One of squad 5 goes home on Stage 4

This was my second last stage of the championship and it followed a rather fast (for me) skills stage and chronograph. Not too difficult, but shot at the end of two long days in the African sun.

Holding the spanner at P1 should not be an issue.
Holding the spanner at P1 should not be an issue.

You start of kneeling at the front tyre with a wheel spanner. Draw and engage targets from cover. Target 6 is visible through the car. The second shooter on our squad has his leg out his strong side, sweeps himself on the draw and his two days end right there.

Shooting CDP, I only have nine to start with and T4 is a swinger. So I shoot T1, T2, T6 and T5 (three in this one) before reloading and shooting the popper at T3 to start the bobbing T4, which disappears. The plan works.

Time: 18.94 seconds, including four points down.

The disqualification of shooter two is unfortunate, as he was shooting really well until that stage and must have been in with a chance for a medal. Not to be and I’m sure he’ll be back stronger next year.


Stage 3: The first of the skills tests

I’ve been practicing the Eno’s transition drill for a while now. So when I saw this stage in the booklet, I could not have been happier. Almost exactly the same, except Albert Wessels asked for to shots to the body each before moving to the head shot. And Adrian Rosslee (probably) added the two HONTs.

A test that suited my skills, finally.
A test that suited my skills, finally.

I thought I slowed down some, but the time was right up there with my practice times. Pity it was my third-last stage of the championship, as my confidence got a substantial boost here.

Time: 19.05, including four points down. 45acp


Voted toughest on the course: Stage 2 of Africa Champs

I must say, this one did not bother me much when I got the booklet. Little did I realise that the first three targets were to be hit while moving backwards with a bag full of bricks in my weak hand. Sure you could re-engage from behind cover after dropping the bag in the box, but, when you shoot CDP, rounds are rather precious on a stage like this one.


The brief is to hold the case in both hands, gun on the drum. On the signal, grab the gun in your strong hand, move to cover while engaging the targets. I shot T3 first, then T2 and then T1. You have to engage them while moving. After dropping the case in the box, I engaged T1 again from behind cover. Then opened the door from left cover.

That was a mistake. T5, T6 and T7 did not cause and issue, but I then decided to shoot the plate from the same position (20m shot). I missed the first shot and hit the hostage, circled in red on the design.

I was one of two people in more than 200 shooters that managed that five-second penalty. On the positive side, I called the shot. 🙂

19 points down, for a total of almost 72 seconds. Thanks Danie! 45acp

Stage one was the one that worried me

After receiving the courses of fire ahead of the Africa Champs, there was on stage that bothered me more than the others. Stage one. My concern, as always, was getting out of the car. I’m about 192 cm tall and wider than I should be; getting in and out of cars is not something I do easily … much less so with a gun in my hand.

It's called stage 9 in the booklet, but it turned out to be stage 1 on range 1.
It’s called stage 9 in the booklet, but it turned out to be stage 1 on range 1

So you start seated in the car. Engage targets 1 through 5, get out and engage the rest from between the door and the car. Two shots on paper to score. My plan, after seeing the design, is to engage 1, 2 and then three, do a tactical reload in the car and then shoot 5 to get four to move. And then to get out and shoot the rest.

On the day, it turns out that targets 1 to 6 are equidistant. And the car is a truck. And you can push the door open with your leg … not necessary to put the gun in your left hand to open the door. The stage is therefore much easier than it looked on paper.

So I change my plan.

Shooting target 5 first, then the disappearing target 4 (in theory), then three, then one and then two with a slide-lock reload. Except I’m slow on the disappearing target and only get one shot on.

I shoot the stage in 60 seconds, more than 17 seconds slower than the gold medal winner in CDP expert. Changing the plan and worrying about the car …


Getting rid of a bad squib

I was doing the TacShac club shoot this morning with a bunch of shooters that are quite a bit better than me. The first stage, although slow, had me happy at least … the second, not so much.

I was first on the line and about half-way through the 18 shot stage, the gun went pffft. Everyone shouted stop, so I did.

Bad squib, with the nose of the bullet prairie-dogging out the front of the barrel. With nothing to hold the barrel, I decided to “beat it back”. It went half way. And nothing further. Even with a really big hammer.

So I was on my way home with plans of bigger hammers, drills and vices when a real expert (I’m not kidding here) took one of my rounds, removed the bullet and put in just enough tissue paper to hold the powder inside the case. He then “loaded” this case into the barrel, pulled the trigger and off the bullet went. Look, I would not recommend doing anything of the sort and or getting a squib at all. But I certainly learnt something today.

TacShac club shoot … one of this morning’s stages

rooikraal3I don’t think it is technically training for the IDPA Africa Championships, but I was off to Cecil Payne this morning for this week’s TacShac club shoot. The course designer, Lynette Oxley, put up a really good show today … with stages that were challenging, both on your shooting skills and on your stage planning. I do think you can overdo the club shoots a bit, this one was well worth while.

I got third, with a complete mess on one of the six stages. Forgot about sequence, three shots per target, missed the head shots when I remembered etc, etc.

However, the Glock 21 is running like clockwork again and I am certainly seeing an improvement in my transitions. Fairly accurate too.

Back to the dry fire regime tomorrow. 45acp