My squad started on Stage 5, "Hoover Groover", a 23 round field course that included the "Texas Star". For being my first stage in several months, it started out pretty well. I blew the reload though, dropping the first mag I pulled off my belt and had to pull another one. This was followed by a poor performance on the steel, most likely due to rushing to recover from the flubbed reload. Adding to that, I was a bit conservitive shooting away from the no-shoots and dropped a few more points than I intended. 107 points in 15.32 seconds was 2nd Limited on the stage, but quite a distance behind Walt's nice run.
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We moved to Stage 1, USPSA Classifier "Bill Drill" (Stage Diagram with round count and explanation here
). As shown in the diagram, the back targets barely visible in the video are at 35 yards, but they sure seem farther when shooting it. My time was good, but I pulled a miss on the back left target (only 1 shooter in the match shot this stage without a penalty, nice job Toby). 97 points, 1 penalty, 17.93 seconds total for both strings put me 1st Limited here. I heard Walt had gun problems on this one when the lightened striker in his Glock broke.
Stage 2 was a 20 round field course. The third shot fired, first through the opening, edged the barrel next to the little popper, so I had to come back and pick it up. I shot a couple of targets out of my intended order too (care to guess which ones?), so the run wasn't as smooth as it could have been. 95 points in 10.75 seconds was 2nd Limited, edged out by Walter's 98 points in a slightly slower 10.91.
Stage 3 was a 32 round field course with a swinging target activated by a pull cord and starting with the gun on a "bar". I called a questionable shot on the swinger and put another one on it before leaving the position. Turned out I didn't need it as there were three hits on it. I did have an uncalled miss on another target though, and I started to reload again before the last port, hence the audible "ahh!". Otherwise this one flowed pretty well. 140 points, 1 penalty, in 11.58 seconds was 2nd place Limited to Walter's penalty free run that was about 3/4 of a second slower.
Stage 4, designed by Spanky on this forum, was another 32 round field course with a couple different ways to shoot it, since you could start at the back of the stage on either the left or the right. I don't know if I picked the best way, but it looked good and made sense at the time. It didn't leave much room for error on the reload, but there were no problems here unlike on Stage 5. I called a quetionable shot near the end and fired an extra one to be sure, but again it was unnecessary as all three hits were there. I was a few more points down again than I intended, and I will blame it on being conservative around the hardcover, but truthfully it was just a bit of sloppiness. 137 points in 12.11 seconds was good enough for 1st Limited.
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