Gun Nuts Radio tonight

We’re back tonight on Gun Nuts Radio with an all new episode, and I’ll give you three guesses what I’ll be talking about…but you probably already figured out by now that the subject of tonight’s Gun Nuts Radio will be my elimination from Top Shot.

Join me tonight at 9pm Eastern time at www.blogtalkradio.com/gunnuts to talk about my elimination from Top Shot!  The phone lines and chat lines will be open all show, so I’ll be taking questions from listeners and fans.  That’s tonight, 9pm Eastern time, live at www.blogtalkradio.com/gunnuts!

First HAVA Charity item ending soon

Today is your last chance until 6pm Eastern time to bid on the first item in the HAVA Charity Auction!  We’ll be following it up shortly with the second item as quick as possible!  Click here to bid on the Sig Sauer 1911 with Crimson Trace Laser Grips!  And it’s for a good cause!

Weekend shooting: Speed shoots

On the first installment of the Quest for Master Class, I shot the IDPA classifier with a tight focus on accuracy.  This was to establish a baseline level for one component of a successful competition shooter.  This weekend, I’ll be shooting it for speed.  I am going to shoot the classifier as fast as I can physically drive the gun while still being safe.  We’ll do this to establish the other end of the spectrum – pure, raw speed.  Accuracy will be less important than raw times, but I’m also not going to intentionally take bad shots.

After we get the bases established for speed and accuracy, the next couple of installments will focus on combining the two concepts into a holistic approach to shooting the classifier, finding the balance of speed and accuracy necessary to get the hits you need.  To do that, we’ll break down each stage of the classifier and look for places to cut time or improve accuracy on the classifier, all the while providing training tips and drills to do the same.  Check back next Wednesday for the post and video about the next installment in the Quest for Master Class – the speed run!

Do you log your rounds?

In the Hi Point Challenge thread at Tam’s, someone asked me about round count.  I know I’ve talked about tracking rounds before, but here’s a copy of a single page of the spreadsheet that I use.

Link to Spreadsheet here.

This has worked very well for me to keep track of what I’m shooting, when I’m shooting it, etc. As you can see, the list of guns from 2009 is kind of psychotic – I spent a good chunk of 2009 going back and forth from one gun to another, until I settled on my S&W 625 near the end of the year. But the round counts and the malf counts are pretty accurate – I never go to the range without a pencil and a notepad, so that if something happens with a gun then I’m 100% aware of what’s going on with it. Another to note on there is that with the exception of the rounds I shot at Gunsite, I didn’t count .22 LR. It’s just not worth it to keep track of that, because I can go through 1k rounds of .22 like it’s not even there.

Now, my wife would say that I’m a spreadsheet geek (I am), but there’s value in this. If something happens to my gun at the range, I can look back at this and see if it’s a new problem, if it’s a problem that only occurs with this type of ammo, which means I can take measures to reduce the problem in the future. For example, my ParaUSA Tac-5 had continued failures to extract using 115 grain FMJ ammo, but when I used the hotter 124 grain NATO ammo it ran like a top. My 625 and S&B primers didn’t get along, so I didn’t use S&B ammo in my 625. The list goes on and on. Don’t like my format? That’s okay, because you can get one of your own!