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  1. dainsleif

    How slow is slow enough?

    I can't believe I didn't think of that, lol.
  2. dainsleif

    How slow is slow enough?

    That's a good point. I have 25 USPSA targets, but I can only use them at one of my clubs as silhouettes are banned at the other club (where I get to practice more often). I use some for dryfire, and I am going to try to bring some to the second club for better practice, where there are action pits and I can draw/move/shoot more freely.
  3. dainsleif

    How slow is slow enough?

    Yeah, I've been practicing lately on plate rack at 25 yards. I think that's been part of the reason I am seeing better accuracy since it's making the targets seem closer by comparison. There was a plate rack at about 10 yards at the match and I breezed through it. In general I try to train/do things harder than they will be when the time comes to execute them, so it'll seem easier by comparison. I think the more I get accustomed to the new pistol and gear, the better I'll do; plus I'll just be accruing some match experience. If only I were in a warmer place, I'm a bit bummed that It'll be 4 months or so after the next match. I guess I'll just need to keep practicing so I can hit next season running and maybe surprise a few people before they knock their own rust off next spring.
  4. dainsleif

    How slow is slow enough?

    I think the tweaks that have given me some better accuracy will help with the speed in certain ways as well. Thus far, I haven't been too confident in my abilities to hit longer shots so I always get as close as I can and go out of my way to take easier shots even at the expense of time. On certain stages I watched GMs nail long shots from positions I wouldn't try which allowed them to save the time moving to an easier position. Now that I am improving in my accuracy confidence, I hope this will give me more stage planning options. This past match, I know I would have done a lot better if I didn't waste time with the malfunction and needing a good amount of shots to finish the Texas Star. Also, on the classifier, it was Comstock scording so I took 2-3 extra shots just to try to make sure I got some points, although it did hurt a bit time-wise. Still, a focus on eliminating mikes and no shoots definitely caused me to be conservative in my positioning and planning. For now, though, I am satisfied with that. Four matches ago I had 34 mikes! To have it down to 7, while not ideal, does give me some measure of satisfaction. There was someone who "missed fast enough" to beat me, looking at the scores. He had 20-30% lower points but was about half my overall time for the match. I don't want to go down that road, but I do think I need to work on that speed. For now though, I'll stick to trying to improve speed in practice while trying to go for accuracy in matches until I am confident I have quashed the no-shoots and mikes, or at least reduced them to an acceptable level. At the current trend, I'll have 0 mikes and 1.5 ns next match, ha. I'm also trying to learn shot calling. One rather distant target was the source of 2 of the 7 mikes. It was a partial and I thought I got headshots, but apparently I didn't. It stung, but I don't want to let it bother me too much. It kind of stinks I know people are shooting 3-4 matches a month and improving; with my current budget and family situation I'm relegated to one every 4-6 weeks, but I am hoping with live fire practice and dryfire practice I can really make those matches count.
  5. dainsleif

    How slow is slow enough?

    POI/POA difficulties appear to be past me, I think I figured out my problem the the 50% or so reduction in M/NS from last match I think bears this out. Not sure about the malfunction, first I had during a match, although this was a new gun. As for the star, to be honest, one guy once mentioned "shooting plates on opposite sides" to try to keep it balanced, but that's it. If there is a better or more precise method, I'd be eager to learn it.
  6. dainsleif

    How slow is slow enough?

    Thanks for the post. I'm trying to do the same thing, but I would not say I'm particularly accurate. I'm trying to focus on positives from Sunday's match but to be honest I'm feeling pretty badly about myself. On the plus side: - For the first time out of my first five matches, I didn't zero any stages. - I didn't finish last in Production, or overall - It was my first match with a gun I've only owned two weeks, using a belt, holster and pouches that were brand new - On a 127 round count match, I had 7 mikes and 3 no-shoots which for me I think was pretty good. - I completed a Texas Star for the first time On the negative side: - I only finished ahead of a couple shooters - My time was bad overall--granted a.) I had a malfunction [double feed] on one stage that killed my time on a stage I was otherwise doing well on, b.) the Texas Star really got spinning and took me a while to finish I guess it just sucks seeing your name near the bottom and how far behind you are. I know I can and do need to practice more but I guess I feel like I need more direction. I can't find anyone around here that offers any courses/training/coaching and it isn't really feasible for me to travel much due to my family situation. I guess I'm just kind of disappointed in myself and discouraged. On the other hand if I were an established shooter I'd probably be kind of pissed if a (relatively) new person out shot me. I just know one of my shooting acquaintances who finished near the top of a recent match openly admitted he doesn't really practice other than the occasional live fire trip. However, to sort of tie this back to my original post, my Mike/No-Shoot numbers are definitely trending in the correct direction over the 5 matches: M / NS 26 / 10 34 / 1 21 / 7 14 / 5 7 / 3 I think I need to increase my dryfiring routine. I am hoping to get in one more match before winter. It was 40°F at the past match, and between wind and stage malfunctions we had 7 or 8 reshoots.
  7. dainsleif

    How slow is slow enough?

    It's points divided by speed, so both are important. I don't think you can improve speed and accuracy simultaneously, so I am going to start with accuracy especially since the next match will be the first with this pistol and gear. I think I can then do a lot of speed more practice/drills/training in the "off season" to try to improve that aspect. I've already been working to improve my draw times and I am seeing the timer creeping down. I think with the changes I've made I can drastically reduce/negate mikes and no-shoots. Each match I've gotten better, and I think I am going to see some good gains now that I've gotten into a regular practice routine with proper equipment.
  8. dainsleif

    How slow is slow enough?

