P30 Thursday: Week Twenty-Two

8-Oct-09 – 21:16 by ToddG

43,250 rounds
7 stoppages, 0 malfunctions, 2 parts breakages

It was a very busy Week 22. In addition to the trip up to West Point to teach a class, the gun made three trips to the range for serious practice sessions. The result was five days on the range and almost 3,000 rounds through the gun.

Practice sessions this week varied wildly. One day I was locked-on in terms of accuracy, the next I was struggling to be patient with my trigger. But while I was slower than I wanted to be one day, the next I was rocketing along at that pace that feels slow but turns in fast results. In fact, tonight at the range I shot SEVEN clean F.A.S.T. runs in a row under 5.0 seconds which shatters my previous personal best of four in a row. Times were:

* 4.91 c, 1.67, .45 / 2.01 / .26, .26, .26
* 4.86 c, 1.56, .41 / 2.13 / .27, .24, .25
* 4.71 c, 1.53, .45 / 1.96 / .26, .25, .26
* 4.74 c, 1.47, .51 / 1.91 / .29, .28, .28
* 4.57 c, 1.50, .54 / 1.82 / .24, .24, .23
* 4.83 c, 1.49, .54 / 2.05 / .27, .23, .25
* 4.75 c, 1.58, .59 / 1.82 / .27, .24, .25
* 5.68 -1H, 1.54, .40 / 3.04 / .23, .24, .23
  1. 4.91 (clean): 1.67, .45 / 2.01 / .26, .26, .26
  2. 4.86 (clean): 1.56, .41 / 2.13 / .27, .24, .25
  3. 4.71 (clean): 1.53, .45 / 1.96 / .26, .25, .26
  4. 4.74 (clean): 1.47, .51 / 1.91 / .29, .28, .28
  5. 4.57 (clean): 1.50, .54 / 1.82 / .24, .24, .23
  6. 4.83 (clean): 1.49, .54 / 2.05 / .27, .23, .25
  7. 4.75 (clean): 1.58, .59 / 1.82 / .27, .24, .25
  8. 5.68 (-1H): 1.54, .40 / 3.04 / .23, .24, .23

On the last run, I broke the follow-up head shot earlier than I was ready which caused not only a miss (about 1″ low) but also led up to a ridiculously fumbled reload … as you can tell.

Looking at my scores, there’s too much trepidation on the 8″ circle shots. Part of the slow reload times (especially the 2+ second ones) isn’t a slow reload per se but just taking too much time to break the shot after the reload. I’m very consistently getting faster splits on a smaller target (6″) at the same range during my practice. Just need to open up the throttle a bit on the F.A.S.T. I guess!

With only four weeks to go in the 50,000 round test, there’s a lot planned. This weekend I’m attending an invitation-only event for a friendly “quasi-tactical” match followed by teaching a Practice Session at the NRA Range focused on proper use of cover. After that there is an Aim Fast, Hit Fast class in Louisiana followed by what will no doubt be a fantastic weekend as I take a Ken Hackathorn Advanced Pistol class in Ohio. Who knows, we may even break 50,000 while at Ken’s class …

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

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  1. 2 Responses to “P30 Thursday: Week Twenty-Two”

  2. I thought you weren’t supposed to practice the FAST drill? 😉

    good to know you’re human and bungle a shot or a reload every now and then though.

    By Rob E on Oct 9, 2009

  3. Rob — As a general rule, we tell folks it’s cheating to shoot it more than three times in a day. However, when my first three runs are all clean sub five, I’ve always kept going to see how many I could do in a row. It doesn’t happen often enough to be a training advantage, I’m sorry to say!

    By ToddG on Oct 9, 2009

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