Well, I completed the 2009 Indiana State IDPA Match and I’m beat. I can only imagine how the range and safety officers feel about now.
The range opened at 7:30 am for registration. The shooting started at 9:00 am and continued until almost 6:00 pm. We had a bit of drizzle this morning, but it cleared up by 10:30, though it remained chilly for most of the day.
How’d I do? Well, the scores haven’t been posted yet, but I started off pretty poorly. I had 4 goals for today’s match:
- No procedural errors
- No shooting of the No Shoot targets
- No Failures to Neutralize
- Shoot at least 1 stage “clean” (no points off for poor accuracy).
- Finish in the top half of my classification.
- Two procedural errors – initiating a magazine change before I reached cover and using both hands for a strong hand only string.
- Two No Shoots – I guess I watched Speed too many times.
- Two Failures To Neutralize – one was a disappearing target and I don’t recall the other.
- Three stages shot clean out of nineteen.
- I’ll let you know when the scores are posted.
So 117 competitors firing a minimum of 151 rounds each for a grand total in excess of 17,667 bullets fired over a 9 hour period with no one being hurt. I guess all of our pistols were defective since everyone knows handguns’ only purpose is to kill people.
It was a lot of fun, regardless of how the scores turn out plus I won one of the door prizes – a Brass Wizard. I’ll let you know how well it works after I’ve had a chance to put it through its paces.
I received the results from the match. I didn’t hit my goal for the rankings either.
- 8th of 12 for my Division/Classification
- 110th of 135 for semi-automatic shooters overall.
Not even close, but about what I expected. I’ll just have to keep practicing for next year.
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