Friday, April 21, 2017

Range Log 15APR17

GOALS: All on the Glock 43:

  1. Try out the Streamlight TLR-6 light/laser. 
  2. Keep working on accuracy.
  3. Work on control.
PLAN: Mag Dump, Bullseye, both with and without the laser, at a couple of distances.

When I did the Mag Dump, I was still getting some slide nibble, and I wasn't as focused on my sights as I should be.

I did the accuracy work at 5 & 7 yards on bullseye targets, and at 15 on falling plates. I'm still having some trigger trouble, pushing rounds left. I'm also flinching sometimes. As the session went on, I got better, but it's more like I got warmed up rather than making an improvement. Then by the time I got on track, it was time to go.

The laser is, of course, a big help. I zeroed it to the sights at home, using a likely distance across a room, and that turns out to be just about perfect at 5 yards. At 7 yards, my rounds hit 2 or 3 inches below the dot. And at 15, I had to aim just over the top of an 8" plate to get hits. Also at 15 yards, I was having trouble finding the dot. I expect that's because I was pressing the gun out with the iron sights aligned on the target, which meant the laser was going over the top and back 2 or 3 yards before hitting the berm somewhere. 

So the laser is really going to be for close-up use at a time when I might really need a shot on target in a hurry and I might not be able to adopt the best shooting position. I figure that I'll present the gun as normal, and if I don't see the laser on the target, I'll bring my focus back to my sights like always.

I also put a few rounds through my Glock 19 just to prove to myself that I hadn't forgotten how to shoot.

LESSONS: I still need work with this gun, but I'm getting better. There's some dry fire practice in my near future.

I still need trigger work.















I pushed the G19 a little right today, but it still felt good.





































Exercise
Condition
Distance
Rounds
Mag Dump
Ready
Point blank
 9
Procedure
Aim at a blank spot on the berm or on a target backer — anything, so long as it doesn't give you a fixed point to aim at. Watch your front sight and fire a round every time you see your sights come back into alignment.
Purpose
Learn to watch your front sight throughout firing and recovering from recoil.
Observations
 Slide nibble. I wasn't as focused on my sights as I should have been.


Exercise
Condition
Distance
Rounds
Bullseye
 Ready
 7 yards
 23
Procedure
Aim at the center and fire carefully, either with no time limit or with a generous one.
Purpose
Focus on accuracy. Take out all elements other than pure marksmanship.
Observations
String 1, no laser – Awful! Especially that one flinch!
String 2, no laser – Trigger stroke felt better.
Strings 3 & 4, no laser – Still hitting low left unless I really concentrate



Exercise
Condition
Distance
Rounds
Bullseye
 Ready
 5 yards
 5
Procedure
Aim at the center and fire carefully, either with no time limit or with a generous one.
Purpose
Focus on accuracy. Take out all elements other than pure marksmanship.
Observations
String 1, laser – Zero confirmed. Still having trigger trouble.


Exercise
Condition
Distance
Rounds
 Falling Plates
 Ready
 15 yards
 42
Procedure
 Shoot the 8" plates and make them fall down.
Purpose
Fun, mostly. It also helps with basic marksmanship, but it's hard to tell exactly where you hit (or miss). It's pass/fail shooting.
Observations
When using the TLR-6 at this distance, the parallax between the laser and the muzzle means that the point of impact is between 4" and 6" below the laser dot. Since the target is only 8" in diameter, I was having to put the dot on the target, then lift it up until it went off the top of the plate and hold there in order to get hits.


Glock 43
Today – 79
TRC – 273

Glock 19
Today – 12
TRC – 8,557





Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rang Log 11APR17

GOAL(S): Improve accuracy and control with the Glock 43, and put a few self-defense rounds through it.

PLAN: Mag Dump, Bullseye, Bullseye with SD rounds. And if there's time, do a 5x5 drill.

The mag dump went well enough. When I got to bullseye shooting, I was still having trouble with my grip. I would have to readjust it every one or two shots because I was having trouble keeping my thumbs in place. And I'm flinching a bit.

Shooting this pistol is definitely going to help my overall shooting in the long run, but it sure is humbling in the here-and-now.

Left, low and loose.



































 Next up was some bullseye shooting with a few rounds of my carry ammo. I didn't feel like breaking out a fresh target, so I just aimed at the hole near the top of the target. I was still shooting left, but the group was a lot tighter.


That perfect circle was my aiming point. So even if I missed the bad guy's heart, his right lung will never be the same.

My "drill cards" are below if you're interested in the particulars.


Exercise
Condition
Distance
Rounds
 Mag Dump
 Ready
  Point blank
 9
Procedure
Aim at a blank spot on the berm or on a target backer — anything, so long as it doesn't give you a fixed point to aim at. Watch your front sight and fire a round every time you see your sights come back into alignment.
Purpose
Learn to watch your front sight throughout firing and recovering from recoil.
Observations
Control was OK. Brass ejection was good.

Exercise
Condition
Distance
Rounds
Bullseye
 Ready
 7 yards
20 (4 strings of 5) 
Procedure
Aim at the center and fire carefully, either with no time limit or with a generous one.
Purpose
Focus on accuracy. Take out all elements other than pure marksmanship.
Observations
String 1 – first 2 rounds in the bullseye, next 2 low/left (1.5" X 1.5"), last round low/left (2.5" X 1")
String 2 – 3 in the bullseye, 1 2" left, one high/left (1" X .5").
Strings 3 and 4 both trended left, and I threw a couple low.

