Tuesday, May 8, 2012

ISOA Conference!

Back from a weekend at the Indiana SWAT Officer Association (ISOA) Annual Conference. Kozy and I were helping to run the 3rd Annual ISOA Memorial 3-Gun Match.

The format was simple:

  • Get a beep, pickup the staged rifle on safe and shoot at a plate ~40 yards away and get two hits through the left side of the barricade.
  • Move to the rights side of the barricade and get two hits on the right plate.
  • Put the rifle on safe and move to the shotgun.
  • Pick it up, work the action (cruiser ready) and spin the rotator - 1 hit could do it.
  • Put the shotty on safe, stage it, then move to the pistols. 
  • Two pistols are loaded with 8 rounds total in each, staged on a bench. 
  • Pick up and sweep the rack.

Failure to hit or running out of ammo == Did not finish, otherwise, the raw time is the score.

Congrats to James Maynard for winning the match a 3rd year in a row with a time of 23.99s!
(My cold run was 27s + change. My fastest run was 22s + change.)

The event was not without some gear hiccups, which reiterates why it is VITALLY important to check your gear:

  • AAC donated a 300 Blackout upper and it just kept double feeding rounds.
    • We tried no less than 10 different magazines - PMags, PMags with windows, new PMags, Brownell's Mags, HK Mags, etc...
    • We tried different lower just in case - 3 of 'em all had same issue.
    • We looked at the gas key to make sure it wasn't unstaked.
  • We finally just put it aside and ran an iron sighted DSA upper on my NP3'd DSA lower. Worked like a champ all day...
  • Remington donated a 870 with Wilson-ghost rings (NICE!) and a SpeedFeed stock. Nice gun, but towards the end (maybe only 100 rounds of 00-buck) the lifter just kept wedging shells between it and the magazine tube. Something was wrong... We switched to the backup gun towards the end.
  • Kahr donated two TP-9 pistols with a sight upgrade... 
    • The magazines were tight to load (OW!), but they worked well enough.
    • Some guys (myself included) would grip in a manner that would cause the magazine to drop.
    • Sights on one gun finally worked loose: Loctite! Loctite! Loctite! 
    • Trigger pull is LONG, but constant. I'm sure there are guys out there that can do something about that.
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette picked up the event and we had some press out there! (Bonus: There is a video of "yours truly" chumping it up on camera!!)

... Even though Hartup didn’t miss a shot and hustled from station to station, his time was about 10 seconds off first place. That title, for the third year in a row, went to James Maynard, a 36-year-old patrolman on the Portage Police Department.

Maynard blazed through the course in 23.99 seconds.Unlike Hartup and some other shooters, Maynard regularly throws down at shooting competitions.“I do this sort of shooting back home on a recreational basis,” Maynard said. “I got into it to better myself as a police officer and fell in love with the competitive shooting world.”

To do well in that world requires the ability to put yourself in the right frame of mind before shooting, like the way a golfer prepares to tee off, said Les Kismartoni, one of the officials at Sunday’s competition. “If you start getting, basically, overly conscious of your trigger pull or something like that, then you’re going to ruin your shot,” he said.

Kismartoni, 35, is part of Team Spartan, an Illinois-based firearms-training company that organized the shootout meant to simulate real-world situations that SWAT officers encounter.

Proceeds from the shootout will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, a group that supports injured troops, and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.