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.