barebones1 Posted January 6, 2017 Share Posted January 6, 2017 I had about a year and 20 some IDPA match's under my belt, when I shot my first uspsa match in march /16. using a glock 34 ( my idpa rig). Wow I was hooked, no cover, full mags, shoot it as you see it. Looking back, my first match was a disaster. Running past targets. An entire family of MIKES. "can you count classifier" turns out I couldn't. Didn't matter, as far as I was concerned. The clouds had parted and I was standing in the warm sunshine. The glock lasted 2 matches. Enter the new tanfoglio limited 40 with all the goodies. The cart, the progressive press, the perfect bullet, etc. etc. I Met so many ( of what I conceder) to be the greatest people. Shot a named "big match. Won some Good prizes. I shoot with 3 different clubs in 3 states, 3 weekends a month. My pistol handling and accuracy, improved by leaps and bounds. I claim to be " one with my gun" I know where my shot went when I pull the trigger. This is mainly from help and advise from the Jedi masters I shoot with. ( thanks to my Jedi masters) . And DRY_FIRE. I finished in top 5 most accurate in quite a few matches. My struggle was physical. No matter what I did, my PT was sub par. Turned out the physical issues were underlying medical ( cancer). Shot my last 2 matches in Dec. In treatment now, going well and expect/hope to start competing again late February , early march. So at the end of 9 months of USPSA shooting, I am qualified as a C class shooter. I have a gun, rig and load, I am completely comfortable with. Next year projections. I am comfortable to make B class, possibly A. Last year, my last couple match's I was on cruse control. No energy , just generally feeling lousy. I was just shooting it, not pushing it. so I would like to share a few observations with beginner shoots this is the MYTH BUSTERS list 1# Jedi Thomas ; is 300 lbs master class( this man is rolling thunder ) lesson / big guys are master too 2# Jedi Steven ; will smoke you and 50 other shooters with a STOCK glock and factory ammo. lesson / gear will NOT make you great 3# Master Stan ; push speed to the edge of out of control. lesson you will never advance classes if your comfortable. ( probably not saying this well) 4# master Stan Details : blowing past a target ( FTE or FTN ) Mikes. you as the shooter own that. Good stage execution and mental preparation are just as important and gear prep. "blow past a target" there goes your match. cant wait for march Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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