Friday, March 22, 2013

March 16 Sparta USPSA Match Review

Just a few comments on the first USPSA match of the season at Sparta, IL.  I haven't shot a USPSA match in 4 months.  The matches at ARPC are on Sundays, which are obviously out for me.

I thought I did pretty well, but came away with some things to work on.

- work on smooth, fast reloads when moving from a position
- work on shooting steel from awkward positions
- keep working on stage analysis and efficient stage plans

The last stage we shot (#1) was a somewhat complicated arrangement that required a good, memorized plan.  I thought I did okay, but scored a mike on a paper target in the middle of the stage.  Turns out that I didn't really miss it.  A couple of friends watching saw that I just didn't engage it a second time.  There were a series of steel, paper, steel, paper, etc. targets.  I just forgot to put two on one of the paper targets.  That's actually good news.  It was a mental mistaken, not an accuracy problem.

Overall, my speed was good and my accuracy was okay.  Always work on accuracy!

For the records, here's the data:

Production Overall
Stage Details

And my friend Ken's helpful analysis.

Monday, March 11, 2013

March 10 - IDPA Match Review

Spring is here!  Let the shooting season begin.  The last time I had any live fire was at the February 9th IDPA match at ARPC.  I did a lot of dry firing over the past 4 weeks.

So we had our first IDPA match of the Spring season on Saturday.  Even though it was raining and cold we had 85 shooters turn out.   With six stages this made for large squads and a longer-than-usual match (from 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM).

I was pleased but not satisfied with my performance on every stage but one.  Stage #2 was a complete disaster.  It was raining. I was distracted.  I shot the stage well up until the reload.  Then I dropped my magazine USPSA style (all my dry-fire practice is USPSA style).  Then I tried to retrieve it and reinsert it back into the pistol (what in the world was I thinking?).  When the mag hit the ground it jostled the remaining rounds and so when I tried to seat the mag back into the gun it jammed.  The whole fiasco cost me about 10 seconds at least.  Then I was so pissed that I drilled a non-threat on my last target.  Those 15 match points lost the match for me.  If I would have simply posted half-way decent score on this stage, I would have won.

A couple of lessons: 1) I designed stage #2 so I thought I didn't need to think through it carefully before shooting. Wrong.  2) Because my dry-fire practice is USPSA oriented, I need to constantly remind myself at IDPA matches that I am at an IDPA match.  Duh.  3) Don't get pissed off and make things even worse after you make a mental mistake.

There's some really good competition at the top these days at our Arnold IDPA matches.  That's great to see.  Keeps us all on our toes.  Here are the match results.

We also had some interesting stages this month. Well, we always do, but this month this one was the coolest:

Watching that match reminds me that I had problems again with reloads.  I'm still working on that.  I think I've isolated it now to the HP rounds I'm using.