Friday, April 24, 2015

On The Range #101: Distance and Movement

I've been trying to get my butt outside and on the range as much as possible the last couple of months, and so far so good.  I've made at least one decent trip to the shooting range every two week for the last two months.  I've got a good feel for where I am at, and I'm trying to expand into some areas where I am weak.

Today I focused on working on movement and shooting at greater distances.  This may become my standard practice session for a while with a few tweeks (as I think of them).  Today was a 50 round session from concealment using my Glock 17 riding in a Miller Tactical Group kydex IWB holster. Target was a Q target with an 8" circle drawn on it, anything out of the 8" circle I counted as a miss.

I started out with shooting on the move.  Using my shot timer, at the five yard line I began moving back while drawing and firing two rounds (five reps for a total of 10 rounds). Total time for all strings was under 3.5 seconds, most of the draws under 2.5 seconds. I had three misses (1 off the bottle), but no more than one miss on any given string.

Next I moved to the seven yard line, and on the signal I did a sidestep (usually two steps) and fired two.  I did this ten times total, five each left and right.  I actually shot faster moving left than right.  I had one miss moving left, and one moving right.  Left draws averaged under 2.5 seconds, right draws around 3.25 seconds.

At this point I switched up from shooting with movement to shooting at distance.  I've started relatively close at 15 yards and I may push it back to 20 since I did pretty well here.

First, I did ten draws and fired one round each focusing on fundamentals.  I found I was able to put every round in the 8" target zone, averaging just under 3 seconds.

I finished up drawing and firing two at 15 yards five times for a total of 10 rounds.  This went fairly well. All but one string of fire was under or just at 3 seconds from draw to first round, total times were around 4 seconds averaged.  I had 3 misses here, 2 on one string with one of those being off the bottle (I just fell apart on this string).

This was a good session for me.  Like I said, I will probably be shooting this regularly as it makes me work on areas where I really am weak.

Detailed times on the strings will follow below the target photo if you're curious.

Moving back from 5 yards (all times listed as first shot [the draw], split, total)
1) 2.21, .80, 3.01
2) 2.20, 1.23, 3.43 with one miss
3) 2.08, .88, 2.96
4) 2.19, .69, 2.88 with one miss
5) 2.41, .78, 3.19 with one miss off bottle

Sidestep Left
1) 2.53, .74, 3.27
2) 2.52, .79, 3.31
3) 2.47, 1.06, 3.53
4) 2.49, .68, 3.17 with one miss
5) 2.75, 1.29, 4.04

Sidestep Right
1) 3.68, 1.52, 5.20
2) 2.97, .99, 3.96
3) 3.27, .99, 4.26 with one miss
4) 3.16, 1.60, 4.76
5) 3.28, .96, 4.24

Doubles @15 yards
1) 4.16, 1.78, 5.94 with one miss
2) 2.78, 1.00, 3.78
3) 2.56, 1.15, 3.71
4) 2.91, .81, 3.72 with two misses, one off the bottle
5) 3.04, 2.01, 5.05

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Robert's Picks


Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning (good)

Pronto by Elmore Leonard

Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan (very good)

Resolution by Robert B Parker (very good)

Lines of Departure by Marko Kloos (good)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Statement from Magpul regarding issues with the new Glock magazine.

OK we screwed up. After initial release  of the  Glock  PMAG  17  GL9  a few  days  ago  we  started  seeing  random  issues  of  failure to  feed  with  the  new  magazine  in  other Glock  models,  primarily  the  Glock  19  and  26.  Of all the challenges  of building  a Glock  magazine  with  a single  new  composite,  issues  like  drop  free,  impact strength  and  feed  lip  retention  were  foremost  on  our  mind.  The  failure  to  feed  came  as  a bit  of  a surprise to us and we immediately headed out to the range to investigate. In  short  order  we  found  the  problem.  Without  getting  into  technical details,  some  small,  but  critical geometry  changes  did  not  make  it  into  the  initial  production  molds.  We  should  have  caught  this  but  no failures  showed  up  on  our factory  guns  during  live  fire  testing  and  flaws  in  our internal processes  of checks/balances did not flag the oversight as it should. So as I said before, we screwed up and here is what we are going to do about it. Molds  are being  updated  with  the correct geometry  as  we  speak  and  a  replacement  magazine  body  with the  correct  geometry  should  be  available  by  May  4th,  2015.  These  will be  date  coded  5/15  or later and will replace  any  magazine  bodies  in  service  of  earlier  manufacture.  Just  use  your  existing  spring, follower, and floor plate with the new body. -  If  you  purchased  your  magazines  direct  from  Magpul,  Brownells  or  Midway,  you  do  not  need  to  do anything,  replacement  magazine  bodies  for  the  magazines  ordered  (1  for  1)  will be  shipped  to  you automatically. -  If  you  purchased  your  magazines  from  a  gun  store,  replacement bodies  will  be  sent  out to  the store in question  for  you  to  pick  up. -  If neither  of  the  above  works  for you  then  Magpul customer  service  will handle  the  replacement directly. In short, we are updating ALL of the affected magazines released as quick as we possibly can. Richard  Fitzpatrick President/CEO  -Magpul  Industries  Corp.

