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14th Schleswig-Holstein Match

IPSC Posted on 17 Nov, 2009 13:05:06

The last match of the year is over. This past weekend was spend at a very familiar shooting range in Quickborn, just north of Hamburg in Germany.

This is a very popular match, especially amongst Danes as it is a relatively short drive. This year the word had spread North as 6 newbie Swedes showed up. In the years we’ve travelled the European circuit Swedes has been far and few between, but in the last two years that has started to change and I’m not the sole Swede as often as before.

Zig and I were the only two from Team Capsicum Danmark that could attend but we had the pleasure of being joined by Jörgen Björk, who had never shot a match in Germany.

We always stay at the nearby Sportshotel Quickborn which is a little more expensive than the budget options a bit further away but we get a little discount and the rooms are bigger and better, so is the breakfast. However the pillow really sucks. We also took the time to show Jörgen the old style bowling lanes in the basement. We spent an hour trying to get a strike but determined it was impossible without a firearm…

The briefing was at 08.30 and first shot at 09.00 (I think). 4 squads of 25, one for each of the 3 shooting positions and one resting. 25 shooters in a squad is a lot but the only way to get a decent amount of shooters through the match. Saturday is always a loooong day in Quickborn where you often spend 12-13 hours on the range. Shooting 6 stages in 12-13 hours is a real test for most shooters, how do you perform at your best with so much time in between stages. I’m sure some of the first timers (and old) learned something new about their own performance at this match.

This match is really not my style of shooting, often running in a zig-zag pattern between low, lower and really low shooting positions with a majority of the targets at short distance. Jörgen was of the same opinion. I had practice well the last couple of weeks before this match, live-, dryfire and airsoft so I felt in good form to challenge for the win. I’m pleased that my positioning was fine, all empty starts and reloads went well (both have plagued me before). After Saturday I had a very slim lead over Ralf K. with local ace Michael S. a little further behind.

Faj and Johan Hansen had a close battle in Open. Faj’s lightning speed is well suited at this match but Johan showed that consistence is better over time so the race was close.

The battle in production division was probably the most exciting with 5 shooters alternating in the top during day 1. Marian L – GER, Hage – DEN, Jack – DEN, Henrik F. – DEN and Jörgen – SWE.

We left the range late and headed over to the well camouflaged Italian restaurant that has become our food of choice. Take a industrial building (possibly a car repair shop) cover the “pit” leave all the ventilation and throw in a few park benches and vinyl table cloths add a good menu and really good food and you have a very popular restaurant. Food is great, atmosphere is lets say special.

Falling asleep is no problem after 13 hours on the range, although people that share room with me sometimes are of a different opinion…

We had 5 stages left for Sunday and they were maybe a little more interesting than the ones on Saturday. I started bad with blowing a speed shoot by wasting 5 rounds on a small plate. The light is dim in places and vision is a problem because its very easy to shift to a target focus when the lighting is bad losing the sight focus needed to hit.

I shot another M on one of the few stages that allowed for some shooting on the move, well I moved a little to fast and did not finish the target before heading to the next shooting position. I was now behind by 20 some points and with two stages left Ralf had to make a severe mistake in order for me to catch him because outperforming him enough on two stages in Quickborn to gain 20 match points is not realistic.

I did create some controversy on our last stage on the 100m range which has the worst lighting conditions of the 3 shooting positions. I’m the proud owner of the fantastic Surefire E2DL flashlight which I attached to my hearing protection and used during the stage in an attempt to make the targets more visible. I worked quite well and I won the stage. I finished 2nd with 96.72%. After a really aweful summer and fall I’m pleased with how I shot this match but the few mistakes I made were a few more than what Ralf made so he won. Michael S finished 3rd.

Marian L. came out blazing on Sunday winning most of the stages and pulled into the lead in standard minor division. Jörgen felt a little conservative but by shooting no D’s nor M’s showed that consistancy takes you a long way finishing 2nd to Marian with 98.21%. Henrik F. shot one of the best matches in a long while and he’s amazing to watch. Hage’s and Jack’s fast feet took them out of the race for the podium.

In open Faj’s fast feet won him the match but Johan was not far behind at 98.23%. Congratulation Faj to another PM.

We also had a Swedish battle in Revolver where Anders W. ousted the newly crowned Swedish Champion Olle L, claiming second place. I’m sure Olle was reminded the whole way back to JKG.

I took no pictures but Jack has a new toy and once he’s done editing the 1M pictures he took you’ll probably find some great ones on his site www.jackromer.com

A special thanks to my Sponsors and Team for suppling the best equipment and support a shooter could ever wish for.

