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#1 Beef

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 01:49 PM

I started shooting USPSA in Aug '16. Started in Production classified C, shot Limited major for a couple months classed C, went back to Pro % has crawled up but still C, got bored and frustrated switched to CO in October unclassified not looking good, but matches my abysmal match performance usually landing somewhere around mid pack 45-55% of high overall. Last couple matches had some major ammo related jams and a badly botched unloaded start or I may have actually broken out of that area a little. Got a hundo so the ammo situation should be squared.

 

I shoot about 75% of points available and 70% As, most of the points down and non A hits I'd venture are on classifiers and stages heavy with hard cover and no shoots. With the dot I'm generally shooting as many or more points than the division stage winner, I didn't pay attention to this before.

 

Practice mostly consists of dry fire I try for 20/30 minutes 5 nights a week, mostly using Ben's book, or I might set up small stages. With production gear I thought I was doing pretty good meeting the par times on draw, reload, transitions, and other stuff, I think I was lying to myself about "hits", when I switched to the dot I was about 0.2s over on most of them but sure A "hits", I've whittled many of the fundamentals to the par beep. I live fire practice once a week if I don't shoot a match, it's been pretty unstructured, but I'm working on that.

 

What I've realized, I'm fuckin slow obviously, I used to think it was just my movement position to position cause that's what observers told me, shitty classifiers should have been a clue this wasn't the only area. I do know that is a partial cause as I will sometimes literally pause and think what next before leaving a position, seems to be happening less lately as I have really been trying to burn in stage plans and not change them last after the walk thru period.

 

The other day I clearly demonstrated to myself I  was slow at every damn thing in a live fire practice. My range has a plate rack, I'm lazy, cheap, and forgetful so a lot of my live fire involves it. 

 

10yd draw to an 8" plate or lower A is at best 1.40s usually in the 1.5-.6 range. Not sure why my live fire draw is almost a second longer than dry fire.

 

I do a reload drill on the rack of two plates, reload, two plates, reload, two and the reloads shot to shot are 2.34-2.8 with no real consistency, best I can find in my notes was 2.13, shitty but probably not a place to put mass effort? I really only started hitting them in dry fire after not fully seating a mag on an unloaded start murdered a stage.

 

Just running the rack L-R I'm 0.8 slower than a time I found for Rob L. I'm @ 3.33 with a 1.56 draw and feeling almost out of control transitioning, guessing a massive amount of that difference is in the draw.

 

If you read this drivel this far then I'm all ears for advice, I don't know if I'll update this with any frequency or not.


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 04:18 PM

You practice quite a lot... are you pushing the speed at all when dry?

Post some video.


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 04:25 PM

That's got to be a typo, right? You only shoot 75% of the points?



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 08:03 PM

You practice quite a lot... are you pushing the speed at all when dry?

Post some video.

 

To be totally honest it's a bit sporadic, like go at with that frequency for a couple months then say fuck it for a week or three, only started dry firing in maybe June or July, felt like there was some immediate improvement then nothing. I try to push speed in dry fire, but a lot of times I see the sights getting real sloppy and pull it back. I'll see if I can get someone to video the match this Saturday. 

That's got to be a typo, right? You only shoot 75% of the points?

 

That's what that snazzy bar graph on the stats page tells me, 76.68% of points available. 



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 08:21 PM

Don't use that graph, use observation of your latest match results.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 11:10 PM

The truth will set you free.

TEST your dry fire results with live fire practice, then recalibrate how you dry fire.
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Posted 07 December 2017 - 01:09 PM

The truth will set you free.

TEST your dry fire results with live fire practice, then recalibrate how you dry fire.

 

additionally, considering doing some dryfire at the range. do a few live fire reps, then some dryfire reps. observe the differences. notice what you are doing different (i.e. being lazy and sloppy about) in dryfire.

 

figure out what you need to see and do to get an acceptable hit in live fire, and replicate that stuff in dryfire.... only faster.

 

Also, consider some drills to break through the slowness. spend a few mins drawing to a target at 5 yards are less. or an array of 3 targets at that distance. Learn what it feels like to shoot really fast while still observing what the gun is doing. Just try to get all the shots on paper and don't worry about alphas...... Once you know what it feels like to go fast, start adding some accuracy back in. You will probably be surprised at how much of that speed you can keep.


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Posted 17 April 2018 - 11:11 AM

So it's been four months, still no video, still in C, might've barely slipped into B in CO but the lens on my optic came loose and tossed the zero off a few feet, probably could've done better turning it off if I'd known what happened, as it was I think I was 1 or 2% above the score not counting, awesome. 

 

While that junk was out for warranty I pulled the production gear out. Shot three matches. First with four days of dry fire and no live fire to get reacquainted landed 8 out of 22, 62% of the GM that won, racked up a ton of penalties, taking away near 20%. Second match 5 out of 13 with a first ever production stage win no one above A though this day. Third match 11 of 21, 84% of the guy that won, no penalties, that might be a first, fucking with springs untested and not going more than six rounds, often 3/4, without a light strike on the first stage of the day certainly didn't help my overall. Lessons, times are coming down, the obvious shit: don't shoot penalties, don't dick with your gun the night before a match. 

 

Practice stuff, live fire, Blake drills mostly, cause I think my transitions are awful; some bill drills, and mini stages.

Blake @ 7 running about 2.2 .31ish transitions, .24ish splits, draw seems lame 1.1, splits could come down;

Bills about 1/10th quicker, gaining about 1/10th every 2 yds I back off until I pass 15yds, then it gets real slow, first shot and splits.

SOTM pretty solid hits without slowing to a crawl out to about 7yds.

 

Dryfire, was doing decent, couple short sessions 4/5 days a week, then slacked off to one, pushing hard on transitions, working on the draw incorporating prepping the trigger as there seems to be a pretty big disconnect between getting the sight on and actually pressing the trigger in live fire. Thought I was working on position entry but may need to reconfigure my space and place serious focus on my foot position.

 

Highlight of the period, took a class from the MFCEO, Fundamentals. Within the first hour or so he's like what the fuck are you doing in C class? he'd ask it a few more times, well goddammit I dunno, but that's some motivation to get the hell out. Probably the biggest thing that he delivered in a way I think I can embrace, my feelings are completely irrelevant. Technical take aways, get the weak hand on the gun sooner; ease the strong hand grip so I can better isolate my trigger press, I knew I gripped the shit out the gun with my SH but didn't recognize the issue with it; don't overrun positions, slow down sooner, get my feet planted and hips square so I'm not bouncing, swaying, having to lean for no good reason, or worse shuffling my feet when the sights come on target or to get them there, this may have a lot to do with my track record of penalties; if I blow a position and turn an easy shot into a hard one eating charlies is far better than repositioning or high probability mikes/NS, seems obvious, but it's a mindset shift; change how much sight refinement I need mostly when going from hard targets to easy. My shot calling with irons still blows. Left with a lot of little tweaks to work on and some fairly major, with a decent dose of motivation to get it done. Should've asked more questions and took better notes.


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