Through some visualization, concentration and luck, I managed to edge out a Match win at the Northwest Championships at Renton Fish and Game club. This was a points match that counted as two matches.
Had two stages where I lost concentration and the resulting penalties hurt. Need to keep working on the mental aspect of this game.
Thanks again to the DownZero crew for setting up this match. Had a great time squadding with ElPrez (Mike Foley) and the NROI Director (Troy McManus).
‘Twas a great battle in the Open Division today. Nick and I were back to back till the very end where a malfunction cost me the possibility of the match win. Great technical stages that I haven’t seen before which makes it a ton of fun. Hope to shoot more stages like this in the future.
Here’s a quick video about two very useful tools for the 1911/2011 platform. I got this tip from John, my gunsmith at http://www.jplprecision.com. They’re super useful for disassembling and reassembling your firing pin / pin stop and extractor.
Brownell’s 1911 Extractor Removal Tool
1911 Firing Pin Stop Tool
I’ve been struggling with keeping my head in the game at matches. I’m sure many of you have felt some or all of the following mental challenges during a match:
- Develop a plan (memory)
- Committing it to subconscious
- Saw someone DQ or hit a no-shoot (fear)
- Competing with another shooter (pushing yourself more than your ability OR worrying about the competition)
- Getting distracted (fumbling with camera, gear, magazines etc)
- Distraction from peanut gallery
- Trying to recover from a disastrous previous stage
- Trying to recover from a slow stage because you know you can be “faster”.
- Feeling high from a fantastic previous stage performance (over confidence)
- Running shooters as an RO and not getting enough time to prepare
Giving in to these changes in mental states is not only taxing but will affect your shooting. It’s even worse the larger or more important the match becomes. I told myself that throughout the day, my only job is to :
- Think of a plan
- Commit to subconscious
- Call my shots (ala Steve Anderson).
I must not feel the need to go faster, slower, do better, or anything of that sort. Just performs steps 1-3 on every stage.
I felt that I stayed true to it the whole match. There were times where I catch myself thinking I could have gone faster, could have stayed lower, or tried a different plan. I quickly quelled that “feeling” and moved on.
Also, Throughout the day a buddy of mine who flew in to shoot our local match was competing with me (as any good friend should) and that was an added distraction. I can proudly say that although I enjoyed the competition, I managed to ignore it and not let it affect my match performance.
Now that said, I could have won the match if I did “push” a little bit at the end but that wasn’t what I set out to do. I could have lost the match by a larger margin too if I made more errors.
So my takeaway from this match was that I know how it feels to play this mental game and I will be able to unlock this at every match. (hopefully)
Now I just need to work on the weak stuff and keep pushing my speed during practice/dryfire.
After a 3 week long hiatus, I finally got to shoot a match. Did decently, some stupid mistakes that caused a couple of mikes. I am surprised that my weak hand shots were way better than my strong hand. Looks like all those dry-fire practice is paying off. Just got to keep on doing it.
My stage (#4), got thrown out because I specified the scoring type as COMSTOCK when it should really be VIRGINIA. Also, the fact that some squads shot the weak/strong hand while using the table as supports didn’t help either. The MD had to throw the stage out.
I hope everyone enjoyed that stage, it tests skills that we don’t usually use in the PNW.
Shot a fun match today at Paul Bunyan during the Valentine’s Day Blitz match. I thought my performance was ok, I still need to get more consistent with my execution. I had the same raw time as the match winner but I was sloppier with my hits and had two mikes. Must… be… more… disciplined.
Watch the 360degree video here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYlAs4Aal4A
Here’s my first ever 360° match video. This was taken using the Ricoh Theta S camera. You can watch this using a compatible browser like Chrome or through the YouTube app on your phone. You can pan around the screen or move your phone around you to watch the video from any perspective you like.