The few pictures I took.


I’m all in favor for introducing a “vertically challenged” category in IPSC…

Faj really liked his award…

So did Jörgen…



US Limited Nationals Last day

IPSC Posted on 20 Sep, 2009 02:34:32

For the first day in Vegas I woke up felling light and ready, Wille and I played in the Pool for an hour before I jumped into the car and headed for the range. The feeling was soon gone as I was stopped for speeding, well I was stopped and it took forever for the Highway Patrol to do whatever they do, they were nice enough not to give me a ticket but I was now running late. I showed up at the range just as the walk through was to begin.

There was plenty of time to get ready but I couldn’t get the rushed feeling out of the system and I shot a crap stage picking up another 2 mikes on open targets. Our next stage was chrono and i came in at 169 so that stage went well.

The day continued in dismal fashion, I shot stage 11 and 12 ok but the other 3 stages of the day will probably turn out to be very expensive. Improving on last year’s Nationals will probably not be possible.

Having finished on the last stage I just wanted to break something, even if I’ve shot poorly (by my standards) the whole summer I should be able to shoot much better than I did today, the problem is that I can’t really tell what’s wrong – it just isn’t there, the flow the feeling I rely upon to do well. I have a whole winter to figure it out, I’m not dwelling on it now. It’s time for Wille and I to turn our backs on the real world and head to Yellowstone for some pure vacation.

Take care / over and out from Vegas.



US Limited Nationals Day 2

IPSC Posted on 19 Sep, 2009 08:45:11

Today it was time for some medium and long courses. We started on stage 3, a 22 round high hit factor stage. I think it was my best stage of the first match because it’s a lot of shooting on the move and constantly shifting from left to right. This time they had added a few PT’s and tighten the ones on the last 3 targets. It makes little sense making it so much harder going from Open to Limited, but I don’t mind. I shot pretty well only dropping 1 point but I did shot 1½ second slower than the first match which could be attributed to the tighter shots.

Stage 4 was a 29 round long course with a little timing that need to be worked out, I went for the safe option which turned out to be far toooo safe so I had to wait a little for a mouse-trap target. In the last array of 3 targets all within 4 meters I managed to pull the gun off target and shot a M. A miss on a 35m target with a PT is maybe acceptable but a full-size target within 5m should be a freebee 10 points… I have to work that out for next season.

Stage 5 – 18 rounds with awkward positioning, my choreographer will be put in the shame closet on this one because I lost too much on my bad footing…

Stage 6 – 27 rounds, medium hit factor and I produced another stupid 3 meter Mike. Crap I shot pretty well again but another freebee shot that cost dearly.

Stage 7 – 17 Round Texas star stage, in the Open match it was static but with a couple of hardcover’s in the way, this time they put a weight on it so it started spinning when the hatch was opened. Far more difficult to shoot but I survived the stage. One of the officers of the Phoenix PD rocked it and shot it using only 17 rounds in a blistering time.

Stage 8 – 22 Rounds of pure fun.

After two days I’m not exactly where I wanted to be but probably where I could have expected with a lousy summer. I’ll stick to my plan tomorrow and see how far that takes me.



US Limited Nationals Day 1

IPSC Posted on 18 Sep, 2009 09:04:21

The first match was very useful in more way than one, the matches are almost identical so having shot the first is definitely an advantage. Getting used to the heat is another, I like it hot and have no problems with the high temperatures but it does take a while to get used to it and used to the extra procedures it requires in terms of hydration and salt levels.

I’m squatted with Ron and Kert of the Team Infinity and a whole bunch of nice officers of the Phoenix PD. Having a good, friendly and joking attitude in the squad from the start always helps, with this bunch we are in for a good couple of days.

We started on one of the “European” stages where Kees and Dick from Holland kept us in line. It was a 29 round long course and apart from throwing the mag change (cost me about a second or so) I shot well. 3 movning targets but none that needed any second thoughts.

We headed to stage 15, a small stage with a few options, I shot ok but not was searching to the rhythm.

Stage 16 was another shorter cof, it had the “turtle” target as the IPSC target is called out here. There were some really tight shots at decent distance on this one, a LOT of white tape will be used on this one. I dropped only 1 point in a respectable time, felling little happier.

Going to from stage 16 to stage 1 was some distance so true to anywhere else in America when more than two steps are required there is a Shuttle bus… most people just drive anyway. Amazing.

Stage 1 was exactly the same as the first match, 12 rounds with a few penalties that came into play. I had a malfunctioning brass, or was not behind the gun good enough on the draw (first shot in .84) I lost a second or so there but shot my points after that.

