METALMAN attended and took pics, I was too busy shooting and loading mags. I don't have the energy for a full review right now but really badly want to post one. I will say this:
I am completely exhausted. I haven't been this tired in a long, long time. When I was young, I had sex with a high school girl from 9:30pm until the sun came up the next day, and I think I'm actually more tired than that right now. Ok maybe not, but its comparable at least. No joke. I fired about 450 rounds of .45acp through my Operator, about 100 rounds through my P226, and about 100 rounds through ScottMO's Glock 17L. Last night I had a difficult time getting to sleep because my arms hurt so badly. By the end of the class I was so fatigued that I was having difficulty racking the slide on my 1911. Why? Well here's just one of many reasons: At the beginning of the class we paired into "buddy teams" and you would load mags for your shooting buddy and sneak at least one, but usually two or three and sometimes as many as five dummy rounds into each mag randomly, to force your buddy to do malfunction clearances during the drills. Sometimes we would be a bastard and put in 3 dummy rounds in a row, forcing 3 failure drills before the gun found a live round. Then if the shooting buddy flinched after doing all that and the shot went wide, we would call them on it and tell the instructors. We continued doing this through the entire weekend.
So, lets do some quick math. I was using 8 round Wilson mags in the MC Operator. Lets say SUB_MG, my shooting buddy, slips in an average of 2 dummy rounds per mag, leaving me with an average of 6 rounds per mag. If I shot 450 rounds through the 1911, 450 divided by 5 live rounds per mag equals exactly 75 mag changes, assuming I emptied each mag and was doing emergency mag changes only. In reality we had alot more mag changes because we were employing tactical mag changes as well, so lets call it 100 mag changes. If I went through 75 magazines and there were an average of two dummies in each mag, that's 150 malfunction clearance drills accomplished due to the dummy rounds. There were also real malfunctions to contend with, sometimes nasty ones. I'd say I also did at least 50 holster draws including the really difficult "your primary arm has been shot and is useless, so draw, fire and reload with your weak hand only" drills, which yes, we did completely live fire and using retention type holsters. Pretty cool to see the guys with SERPA drop-leg holsters having to use their left hand only to draw their pistols. Those numbers are just estimating off the time spent with my 1911, that doesn't include the other 200 rounds fired by the two 9mms and all their failure drills and holster work and such.
I want to write a frigging book about night shooting. Right now all I will say is, I've been one of the people who bought into the Surefire propaganda about temporarily blinding an opponent with a light. Well, they taped a cheap tac light to the head of an IPSC target, turned it on, and on command I had to turn around, open my eyes, draw and double tap the target in the center of its chest at a range of only 5 yards or so. If what Surefire puts in their magazines is true there should have been no way I could safely even do the drill, but in reality I was able to centerpunch the target in a fraction of a second. I no longer believe that the flashlight gives you more than a fraction of a second tactical advantage, and I do believe it will give away your position unless you move and fire after you find your target. This means very briefly shining the light to identify your target, then moving to a new location and firing at your target with the light turned OFF in just a fraction of a second. A very difficult technique, but amazingly, even in near total darkness our shot groups only opened up a little bit. The tac light is just a tool and MUST be used properly to gain an advantage. And Surefire is FOS.
By the end of the second day of shooting, the pistols were muddy, fouled with powder everywhere, and totally devoid of oil. Pretty much every gun there failed, geniunely as opposed to with dummy rounds, by the time we got to the final evolutions this afternoon. The G17L experienced multiple double-feed failures with LIVE ammo requiring the "rip drill" to clear (which is totally second nature by now!!! Yay!!!), and my beloved Springfield MC Operator has totally ceased to lock the slide back on the last round. The slide stop has worn a ramp into the slide itself and the slide just will not lock back even if you manually push the slide stop up with your thumb. I'm going to call Springfield customer service about it first thing tomorrow.
Right now, its 9:50pm and I'm going to BED. Safe in the knowledge that I am VERY capable of repeatedly center punching three 10 inch square targets while constantly moving in a figure 8 pattern around 4 folding chairs spaced 10 yards away from those targets, while reloading and clearing weapon malfunctions and never ever losing my balance or stopping my feet.
Well, tomorrow I'm sure I'll be capable of all that again. Right now I can hardly lift my arms.