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Having a boring match

Back when I had the fortune to interview Steve Anderson for episode 107, one of the (many) things that stuck with me was a moment where he talks about accepting your current level of skill and not trying to shoot better than you actually are on match day. Playing his straight man, I replied that that sounds like a great way to shoot a boring match. Which, it is.

Saturday was Sir Walter Gun Club’s USPSA classifier match and along the way, I shot some really awesome classifiers and bombed some (miss on one, no-shoot on another). But throughout the thrillingly fast runs and the disappointing hits on others, I just kept a level head and consistent mindset and took the match one stage at a time. I didn’t let myself get caught up in what I had just done.

And at the end of it, I remember feeling kinda disappointed and empty. The match hadn’t been a thrilling experience, full of highs and lows.

In short, it’d been a pretty boring match. And I couldn’t be happier about that. I shot a very calm match right at my current level of skill, which I was pleased to find, thanks to significant dry fire, is higher than it’s ever been.

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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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