Stage 2 was a 16 round cluster fu…. No m nor pt but I lost my vision, I don’t know if I got a reverse head rush going into that squatting position but I had real trouble seeing which resulted in a really crappy time. I shot 22 seconds and it will probably be shot at around 15. Oh well at least I had my points with me.

The match is fun, we have a great squad and tomorrow we are shooting 186 rounds of 306 so it’s a pretty big day. I better hit the sack. More tomorrow.

A few picks and video on my main page.

More tomorrow
Mats



US Open / Prod Nationals

IPSC Posted on 15 Sep, 2009 08:24:12

The match is held at the Desert Sportsman’s shooting range, 20min west of the Strip in Las Vegas. Its situated in the foothills of a mountain range and I’d call it semi desert terrain. I love this kind of terrain and the heat that comes with it, we’re just missing a pale rider coming over the ridge as we shoot.

My squad is an international squad with a bunch of guys from the Philippines, two guys from Colorado, a couple from Florida a shooter from Arizona and a damn Swede… We are really having a good time.

The first match is the Open and Production championship and as I have equipment for neither one I’m using my limited gun in Open. The only piece of open kit I have is a 26 round magazine given to me by Infinity the day before the match, its great.

My equipment is flawless, a dream to shot – I’m a very fortunate shooter to be backed by the best – Capsicum of Danmark and Infinity of Texas.

We started on stage 11 a short course with 12 rounds. I shot a little slow but I got through without any serious problem. As we continued shooting the wind started picking up blowing apart anything that was not securely staked to the ground. The quartermaster crew got their hands full in fixing stages to coop with the increasing sand storm. Last year’s match in Tulsa got the name “Mud Bowl” this will probably be the “Dust Bowl”, I much prefer the latter.

I dropped a M and PT on the last stage but was pretty happy with how my shooting was feeling, I was getting into shape for the limited match which is the goal of this exercise.

Day 2

We started on stage 16 and I shot pretty well again, I was starting to really like having 26+1 capacity – much less cleaning of magazines.


—- Stage 16 – walk trough.

I shot day 2 clean but picked up a few too many D’s, but I’m feeling better about my shooting for every stage I shoot. I was keeping up with some of the Philippino Open shooters (with real open guns) and that is pretty cool. Shooting in the morning is less windy as it really only starts to pick up around lunchtime. A few competitors and shooters has succumbed to the intense heat, but I’m loving it. Staying out of the sun when not shooting or helping out is key.

Day 3.

Another afternoon section and again the wind was there to sandblast us, some shooters are having jams due to high levels of dust in the air, I don’t usually place all my mags in the bag between stages but here they are only on the belt the absolute minimum of time. With all the dust I’ve been a little reluctant to use the video camera but I got one of the Philippino guys to film a couple of stages, which can be seen in my IPSC gallery.

I shot two more PT’s today, both had to be overlayed into the PT area but fair enough they touched but I could have used a little of my luck from Sandaknallen here. Oh well I’ll use all my luck in the next match instead.

The stages are high speed with some penalty targets but for the Open guys I can’t really see that this would be considered a difficult match. The stages are fine but I had expected more of a National championship of this caliber.

The shooters of squad 30 are having a ball and tomorrow we’ll only shoot 2 stages and chrono. Then it’s time to get ready for the main event, the Limited match. I’ll try to run daily updates from that match but can’t promise anything. Stay tuned and you’ll see.

Over and out (for now).



On my way to the Nationals part 2

IPSC Posted on 14 Sep, 2009 10:21:28

My road to the Nationals had a planned stop at the Infinity factory in Grand Prairie, TX. I did create a little incident at the Denver Airport on my way when I had forgotten a magazine in one of my 4 zillion pockets of my carry on, that I also us as Range bag, I could see on the face of the screening person that something was up… Sure enough a whole army of security screeners and police showed up to look and the very interesting x-ray picture. This was not the time for smart comments and after about 30 minutes I was let off the hock with a “friendly” warning. The hardest part was to see a perfectly fine “Dalmas Custom” magazine go into the trash…

Oh well I was on my way to the best place for a possible replacement, and upon arrival I was promptly given a replacement by Brandon Strayer at Infinity. I was picked up ad DFW by Brandon in his modified truck, one of few vehicles I have to step up into. The Infinity factory is only a few minutes from the airport and is a little smaller than I had envisioned. I was given an extensive tour or better yet I was trying my best to keep up with Sandy and Brandon Strayer as they were very busy loading and resetting a multitude of high tech machines milling out all parts from bar stock material. During my 2 days a the factory I didn’t see Sandy use his office once, the CEO of the by far best 1911/2011 factory in the world uses the keyboard of the latest high tech cnc machines as his office, constantly improving on his product.

