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The Georgia USPSA Championships was held at South River Gun Club by the good folks at Atlanta 3-Gun during the weekend of 04-07 October.  The match was a very technical match and managed to accomplish that without a bunch of gimmicky props.  Hard Cover and No-Shoot targets made for tight shots on almost every target.  "Wide-open" targets were definitely the minority here.  I told Erik Kopp that he should've gotten match sponsorship from Krylon or Rustoleum.  Some folks were calling it "The Tuxedo Championships", because so many targets had hard cover painted on both sides and looked like they were wearing tuxes.

Once again, I ran the Chrono stage.  This match was so uneventful that it was almost boring for me (which is good for EVERYBODY).  Nobody got bumped to Open for equipment violations.  Nobody "went Minor" or sub-minor unintentionally.  Nobody got disqualified for an unsafe act.  This is not to say that there weren't some close calls, so let's call them Lessons Learned for the purposes of this article.  One of these is my foul-up; the rest belong to others....

1.  Me first:  I have written often about my lack of physical aggression during most matches.  This really bites me in the butt during those "hose-fest" matches where the farthest/most-difficult target is a wide-open one at 9 yards.  This was NOT that match, but I had already psyched myself into "GO HARD" mode.  I think I got more misses in my first stage than I've gotten the rest of the season....  It only went downhill from there.  You really can't pre-program how you need to shoot a match.  You have to execute each shot on its own merit.  Some can be taken on a dead run while barely seeing the gun, let alone the sights.  Others will require a good set-up, perfect sight alignment, and a smooth trigger press.

2.  Pay attention.  I got to watch one shooter have the "death jam from hell".  He was shooting a $5k Limited gun and at first the malfunction looked like a failure to extract.  His initial rack of the slide gave a sound that was similar to trying to force a live round into a chamber that is still occupied by the previous case.  He kept racking the slide and it was not helping.  Instinctively, I said "Drop the mag", citing the first step of a Failure to Extract clearance.  He did that and the jam still didn't clear.  Finally, I was able to see over his shoulder and into the ejection port.  The cartridge was loaded into the magazine backwards and had fed base-first into the chamber.  A 9mm is a tapered chamber, so it allowed that to happen.  Problem was that he'd really wedged it in there with all that pounding trying to clear it.  I let him have his two minutes to clear as provided in the Rules.  After that, we had to use a squib rod to remove the offending round.  Lesson?  Pay attention when loading magazines.  In the past two weeks, I've seen that one plus two people who accidentally loaded a 40 in the middle of their 9's.

3.  Chrono.  Chrono.  Always Chrono:  Had one shooter who actually got a 125.000000 Power Factor.  He was using a recipe that his buddy gave him, but he'd never bothered to chrono.  His buddy told him that it'd make a 134-135 and he believed him.  This guy owes his bullet maker a drink.  The bullets actually weighed 8/10ths heavy.  That is what got him to 125.

On the other hand, I broke a personal record that weekend.  I had a .40 shooter actually record a 222.4 Power Factor.  He said "I thought it felt a little hot...".

4.  Know the temperature sensitivity of your powders:  Conventional wisdom would say that gunpowder that is warm should burn hotter/faster than cold stuff.  Sometimes true, sometimes not.  In the interest of science, I got aforementioned "125 Dude" to give me a handful of his ammo and to come back by later.  He was using Shooter's World CleanShot powder.  I put his ammo in the cooler for a while and re-chrono'ed it.  Guess what...129 Power Factor.

If one were to load 20,000 rounds on their auto-driven 1050 in February "to get them through the season" and chrono'ed it then, they may be in for a shock in August when they chrono at an Area match.  Depending on their propellant, they could go Minor/sub-Minor OR they could be shooting ammo that is way too hot.  

5.  What's good for the Pistol ain't necessarily good for the PCC.   This is one that always happens and everyone acts SO shocked when it does.  They load a bunch of ammo and chrono it in their Pistol.  They use the same ammo in their PCC and wonder why the velocities are radically different.  Again, conventional wisdom isn't always correct.  One would think that "longer barrel gives powder time to burn more completely, hence higher velocities".  Wrong, darlin'....   If you're using a propellant that is on the faster end of the scale, it can actually be slower out of the carbine.  That fast powder might burn completely within the first 4 to 5 inches of barrel.  In a pistol, the bullet is then allowed to fly freely towards the target with only air resistance impeding it.  That same bullet in a PCC still has to travel another 12 inches inside the barrel, and friction between it and the barrel's rifling will slow it down. 

Some PCC shooters will shoot ammo that is much hotter than necessary because their powder works more efficiently in the longer barrel.  This weekend, I saw a lot of PCCs in the 145-155 Power Factor range.

We need to chrono our ammo in the gun that it'll be used in.  If you really want to be 'tight-assed" about it, make sure that the barrel is the same.  I have a Glock 34 that has a lot of difference between the OEM barrel and its KKM match barrel.

