At every major match I attend, the ROs will call me “Lo-ki” so for this year’s Trigger Treat, I decide to shoot as… Loki from the Marvel Universe. Halloween hosefests are super fun especially when it’s held after the Nationals and you can release some steam and just blast away.
Been preparing to shoot this match for almost a year. The normal way the Nationals have been shot through the years is in a three day format. This time round because Hurricane Matthew is forecast to hit Florida, they’ve changed the format to 10 stages on the first day, break for the Hurricane and hopefully resume on the 3rd day with another 10 stages. It was definitely a tiring day and I wish I could have done better. I’m still watching my sights but ended up tagging a lot of no-shoots which I don’t normally do.
Onward to the final day, after the Hurricane blows through of course.🙂
Managed to squeeze in one last match before Nationals. It was the yearly Series match up at Custer Sportmens Club. Custer’s matches are always fun and this time, featured a TON of running in the sand. Managed to take 1st open despite making a super huge mental mistake for not kneeling during the classifier. Could have been a GM score but oh well.
Looking forward to Nationals in a few days.
For this month’s match, I helped to design three stages so that we can practice for the upcoming Nationals in October. Stages 2, 3 and 7. Decided to test hard leans, difficult shooting positions and long distance partials which is going to be most of the shots in Nationals. The Universal Shooting Academy range has lots of deep bays and they make use of every bit of it. I was very successful in calling my shots and called almost every single one at this match. I just had some mental disconnects with movement and positions.
Told myself going into this match to just do nothing but watch my dot. It worked. I managed to call all my shots, except for one weird call during a weak hand string at the non-classifier classifier (stage 7). I called a 3 alpha 1 charlie but when we looked at the targets, there were only 3 holes. ROs overlay-ed but couldn’t find a double, so I must have called it wrong. That said, I’m happy because I managed to do what I wanted to do and as a side effect, took the match win.
The guys at the Custer range never fails to impress us USPSA shooters. They design fabulous stages and run them in a fun range with many varied bay layouts. This year, they decided to host the Washington State USPSA Championships and boy did they deliver. The theme of the match was inspired by Monty Python’s Holy Grail with evil white rabbits strewn all over the range and other hilarious movie references embedded into the stage designs.
Love love cool stages with elaborate props. This month’s Renton USPSA match had a bunch of cool movers, chargers and a treadmill to challenge us shooters. Most stages were designed really well with multiple ways to shoot and options.