Monday, June 2, 2014

The Month of May

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.

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