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New SBR Upper

Today I assembled a new upper for my .300 BLK SBR. It currently has a 10.3″ barrel, but I wondered how it would run with an 8″ barrel. So I now have my 8″ upper:

  • Aero Precision upper receiver
  • Faxon Firearms 8″ hammer-forged barrel
  • BCM MOD1 muzzle brake
  • ALG 8″ handguard

.300 BLK 8" barrel upper

.300 BLK 8" barrel upper

I’ll put it through its paces on Saturday. We’ll see how she runs.

It’s possible that I won’t like it as well as the current upper/barrel, as I really like the way I’m setup now. But it’s possible I’ll really like the shorter barrel. We’ll have to see how it works for recoil impulse (for targeting), accuracy, and just how wieldy it is.

Two Targets at 15 Yards

This morning I worked from 15, 20, and 25 yards exclusively, all from concealment (of course). This is a snippet of some 15-yard work on two 8″ targets set 7 yards apart, 15 yards away. I was trying to stay under 2.4 seconds and mostly did. I think my second rep here was delayed a bit because I didn’t hear the start of the beep (drowned out by Kevin’s shots in the bay next to mine). Whatever.

Pistol Drill: Three Bad Guys

Here I’m engaging from concealment each of 3 bad guys at 9, 12, and 18 yards with 2 shots each, then re-engaging each with a shot to the head.

The first/closest I’m just point shooting. The others I’m paying attention to the sight picture. Couple of not-so-great head shots on the 2 distant targets. That’s why they call it training. Need Moar!

Plates at 10 Yards From Concealment

Just working on drawing from concealment and getting first hit on target at 10 yards. I like to keep this around .95 to 1.2, but I was being careful here since I was filming. 🙂

Uncharacteristically had a couple of fumbled draws here, but got the job done anyway both times. Wearing two shirts is different than wearing one. That’s why we call it training.

Ten Shots, 25 Yards, Nine Seconds

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Today I worked some 25-yard drills. Here I’m working from concealment to get 10 shots on target inside of 9 seconds. The wind was blowing hard, moving the target and maybe the shots around a bit, but the effect was likely negligible. Looks like the two lower and one left shot were outside of what I wanted (aiming for top of the triangle). Need moar training!

To be clear, I am not aiming for “the triangle.” These targets are from one of the templates the range has. I used it so I wouldn’t have to make my own. However, that marked area is not a good representation of proper shot placement. Instead I’m aiming for the top of the triangle (and a bit above and blow it). here is my actual target area. So here, 3 shots were (way) outside of what I was going for.

target area

Active Shooter / Hostage Rescue Class

by Andy Rutledge 1 Comment

Had a great time trying to kill bad guys and rescue folk in today’s office scenario active-shooter class at Proactive Defense. Lots of tricky angles, room clearing, hard-to-discern good-or-bad guys, and extremely tight shots. Some of the targets exposed only a tiny sliver of the bad guy’s head (Don’t shoot the hostage in the head! Oh, and don’t shoot the baby either!). Stressful and fun. Can’t wait to do this some more.

Below: Here’s a look at part of the layout for our office scenario. Tricky windows and hallways. The drone got footage of our runs.

office shoot-house layout

 

Below: Here’s Scott working on clearing a room that had an array of windows, while ROs and videographers look on. Had to get just the right angle to tell if it was good guys or bad guys waiting for you.

running the active-shooter scenario.

 

Below: Class debrief with Gunny and Brad. Great folks, great class.

class debrief

First Match of the Year 2017

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Today was the North Texas Lead Farmers‘ February match at Proactive Defense. I missed January so this is my first match of the year. Results have not been published yet, but I expect I finished in the middle of the pack. Not happy about that, but it’s been a while since I did a run ‘n gun match.

Update: I finished 4th out of 37 competitors today. I’m quite surprised to have done that well. I’ll take it.

As always, I ran from concealment. Train like you fight, or whatever.

I only got one video, stage 4. This one went fair, but I cannot explain the late mag exchange before the final window -or- the delayed last shot. Stuff happens, man.

Fun times!