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I am proud to announce that this past weekend marked my very first USPSA match. I was finally able to make it out to a local club and give the sport a try. I can’t express how much fun I had and eagerly look forward to shooting in another match.

I met some very nice people that gave me tips on how to address portions of a stage and even gave me a pat on the back when I shot well. While I have no illusione that I shot great in my first match, I was happy with the outcome. I was most proud of my ability hit steel plates at 50+ yards with my Smith & Wesson M&P.

Looking at the match scores, I placed 15th out of 18 shooters in the production division. What seemed to kill me was a botched stage where I suffered a 60 point penalty for ending the stage early and not engaging 2 targets. My best stage was the qualifier where I placed 3rd out of 18 shooters.

I learned a lot from shooting this match. The biggest lesson came from my worst stage, which was to stick to your game plan. By changing my plan on the fly I managed to skip engaging two targets. From a non-shooting standpoint, I learned to pack sunscreen and take all of the extra stuff out of my range bag before heading out the door. The added material not only weighed a ton, it would have made room for snacks and extra water.

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