I'm something of an instinctual shooter. I'm not sure what I mean by that. But I've been shooting for 30 years and have a "feel" for it. And I've been shooting enough in competition to know that it's really not helpful at all to be thinking too much when you shoot. When I think about everything too much, I don't do very well. I'm referring to shooting technique, not so much to stage analysis and planning. The past two weeks I've been reading a lot of shooting stuff in my spare time (look at my last post on this blog). And so when I shot the match on Saturday my mind was buzzing with all sorts of tips and advice from these books. Not good.
So what about the match? First the bad:
– My M&P is still acting up on me. Arrggghhh. On three stages I had a FTF on my reload. Maybe I really am inadvertently hitting the slide release before the mag is seated. Whatever it is, I've got to fix it. This probably costs me at least 6 seconds (meaning 1st place).
– I had some trouble with trigger freeze on close targets. It was cold, but I'm not sure that explains it. I normally can shoot close, hoser targets easily with .18 splits. I just wasn't pulling the trigger efficiently. Time for some Bill Drills.
– I started a reload with retention before I was behind cover. That cost me a procedural, adding 3 points to my score. Sometimes IDPA rules really torque me.
– I had no misses at all. Yay!
– My hit factor for the entire match was good (second best).
– My speed was acceptable (even with the trigger freezes and the funky reloads).
– I enjoyed the match! It's nice to have a bunch of shooters that are now all competing for the top spot. Guys are getting better and that just makes for a fun match.