I signed up for a local train up/match which was Aug 11-12, 1 day of getting to try different props and shooting positions with the match the next day. What an eye opener, thankfully there were plenty of experienced shooters to share some valuable insight and constructive criticism. For never shooting a match before I came in 25th place out of 61 competitors. First place scored 66 points, I ended up with 42. The rifle functioned flawlessly and as long as i did my part sent the rounds right on target. One thing I learned is I really need to learn wind and shoot using my left eye (something I have never needed to do). Everyone was very helpful and supportive to everyone else, just a great group of people. The club does not normally do a train up/match, they do have a match every month and I will be going as often as i can. And thanks to Travis at TS Customs for making me a rifle that shoots lights out, especially using factory ammo.
Thanks mamlukino, I'll check it out. I do a lot of graphics work on the side and I like to tinker with scaled targets. In the target above, at 100 yards, the bar across the top and right side are both exactly 1 mil while the small squares are .1 mil.
I can't shoot from my house but there is a space where I can snap in out to about 60 yards without alarming the neighbors. I randomize sizes of various shapes and put them out and mil them to range for simulated distance. Was considering writing a training app for this but, like everything else, its about the time and money you have to spend.
We held this event last weekend. We were hoping for 10-12 shooters to show up. We only had 5 but it ended up working out ok as we did a lot of learning on how to set-up/ run the match. Everybody had a lot of fun including a few people that just came out to spectate and watch. I'm working on some plans to continue for next year.
I'm thinking of trying to run a league night for 2 nights a month. We would run 2-3 stages and not focus so much on time and more on getting into position, target acquisition/ getting comfortable.
I would also like to get some sort of weekend tournament series going where we would run 8-10 stations on a Saturday or Sunday. Maybe 4 or 5 events throughout the summer with some sort of finale.
Well, first match in and done. My goal was to watch, listen and learn. My plan for the day was to just get hits and not worry about the clock. I shot USPSA for a few years and always worked on the accuracy knowing with time the speed would come. I just didn't want to come in dead last.....which, thankfully I didn't.
It was basically the same setup as the Firm/Vortex Rampage about a month ago.
I only finished one stage in the time limit. 8 stages total for a total of 100 hits.
I sent 51 rounds downrange and connected 21. I wasn't happy with that result, but still had a lot of fun and learned a lot.
What I learned...
Don't forget you have zoom on your optics, AND don't leave it on the highest magnification for the ENTIRE COURSE!!!!
Get hits. Period.
Get creative with your bags.
Yoga. Yoga might be a good thing if you're old(er),fat, and out of shape and can't bend over as far these days.....
Build your own barracade and practice the positional stuff.
Take time and build your foundation. I rushed this on all but two stages and struggled terribly to get the rifle to settle. Instead I was muscling it a lot and my shots went every where around target.
Still, I had a blast and would have loved to go through the stages again that afternoon. Looking forward to the next one to try to attempt application on what I learned.
Thanks for the replies everyone.
I should have figured this would mostly be a case of preference, but there seems to be a lot of love for the bungee slings
I'll order up a bungee style and see what happens.
also @tscustoms thats a good idea with the bags. I'll have to break out the sewing machine
Several of the different bags come that way, the short action precision bags do too
This isn't a new philosophy, but a smart one.
The rule has always been spoken like this: Never shoot in a boil.
In other words, when the mirage appears to be going straight up... wait.
Edited to add: I watched the video in it's entirety and he explains things pretty well.