I’ve only been shooting in the Open division (USPSA) twice, and I’ve already learned one very important lesson. Matches and stages are won and lost because of a fraction of a second. A stove pipe, a mental pause, hesitate and your placement can drop tremendously. You have to not only be at the top of your shooting technique and gun manipulation, more importantly, you have to be at the top of your mental game. Lose focus for 0.2 secs and you’ve lost two places. Remember that “chicken finger” you got on the 2nd array? yup! you just gave away a stage win.
I know the other divisions is similar in a certain way, but it’s a heckuva lot more pronounced in Open.
If you’re looking for something to push your limits higher, shoot Open. It will make you a better competitor all round. (maybe except for Revolver, which is a different beast altogether)
This was an awesome match, 16 stages of the best of previous state championships. Challenging and fun. Too bad they had a draconian video policy that forbids anyone from taking video (either hatcam or 3rd person) of these matches. *sigh*
I did however come in 2nd ESR, beat two Masters, and 1st Sharpshooter and got to meet Massad Ayoob in the flesh. Funny guy.
Read more about this here : http://gunnuts.net/2011/06/23/video-killed/
here’s a link to the Match Booklet : https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=5b843dd49e67a653&sc=documents&uc=1&id=5B843DD49E67A653!177
Shot a fun match today with my Open gun. First time taking it out for a spin and picked a Northwest Challenge Series match at Paul Bunyan Rifle Club in Puyallup, WA.
Match was good, I ended up 9th overall, 1st Unclassified and won one Stage. I did have a TON of Failures to Eject. I’m not sure why, initially I thought it was the 8lb recoil spring. After the first stage, I switched to a 9lb spring and it still happens. I have a feeling that it’s caused by my thumb pressing on to the slide causing it to lose momentum and not reciprocate enough to eject the brass.
Here’s how the brass looked like after a FTE :
From the looks of it, the brass didn’t get ejected in time and the slide slammed forward making it to catch onto the side of the chamber causing those dents.
Here are some screen grabs I made from my hatcam video showing how the rounds ended up :
John (of JPLprecision.com) if you’re reading this, expect a call from me soon I need some help to resolve this problem. Perhaps I need a Swenson Safety and a slide racker.
I bought this fabulous knife made by Iain Sinclair almost 10 months ago from Knifecenter.com for about $20. It finally showed up in my postbox today. Man, it took them a while to get it shipped I must say, it was shown as backordered for so long I almost gave up.
Here’s a quick series of “unboxing” photos :
It’s packed like a CD :
The only Instructions needed for us non-RTFM types :
After folding it out :
The blade is pretty sharp, not as sharp as my Spyderco, but definitely useful.
The polymer used is a little flimsy from being so thin.
here it is compared to a regular credit card :
and in the wallet :
Sandwiched between two credit cards and some cash. Pretty small. I’ll carry it for a while and see how durable this knife is.
and yes I need a new wallet. Anyone?