In a surprise turn of events, I was able to shoot a second IDPA match in a month. I was very surprised and excited.
So off to Ready Line again Tuesday night to shoot the match. This time was a little different. They wanted to try to change the time to start shooting to 6:30 and have everyone there by 6:00. It almost worked. They were just running behind a little so we didn’t get first shots off till about 7:00. But not a big deal. We still shot 3 really fun stages.
I had a really good match this time. I was fast, accurate and no penalties. That was really good for me. A top 5 finish was great too. I was very pleased by that.
This match had some really fun stages. This was the first time I shot using a door. We had to open a door, which activated a swinger and shoot on the move. That was pretty cool. I wanted to kick in the door, but alas, the door swung towards us, so maybe next time. It would have been way operator of me.
Overall this was a really fun match. If you are in the area, you should come to one of the matches. There are a lot of good people there and it’s a lot of fun. We only can shoot 3-4 stages sometimes, but at least we get to get out a shoot a little. That’s better then not shooting at all. This time there were a ton of new shooters. That is great. I love seeing more and more people get into the sport. This is a great sport for the beginner to get their hands dirty shooting defensively.
I think I need to get back to critiquing my performance like I did last year. So in that spirit:
What I did good this time: I took my time, but shot fast. My fundamentals were solid and had a pretty good balance of speed and accuracy. I only went 13 points down total for the match instead of like 500 the last time. I used cover very well this time, since that is one thing I needed to work on, so I remembered to use cover correctly. Overall I feel like I did very well this time.
What I did bad this time: Not so much bad but need to improve on. I need to work on drawing from concealment. I need to find a way to get my cover garment to swing backwards faster. I need to work on first shot from extraction. The last stage was a “Hammer Drill” where we pounded 10 rounds into the target from about 15 yards as fast as we could. I only had 1 round outside of the 0 down ring in 4.84 seconds. That is very respectable, but I think I can get that time down with a faster draw and faster first shot.
That’s it for this match. Check out the video below.
Check out the 2015 IDPA Results page to find out how I placed.
Stage Descriptions (italics indicates my added comments):
*Division Capacity: From time to time I will mention load outs for my magazines in the descriptions so you know how many rounds I am carrying with me. When I mention “Division Capacity”, for Stock Service Pistol (SSP), the division I shoot in, my load out is 2 magazines with 10 rounds in each and one with 11 rounds in it. In SSP in IDPA, we are only allowed to have 10 rounds in the magazine, but can start with one in the chamber, hence why the one loaded with 11 rounds. Other Divisions have different requirements.
- Stage 1: 5 TO GLOCK, IDPA STYLE – 10 rounds, 5 Cardboard Targets, 1 Continuous string of fire, magazines loaded to division capacity. Standing behind cover, engage each target in tactical priority down the range with 2 rounds each, begining on the left of the cover with T1 and ending with T5. (Basically we started behind cover. Engage T1 on the left and then rock to the right and engage T2 and then back to the left for T3 all the way down to T5.)
- Stage 2: SUPER FUN TIME – 15 Rounds, 7 Cardboard targets, One continuous string of fire, magazines loaded to division capacity. Start with hand on door knob. When the door is opened, it activates one swinger. At the buzzer, open the door and engage two threat targets with 2 rounds each, then the swinger with two rounds. Advance to P2 behind the barricade and slicing the pie engage two threat targets with two rounds each. Reload, grab the “hostage” and run around the corner, retreating and engaging the last two targets with two rounds each, strong hand only. (This stage was great fun. There was a lot of moving and running. The Hostage was a Kenny doll that some one brought for us to grab. One other guy and I used the hostage to basically bounce off the wall in the corner turn so we could be on target faster. It was hysterical. I wish you could see it on the video.)
- Stage 3: HAMMER DRILL – 10 Rounds, 1 Cardboard target, One continuous string of fire, one magazine loaded with 10 rounds. Start 15 yards away. At the buzzer, draw and fire 10 rounds into the target as fast as possible.