Competition Video

Yet Another Match with a Double Feed

One double feed in three matches out of ten with the same P229. Maybe it's not just me? But I really don't want to break up with this Sig.

I’ve shot ten matches with the Sig Sauer P229 Legion. Out of those I’ve had a single double feed in three different matches. While I still think every single one of those can be traced to something I did, or failed to do, while operating it, I’m starting to think maybe this gun and I aren’t a perfect match. Maybe I should give Sig Sauer a call and see what they suggest.

DateOctober 26, 2019
Match TypeLocal IDPA Match
Class / DivisionStandard Service Pistol (SSP) / Unclassified (UN)
RangeAustin Rifle Club
HostTexas Tactical
GunSig Sauer P229 Legion
Ammo9mm 115 Grain FMJ Federal American Eagle
StandingOverall: 29 out of 32
Division: 10 out of 13
Division & Class: 6 out of 9

I’m not sure how I feel about this match. Even if I take out the double feed malfunction out of the equation, my performance was below average. I know I moved slower than I am capable of. Perhaps it was the colder weather agitating the arthritis. Or maybe, I just wasn’t in it to win it today. Most likely it’s me being distracted by the upcoming deer season.

Looking back at my scores, I knew my points down had been trending upwards the past few matches. As such, I did make a conscious effort to focus on what I think are the three most important fundamentals – grip, sights (alignment and picture), and trigger press. This focus did result in my total points down taking a nose dive and ended up being one of my best matches in terms of points down.

Overall, I the data and my feelings indicate I’m starting to plateau. Which means, maybe it’s time to take another training class and learn a few new dry and live fire drills to practice. Speaking of which, Mike Hogan from Shoot Logic, LLC pointed me to check out Tim Elmer’s YouTube channel which contains some videos with interesting dry practice drills and tips to try.

Update: I’ve been asked if I suspect the double feeds maybe related to a magazine issue and I think it may very well be the case. I don’t recall which magazine was loaded into the pistol when I encountered the previous double feed malfunctions. However, this time around I know it was magazine #5. I’ll be paying more attention to that magazine during future matches. Although, I’m not sure what role a magazine may play with double feeds.

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