Monday, June 17, 2013

USPSA Area 5 Match Review

Just a quick Monday morning match review.  This was only my second major USPSA match, and my first level III match.  Keeping that in mind helps me ratchet down my frustration level.  Yes, I want to do really well at these matches.  But I'm still getting comfortable with how these matches work and what is required of the shooter.

For example, our squad shot on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.  Six of us who drove up to PASA Park from St. Louis arrived about 10:30 Saturday morning to check out the stages we would shoot in the afternoon.  We were able to take our time walking through 7 stages and sketching out stage plans.  That worked pretty well for me.  There was one complicated stage on Saturday that I screwed up, but it wasn't because I didn't have a workable stage plan.

But I didn't take the time Saturday evening after we shot the first half of the match to walk through the second half of the stages.  That was a huge mistake.  I did fairly well on half of the Sunday stages.  The ones I screwed up on were the long field courses.  The five minutes they give you to walk the stage after the stage briefing is not nearly enough time to formulate an efficient workable plan.  On three of these stages I changed my stage plan 3 or 4 times before I came to the line and shot.  On one of them I changed it right before the buzzer went off.  Not good.  Stupid, actually.  If you are not confident about the stage plan, you cannot concentrate on shooting accurately and moving efficiently.  That's a recipe for a meltdown.  Lesson learned: at every major match take the time to walk the stages sometime before the stage briefing.

I did well enough on half of the stages in this match to know that I could have been very competitive had I been consistent.  So I know I can do it.  It's just a matter of will and practice.

The only other thing I'm going say about this match is this: one word—ACCURACY.  I need to work on it big time.

So here are the only two videos of me recorded. The first is Stage #13. I melted down on this one.  This is one of the Sunday afternoon stages that I changed my plan way too many times before I shot.  I had no confidence when I went up to the line and it affected my shooting.  I hate those hearts. And the pink walls. Hate.

The other video is of Stage # 7.  I shot that one pretty well (5th in Production).

Well, I say I shot that one pretty well, but. . .  I was too flat footed, didn't keep my gun up high enough when I was moving, and my reloads were slow as molasses.  I coulda done gooder.

Just for the record here are the results.  And just so I can stay positive about the match here are the stages I did fairly well on:

Stage #2, Stage #4, Stage #5, Stage #7, and Stage #14.


  1. Find a video of Greyson Lee shooting stage 7. You'll see how he glides through that middle array to your stutter step. (step, stop, step, stop)...

    That's got to be worth some time there.

    It's one of those things I think I for one know I need to practice, the shooting at a target while moving side to side. It's just not comfortable for me, and it comes up so much at matches like this and at Sparta.

    Maybe at a trigger time? :)

  2. Yeah, I've got a stutter step. But I'm an old man! I've got 42 years and 150 lbs on Greyson. He slides like butter.

  3. Constructive criticism and I'm agreeing with you here. You choked on more than a few this match. Why? Why were you unable to keep your stage performances up to a standard? You are an accurate shooter. So why are you taking shots at the target when you obviously aren't seeing the correct sight picture. It's fun to practice speed shooting. What you need to do is spend more your time forcing the accuracy. Be Ben Stoeger, pick any percentage (20% for example) and when you do drills accept no less than all As on 1/5th of the runs. or something like that...