I know it has been a long time since I had an IDPA match, but because of time constraints, I have not been able to get to a match since May. So this is the second match this year this season. I will admit this has been a slow season all around for me in shooting, but it has been a very busy summer with the baby being born and our son in town for 3 weeks. And you know what? I wouldn’t trade any of it. I knew this season would be a little rough but there is always next year.
When I left home that morning, it was pretty cool out. I could feel some of the humidity in the air and figured this was not going to be good. I got out to Batesville around 8 and ended up meeting my friends Brad and Steve there. We helped (well they helped and I did what I could to not hurt my back) to setup the first 3 stages of the match.
The pistol bays are down behind the main big berm of the rifle range. It was kind of an odd placement, but it was kinda cool because we were down near a creek. That did not help at all for temp that day, but it was a neat place.
However, it was Hot and Humid both with a capital H. Even down by the creek it was miserable. There was no breeze and only some shade, but there was enough to share when you weren’t shooting. I sweat buckets the whole time.
One thing that I have noticed, is if I get too hot for too long, I dehydrate and get heat exhaustion faster with the Diabetes. My blood sugars get all out of wack. So I made sure I had plenty to eat with me, more then enough water and a new piece of gear. We found some of those cooling towels you snap and get cold. I will be doing a future review on it. I ate a sandwich about half way through the match and that seemed to help, so I need to make sure that I am eating between stages and have something substantial about half way through the match.
I squadded on Brad’s Squad (Brad was SO and Chris and I were able to get on his squad) for the day. Brad likes to shoot fast and I am ok with that. Since it has been a while since I shot, I was very rusty at first and stumbled pretty good on the first few stages. But by the time I got to about stage 4 I was back in the groove. Granted that was over half way through the match, but even still, I was smoothing out during stages 2 and 3 and found my groove in 4. That was too late, but I was there for fun this time, not score since I haven’t shot much.
I had a really great time at this match. Chaz, the Match Director, came up with some very creative and unique ways to make stage reset very easy. The day went quick and we all had a great time. I definitely think I want to go back there next month for my 1 IDPA match.
Stay tuned next month for some fun change-ups. I think you will be surprised.
Also I have decided to drop the stage descriptions from the bottom of the post. I don’t always remember them and they are a hassle to try to figure out from the video. Plus switching back and forth between that and the video is distracting. So I am going to just leave them off.
Enjoy the video below. I tried shooting from a new angle so let’s see how it works out.
What I did good this time: I was able to correct my mistakes and move forward from them. I stumbled on the first couple of stages but was able to learn and move on. I was also able to keep my blood sugars in control pretty well, but I need to work on that more.
What I did bad this time: I need to make sure to bring sunscreen and a chair to the match next time. I am paying for not having both. I also need to make sure to bring all my gear and the wagon and not be lazy next time. Also I need to dry fire more. Not shooting for 3 weeks really does take it’s toll and the only way for me to improve is to shoot more and dry fire more when I can’t.
That’s it for this match. Check out the video below.
Check out the 2015 IDPA Results page to find out how I placed.