I know, it’s been a long time since my last post. Actually, this isn’t my first match since my last post. I did shoot at Central Carolinas Shooting Club back on the second Saturday in November as well. It went as well as could be expected for not shooting a match since May. No safety violations, no hits on a non-threat, no procedural penalties, no failures to neutralize, and only 1 miss on a target that was 3/4 covered by hard cover. Still, I placed last for my classification in Stock Service Pistol. At CCSC, the thing I was most worried about was making sure I slowed down, doing things right, and not making a mistake.
Today, I picked up the speed a little bit, but still tried to stay somewhat accurate. Again, no safety violations, no hits on a non-threat, no procedural penalties, no failures to neutralize, but 3 misses on targets behind cover. One of them, I almost talked myself into taking another shot at it (it was the last target in the stage), but I talked myself out of it. I should have taken the shot. Could have saved myself close to 2 seconds.
Anyway, it was a really good match with pretty challenging stages. Of the 6 stages, 5 had moving targets or had you shooting targets while on the move. One stage had a steel pepper popper stop plate about 25 yards out. Thought I was going to blow that stage, but hit the steel on the first shot. That surprised me a lot. I usually freeze on those long range shots like that.
So, the scores came in and I was 199.66 seconds and down 42 points. This put me in seconds for Marksman Stock Service Pistol. Don’t think I’ve ever come in that high before. I was 13th in overall accuracy out of 82 shooters and 6th out of SSP shooters.
I’ll definitely take that for my second match back. Hopefully I can continue to improve and get better, but truthfully, I really just like being out and shooting with good friends and having a good time.
Well, that’s it for me. Remember, shoot safe, shoot straight!