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  1. Man, hard to believe that I missed this thread all the years that I was more active here. I might have shared this story somewhere else on the forum. A lot has transpired since I got my schoolin one day at the hands of one of the old time IPSC wolves. Back in days of yore, there was a well loved gentleman gunslinger named Miller who operated a range in SW Colorado that was the epitome of cool hang outs for the best in the sport. Matches like the Rocky Mt Stock Gun and World Shoot-off were held there for years. I was very new to the sport (27) and seeing this kind of shooting skill and knowing that it doesn't get any better, was a heady experience. I had tried motorcycle racing and damn near killed myself before I realized that I really wasn't that good at it. The San Juan Shooting Range was a place of legend and definitely a place to see who had a way with a pistol and who didn't. So, I customized my own 1911 shooter and went down to see if I could hang with those lads when it came to shooting fast and straight. I went down there with my "C" card, feeling like a real small fish, and ended up finishing well enough to face our humble host, in man vs. man shoot-offs. The matrix decided that I was worthy of extra favor that day, and I survived a couple of surprised wolves. So, I end up looking at the elimination board to see who's coming up next and I see " B effen E" !!! OK? In my mind, I'm already a minor god for making it this far. There are only eight slots left to the winner. Quarter finals, I suppose. Drum roll, so I step to the line, trying not to look over at BE with more than a causal glance. I doesn't matter if I look at him or not, cuz BE is just standing there all calm and shit, like Shiva. When the RO squeezed the bicycle horn, I knew I was road kill if I didn't turn the badger loose. I actually took that first run from BE. After that, I cut my eyes over, ever so slightly. Wow, that was no harder that those other GMs that I had to squeak by to get here. The next time they blew the horn, I shot a smokin run. Blazin fast, like my best practice run on my best day. IAll my plates disappeared crazy fast. And couldn't figure out how I hit anything with the way my hands were shaking. And somehow BE's stop plate was on the bottom? WTF? Man, he's really good...... At least I was alive this far in. I think we pushed it to best 3 out of 5 after that. The last couple of runs it was like he had an extra gear that he didn't show earlier. I didn't advance in that shoot-off, but the thrill was like going five NASCAR laps with ol #43.
  2. I started out shooting any sort of "gravel pit" match I could find. Eventually, Pins, led to falling plates, then to USPSA, Bianchi, and later IDPA. I say try them all and progress in each as they fit your needs. Its all good.
  3. Not sure if anyone has posted this solution yet. (I'm too lazy to read that far) A good 1911 smith can make the grip safety engage completely, so you can press the trigger hard, and then release with very little movement. Literally, just a touch from the web of your hand. It's just understanding the geometry of the way the safety arcs out of the way of the trigger stirrup.
  4. Pretty impressive tech support! Hat's off to CGW.
  5. I like the idea of not touching the mag well! swoosh......nuthin but net!
  6. It's like getting caught up in a story about something you did one time that might forever be identified with. Like a nickname you earned and either detest, or carry as a badge of honor. (not implying that anyone here ever did that) But, that can actually limit how your brain processes new information. So, "dwelling" on past match experiences is a definite detriment in my opinion. De-bugging them and applying the lessons is the fun thing. Unless, you just want to turn the badger loose and see if you can pull-off a flying multi-round jump-shot flurry to finish the stage like that one at the 2013 Jamaican Invitational.
  7. Any match performance analysis can be covered by the question, "what did I learn"? Praising or denigrating my own performance is not relevant. But, I still catch myself doing it.
  8. And so I wonder, how does a more mellow soul, train for competition, as opposed to someone in possession of what I've come to think of as the "crazy gene"?
  9. Jake, I've been away from the forum for far too long. It good to be reading your posts again, as I make my way back into shooting. I'm thinking "ragged edge" the way your personality type wraps myelin. I get that because I'm a "ragged edge learner" too. Got the scars to prove it.
  10. Maybe what Hwan is referring to is the natural process of myelin wrapping?
  11. It easy for me to start pressing the trigger and transitioning to the next shot. This "racing to the finish line mentality" is the reason I over look fundamentals like sight lift and follow-through. These do not take any longer to accomplish, because my eyes and sights are there anyway. S So, I'm constantly reminded that, it is best to direct my attention to shooting the present shot, rather that the fact that OMG (gasp), it's a Classifier!!!
  12. ......which means that I must have been placing my attention on the outcome, rather than the shooting.
  13. I'll bet most of us have blown a classifier, just because it was a classifier. No other reason than that. :-)
  14. The vast majority of people we meet in life are only spectators.
  15. Sam

    Shooting with music.

    I like to listen to music pretty loud, when I dry-fire and Airsoft practice. Usually, something in the fairly loud and metallic genre. There was a thread some years ago, where Brian described "The Set". I began to realize, that music can be part of establishing the set.
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