Tam took a picture of me at TacCon last year, and I’ve been embarrassed to show it because, well, I look really, really fat in the picture. And I was.
I’ve managed to lose about 15 pounds or so in the six months since TacCon, and while that is nothing compared to other people I know who’ve lost 40+ pounds this year, I’m managed to do it without any major changes in my life. I’ve cut out pretty much all sweets except for the occasional spot of ice cream, switched to drinking bourbon and scotch instead of beer, and I walk about two miles every evening.
Am I where I want to be? No. I still need to work on my flexibility and upper body strength, but it’s nice to know with a little effort, I can make myself slightly less out of shape than usual.
If you’re looking for a way to shorten the length of your AR Pistol, I’d take a long, hard look at the Maxim Defense CQB Brace, which also came with a JP Rifles Silent Capture Spring. I’m a big fan of that spring because it’s very reliable, easy to use and completely eliminates the “SPROING!” of the buffer spring recoil next to your ear.
That Sig scope is a bit of a change-up… I’m seriously impressed with Sig’s optics, and a 6×24 scope first focal plane scope for under a grand (way under) is a pretty good deal. I left off a sling (whoops) and an arm pillow (a massively useful thing to have) so yeah, it might cost you a little more up-front to shoot Precision Rifle than it would 3 Gun, and it’s also going to cost you more to shoot, as 6.5 Creedmoor match ammo, even when bought in bulk, ain’t cheap.
As I said before, if anything, I’ve lowballed that rig… there’s no elaborate stitching on the holster nor engraving on the gun, so it barely meets the requirements for something that’s meant to dazzle your friends at a social get-together.
So what does $3k+ buy you in 3 Gun? A nice little rig.
If you can’t shoot a typical 3 Gun match with this setup and shoot it well, the problem is with you, not your gear. The 6920 is a terrific AR–15, and the Stoeger in particular is a legitimate bargain, giving you all the benefits of more expensive shotgun, at one-third the price. The Glock 17 is a good entry-level pistol that you can shoot IDPA and USPSA with as well and upgrade to your heart’s content.
With that gear, you’ll be competing in Tac Optics, which does have the downside of being the most popular division in the sport, so be advised you’ll have a lot of people contending for top spot in the division. If that’s not your cup of tea, drop this optic on your gun and compete in Tac Limited instead.
Tomorrow we’re going to see which is more expensive to get into: 3 Gun, or Precision Rifle.
… so the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) published an article on “How to get started in 3 Gun,” and halfway through it was this little tidbit:
Once the bug bites — and it will — with today’s prices, you can buy all three guns for less than $1,000.
Wait, what? Buy all three guns for shooting a 3 Gun match for less than $1000? Now, I will agree that it’s possible (very possible) to buy EACH of the guns for 3 Gun for less than $1000, and that’ll be the topic of a later post.
But buy a rifle, pistol and shotgun for 3 Gun for $1000 total that will allow you to complete a typical 3 Gun course of fire? Is that even possible?
That’s enough to allow to shoot a course of fire in a typical club-level 3 Gun match. With that red dot on your AR-15 and no other optics, you’ll be competing in Tac Limited, and because you’re using a pump-action shotgun with less capacity than most 3 Gun shotguns, you’re probably not going to win. There’s also the little matter of spare magazines for your rifle and pistol and some way to carry your shotgun ammo so you can reload your scattergun in fourteen minutes or less. That gear, at a very minimum, will run you at least another $200 or more. MUCH more.
And then there’s ammo costs, which at around 100 rounds each of .223 and 9mm and 50 shotgun rounds per match, can add up REALLY quickly.
CAN you shoot 3 Gun with that rig? Yes. In fact, I shot my very first 3 Gun match with a pump-action Mossberg 500, and I had a lot of fun, but I quickly upgraded all my gear, if for no other reason than my squad mates quickly grew tired of watching me struggle through each stage. What SHOULD you consider to be an entry-level 3 Gun rig? More on that later.
