I am getting ready for the XTreme Bullets Texas 3-Gun Championship in Marble Falls Texas so most of my activity has been around getting all my gear and ammo ready for this match and trying to fit a little bit of practice in.
I ran up to Hayes Custom Guns to return a PCC I had borrowed from Steve.
Got to go out for a little practice session with Steve, Ben Hayes and Josh Kenny who is the 2015 IPSC Junior World Shotgun Champion. He’s visiting from England and shooting a couple 3-Gun matches while he’s here. So yeah, stacked crowd.
I played around with one of these, which is a much more affordable alternative to a traditional 2011:
Every time I head up to @hayescustomguns my pal @ben_hayestx puts something cool in my hands. This time it was a @rockislandarmory double stack 1911 that he had modified with some custom slide work and a reliability package. Bonus, I got to shoot it too! This pistol tuned by HCG, by far, is one of the best bang-for-your-bucks values going for a 3-Gun pistol. Anyway, back to shooting my Glock…. 😕 #otherpeoplesguns #notanad #3gunshow #pistol #dontcallita2011 #para #3gun #ig3g #multigun #3gunlife #3gunner #3gunslinger #pistol #pewpew #3gunnation #uspsa #guns #gun #rkba #gunslinger #2A #thepewpewlife #shooting #pewpewpew #theppl
Most 3-gunners are moving to 9mm 2011 pistols these days, but the HCG dudes had just finished work on a customers pistol and brought it out to test fire (and I got to shoot it too.)
It’s a Rock Island Armory doublestack 9mm 1911, that the HCG guys did some custom slide and reliability work on. It’s based on the Para platform, and it’s way less expensive than a 2011.
Treating a Match Like an Athletic Event
I used to do a ton of obstacle racing and we would train specifically for the event, running distances, climbing walls, etc
And then I would eat well the night before, drink plenty of water and go to bed early. In the morning I’d eat a healthy breakfast with slow carbs to last throughout the day and pack with me plenty of water in a camelbak and some shotblocks for quick carbs out on the course.
And I don’t do any of that for 3-Gun matches.
This became apparent recently when I was shooting the Dissident Arms Multigun monthly club match near College Station, Texas.
So the night before I got to talking with the roommates and stayed up a little too late. And I’ve been running a bit too hard lately so I actually slept through my alarm. I woke up at 7, about an hour late and quickly took care of the pup and hit the road to drive two hours to the match.
I sent a text to a pal on my squad to let him know that I’d be late and luckily when I got to the stage it was a 1-gun stage, pistol, and we were only a couple shooters in so they put me down in the order. I quickly got ready and came over in time to help reset for one shooter and then I was up.
Of course it was a trash stage but that theme kept on most of the match. I was bumpling shotgun loads and couldn’t shoot the pistol to save my life.
So what did I learn from that?
Well a couple things:
I think I might be shooting too many matches and just not taking them seriously enough.
Self care. I’ve largely gotten away from this as far as matches go.
Get that sleep. This is totally subjective so if you need that 8 hours, get it. If you need less, good for you.
Eat a decent breakfast in the morning. Something that will give you energy for a few hours.
Pack some snacks. I like an apple but I found myself getting hungry toward the end of the day so I need to add something to the mix. Small snacks that can be eaten throughout the day and not necessarily one big meal.
Hydration. My standard is one of those standard 16oz bottles of water per stage. I came away from this match having consumed 1 24 oz bottle of water over 4 stages. That’s not nearly enough for the hot Texas day that I was shooting in.
Gear that Doesn’t Suck
Traveling all around the country for 3Gun matches, I’ve had the opportunity to shoot in some really… awful… weather.
I picked up a big golf umbrella for matches, and it’s been phenemonal for keeping me, and all my stuff dry in crappy weather.
Special thanks to Snippets of Life Photography for letting me use the great picture of Dave.