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Match Review from RRRC

Since I’ll be missing this week’s podcast due to 1) being in Virginia and 2) being replaced by the awesome Humble Mechanic, I couldn’t help wrapping up my thoughts on the RRRC USPSA match this weekend.

Before we roll the tape, a little back story: three weeks ago, I shot the Sir Walter Gun Club USPSA match in Creedmoor, NC and sucked. Bad. The culmination of it all was the classifier stage where I was so focused on seeing my hits that I forgot to shoot a few targets. Instead of going the speed I was capable of and knowing where my shots were going, I was rushing to go the speed I thought I should be going and hoping my alfas and charlies were there. Instead I got no shoots and mikes.

This pissed me off.

During the match, this was a bad thing because, despite knowing that shooting is first and foremost a mental game, I was psyching myself out. By the last stage, I didn’t even care anymore. And something amazing happened: I relaxed and shot a good stage, because I wasn’t stupidly tense about performing to a certain level.

After the match, being pissed off had the effect of making me really re-evaluate my shooting and what my goals were. That very evening, I started my challenge to dry fire every day from then until the North Carolina Section USPSA match 26 days later. On Day 20, the weekend before the big one, I shot a match for the first time since getting pissed/inspired. And this is what happened:

Without exaggeration, the best USPSA match I’ve ever shot.

And all of this from nothing more than 15 minutes a day of draws, reloads, and transitions. No fancy props or drills. Just me, a free timer app on my smartphone, and the gun.

I was shooting a lot of matches because shooting matches is fun and practice isn’t. But what’s even more fun, is practicing and then winning matches.

About Ben

Blog contributor. Active in IDPA and USPSA, and he won't flinch if you call him a rules lawyer. Ben is a beard wearing, bacon eating, whiskey drinking, motorcycle riding, coder.

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