Well it was finally time to shoot at Oxford this year. Unfortunately, because of holidays and rain and stuff, this was the first match of the year there. It was a great time. There were not a lot of people there this time, which was not a bad thing. That allowed us to move quick and be out of there before too much of the heat of the day set it. There were a lot of new faces, but still a lot of the veterans from years past. I always try to get on squad one because we move quick and usually get out of there at a relatively good time.
I think the lack of people this match was because of a) moving the match because of Mother’s day and b) Batesville’s Monthly match was the same day so a lot of regulars probably went there. Plus there was a threat of rain all day so that might have held off a number of people.
The day dawned humid, but a little cool. I got up and gathered my stuff and set out around 7 this morning. I finally got to try out the new pants I had ordered back at Easter. There was an outfitter store that was running an Easter special on Blackhawk light weight tactical pants that I jumped on and got 2 pairs for like 15 bucks. It was a great deal. My loving bride hemmed them up for me the day before so I would have them to try to keep a little cooler then shooting in Jeans.
Like I said it was a humid and, turned out to be, warm day. I was sucking down water to try to stay hydrated the whole time, but I still got a little over heated and had to sit down for a while. I just wasn’t feeling well. I found some shade and just plopped down for a few minutes to rest. I did remember to use sunscreen this time! I avoided the sun burn this time.
Despite the humidity and heat, I did fairly well this match. I slowed down more and shot more accurately. I took my time and shot fast for good times, but tried to avoid pushing too hard and taking too many points down. I succeeded and had a great run.
Oxford is always a blast to shoot with creative and challenging stages and getting to shoot a second match this month was great. Since things will get tighter time wise soon, I am trying to grab as many matches as I can.
Be sure to check out the results page and watch and enjoy the video below!
What I did good this time: I made accurate shots and focused on accuracy over speed this time. I was able to go fast, but I was also able to see where my shots landed before I moved and transitioned to the next target. This allowed me to only take a few points down as opposed to way too many.
What I did bad this time: I rushed the BUG stage. I wasn’t feeling good and admittedly just threw lead down range. I was not paying attention to what I was doing and just shot as fast as I could. This resulted in a poor score for that stage.
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: STOP THE TERRORIST: 12 rounds, 4 Cardboard Targets, 2 Strings of fire, magazines loaded to division capacity, 2 Target Arrays. String 1: Shoot Freestyle. Upright target w/simulated body armor & w/bag mask on head. Score 2 rounds to head & 2 rounds to pelvis. Then shoot low horizontal target. Score 2 rounds to head. All tan areas score as 0 down hits. String 2, repeat of String 1 with second target array, but shoot Strong Hand Only.
- Stage 2: IN AND OUT: 18 Rounds, 9 Cardboard targets, One continuous string of fire, 3 magazines of 6 rounds a piece. At Buzzer, engage 9 targets. Double tap 3 targets while moving in from P1 to P2. Reload and double tap 3 center targets while stationary at P2. Reload and double tap 3 targets while moving out from P2 to P3.
- Stage 3: USING EACH HAND: 18 Rounds, 7 Cardboard target, One continuous string of fire, 3 magazines loaded with 6 rounds each. 3 target arrays. At the buzzer, draw and engage 7 targets. Double tap 3 strong side targets shooting Strong Hand Only. Reload then engage center target with 6 rounds. Reload then double tap 3 weak side targets shooting Weak Hand only.
- Stage 4: ESCAPE: 16 Rounds, 7 Cardboard target, One continuous string of fire, magazines loaded to division capacity. All shots from cover. At the buzzer, begin behind high barrel with 4 Rounds to T1. Remaining targets are all double taps. Engage T2 from left of barricade, T3 & T4 from right of barricade. T5 (w/ hard cover) from Left of wall, T6 & T7 (w/hard cover) from Right of wall. Use any legal IDPA reload.
- Stage 5: STEP TO COVER: 18 Rounds, 7 Cardboard targets, 4 Steel pepper Poppers, One continuous string of fire, magazines loaded to division capacity. All shots from cover. All cardboard targets are double taps. At the buzzer, drop crate and step to cover & shoot 2 cardboard targets & 2 Poppers till down at side of stage. Then shoot 3 cardboard center targets. Move across stage & shoot 2 more cardboard targets & 2 more Poppers till down. Use any legal IDPA reload.
- Stage 6: BUG STAGE, SEATED AND STANDING: 10 Rounds, 4 Cardboard target, 2 Strings of fire, 5 rounds per string. String 1, Begin seated & holding mug w/strong hand. Pick up gun from table and using Tactical Sequence: shoot 1 round to one target and 1 round to other target. Then shoot additional shots, scoring 3 rounds total to one of the targets & 2 rounds total to other target. String 2, begin standing behind cover & holding gun at the low ready. Engage targets as they become visible from cover. Score 2 rounds total to one target & 3 rounds total to other target.