Second Tuesday of the month. You know what that means. Well yes, all you can eat wings at Quaker Stake and Lube. But it means it was time for a Ready Line IDPA Match. So I packed up the gear, grabbed my wife and off to the range we went. It was fun having my loving bride with me. I love it when she is there. It helps to calm me down some when she is there before a match. But I know she misses shooting. She can’t wait till the little one is here so she can go back to shooting. She hung out in the public lounge at Ready Line while I was on the range shooting. She said she watched some TV and took a nap. Maybe soon she will be out there shooting with me 🙂
We got there a little early, but I find it nice to get there a little early. It lets me relax a little and calm down. Plus I get to take some time talking with my fellow shooters and get to know them. I also found out that some of the guys had found this blog (Hi Matt!). That meant a lot to me for him to mention it and that he liked it.
Also had some of the guys I know from Oxford show up (Mike and Steve I am talking about you 😉 )! That was neat. It’s always great to get to see people you know and shoot with. I shared this website with one of them (Hi Steve!) so hopefully he checks here too!
There were a ton of people there last night. That’s not a bad thing, but at the same time it may not be a good thing either. With that many people, it makes things run a little longer then usual. but it was still a blast as usual. There were 4 stages of awesome once again. Jeremy, the Match Director is doing a fantastic job coming up with stages of awesome.
I was squadded in Squad 1 with my friends Steve, Shawn and Justin. Shawn and Justin were our SO’s and once again did a great job. I felt bad for Justin because he had nothing but problems with his gun all night.
Once again I came in middle of the pack. Not bad but not good. Especially after the number 5 placement last week. I could blame it on being in pain (my back pain was acting up), and while that was a factor, my shooting was off all night too. I wasn’t as accurate as I probably could have been.
What I did good this time: I had fun and I pushed myself, even while in pain. I used cover pretty well. My draws seemed to be smoother and faster. I ran around the stages more then I have before so that was pretty cool.
What I did bad this time: I needed to be way more accurate. I had good speed, but my accuracy sucked so I took way too many points down. I also need to practice some basic drills again, both close and at distance.
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: (I don’t know the name) – 8 rounds, 3 Cardboard Targets, 1 Steel Pepper Popper target, 1 Continuous string of fire, magazines loaded to division capacity. Stand at P1 facing down range with Pepper Popper at feet and hands over head. On the audible signal, reach out with strong hand and pull Steel over, activating Swinging target. Engage swinger with 2 rounds and then advance to P2 (Window). At P2 Engage two cardboard targets through the window with 3 rounds each, two to the body and one to the head.
- Stage 2: RUN AND GUN – 10 Rounds, 5 Cardboard targets, 1 Steel Pepper Popper Target, One continuous string of fire, magazines loaded to division capacity. Start standing at P1. On the audible signal, engage steel pepper popper till down and advance to P2. Using cover at P2, Shoot T2 in the head with one round and advance to P3. At P3, use cover of wall to slice the pie and engage targets T3 and T4 with 2 rounds each. Advance down wall to P4, again slicing the pie and engaging targets T5 and T6 with 2 rounds each.
- Stage 3: EL PRESIDENTE – 12 Rounds, 3 Cardboard target, One continuous string of fire, two magazines loaded with 6 rounds each. Start 10 yards away facing up range with gun loaded with 6 rounds. At the sound of the buzzer, turn and engage the targets with 2 rounds each, reload from slide lock and reengage each target with 2 rounds each.
- Stage 4: MOZAMBIQUE x 3 – 9 Rounds, 1 Cardboard target, 3 strings of fire, magazines loaded to division capacity. At each position, on the audible signal, perform the Mozambique drill, which is engaging the target with 2 to the body and one to the head. String 1 is 5 yards away. String 2 is 10 yards away. String 3 is 15 yards away.