It’s also the #1 article in the history of Shooting Illustrated, and by a ridiculous amount (as in 10x the traffic of anything else they’ve posted, ever), because at the time, it was one of the first articles out there to say that maybe, just maybe, a .38 with pink grips isn’t the best gun for a women. That article flew around social media, and I honestly can’t tell you how many women commented with “Thank you! I’ve been waiting for years for someone to write an article like this!”
Now, was my methodology off and were those gun choices very flawed? Yeah, probably. I was new to the gun writing game, and those guns were the guns I had access to at the time. If I were to do it again, I’d add in some caveats about the carry gun, and toss in a G19 or the like.
However, five years after it was published, there STILL isn’t another article out there which covers women choosing their own guns, but yet I can find hundreds of articles on the best way to transition from your AR to a pistol.
Seems to me we have our priorities mixed up a bit…
Okay, first the bad news: The Colt Competition that I’m torture-testing really crapped the bed on this outing, with four Failures To Feed with Federal 230 grain JHPs in the first 100 rounds.
But a thought hit me: I’ve not cleaned the magazines on this gun in over a thousand rounds, and we all know that the magazines are a big choke point with the 1911 platform, and a dirty magazine might just have something to do with a gun failing to feed. To test out this theory, I shot the gun for the next 50 rounds using the mags that shipped with the gun, mags that I’ve used only for Barney-ing up the gun before a stage, and it went the next 125 rounds without a hitch.
Now that the test is over, it’s time to refurbish this gun and tune it to my specifications, so I’ll be sending it up to KGB Customs to have some work done on it. First up will be new springs pretty much everywhere and I’ll also be checkering on the front strap to give me a better grip. I have a literal boxful of 1911 parts from STI and other manufacturers like hammers and triggers and other parts which I’ve won off of shooting match tables that I’ll send up with the gun as well, just in case they’re needed. Sights-wise, I’m actually quite happy with the Novaks on the gun, so those won’t change, and the grips are also quite good, but I’ll probably add a magwell for faster reloads.
Overall, I’m very happy with the 1911 as a platform and this gun in particular. To be honest, if it weren’t for the word “Competition” in its name and the legal hassles that would come along with that name inside of a courtroom, I’d be 100% confident in using it as a daily carry gun. There are those who say that day of the 1911 has passed. I’m not one of them: I think the 1911 has more than a few years left in it, and I’m looking forward to shooting this gun for years to come.
I agree with Greg: There really is no reason to carry something other than a SOF-T or CAT tourniquet. I carried a SWAT for awhile, but the fact is, it’s no less bulky than a SOF-T is, so you might as well carry something that’s documented to work.
I’ve carried around a compact .380 for over ten years now, and I’m pretty comfortable with what they can and can’t do. One of the more obvious things they can’t do is shoot a lot of bullets without reloading. The magazine in my old P3AT held seven rounds and my LCP2 holds just six, and while both have a higher capacity than a five shot .38 snubbie, no one ever complained they had too many bullets in their gun after the firefight was over.
I had good luck with MagGuts products in my Shield: Their +1 follower for that gun installed quickly and easily and is proving to be reliable in that gun, so I thought I’d give their version for the LCP2 a try as well.
The MagGuts +1 Follower for the LCP2 is slightly different than the one for the Shield: Rather than a one-piece spring, the +1 follower for the LCP2 magazine has a two-piece spring, with a flat ribbon spring that nestles into a pocket into the top spring, and then that fits into the bottom of the new, slimmer follower for your magazine.
I installed that top spring the wrong way on my first try and couldn’t fit the as-promised seven rounds into my magazine (whoops), but the people at MagGuts quickly set me straight, and yes, seven rounds can fit into a standard LCP2 magazine.
On the range, shooting a mixture of PMC 90 grain FMJ and Hornady XTP JHPs. The follower worked fine for the first 50 or so rounds, and then things started to get a little… weird. Over the course of 150 rounds, I had three failures to extract, and the gun did not lock back of several occasions.
Thanks to the tribalization that’s powered by a global communications network, we are rapidly approaching a post-Westphalian model for government. It shouldn’t surprise us, then, that a lot of tribes are very nasty indeed.
Think that the police are standing by to use cutting-edge tactics and gear to save you from an active shooter? Think again.