New personal record (PR)

Today was the first match of the year and first match with my new stock. Over the past weeks I’ve only been able to get a live fire practice about 3 times, including a match practice the day before.

In the last match before changing the stock I managed to shoot a new PR of 599.2, it gave me some worries that with a new stock I’d have to really learn how to shoot again, and over the 3 practices and some dry fire ones I seemed to have managed to adjust the stock to my liking.

I adjusted the sight cant, I adjusted the trigger position, I adjusted the trigger shoe angle, I adjusted the cheek piece and buttplate, my posture among other things.

All the small adjustments seemed to have made a good impact, as I shoot a new PR today with a score of 604.7, improving my old PR by 5.5 points, which landed me in 4th place overall.

PR-604-7

New stock – Tesro Evolution 10 Pro

Decided to go with the Tesro Evolution 10 Pro mainly due to it being at half the price of the going stocks for 1807 (1918 and Mec Mark I), I was a little worried and hesitant due to it being not used by any top shooter (that I was able to find atleast) also when I mentioned it to few shooters here I got the “who?”.

Ordered the stock from http://www.buinger.com/ GREAT service and great people. Took within 4 weeks to arrive from the German manufacturer, to Buinger and to me.

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Unboxed and waiting

The inletting they did for the Anschutz 54 round action is ambidextrous, so a right handed 54 could be dropped into the stock with out a problem also. Not sure if this is the case when ordering a right handed stock or of it’s the same with their Evo 20 stock.

inlet

Inlet

The forend is hollowed out with minor structural ribs to keep it solid and not flexing, also has went slots on the sides.

forend

Unboxed it and first impression was that it is a solid stock, looks great, and the laminated wood grip and cheekpiece look awesome.

Buttplate low position

Buttplate low position

Butt plate high position

Butt plate high position

Original buttplate position is very low and might be fine for 3 position when kneeling or standing but the buttplate guide can be inverted to get the buttplate up high enough for me when shooting in the prone position.

The cheekpiece is made ambidextrous and can be adjusted in multiple ways, tilt, offset, twist and height.

Right angle

Right angle

Left angle

Left angle

Adjusted forward

Adjusted forward

Adjusted rear

Adjusted rear

Belly of the beast

Belly of the beast

I brought the stock home and took the action out of the old stock and directly into the new one and took it to one of the clubs to try it out. I made some initial adjustments, took 5 shots made more adjustments, 5 shots and more adjustments.

After about 20-25 shots I may have it in a way I want it, only time will tell now.

Last 9 shots of the evening after adjusting the stock. Did not adjust the sights.

Last 9 shots of the evening after adjusting the stock. Did not adjust the sights.

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left

In conclusion I really like the stock, did not see many things that this one is has or doesn’t have that the big names have.

Things I would like to change: More grip options, adjustment end-stops similar to anschutz, buttplate guide able to directly accept other buttplates.

The original buttplate was just a tad too small and slippery for my taste and without the hook, it felt like it was slipping on my shoulder, so I used my machining skills and made some changes to my 4765 carrier bar and mounted it to the Tesro guide plate.

Slow start, new class.

Season has finally started, and with already three matches down. Missed the first but managed to compete in the other two.

Managed to shoot a “terrible” 584.8 due to my own mistakes and lack of practice. I made the decision not to let that happen again so I decided to try to do more on my technique.

This clearly payed off as I shot a new PR the week before and when I showed up for last practice before the match, shot a single round of 102.3 with an ugly drop on my last shot that landed in 9.4.

597.5 new PR

597.5 new PR

102.3

102.3

I shot a good 599.2 a new personal record which earned me a 6th overall and I managed to advance into first class. Bad news is that the next class is at 615 (MQS).

Final match of the season

I know I had already stated the last match had been held, but one outdoor match was held as the last match. It was a part of the national series but was also a warmup match for the GSSE 2015 which will be held in Iceland now in June.

Range setup was very nice.

