steve123 Posted December 15, 2011 Share Posted December 15, 2011 Hi, This is my first post here in Brians forums. I'm glad I found this place! I've been mostly into rifle shooting for the last 7-8 years, although pistol shooting was a passion of mine for many years. Maybe I can get some long unanswered questions about pistol shooting resolved. Some background- I started combat style pistol shooting way back in the late 80's. Mostly at my local venues in Northern AZ. Within a few years of starting I began winning most of these matches. The problem at the time was that this group of shooters were D and C level shooters so I wasn't pressed to improve my abilities. So I stayed at what I'd consider a low B level shooter for a few more years. I was never officially classified that I can remember as I had only gone down to Phoenix occasionally. Then I decided,(mid 90's) it would be fun to try the American Handgunner World Shootoff. This was my first exposure to a world class event and the top GM shooters. I was impressed at the time how fast they were but was even more impressed as the years went by because I was gradually realizing how hard it is to achieve that top level of performance. The first year at the AHWS I got 2cnd in unclassified. I had started practicing a few months in advance and shot a total of maybe 1000 rounds on steel during this practice. 2cnd year I got put into B class but got DQ'd from an AD. I was shooting well and had practiced with around 2000 rounds. 3rd year I practiced with 3000 rounds, months previously and won B class. That new STI Edge helped a lot. 4th year I got put into A and was lucky to finish in the top 3/4's. It went on like this for another 3-4 years even though I practiced with 5000 or more rounds within 3 months previous to the match. I had hit a wall! It didn't seem to matter how many rounds I shot in practice I could not find any more improvement. If I tried to speed up I'd start missing. Can't miss fast enough to win,can you? LOL Being discouraged with pistol and wanting to try other things I got into trackdays with sport bikes and dune riding quads with my sons till a few years ago. I recently went to a local pistol match and introduced a new friend to the sport. My interest is rekindled again. So my question is to the Masters. Do I have to put 40-50 thousand rounds down the barrel a year to get in your realm of ability level or is there any short cuts? How do I get past this wall? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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