Went to Sioux Falls last weekend for a match. It turned into a very hot day but it was fun none the less. The guys that are setting up the stages are very understandably getting frustrated about being the only ones that setup, I wish I could assist more, but sometimes I have to work. Brandon and I got squadded together and asked to RO. Neither of us are RO’s but we said yes. When we actually started shooting, Randy was suddenly on our squad and he also did some of the RO stuff.
I got a new belt in the mail on Saturday, so that evening I set it up and moved some things around including dropping the holster on the mount and straightening my first 2 mag pouches to a more vertical position. So I had a couple issues with a clean draw stroke, but mag changes were still fine. (more…)
Tim, Brandon and I went down to the Great Plains Sectional just outside of Omaha, NE on Saturday. Eastern Nebraska Practical Shooters is a good club with good people, well organized and put on good matches with challenging stages.
Weather forecast for Sunday was 30% chance of rain and 88+ degrees so I didn’t bring my rain jacket or umbrella. We got wet, drizzling rain with intermittent bursts of solid rain so constant wetness. We started on the bottom bays at stage 3 until lunch then went up to 9 and shot the last 5 stages on the top bays.
They asked for a shooter to vounteer to be the first shooter and I volunteered.
Stage 3 – Angles – 26A, 1C, 1NS – 22.10 seconds – light drizzle
This stage would have been an amazing start to the match but I hit a no shoot on the first target on the second position. Low port with a partial no shoot, totally my fault and I know what to work on. Made it up quickly and moved on. If I didn’t shag the no shoot I would have gotten second on the stage. I have no complaints of the stage plan or most of my movement on the stage. So for practice: low ports with hard entry/partials.
Club match with the Sioux Falls Practical Shooters club in Brandon, SD. Took 2 new guys to the match with me, it was their first match. It was a preacher and his son, and I think they had a good time and will probably be back at some point.
Forgot to squad on Practiscore, so ended up in squad 5 with Sherwyn and Nick, and a bunch of new guys. Brandon somehow ended up on 5 also.
Drove out to Colorado for the 2017 Mile High Showdown at Ben Lomond Gun Club in rural Eastern Colorado. Stayed at the Coyote Motel Limon, in Limon Co which was about 30 minutes away from the range, but 1.5 hours from Colorado Springs or Denver and the area is light on entertainment. The range is at much higher elevation than I am used to and it was supposed to be hot, so I spent an extra day in Colorado Springs to get used to doing activities in less air.
Shot SS Nats, did okay. 43rd overall and 2nd B Class. Shot in match mode, made a couple of boneheaded mistakes and shagged a couple no shoots and mikes. They were for the most part on a mover target I have never shot before and I did stupid crap with. No gun issues, it ran perfect. Didn’t get much on video as my card in the GoPro was apparently too slow of a read/write speed.
At Area 5, I didn’t really watch the sights like I should have and definitely didn’t pull the trigger properly. Thus lots of misses, Deltas and stupid mistakes. 4th Master, and 15th overall. I can shoot so much better than that!!
Got in a lot of practice in the last week, worked on a bunch of shooting on the move and trigger control. We will see if it pays off at the Mile High Showdown this weekend.
Sorry for not posting more, but busy with other things.