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So after much bickering and online predictions of doom, I shot an IDPA match under the new rules. I like them. Short story version, the speed and freedom one gains from the fault lines and reload rule changes make up for the time lost dealing with 1 point down equaling one second.
Long story version, the game has changed a little that is true. But there still is a scenario, wearing a concealment garment, doing a slide lock or reload with retention, engaging targets in tactical priority and less racy guns and gear. It is not the same, very true. Some things may remind you of USPSA. But it is still very much IDPA.
Watch my match shot under the new rules HERE
If you've shot a match in the past year you probably had it scored electronically on the Practiscore app and the results posted on their web page. If you shoot matches all the time chances are you have the free app or even the Competitor app on your phone or tablet.
If you don't I'd highly suggest you get it! As the saying goes, if you aren't measuring you're guessing.
Generically what are we scored on in a pistol shooting match? Our time and our hits. Either in IDPA or USPSA, it's all about your accuracy and speed. Now how the two sports derive that score is very different but those two concepts, hits and speed can be looked at in Practiscore easily for either game.
Look at your score's composition however the results are summarized. First look at raw time. What was your time versus the division winner's time? Chances are you can remember a mistake that cost you time or the difference will reinforce your need to move faster through a stage and transition the gun faster. Look at your raw time and see if it is a weakness or a strength in how it effects your score.
Next look at your accuracy. In IDPA did only 10% of your score come from points down. For example if your match score was 100 and your raw time was 85 then you had 15 points down. With these easy numbers that means 15% of your score came from points down. Shoot more -0!! If you're shooting USPSA did you shoot 90% or greater of the available A hits? If not, start to!
So now you've looked at a match result and it's time to go practice and get better, reducing the number of errors you make. Let's take some of the guess work out of whether you're really doing better or not by putting your drills and stages from practice into the app on your phone and recording what you do. Then you can see if your feelings match the reality of the data from your hits and times. Did I get a higher hf/less points down that run by using that target engagement? Answer this and similar questions by using the data from your shot timer and hits in the Practiscore application.
Do this and you'll more rapidly learn how to feel the optimal speed/accuracy balance and its effect on your scores! And be training both smarter and harder.
I'd like to present to you a new explanation about the power of a Miss being scored on a target in USPSA.
Typically a target requires two hits, and two hits in the highest point value A area is ideal. Each one of those A hits goes into determining how many points you shot during that course of fire. If you shot two A hits on the target you'd be awarded 5 points for each, yielding a total of 10 positive points to your score.
Now let's look at the scoring should you shoot a single A hit and a single Miss. With the single A hit you earn a total of 5 positive points. With the single miss you are penalized negative 10 points. Combine these and you are left with a negative 5 points to be subtracted from your score.
You could have earned 10 points at best for the target, instead by shooting an Alpha Miss you are left losing 5 points. Or a total points value of -15 from what could have been the best result to the one you ended up with.
That one bad shot cost you then 15 points. A miss costs you three times as much to the negative than a good hit does to the positive.
Want better scores? You then must absolutely make sure you never shoot a miss again. Want training to fix this? Contact the shop to arrange a lesson for your group with Mink himself.
Here in Arkansas the New Year is only about 7.50 hours away. That means you better forget anything bad from 2016 and be ready for all the awesomeness 2017 will hold, like new models from CZ and new rules from IDPA.
Get out there in '17 and use your guns! We'll be here to help you work on them, upgrade them or sell you a new one.
Happy New Year.
Per the post made by CZ-USA on Facebook yesterday it looks like the highly anticipated Shadow 2 will make it to the US in 2017 sometime after the SHOT Show in January.
For everyone who's put a deposit down, the wait just got a little clearer.
The season for action pistol shooting, like IDPA and USPSA, is more defined by the weather where you live and availability of higher level matches than a calendar set by the sanctioning bodies. For most people the majority of the competitive action happens from March to October. Which leaves a person of about four months of what could be called "off season" time.
My question then is what are you going to do during those four months? Load a year's worth of ammo? Take a break to avoid burn out? Double down on your dry fire training?
What are you doing during the off season?
Here is a quote I heard about 4 years ago from someone who'd ordered many custom pistols, "Send the gunsmith your money and forget about it. In a year you'll get your gun and it will be a pleasant surprise as you'd forgotten about it."
There are delays and changes in time frames, and we appreciate your patience and understanding. But you know what we appreciate more? Customers who send us notes and pictures like these ones!
From customer PS:
Here's my very first shot fired. 15 yards freehand. Sure made me feel good about my purchase! Made the wait seem shorter.
Thank you PS and that's a great shot!!
Your holster and mag pouches aren't props or gimmicks in the outfit of a competition shooter. They are essential items you'll interface with almost every single stage you shoot and in every hour of dry fire and training. Finicky or overly complex gear doesn't do anything to help you in your quest for ultimate speed and accuracy.
So what do we suggest? The gear our shooting team has used in countless hours of training and competition. Gear from RLN Custom. It is handmade in the USA and a functional work of kydex art.
IDPA, 3G, USPSA or CCW you can find something that will suit your needs. Check out our shop/web store to see just what you need to get your ancillary gear up to speed!
If you haven't heard, USPSA has two new divisions for you to compete in with different guns than you'd expect. Need something new and fresh to reignite the fire and fun of shooting? Try a new gun and a new division!
Carry Optics. Basically a production gun with a slide mounted optic weighing less than 45 ounces with an empty mag in it. So you can shoot a P07, 75B, SP01 or AccuShadow with a RMR or Deltapoint and still easily make weight. Right now going with a dovetail mount is the quickest way to get into this but if you have a spare slide milling it might be the option for you once you find the enjoyment in a minor power factor gun with a dot.
Trust me, it feels like shooting some sci-fi laser gun, it's so easy and accurate.
And what excites me the most, Pistol Caliber Carbine or PCC. Any carbine ( or papered, legal sbr) in a center fire pistol caliber like 9, 40 or 45. Slings OK. Optics OK. 30+ round mags OK. Minor power factor only. Shooting and moving with a carbine, strong and weak hand/shoulder and everything else that goes along with it just totally changes how a USPSA stage feels when you shoot it with a PCC. And let's face it, it's easier to be accurate with a long gun than a pistol.
We've got our hands on a Scorpion or two and feel like we have a good baseline on making them feel much better than out of the box. For about the same price as a Jackson Package SP01, $1,500, you can get a pretty sweet little carbine that gives nothing up to other guns out there a lot of people are using based off a pistol mag lower.
Need to get your competition groove on? Need a reason to make room in the safe? Well here are some fun new ways to do so!
Who else can shoot zero local matches, just two major matches and less than 1,000 rounds a year in practice and STILL finish in the top ten at two different USPSA national championships? No one but our very own Matthew Mink.
2016 Production National Championships 6th place overall.
2016 Carry Optics National Championships 9th place overall.
Thank you to CZ-USA, VZ Grips, Black Bullets International, RLN Custom Gear, Dan Wesson, CZ Custsom and everyone else who supports the Automatic Accuracy team!