Ever since I started shooting USPSA Open, I told myself that I’ll push myself really hard and to my limits in the hope of doing two things, 1) go faster physically, 2) get used to the speed so I’ll start seeing my sights and getting my hits at that speed.
and it’s working.
I’ve been giving up a lot of points going really fast and for this latest match at Renton Fish and Game club, I decided to slow down a tad and see what happens. Lo-and-behold, I won my division. Granted none of the GMs and Masters were shooting, but I think apart from the first stage where I was confused as to what I was seeing in my sights, and one stage where I failed to count my rounds (stage 3), I did pretty well.
Here’s the video :
I’ll keep on pressing myself to go faster physically so I can get used to being fast and get my hits. that’s my theory and since it’s working, I’ll keep doing it.
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)
Watch this video (shot by BJ Norris) of the recent Single Stack Classic at time index 2:25 onwards, Dave Sevigny (aka android) shoots a variation of the el-presidente from a seating position. what’s interesting is you can clearly see the holes in the middle target. As he shoots, the 1st shot hits dead center in the A-zone, 2nd shot of the split slightly to the right, as if he’s already transitioning to the far right target.
he does it again, consistently, after the reload. Usually we take both shots stationary, then quickly transition to the next. Talk about saving a fraction of a fraction of a second
here’s a picture :
After my recent match at West Coast Armory where I failed miserably at shooting one handed (both strong and weak), I decided to put more work into my dry-fire routine. I’ve been practicing my weak hand mostly. The trick is to remember that you’re not firing live rounds but dry-firing, even on the range shooting live rounds so that you’ll avoid flinching.
I found this video of Taran Butler shooting steel one handed from retention position in 2:53 seconds. amazing. I definitely need more practice shooting one handed. Can’t wait for the match this Sunday.