Summary of 3 days straight of live fire and a practice match prior to tomorrows USPSA match.
Although I made some progress in my individual live fire practice, my best results came from today's practice match hosted by our club production master. It was an awesome session and if you are in Texas look-up "North Texas Lead Farmers" as they host an awesome match!
The stage we shot was 11 targets (22 shots), 85% of the targets were 6" steel rounds, 2 tombstone steel targets that was the size of the alpha/charlie sections, a USPSA steel head/alpha/charlie steel target, and a nasty thin steel target that was 1/4 the size of the USPSA steel head/alpha/charlie sections. The last time I had formal training was when I attended MFCEO's class 2 years ago back in NC. Here's the results I recorded today:
- First cold run, no coaching, was 32.8 with a 3.48 HF - 3rd out of 4 CO shooters for this stage and 7 out of 16 in the overall
- Second run same stage, coaching: get faster on targets and use 2 reloads rather than 3 = 31.37 with a 3.7 HF - 1st out of 4 in CO and 5 out of 16 overall
- Third run same stage, coaching: don't charge into positions - glide in, set your feet so its easy to exit toward next position plus coaching listed above in second run = 29.07 with a 3.78 HF - 2nd our of 4 in CO and 8 out of 16 overall
- Fourth run same stage, coaching: prep the trigger, engage bigger/closer targets first, shoot out of positions into next, hustle into the next position, plus coaching above - 25.92 with a 4.24 HF - 2nd out of 4 in CO and 3rd out of 16 overall
When I decided I was going to crack the shot as soon as I had a got dot on target, that's when I recorded my best results which was on the fourth stage. I could see how all the little things were coming together to consistently shave time across the stage.
I'll report results of tomorrow match later in the evening. All that said, this was eye opening and I'll be changing my practice routines as a result of what I learned today.