This was the last USPSA match at Sparta for the season. They'll be back on line in March. That's a shame because these are some of the best matches in the St. Louis area. The Sparta range allows for near 180 degree shooting. The match directors always do a wonderful job of putting together very challenging, high-round count stages that are just a lot of fun. Today's match was no different. And the weather was perfect, one of the best days for shooting of the year—55 degrees and sunny. Can't beat that.
I had a fairly good match. I made a few mistakes, but overall I was pretty consistent. On the first array of targets on the first stage of the day I missed as I was pulling away to reload and move to the next shooting position. Dumb. I must continue to work on that. I thought I was. But I did it twice today. Arrggh! These were really the only two big mistakes I made. I could have been a little more accurate, fewer C's and more A's would always be good. But I was quick and had good stage plans for every stage.
Thankfully, I had no ammo or gun issues the entire match. My equipment worked flawlessly. Yay! The other issue I have to work on is faster reloads. I had maybe 3 or 4 squirrelly reloads in the match. By "squirrelly" I mean nervous, choppy reloads that took 2 seconds or so. But I can work on this in dry fire over the winter. This is something I need to get down pat so that I'm not worrying about it at a match. Definitely.
The classifier was CM88-09, which was a fairly easy classifier for me. It was essentially an el presidente with 6 targets. I'm pretty fast on these kinds of stages. The only problem was I had one of my subpar reloads on this stage. My score was 7.30 secs and 50 pts with a HF of 6.8493. For production shooters that's at the high end of the Master classification (84.995%). That will kick up my classification to A this next month, which is probably a good thing. I think.
The scores should be out tomorrow.