Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Silhouette shoot

So, my PAL finally showed up in the mail back on Monday, Jan. 8th, and I picked up one of these on Wednesday.

It's a Savage Mark II FSS rifle, stainless with synthetic stock. It's a .22LR bolt-action, with a 10-round magazine. A decent starter, I figure. Well worth the $300 I paid for it, as far as I'm concerned. I put a PoS scope on it for now, a Tasco 3-9x32mm I picked up at walmart for $65. This one, only in black. The rings it came with were hella cheap. So cheap I actually swapped them for the ones that came with my Crosman 4x32mm airgun scope, heh. I've had fun with it the week I've had it. Sunday morning I went out to the Nanaimo range with my cousin John to shoot my first metallic silhouette match, and that was a lot of fun. Was *so* cold though, only stayed for the first half.

1st round: 13/40

Chickens @ 40m: 6

Pigs @ 60m: 1

Turkeys @ 77m: 2

Rams @ 100m: 4

2nd round: 15/40

Chickens: 3

Pigs: 3

Turkeys: 3

Rams: 6

So, that wasn't too bad for my first time out, I guess. Going to go out to those monthly matches every time, I imagine. Be more fun when it's not so cold that you're freezing your ass off though, haha. Got some "fun shoot" at the Parksville range tomorrow morning, but I'm not sure what kind of shooting it is. We'll see in the morning I guess. Probably going to drive down to the Malahat range down near Victoria on Sunday for another silhouette match, got the bug now, haha.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

PAL and UFC 66

So after two and a half months of waiting my PAL is finally in the mail and I should get it within a couple weeks, phew! So now the search is on for what I want to buy, and I guess I gotta start saving pennies for it too. Heh.

Oh yeah, UFC 66 is on tonight. Watched that weigh-in show on Spike last night, and Tito looks scared of Chuck, even with all his usual tough talk. Tito seems to be a better fighter than he was before, but I don't think it'll be enough. I think Chuck's still going to beat him down. I think the only question is, will Tito cry again or not? Heh. Should be a good fight, and I imagine Chuck'll knock him out just like he did before. Hopefully there won't be another eye poke or something for Tito to blame it on.

Monday, November 20, 2006

What's wrong with Matt Hughes?

Here's a post I just made on the Matt Hughes forums. It's pretty much everything I was going to say about him here, so I might as well just paste it here as-is. If the link doesn't work, you know it's because they deleted it.

Update - haha, well, I don't know if it has been deleted or not, but I've been denied access to the forums, at any rate. Typical. Can't even go have an honest discussion about his antics in the octagon, because some moderator only wants brown-nosing on the forums, I guess...pathetic.

Update2 - ok, so here's some pics of the BJ Penn incident. They more or less speak for themselves.

ok, so in his second fight with BJ Penn, he fakes a thumb in the eye. You look at the replay frame by frame and it is quite clear that BJ's thumb, while on Matt's face, is below the cheek bone, nevermind the eye. But Matt put on a good act. Had Penn not sustained the injury/pull in his ribs he would have beat Matt anyway. He dominated that fight, and Matt lucked out with Penn hurting himself. Hughes was getting rocked left, right, and center, and he knew he was going to lose. Oh, you touched my face, I better act like you shoved your thumb into my brain through the eye socket. Couldn't believe it. Lost so much respect for him there.
Now, we come to his second fight with St. Pierre, and it only gets worse. St. Pierre lands an inside leg kick, which was *close* to being a groin shot, but not quite. Again, you watch the replay and it is clear that the most that happened would have been a slight tap on his cup. There was most definitely no groin shot. Hughes thinks about it for a good 2-3 seconds, and decides, hmm, that was kind of close, and I'm kind of rocked from getting punched in the face. Might be a good oppurtunity to pretend I got a nut-shot and get some free time to recover! And that's exactly what he does. And then they get started again, and a similar kick from St. Pierre sends Hughes into acting mode again! wtf! And once again the replay clearly shows that the most that happened was his cup was slightly grazed, definitely no nut-shot. But, there's Hughes, on the mat acting like a chump. He knew he was going to get knocked the #@!% out and was desperately trying to get some time to recover. What a fool. Oh well. St. Pierre was winning their first fight quite handily, until he made a slight mistake and left his arm out. Now this time he won, as he had more experience in the octagon, and didn't make a mistake similar to the one he made in their first meeting. Matt's got no chin, never has, and it was never more obvious than in this second St. Pierre fight. It was absolutely hilarious to see St. Pierre stuffing his takedown attempts and keeping it a stand-up fight. Poor Matt. Your time has passed. Good to see you remembered to put your tooth back in before you got interviewed! Good for you! You insecure little man. That always made me laugh, seeing you in that old UFC, desperately telling the people in your corner "get my tooth, get my tooth!" before your interview started. Oh no! Someone might see you with your tooth out! The world will end!!
I've got an extremely good feeling that this post will be deleted. It is, after all, my first post here, and it does nothing but bash Hughes. But hopefully it won't get deleted, and you can all discuss this horrendous issue of Hughes faking bad shots to get time to recover. I've lost all respect for him, completely. Such a shame. He used to be one of my favourites, in fact. But after these two fights and his absolutely shameful behaviour, I'm afraid I can do nothing but shake my head. He should be ashamed, and I'm glad someone finally followed through and beat him.
There have been so many close calls in his last bunch of fights, it has been quite clear for some time that he's been losing it, and other fighters are clearly better than him now. St. Pierre absolutely dominated him. BJ Penn did the same, and would have won were it not for his self-inflicted injury. He lucked out against Gracie, where Gracie was a bit too aggressive and left himself out in the open just long enough for Hughes to grasp. And he lucked out in the Riggs fight, getting that kimura. Just a mistake by Riggs, there. Had Riggs been a bit more careful I would say he would have easily knocked Hughes out.
Matt's got some tell-tale signs that I've noticed lately, tattling on himself when he's been hurt. Whenever someone lands a good shot that rocks him, he usually does one of two things. He jumps back away from the opponent a few steps, and does that stupid little back-and-forth arm swing that he always does, acting as if it was just a slight shot that just got his attention and he's just recomposing himself. That's when he's been hit with a good one. When someone really clocks him, and he's been rocked a bit, he'll jump back as usual, but he'll smile as though he's acknowledging that he got hit, but as if he's trying to say that it wasn't really much so you should be worried because you can't really hurt me. But it's always so obvious that he's been hurt, as when he does the smile routine he's usually a little wobbly on his legs for a few seconds. You can always see it in his face, he's been hurt. And the odd little smile just makes it more obvious.
So, go ahead, delete the post. Or, better still, debate all my points and opinions.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Piledriver ballistic coeffecient is pretty high

