Thursday, August 1, 2013


I have been competing in action shooting sports for quite a while and over the past few years I have gotten pretty deeply immersed in the sport. I have competed in just about all action shooting sports except for Cowboy action. I have competed in IDPA, USPSA, ZSA and 3 Gun matches. I have had the chance to compete in the IDPA’s Carolina Cup match a few times, I have competed in all levels of USPSA matches, from the local Sir Walter monthly match all the way to the Single Stack and Revolver Nationals in 2013, and of course I am the VP of ZSA and I help run, design and build ZSA matches here in the NC area. The only one left is 3 Gun matches, which is really where this series is heading.
We at ZSA hold our form of 3 Gun, zombie style and we have held some really good matches over the past few years, we had the first VA state ZSA 3 Gun match, We held out Southern Fired Zombie Gauntlet match this past July 4 weekend, and we had some very high level shooters show up for that. Other than ZSA matches I have competed in a few Tarheel matches, and last year I competed in the Blue Ridge Mountain 3 Gun match.
The BRM3G match is, from what I have heard, one of the toughest 3 Gun matches in the country. The stages are pretty big, and by big I mean there is a long course of fire from start to finish. Also they have pretty high round counts per stage. If memory serves me right, it was 565 ish rounds for the match, and that was only 9 stages.

Pic A
So back to the point of my blog, This series of posts is to show all my friends my road to the 2013 Blue Ridge 3 Gun match, and my quest to place in the top 15 in my division. So speaking of divisions, last year I ran in the Tactical Irons class, which the rules were a bit weird to me since I was allowed to run a red dot sight in TI, but other than that I have realized that I put myself at a great disadvantage compared to the rest of the competitors. This is because, yes I was running a red dot on my rifle, but that is where my competitive advantage stopped. I ran a 12ga pump Benelli shotgun with a smooth bore barrel, so that means there is no choke, then I ran a single stack 1911 pistol. Even though I shoot the 1911 very well, I was competing against guys with M&P and Glocks with 17 rd 9mm mags. Even with all that, I still ended up placing 14th out of about 30 shooters in TI, not too shabby.

Well this year is going to be a bit different, some of you may have seen me out at the ZSA 3 Gun matches with my new gear, well you aint seen nothing yet :).
This year I plan on competing in the Tactical Optics division, this division you can run one powered optic on your rifle.

So let’s get to the fun stuff, the gear. Picture A is what my rifle looked like last year; I started out with an Elite Arms AR15, 16” stainless barrel, flat top receiver and a M4 collapsible stock and a quad rail fore grip. I changed out the lower receiver for a Double Star “Zombie hunter” lower. I added a Magpul grip and angled fore grip. I bought a copy of a Aim point red dot, I did not want to spend the money till I figured out what I wanted to do with the rifle. Not too bad right, well it did the job for a while. At the BRM3G I won a Nordic light weight fore guard and a Ergo grip. So the transformation began, I put the ergo grip on and it is pretty good. I had to get a low profile gas block to fit the new fore guard as well as a PWS muzzle brake. So that began my journey to what it has become today. Today it is a little different, as you can see from Pic B, I have changed out the collapsible stock for a full rifle length skeleton stock, this is a light weight stock that uses a A2 buffer tube. I have also added a JP coolly compensator. So as of this writing I have not shot the rifle with the stock or brake yet, but I have shot some like it and it is going to be loud, but the important thing
is to stay on target and get fast shots off. The last main mod I have added is the Trijicon Accupoint scope. This is a 1x4 scope and is truly amazing. I have the green chevron reticle, so you set it to 1x and it is just like a red dot, put the tip of the chevron on your target and you are good. I sighted in at a 200yd zero, so from 10 to 250yd I hold center and I am hitting within a 6” circle. For longer just hold a bit more of a 12 oclock hold and you are good.
The last thing I wanted to mention about my 3 Gun gear in this part was the Shotgun. I have not done much in modification to the shotgun, I just replaced it completely. I was able to pick up a Mossberg 930 JM Pro with a 24” barrel, this allows a 9+1 capacity and with it being gas driven it is very fast. Mossberg did a great job on this shotgun, all the controls are large, and the loading area was widened and chamfered to allow a clean reload. I am very happy with it and don’t plan on doing any modification, it runs great right from the box.

Next installment will be the pistol; I am going to be using a Para P14-45. Follow along as I build it as a USPSA Limited gun and my new 3 Gun pistol.



Monday, March 5, 2012

It has been a crazy year...!