Monday, April 6, 2015

On The Range #100: Shooting the FN SCAR 5.56 and the Smith&Wessson M&P15 300AAC Blackout

I was given the opportunity to take a trip to one of the local shooting ranges and put some rounds down range through a couple of rifles I had no prior experience with, but which I had wanted to shoot for a while.

First up was the FN SCAR chambered in 5.56x45.  This is a rifle that was created as an alternative to the popular AR type rifles.  The goal was to create a more reliable, more ergonomic rifle to the replace the venerable M16/M4 rifles commonly found in US and NATO armories.

I'm cross eye dominate, meaning that I am right handed but left eye dominate.  I shoot pistols right handed but long guns I shoot left handed.  The SCAR is perfect for someone like me because of the ambidextrous controls.  The charging handle can be be set up on either the right or the left, and you've got ambidextrous safety and magazine release.

If you can shoot an AR type rifle, you can shoot a SCAR.  The biggest thing to be mindful of is to keep your hand out of the way of the charging handle while shooting as it's a moving part you don't have on the AR.

The SCAR I shot had an aftermarket Eotech red dot sight installed.  This was my first time with the Eotech sight (I am an Aimpoint fan boy) but I had not issues or complaints.

My ammo options were limited because I had to use range ammo as this was a rental gun, so I ended up using cheap steel cased Tula ammunition.  I put 60 rounds through the rifle without any hiccups, so this gun will eat even the dirty stuff (a benefit of the SCAR's piston system vs. the standard AR's direct impingement).


Bear in mind I was shooting cheap ammo so grouping was looser than I would like (and I'm not the best shot anyway).  The indoor range I was shooting at had a 50 yard rifle range with a minimum of 25 yards.  My first 3 shots are on the lower left pelvic area taken at 25 yards.  I was holding on the white dot and the sight was zeroed at 50 yards.  Not a great group, but not bad for first time shooting that rifle, offhand, with cheap ammo.

Most of my shooting was done at 25 yards but I did some at 50 as well.  I was able to keep all of my shots on the scoring area and most in the vital hit zones.  The trigger had a noticeable reset and I found double and triple taps were no problem.  Trigger was about the same as you'd get on any milspec AR type rifle or carbine.

The SCAR was a fun gun to shoot, and if I had the disposable income I would pick one up in heartbeat.  In the market for a SCAR?  Check out GRAB A GUN.  They've got a HUGE online inventory and can ship to your local FFL.  Oh, and one of the best parts?  They finance.  So maybe that SCAR isn't so far out of my reach....

But it will have to get behind the Smith&Wesson M&P15 in 300 AAC Blackout!  Wow, did I love shooting 300 Blackout!  I've already bookmarked the M&P15 upper on GRAB A GUN.

 The 300 AAC Blackout was created by Advanced Armament Corporation to be a dedicated suppressor round.  Now, that doesn't mean you can't shoot it unsuppressed because that is all I did today.  But if you're interested in adding a suppressor to your long gun at some point in the future, this is a round designed to excel from the ground up in that role.

Wicked looking round!

Shooting an AR in 300 Blackout is a pure treat.  The recoil is similar to a pistol caliber carbine and accuracy is excellent.  My only regret about shooting the 300 Blackout is that I couldn't afford to take it home with me.  

 Looking at the target above that one large hole is the first group I shot at 25 yards from the bench.  Sure, someone out there can easily do that at 100, but for me that is great.  The rest of the shots are from off hand shooting.

Two groups shot at 50 yards.

So, this gun is going on my "BUY SOON" list.  It was fun to shoot, and I shoot it better than I would have thought.  I think 300 Blackout has the potential to be a great all purpose round.  I have friends that swear buy it for hog hunting and I have no doubt it would put a white tail in the bed of your truck.  And lets face it, if it'll do that it'll work great as a self defense tool.  Not too mention it's great a round to be shooting if you're running a suppressor which is something I am seriously going to be looking into in the future especially since Alabama, like a lot of states, allows suppressor hunting.

If 300 AAC Blackout is a something you've been considering I say go for it.  Check out GRAB A GUN.  Not only do they have the gun I shot today in stock, but they've a ton of other rifles and uppers chambered in 300 AAC Blackout.

As you may have guessed by now this post was sponsored by GRAB A GUN.  They gave me the opportunity to shoot some guns I have not touched before and all they asked from me was to blog about it and mention them as a source to fill your firearms needs.  Go check out their website.  They've a huge selection of firearms, both handguns and long guns, and they even offer financing for your next purchase.