I haven't been posting much of anything because all I've been doing lately is practicing regularly--dry fire every day or so and live fire twice a week. I haven't shot a match since the June Area 5 championship. I've been out of town or otherwise unable to attend any.
Yesterday I shot the ARPC IDPA monthly club match. I was the match director for the day, so I got to pick the stages and oversee the match as a whole. Sometimes that makes for an unproductive shooting experience because of the distraction, but not yesterday. I spent 6:30-8:30 setting up stages and running around making sure things were on schedule. I was soaking wet from sweat by the time the match actually started. But it didn't seem to hurt my performance. I shot well.
First, what I did right. Well, I deliberately slowed down enough to get about 96% of the points. I was 20 points down for the whole match. I didn't have a single -3 (D) on a target. I did have one mike on a fast drop-turner. But my excuse is going to be that it was the second target I engaged on my first stage of the match. After that, it was smooth sailing. I slowed down enough to get my hits and still came out with a fast raw time.
We had a standards stage with 30-yard prone shots and I aced it. I believe that the bullets I am now using (Berry's 124gr RN) are much more accurate than the ones I used last year (Berry's 124 HP). Anyway, this confirms to me that if I am having accuracy problems, it's not the gun but me.
The only screw up I had was on Stage #5 (the one I designed!). It was a pick-up start with an empty gun and mags on the table. At the signal I stowed a magazine, loaded a magazine in my gun, and forgot to chamber a round. Put my sights on target. Pulled the trigger. Click. Duh. That cost me a couple of seconds on the stage. That was the only stage I didn't ace.
Here are all six stages. The full results can be found here. And this is Ken R's USPSA-style analysis.