G26 approved

I got the great news on Thursday that my Glock 26 license was approved. I’ve only held the firearm once, in November when I bought it, and I can wait to go play with it. Even for South African conditions, it took a while to get the license. It was mostly my fault as I went on leave and only did the application in November.

But there was also a problem getting the license from the provincial office to the central firearms registry (CFR) in Pretoria. It was sent to provincial at the beginning of February and only reached Pretoria in May. Quite some time for a trip of no more than 70 km. Anyway, it got me to join GOSA. I sent a mail to the complaints section at SAPS and the license was approved within 72 hours. So now for the license card. 😦

As said elsewhere, I’m hoping to take the trusty 17 off my side and into competition again. I’ll put its night sights on the 26 and put some fiber sight … I’m thinking Rescomp … on the 17. But I’ll make a decision on that as soon as I have the gun.

Meanwhile it’s a bit of daily dry fire to get a good grip on the 17 and I’m hoping to get some more range time now that the semester is coming to an end.

Rooikraal league on for next weekend

Picture taken at the 2016 RSC league

Release by the Rooikraal Shooting Club:

RSC will be hosting our awesome league shoot Saturday 11 March 2017. Nine challenging stages, plus a mandatory Chronograph stage, minimum 136 round league shoot

Please go the the following link and register for our shoot, please also squad yourself.

You can register directly for the match, don’t need to register for Practiscore:


Registration closes by 12:00 Wednesday 8 March 2017. Working SO’s shoots free – please advise if you are willing to SO Saterday. We would like to have stationary SO’s, so if you are willing to help and shoot the Friday please let us know.

RSC and EZDPC Members R100, Other SADPA members R150

· Registration and equipment check 07H30

· First Shot by 08H30

Round count: Minimum 136 rounds

(Food & drinks will be available as usual from Landi’s kospit.)



Watch where you step

The stage calls for the shooter to engage Target B, with six shots, while moving forward. Then, from cover, to engage the “array” at A, move to the next barrier and engage the targets at C.


So the shooter approaches the barrier quickly firing her six shots; steps slightly over the fault line, bends around and engages the two targets almost within powder-burn distance. Good shots, all of them, and no hits on the non-target. She quickly moves over to the next barrier and does the same, this time not stepping on the fault line.

The safety officer has his finger out … and the penalty spoils her day.

For a PE? No. With the new rules announced by the IDPA for 2017, something called a flagrant penalty (FP) had reared its ugly head. 10 seconds is added to her score.

As I understand it:

  1. The match director determines the fault lines.
  2. If you step on the line, you are fine … if you go over it is a PE. Three seconds.
  3. If you engage a group of targets while breaking the fault line, you get an FP. Ten seconds.

Unfortunately that’s the way that the match director understood the rules as well and the penalty stood.

So this is the part of the rules that I think applies:

5.2 A Flagrant Penalty (FP) adds ten (10) seconds and is assessed, instead of a PE Penalty, in cases where an infraction results in a competitive advantage, such as failure to follow the instructions in a CoF and gaining a competitive advantage that cannot be addressed by a PE (i.e. score works out in competitors favour with a PE added).

5.2.2 Examples of an FP (non-inclusive list):

          E. Shooting an entire array while faulting the line*

Simple, right?

Not so much if you are on the receiving end of ten seconds for stepping over the line by a few millimetres. Especially if the fault lines are tight and the shooter has to hang his/her upper body over the line to see the last target in the “array”.

Harsh words were spoken by very experienced shooters here. But, and I think this is important, the rules are clear. And the match director’s word is final. Which, in this case stopped the whining in its tracks.

That’s a plus, compared to the old rules?

I’m still not sure that stepping over that line gave an advantage of more than three seconds to her final score. The FP certainly spoiled her day and maybe we all learned from it. I’ll be watching those lines very carefully in future.

*The text in italics is directly quoted from the new rules, which can be found here.

2017 shooting season starts

The SADPA calendar is full and we are hosting our first league at TacShac Defensive Pistol Club in slightly more than a month. While I’m not so familiar with the protocol, we have a great bunch of people working on the shoot, so I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fun come 16 April.

The new rules makes things fast and simple and, while the Sharpshooter class has grown a bit, there was quite a few shooters at the last league (at JDPC in March). Big up to Paul K and his team … the shooting is sometimes slow on the Cecil Payne range, but it is always a lot of fun. Even while we are all still learning how to run the game under the new rules.

On a personal level, I’m struggling with the lack of competition in CDPC. I was the only Expert shooter in this division at the league. While it guarantees a gold medal, I think I’m taking Terrick Naude’s advice and moving back to SSP. Maybe I would be able to win medals, but at least I’ll be measuring myself against a bunch of other shooters.

I would have loved a set of these, but they do not seem to be available here.

So I’ve bought a Glock 26 and will be using my current carry gun (Glock 17) in competition as soon as the licence comes through. I do need new (competition) sights on it. The Warren Sevigny sights would have been ideal, but with the rand dropping against the dollar, I’d probably have to go for the Hailstorm sights. I’ll put the current Glock night sights on the G26.

The goal is still to reach master level, this year. I hope the more affordable ammo will help me move up, as I can train more. But that remains to be seen.

I’ll be on the range tomorrow, weather permitting, doing my weekly practice session. This includes:

  1. FAST drill
  2. Dot Torture
  3. Bill drill x 3
  4. Blake drill x 3
  5. el Presidente x 3

And a few long distance shots to make up a hundred trigger pulls. I hope to up that by 50% to 150 as soon as the Glock 26 makes its appearance. Can’t wait.


Easy dry-fire practice

I’ve been playing with this concept for a while after seeing some dry-fire practice slides on Youtube. While I cannot really report a dramatic increase in proficiency, I’m not slowing down either. And it is as easy to set up as plugging your laptop into the TV.

This one is for stage 1 of the IDPA qualifier. If you are interested in the other two, send me a mail or subscribe.


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