on dot # 3 is from trying to go too fast on the presentation and breaking the shot just a hair too early. Otherwise it would have been a 50/50.

I think the gun is capable of cleaning the drill at 5 yards at least, maybe 7 with a little more practice. Even though the trigger is DAO, it is relatively smooth and matches my taste in triggers pretty well. So far my only complaint about the gun is that is a .22. 



Friday, March 14, 2014

PT-22 at Distance

I finally got the opportunity to get the PT-22 past 10 yards a few days ago. I fired 2 rounds at 3 yards, 2 rounds at 7 yards, 2 rounds at 15 yards and 3 rounds at 25 yards. Everything stayed inside the 8" target zone except for the 3 rounds at 25 yards. I am not sure if I am influencing the gun and causing it to shoot left (most likely) or if it is the gun itself. I generally would not have any problems hitting the 8" circle from 25 yards with a full-size gun, but things change with a gun this small. Because of time constraints I didn't have a chance to work out what the issue was. The gun is running pretty well, but the round count is still insignificant.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The .22 Update

So the idea that I would spend much time dedicated to learning how to shoot a .22 caliber pistol for defensive purposes has perplexed even myself at times. I am generally not the guy who would carry such a gun, and have even ribbed people in the past about carrying "small" guns. Not because I think small guns are bad or won't get the job done, but because I think bigger guns will make getting the job done easier.

ToddG posted on pistol-forum.com about The Passion of the Gun. Basically the point being that somehow certain handguns have extra appeal for certain people and the enjoyment from shooting those guns causes the act of practice to be less mechanical, or taxing on the shooter. All this in turn leads to more shooting, more practice and in the end a better shooter. It is an insightful read.

Pretty much that is what this gun is. For a long while I have been "bored" with shooting Glocks, or 1911's, or whatever else I might have been shooting at the time. For me, the guns that I enjoy shooting are guns that people typically don't try to shoot to any meaningful level of performance like a small "pocket" gun (and AR-15's, I like AR-15's for some reason too). Basically the PT-22 is my break from the norm (or at least my norm), to try and do something different and challenge myself in new ways.
Five rounds at 7 yards with 40gr Lapua HV

I managed to get my hands on some more .22 ammo and now have about 250 rounds through the gun (really inconsequential). The Remington Golden Bullet has run pretty well, just a couple hiccups. The RWS R50 had a few failures to eject. I attribute it to the light load. Lapua 40gr High Velocity HP has run fine. The other issue was the gun shooting insanely low at just 3 yards. It was off by about 3". I had to file down some of the front sight to get the POI/POA to match. More to come when I can get some more ammo.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Catch 22

On pistol-training.com there is a drill called the Catch 22. It is designed to help with draw speed (one of my weaknesses) and trigger control. I have been wanting to try it for a long time, but for whatever reason never got around to it...until a couple weeks ago. (Also note the number of malfunctions with the G22, more on that later).

 
 
I obviously need lots of work.