Minor Progress

26-Feb-15 – 10:18 by ToddG

Gshock-Burton01_edited-1Finally, after multiple repeated failures, I managed to squeak out an Advanced score on the F.A.S.T. yesterday at the NRA Headquarters Range. I shot three runs at the end of a short practice sessions:

  1. 7.32 (clean / 2.39, .60 / 3.29 / .36, .37, .31)
  2. 7.01 (clean / 2.28, .63 / 2.87 / .42, .35, .36)
  3. 6.62 (clean / 2.23, .72 / 2.70 / .33, .33, .31)

Pistol was the Jason Burton/Heirloom Precision 9mm Commander; holster was a JM Custom Kydex AIWB under an untucked polo; mag pouches were Custom Carry Concepts BMCs.

For comparison, my personal best-of-three F.A.S.T. runs is 3.87 (clean / 1.38, .31 / 1.64 / .18, .19, .17) shooting a gen4 Glock 17. My best 1911 run was 4.27 (clean / 1.36, .33 / 2.04 / .18, .19, .17). So there is still a long, long way to go. My time to the first shot is the biggest slow down at present which means my draw needs a lot of work.



  1. 16 Responses to “Minor Progress”

  2. A gun with a watch photo, with a watch that I would actually be willing to spend my money on.

    By PPGMD on Feb 26, 2015

  3. You know what, though, it’s a start nonetheless. I think moving forward, having this specific pistol tailored EXACTLY to what you are looking for and how it works for you is actually going to make getting back “up there” possible in less time than it would be than with, say, a Glock. Judging from posts on the forum and such, I get the impression that that gives you drive to get out there and train. Not to bash a Glock, mind you… I have a couple to remind me why I like SIGs and 1911s 😀

    By John K on Feb 26, 2015

  4. For the record, and maybe I am just selfishly speaking for myself, but I am anxiously anticipating a full write-up on the Heirloom gun, gear, and why you went with what you did with everything. Until then, I will go back and read through the forum posts!

    By John K on Feb 26, 2015

  5. Back to the range or you get the hose again…

    (Congratulations on being back to shooting, too…)

    By Mitchell, Esq. on Feb 26, 2015

  6. Well its good to know more of us can shoot a FAST drill quicker than you now :)

    Its great to see your out shooting again!
    Praying that you have a full recovery soon.

    By Colt on Feb 26, 2015

  7. I can’t!

    By Donnie Gwinn on Feb 26, 2015

  8. Thanks, guys!

    PPGMD — I’m actually pretty happy with the watch. I bought it more out of necessity than desire but it has just enough neat features that it keeps me from feeling *too* bad about letting my other watches sit in their boxes.

    John — I’ve done the write up and had Jason check it over for accuracy. Now I just need to spend a few hours taking the appropriate photos so it’s more than a wall of text. Hoping to get it done before the weekend is up.

    Mitchell — I’ll be back at the range tomorrow, I promise!

    Colt — I’d certainly hope so!

    Donnie — Not *yet* anyway. You keep working, I’ll keep working, and we’ll see who gets there first. I may have an advantage as I have lots of free time, tens of thousands of rounds of ammo in my basement, and can go to the range whenever I want. 😎

    By ToddG on Feb 26, 2015

  9. Todd, Looking forward to the day your back, telling us on the firing line we suck and are too slow!!!

    By Jimmy Creed on Feb 26, 2015

  10. I bought my G-Shock out of necessity also. When I got cancer the only exercise I could get with a tumor in my foot was swimming, so I needed something to tell time while swimming.

    Since then it has been on my wrist every day. I’ve always lusted after nice watches, but I could never bring myself to spend that kind of money on them.

    By PPGMD on Feb 26, 2015

  11. Nice dude, good to hear things are improving

    By Rob E on Feb 27, 2015

  12. Nice! Congratulations and keep at it.

    By Krasen on Feb 27, 2015

  13. Your determination & effort are inspirational, Todd. Thank you for sharing this.

    By threedogdad on Feb 27, 2015

  14. I’ve got to say I am a little disappointed the G-Shock isn’t orange. Is there a specific reason for this glaring negligence?

    By David on Feb 28, 2015

  15. I want to photoshop the G-Shock so it says Glock, but my skills are lacking

    By Rob E on Feb 28, 2015

  16. @Rob E

    In general or of Todd’s watch?

    By Arty on Feb 28, 2015

  17. PPGMD — If you told me two years ago I’d be happy wearing a G-Shock I would have worried about your mental health.

    Now I just worry about mine.

    David — I didn’t go for orange because I wear it just about everywhere and a glaringly bright orange watch isn’t really my style. If it were easier to change straps on a G-Shock I’d love to get something like this for mine:

    The only reason I stopped wearing that Suunto Core was because — duh — I went with the orange display which is basically impossible to read in anything but bright sunlight. That’s why they discontinued it.

    By ToddG on Feb 28, 2015

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