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Breaking down a stage

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I don't try to get real serious about any one shooting sport these days but I quickly realized last weekend, as I'm slowly easing back in to the more tactical shooting sports, I don't have a good method for breaking down a stage.  This came up last weekend at a 3-gun event.

 

I have to say for those of you out there that willingly share advice at the match, I was extremely grateful for the shooter last weekend that heard me apparently say to myself out-loud, "I have no idea where to go here", and proceeded to explain their strategy for the stage.  

 

Any tips on what to do with stages that seem to have endless ways to approach them?   This comes up most frequently in 3-gun and USPSA for me.

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Play to YOUR strengths, and minimize your weaknesses ...

 

If you're shooting Production, Revolver, SS or L-10, you'll have to

plan around a LOT of reloads - try to take them on the move and

not standing still - try Not to run dry - keep at least one round in

the chamber.

 

Try to take most shots from as close as possible, unless you have

to take a long shot rather than run very far (all about time - which

is quicker for YOU, at Your skill level) -

 

Watch how others go thru the COF during the walk thru - and how

they shoot the stage.

 

Try NOT to go 1st ...   (ask not to).

 

Experience.    :) 

 

Welcome and have a Blast    ....   

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There are tons of previous discussions on this, it can all pretty much be boiled down to, 

what your stage plan is doesn't matter nearly as much as if you can confidently excecute it. 

 

I took a class class from one of the big name guys and he set up a stage and had us make a plan and shoot it. He then told us to make a totally different plan even if we didn't like it and we shot it that way. Times were essentially the same. 

 

It it boiled down to having a plan you could excecute with confidence and excersizing good marksmanship. So make a plan and shoot it. It doesn't matter if the other guy has a "better" plan.  If you are shooting sooner and not making up shots on steel you will be just fine. 

 

 

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Right.      Best plan - HIT the Targets ....    :bow:

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Right, hitting the targets does help :)

 

You see mr Hombre, that is where I find it ridiculous to have a 50 post minimum before I can post on the classifieds.  There's tons of posts on every friggen topic I can think of. I can read all I want... but apparently I need to make up posts to be considered an active member... so, I've started asking questions on things I'm thinking about so they'll consider me active.  I don't know what else to do!

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Ted, what's more ridiculous- requiring 50 posts or allowing someone to join and post classifieds on the same day?  This is self protection for the community.  Scammers are a lazy lot. In ant event, when you answer you will be one post closer.

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Well, even if the OP doesn't care, here is what I do:

1. figure out where you have to start.

2. figure out where all the targets are.

3. find the positions you *have* to go to. examine what else you can shoot from those positions.

4. Decide if it's worthwhile to shoot anything from a position you don't *have* to go to, for example if it's much closer or easier shot.

5. Figure out the shortest or easiest route from the start to all the places you need to go.

6. Decide where to reload.

7. Memorize it and visualize it over and over until it is your turn to shoot.

 

as ultimo-hombre mentions above, it is more important to pick a plan you can execute without hesitation than it is to split hairs over what is the shortest or fastest.

 

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Very nice, and succinct, Moto - I like it :) 

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On 4/17/2017 at 9:16 PM, blueeyedme said:

Ted, what's more ridiculous- requiring 50 posts or allowing someone to join and post classifieds on the same day?  This is self protection for the community.  Scammers are a lazy lot. In ant event, when you answer you will be one post closer.

Well, I don't like to go to the extreme so I guess I wouldn't say 0 posts.  We're getting way off topic but to me, a 50 post requirement says you only want your most active members to have access to classifieds.  However, to then also have an active "this is where I'm at for funding this site" ticker running at the top with messaging telling us there aren't enough funds to support the effort tells me maybe you might want more people selling things on here that would help contribute to that pot.

 

Just my 2 cents... I like this site and there are a lot of good and helpful people on here but when I realized I couldn't even think about posting an item for sale because the past 2 years of reading everyone else's discussions and buying from other members meant I wasn't an active enough member to turn around and sell something it rubbed me the wrong way.  Especially when as soon as I try to participate I get called out for posting on a subject that's been discussed.

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On 4/18/2017 at 3:28 PM, motosapiens said:

Well, even if the OP doesn't care, here is what I do:

1. figure out where you have to start.

2. figure out where all the targets are.

3. find the positions you *have* to go to. examine what else you can shoot from those positions.

4. Decide if it's worthwhile to shoot anything from a position you don't *have* to go to, for example if it's much closer or easier shot.

5. Figure out the shortest or easiest route from the start to all the places you need to go.

6. Decide where to reload.

7. Memorize it and visualize it over and over until it is your turn to shoot.

 

as ultimo-hombre mentions above, it is more important to pick a plan you can execute without hesitation than it is to split hairs over what is the shortest or fastest.

 

Thank you!  I'm sure someone told me something along those lines 20+ years ago but with the long break away from the sport (roughly 18 years) it is nice to have it spelled on in such a concise manor to remind me!  

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A poor plan executed perfectly will always beat an excellent plan executed poorly.

 

Find the simplest plan you can figure out, as a beginner.

 

When you get to the line, if you can't say with confidence you can execute than plan well 10 times out of 10, you aren't ready to shoot. Air gun it a few more times then close your eyes and play every move like a video in your mind.

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I started a thread on this several years ago......... The Search Function is your friend.

 

 

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Posted (edited)

It is worth the hunt, A very well done explanation by CHA -LEE.

 

 

Edited by jnr88
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