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#21 Buck Turgidson

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 02:50 PM

You should try sporting clays


No seriously, completely different tempo.  Very little downtime while shooting, even in seriously large matches.


Maybe that's more your speed?

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 03:39 PM

This is all good stuff for USPSA. I guess it's harder for me in Steel Challenge. There isn't a lot of "work" to do. Just lots of time. Turning the match focus on and off is an area I want to improve.

Everybody loves video of themselves, offer to be a camera man. Commence shit talking and finger puppets while recording. You'll be in demand in short order.
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Posted 26 February 2018 - 05:51 PM

I liked SlivGods line about wasting my energy on something I have zero control over. Honestly never thought of it like that.

*Mic drop*

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#24 Trigger Warning

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 06:29 PM

Waiting blows but don’t waste the time. Help your performance and help the sport.

Things you can do:

Coaching. Assist the upcoming shooters both with stage plans and shooting tips based on how they’ve shot earlier stages. Be sure to taper off when the make ready command is given so the shooter has time to digest your advice.

Visualization. Visualize yourself visualizing the stage during a walk thru so when you finally do a walk thru you will be more efficient at visualizing.

Practice. Air gun the stage directly behind it. Squad mates will get out of your way so you can replicate the entire stage. Start when the beep goes off and see if you finish before the unload command is given.

Commerce. Discuss with squad mates anything you have for sale. Even if they can’t close the deal they will enjoy discussing shooting equipment with you.

Reflect. Pick a squad mate and tell him in detail your last match experience and what kept you from moving up three places. Roughly five minutes per stage you shot keeps the story moving.

Video. Stand directly behind a shooter you don’t know and film them, following them as they shoot the stage. This will help them focus and offer you a free walk thru because safety rules don’t apply to people videoing!

Life-planning. Consider that what you are doing right now is the thing you chose of your own free will above all other options you had. Consider how fucking sad that is. Consider how it doesn’t matter because this literally actually was the best option of your metaphorically dumpster fire existence and that you have actually cared about the cost of a bullet down to the thousandth of a penny.
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Posted 26 February 2018 - 10:56 PM

Or sell your 1050 and buy a lee loader (the one that looks like a bastardized pair of pliers).

Then take only enough ammo for stage 1.

Spend the downtime Handloading rounds for subsequent stages.

Focussing your conscious mind on a repetitive task frees your subconscious to think up inventive stage plans.
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Posted 27 February 2018 - 06:50 AM

More live fire practice. Fewer matches.
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Posted 27 February 2018 - 03:57 PM

More live fire practice. Fewer matches.


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