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Monday, July 29, 2013

Something different (Ferrari\Lambo content inside)

This weekend I was invited to work as an instructor at the Imagine Lifestyles Exotic Car Experience being held at the Wells Fargo Center. The event ran Friday through Sunday and allowed customers to drive or ride along in Ferrari F430s, Lamborghini LP550-2s and LP560-4s.  The event was a great time and we managed to run about 1200 people through the course over the weekend, including on Sunday when Philadelphia saw a record setting one day rainfall of 8 inches get dropped right on us in less than 3 hours.

This video is me driving during a Pro-drive for a customer in a Ferrari F430 coupe.

Here I'm driving a yellow Lamborghini LP560-4 (560 horsepower all wheel drive coupe) and also an LP560-4 convertible during the monsoon.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Being Happy

On most match days if you ask me if I'm having fun my answer will be "I'll tell you once the results come out".  I guess that's not a very positive attitude to have, but I really like the competitive aspect of shooting. If they didn't keep score I'd definitely find another hobby.  I also realize this puts a lot of unneeded stress on myself and can make me look like a grump bastard on the range.  Today at the SCCSA USPSA match I had major gun problems, and it was hovering around 90 degrees but I did manage to have fun.  Maybe I'm turning a corner and learning to relax a little bit and not base my entire weekend on how well I do at the shooting match I'm currently attending.

Today I had a terrible day starting on the second stage where I tanked the classifier due to a double feed, then continued to have feeding issues for the next few stages until I borrowed a spare mag from a friend. At least I'm pretty sure at this point that my problem is with the mag springs. I was pretty relaxed about it and once I figured out what the issue was I was just happy to know I could fix it before the Area 8 match on August 10th.

Maybe it's just my new purple fiber optic insert in my front sight that kept my spirits high all day? It's hard to say.

update: Results are out and I ended up taking 2nd place in Limited. The winner is unclassified in Limited but is a Production Master so I'm happy with that.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Colt 3 Man 3 Gun Fun recap

Team Super-Tactical and Team Ham Sandwich met up again for the second leg of the Colt 3 Man 3 Gun event, this time at Peacemaker National Training Center, in SometownYou'veNeverHeardOf, West Virginia.

The stages were challenging and fun again this year and my teammates were there to make sure I was happy. Actually, the unofficial theme of the match was Make Matt Happy, and everyone did a great job, except Steve, who clogged the toilet horribly and was generally smelly and rude all weekend.

We started on the long range stages, which unfortunately I didn't get any video of.  The Pivothead glasses I wear are great for getting video, but they aren't able to see through the tube of my scope so video of those stages would have sucked anyway.  Stage 5 had one team member (me) start on the angled roof, engaging plates at 300 yards and 6 inch speed plates at 125-175 yards. The other two shooters started at either pistol or shotgun and shot 4 steel plates each, then switched to the other area, shooting 4 more plates.  When I was done at the long range, I ran to the shotgun area, then the pistol area to engage my own 4 plates at each position.

Stage 6 was another long stage where we had to engage seven targets from 100 to 300 yards and various distances and of various sizes from prone, and then the long range targets again from a barricade.  I chose to shoot all 7 from prone, then re-engage the three long targets from standing supported on the barricade and this plan worked well. Other shooters decided to take a knee and shoot through one of the barricade ports but kneeling has never been a very stable position for me so I chose not to.

From there, we took the drive back down the hill to stage 1.  This stage was a relay, with the first shooter shooting 8 steel targets with shot, then three slug targets at about 50 yards, then tagging a teammate and running to position two.  While I moved to position two to shoot rifle, Ted began shooting the same thing I had just done at position one.  At position two, I engaged four plates once each from each of two ports on a barricade, then waited for Ted to arrive so I could tag him and go to position three. Position three was a creepy van that you had to shoot from inside of at pistol targets from 15 to 50 yards.

Stage two was another relay, where each shooter started with pistol on some paper targets and two plates each, then ran to the shotgun area and waited to be tagged where you had to load your shotgun then shoot 8 knockdown plates. After that you moved again and then re-engaged the paper targets from earlier in the head with rifle from a barricade.

Stage three was a typical USPSA style "memory" stage, where you had to engage paper targets with rifle and pistol, and clay birds while moving laterally on the stage. Some of the targets could only be seen from certain positions and it was easy to miss one, and end up engaging the same target twice, which would have caused two miss penalties plus a failure to engage (25 seconds of penalties!).  We shot this stage decently well, with the only issue being that I just could not hit the last steel target through the hole in the hard cover. Steve ended up cleaning it up with the shotgun and we cleaned the stage, but I blew probably 10+ seconds on that last target.  From now on, that target presentation will be considered a shotgun target.

Stage four was an all shotgun stage, with spinning targets, knock down steel, clay birds and flying clay birds.  This was all about who could reload shotgun the fastest and who could shoot it with the least makeup shots. Unfortunately I failed both of those tasks but the good news is I forgot to turn on my camera so there's no proof it ever happened, ha!

Here's the video.
Thanks to everyone at the match and my teammates (even you, Steve) for making this a great weekend.  Next year this even might actually be three separate matches with scores combined?! Can't wait

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Ready to go! (Colt 3 Man 3 Gun prep)

Ammo is loaded, gear is prepped, skills have been honed and I'm ready to go!

I finally feel confident with the rifle after sorting out some gear problems that were causing long range accuracy issues. I can't wait to get out there. I'll try to post an update Friday night if we get to scope out the stages but if not I'll have a match update posted Saturday and a full match review Sunday or Monday when we get back.
Stay tuned...

Monday, July 8, 2013

Too damn hot

This weekend I shot the first hot weather match of the 2013 season. In reality it wasn't even that hot...93 or so and about 400% humidity, but I was somehow not prepared for it.  I drank four gatorades and three bottles of water at the range and still ended up dehydrated.  The Colt Team 3 Gun match this weekend in West Virginia is going to be brutal.

Below is the match video. I don't have a lot to say about it.  From the jump I was not all that interested in being there and my focus was poor.  I started out with a few ok stages but my points were not what they should be. I ended up skipping a target somehow on Walt's memory stage and threw two mikes for no reason on another stage. I need to shoot at least 5% more points than I did. I know for sure I was accepting a "sights on brown" type of sight picture where I usually am able to really see that A-zone and aim every shot.  The good news is that I knew I was doing it while it was happening, and was generally calling my shots ok, I just didn't do anything during the day to correct it. Oh well, onward and upward!