This morning I was busy making sure I had everything I needed in the truck before I left for Sioux Falls. After the match I headed back to Brookings to pick up a patrol car and headed out to Pierre for a week full of pew pew to become a firearms instructor. Once I had everything I think I needed I took off. On the way down the clouds look like it may be a wet match but once I was there it cleared up and the humidity picked up. I set a few goals for myself to accomplish during this match and overall I came close to them.
23 – A’s
1 – B
8 – C’s
1 – NS
Good stage until I hit the no shoot on the 3rd array. I made a downward transition and squeezed off the round just a tick too soon. I noticed it and made it up. Finished out the stage as planned and my movement and reloads were fairly smooth as well. Took 3rd on this stage.
13 – A’s
5 – C’s
Damn you Texas Star. Some genius decided to make us count out number of shots on different targets and then throw the star in the stage as well. I had too many make up shots on the star as usual but I’m getting better at the damn thing. I feel like I took too much time shooting the distance targets that required me to thread a bullet past no shoots but i didn’t hit them and my time wasn’t terrible. Like I said the star killed me dropping me to 5th on the stage.
18 – A’s
4 – C’s
Stage had a disappearing swinger on it. I chose to shoot it and Jon decided not to. He ran the stage about 2 seconds faster than me. I shot the swinger but its not like it cost me that much time since I had the ability to activate it and shoot another target so I wouldn’t be sitting still waiting on the swinger. It was overall a good stage and I took 2nd on it.
11 – A’s
2 – B’s
4 – C’s
1 – D
Not really a production friendly stage but I set a plan that I though was the best option and with the exception of dropping the D zone hit and a few to many makeups on the first plate rack it was a good stage. executed as planned and took 2nd on the stage.
21 – A’s
3 – C’s
Good stage. I shot it as I had planned minus my splits were SLOOOOOOOW. I also had a light primer strike that added about 2 seconds to my time. I need to keep up my splits like I had earlier in the match but I think it was because I was about done for the day and kind of went auto pilot.
In conclusion this match was a good match for me. I took 2nd in Production shooting 80% of Jon and took 13th overall. I had a few minor hiccups but I’ll take them. I told myself that I was going to go 1 for 1 on steel all day. That didn’t happen but I had fewer make up shots on them than I had in the past. I know the whole steel thing is mental and I need to keep telling myself “it is like me to go 1 for 1 on steel.” Keep saying it and I’ll eventually believe it enough for the performance to follow. Besides that goal I accomplished the goal of shooting at least 80% of Jon. My last goal was to shoot at least 75% A’s. I came really close with 74.78% of my shots on paper being A’s. I am working on the mental game more now than I have been and the dry-fire and live-fire are picking up again. Only have 3 matches left for the season but I want to end this out on a high note.