After reading over the range diaries of the local production heat I aspire to be one day, I felt it would be beneficial to start one my self.
As a bit of background, I started shooting IDPA in 2012 before quickly moving onto 3 gun. Since then I have primarily shot 3 gun and long range/sniper matches.
I had mild success in both but never focused hard enough on one or the other to reap the rewards of deliberate practice.
After winning a local sniper comp last November, the man who is essentially my shooting father/mentor had a conversation with me about my shooting. What he essentially said is that it is incredibly difficult to shoot so many different sports well and that I ought to focus on one specifically. One of his children is a multiple-time national champ and member of the AMU, so he has a good idea of what he is talking about.
After that conversation, I decided that I would make pistol shooting my primary focus. After all, I carry a handgun at all times and noticed that talented USPSA shooters generally performed well in 3 Gun.
At this time I had shot 3-4 USPSA matches, in limited minor with my 9mm 2011, but never pursued USPSA seriously. It is not uncommon for my local matches to have 5+ Production GMs, so the decision to shoot production was an easy one to make, as I didn’t want to shoot a division that I would always win.
I had an old Glock 34, but went ahead and got a CZ S2 as that seems to be what all the cool kids use. Looking back now, I think I would have better spent the $1500 I have in my Shadow 2 and gear on some high-level classes. But, I am not disappointed with the S2.
So far my training has primarily come from Ben’s books. I did some googling upon deciding to shoot USPSA and saw that Ben has been a pretty dominant force, and figured I ought to be able to learn a lot from him. I attribute the majority of my success to what I have learned from Ben’s books/podcast and advice I have received from a lot of our local production shooters.
The only non-tactical timmy class I have taken was with Stubb (great class, shoot me a message if you want more details).
Since starting, I have been averaging 30 minutes of dry fire a day and 1 live fire training session a week along with weekly matches.
I made it to A class pretty quickly, and am currently sitting at the edge of my 2018 goal of Master with 84%.
My primary goal for 2018 is to become a Master class shooter, while also shooting at a master class level.
Tl;dr Started USPSA in early 2018 after a few years of bouncing around a mixture of shooting sports, learning a lot from Ben’s books, will be a Master class shooter by the end of 2018.
2018 Main Goals:
Finish a major match above 85%