I was still having problems with my grip breaking down a little in recoil. And I'm still getting some slide nibble.

Exercise
Condition
Distance
Rounds
Bullseye (SD rounds)
 Ready
 7 yards
 7
Procedure
Aim at the center and fire carefully, either with no time limit or with a generous one.
Purpose
Focus on accuracy. Take out all elements other than pure marksmanship.
Observations
I was using 115gr. Hornady Critical Defense, and it was very consistent. It also shot to point of aim. The impacts were a little to the left (furthest was 1.25") but given my performance thus far with this pistol, I'm pretty sure that was on me.

Exercise
Condition
Distance
Rounds
Mag Dump
Ready
Point blank

Procedure
Aim at a blank spot on the berm or on a target backer — anything, so long as it doesn't give you a fixed point to aim at. Watch your front sight and fire a round every time you see your sights come back into alignment.
Purpose
Learn to watch your front sight throughout firing and recovering from recoil.
Observations
Striving form more control and a grip that doesn't have to be readjusted every two or three rounds.

Late in the session, my control got better. I still need more work on the basics with this gun.


G43
Today – 45
TRC – 194





Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Stale Self-Defense Ammo



How often do you refresh the self-defense ammo in your carry gun? Especially if you unload your gun from time to time, either before you put it away at night or when you practice with it at the range. You do take your carry gun to the range, right?

The picture below shows two of my own SD rounds. The one on the left has been taken out of circulation, and the one on the right is going in. The wear on the casing of the old round is pretty obvious, and it's caused by repeatedly leap-frogging the top two rounds in my primary carry magazine.

What's less obvious, because the table isn't perfectly level, is that the bullet in the old round has been set back a bit. If you look at the round on the right, you can clearly see the cannelure on the bullet, but it isn't visible in the old round on the left. It's been pushed back a little bit as a result of hitting the feed ramp too many times. Since this can cause higher pressures, I opted not to shoot this particular round, but simply disposed of it.































The other rounds that I rotated out of use were not set back, however, so I chose to shoot them from my newly acquired Glock 43 to make sure it functions with my SD ammo. I was aiming at the clean hole at the top of the target (shown below) from 7 yards. I've got a little problem pushing left with this gun, but I'm working on it. As you can see, however, the ammo is doing its job just fine.




As you can see, it's a good idea to keep "fresh" ammo in your gun if you might have to bet your life on it. How often do you refresh yours?



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Range Log 07APR17

I've been keeping a range log on paper for a while, and now I'm going to start keeping up with it here.

GOAL(S): Today's goal was to spend some quality time with my new Glock 43. I put a few rounds through it last week, but I need some more time to familiarize myself with it and get used to shooting a 9mm that small.

PLAN: "Mag dump" — empty a magazine at a blank spot in the berm, tracking the sights. Bullseye — shoot slow and steady, just for accuracy. 5 X 5 drill — five strings of five rounds at five yards with a par time of five seconds, a combination of a little speed, a little accuracy and a little endurance.


Exercise
Condition
Distance
Rounds
Mag Dump
Ready
Point blank
9
Observations
I found it a little difficult to maintain my grip. I was getting some lateral movement of the gun in my hands.



Exercise
Condition
Distance
Rounds
Bullseye    
Ready
5 yds.
21
Observations
One string of 6, three strings of 5.
I was stringing shots vertically at first.
Shooting a gun this small definitely magnifies mistakes.
My grip keeps breaking up a bit.



My first 5 rounds.

After 21 rounds.


Exercise
Condition
Distance
Rounds
5 X 5
Low ready
5 yds.
25
Total
1
2
3
4
5
M
3.74
1.51
.63
.55
.54
.51
0
5.12
2.34
.79
.67
.68
.64
0
4.23
1.20
.79
.82
.71
.71
2*
3.70
1.44
.61
.56
.54
.55
1**
3.23
1.35
.54
.45
.43
.46
0
Observations
* I was anticipating recoil in a big way. I pulled shot 3 down for a miss, then pushed shot 4 up for another.

** I’m getting more lateral movement of the gun in my hands when I use the smaller magazine.

On the last string, I used the small mag one more time. My control was better, though I was still “wobbling” a bit. I put two rounds right on the perimeter.

Exercise
Condition
Distance
Rounds
5 X 5
Low ready
5 yds.
25
Total
1
2
3
4
5
M
4.22
1.28
.94
.72
.64
.64
0(?)
4.00
1.81
.68
.55
.48
.48
0
3.66
1.32
.57
.80
.51
.46
2 (left)
3.20
1.25
.55
.49
.47
.44
2 (left, low)
3.29
1.34
.53
.47
.45
.50
1 (left)
Observations



Exercise
Condition
Distance
Rounds
Falling Plates
Ready
15 yards
24 (4 strings)
Observations
Finally got rid of most of the flinching. My last two runs were clean!

G43
Today       104

TRC         146

LESSON(S) LEARNED: The smaller, thinner frame puts more of my finger through the trigger guard than I am accustomed to, and that's making it harder (different) for me to move my trigger finger straight to the rear. I need more time shooting for accuracy and doing dry fire.