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TV-PressPass
06-17-2014, 10:10 AM
I’m back! And finally decompressing from the amazing 3 Gun shoot that is the MGM Ironman. This was my first year at Ironman, and my second officiated 3 Gun shoot.

The short of it:
I've never run my guns so hard, experienced so much shooting stress, or had so much fun.

Driving from Calgary to Parma took me nearly 18 hours with the border hassle of travelling with guns. Arriving at camp at 9pm and getting up to shoot at 6am the next morning was a poor choice. I had a pretty miserable first day, and learned my lessons about sunscreen, shooting first, and planning a stage properly.

Planning was a big component of the game that I didn’t understand going in. American’s shoot more, shoot farther, and shoot faster than the Canadian matches I’ve seen. Previously, my idea of planning was to look at the stage description and make sure I knew my zero at the furthest target. But the Ironman requires so much more. You need to have a mental map of what order you’ll shoot each target in, and know where in the stage you will be reloading. Will you go left to right, or right to left? Shoot the spinner first, or save it for the last? I learned the hard way that these things make a difference. The ROs and your squad can coach, but they're not there to plan for you. Stage briefing at the Ironman goes like this:
"This is your rifle dump box, this is your shotgun dump box. Start here, and engage targets as they become visible."

Things got better after that first day. I owe a ton of thanks to my squad preparing me before the start signal and coaching me after the timer started rolling.

The Ironman was exactly what I’d hoped for, with ridiculous challenges like towers, slides, carts, and the zipline. Probably the hardest part for my bullpup rifle and me was a forced weak-hand stage that involved shooting underneath a vehicle. I had to deal with the unusual malfunction of hot brass bouncing off my face and back into the chamber!

My favourite stage by far was the trench, which involved ditching the rifle after close quarters engagements and sprinting across the entire parking lot to get to the shotgun portion. That stage also involved a pair of the deadly MGM Spinners that must be rotated completely to score. These ones were shielded behind hard cover, and I had a lot of fun working the angles to get into a shooting position.

I even enjoyed the "spool-stage" that required shooters to position themselves in a small enclosed space before engaging. Many of the heavier guys cursed up and down about wedging themselves under a chunk of wood.

All the side-stages were a blast. I of course enjoyed the zipline, but also had fun using a suppressed .22 with no hearing protection to pop shots at a moving thermal target using FLIR’s infrared sight.

I'll be doing lots of things different next year, but overall I’m pleased with my performance. Two shooters who I know and respect got disqualified this year, and I heard DQ horror stories from several veterans who didn’t make it through their first Ironman. My coach finished 34th out of 48 in the Open Division, and I took the 39th position not far behind him.

Looking at my summer schedule, I’ll be doing some smaller matches at the Peace River and Edmonton Area clubs, and am hoping to attend the Crimson Trace Midnight Invitational in August. I'm putting together a highlight reel right now of the best moments!

https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/t1.0-9/p350x350/10367167_467842260017388_8546059704059297229_n.jpg
Waiting for the load-and-make-ready command on the golf cart stage.

http://i.imgur.com/qEusYdR.png
Halfway down the zipline, you start pistol in hand with a mag in, then rack it once you pass a flag and hear the "load!" command. Then its all nuts from there.

Doug_M
06-17-2014, 01:49 PM
Very cool. I just heard about this event on Gresham's Gun Talk the other day. Looking forward to your video.

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Foxer
06-17-2014, 03:08 PM
Pretty psychotic sounding bud :) Must've been pretty awesome.