ok, these results aren't mine, but if they're typical and correct then it gives the Piledriver pellets a pretty high ballistic coeffecient.

Airgun Forum post with Piledriver chrony results.
820.2 ft/s avg of 5 shots
765.8 ft/s avg of 5 shots
41yd or 123ft
Uprange Chrono Distance = 2 ft
Uprange Projectile Velocity = 820.2 ft/s
Downrange Chrono Distance = 123 ft
Downrange Projectile Velocity = 765.8 ft/s
Calculated Ballistic Coefficient: ~0.0735 (~0.073)

For comparison, a .22 Crosman roundnose has a BC of 0.0166 or 0.019, according to the two sources I found. A .177 Crosman wadcutter has a BC of only 0.009! I imagine the .22 wadcutter would be even worse. Of course, those are wadcutters. Naturally you'd be using a roundnose for any shooting above 10m in distance. So the 0.0166/0.019 BC is a better comparison. No wonder the Piledriver pellets hold so much energy downrange, pretty high BC, that's for sure. Can't wait for the Condor purchase, hehe.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Piledriver shooting

So I went out back quickly with the 2240 and shot off some of the Piledrivers. Surprisingly they actually shot pretty well from that airgun. I thought they would have been a lot more anemic than they were. They needed a little push to load, a fair bit of resistance as it went into the bore. A regular pellet just goes straight in, no questions asked. But these suckers need a little encouragement, heh.

Here I was shooting from roughly 40m and I aimed at the top CD. The 14.3 grain Crosman hollow point hit that second CD, and the 30 grain Piledriver hit the third one. I believe I was at 20m when I was zeroing it a while back.

So, what's that, maybe 5-6" difference in point of impact? Not too shabby, considering the capability of that 2240 project that's still running on CO2. It's only about 6C out there, and it's raining, to boot! Here's the difference at 10m, only this time with a Crosman wadcutter and the piledriver. I aimed a bit off to the side because I couldn't remember whether I was zeroed at 10m or 20m, and I wanted to be sure to see each hole. You gotta click it to see it properly. Weird resizing eh?

So that hit about 6.5 grids lower. I forget what the grids are, but it's just a standard letter size piece of paper so it's not very much. Here's some pics of the Piledriver pellet after the 10m shot.

Piledriver pellets

yeah, my Piledriver pellets arrived today! Now I just need to save up for something that can actually make use of them, hahaha. Definitely Condor material, and I can't wait. I know the Slavia 631 and the Crosman 2240 project of mine will both be way too under-powered to make any use of them. But I figured I might as well get in on Randy's big order from the UK so I'll have some to use in the future when I do end up getting a Condor and something near that power level in .177 to shoot with. They sure are big pellets, that's for sure. The .177 is 21 grains, and the .22 is 30 grains. Compare that with a garden-variety .177 pellet of 7.9 grains and a .22 of 14.3 grains, and you can see how these won't fare too well in the non-PAL airguns, hehe. Sure will be nice once I venture into high-power PCP territory, though. Thanks, Randy! Now hopefully Specialty Shooting Sports or some other Canadian vendor will start carrying these in the near future. I won't need any for a little while, but it would be nice to know it won't be a huge hassle to get more in the future.

Monday, October 30, 2006

TSC Postal Match

ugh, so I just shot the Target Shooting Canada postal match for 60-shot 10m air rifle for October. Man, my scores for August and September were poor, but I just shot way less than those two months. Got a whopping 270, haha. My sights are out, but I was too lazy to zero it, so I just tried to adjust and shoot off-center to try to hit center. Obviously wasn't the best idea, hehe. But it was a little chilly out there, and I didn't feel like being out there forever trying to zero it and then shooting another 60 shots for the match. 270, sheesh! And I thought 315/317 was bad enough, haha.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Faulty switch

haha, ok, so there was no robbery. The wiring for the silent panic button, or the button/switch itself perhaps, was faulty and sent a false-alarm to the alarm company. And consequently a ton of cops zoomed down there to save the day. Needless to say the cook working out front was a little surprised to see a bunch of cop cars zoom into the parking lot and then come into the store, haha. So the switch/wiring were fixed today, and now the cops won't think we're just crying wolf if we actually need them, hehe. Phew!