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This was the first time using my new sights and I hadn’t even sighted them in properly when I showed up that morning. The night before there was a very short pre-match training, cut short due to contractors being ahead of schedule (that’s something new) and had to work on the range, but in the short pre-match training I managed to get the sights on target and used the sighting time to get them honed in.

We had a mild wind coming in from the north/north-east. It was shifting abit but nothing to worry about, or so I thought.

First series I shot 101.8, followed by 95.4, 101, 100.1 and 97.0 it was before my last series that I did not note the subtle change in wind. First shot landed high in the low 8, and due to my inexperience I didn’t blame the wind but blamed myself and it wasn’t until after 3 or 4 shots (landing high 8’s and low 9’s) I decided to adjust the sights, but I clicked them in too late and since I wasn’t used to them I clicked them too little to begin with. Last series ended in a dreadful 90.8, giving me a total of 586.1, still class 2 but barely. Total of 18 inner ten’s and only 1* in the last series.

1st Gudmundur Helgi 2nd Valur Richter 3rd Ivar Mar Valsson

1st Gudmundur Helgi
2nd Valur Richter
3rd Ivar Mar Valsson

New sights

This past week my new sights arrived.

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My initial impression of everything was good, it wasn’t until I actually mounted them is when I noticed a problem.

When I mount the sight directly to the receiver it mounts ok and doesn’t move, but when I mount it to the Centra Block8 it is loose, even with the mount on the sight tighten all the way down.

Already contacted the store, need to send them the Block8 back hope to get this fixed fast. So I haven’t been able to test the sights as of yet.

Last match of the season.

This past weekend was the last match of the season “national championship”.

I managed to land the second place in my class despite a low score.

On practices leading up to the last match I had been shooting a decent score 589, give or take 2 points. But on Friday, 2 days before, I somehow managed to get right into my correct position without even thinking too much about it and shot 596.2, which is 0.8 from the next class.

596.2

I was very optimistic about the match coming on Sunday, and after 10 minutes of sight in time I was on target with my shots and was hopeful that I would shoot a decent match.

Match started and I started off great with my first shot a 10.9, and after 5 shots I had 52.6 and 4 inner tens, and then I shot a dreadful 8.2, but managed to recover and shot 10.8, 10.0, 10.0 and 10.2 ending up at 101.8.

101-8

My next series was 98.9, I could feel the stress building up and I could see my pulse getting more and more with the movement of my barrel, next one was 96.9, at that point my arm was numb so I decided to stand up and get the blood flowing back into my hand and get back into a good position. Then disaster struck, and my nerves got the better of me and I began to start shooting bad groups and loosing too many shots into the low 9 and 8’s, 94.2 and 94.4, with no inner tens, and only 4 tens in total of those two series.

I knew I had to do something to get myself somehow into the game again, stood up, at this point I had just under 20 minutes left with 10 shots left. Tried to clear my head and calm my nerves. For the last 10 shots I managed to shoot a 98.1 with 4 inner tens but still shot two 8’s in that series. Not bad but far away from good, and too little too late, and even though it was low it, as mentioned before, still landed me the seconds place in class 2.

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With the official season over, many things have come clear and the great support and advice from other shooters have surely made this a fun season. With the summer around the corner and new sights already on their way, one can only hope that next season will start off the same or better than this one ended.

Gear upgrades

I had initially bought my rifle in September 2014 and with no knowledge or experience about the 50m prone shooting discipline I bought a very basic handstop and settled for the sights it came with.

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This handstop has a very low profile, which for some might be good but for me, it was killing my hand everytime I was shooting, which would not help my score in the long run. After discussing and trying other handstops from other shooters I decided that I should get myself a new handstop, the Centra/MEC handstop was the one I decided on after trying it on a 1913/1918L and reading reviews about it. I could not find anyone that had anything bad to say about it.

I’ve already shot with it at practices a few times now and I must say that my supporting hand/palm is not as tired as it used to be.