The start of all Infinity parts.

All Infinity parts start our like this. Every little part is milled out of solid blocks of steel or alu.

I was impressed by the workmanship and pride that goes into making these fine firearms. No expense is spared in their strive to produce the absolute best of the best. Us customers pay for this by having to wait an agonizingly long time for delivery, having visited the factory and see what goes into making these I have a much better understanding of just how much time it takes to make a firearm of this caliber. Once we receive our firearm that agonizingly long wait is usually soon forgotten.

I had a bunch of questions prepared from home and if I remember or understand half of what I was told I’ll be in a much better position to assist customers in Denmark and Sweden to purchase Infinity Firearms.

Both my guns got a overhaul and pulling Bubba apart it became apparent that there was crack in the barrel, extractor was broken, sight was loose so a new barrel was fitted the same goes for the extractor and sight. Running hot loads with VV N310 powder is probably the cause of the early crack in the barrel (after about 40k rounds). When I felt a little conscious about the time spent I said “that’s good enough” but was met with the response “it has to meet our standards, all guns leaving this facility must meet our standards and we’ll work on it until it does, yours is no different”. My two days at the factory was very rewarding and enlightening but I was a little worried about showing up at the Nationals with practically a new gun…

-Bubba getting a new barrel fitted

In Vegas I headed for the www.americanshooters.com facility not far from the match hotel to sight in Bubba, a few clicks on the new Infinity sight was needed before heading to the range. The American Shooters facility was really impressive with a clean range and a fully stocked store. I might just go back before I head home to try some of their equipment. Maybe the S&W 500 or one of the other 50ies in the picture below. But I guess it counts on my luck at the Casino.

more to come.


The new grip in more ways than one.


A whole forrest of basepads.

The 50’s collection at American Shooters.



On my way to Vegas

IPSC Posted on 09 Sep, 2009 05:36:48

I’m finally on my way to the back to back US Handgun Nationals held this year in Sin City – Las Vegas.

After an exhausting week of hosting the Swedish handgun nationals ( I lost 2kgs the last week leading op to the match – I’ve never tried that before.)I’ll now be able to concentrate on getting as ready as I can for the Limited match.

I left Copenhagen on Friday 04 Sep and for the first time in 15 years I used an American carrier to get across the pond. Delta Airlines took me to Atlanta and I thought my 3½ hours layover would be more than enough but it was just enough to clear immigrations and customs. I strongly suggest doing – if possible – the transit in Europe and fly straight to destination in the US, its much easier.

Vatnajökul, Iceland – the biggest glacier in Europe.

When I finally arrived in Denver the rental car company had no records of my prepaid voucher, it happens every-time for me so its nothing new, it just takes a little longer. At 22:04 I finally arrive at Steve’s house for a well deserved beer, even US beer has punch after 30+ hours.

Sat 05Sep

Steve and I head to the famous Pancake house for breakfast, on the menu they have “Swedish pancakes with lingonberrysauce” I always try anything “Swedish” when I travel, most of the times I’ve never heard or seen the “genuine Swedish” stuff before. Now that can be because I’ve only lived in Sweden 31 out of my 40 years so I might have missed a few genuine Swedish things.

Shopping for a handgun.

After that Steve needed some support in buying another handgun so we went to a pretty good size gun store. After some trying, looking, feeling he fell upon a H&K P30L. After a 45 min (it was a slow day) background check we walked out of the store with a new gun. Its a different world over here, for better and worse – your call.

Sund 06Sep

The Aurora gun club held a small USPSA match and what better way to start getting back into some shooting shape than to shoot a little match. The entry fee was $20 for the 5 stage 120 round match. In USPSA standard division is called Limited and my dear thumbrest is not allowed. It takes a few day to get used to not having the thumbrest and I shot a terrible match, one stage was ok but the rest was pure crap – but very very valuable practice.

After that I raced to one of my favorite places on Earth, a cabin at 8175 feet in the middle of the Rockies. Almost the whole Carter clan was enjoying Memorial day weekend up there and it was fantastic to see everybody again.

Monday 07Sep

Was spent hanging around the cabin and then back to Pueblo. On my way into town I called another old high school friend and asked if I could drop by. Brent and Gwen had just bought a new cool house and we hung out shooting the s…t for a few hours. I might not talk to people for years and when we meet its like yesterday. Great – we did build some great friendships back in high school and should remind ourselves about that once in a while.