3/5/2012

This year has been great…….! As I was getting ready for work this morning I was thinking about the past year. Not only have I been at my job for a year this past February, but my shooting has evolved as well.
Last year I went to the 2011 Florida Open with a bunch of friends, this was my first major match, and my first match out of the state. I went with no expectations except to have a good time and do a lot of shooting and that is what I did, I went in to the match in Single Stack as unclassified and won my division. What a high that was. Went to the SC Section and tanked. At that point I felt like I hit a plateau, I started thinking that my performance in Florida was a fluke and what the hell am I doing. I started feeling like I was in a slump and there was no light at the end of the tunnel, so I turned to one of my best friends and asked his advice. Well needless to say he helped me out with some tough love and got me back on track. I started learning how to read stages better and what I can and cannot do and learned to plan my stage accordingly. So the time came and I finally classified C in Single Stack USPSA.
Well you would think that was good enough, well when I get in to something I get obsessed. Not only did I have to do good shooting, I had to do it all. I have since become a NRA Pistol instructor, and I am an assistant instructor for a class every month. I have also gone through the IDPA Safety Officers class, and recently passed my USPSA Range Officers class. And in a few months I will be taking a class to become a NC concealed carry instructor.
So that sounds like a lot, and it is, but I am not quite done. As all of you know there is a new shooting sports game in town, ZSA or Zombie Shooters Association, it is a mix of USPSA and a little IDPA and is geared as an entry level in to competitive shooting sports. I have been involved with John and Mel from ZSA since the beginning and have helped in just about every match they have had in the NC area. Everything from pistol only, to 2 gun rim fire and 3 gun matches. Well since I have been very instrumental in helping out with everything, I have been appointed as the National VP of ZSA, assisting John Z with progressing the sport forward and making this a national level sport. We have been able to get matches going in about 5-6 states and more are on the list for this coming season.
So with all that I still get out every weekend and shoot one or two matches on the weekends and planning on hitting 4 or 5 major USPSA matches this year including Single Stack Nationals, as well as a few major IDPA matches held here in NC, and of course I will be at the ZSA Virginia State 3 Gun match in April.
So this has been one hell of a year and is looking to be another great year.
So come out to a match, bring your family and friends  and have some safe fun exercising your second amendment rights and help keep this great sport alive.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hello all, I know it has been a while since I posted and a lot has happened since then.
I went to the Area 8 Championship the beginning of the month and had a blast.I did not place like I wanted but that's OK, Willy and I had a lot of fun at the match and meet a lot of cool people and mad a few new friends.
So it is now mid-week, and everyone knows what that means, time to get things ready for the weekend. If you are like me you can not wait for the weekend and to get out and compete in some form of shooting. This weekend I have a ZSA (Zombie Shooters Association) 3 gun match, that I am contemplation shooting pistol only so I can get my mind set for the upcoming USPSA NC Section match the week after, and there is a local IDPA match, that I will probably shoot USPSA style (sorry IDPA, but I have a state level match to prepare for).

So by now most of you know that I am a fanatic about the single stack 1911s and that is my class of choice to shoot in. So after the issues I had at the Area 8 Championship a few weeks ago I decided that I need to step things up a notch. So I have updated my gear a bit, I am now using a CR Speed belt setup which I am borrowing for now, and I purchased CR Speed clone magazine holders. They are exactly the same, same retention, same mount to the belt, I think it even has the same model designation stamped, but they were way less half the price, and still using the same Blackhawk level 1 holster, which still works great.

I have also decided to step up my pistol choice, I have acquired a new Para 1911 single stack gun that I will be using. A little dis-concerning was I went out to the range yesterday and found that it would not chamber a round, after a few tries I started looking closer and found that the extractor was bend inward and was not moving. You may not know, but Para have this different PXT set up, or their Power Extractor, where the back part of the extractor is solid, and it has a spring and plunger in side with a pivoting claw end. So after further disassembly I found that the plunger is stuck in side the back half of the extractor. So pretty upset that my new pistol was having such a issue I tried calling Para on my way home, but it was 6:30pm and they closed at 5, oh well. So my mission for today is to get  a hold of them and see if they can get me a new extractor assembly shipped out so I can run it this weekend, I know close but we will see how that goes.

So after that debocale, I remembered that my original plan was to run my Taurus PT1911 at the section. I bought the Taurus back in February when I went tot eh Florida open as my backup to my Springfield and I have used it competition before, mainly IDPA. But it very accurate and runs flawlessly every time. So now the plan is to run the Taurus unless I can get the Para repaired and tested before the section.

Thats all for now, this weekend looks like it will be nice so I hope to see everyone out at the range.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Things are looking up...

