I came in to this match with a mental objective. I used to be so affected by shooters around me, times and places in the standings that I didn’t get to shoot my game. I ended up shooting someone else’s game and that caused me to falter in my execution.
This time round I managed to keep it sound. I enabled “match mode”, and called my shots. If I had a bad stage, I mope and swear but leave it behind. If I had a good stage, I celebrate and laugh but leave it behind as well.
This allowed me to shoot my game and I’m very happy to be able to achieve 9th in Open. There were some stupid things I did but I knew exactly how I got them. I called all my mistakes and identified what caused them so I will not do it again.
It was a fun and fast match with lots of options. Thanks to the SLUSPSA guys for putting together this major match.
Shoutout to my squad mates, SQUAD 40, Super Squad… D.
Area 1 2014 was a good Level III match put up by the Eastern Washington Practical Shooting Association at the Rattlesnake Mountain Shooting Facility in Benton City, WA.
There were 14 very technical stages that have very tight shots with lots of no-shoots to punish the hosers. I didn’t shoot very well in this match, one because I was very careful to avoid the penalties thus slowing down tremendously and 2nd, as you’ll see from the video, I had a few mistakes and one catastrophic gun failure when I couldn’t extract the brass because the rim was sheared off.
That said, match was still fun because of the company. Always fun shooting and hanging out with the regulars.
Thanks to all the organizers who set this match up and to the hard working Range Officers who ran over 354 shooters through 3 days.
Looking forward to my next major match.
Match Scores : http://www.practiscore.com/results.php?uuid=1488BECB-03E0-4768-9F57-612AFFC002B0
Drove three hours over to the Tri-Cities area to shoot the 2013 Inland Empire Sectional Championships hosted by the Eastern Washington Practical Shooters Association. (http://ewpsa.org) We carpooled with a bunch of fun friends to attend this fabulous match. The stages are highly regarded by shooters who’ve shot this match in previous years.
I came in 7th place, lots of screw-ups here and there, one no-shoot and three mikes. I was consistently 4-5 seconds slower than the top Open shooter. I think I need to lose some weight so I can move around faster. 🙂
I’ll definitely have this match on my calendar next year.
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 this fabulous Level 3 match in the Albany Rifle Range in Oregon. Excellent weather, great facilities, awesome stages. Piss poor performance unfortunately. I did pretty well until I decided to get myself kicked out of the match from a stupid mistake. Watch the video to find out what happened.
Thanks to Mike McCarter and his crew for setting up this fun match. Checkout the details of the match from their website : http://uspsa1.org/
The Stage Descriptions : http://uspsa1.org/?page_id=2
How did my gun drop? Ejection Rod got caught under my band-aid and when I reached down to grab the moonclip, it tore the gun out of my hand. Like so.
Well, lessons learned.