Have you ever set out to compete in an event, where final scores were not known immediately, and thought you bombed it? That was precisely what happened to me at the Southern Chester USPSA Match this past weekend. I’ve been in a bit of a slump as of late and after an atrocious score on a couple of stages, I expected to be in the bottom of the rankings for yet another month.
Don’t get me wrong, I had some solid stages but I just wasn’t feeling very confident at the end of the day. Imagine my surprise when the scores were released, a couple of days later, and I found myself ranked 7th out of 26 people in Production Division. Inside of my class, I placed 2nd out of 3 shooters.
To be completely honest, I shouldn’t be too thrilled with my performance. I had a couple of absolutely horrid stages and I was trailing the first place B Class Shooter by nearly 100 points. Despite all that, given my performance over the last couple of matches I’m actually feeling pretty good about how I placed.
This season hasn’t been the greatest for my shooting. I started off strong with a special classifier at Lower Providence and advanced to B Class. Since then we’ve had a handful of match cancellations (rain, range construction, and a guy shooting himself in the leg) and my shooting has suffered as a result. I’m not getting in enough trigger time and, due to lack of ammunition, I’m not practicing. To make matters worse, I’m barely dry-firing these days. I know, lots of excuses and the last one is very much under my control.
The August Match at Southern Chester USPSA was fantastic. We had some fun stages and the weather was beautiful. At the top of this post you can checkout my USPSA Match Video. Once you’re finished, share your thoughts in the comments below.