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Shooting Competitions in 2012

Today I shot my first USPSA match of 2012. This year I’m going to focus on shooting Production class with my full size Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm. I would have been happy to have continued shooting my Glock 19 like I did last year but my wife has claimed it as her own.

Overall the match went much better than I expected. I had a lot of dust to knock off and realistically I’m still pretty new at this stuff compared to some folks. I made some big improvements on how I’m moving between firing positions and my accuracy was better than I thought it was going to be but still needs work.  I’m really excited that I was able to call some of my shots towards the end of the match.  I’ve never been able to do that during a match before.  Hopefully I can keep working on improving this.

My life is starting to get a little less complicated so I’m hoping to make it to more matches this year.  In fact my shooting goals for 2012 are:

-Shoot a minium of one match a month

-Attend at least one firearm training course, possibly two

-Finally get classified in USPSA, realistically I’m going for “C” class but that’s just a stepping stone

Keep up the good fight
-Rob

Free Brian Aitken!

Imagine being sentenced to seven years in prison for legally transporting your legally owned firearm.  Sound crazy?  Happened to this guy.  Check out the links to both the webpage and the facebook page working to get him out of prison.  Also contact Charlie Christ the governor of New Jersey and urge him to pardon Brian and get him home in time for Christmas!

http://briandaitken.com/

http://www.facebook.com/FreeBrianAitken

My intro to reloading

For a long time now I have been interested in reloading. I read lots of stuff on the intraweb about it but it seemed like I was reading a foreign language. I’m fairly mechanically inclined but just didn’t know enough of the terminology that was being used to really grasp what others were talking about. An opportunity to do some horse trading came up and I ended up with some basic reloading equipment.

After looking through what I had things seemed to make some more sense but not all the fog had been lifted. At this point figured the best thing I could do was head over to one of the local stores and pick up a reloading manual. I had heard good stuff about the Lyman manual, they don’t make reloading components (bullets, primers, or powder) so their load data contains a good mix of components. It has a fairly large section in the front of the book dedicated to explaining how to reload and going over the various pieces of equipment. Finally things started to make sense and I could actually visualize how all this worked. Another book that I picked up later and wish I would have started with is “The ABC’s of Reloading” it contains no load data but is all about the process of reloading for both handgun and rifle rounds. It even goes into different subjects such as casting your own bullets.

After looking over everything and setting up all my equipment I poured over the load data in my Lyman manual and decided on what I wanted to start with. I loaded up 100 9mm rounds with a fairly conservative load. After I loaded them I spent a week walking by them wondering if they would destroy my gun (or my hand) when I finally went to shoot them. I must have weighed and measured every one of those rounds at least 5 times before I finally worked up the moxy to take them out to the range. Since I had done my homework and paid attention to what I was doing that range trip ended up being fairly uneventful. Nothing bad happened, the rounds all worked they way they were supposed to and I got some extra satisfaction out of hitting targets with bullets I had made. When it was all over I collected my brass (and a little extra) to take home to feed my new hobby.

Over the next couple of weeks and days check back for some more articles where I’m going to talk a little more in-depth about what equipment I’m using and what I have learned in my reloading journey so far. Hopefully this will include some pretty good pictures to.

Thanks for sticking with the site even with my extended absence.

Keep up the good fight
-Rob

Memorial Day

I hope everyone is throughly enjoying their Memorial Day weekend.  While you are out there burning your burgers make sure you take a minute or two and remember why we celebrate this holiday.  Just give thanks to the heroes that gave all they could give and are now guarding the gates of heaven.  Y’all are not forgotten and your nation thanks you and owes you more than it can ever repay.

AWB? Not again…

Just heard about this from Doc over at Rsktkr. Time to get our butts in gear and make our voices heard. I’m still at work and doing this on my iPhone but will write more later.
http://abcnews.go.com/m/screen?id=6960824

Addicted to steel

Hello, my name is Rob and I have an addiction… to shooting steel targets. Some of the most fun I ever have on the range is ringing steel targets. There is just something about that sound that never ceases to put a grin on my face.

One of the biggest advantages to shooting steel is it helps me remember that there is such a thing as “good enough.” When shooting at paper I’m always striving for a better grouping. I know that I will never be satisfied with my grouping, no matter how small of a ragged hole I make in the target. Steel can really help my ignore the grouping and just shoot the target. I especially like it for working on drawing from the holster and firing.

I got my first experience with shooting steel targets while visiting my dad in Phoenix. He had gotten a hold of some 3/8″ steel cutouts that were 2″ squares and looked like they would be perfect for spinner targets. A little time with some paper and pencil, a trip to Home Depot, some time welding and we had a homemade steel spinner target.

We took it out to the desert and started shooting it at ~15 yards with .22LR, 9mm, .40SW, and .45ACP. We had no issues what so ever. The targets reacted great, sounded better, and showed no damage at all. Later we moved back to almost 50 yards (if I remembered my pace count correctly) and took some shots with my 1911. I won’t lie and say I spun the targets every shot but when I did it was amazing. *BOOM* slight pause *TING*

After a while we couldn’t resist and just had to try shooting it with my AR just to see what would happen. I have a 16″ AR and was shooting XM193. We shot from the same position ~50 yards out. I carefully squeezed off one shot and saw the target spin. We walked up and found a good sized hole in the target. It was actually kind of interesting to look at. The hole was big enough to pass a piece of .223 brass through and was blown out on both sides. Guess I won’t be doing that again. I ended up leaving that target with my dad so he could have some more fun with it.

More recently my wife and daughter got me a Birchwod-Casey steel resetting target for .22LR. It has 4 hanging circles that are 2.5″ in diameter and then a fifth circle on top that will reset the lower 4 targets after they have been hit. Little did my wife know the only .22LR I have is a Remington 416 which is a single shot bolt action. Not the best thing to use on multiple steel targets. Now I have a good excuse to buy a Ruger 10/22, I can use it on my new target and also have something for my daughter to learn on. One of my favorite things about this target is the fact that it has fold out legs and you don’t have to stake it to the ground. Here on the ragged edge of civilization we call Fairbanks the ground is still frozen and hammering in any kind of stake is damn near impossible.

Now I’m looking into getting at least one good steel target for centerfire pistols and maybe even my AR. Right now I’m looking hard at MGM Targets from Mike Gibson. I have heard lots of good things about them. Daniel Shaw from the Gunfighter Cast has one and loves it. He even runs monthly specials and you can even get a 10% discount from them if you order your target unpainted.

So do we have any others out there ready to step out and admit their addiction?

Keep up the good fight
-Rob

First time carrying in public

Well recently I carried a pistol in public for the first time. I have been interested in concealed carry for personal defense for some time but have been stationed in Europe for the last three years so I never got a good chance to do so.

I was on my way to the range and needed to stop at the local Wal-Mart to pick some odds and ends for the wife. I was carrying my full size 1911 in a Ghost holster from Raven Concealment Holsters. With it being so cold here in interior Alaska is that just about everyone is wearing large coats so I did the same. My normal winter jacket was more than enough to conceal a full size 1911 worn outside the waistband.

As you might imagine I was a little apprehensive at first thinking that everyone was staring at the gun shaped bulge in my jacket but soon was reminded how unobservant many people are. Looking back I’m sure no one noticed but it was definitely a great learning experience.

I plan on carrying my Glock 19 daily but I’m still waiting for my holster for it to come in.

Why don’t you leave me a comment talking about your first time carrying? Or maybe maybe some advice for people new to carrying a gun for personal defense.

Keep up the good fight
-Rob