Labor Day Range Log

Well a little late, but what with all the canceled matches lately I hit the local indoor range. I worked mostly on distance accuracy as you can see by the picture. But first I did some practice with my P229R 2-step working on the same thing.

Total Rounds fired:

M&P 9 Pro – 100rds
Sig P290 – 100rds
Sig P229R – 100rds 22LR

Now during the session I had my first non-user caused stoppage of my P290, I had a failure to feed. I can’t discount that it was caused by ammo, as it was a mixed case dumped case of ammo with everything from GA Arms reloads, and a variety of factory 9mm loads. I will watch the gun and see if this happens again.

AAR: Tactical Response Alumni Weekend 2010

Recently I was in Camden for Tactical Response’s free Alumni Training Weekend. Tactical Response gives their students two days of free training, often on topics not well covered in the normal Tactical Response curriculum.

On Friday I flew in via Southwest Airlines. I fairly painless process, except for an hour delay. I stayed at a cabin in the Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, nicknamed the Texas Team Room since it was with a group from the Central Texas Training Group.

The first day of training started early at 07:00 at the Gear Store, with a safety briefing, waiver signing, and splitting up of the groups. I was in the first group that did the classroom section first.

The classroom lectures started with a presentation on Back Up guns by Sherman House. This was a good overviews of the mindset of back up guns, the selection, and the features to look for. Next Sherman did a presentation on simple wound closure, using pigs feet as an example, he showed basic suturing. The classroom lectures ends with a presentation on Information Security by Jason Blackwell. All three are topics not normally covered by Tactical Response in their normal courses, and were a good overview on where to start into the topic.

We broke for lunch where most of the people went to Kody’s for his excellent food. After the extended lunch the we started the second half of the day on the range. The first section of the range was a Shotgun Primer with Tim Morris. This section was a basic intro into scatter guns, a subject which I am sorely lacking, I shot just over 25 rounds of bird shot. Next we moved “Enchacing the fighting grip” with Paul Gomez. This covered getting a better grip on the gun, so you can shot faster with increased accuracy. Finally we moved onto multiple target engagements at different distances, this covered the adjustment from firing at targets at different distances, speeding up on closer targets, while slowing down on farther targets. The target distances adjusted from 3-37 yards. That concluded the training on day one, that evening we went to the Kentucky Lake Friends of the NRA dinner. Followed by hanging out that evening Team Room.

The next day training started at 08:00, this time we started on the range, with a short section of chokes by Aaron, and Rikki Little of Performance Edge Training. Followed by a presentation on Blackjacks, and Saps by Paul Gomez. We then moved back to the Gear Store for the last two lectures of the day which was a presentation on moving between point and aimed fire with how XS Sights fits into the equation. Ending with a lecture on stress by Doc Norman. With the presentations done we broke for lunch, followed by the Swap Meet. Unfortunately I had I fly out that afternoon so I had go back to the cabin to pack.

Overall it was a fun and informative weekend. A bit more laid back then the previous Alumni Weekend which allowed for a bit for socializing with people that we haven’t seen for some time.

My round count for the weekend was just over 25 rounds with a borrowed Remington 870, and 124 rounds through my Sig P229R.

Range Log: July 18th 2010

First week out with my current competition gun, my Sig P226R ST that has had work done on it by Gray Guns, and my IDPA competition holsters by Comp-Tac. Didn’t do so well my times were descent, but not nearly as good as they were before I took a year long break, and I couldn’t get a clean run for the life of me. But I think those will improve after this week of dry firing.

Anyways I mostly worked on the fundamentals so get used to my new gear, and reused to my competition gun. I did 40 rounds of bullseye practice, practiced reloads for 50 rounds, and bursting for another 50 rounds. I then did 5 PT FAST, an El Prez without the second string for practice, and 2 complete El Prez’s. I won’t grace my times here since they SUCKED, but I will say that I can do better.

Overall I shot:

  • Sig P229R – 200 rounds 9mm
  • Sig P229R – 200 rounds 22LR
  • Sig P226R ST – 200 rounds

No range trip next week.

Sig P229R Two Step at 5,000 rounds.

Well my P229R Two Step has finally reached over 5,000 rounds. Most of it was 22LR, but I’m still keeping track of frame rounds, and per a caliber to track the slides. As of today my P229R has a total of:
22LR – 3,956
9mm – 1,050
26 Range Trips

First range trip: 01/01/2010
First range trip with 9mm kit: 03/21/2010
Took over day to day training, and practice: 06/20/2010

Anyways some comments, now that I have the same grips on my P229R as on my P228R I got to say that the recoil difference is so minor with 9mm slide it’s not even worth mentioning. My splits are pretty much the same, and even my draw times are equal (even though the P229R has a full power main spring, and my P228R has a 18lb main spring).

Also in the case that I’ve fired with the gun I haven’t experienced a single extraction or ejection issue with the E2 style slide in the 9mm kit. So far, so good.

Some holster fit comments related to the E2 slide. I can only comment on Raven Concealment Gear since that is what I run, but it has no issues with holsters designed for the P229R (with the Surefire X300 attached), but it drags on the top of the slide with the holster designed for the P226R (also with X300). It’s not a huge issue, but it is kind of annoying, since I have to use that holster with the 22LR slide.

Anyways in closing, I have some frame wear that I have to monitor, but I’ve been pretty weak on my lubrication, I haven’t cleaned the gun since early May (it was disgustingly dirty, but it still ran in both calibers), and I’ve only added a small dab of grease when I switch from 22LR and 9mm. Also no parts replaced since neither slide is to 5k for recoil springs, and frame replacements aren’t until 10k.

Cya on the range, next trip for my is Tactical Response Alumni Weekend, next week.

Pictures Here