Here are some pretty spectacular photos I managed to take during the European Handgun Championship 2016 (IPSC) that only recently finished in Hungary.

Rolf Lönn started shooting 1979 and has won both the Swedish and the Nordic Championships in IPSC Senior and Super Senior category.

He’s using a 3N37 8,4 grain load with PF 174.  The pistol is an STI Match Master 9 mm.

Once upon a time he used to run a 9×25 mm, so he could very well be the starter of Global Warming.


This is my friend Rolf. Rolf likes bakery. And flames. Be like Rolf.


I guess it’s a miracle that the C More sight doesn’t melt.

On this match white targets were scoring and red no shoots (don’t ask). Steel was yellow.

At least until it started raining, and rained it did.


Above: note the hammer falling.


Due to some tolerance problems with the Geco cases Rolf had a lot of problems with jams, so unfortunately he lost a lot of points.

As you can see on the picture below, the flame is going out sideways indicating a jam.



  • JustAHologram

    Does it double as a lighter?

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      “Warning: Light away from face.”

  • Vhyrus

    Welp, time to replace that sight.

  • Richard

    Dam, that’s really cool

  • Rey Mariano

    tell him Starline brass is much more reliable:-)

    • Marc

      You can buy once-fired brass for a fraction of the cost of new brass. Geco is commonly found once fired and usually pretty good, never had the slightest problem with it.

  • Jerrydgeek

    I assume he’s competing in “Open Flame” Division?

  • iksnilol

    Man, his ammo has crappy trajectory. Just look at the last picture and you can see how the tracer has already started dropping immediately after exiting the muzzle.

    • Martin Grønsdal

      it is just burning gunpowder that flies out of the barrel

      • Peter Balzer

        Don’t fall for interweb trolls, Martin 🙂

        • Martin Grønsdal

          I am sitting.

          • Xtorin O’hern

            dude, its Iksnilol, he knows what it is and he is just trolling

          • Martin Grønsdal

            Look, he is Bosnian. There, as in the rest of Africa, they use spears. He knows nothing of gunpowder.

          • iksnilol

            Excuse me?

            We’ve evolved past primitive spears… we use slings… to chuck those aforementioned spears.

          • Martin Grønsdal

            ok, my African friend

          • iksnilol

            I prefer the term exo-native American-African. 😀 😉

          • Martin Grønsdal

            my Serbian friend….

          • iksnilol
          • Dougscamo

            Aha! Not Norwegian by birth……!

          • iksnilol

            And proud of that! 😛

          • Dougscamo

            Heard of you….Man without a country….

      • iksnilol

        Nah, he said he had ammo problems, this is obviously one of them.

    • DanGoodShot

      If you look closer it actually split in two! :-0

  • Dougscamo

    Help me out here guys….who makes the PF174 powder? And as an aside…does PF stand for Pistol Flame?….

    • M1911

      PF174 means that he loaded his ammunition to reach 174 Power Factor. He is shooting 9mm Major. It is a much, much hotter load than typical 9mm, way above SAAMI pressures.

      He is using 8.4 gr of 3N37 powder. 3N37 is made by VihtaVuori. 8.4 gr is probably a compressed load.

      • Dougscamo

        Thanks for clearing that up for me….not familiar with this type of designation….I going back to my rocker now….

      • JustAHologram

        Just as a relative ballpark would you say it’s more in line with +P or +P+?

        • M1911

          No, you don’t understand 9mm Major. It is way, way, way above +P+. Brass used for 9mm major is only used once. Only custom 1911 guns (from STI and SVI) that are specifically designed for it would survive 9mm Major.

          No factory 9mm Parabellum ammunition is anywhere close in power to 9mm Major. 9mm Major is similar in Power Factor to 45 acp.

          • Dougscamo

            Okay, a football team scoring and the fans cheering on tv woke me up….so a Power Factor of this type would be comparable to a 147 grain bullet traveling at 1183 fps? Or a 115 grain bullet traveling at 1513 fps….Correct? Or is some other weight of bullet used? I gladly admit my ignorance of this type of shooting. How long will the frame withstand this type of punishment….in number of rounds that is?

          • M1911

            I think that USPSA open shooters typically use 115 or 124 gr bullets.

            The frames on those custom guns will last a very long time. They are built to handle it.

          • JustAHologram

            At the risk of sounding stupid, why not just go for something like 9x25mm Dillon, 9x25mm Super Auto G or 9x23mm Winchester where you could reload a few times and cut down costs a bit?

          • M1911

            9×19 brass is cheaper and during a match you often can’t recover your brass. Also, lots of other shooters are shooting 9mm Major, so gunsmiths know how to build the guns and lots of folks in the community can share reloading data.

          • JustAHologram

            Couldn’t you just use the same loading in either 9×25 both of which are just a barrel change away for a 10mm pistol? And wouldn’t the brass cost be offset by the fact that it’s single use instead of getting a few loadings out of it?

          • M1911

            Locally, I know of one open shooter who uses 9×21. But he is the exception. I’ve never heard of any of them using 9×25.

            The other main caliber used by open shooters is 38 SuperComp. It is said to feed better than 9mm Major but the brass is more expensive.

          • JustAHologram

            Well .38 super comp and 9×23 win are both variations on .38 super to make it more reliable by doing away with the rim.

          • Nebelwerfer

            Nobody uses 9×25 any more. It’s too loud for indoor use (many of the
            old-timers who shot 9×25 are suffering from quite serious tinitus), 10mm
            brass is expensive and hard to find many places, it’s complete overkill
            now that the power factor for Major scoring is 160, and you get lower
            magazine capacity than with 9mm Major. And all major matches are “lost
            brass” matches, so you won’t get access to the stage to pick up your brass
            after shooting.

  • DIR911911 .

    all I see is wasted energy that could have made that bullet faster or would blind you at night . . . did I mention that I’m old, haha

    • Dougscamo

      Kinda agree….except my take is a waste of powder….so kind of in line with what you are saying….and I’m a Get Off My Lawn kind of guy as well…

      • DIR911911 .

        every once in a while it’s fun to fulfill a stereotype

        • Dougscamo

          Agree…kind of revel in it actually….

    • iksnilol

      Well, the powder isn’t entirely wasted, it helps reduce the recoil even more when vented through the comp.

  • Bob

    Looking at the thumbnail I could not figure out what the heck was going on with the flames going up… Oh, did I mention I only have one firearms with a muzzle brake and it is more of a flash suppressor?

  • Gus Butts

    From the top photo with the hammer of the pistol in motion I thought he was using some sort of pimped out Zastava M57 (can’t use 7.62x25mm Tokarev TT-33s in IPSC). I’m kind of disappointed.

  • DanGoodShot

    When did STI start making flame throwers?

  • Gary Kirk

    “A twisted fiire staughta”

  • gusto

    I don’t get why this is a form of competition

    with muzzlebrakes as this recoil is next to nothing, so recoil mitigation and getting back on target quickly is not a factor anymore

    so why not just shoot 22lr?

    • Nebelwerfer

      The 4 other IPSC divisions don’t allow comps or optics. Open div is all about speed; shoot prod, standard, classic or revolver if you don’t like it.

      • gusto

        yes I know I have ran a few courses and shot an open gun

        but you take the difficult stuff out

        other sports works the other way around, the more elite comps are harder

        I get tuning your gun for accuracy, using scopes, easier to reload quickly etc

        but what is the point of having the calibers be 9mm and up when it is no difference firing that or something without recoil in itself?

        It is like bowling with a bowl twice the size