2012 LA State IDPA Championship
The opening match of my 2012 season ahs come and gone and even though I had a few slight issues I finished fairly well. I was 1st place SSP Master and 3rd overall out of 150+ shooters. I know in my last post here I was talking about using the Glock and that it was going well…….well after a lot of comparisons I decided to go back to the CZ 75 Shadow. It is may a touch slower but I have the confidence to make the tough shots and in IDPA that goes a long way.
I will do a quick breakdown of the stages…
Stage 1 – A quick 6 reload 6 drill. Went pretty well just relaxed my focus a touch on the last shot and dropped 1 point.
Stage 2 – Pretty decent stage but was playing Elmer Fudd hunting rabbits around the barrel at P2. It cost me a little bit of time.
Stage 3 – This was the first stage I shot, and it went pretty well considering it was early, a little chilly, and more that a touch slippery.
Stage 4 – I was going pretty good on the stage until the last target. Ther tarp they used to enclose the building was flapping around inside the door and I couldn’t get a good sight picture on the last target. Took a little time to find the -0 and then with it slightly obscured I ended up with a make up shot I didn’t need.
Stage 5 – The boat. Interesting stage and I was glad I didn’t have to shoot it early. With targets placed behind a picket fence I knew I would be better off waiting until later in the day. This is why I don’t think a prop like this is best for a sanctioned match. I cost myself time on the swinger, as soon as I was done shooting I knew I should have attacked that differently.
Stage 6 – Good stage with a choice of going left or right first. I shot it in a good time but got sloppy on the movers. They were easy shots but for some reason I decided to put a little lead on them even though they were barely moving, this cost me 5 points on those 2 targets.
Stage 7 – I had a good plan but the targets were tucked in behind stacks of barrels at 15+ yards. I knew I had 2 shots hit the barrels so I had to make them up which forced me to reload before I move instead of while I was moving. Again cost me time.
Stage 8 – This was the most interesting stage. 15 targets (11 static, 1 swinger, 1 dropturner, and 2 steel) all getting 1 scored shot. The stage was not scored Limited Vickers but they made it so by limiting the rounds you could carry, gun loaded to 6 and 6 rounds in only 2 other ammo devices regardless of division. Interesting concept but I am not sure the legality of handing out multiple FTN’s in this stage. I shot it OK but rushed 1 shot, called a wide 1 but it turned out to be barely a 3…………..and a FTN.
Stage 9 – Another good stage as far as design but this one cost me the most out of the few bobbles I had in the match. The 3rd target I engaged was an easy stating but I rushed the shot to get to the swinger when it was in the position I wanted and that got me a miss. Again the used a picket fence, this time in front of a pop-up target. I didn’t index to the right spot when the target cam up and had to pop 2 rounds quickly, of course the last one found the fence and didn’t score on the target, so that was another miss. 13 down on that stage was just a killer.
Overall the match went well. The stages were fun to shoot and the match staff was great as usual. I left atleast 16 seconds out there in sloppy of unlucky shooting, 41 points down and half of that in 2 stages is not good enough to get it done. I will be working on a few things and be back at it in a few weeks at the MVSA Regional.