Time to update and get back in the swing of range diary-ing.
This weekend was -17 for the steel challenge match. Had 14 guns signed up so we went with it. 4 stage match - morning flight and afternoon flight.
Managed a personal best in 5 to Go and Showdown. Which is good, because the week prior I had been working on both stages in my morning practice sessions. In practice, I had been seeing strings 'consistent' in the 2.5 range for 5 to Go with some in the 2.2 and 2.3 range. blind squirrel practice was in 2.0 range. In match, started on the slow side but landed at 2.50 for last 2 strings. There is still quite a bit of room to pull out time on this stage. Probably another 1.5 seconds in the next 2 months.
Showdown followed a similar path - started on the slow side with 2.5 but by string 3 I was hammering out the sub 2 second run I was seeing in practice and may have had an even lower aggregate time if the dreaded 'oops, it's cold and this is a rimfire' malfunction hadn't finally caught up with me.I need to build a better warm bag for the pistol and magazines eventually. Practice typically started in the 2.3/2.4 range for the first pass, and then dropped into the 1.7-1.9 range pretty quickly, so this works for me. Need to sort out how to START with a faster time, but is ok to get a better than 100% time There is probably another second to pull out of this stage with just a little consistency.
Other 2 stages were Smoke and Hope and Pendulum. Smoke and hope I had too many make up shots on either the stop plate or plate 2 or 3. I shoot 43125 - so a miss on 3 is a fairly fast make up, but a miss on 2 is a PITA. I just wasn't stopping the gun. When I did it right I was shooting about where I should - in the 1.6 to 1.8 range. When I did it wrong (which was most of the time on saturday) it wound up in the low 2s.
Pendulum - I don't think I had a string without a makeup shot. So instead of the 2.5s or 2.3s I shoot in practice I was launching 2.9s and 3s. Guess what I need to work on in live fire next?
Practice for this week is largely going to be in the gym doing strength training and dryfire. It's stupid cold out, so I'm going to stay inside.
On wednesday when the numbers run, I'll have my first GM. RFPI. This is significant for me because 1) I'm 51. Not 'young eyes' or any of that crap. 2) It's been something that I've wanted to achieve for a long time. 3) now the real work begins, because it's not about the next classification any more - it's about cutting .1s and .05s and just shooting...