The NSW IPSC Handgun Championships was held in Albury at the Hume Pistol Club on April 5 -7 this year.
The match was an IPSC International sanctioned Level 3 match consisting of 12 stages over 2 days. Hume Pistol club always puts on a good challenging match as this year lived up to past State Titles.
Brodie was successful in securing Open Overall Champion, Gold Medal Grand Master, and Presidents Medal. Brodie now has a short break before he then starts preparations for the 2019 Australasians in The Philippines later this year.
(Brodie uses Tigershark 123GN RN)
Our next shipment arriving next week will be packed in our new boxes. These boxes will present better in retail shops and will start shipping next week. The first stock in this packaging will be 123HP's and over time we will gradually change over from the original plastic bags.
Of all the thousands of products at the recent SHOT Show one product really impressed me. Something that might help to understand what happens during and after trigger press and something that would likely sharpen skills or diagnose problems. And as Rod Leatham says "Aiming is meaningless" (if you move the gun during the shot). Called MANTISX it's a laser training aid that records your aim, trigger press, shot break and displays the movement during each 3. Additionally it shows you (on the free App connected by Bluetooth) where the shot hit and and gives you a score out of 100 for each shot in a string. It also provides suggestions to improve your score.
MANTISX can be used in live fire and dry fire with the tiny unit mounted on your pistol's integrated rail, or mounted on your magazine base with an adapter.
MantisX will be available form our website soon at $295. Magazine adapters $15
For more info have a look at this review
As many will be aware for some time that Pistol Australia (PA) only permitted lead ammunition to be used in matches and all forms of jacketed and copper coated ammunition were banned (August 2017 NRC Newsletter). This was reinforced in PA's written advice (June 2018) where the National Referee's council reiterated that “All projectiles used must be made only of lead or similar soft material. Jacketed projectiles are not permitted.” (specifically referring to Centre Fire and Service Matches). Further, they said that they provide a "simple" scrape test to assist clubs to determine the style of bullet used. This test was not so simple and some club officials often felt it was easier to ban anything on appearance rather than on fact.
In the meantime, many competitors were moving away from lead ammunition in favour of copper coated bullets and putting pressure on the association to update their position. At PA's late 2018 AGM evidence was presented and the decision was made to relax the rules.
PA's position now lifts the blanket restriction banning copper and FMJ ammunition and allow individual ranges/clubs to decide what ammunition is permitted according to their local rules and approvals. Specifically: "All projectiles must comply with local range approved conditions and club regulations"
OK, so this doesn't always help those who are members of clubs that ban FMJ's or anything that "looks like" an FMJ (to the untrained eye) but it's a strong argument supporting your push to have your club rules updated in line with PA's rules. If you need any help convincing your club to update or understand the difference between FMJ's and copper please let me know.
Another shipment of Tigershark's are on their way and expected to land first week of March. This shipment will include some new lines such as 158HP in .356 for those crazy SIG shooters, more stock of .358 180's, 124GN 9MM FMJ (just a few to try) and re-stock of all lines including the ever popular .356 123HP's.
The Victorian Department of Health has published a brochure warning of the dangers of lead dust in shooting. I note that one of the recommendations is to: "...use lead-free ammunition - ammunition that replaces lead-based primers with safer alternatives and/or ammunition that uses lead-free or jacketed projectiles that have a lead core covered with a copper or nylon coating"
So the message is to take reasonable precautions when using or cleaning firearms and range equipment/surfaces and keep using copper coated bullets!
2 dates available Monday October 1 and Tuesday October 2
Instructor: Paul Hagiantoniou
Australian IPSC Production Division Champion
A full day course for medium to advanced IPSC shooters covering techniques to help you improve your skills. Including:
Art of the draw
Shooting one handed
Efficiency of movement to improve your score
Super smooth reloads
Shooting on the move
Cadence and rhythm
Arc of shooting technique
Eye movement - leading the gun with your eyes
Swingers – how to Alpha a moving target
Our next shipment of Tigershark's will be here on August 22. The long-awaited 9MM 145 Round Nose will be on this shipment and ready for dispatch immediately.
Order now at https://tigersharkballistics.com.au/collections/9mm