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.