Most of the time I practice alone, largely due to timing and logistics of coordinating with someone else to go punch holes in paper. Yesterday I got to team up with Professor Scott (a.k.a., The Enabler, who also led the AR lower build class this past weekend) and hit the action range at the Tri-County Gun Club.
This was the location where I participated in my first IDPA match in February, and here is where the first March IDPA match will be held - tomorrow, even! As I’d signed up to fill a last minute open spot at the Clackamas PSTC PST 102 class this weekend, I had to withdraw from tomorrow’s match. However, Scott will be doing the IDPA thing, and as both of us wanted to get some practice in before the weekend, well here we are!
While the “rock quarry with shell casings competing for space with rubble” aesthetic of the action range might seem a bit unpolished, it is just that contained training space that gives one much more options to set up targets and engage multiple targets - which is something you really can’t do at a range with lanes. And public ranges don’t allow you to do holster practice, which is totally understandable and is also something that we could and did do that day.
We took turns practicing on paper and steel targets from holster at about 7 yards. We also did some one-handed shooting, as that comes up in IDPA match stages (and presumably in PST 102 as well). The “open” nature of the practice area was immeasurably helpful when it came to practicing target switching - again, this is something you really can’t do at a public range.
I practiced primarily with the Glock G19 as well as with the S&W M&P Shield 9, and I appreciated having the chance to practice holster draws with both. Scott’s IDPA firearm is a Sig Sauer P320 with which he deftly demonstrated the modular aspects of the 320 series by transplanting the “fire control center” (i.e., the trigger assembly) from a compact frame, slide, and barrel to a full-size set of components in a matter of minutes. I got to try the P320 in the full size configuration and found it to be very easy to shoot, the trigger being very similar to the P365, and the increased mass easily managing recoil.
Scott also brought a Glock G21 in a Micro Conversion Kit. At first glance it looks like something out of the video game Halo (note the Liberal Gun Club chamber flag):
The enclosure and stabilizer provide greater mass to the G21 and really tames the recoil of the larger .45 ACP round. The red dot sight makes targeting almost an afterthought, and I found I was able to place close groups of multiple shots in a very short interval.
It was a great practice session, especially with the company involved. I had a fantastic time shooting targets and the breeze with Scott, chatting about 80’s LA punk bands, Azure and AWS cloud computing services, as well as about what and how we shoot.