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.