6.  Stay in the middle of your lane.  Rules have definite limits, like a magazine that is 141.26mm long is over the limit and will get you bumped to Open.  Is it smart to try to have a mag that is 141.25mm when it won't get you another round of capacity compared to 141.20mm?  But no, we're USPSA shooters.  We've gotta take it to the limit or we're not trying hard enough!

At this match, I saw a few mags that were very close.  If you get a little wear on the base pad that loosens it up or a good nick on the feed lips from where you dropped in on the gravel the previous stage, you could find yourself in a bit of a pickle.  I also saw a holster in Carry Optics that was right on the line of being too low.  If you didn't know, the heel of the butt of the pistol must be above the top of the beltline.  This one was so close that I looked at it several times.  "Benefit goes to the shooter" kicked in and I let it go, but with an admonition that ANY minuscule change could result in a different ruling.  Was his draw so much faster with this low rig that it was worth the chance?  Only he knows, but I'd doubt it....

Our Big Special This Week:

Are you that guy who went out and bought a Beretta 92FS back in 1985 because you had to find out what all the hubbub was about with the Army's new handgun?  Well, now you have the opportunity to do it again 33 years later!!  The SIG P320 variant now known as the SIG M17 is available.  It is basically a P320 in Flat Dark Earth, with a SIGLite front sight, a mounting plate for a Leupold DeltaPoint Pro, and a manual safety.  The price is right at $649.99 plus tax.

Recurring Specials:

SCCY Industries CPX-2 in 9mm, in various color combinations.  A great sub-compact 9mm featuring two 10-round magazines, double-action only trigger, and a transferable lifetime warranty.  $235.95 each.

Lots of folks make big purchases this time of year.  One of larger "capital" items that shooters buy is a reloading press.

I have recently gotten hooked up with a wholesaler who sells presses.  My dealer pricing is so good on these presses that I can offer them to you for a ridiculous price.  It doesn't matter whether you like blue presses, both flavors of red presses, or even the green ones, I can get them for a great price for you.

I am not going to run afoul of "Minimum Advertised Price" restrictions, but I will say this:  I just purchased my second "big press" by my favorite manufacturer.  I saved over $200 doing it this way rather than buying from the manufacturer's website.  (Those who know me know which brand and model I prefer.)  $200 is a lot of bullets to feed this thing....

E-mail me and let me know what you're looking for.  I'd bet that I can save you some money!!

Speaking of presses, we have a Dillon 550B package on consignment.  Press, 9mm and 45 Conversions, dies for each, two Powder Measures, tumbler, media, 500 Large Primers, 500 Small Primers, 45 bullets, 9mm bullets, plus some brass.  $600

Gun Cleaning Special:  Get the full-house, world-renowned CCGW cleaning job on your match guns, carry pieces, and hunting guns.  Most every gun will be only $25 each; complicated guns slightly higher.  (Glocks, M&Ps, 1911s/2011s, and the like are simple.  Benelli M-4s, piston-driven ARs, etc. are NOT.)  Turn-around time is typically less than a week.

We are offering complete basic guns built on our Camp Creek Gunworks-branded Lower Receivers, in addition to the full-house competition guns that we've always offered.  We're calling these mil-spec guns the "Basic Defense" series.  They feature a 16-inch barrel with A2 flash hider, a flat-top upper receiver, free-float handguard, collapsible stock, mil-spec trigger, mil-spec pistol grip, and the Magpul MOE trigger guard.  Add a soft case and 30-round MagPul magazine.  Of course, like all CCGW products, they're backed by our "We'll make it right" warranty.  The price is only $749 plus tax. 

Our latest thing has been PDWs (Personal Defense Weapons).  These are built off of our CR-15 lowers and feature short barrels (length depends on caliber and your desired features).  A pistol-stabilizing brace is added for greater accuracy potential.  5.56mm and .300 Blackout guns get the Noveske KX-5 suppressor.  9mm's don't need it.  An upgrade to a folding stock model is available for $300 more.  Prices start at $1500 for a basic model and go up to $3750 for the top-of-the-line model with EOTech HoloSight, TLR-2G light/laser combo, backup sights, premium SB Tactical brace, upgraded trigger, and custom fit case.

We have a 6-inch 2011 in-stock in .40 S&W.  It is built light, so it swings well from target to target.  The extra sight radius makes mid- and long-range shots EASY.  Only $2700

CCGW PCC's suitable for USPSA or 3-Gun competition are available.  Got one ready-to-go now for $950!

Glock 22C:  These are Blue Label Glocks (3 mags & night sights).  Brand new in the box for $499 plus tax.

Used Glock 23C.  LNIB with night sights and three mags.  $425

Until next time, See you on the Range!!
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