Shot a match this past weekend. Weather was awesome and was a fun day on the range. Shot like crap for most of the stages, but had a couple of stages where I was able to settle down and did well. Even though I shot like crap, was good that my overall score was "decent". And by decent, I meant relative in that I didn't lose to, well, someone who has been shooting quite a bit better in recent matches.
1) NEVER forget fundamentals. I have been working on economy of motion and reducing the "dead time". That includes speeding up trannys (yes, I did that as tourettes bait
), being ready (body, gun, etc) when arriving on station, etc. In previous matches (maybe 2-3 matches ago) I had shot quite well score wise with a high(ish) percentage of As, but times was where I seemed to suffer. I was finishing behind folks that had much faster times, but with less A-zone hits, and even the mike or 2-3. So I decided to try to push the times. I did notice that my times were improving, but in some cases at the expense of good hits. This past weekend, I guess I was so focused on speeding things up that my hits really suffered in the first two stages. The first stage started off with an array of steel that I started off with a hit, but then some misses as I was transitioning to the next steel. Had to relax and focus and get my hits and that cost me both time and throwing things off for the rest of the stage.
2) The "thrown off" from stage 1 continued on stage 2. There were multiple swingers with a pair that was obscured by no shoots, with one target in particular with a pretty small window. I was pretty focused on that first swinger and apparently so focused that I fcuked up the first static target. Good news was that I got As on the swinger that I was so focused on, but messed up bad on the medium (not quite easy) target before it. Was disappointed in myself for sure, but I also caught grief from others in my squad
which was well deserved.
3) Good thing that there was quite a bit of downtime between stages 2 and 3. Enough that it allowed time to reset and it showed on the results. I call equipment malfunction on stage 4 as I heard the hit on the #1 steel but it didn't fall, so it cost me another second or so for the pick up after the paper. While I was happy with essentially 1 for 1 hits on steel, the pickup cost me the stage (when I looked at the results after) for my division. Of course jokingly call equipment malfunction since there was a lot of interesting results on that stage. Some folks were getting good center hits and the steel didn't fall and we would joke with them that their ammo was loaded too light. I shoot factory ammo, so I usually don't have an issue that the "poof poof" guys do.
The RO said my hit on the first steel was off to the edge, so
4) Stick to your game. It's easy to get caught up in watching others in their runs through the stages. Particularly the PCC guys who seem to blaze through the stages. I find that I tend to want to match their pace and it usually costs me. That was the case with our last stage, which was a qualifier. The stage included two sets of two "easy" targets and a more difficult target that was obscured by a no-shoot. I am usually cognizant of the pace on the transitions between high percentage to low percentage targets, but I think I flat out pushed things too much and hits suffered.
While I shot like crap, I was actually wanting to get back on the range soon. I think what I failed at can be readily corrected. A lot of it is mental and just need to get out of my way at times. Overall, a fun day on the range and look forward to more.