Saturday the 22nd of September was the monthly Colorado Multi Gun shoot at Weld Country Fish and Wildlife Range. Coming off of a #5 class finish and some good progress on my ankle rehab I was excited to get back out and compete in this match. I headed out bright and early with my regular match buddies Bill L. and Ben W. along with a new shooter, Nate.
We started the match on the shotgun pistol stage again and I had a dang good run. Of course I have no proof as I forgot to give Ben W. my camera before the run. Dang! The course was pretty similar to last time with some key changes. Again, we started in a box and engaged a full size IPSC target with two slugs (I had one Miss, need to get a rear sight for my JM Pro 930). From there we were free to engage eight poppers on the right and eight poppers on the left as they became available with the caveat that we needed to fire one shot from each of four ports, two on right, two on left. I did pretty decent on the poppers, but had two misses there too. And I forgot my reloading scheme and actually went to slidelock once. But I ended with an empty shotgun and did not have to burn any rounds before abandoning in the mandated condition.
I quickly drew my pistol and began engaging a whole mess of steel targets, 32 ish rounds for record if I remember correctly. I had some stupid misses but shot the course fairly well. One problem I had that is becoming more bothersome is that I ran two mags dry and the slide on my Glock 17 did not lock back. This caused two dry-fires under the timer which are killer!
The rifle stage was very similar to last time, engage four steel targets ranging from a 12″ steel square to a 6″ x 8″ plate from five different positions at 100 yards. The first position was a shooter’s box (had to have any part of shooter or rifle inside), second was a rickety wooden table frame (had to touch any part with shooter or rifle), third was through a cinder block (flash hider must be through one port), fourth was through a barrel (must shoot through) and fifth was another shooter’s box (had to have any part of shooter or rifle inside).
I chose to engage in the first box offhand and did fairly well. Second I braced on the table which I should have either gone prone or taken a knee as it was just too unstable. Third position I went prone and shoved my muzzle, sight and forend through, taking rested prone shots. Fourth I backed up so my muzzle was behind the barrel but I was still shooting through it to avoid the blast. Fifth and final position I began shooting offhand but had so many misses that I ended up taking a knee. I need to know myself better and realize that the fifth position should have been either from a knee or prone from the start as my heart rate and breathing would have been up super high after shooting and moving.
The third stage for us (4th in the match) was a rifle hoser stage similar to the pistol stage we shot last time; first shot must be taken in uprange box, last shot must be taken in downrange box.. I thought I had a pretty decent strategy and had plenty of time to run through it many times dry. I was going to engage all the targets I could see from the uprange box save for the two on the left which I was going to hit while shooting on the move. I’d move up to the corner, engage the two targets obscured by no-shoots and then engage the one turned target on the move and finish in the downrange box. Then I had malfs…
My rifle had a failure to extract on my first round. I had to go to the next bay and clear it out with a cleaning rod. I fired 4 test rounds and went back to wait for a do-over (local match). I got up and the damn rifle extracted the first round but would not eject it. Instead it shoved it up between the upper receiver and the gas tube. Luckily Bill L. grabbed his rifle for me to use. Bill as a sweet rifle no doubt but it has a few things on it that I was unfamiliar with, specifically the Magpul BAD lever, and I ended up screwing up my reload by not completely seating the magazine, wasting a ton of time trying to figure out the BAD lever and lock the bolt back. I totally hosed that hoser stage up bad.
Continuing on to our last stage, Stage 1, Bill L. again let me use his rifle and I did alright on the close-range head shots but when I transitioned to pistol I cleaned up pretty darn well. It is hard saying that you did well on a stage when you are shooting with guys like Drew Boldt (#2 overall in match) and they make your clean and fast run look like you’re out for your first match. 🙂
If it doesn’t go bang every time it does not deserve to be in competition. And if I am going to run in Tactical Optics, I need some magnification. Getting placed in with the guys that have 1-4x scopes to my 1x Aimpoint kills me on the long range stuff. The carbine gas system and mil-spec trigger kills me on the short stuff. Basically what I’m saying is that my skill level has reached the point where my rifle setup is holding me back. Unfortunately I don’t have the cash right now to go out and pick up a new Larue, JP, Noveske or even a Stag so I am going to have to do some lower-cost tweaks to get the most out of my current setup. In the mean time I have a new bolt coming from Brownell’s and my old bolt is being sent back to the manufacturer for inspection.