Shooting is Easy, Shooting Well is Not.

Shooting is easy. It really is. You pull the trigger, the gun goes bang. Doesn’t get much simpler than that.

Shooting well on the other hand, is a different story.

I participated in my first IDPA style practice match last night and it was awesome. (Much thanks to the guys from the J&G club at WAC and my new friend, the shrimp farmer, who helped me at every step along the way). However, I finally realized how much I don’t know. As they say – train like you fight because you’ll fight like you train. I realized simple things like shooting from reset rather than a full trigger press is something that I had completely overlooked and forgotten about when the time came to act.

Sure that doesn’t sound like it’s that big of a deal, but it is.

I only know my score for one of the three stages because quite frankly, I didn’t know what I was doing: -7 points and 2 procedurals. I’m not all that concerned with the procedurals as it was my first time shooting in that fashion and I was becoming acclimated to using cover, leaning, and shooting a safe run. The -7 is the concerning number to me. That means there were at least 3 shots that I did not get center of mass, or possibly completely missed. Damn.

What did strike me was the ease with which I drew my gun and the ease with which I reloaded. I know that if i were to watch it on video, it’s probably be ugliest most inefficient movements – but what amazed me was that I knew what I was doing. I didn’t think twice, much less once, about dropping the magazine, inserting a fresh one, and racking the slide. I didn’t have to stop to think about how I was going to draw my weapon and present it to the target, I just… did it.

I never had to look at my weapon to assess a malfunction or an empty magazine – I knew what the issue was – I was relying on instinct. My point is – I didn’t think about these things because I’d practiced them. Granted, I didn’t shoot from reset, even though I practice that all the time at the regular box range, but I’m at the level where I’m realizing my mistakes and will attempt to correct them. Which is the same reason you run these types of matches, for practice and correction. God forbid you ever have to actually use what you’ve practiced in a real life situation.

I was fighting like I trained. It was easy, but I’ll be damned if I did it well.

Shootings Happen Where Guns are Banned

It’s happened and is happening time and time again. The location of active shooters is on grounds where firearms and other weapons are not allowed. As you can witness in the video (linked here) of the school board shooting here in Panama City, Florida, a man goes crazy with all intentions of dying and the only person who managed to deal with the situation was the security guard – albeit late. Luckily the man was a shitty shot and noone was hurt.

I wonder how long before the laws start to change. If you look at all the massive shootings or attempts that have happened in recent years and look at where they’ve occurred, the victims had no means of defending themselves as outlined by the law.

To name a few:
Columbine
Virginia Tech
Fort Hood Shooting
and now, Panama City Schoolboard

When even your own military is gimped and disrespected by not allowing them to carry a sidearm while ON BASE, I believe there’s something wrong with the laws. I’m sure we’re now going to see a ‘need to install security measures such as checkpoints at all school board meetings’ because of one dude that snapped.

To be honest, it’s probably a good thing the guy had a gun. Who knows what would have happened if he had wielded some type of sword…

And on a side note, if the video is true to itself – the police swat response to this incident was nothing short of pathetic, considering I only saw one officer running in with something bigger than a handgun.

Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm – Initial Impressions

My initial impression – It’s very nice. It’s first 300 rounds fired with no malfunctions. I was using Federal 115 grain FMJ and at a distance between 10-20 yards, it’s a hell of a lot more accurate than I’ll ever be. The stock three dot sights are great for providing a good sight picture and the adjustable grips allow for a good fit – although, I think I’ve gotten used to my Glock as I felt like I was missing that “hump” that everyone is familiar with on Glocks. As is with most 9mm handguns, the recoil was manageable – negligible when comparing to much larger calibers. One thing that really impressed me was the magazines (which are made by Mecgar (If I’m not mistaken). They’re solid – and the round indicator is great – especially taking into account that they’re on both sides of the magazines.

One thing I did learn is that I’m having a tough time dealing with my grip. When I relax my grip, my shots are dead on as my trigger control improves. However, in doing so it seems that I cannot manage the recoil. Seems like I need to allot more dry fire time or seek someone to help me out >.<