I’ve seen SO many people in the competitive shooting sports getting equipment failures, jams, stove pipes etc. Just because they think their guns don’t need cleaning, or that their reloading equipment works 100% of the time. Seriously dudes, get your shit in order. A gun malfunction will cost you your win. All it takes is that stove pipe and you lose the match.
How hard is it to clean your gun after every match? how hard is it to make sure your mags work 100%, how hard is it to look in the case for the appropriate amount of powder and chamber check every round you reload?
nothing compare to the potential win you could have if you did.
if you want to win and if you consider yourself a competitor, get your shit right.
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)