    For what it's worth as an update to my OP, next match for me is Sunday. Might be the last of season, but I think a few places here have a November match. It'll be my first with "legit" stuff - running a CZ Shadow 2 with CR Speed belt & pouches plus a Bladetech holster. I know gear won't mean anything if I don't do my part but it feels better and is giving me some confidence. I've been running through dryfire drills and doing live fire 1-2 times a week and I feel like I am getting better. I think I have diagnosed part of my Mike/No-shoot problems, and it was related to grip/sight alignment. I was actively holding off target to try to correct my perceived problem since POI was not equaling POA, , but I think now I've actually figured out the cause of the problem (which has been plaguing me for a while). I've since made a couple tweaks and my last live fire session was very positive. While I'm going to try to shoot as clean a match as I can on Sunday, I feel like the changes to gear/technique and philosophy based on suggestions here and elsewhere have already led to some improvement/maturation since I started in April. I'm not intending to "slow down and get my hits," but instead to try to call my shots as best I can and shoot at the speed of acceptable sight pictures. I think the above mentioned tweaks will already make a positive impact. I'm really digging the Shadow 2 as well...a different animal to the G19 I ran last match!
  9. dainsleif

    How slow is slow enough?

    That's one thing I've learned from Steve Anderson's podcast. Shoot at the speed of sight, when you have an adequate sight picture. Shoot at the level of accuracy the sport requires, which is different from shooting with hyper accuracy. But don't "slow down so I can get my hits." As a bit of an update from when I started the thread, at my last match I did go "slower" but tried to only do it to the level required for me to take better shots and reduce mikes and no-shoots, rather than going slow for slowness's sake. On the last stage of the match, which was basically a field course, I had no no-shoots and only one mike, while finishing eighth from the bottom in c. 50 shooters. While for most people that would be a poor showing, I presume, it was the highest I finished overall in a stage so far, and it left me with some confidence as everything felt like it was clicking and I got into a bit of a groove. It was nice that it was the last stage so that I can hopefully carry that momentum. I also invested in some bona fide gear, with a CR Speed Belt and pouches arriving on Friday. I just purchased a CZ Shadow 2 that I should be picking up tomorrow from the FFL. I've been working with Steve Anderson's dryfire book and recording my par times and doing live fire once per week. Hoping to hit one or two more local matches before winter sets in.
  10. For the record, my match last weekend had three GMs and the two who I observed were both running P320s, so polymer striker guns still seem to have a place.
  11. Interesting thread. I've done three matches now, all with my P226. This coming Sunday I'm going to run my G19 for the first time just to see how it goes. I've been using it for dryfire and practice for a few weeks now. I wish it was a 17 or 34, but I'm not willing to shell out to find out it might not work the best for me. I've had my eye on a CZ before I even started USPSA; there's a good chance it's in my future but I don't think at my current skill level there is enough to make it worth it when I can spend that time on ammo and training materials. I'd say about 40% of the people in production at my local matches use Glocks, and I've definitely seen M&Ps and the like.
  12. dainsleif

    How slow is slow enough?

    At the new club it's probably about 5 minutes for the squad as a whole, but we ended up being behind the other squads so maybe we weren't supposed to take that long. We had about 12 people on the squad so it did get a bit hectic with everyone doing mock runs/planning at the same time. I've started listening to Steve Anderson's podcast, and although a chunk of it goes over my head, it seems like a way to keep the relevant topics in my mind.
  13. dainsleif

    How slow is slow enough?

    I've started to work on my dryfire most nights. I am planning on picking up a book or two, one with dryfire drills/focus, and one more generally on philosophy/information. I'm leaning towards trying the G19 in the next match, just to see how it goes. I have this coming Friday off, so I was hoping to go to the range and do some live fire practice/drills as well. Thanks for all the information so far, guys. It is appreciated.
  14. dainsleif

    How slow is slow enough?

    Yeah, in the end what I am seeking is progress and personal development. I only referenced the last/second-to-last stuff as a metric for me to compare to the broad group of other competitors. While I expected to be near the bottom since I am just starting out, being so far behind everyone has been admittedly eye-opening and humbling. It is also, however, motivating. My previous competitive experience is all in CMP matches (M1 Garand, vintage service rifle, etc.) where it's very slow and the emphasis is on precision; by comparison, the "rapid fire" stages in those matches give you about 10 seconds per shot. My philosophy in those matches was always that you were battling yourself more than the others. And, in the end, every match I saw improvement and higher scores. I was a bit disappointed to see my scores dip from the first match to the second, but match three was the best I have scored, which isn't saying much. I think if I incorporate the feedback offered here and most importantly develop and stick to a training routine, I can see some improvement.
  15. dainsleif

    How slow is slow enough?

    I just might try the G19. I have enough mags and my mag pouches will work with them. The majority of my dry fire has been with it, I'll just need to buy an OWB holster as I only have CCW ones. I know a few times I tossed the DA shot with the P226 to start off. Plus, the Sig is the Massachusetts model (before I moved) so it has the super heavy trigger to begin with. My G19 is a "free state" Gen5 purchased after I escaped. I've thought about getting a trigger job on the P226 but I just haven't gotten around to it. One of the better shooters at the match stressed the importance of practice at home. He said to think of the practice at home as studying and the match as the test, and that in order to do well on the test you need to study at home. For the first match I had not fired a pistol in seven months--this was due to me being in club limbo from moving. For the second match, I had only fired at the first match. Since then, I've made it a couple of times to a range now that I have a place I can actually go. I'm hoping that amping up my dry fire plus handling practice (I was advised to flip my mags so that they face forward instead of rearward) will lead to better outcomes, especially if I make sure to obtain proper sight pictures.
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