BrotherRockeye
06-17-2014, 03:44 PM
that looks like more fun than we are allowed to have here...

killer kane
06-17-2014, 06:02 PM
A zip line.........Hmmmmmm.

lone-wolf
06-17-2014, 06:38 PM
http://i.imgur.com/qEusYdR.png
Halfway down the zipline, you start pistol in hand with a mag in, then rack it once you pass a flag and hear the "load!" command. Then its all nuts from there.

http://37.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lvn3uhX7XD1r5g3qno1_400.jpg

Strewth
06-17-2014, 07:26 PM
Hey! You made it back in one piece, good to hear! Sounds like a hoot TVPP, maybe should move a spot or three up my bucket list...

hercster
06-17-2014, 08:20 PM
HeY TV Muchas Congrats!! I don't think my events have been as glamourous as that adventure but I'll bet that you won't forget that gig in a very long time. I doubt that many of us could even finish. The sad thing is that IMO, after 3Gun all the rest is a bit tame. Gud on you !!

TV-PressPass
06-19-2014, 08:23 AM
that looks like more fun than we are allowed to have here...

Pretty much. I had to split my shotgun between proper capacity and Canadian 5 rounders.

That definitely made some things harder than they needed to be:


https://vimeo.com/98637359

hercster
06-19-2014, 08:49 AM
Pretty much. I had to split my shotgun between proper capacity and Canadian 5 rounders.

That definitely made some things harder than they needed to be:


https://vimeo.com/98637359

I had meant to ask you about the shotgun TV. How did it run for you?

TV-PressPass
06-19-2014, 08:58 AM
Definitely better for me than a tube gun. I got a few failure to feeds from slugs in the short mags, but never had an issue with the target load. With a little love it would be the only shotgun I ever used.

I can see why the left side charging handle upgrade is popular, and I had one stage shooting into the sun at 7am that could have benefitted from a brighter reddot.

Foxer
06-19-2014, 01:32 PM
What shotgun are you shooting?

TV-PressPass
06-19-2014, 02:00 PM
That's an Akdal Mka 1919. Semi auto, mag fed, monstrosity:

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3811/13450811334_9a8af1f56f_c.jpg

I wrote a short rundown of it here:

http://tv-presspass.com/akdal-mka-1919-first-impressions-as-3-gun-shotgun/

Xtreme
06-19-2014, 06:37 PM
Fricking. Awesome. Congrats, can't wait to see some vids!

Foxer
06-19-2014, 06:50 PM
That's an Akdal Mka 1919. Semi auto, mag fed, monstrosity:

I wrote a short rundown of it here:

http://tv-presspass.com/akdal-mka-1919-first-impressions-as-3-gun-shotgun/

Sweet :) I seem to recall reading about them when they became available - restricted tho aren't they?

hercster
06-20-2014, 08:42 AM
I'm not sure if the video is of this year's match but this is what our hero TVPP was up against. Atta boy TV !!

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/06/13/3233026/mgm-ironman-three-gun-unleashes.html

TV-PressPass
06-20-2014, 08:52 AM
Oh my yes. If anyone wants to watch me flounder on the zipline:


https://vimeo.com/98638192

Lots of fun, but that second plate rack . . . *facepalm*

superbrad
06-20-2014, 09:03 AM
How do you like the vortex red dot overall?

TV-PressPass
06-20-2014, 10:14 AM
How do you like the vortex red dot overall?

I wish I'd had two! I would have liked a large dot model for my handgun.

Some other guys had deltapoints and RMRs, and I'll say the auto-on feature is pretty fancy. But I like being able to swap batteries without removing the optic and losing zero. The Mka 1919 really benefits from a low optic, as the stock drops down unlike a real AR-15.

The only time I wished it was brighter was shooting directly into the sun, and even then it was perfectly useable. But I noticed the difference coming off the rifle with the Razor 1-6 set to max brightness to the max brightness on the Razor reddot, which was less by comparison.

hercster
06-20-2014, 11:14 AM
I have a Delta Point and like it. The battery installs from the bottom but I'm not 100% sure if you lose zero when changing it. The Leupold documentation says that you don't lose zero as the pins on top of the HAMR make for a precise install. Except for the adjusting screws, I really like the Delta Point auto on feature and the overall quality. The 7 moa Delta reticle is ideal as you can use it quickly or very accurately by using the tip of the Delta. I haven't used it in very bright sun yet and so don't know if it washes out.

