Headed down to Albany, Oregon to shoot the 2016 Columbia Cascades Sectional Level II match at the fabulous Albany Rifle Club. Managed to squeak in a 3rd place finish with lots of abruptness and hesitation in my shooting. Did not feel smooth at all except for one stage. I think my shooting platform is weak while moving, so I know what I’m going to work on for the next few weeks. That said, I thought my steel work was awesome! Thanks to Jemy for taking video of me from other angles.
Will be heading to this match next week. Any of you going? ping me so we can catch up!
This match is historically a very fun one, lots of great quality stages and a beautiful range. Checkout some of the videos on YouTube.
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/
Drove three hours over to the Tri-Cities area to shoot the 2013 Inland Empire Sectional Championships hosted by the Eastern Washington Practical Shooters Association. (http://ewpsa.org) We carpooled with a bunch of fun friends to attend this fabulous match. The stages are highly regarded by shooters who’ve shot this match in previous years.
I came in 7th place, lots of screw-ups here and there, one no-shoot and three mikes. I was consistently 4-5 seconds slower than the top Open shooter. I think I need to lose some weight so I can move around faster. 🙂
I’ll definitely have this match on my calendar next year.