I shot the USPSA Open match at Sparta, IL, this Saturday (Sept. 29). Here's a short video of a few stages.
Now for a little match review. I'll start with the bad and end with the good. Stage #5 was the first stage I shot. And I was the first shooter. I ran the gun dry shooting the steel because I missed one shot. That shouldn't have mattered too much. But when I reloaded I must have accidentally thumbed the slide release so that it slid forward before the magazine was fully seated. A round did not chamber. That's why the gun didn't go bang when I pulled the trigger. There went two seconds or more. Sigh. But worse than that, I let it get to me and got mad, pulling the trigger way too fast on that last array. These were easy 10-yard shots. But I hit a non-shoot and racked up 20 penalty points. I've got to control myself after a simple glitch like this and not let it affect my shooting on the rest of the stage. Fortunately, I had no other "gun problems" the rest of the match.
Besides this miss on the first stage of the day, I had two other mikes. Both of them happened on the last target in an array. I'm pulling the gun away to reload and move on too quickly. I need to follow through on that last shot.
Not counting the three stages where I had mikes, I had some pretty good runs on most stages. I tried to run through my plan at least a dozen times in my head before I shot. But when I shoot first in the squad I have a harder time keeping to my plan. I shot first on two stages (because our squad only had six guys in it) and made mental errors on both. The worst mental mistake was bringing up a new mag to the gun after only firing 4 shots. I just tossed the new mag and kept shooting. But it cost me 3 seconds or so.
I was much more comfortable shooting this match than I was at the Illinois Sectional. This could be because I was squadded with 2 Grand Master Production shooters at the Sectional. In addition, the Sectional was my first major USPSA match. Until then I had only shot 6-stage club matches. So much of USPSA shooting is about smart shooting. I believe my mental game is getting better. That's good news.
The results can be found here. The combined results here.