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In Topic: Mitch Gibson - Learning to be a shooter

03 January 2012 - 09:31 PM

I am convinced. If I can shoot reloads then it will be easier to sell my wife on it. Thanks for the help. Oh..no I ain't closing my eyes.

In Topic: Mitch Gibson - Learning to be a shooter

03 January 2012 - 05:12 PM

Thank you for the reply. It was helpful. Let me tell you in more detail what I do. It is a hard focus on the front site and I do have to regain it after each round. Now that I think about it the times that I screw up royally I wind up shifting my focus to the target then back to hard focus on the front sight. I don't habitually slap the trigger and work diligently to avoid doing it...I do dry fire practice albeit not as often as I should. Often I use the same technique with breathing when I am shooting bow and rifle that is exhale and neutral. I find that holding my breathe causes the sights to move with my heartbeat and timing a shot between is more than I have the mental capacity to work. So is it more a function of stance, muscle memory and front site focus? The reason I ask is because when I start doubting sight alignment I do this in order: Align front and rear sights, check position relative to target, reacquire front site, try to double check front site on target without loosing hard focus on the front site then fire. If I just maintain focus on front site and only worry about covering the part of target that I want to perforate without trying to get all pin-point about it then I do fine - unless I stop and think about it. Is that how it is done in practical pistol? Or is there some specific order like hard focus target while drawing then align stance/shoulders/arms/hands, focus front site with target in soft in and bang? My stance is another issue altogether. Modified isosceles never felt right and I can't seem to break free from the good ol' modified Weaver which is not good if you are having to move...or so I have been lead to believe...please correct that if I am wrong. Two handed grip is exactly as taught by the folks are Carry Legal...haven't practised much strong or weak hand shooting but will if ever I get the hang of regular two handed defensive shooting.

In Topic: How many rounds did you shoot this week?

03 January 2012 - 02:55 PM

At Happy Hollow this last weekend the kids and I burned up 200x9mm, 50x.38spl, 25x.357, 20x30-06 and 400+.22. It was a great day. My 8 year old likes making big booms with full house .357. The poor fella next to him put his Sig down and stepped back every time my kid finished reloading. I know it may have been unkind to let him continue to do that but I couldn't make him stop due to the smile on his face every time he touched off one of those air splittin' fire bottles. He kept them in 8 inches at 11yrds (cheap Rossi with a 4 inch bbl - very light weapon and punishing recoil). Better than I would have done with those gawd awful things.

In Topic: Mitch Gibson - Learning to be a shooter

03 January 2012 - 02:44 PM

Wow this got into the weeds fast. I have been a causal shooter for most of my life and never gave any thought to competition. It is clear that I wouldn't survive. Would be nice if someone could take time to discuss exactly how sight alignment and trigger control are achieved - verbally and for free please. Those classes are expensive and I think for the TDSA (where I took the CCW class) beginning combat pistol class is like 400 bucks plus you have to have 1500 rnds of ammo min. That is my entire shooting budget for the year! I love shooting, hunting and all the related stuff (I don't call them "sports" - sports are games by the current definition and for me it is not a game but more of a Zen thing). Nothing beats the focus needed to thread 5 rounds through the same hole are 100 with rifle or the skill needed to punch out the 10 ring at 25yrds with your favourite hand cannon. However the ability to shoot and run could come in handy one day and I would like to get much better at it. So...how bout some edumutation? I will start with a question. I have noticed that focusing on my front sight and keeping shots less than 2 seconds apart I can pull a nice group but if I spend too much time thinking about the sights and where the bulls eye is I start stringing the shots. What gives?

In Topic: Witness Parts

19 February 2011 - 08:49 AM

Update. Hope someone can use this info. I am not a gunsmith and set out only to ask a question. However while waiting I did a bunch more research and wound up answering my own question.

I did more research and took the extractor out again. The stinking knob on the extractor had been very expertly filed. Didn't notice on initial inspection. The reason they apparently did this was so that they could fire 38 Super Comp or 9x23 out of it (rimmed vs no rim). A necessary mod if you want reliable extraction with either of those two other rounds. The effect is that it holds the regular 38 super too tight against the breach face which, by coincidence, is exactly what it's doing. So I guess I either replace the extractor or use 38 Super Comp or 9x23. Please don't flame me about the 9x23 out of a 38 super. It is relatively safe in the Witness steel pistol but not so in most others. It think the length is the same but the case mouth is .002 smaller and the web is .004 larger than the 38 Super/Super Comp - 9x23 is a tapered case whereas the 38 Super/Super Comp is straight wall. The bbl throat is plenty long so over pressure is unlikely with the 9x23. The only ugly thing about it is that the 9x23 will be more of a straight wall case if you fire it from the Witness. That will shorten case life if you reload. Most reports are that the Witness steel is just as accurate with either but that the 9x23 has a thicker web to accommodate higher pressures (more velocity). In the Witness steel the case is fully supported and the chamber and bbl are very heavy.