I can't see how the RMR can be beat for ruggedness as it's a little tank. I have a Burris Fastfire III where the battery install on top which is more convenient. However while it's much less costly it doesn't compare to the RMR or DeltaPoint for rugged construction.

TV-PressPass
06-23-2014, 02:33 PM
All right! Last video I swear!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rccJ-xB6PZM

If you think my taste in music sucks there is a naked version here: https://vimeo.com/98954587

hercster
06-23-2014, 03:59 PM
That was great Mr. TV on many levels. It's too late for me to add that to my bucket list so I live vicariously through people like you.

Many moons ago, I set a goal to ride what Bicyclists call a century. Essentially this is a road course of 100 miles non stop. I started riding at the ridiculous age of 44 and at this point I was 48 which beat my target by two years. What a rush!! Of course I finished well back in the pack but I did finish with tears of joy in my eyes.

These are things we will never forget. Everyone has his own definition of success and mine is to participate and finish. I have the same attitude in shooting and 3Gun in particular. Some of the courses I shoot are very hard on my old bod. However I'm out there and not too proud to get help when I need it. There are just two guys at 70 where I shoot in Texas. The main difference is that he is an all star. I bask in his glory.

For close targets that 4 inch line of sight to bore makes things much more difficult and of course the distances change constantly. That was part of the motivation in me rigging a piggy back combo of optics. My MRD is xeroed for 25 yards and less and the HAMR is at 50-200. This makes precision a lot easier particular when they position no shoots and hard cover in tight configurations.

Those swingers are brutal! Even after watching experts shoot them, it's still difficult to time those hits!

Once again, congrats and thanks for sharing the adventure with us.

Tomochan
06-23-2014, 05:46 PM
Awesome - simply awesome !

Strewth
06-23-2014, 08:19 PM
Excellent video, TVPP, I like the narration over the action.

hercster
06-23-2014, 08:25 PM
Excellent video, TVPP, I like the narration over the action.

Strange... I would have prefered a sultry female voice. For that matter I would even prefer a sultry female shooter. No offense TV; been this way since I passed 13 and stopped throwing rock at them.:tounge:

Strewth
06-23-2014, 09:49 PM
Strange... I would have prefered a sultry female voice. For that matter I would even prefer a sultry female shooter. No offense TV; been this way since I passed 13 and stopped throwing rock at them.:tounge:

True, true....maybe next time we can convince TVPP to stuff a bra and talk in a falsetto? Or maybe buy some contacts and dress like Kate Beckinsale....
Underwater shotgun for the next Ironman?http://www.pageresource.com/wallpapers/wallpaper/gen-kate-beckinsale-underworld-evolution_212228.jpg

hercster
06-23-2014, 10:07 PM
True, true....maybe next time we can convince TVPP to stuff a bra and talk in a falsetto? Or maybe buy some contacts and dress like Kate Beckinsale....
Underwater shotgun for the next Ironman?http://www.pageresource.com/wallpapers/wallpaper/gen-kate-beckinsale-underworld-evolution_212228.jpg

The shooting world has its share of stunning ladies at the top competitive levels. I'm committed to dumping my 32 pack Texas profile and am buying a few pairs of spandex shooting shorts for my next trip to the US in hopes of attracting a gaggle of them. Tight shorts, fancy gun and cool shades. How can I lose?

Foxer
06-24-2014, 08:22 AM
Tight shorts, fancy gun and cool shades. How can I lose?

I can explain - but it will involve getting out a white board, and you'll have to pay for my therapy after.

TV-PressPass
06-24-2014, 08:55 AM
You had me at underwater shotgun.

Then lost me at stuffed bra.

Then had me again at "custom leather athletic outfit"

I figured narration had more value than the traditonal 3 Gun Dubstep overlay. :rolleyes: I'm really curious to look at the stats on this video and see how many people will actually sit through 4 minutes of shooting.

hercster
06-24-2014, 10:38 AM
I can explain - but it will involve getting out a white board, and you'll have to pay for my therapy after.

:run::run::run: Shattered :run::run::run: