ColoradoNick Posted April 16 Share Posted April 16 (edited) I started shooting pistols in November of 2022 with the intent of a new hobby with my wife. We have a toddler and there’s a range a couple blocks from my in-laws who happen to be great babysitters. It started with taking the run of the mill pistol classes. From there we got introduced to bowling pin shoots and eventually USPSA. I shot my first match in February of this year. Since then I’ve averaged about 4 matches a month. My goal is to make Master within 12 months of my first match. The wife isn’t as excited about USPSA but still enjoys pin shoots. I plan on using this thread to document my training/progression and mistakes I learned from along the way. I’m blessed to live in the Denver area where it seems like there’s at least 2-3 matches a week. Since my first match in February to now I’ve learned a great deal and feel fairly confident about what I’m doing. I’m shooting in Carry Optics with a Shadow 2. Initially when I set out my focus was accuracy and I had a short term goal of shooting an all alpha stage. I was able to accomplish that fairly quickly with an average time and then moved my focus to stage planning (or speed) and limiting unnecessary movements. I’ve almost went too far the other way now and I noticed my accuracy was starting to suffer on classifiers. Mostly my grip. For a little while I had a real problem with not shooting No Shoots too . I’ve had a few top 10 overall matches but mostly because of the run and gun stages. I generally have struggled on the classifiers that focus more on core fundamentals. Either trying to go too fast or making stupid mistakes like hitting steel but it not falling and not even noticing it didn’t fall. Something else I’ve been working on lately is shooting while moving. In watching others it’s apparent it’s much faster to always be moving if possible. I initially tried this in a match and did horribly with a lot of deltas and mikes. I shot another match today with two classifiers- “Hi-Way Robbery” which I was able to score my first “A” classifier on while moving and shooting the steel. I went 1 for 1 on the steel and I’m pretty proud of that! I went 7.44 sec with 10 A’s and 2 C’s for a 76%. I also shot “blues don’t care” and even though I had an extra shot on steel I was able to score a 69%. 3.59 seconds with 5 A’s and 2 C’s. This should bump me into B come Wednesday morning. I ended up 5th overall and 2nd in Carry Optics today. Sweet!!! My next match is Thursday evening indoors. Indoors generally means less moving and I usually do worse at these. I will spend an hour at the range beforehand working on sight picture and grip in preparation. I’ll also get some dry fire work in on Tuesday. I’ll update on how that went on Friday. Feel free to comment here in the mean time with advice or questions. Edited April 16 by ColoradoNick Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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