Shot SSR at IDPA this morning.

Discussion in 'Competition Shooting' started by Rick1967, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    We had a great turn out. It was 49 at last count. Then I think a few more showed up. We usually have 37-40 people. I had trouble finding a place to park. We had about 10-15 first time competitors. And there were quite a few ladies there.

    I decided I wanted to use my S&W 629 a while back. But this is the first time I got to use it to compete. I really enjoyed it. My times weren't too shabby either. I did neglect to shoot a target all together. That destroyed my score. But I can't blame the gun. That was just me not shooting a target. I knew that I was going to do a tactical reload with one round left in the gun when I got to a knockdown target. I dumped the gun and three rounds hit the ground. I realized then that I had not shot something. But it was too late. Still had a great time. I am going to have a tough time choose which gun to use next time.
     
  2. mountainman13

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    Sadly I've been invited to a couple IDPA matches by a computer genius friend of mine and I've never made it. Haven't seen him in a while and I regret not making time.
     

  3. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I saw Russ there too. He is on the forum here. We were talking. Then we started breaking up into squads, and I lost him in the crowd. Not hard to do with 50 shooters. How did you do Russ? Have a good time?
     
  4. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    You should just go Mountainman. Go to the IDPA website. It will give you info on local clubs. First time shooters are given a lot of leeway. Don't worry about the rules. Just be safe and have a good time.
     
  5. mountainman13

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    If not to compete I'd like to go just to support him. I'll have to swing by his office when I get a chance. Since I'm no running the shop I have more free time.
     
  6. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    To me it is not about the competition or trying to win. If it was I would not have used a revolver. It is just a fun time to get together with like minded people and shoot some guns.
     
  7. mountainman13

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    That's a great view. I would probably get aggravated and spend months on speeding up my reloads and thousands on improving my shooting. Lol
     
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    You would not be the only one doing that. Some of the other people are really good. My first competition was a very humbling experience. I expected to be one of the best. But in reality I am good but no where near the top. I am talking about competitive shooters of course. Bubba usually isn't there. LOL
     
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    Well I decided to play the game. I bought some 44 special brass and a new bullet mold. I loaded 200 grain round nose lead bullets on top of 4 grains of Titegroup. They were moving somewhere around 750 - 800 fps. That gave me a power factor of 150-160. Well above the 105 required for SSR. Awesome load in a heavy 44 mag. My gun weighs 41.8 ounces. I felt like I was shooting a 22. My times were much quicker. My reloads were much faster with the round nose bullets instead of the semi-wadcutters. Ejection was much quicker with the shorter brass.

    I have not seen the final scores yet. But I am betting I did really well.

    Had a great time with a bunch of friends. Russ shot really well too. We had a squad of pretty decent shooters. Nobody shot a hostage. Imagine that!

    If there is anyone else here in the Grand Junction area it would be great if you could join us. Just let me know if you are interested.
     
  10. Glockanista

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    After seeing how you loaded, I'll bet that 629 shot much flatter. Shooting SSR or ESR in IDPA is all about the reload. Folks who practice the reload are a joy to shoot with. I enjoy competing with my 625 or 686.
     
  11. Rick1967

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    I picked up an old police trade in a few days ago. I noticed that the stainless front sight was hard to see in the bright light. I took some florescent orange paint with a Q-tip and painted to edge of the sight. Now it practically screams at you when you look down the barrel. I went out to the dessert with it just to see how it shoots. I was shooting at paper plates at about 15 yards. I kept putting the gun at the ready position. I would quickly bring it up to eye level and fire one shot. Then drop it back down again. Only missed the plate once in 50 rounds shooting like that. It is a 64-6. It has some holster wear. But the gun seems to be in great shape. I bet it didn't get shot much. I am going to order a spring kit and some speed loaders.

    I think there must be something wrong with me. Every time I get really good with a gun, I go buy another one and start from scratch.
     

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  12. nitestalker

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    Nothing wrong with a continual up date of your weapons system.:)
     
  13. Rick1967

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    I bought the 65-6 for $265. That might be about $10 or $15 high. But I feel like anything that has the S&W logo on it for under $300 is not a bad purchase. I had been in the market for a Smith in 38 Special for a while now. I though about a new 686. But I really didn't like the trigger on the new guns. I like the trigger better on this one. But I am still going to order a spring kit. Hey, for $14 I would like to experiment. I may even chamfer the back of the cylinder.
     
  14. John_Deer

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    I used to shoot a lot of competitive skeet. I had a great instructor and I was doing OK. But I never really got the point of what he was trying to teach me until I started competing. Beating up on people that do not have the natural talent you have doesn't help your game. When you have 50 people that are just as gifted or better than you are is when you find your faults.

    I am sure the same philosophy will apply to IDPA. Practicing at home or your local range is only going to help so much. Once you have the basics of the game in order you can't really judge your progress. Also you learn by watching shooters who are better than you.
     
  15. Balota

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    Agree 100%. If you want a chance to watch VERY closely a bunch of people who are better than you, sign up for Safety Officer training. An SO at any significant match will see the entire roster for the match shoot. Closer than ringside seats. Just a thought...
     
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    I tried showing up at IDPA events as newbie on my own. That was one of the worst series of matches I have ever shot in my life. I ended up at a match that had a lot of people I shoot skeet with. I had a great time. I have been going to matches that my skeet shooting buddies attend. Whats funny is the people that treated me poorly are so nice since I have a bunch of friends at these matches. I am polite to them but I wouldn't stop for them if they had car trouble.

    I really like the zombie matches. You can shoot each course of fire with the gun that will be the most fun. ZSA matches have very few rules other than general safety.
     
  17. Balota

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    At the risk of reviving an old thread, I just got a 686. I'm now trying to figure out what kind of holster and speedloader holder to get. Any suggestions?
     
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    I just shot my 64-6 today. This was also my first official Safety Officer function. It was a blast. The funny this is, when I got home my wife asked how I did. I had no idea. I was so busy watching the shooters in my squad, when it came to my scores I didn't even pay attention. I was the only revolver shooter. I just saw the scores. I placed 20th out of 23 people. So I beat 3 auto shooters with my revolver. Hey I can live with that! But I am shooting the 1911 next month.

    I had a new shooter on my squad. New to IDPA. Not new to shooting. I was able to mentor him a little. I just told him not to shoot anybody and obey the safety rules. He did well and had a good time.

    Hey Balota, I picked up a DeSantis holster for my 64-6. It will also fit your 686. I really ran well for me. It was around $50. I like it a lot. Here is a pick.
     

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    Do you already have speedloaders? If not I like the Safariland Comp2. I use a HKS speedloader pouch. They have them at Midway USA for around $12. They have them at Cabelas too.
     
  20. Balota

    Balota ... but I used to play keyboards.

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    I got 4 HKS speed loaders. Figured 3 on the belt and one for an initial load. HKS pouch makes sense. I'll check Bass Pro. Got some gift cards for Christmas. They may have the DeSantis holsters too.

    Thanks guys.

    EDIT: Went cheap for my first try. If I decide I like shooting round holes with a round gun, I'll upgrade. Got two pairs of inexpensive holders. But I did get a Safariland holster. I like Safariland, it's what I use for everyday carry with my XDm 9mm. I didn't get the ALS system for the revolver since I don't expect to be carrying that.
     
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