This past weekends was pretty good. I got to take a much needed break and was able to get away to the beach for a few days. Good thing to since they are talking about hurricane winds and rain hitting the North Carolina shores this coming weekend, but we are all hoping that it will head off shore and we will be safe so we can have our Zombie 3 Gun match.
So to get everyone caught up, a few weeks ago I participated in a IDPA Safety Offices class at The Range in Oxford, NC. So now I am officaly a Safety Officer for IDPA and for ZSA, we are working on getting a class setup for the Range Officers certification for USPSA and that would round out all the games I play. After the class I headed to Raleigh for the Zombie pistol match at Eagle One, as always they put on a good show, John and Mel are great at putting on a good match, and I am not just saying that since I placed first in 8 division. The match was great and the last stage was pretty challenging, it was a 39 round "semi field" course in doors, and I had 40 rounds on my belt, of course all I had was 5 single stack mags. so no big deal, I have one extra shot, well what happens to well layed plans, you guessed it Mister Murphy shows up, After my first mag I though I was doing pretty good, then I had a few feed jams, so dropping a mag with rounds in it was not part of the plan and I ran out of ammo before I was finished, and yes I still managed to place first :). The cause of the feed jams you ask, well I havn't put a trough cleaning on the Springfield in a few weeks and when the chamber gets a little dirty it doesn't allow the rounds to fully seat so it is not going full in to battery. So after a good, field cleaning I was able to make it to the IDPA match the ext day, did not have the same issues, just that I either missed the target or hit a no shoot, but I was in charge of my first squad and I think it ran pretty good. then the next weekend we went to the beach and that brings up to today. Tonight I have the IDPAish match at Durham Wildlife club, then Saturday is the ZAG, or Zombie All Gun match, which under a bit of a sad note I will be shooting pistol only. I will be using this weekend as the last big effort to get get some practice in, you see my friend Willy and I will be heading north next Thursday evening since we are competing in the Virginia Area 8 championships. This is a level 3 USPSA match and from the looks of it it is going to be a really good match. So stay tuned for more info about the Area 8 match and some other great things we are working on.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Steel Challenge SVDFI 7/30/11

Well this past weekend, 7/30, We all went to Southern Virginia Defensive Firearms Institute for their first Steel Challenge match. This was a test to see how it was going to go, and after talking to Mike from SVDFI he told me that he will be holding official matches starting in January.

Well as you guys know already, USPSA Area 8 Championship and NC Section is coming up in September, and that means that I am in USPSA mode, so that means Single Stack. So I cleaned up and brought out the Springfield that I will be shooting in those two matches. This was my first all steel match and was a bit different from what I am used to, there are only 5 targets per stage, from large target size steel to smaller plates where on is a stop plate. Now other than a normal match that I am used to there is no scoring rings, there is you hit the plate, or you didn't, and the timer doesn't stop till the stop plate is hit. The other difference is you run the stage 4 to 5 times and your best 3-4 scores count for your average time for the stage. The nice thing about this is you can have a bad run, and come back from it pretty easy as long as you don't mess up worse.

The first stage was, well the first stage, my nerves we getting a to me a bit, but after the 2nd string I was getting in the groove and the Springfield was running perfect. the new front fiber optic site was very easy to lock on to and get focus. As the day went on the squad was getting used to the way the match was ran with the multiple stings and the 105 degrees heat. By the time we got to the last stage we all were getting pretty worn down, but I think we all finished pretty strong. I placed 4th overall and considering the competition that was a pretty good place to land.

Here is one video my buddy Cory (MrGlockster35) from Zombie Tactical Outfitters posted on YouTube,


You can see some other stages he shot on his youtube.

This weekend coming up, 8/6 is the monthly USPSA match at Sir Walter Gun Club in Creedmoor NC, and I am looking forward to seeing how the Springfield and I will run.

Remember stay safe and I will see everyone down range.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

