Monday, April 23, 2012

The Good, the Bad, and the Ridiculous

It's been almost a week since I've posted anything.  Last weekend (April 13-14) I was busy with church meetings and not able to shoot our IDPA club match on Saturday.  And then I was pretty sick the entire week.  I did get out for a little practice on Friday.  But yesterday I shot in the USPSA match in Sparta, Illinois.

First, the ridiculous.  The classifier stage at the match yesterday was "Raw Deal" (CM 99-33).  Nothing tricky, just shooting fast and accurate from a stationary position at relatively close targets.  I'm pretty good at that.  I got all Alphas (60 pts) and shot it in 6.93 secs.  My hit factor (8.6580) landed me in GM territory for that particular classifier (96%)!  Look, mom, I'm a Grand Master!  That's ridiculous. This is only the third classifier stage I've shot in USPSA.  I need three more to be classified.  This one will obviously kick up my percentage.

Second, the bad.  Once again, the first stage of the day was a disaster.  This time because I was first up and didn't know it.  The squad was a bit disorganized.  I didn't do a very careful walk through before the start and I ended up blowing by a target and not engaging it at all.  Two mikes in production division on one stage is not good.  That screw up pretty much meant the match was gonna be a fun match, and it was.

Third, the good.  I had problems on another stage, too, but mostly I did okay overall, even with 5 mikes!  I think I'm getting the hang of doing productive walk-throughs in USPSA.  I really love the Sparta range.  They are able to create some very interesting stages because you can shoot 180 degrees side to side on all the bays.

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