Other equipment

I had been debating with myself about replacing the wood stock I have with an anschutz 1918L, MEC Mark1 or even the Tesro evolution 20, but after a good discussion I decided to wait and focus rather on getting new and much improved sights. so on order is a complete rear and front sights from Centra. Centra Spy, Centra Iris, Centra duplex, Centra duo-vario and Centra riser-block. Unfortunately those will not arrive in time for the last indoor match of the season.

That will just give me a chance to train in the off season with them and learn how to use them so I can come through on my New Year resolution, which is 605

Mistakes were made

After being extremely satisfied about qualifying up to class 3 I tried to see what I could do to adjust my shooting in order to tighten up my groups. Changed my stance, adjusted my angle among other things.

Most of my practices were shooting in and around 575, not close to the 589.2 I shot just 4 weeks before.

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Fourth match

With my fourth match coming up last weekend of January I was fairly confident I’d shoot at a decent level, having had about 5 weeks to practice, but to my demise I shot a devastating 568.6

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I truly wasn’t happy with this score, even though it was within my class, I still felt it was worse than I should have been able to shoot. so I decided to try and analyze what had gone wrong. Even though I had a hold on 10 and tried to be consistent with my shot release, something was happening. Only after searching online I found something that made sense when I thought about it in hindsight.

low-left

 

Given the fact I’m a lefty, “low right” would be correct for me, and as I mentioned in hindsight I do remember pushing the stock, ie. driving the stock forward and down.

This was fortunately a good learning point for me and I have been able to not do it since.

Advancing

Second match

With just a small amount of practice and tips from local guys, including the current record holder I was able to go from 517.3 to 559 within a month. Still have a lot of ways to go.

First thing they helped me with was correct sling placement and propper body placement, including how to have the support arm.

After second match

After the my second match I searched and searched online for various information regarding advises on stance, breathing techniques, shot placement and equipment upgrades.

A good source I found was http://www.smallborerifle.co.uk/ they show in details the ideal prone position, breathing, aiming and trigger control.

Equipment change

After searching for upgrades, the most common upgrades I found were a bubble level for the front sight in order to keep the same tilt all the time, and a bloop tube to extend the sight radius.

Decided to bite the bullet, so to speak, and ordered both from Champion’s Choice.

http://www.champchoice.com/store/Main.aspx?p=ItemDetailOptions&item=ET10
http://www.champchoice.com/store/Main.aspx?p=ItemDetailOptions&item=M750
http://www.champchoice.com/store/Main.aspx?p=ItemDetailOptions&item=001073

Third match

With practices leading up to my third match I was shooting anywhere between 562 and 580. Class upgrade from 0 and into class 3 is 565 so I was semi hopeful that I might be able to qualify into class 3.

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Imagine my surprise when the match was over and I had scored a 589.2 and thus qualified up to class 3. 589.2 would have actually qualified me for class 2, too bad you can only upgrade one class at a time.

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Getting into 50m prone free rifle

About a year ago I started thinking about looking at getting a left handed rifle in order to start competing in 50m prone. Last summer I found a left handed Anschutz 1807 in Denmark.

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Picked up the rifle, which was in fairly good condition, and while on my way to the airport in Billund I stopped by at skyttebutik.dk and picked up an Anschutz shooting jacket, basic handstop and a left handed sling.

Showed up for my first competition in October without even having tried it in 50m prone.

Placed last with a score of 517.3 Not bad, given the fact I had not shot it in prone before and my equipment was not even remotely setup correctly. Over the next couple of months and with help from people in my shooting club giving me tips I’ve managed to shoot up two classes and I am now shooting pretty steady around 590.

Mistakes made in the beginning

First thing I did wrong was I had my sling way too low on my arm and way to loose, which meant that instead of having the sling do it’s job I was holding the rifle up with my supporting arm. which caused all of my shot to land high right.

Second, I had my cheek piece too low, so instead of resting my cheek on the cheek piece I was actually propping my head too much up from the stock.