Production is HARD! So much work to align that damned iron sights! This was my 2nd time shooting in the Production Division and as you can see, I sucked! I only had one good stage and took 4th place which I was pretty proud of 😉
Anyway, looking forward to getting back to hosing in Open.
My first Nationals and WOW. Now I understand why it’s so challenging. The stages aren’t elaborate but there’s like a million ways of shooting them and the disaster factor is high! You have a high-risk option with huge payouts but really bad penalties if you screw up. The big boys risk it because their skill level let’s them do so.
Was so-so with my shooting, had one stupid double feed which costed me 10 secs and 2 mikes.
On to day two!
Every year one club in our section will run an all classifier match just before the season gets underway so folks can get classified for the big Area & National matches.
I only had one good stage, the rest were really sucky. Looks like I’m stuck at M 🙂
This Hybrid charity match was setup by the Down Zero Team here in the Seattle area. This match is a charity event to benefit and raise awareness for prostate cancer and other male cancer. All proceeds collected will be donated to the Movember non-profit organization and the Prostate Cancer Foundation on behalf of the Northwest Men.
8 USPSA type stages but using IDPA time-plus scoring which forces everyone to be very accurate as one point down = half a second. It’s VERY painful when you run a stage in typical USPSA style and get 11points down.
That said, it was a fun match, great weather, super cold though. I managed to squeeze in a division win even after screwing up a few stages. You’ll see them on the video.
Read more about the two charities that this match is donating to.
Was very happy to be finally able to shoot this match but after driving an hour, I realized that I forgot to take my rig with me (belt, holster and mag pouches). With the help of the range staff and a few friends (they’re such good people), we found a spare CR Speed holster for the Glock. It didn’t really fit as the trigger guard area was too big for my 2011. Allen Range and his McGuyver mind went into overdrive and fashioned a spacer with pieces of cut up plastic from the USPSA Scoring template and some duct tape. Also, he had to modify the locking mechanism and the muzzle nipple so it’ll fit.
Allen then loaned me one of his CR Speed mag pouches and I’m off to the races.
The folks in the shooting community are all upstanding individuals who are super helpful and will always go to lengths to make things work for you.
Thanks Allen!! Sorry for beating you by one place using your handiwork 🙂
Ahh.. the Pacific Northwest. The rain is back! Oh how I miss shooting while everything is wet. Still a fun match though, and I shot decently and came in third behind the usual suspects, NickH (GM) and TimR (M). Those guys are fast!
I can sum up my performance (or lack of) due to one thing. Lack of confidence. We started on Stage 4, and after getting a miss on two consecutive stages, I lost all confidence in my shooting ability and slowed down unnecessarily hoping to get my hits. My overall time was 2-3 seconds slower than all the other Masters in the match. I should have shaken the feeling off and shot the match like I could have.
Every stage after the first two, I thought too much about getting my hits and stressed over it. I have to learn how to let go. That and getting a total of four misses and two no-shoots (on the last stage), didn’t do well for my placement.
That said, Keith Tyler and gang put up a fantastic match in a gorgeous range. Every bay has it’s own covered area where we can relax in the sun and hydrate. Also, thanks to Omar Newbury and Larry Watson for running the squad through all the stages.
Find out more about this match here : http://www.columbia-cascade.org
Scores are posted here : http://www.columbia-cascade.org/index.php/2013-ccs-championship-scores/