A friend and GM told me just before the match started to shoot all Alphas. It’s fun to hose but it’s more fun to win. I think he’s right! I didn’t get all Alphas but did get 93% of all scores. Also, our usual top shooters weren’t around so I took the match. *lol*
Had a great time shooting with our squad. I can admit that shooting with Nick (GM) definitely affects me mentally. Some stages I push myself too far trying to catch up to him but fail and bomb the stage, but when I take his performance as an inspiration and shoot to my abilities, I do well.
Shooting in the Open division is definitely a mental game and you’d be mental to want to shoot it too 😉
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 🙂
After my previous disastrous matches, I made it a point to do some dry-fire practice at home. It paid off, that and the weather played a part too, it was beautiful and warm. Only thing about this match was the horrible last stage where I lost 40 match points just on that one stage alone. It basically screwed up a match win.
Nothing is better than shooting a match for Charity. Toys for Tots is a great one to be able to support. Had a great time but it was super-cold and I’m totally blaming my lackluster performance on weather. 🙂
Even my camera refused to work on four of the stages.
Here’s my view of the PB match on Sunday. Silly, stupid mistakes. My dot was too bright on Stage 4 – Pushy and what I thought was my dot was actually the reflection artifact from having the dot too bright shining on the lens. That’s why I missed that headshot from such a close distance.
and my weak hand is…. weak.
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/
After missing a number of matches, I got to take my Open gun out for a spin finally. It was freakishly cold and wet but I didn’t care. Came in 3rd overall because I screwed up two stages royally with 2 mikes each. Anyway, till next match!
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My match performance :
and a side by side with TimR, Master class :
This month’s match was excellent in terms of stage design. It has lots of mediocre round count stages with tight shots. It also helps to shoot with a bunch of jokers in your squad. Made the long hours much more fun! It’s a great example of the great people we have in this sport.