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2009 DPMS Tri-Gun Challenge: Stages VI through X

August 27, 2009

Here is the rest of the DPMS match footage, although we’re missing stage nine.  That will get added as soon as my webmaster is back home on a non-government controlled computer. . .

I used a DSA FAL with a Leupold 1.5-5X VarX III in a Larue mount shooting handloads with 110 grain Sierra Hollowpoints.  These have less recoil and since we could only shoot out to 200 yards, they were adequate.  I did have one malfunction which I think was due to the odd feeding profile and OAL of this bullet, which was never designed to be run in semi-auto battle rifles!  The pistol is a CZ Tactical Sport 9mm shooting Winchester Whitebox.  It shot great with only one self-induced malfunction on Stage 5.  The shotgun is a Benelli M1 done by Triangle Shooting Sports, shooting winchester sporting clays loads. 

This was the “long range” stage with plates at 200 yards.  It was one of my favorite stages of the match.  Robbie and Daniel put on some fantastic rifle shooting.  Notice how hard it is to keep up with Daniel on the plates. I’m glad I was not the RO.  Notice how we all three shoot the last rifle station differently.  Robbie rests the magazine on the platform and stands with his legs in a rock star pose.  His is the fastest to get in and out of.  Daniel and I chose reverse kneeling but I don’t think Daniel actually rests his primary side elbow on his knee.

Stage 7 was a rifle and pistol stage. It started with some offhand (although you were seated) shots at about 40 yards and then a bit of a run and gun until a transition to the pistol.  A lot of shooters don’t like to shoot offhand at targets of any sort of difficulty but it is a necessary tool in your tool box. It is a good reason to buy a .22 LR and get to practicing.  My rifle shooting was ok (with cool fireballs) but I forget how to shoot the pistol as soon as I transition.  I was trying to be “Mr. supercool GM shoot the plates on the move” but that does not work out too well!  But eventually I remember to use the sights and it (mostly) comes back!  Daniel got a procedural foot fault for his move going to the left of the barricade after engaging the targets.  The RO thought he had left the shooting area while he was still shooting.  Looking at the tape, the procedural appears to be undeserved but it does show the danger of riding the edge, which is what Daniel was doing.  The RO was not being malicious, he thought he saw Daniel fire a shot out of the shooting area and he very nearly did.  be careful if you are going to try something too fancy!

Sorry for the poor footage as the battery was dying.  Too bad too as this was my best run of the whole match.  I think I had the best time (33.31) on this stage out of all the competitors in all the divisions even edging out Dave Neth (34.6) and Jerry Miculek (33.87).  This was a stage involving all 3 guns, including 6 slug shots.  You can only have 6 slugs in the gun and the 6 targets were full sized IPSC metric targets at about 40-45 yards.  The big debate was whether to rest the shotgun or not.  I chose not to as the targets were only 40 ish yards.  It is far faster shoot offhand rather than take a knee and a rest and since these were not particularly technical targets, that’s what I went with.  The FAL gives a nice fireball on this stage.  Notice how I only make one swing with the rifle as opposed to swinging back and forth from one side to another.   Finding a target engagement sequence that kept from having to swing the riflearound  was a  critical timesaver.  On stages like this it is important not to move faster than you can shoot, if you do you end up shooting props or even having to stop and backup.  Move at a pace that you can get your shots.    Finally, I had watched other shooters have trouble with the plates on the  Texas Star so I was ready for the fact that you could hit them (solidly too!) and they would not go, needing another shot.   

Stage 10 was an all pistol stage (reduced to only 50 match points!!) that required some fairly accurate shooting as there was hardcover and no shoots all over the place. Some A zones were covered meaning that 2 shots were required, other targets only had a A zone showing only, requiring one shot.  Other than the fact that Daniel is a lot skinnier than me (that boy needs to drink some beer and eat some bacon), the most important thing to take away from this video is to watch the gunhandling.  Notice how all three of us relax our grip when we are not shooting and are moving.  The support hand actually opens up.  I think this is a sympathetic response to moving the trigger finger straight.  The brain is saying “don’t shoot now” and the physiological reponse is to relax the hands as much as possible.  Also note the trigger fingers come off the triggers during the reload.  A pretty good stage for me with an 18 sec. run.  I did not fire extra shots as I was reading the sights and calling good hits.

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