This is the 4th Series Match of the Northwest Challenge where slots are assigned for the Nationals next year. You can find out more about the challenge here : http://northwestsection.org/
This was my most horrible match. My whole day was basically screwed from the start. Just stressed from having to clean up the house, traveling, hurt my shoulder, not eating properly. Bad weather didn’t help in the beginning so was really frazzled. My performance degraded progressively through the stages until the dreaded DQ at the last stage. Should have taken the time to calm down and concentrate. But I had to run shooters and run the electronic scoring system and didn’t have time to compose myself. Not blaming it on the system but should have seen the signs earlier and stopped to take a breather.
Lessons learned, my advice is if you’re stressed or not getting your mind right during a match, stop, excuse yourself, take a break and relax.
This time I was running a little too fast and pushing myself to find my limits. Blew through a port with 3 static targets supposedly shooting 6 shots but on the last shot, my trigger finger froze momentarily. My mind has already sent instructions to my finger to fire 6 shots, reload and move to the next position so I was already moving to the next position when my finger paused and in a split second, it continued. that caused me to let the 6th shot off into the berm.
the RO called it an accidental discharge and DQed me which was faire. Here, checkout the video for yourself
Have you guys had your trigger freeze and then continue like that?
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.