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.

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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.

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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

 

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

Africa Champs prep … day 2

timer2I am a bit less enthusiastic on day two, to be honest. I did only half the core exercises that I normally do, but I went through 60 dry-fire draws, from different positions. And I felt bad, so I did some planking exercise suggested on Gunsite.

Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Part of the draw training is “from retention”. My new jacket is certainly not helping at the moment, as you can see in the video.

Tomorrow is movement day and I hope to get outside a bit. My house is rather full of visitors at the moment, so I’ll have to see about that. Otherwise I’ll just stick to the transitions.

But Thursday is club-shoot day at Cecil Payne. Hopefully things will go slightly better than last week.

Hope to see you there. 45acp

Africa Champs prep … day 1

June 11, 2016

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I’ve been accepted to shoot the Africa Championships during the first week of August and my training for the competition started in earnest today. Some core exercises and basic dry-fire drills were done this morning. I’m planning to up the ante as the date approaches, but today the focus was on the draw, emergency and tactical reloads.

These drills will probably be repeated on most days. This is a video of the last two tactical reloads. I’m dropping the mag on the buzzer, stowing it in my pocket, grabbing a new one, slamming it home and pulling the trigger (hopefully with my sights on target).

I’ll try to upload an update daily, but will see how the time goes.

At least I have started the training! 45acp

Transition drill helps in competition

After using Brian Enos’ dry-fire drill to improve my transition between targets for about two weeks, I was able to implement what I learnt at the Witbank League on the 3rd of July. There is an improvement, but also a lot of room for improvement.

The league itself was not my best day out.  45acp