It's been a while since I posted anything. I've just been busy with all sorts of real-life matters—work, family, etc.—the stuff that always seems to get in the way of shooting. Sigh. So here's a summary of what has happened since the middle of April.
After my class with Ben Stoeger, April 12-13, I immediately switched from Production to Single Stack. My dry- and live-fire practice was dedicated to preparing for the SS Nationals on May 1st. I actually enjoyed the change. And I rediscovered my appreciation for my STI Sentry. It's very accurate and reliable. I had no troubles with it at the two matches I shot—a club match at Sparta and the Single Stack Nationals match at PASA park. I didn't do that well at the Nationals match, but I will definitely be back next year. My rounds didn't make major power factor at the chronograph stage. My PF was 164.9, so I got bumped to minor scoring. That didn't help.
In May I helped run the MO State IDPA Championship at ARPC. Shooting this match is always a challenge because the Match Directors and Safety Officers shoot on Friday morning and run through all the stages rather quickly—10 stages in less that 3 hours. It's not always easy to keep your head in the game when things are moving that quickly. I was doing okay throughout most of the morning until my second-to-last stage (Stage #2). I had a rare death jam in my M&P after inserting my reload magazine. It took me at least 30 seconds to clear that malfunction. That cost me the match. Even without that problem I honestly don't think I would have beat Stephen Lutmann in SSP. I just wasn't shooting that well. But I would have come a lot closer without that jam.