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I thought this might make for an interesting discussion or maybe just an interesting observation:  I traditionally have heard that 90-95% Alphas is what is needed to be competitive but a quick analysis of carry optics nationals (which is all minor scoring and notably a worse penalty than major) shows the top 10 were all about 75-80%.  It seemed to me that match as a whole was pretty well rounded and not favoring any one style or a lot of distance shots that might throw that number off.  I just thought that was interesting and maybe something I will keep in mind during my own training to push the speed a bit more and be ok with that.  other thoughts?   

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First I will preface this was my first pistol nationals so I do not know what the norm would be, or have much to compare it to.

 

To me there was a lot of long stuff, about a half dozen (possibly a few more) with open targets out at 23-36 yds.  The open targets gave you the impression you could possibly shoot them a little faster.  Also some Gimmick stages, (carrying a 20 pound ammo can) to shoot I believe 12 targets one handed.  One stage where first string you shot 6 rounds reload 6 strong hand, second string you shot 6 rounds reload 6 weak hand (Virginia count).  One stage was shoot last three targets weak hand with targets at about 5 yds., 10 yds., and 18 yds. (is the target range most shot that stage with their week hand).  A few timing stages where if you missed steel, it would throw your stage plan off.  A stage had 2 swingers where the IPSC targets was essentially cut down to the top 1/3 of the target (lots of mikes on those targets).  

 

All in all I though it was a good test of a lot of myriad of different shooting skills.  During the match, I did not know how I felt about the gimmick stages, but after discussing with other shooters on my squad I felt the same way they did as I have had time to reflect, it was a good test.  I will say there was a few competitors there that weighed under 100 pounds or just over 100 pounds, so to asking them to carry a 20# ammo can seem to throw off competitive balance a bit.  At least it did in my eyes. The ammo can stage also compelled the PCC shooters to shoot their rifle one handed.  Not sure how I feel about that when there is a specific rule about not making PCC shooters shoot one handed.  Yes I understand you are not making them shoot one handed but to be competitive for PCC on that stage you pretty much had to shoot one handed.  

 

Section C is where all of the gimmick stages seem to be so you shot them all on one day.  That section seem to eat a lot people's lunch.  

 

Overall I liked the stages, and felt they were pretty diverse.  I thought the stage designs allowed the shooters to essentially get themselves in trouble by not respecting certain targets, or giving the shooter a false sense of their shooting ability on certain target presentations.  

 

Learned a lot, and at least what to work on for the next one. 

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I’ve always aimed for 90-92% of points shooting minor, which is about 75-80% alphas. It’s pretty uncommon to see someone shooting minor and have 90%+ alphas. And by pretty uncommon, I mean almost never. I am talking about the people that have a competitive time, not the people that shoot very  accurate but take 2-3x the time of the division winner.

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On 10/20/2021 at 10:19 PM, Rich406 said:

I’ve always aimed for 90-92% of points shooting minor, which is about 75-80% alphas. It’s pretty uncommon to see someone shooting minor and have 90%+ alphas. And by pretty uncommon, I mean almost never. I am talking about the people that have a competitive time, not the people that shoot very  accurate but take 2-3x the time of the division winner.

This. 
 

90-92% of the total available points is the target for minor scoring. Not 90% alphas. 
 

And 93-95% of the points for major scoring. 

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