As you can see, I am not much for posting in the range diary section. However I feel as though I have had some recent breakthroughs this year in the last couple matches that are worth sharing. I am currently classified as M Class in Production and CO. I have been shooting Production for the last 5 years and switched to CO in 2020 due to a bit of boredom/frustration in my progress shooting Production. I certainly feel reinvigorated in my drive to train and compete. So aside from a newfound drive the train and compete with the switch from Production to CO (which many would have imagined already), why even bother taking the time to post this? Shooting CO where I am not so focused on the minutia of hitting every reload, position, and sight picture perfectly; I feel has given me the freedom to focus more on how I attack each stage as a whole by putting the focus on blending positions and shooting on the move.
I recently shot TN State and had a good finish, although I shot scarred and didn’t feel like I shot to my full potential. I shot 245-A, 23-C, and 2-D. You can see from the video how slow the splits, transitions, and movements are. I am especially slow on targets that have hardcover or noshoots anywhere near them regardless of distance. Had I shot this same way shooting production, I would have instead been reflecting on the missed reloads and sight alignment rather than the stage as a whole. With CO though, there is at most 1 reload and the bullet goes exactly where the dot is pointed (no second guessing did that bullet go where I think it went). Shooting CO it forces me to solely focus on the execution of each stage.
The next match I shot was GA State. Although I didn’t shoot as accurately, I decided this match that I was going to trust myself and shoot to my capability. Despite a few gun hiccups, I feel I did just that. Instead of focusing on missed reloads and sight alignment with shooting production, I am now more focused on how I could have attacked stages differently. A few examples from the stages in the video below.
On stage 1, I decided to reload into the targets on the right. This left me shooting on the move into the farthest targets on the stage. Instead, I could have shot the targets on the right on the move and reloaded into the farthest targets on the stage. This would have left me shooting the last 6 farthest targets on the stage from a comfortable stationary position.
On stage 8, I decided to reload moving into the end of the stage. This obviously wasn’t the correct move to make. I should have reloaded after shooting the targets at the far right shooting position while I moving to the far left. This was the only part of the stage where there wasn’t anything to shoot at while moving. If I had done that, I could have shot the targets at the end of the stage while moving forward.
My final big criticism is on stage 9 where I spent way too much time on the swinger and I reloaded at a bad time. I should have trusted myself to take two well aimed shots on the swinger, shot my way up past that, and reloaded moving into the final position.
Long story short, if you feel your skill level is becoming stagnant shooting the division you are in you should try shooting something completely different. Aside from giving you a shot in the arm from the excitement of shooting something different, it will force you to focus on different aspects of your game that you have been neglecting.