Archive for May, 2010

Time to turn around

Posted: May 30, 2010 in IDPA

It’s been a long time since I posted here. I’ve shot a few matches and really, I haven’t done very well. Since the 2009 OH State match, I’ve lost sight of my overall goal of becoming a master class shooter because I haven’t established any intermediate goals. What this means is that I lost motivation to dry fire through the winter and this season’s performance really shows.

Although I’ve been winning matches and my division locally, I haven’t felt like I’ve actually improved in my shooting ability. The past couple of matches I’ve performed especially badly. I can make excuses on lack of sleep, drinking the night before, etc but they’re just excuses. If Bob Vogel can drive through the night, enter a match the next day, perform and win a major match, I should be in a position where I can have some sleep and perform adequately.

Rather than beat myself up any more, I need to channel my energy in a positive way. I now have an airsoft pistol and have an assortment of PVC pipe and parts. I’ll be building 3 or 4 targets so I can start doing combinations of dry fire and practice with airsoft.

The beauty of airsoft is that you cannot cheat your trigger pull, you have to have visual patience with the sights and maintain your sight picture.

In the near future I’m going to get some work done to my gun including having a new beavertail/grip safety fitted, as well as a new hammer, sear, disconnecter set and a fiber optic front sight. I guess my age is starting to catch up with me since I’m finding it harder to track the current black on black notch and post set up.

June 1st will also mark the start of my new fitness routine, so together with dry fire, airsoft and more regular live fire practice, I hope to take my classifier scores well below 100s in ESP. Last month I shot the classifier and did it in 104s.

So, in a nutshell, it’s time to turn around and stop sliding down the slippery slope of mediocrity, get my butt in shape and continue on my way to becoming a master class shooter.