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Old June 2, 2009, 11:21 AM   #226
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Note to self: slow down

Because of excitement, I tend to try and shoot my fastest at matches (rifle, pistol, 3-gun, and shotgun). I found that if I keep telling myself to only shoot 80% of the speed I did at the last good practice, I shoot much better. I think it is because even though I tell myself to only go 80%, with match excitement and all, I actually do end up shooting faster than I intended.

When I go "all out" I almost always screw up by going too fast to perform well. I guess for me it is that "Slower is smoother, smoother is faster."
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Old June 7, 2009, 01:28 PM   #227
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Always keep up with WHEN you're next-standby-next position (in the gate) and during that downtime, do a mental walkthrough of the target succession and no of shots for each, and repeat several times mentally. Second, keep your thoughts on what/when and slow down for accuracy when the buzzer sounds the GO!
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Old June 8, 2009, 01:06 PM   #228
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That shooting an IDPA match with my daughter is more fun than, well, just about anything!
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Old June 12, 2009, 11:45 AM   #229
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steel madness

I aint as young as I think...
my back cant' take the set up and tear down of steel targets.
I feel bad that I am not going to be able to help more.
What else can I do?

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Old June 15, 2009, 01:23 PM   #230
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Well, I learned that in an IDPA stage, even if I was covered from the next set of targets, I'm supposed not to move in that covered space when I reload.

Recourse to the rule book indicated that such an action is not really banned but it is ambiguous. However, the SO said it specifically for that stage and I will admit I was a doofus for not remembering that.

Seems a silly rule but that's the breaks!

It was a fun match anyway. The only other booboo I made was to just part the hair and not break the perf on a mandatory head shot. Waah!

I also an
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Old June 21, 2009, 10:14 PM   #231
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What a Hoot!!

I shot my first IDPA Match in Bulverde this weekend and found out that I have been missing out on a hell of a time! I was surprised at the adrenaline flow. Some friends told me a they were going to shoot, so I went to watch how it was done. I had my pistol, but no holster, but one of the guys dug one up and talked me into shooting. That is the most fun I have had shooting in a loooong time.
I didn't do too bad either for my first time. Finished about midway down the roster out of 70 shooters. As Arnold said, "I'll be back." Hah!
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Old June 22, 2009, 08:00 AM   #232
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I aint as young as I think...
my back cant' take the set up and tear down of steel targets.
I feel bad that I am not going to be able to help more.
What else can I do?
I'm sure they're always looking for score-keepers, etc.
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Old June 22, 2009, 09:30 AM   #233
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score keeper

Thanks, I just hope I can count past 10
actually, I am looking for a job keeping the tools sharp.

Much obliged,

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Old July 3, 2009, 10:43 PM   #234
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Pay more attention to the senerio on how it's to be shot !!!!!
Results in added seconds to your raw time !!!!
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Old July 6, 2009, 04:51 PM   #235
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I learned that I really like my latest 45ACP load.
I learned that I need a lot of practice before the state match!
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Old July 6, 2009, 10:48 PM   #236
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dont get ****** off when you miss........it only makes the next shot even worse.
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Old August 2, 2009, 01:34 AM   #237
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uhhh dont break the 180 rule
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Old August 28, 2009, 09:23 PM   #238
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the 3 most popular brands of handgun ive seen at matches are glocks, XDs and 1911s
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Old September 15, 2009, 07:22 PM   #239
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Bullseye Match

Always change the battery in your red dot sight when you have to start increasing the intensity. I had the sight go blank this weekend during rapid fire and it cost me 30 points that could have used.
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Old September 30, 2009, 05:59 PM   #240
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When shooting a borrowed rifle and it jams, just give up. Your friend will have a heart attack when he sees you wrestling with his "precious" HK.
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Old October 6, 2009, 05:14 PM   #241
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If you leave a steel standing and see it after you drop the mag it's probably bes to take the points hit over the time that you've lost.
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Old October 12, 2009, 10:04 AM   #242
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ive been shooting 124g 9mm at 138 power factor or somewhere around 1150fps.

2-3 people told me my powder (HS-6) is "garbage" or "not good"

lots of people use 147g 9mm in production. i will try those bullets next.
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Old October 27, 2009, 10:59 AM   #243
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Old December 17, 2009, 10:16 AM   #244
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When shooting plates, getting hit with bullet fragments is something that happens. Sometimes it happens frequently. Sometimes the fragments are large. Sometimes they hit you in the leg and sometimes they hit you in the collar bone.

Eyes and ears are mandatory, a hockey mask and a flack jacket might help too.
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Old December 17, 2009, 11:15 AM   #245
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afterwards,

"Always buy the first round of drinks,
The crowd never gets smaller"

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Old December 17, 2009, 11:29 PM   #246
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Don't let one bad stage ruin the whole match. I had a mike on my first stage and let it ruin my concentration. I blew what would have probably been a personal best for me instead of just concentrating on shooting up to my potential for the rest of the match.
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Old December 18, 2009, 10:53 AM   #247
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A 1911 needs to be reloaded a whole heck of a lot when shooting steel, and the time difference between "slingshotting" and just using the slide stop is something that adds up to make the difference between D and C class shooting.

I'd probably benefit from "counting" my shots and doing a tactical reload w/ an empty mag on shot 7 rather than a slide-locked reload. But, my shooting slows down when I try to count.
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Old December 22, 2009, 02:15 PM   #248
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.22 conversion units for practice

For most of 2009, I've used .22 conversion units on various pistols for "routine" practice, because ammo has become both expensive and scarce, depending upon the caliber.

Most of my practice has been accuracy based at 50 feet on an indoor range, shooting at 1/2 or 1/3rd scale targets. I've also practiced a lot shooting strong hand only and weak hand only.

(I've always found that shooting with .22 conversions units has been very valuable to maintaining my skills. Some people prefer to dry fire practice -- I prefer to use the .22s)

Last weekend I shot my first match since early June (using my Sig 226R-DAK duty gun) and did reasonably well. I wasn't particularly fast (I never am) but I was pretty smooth and accurate.

I still have to practice more on engaging multiple targets from behind cover (as I've noticed in previous posts in this discussion).
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Old December 22, 2009, 02:49 PM   #249
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its in the mechanics,

Here I was all slicked up to gain a few seconds and maybe the match in my class. I was so psyce'd on aiming and sequence I forgot to check my rear sight when it started to go south. It was only a day later that I found my dovetailed rear sight had shifted over, oye!

PAY ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS!

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Old December 23, 2009, 10:17 PM   #250
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I've discovered that the device the SO is holding is not a timer....it's a MIND ERASER!!!
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