They say that club matches are learning experiences, and boy howdy, did I learn a lot this week.
Stage 1: One of my better stages. I had noticed, by watching previous shooters, that there was a lot of “Down Six” and “FTN”‘s happening on the third target in the first array, so I made sure to drop an extra round on it on the way to the next array. This also set me up for a slide-lock reload after that array was done, saving me even more time.
Score: 24.03 Points Down:9
Stage 2: A learning experience. I went the safe route, going for center-mass on the right bear trap and head shots on the left one. In retrospect, I should have put the pedal to the metal and gone for center-mass on the second mover, just to see if I could do it. As it is, I ended up with a hit on the head of no-shoot. Whoops.
Score: 17.04 Points Down: 4
Yeah, the wheels came FLYING off here. I knew going into the match that shooting on the move is an issue for me: I’ve been shooting more USPSA than IDPA as of late, and in USPSA Production, you tend to plant, shoot, and then reload while you’re moving to a new shooting position. Because I hadn’t practiced or done shooting on the move for awhile, I went down dozens of points on the stage. On top of that, I had a serious brain fart, dropping a not-empty mag on the ground and followed that up with a double-feed malfunction. The only good things I can see from this stage are how I handled the double-feed and my initial stage strategy was pretty good. I guess.
Score: 44.78 Points Down: 44(!)
Stage 4: Redemption. Good movement, good hits on the targets, decent stage planning (I probably should have taken only two shots on the move; taking three meant I had an extra transition at the very end of the stage). I might have had a better time with faster shooting, but I’m satisfied with my accuracy on the stage, and that matters more in IDPA than raw speed.
Score: 26.45 Points Down: 6
For me, IDPA is more about tuning up my carry gear more than winning the match. Everyone else at the match was shooting from “shoot me first” vests, and as usual, I was shooting with my CZ P07 and it’s new trigger (more on that later…), drawing from a Crossbreed Supertuck and concealing with an untucked t-shirt. I could go faster with other gear, but I shoot what I carry in IDPA. The good news is, with one or two few Down One’s, the no-shoot on Stage 2 and the epic meltdown on Stage 3, I’d be with a whisker of “Most Accurate” for the match. I’m seeing my sights almost all the time now, so now it’s time to get even better.