ZAG (Zombie All Gun) 7/243/2011

Well today I went out to the ZAG or Zombie All Gun match today. for those of you who are not familiar with ZSA (Zombie Shooters Association, http://zombieshootersassociation.com/) it is the new game in town, with minimal rules and easy scoring has been created by a good friend John Z. to help new shooters compete in a environment that is not intimidating and overwhelming with to many rules. Well the ZAG is a 3 gun match with ZSA rules and it was a blast.
The day started out pretty warm, then again it was only 8:30am. I think that the heat kept some people away since there was not as many people out as there was last month, but I don't blame them, it was 105+ and the heat was pretty bad, but I feel sorry for them since they missed out on a great match. I started my squad on Stage 1, which was a standards stage, ElZombiedentie, with 2 zombies and one infected,  so we had to engage all targets, reload and engage all three again, to to bad for a start, I was running my Beretta 92FS and after shooting Glocks and 1911's it was a bit to get used to with the DA/SA pull.
Second Stage was a Shotgun/ pistol stage, had to clean the plate rack, 6 shots with the shotgun and then there was 2 drop turners infected's, and another 8 or so targets.
Stage 3 was 9 zombies from a ported wall with the rifle, move to the table and engage 2 infected on both left and right. I have to say I was a bit nervous on this stage, I picked up a Bushmaster AR15 A1 and even though I went through the rifle a few times that week, I was not sure how it was going to run, but after that first trigger squeeze went bang, I was happy, then after we scored I had all my hits, and I was really happy.
Stage 4 was really fun, this stage incorporated all 3 guns in one stage. Your rifle and shot gun was staged and loaded hot on a table and your start was seated at a picnic table. we had to engage 3 targets while seated, then get up and move to the table where your rifle and shotgun were waiting while engaging another 4 infected targets, safe the pistol on the table and then it was your choice to start with the rifle or shotgun, I personally went for the shotgun first cleaned the plates and then went for the rifle, now after I ran through the stage I was given advise to start with the rifle, since if you started with the shotgun it would wear you out before you picked up the rifle, great advise, just a bit to late.
Stage 5 was in the shoot house, while seated to infected in front of you and 2 behind you, once they are neutralized you get up and move to the door and take out another 4 zombies and an infected, then there was another infected and zombie way to the left, once they are done, pick up your shotgun and clean the plates, saving the red stop plate for last.
Stage 6 was interesting, this was a rifle/ pistol stage, starting with your pistol loaded and an empty rifle in your week hand you draw and engage 2 infected with the pistol strong hand only, move to a table where you can safe the rifle and engage 3 more infected with the pistol, then safe your pistol on the table and load your rifle and there was 42 rounds with a mix of zombie and infected about 25 yards.
Stage 7, this was another fun stage, this was a shotgun only stage, 12 plates spaced out along a line across the bay.
Stage 8, this was the typical ZAG Appleseed stage with a twist, each target on the appleseed target were zombies this time.

As you can see this was a really good match, I had a blast, and everyone from my squad said they had a good time and hopefully I will see everyone back next month for the ZAG, and I may see some at one of teh IDPA or USPSA matches I compete in every month.
Between the heat and running the squad I did not get an opportunity to get video, but you can check out my friend Cory C from Zombie Tactical Outfitters, he ran one one of the other squads and was able to get video of the stages, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41HNY417ar8&feature=share
Remember, this Saturday there is a Steel Challange match at Southern Virginia Defensive Firearms Institute, http://www.virginiafirearmsinstitute.com/
and the next ZSA pistol match at Eagle One supply in Raleigh, you can find more infor on that and other matches in the area on the ZSA web site, http://zombieshootersassociation.com/, and as always on the
 NC Shooting Sports site, http://www.ncshootingsports.com/index.html

Remember to stay safe and remember those men and women in our armed forces who are defending our freedoms so we can enjoy this great sport and all our freedoms.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

SVDFI Zombie Match

Here is my first posting on this blog. This past Saturday I went to the Southern Virginia Defensive Firearms Institute in Nelson VA. What a great match, Mike from SVDFI put on a great match, the only thing I can say negative is that it was a long day, we showed up about 9am and did not finish shooting till about 7:30pm, and shooting a 3 gun match is a pretty long day.
So I am pretty new to 3 Gun matches where this is my 4th match shooting all 3. I have recently purchased a 20 gauge pump shot gun and I have been borrowing a rifle from a good friend, and the pistol, well everyone who has shot with me knows I have a few to choose from. So I started out the day using my Springfield 1911, the reason I wanted to use that one was cause the Area 8 USPSA championship is coming up and I wanted to wring it out and see if there were any issue, well I had issues, first the mags would not drop free, and second for some reason the trigger was not reconnecting after a shot, so I had to swap it out for my backup, which is a Gen 4 Glock 22. The rest of my arsenal was a Mossberg 500 20 gauge, and a home build AR15 A2, 20" with iron sites, talk about retro, but it was really cool shooting it.
The rest of the match went good after I swapped out the pistol, till I go to the steal plates with the shot gun. Not really thinking about it I was centering the sites on the center of the plates but with bird shot the pattern spread so the shot was spreading over and around the plate. John told me to put the sites just below the main section of the poppers and low and behold it worked, so I learned a little bit more on how to shot the shot gun in 3 gun. The other good advise I got was for the clay birds that popped up, aim just under and follow the bird, since I have never shot at clay bird before this was some good advise and worked out good to.

So all in all the day was really good, I got to shoot a different AR this time and I experienced shooting clay birds with the shotgun and I received my 555 club shirt for ZSA, if you don't know what the 555 club or what ZSA is check it out here http://zombieshootersassociation.com/ and I hope to see everyone at the next match