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  1. I've been shooting about 25 years, only 5 of which have been action shooting. For the first 20 years, I shot with one eye open. Once I started shooting USPSA and 3 gun it became apparent that the one eye method was slowing me down so I started practicing both eyes. 5 years later, and I still have issues with it, but each year it gets a little better. The best way to train yourself is lots of dry fire, which is one thing I'm ashamed to admit that I almost never do.
  2. For the last year I've been focusing on entering positions, engagement order, and leaving positions. For your scenario, as others have said it's hard to take the multiple variables into account, but for arguments sake let's just say that your body and shoulders need to move to the right for targets a bit further down range from the current three you're engaging. Take this with a grain of salt because I'm not a GM or anything, but during my walk through I'd airgun it both ways and see which way puts my body into the correct position for the next array and next target
  3. Almost everyone I know shoots somewhere between a 6-8 MOA dot. I have a 6 MOA dot on my rimfire pistol, and honestly I wish I would have gone with an 8 MOA dot. I'm not overly practiced with a dot on a handgun, so I occasionally lose the dot in the window. With practice I'm sure this would improve, but when I've shot pistols with the 8 MOA dots, I don't seem to experience that same issue. I'd say that what you have is perfect. Shoot it for a while, and if you don't like then make a switch.
  4. I don't know if someone's mentioned this, but I highly recommend the book "The ABC's of Reloading". It does a great job of walking a complete beginner through the basics. From there reading the loading manuals typically will give you a bit more info, and then start watching some reloading channels on youtube. Ultimate Reloader has videos where he's just loading various cartridges, but watching what he does helps. He's also really good at explaining what he's doing as he's doing it.
  5. It really depends on what your preference is, what you're better at, and what your goals are. I'll typically shoot my limited gun in 9mm if I have a 3 gun match the next day. Otherwise I like shooting my RFPO gun, and RFRO. I'm typically better with a long gun, but I've noticed that when I shoot RFRO and RFPO, I crush my RFRO scores with that rimfire pistol. If you're not better with one over the other, then it might be worth practicing whichever platform you want to improve with. If you want to get better with pistol, shoot a pistol, and vice versa.
  6. For limited, which is the division I almost always shoot, I have a dozen mags. 2011 mags aren't cheap, and I'm not one to blow money, but I have 10 2011 mags for my 9mm limited gun I use in 3 gun, which I also used for USPSA for a while and 10 mags seemed to not be enough. Depending on the range you shoot on, if it just rained, and you did a mag change and the mag dropped into a puddle, or mud, you'd need to take whatever rounds remain out, take off the base pad, wipe down the spring, brush out the mag, reassemble, and then load again. During a match I don't want to deal with b
  7. I did this a few years ago shooting 3 gun with a bunch of guys who were really, really good. The stage was very shotgun heavy, with most arrays being 6-8 clays side by side. Their splits on these arrays were crazy, without any misses. For whatever reason, I subconsciously emulated those same splits. The result: I literally missed half the clays lol. It was one of those lessons that I won't forget. Before I shoot a stage, as I'm making ready I tell myself that I need to see my sights before pulling the trigger. It works most of the time, which is a
  8. Trash talking is fun when you give it back. In my experience, trash talkers can't handle it when you trash talk in return. I used to play a lot of golf when I was younger, and almost always played for money. Skins, match play, whatever. I played with different people, all who loved playing for money as much as I did. I remember two guys who constantly trash talked while we played. I never let it affect me, tuned it out, and focused solely on my visualization of my shot. At a certain point it became white noise in the background. One day I wasn't i
  9. Burnout is definitely a serious issue. I started shooting USPSA and 3 gun about 5 years ago. Each year I didn't get burned out, until this year. The thing that was different this year is that even with Covid cancelling some of the early matches, I've shot matches almost every single day on the weekends since about mid April. I've had maybe a handful of days off on the weekends. When I look back at what was different those first few years compared to this year, there are two things I can see - 1. shooting way too many matches and not having time off except for during the week, while I'm w
  10. Thanks, I'll definitely check that out.
  11. This year I've shot a few more majors than I have in any of the 5 years I've been shooting USPSA and 3 gun. One very strange thing happens that I can't quite put my finger on as the cause. When I shoot local matches, whether they're USPSA or 3 gun, I generally do well, shoot very free, and execute my plans really well. As soon as I make ready on the first stage of a major, that all flies out the window. What winds up happening is I suddenly start shooting slow. While I'm accurate, I'm just not shooting stages as quickly as I would at a l
  12. If you're talking about a local match, and are looking at place rather what percentage you finished compared to the winner of your division, the placement is meaningless. For example, let's say you came in 5th in limited. Awesome right? Then you look at what percentage you can in compared to the person who won limited and see that you're 40%. That's the bottom of C class. A lot of people look at their placement versus the more important metric of percentage of the winner. If you went to a sectional or area match, that 5th place would likely turn into a 60th or lower. Don't
  13. It really depends. When given the choice, I'll squad with friends, and most of my friends are pretty good shooters. If I have to shoot with people I don't know, I'll generally try to choose a squad with shooters who are better than me. I try to avoid signing up to squads where everyone is "unclassified", or there are people known for being lazy and not resetting.
  14. I typically don't count shots while shooting a stage. With that being said, I have caught myself counting when shooting a shotgun in 3 gun. I typically have my load plans in my head to avoid counting, but after factoring in a miss or two, if it winds up being more than a couple misses, I go back to counting how many shells are left in the gun so that I don't run dry. On pistol I haven't found myself counting because I'm typically dropping the mag well before I run out and plan stages that way.
  15. Absolutely. The best part is watching how they break down a stage, and how they actually shoot it. Most are also willing to share their plans with you, and explain why they're going to shoot a stage a certain way. The flip side of this is if you're a good shooter who constantly shoots with shooters who aren't good. I've seen this with a few local shooters who are good, but kind of stalled out at a certain level because they're not shooting with people who will push them to step up their games.
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