In an effort to start off 2020 right, I participated in the unsanctioned Steel Challenge match at the AGC range near Baltimore. I have never shot Steel Challenge before, so this was going to be an interesting experience. I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t going to count towards classification, but in a way, maybe that was for the best.
It was 5:30AM on Tuesday morning, and I had just been woken up by the soft sound of my smart alarm clock telling me it was time for another day of earning a living. I rolled out of bed, turned off the alarm, and grabbed my phone to do a quick overview of the day’s events. While perusing Facebook, I noticed that a 6PM slot at the USPSA match had opened up literally minutes earlier. I posted that I wanted it, then politely asked my wife if I could shoot it. This is perhaps the wrong order of operations for a happy marriage, but, fortunately, she acquiesced.
That is the story of how I wound up shooting this USPSA match. You want to know how it went? Keep reading.
A spot opened up in the IDPA low light match on Tuesday, and I decided I’d take it (after begging the wife for permission). I’m kinda moving away from IDPA, but a chance to shoot in the dark is an opportunity worth taking.
I finally got myself back to the NRA HQ range for a USPSA match last night. This was my first one in like seven months.
It was not my finest hour – I’m out of practice. But I absolutely noticed substantial improvements to my shooting, and lost it more on unforced errors and equipment problems more than simply bad shooting.
Had the pleasure of participating in the first public 3 gun match at AGC Baltimore’s new action bays! This was my first 3 gun match ever, and let’ say… it showed. I didn’t come in last place, but 22/27 isn’t exactly a stunning finish.
This was a fairly easy match as they go; no long shots (50yds max), pistol shots weren’t overly difficult (lots of dueling racks, though), and the shotgun portion wasn’t overly focused on loading. I gave up a lot of points in penalties; a fair bit of that was from not really having the right gear to shoot 3 gun and then skipping targets. Also had some equipment failures, including a really catastrophic holster failure – it was basically a miracle that I wasn’t DQ’d.
Here’s me running on the first stage:
This wasn’t a bad run for a first time, but as you see midway through the video, I’m like “where are all my shells?” I had a side saddle, but it felt off, which left me totally zero on extras. Oops! If I had a proper shell holder for my belt or chest, I think I would have done somewhat better. Well, that and “practice”!
I have a buddy from Green Ops who shoots at Blue Ridge Arsenal, so I figured I would give it a try.
Analysis after the break.
Another week, another match. I actually shot two other matches this month before this one, but this IDPA match is the one I got on video (3/4 stages).
Analysis after the break.