Tuesday 08Sep.

I met Lizard and Steve for practice as the Pueblo Sportsman’s range in Pueblo West, a fantastic facility with a multitude of ranges for all kind of shooting. With the ammo shortage here brought on by the fear of the Obama administration I had bought 750 rounds while in Denver, they turned out to be useless in my SVI as they were way to short. Luckily I many good friends and Lizard came through again and saved the day with some of his reloads.

One of the pistol bays at the fantastic Pueblo West Sportsman’s range.

Practice started crap as I’m well out of shape but as we burned brass I was starting to get the hang of the game, tomorrow we’ll do the same and then I’ll use the first match in Vegas as practice for my main event, the Limited match.

More about that later, now I have to activate my newly purchased iPhone 3G S. Someone said that its not possible for foreigners to buy an iPhone in the US as they are all locked by a service to AT&T.. we’ll I found a way…

Wednesday 09Sep

The iPhone is now running with the Navigon navigation software so I’m set, great piece of kit. This morning we practiced the Texas Stars as it will show up at the nationals. The star is intimidating if you haven’t shot it before but with some practice its no problem, but it must be treated with the proper respect otherwise it will sting. I’m getting back into shape and the shooting felt and was much better than the past months. Tomorrow I’m heading to SVI in Texas to check out my new gun, then its off to Vegas. My next update will probably be friday night, after picking up Wille and Sara at the airport in Vegas.



2009 Lithuanian Open

IPSC Posted on 13 Jul, 2009 14:55:44

The economical turmoil the world is in has also put its footprint on our sport, this years Lithuanian Open was transformed from its normal 2 day format to a 1 day match, Still a potent match with 14 stages and 225 rounds This is probably a reason why the attraction of foreigners outside the Baltic states was significantly lower this year, another reason is that the European Rifle Championships was the same weekend.

I can still combine my travel with work so I really try hard to make sure I visit at least one of the level III matches in Lithuania every year, the rest of Team Capsicum Danmark had busy schedules and could not join me this time so it was up to me to show our colors.

May and June has been a down period culmination with the awful performance at the Czech Euro Extreme. After that I’ve taken a break from shooting only competing in one SweDen Cup match and practicing twice, while working out a new mental plan.

Last year I lost the match to Team CZ junior world champion Zdenek Liehne on the last stage of the match due to a bad brass jamming my gun. This year I’m sure Team CZ was pretty confident that they would come and conquer top spot in Open, Prod and Standard. I had different plans….

I felt fresh, hungry and really really nervous as we walked through our first stage early Saturday morning. I had not fired a shot in over 10 day but was confident that it was to my advantage this time. My new mental game plan was in for its first test.

We started on stage 2, a tricky 24 round long course that required a good plan and precision movement and shooting, technically difficult – my kind of stage. Fantastic stage with a good mix of all elements. I shot well, although I felt a little slow but it would turn out that I produced the highest hitfactor of the match ousting even speed demon Martin Kamenicek who won stage 2 in Open.

Stage 3 was a straight forward 32 round stage with plenty of movement, I was not happy with 22A and 10C but my movement was ok.

Stage 4 was another tricky 28 round stage, empty start where all magazines had to be on a table, getting the spare mag in the holder took a little too long but I shot well and produced 28A, my mental plan was working and my confidence was growing along with it.

The stages were really really good throughout the whole match, even a 7 shot stage proved to be a severe challenge to most of us. Once again the guys here showed that they really can put on matches of quality second to none I’ve visited and I will do my utmost to attend at least one Level III match here every year.

I was worried that 14 stages in one day would be too much and we’d never finish but we were ahead of schedule all day long and finished around 4 p.m. Great stuff.

I had a few stages where I dropped some time, had a double feed on 5, a Dalmas classic reload on 7 and stage 11 where the timing went FUBAR, but that is what can be expected from any match, I shot a clean match, no Misses or Penalties and some stages like 1 and 2 I was smoking hot. My new mental game was a success, it worked really well as can be seen from my points. I have not shot a clean match since the Baltic Open in Riga some 2 years ago. Winning this match was a great feeling, even sweeter to have INFINITY break CZs clean sweep..

The only criticism to the match would be the prize table, yes there was two sponsored guns and some memorabilia from sponsors but for a €60 Euro match one could expect more of a general prize table.

Make sure you sign up for the Swedish Championships www.ipsc.se 11 stages 256 Rounds, entry fee €36 and I’m working on a prize table to remember.

Results can be seen at www.ipsc.lt

Pictures and video?? unfortunately I had no chance to take either



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