One is to share your exploits with your friends and family.
Another is prove to yourself just how dang good you are (or think you are…).
Thirdly, to show where you need improvement.
This post is about that last item.
Here’s two of the stages at nice little practical match at Louland Gun Range just south and east of Naples. I reminds me a lot of the Tuesday Night Steel match at Rio, except one of the stages (as you’ll see) uses paper targets.
Lessons Learned from Stage Three
- Holy cow, is my draw ever slow! I don’t need a shot timer to measure it, I need a sundial!
- REALLY like my movement out of that first position. I’m on the move less that 0.2 seconds after the BANG. I set up in the box leaning slightly to the right, which allowed me to push off and start moving to the next position with no wasted motion.
- My splits are long here (0.6 seconds) but I’m getting my hits, and there is no difference between the split times in-between shots on the same target and shots on a new target. Cool.
- That is not a reload, so much as an interpretative dance about reloads. Based on my many, many times running an El Pres, I know I can do it better and faster.
Lessons Learned from Stage Two
- Again, the painfully slow draw. Something needs to change there, and soon.
- I drop a missed shot on a popper on the second array, which goofs up my stage plan…
- … but I recover for some turn’n’burn rapid fire on that stationary target. I’m happy with my speed and hits there.
- Speaking of speed and hits, after I send another miss downrange, my splits on those last two targets are very good (for me) and again, there is no time difference between shots on the same target and shots on a new target.
So all in all, there is areas where I need improvement, and areas where my improvement has paid off. I’m not going to beat Rob Leatham, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be better.
Oh yeah, and it’s pretty scenic down here in the Sunshine State.