The 2014 IDPA Nationals are well under way. Some of us shot yesterday, and more of the top shooters will be shooting today and tomorrow. There is a good summary of what the scores look like over on Gun Nuts Media.
As for me? Well, I haven’t shot IDPA in years, so when I started stepping up to the stages yesterday morning there were a few surprises. I definitely didn’t make it out without any procedural errors, but I accomplished my goal: I shot a slow, accurate match.
One of the things I struggle with most in the action shooting sports is getting ahead of myself. I know how to line up the sights and pull the trigger, but I don’t always do so when I’m in the middle of a course of fire. It’s silly really, see a good sight picture, get a good trigger pull, it all sounds so simple.
Yesterday, I shot one of my slowest matches ever, and between that and the procedural errors (What do you mean I HAVE to be moving? I can only load six rounds into my gun?) I was left down near the bottom of my class. That’s okay though, because I was also one of the more accurate shooters in my class, and that was what was really important to me during this match.
To be honest, I spent most of the day picking Randi Roger’s mind (she was coaching the A Girl & A Gun ladies I was shooting with) and talking to friends. It was a fun day, and I definitely have a lot to work on – of course, as soon as this is over I need to start getting ready for Brownell’s Lady 3-Gun and the SouthEast Pro-Am.
Having a goal and sticking to it throughout a match – even when you really really really want to hose those three targets – can give you a sense of accomplishment even when you place poorly. We’re all works in progress; know what you’re working on.