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Title: New Shooting Season
Post by: Leo on January 17, 2016, 11:19:36 PM
With the new year upon us, what are some of your shooting/match goals?  For me personally, I have skill improvement goals in mind. I am not setting any match placement or classification (USPSA) goals but am set out on improving areas of my current skill set. I find my longer distance (25+ yards) shots and not going 1 for 1 on steel targets being my weakest areas and am trying to develop a plan on improving those skills.  Right now I will focus on practicing on targets that are set out to those distances and making them more difficult by placing hardcover and no-shoots on them. What are your goals and what are you going to do to acheive them?
Title: Re: New Shooting Season
Post by: Leo on January 24, 2016, 01:18:41 PM
Went out to the range yesterday and put a few hundred rounds down range. Before this, my last live fire practice session was in the late summer/early fall of last year. With dry fire practice and local club matches as my main means of improvement.  Something was very evident today. I was not gripping the gun hard enough. This is a very common phenomenon that happens with those who dry fire more than live fire.  As soon as I made a conscious effort to grip thr gun harder, it was much easier to track my sights on subsequent shots and my shot placement was much tighter to each other. I continued to do this throughout the session and made a mental note on the grip pressure I was applying.  I will continue to work on this and report back.
Title: Re: New Shooting Season
Post by: Speed0verdose on February 15, 2016, 07:49:05 PM
I'm doing the same thing with my weak hand and the results have been Alpha Charlie on the mid-long range shots under speed. I have to make myself train more on getting that grip right.
Title: Re: New Shooting Season
Post by: chfields on February 17, 2016, 08:56:18 PM
I am concentrating on improving my IDPA skills. My long distance shooting definitely needs work. I'm shooting several sanctioned matches this year and hoping for a top 5 or even top 3 finish (took 6th place at last sanctioned match). Shooting local matches is where the majority of my practice come from, I shoot both IDPA and USPSA. I use the USPSA to practice for IDPA, it is great for practicing movement, shooting on the move, longer distance shots. The rest (cover, reloads, etc) I can do in dry fire.....
Title: Re: New Shooting Season
Post by: Dvrdwn72 on February 23, 2016, 08:34:57 PM
Same here,, my grip. After the Fl open and my performance, I need to go back and run some basic drills, trigger prep and sight alignment.
Title: Re: New Shooting Season
Post by: MMC on April 02, 2016, 09:33:27 PM
Im a little late to this party but I have been focusing on better positioning/technique between arrays. Also footwork is something I am trying to focus on. I think in USPSA and IDPA I lose a lot of time coming into position and then bringing the gun to eye level. My transitions are acceptable to me for now but all my movement has been re-evaluated this year. It seems to be apying off though,  :)

Title: Re: New Shooting Season
Post by: slingshots on January 03, 2017, 02:08:46 PM
I like to dial in my sights and reaffirm point of aim/impact on my first live fire session of the new season followed by a medley of skills and if you have one, a baseline that you can shoot to compare against prior ones to reestablish near term top skills opportunities for improvement. From there, charting your goals and lining up plans against your first/few sanctioned matches helps both take the rust off the wheels and give you some goals to target.
Title: Re: New Shooting Season
Post by: frgood on January 04, 2017, 08:12:52 PM
Since I lost a year of shooting, I am looking forward to taking my first class in another week. It will be with Manny Bragg and I'm looking to get a solid Dry fire practice routine established. I'm looking to move as far as I can in USPSA Limited division this year.
Title: Re: New Shooting Season
Post by: chfields on January 04, 2017, 08:30:19 PM
Awesome...When will you be back to competing?
Title: Re: New Shooting Season
Post by: slingshots on January 06, 2017, 12:15:03 PM
What's everyone's first sanctioned match of the season?
Title: Re: New Shooting Season
Post by: Dvrdwn72 on January 06, 2017, 03:54:41 PM
Uspsa florida state match
Title: Re: New Shooting Season
Post by: frgood on January 06, 2017, 05:29:23 PM
I'll Be at Volusia tomorrow only to pick up some stuff from Travis. But on Sunday, I schedule a training class with Manny. I'm hoping to start practicing Monday and go to my first match in a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: New Shooting Season
Post by: chfields on January 06, 2017, 06:00:32 PM
2017 Florida State IDPA championship
Title: Re: New Shooting Season
Post by: chfields on January 06, 2017, 06:01:50 PM
Cool...I'm going to be shooting the Space Coast match there tomorrow and IDPA there on Sunday. My son will be with me...
Title: Re: New Shooting Season
Post by: Dvrdwn72 on January 06, 2017, 06:37:33 PM
I've taken a few classes with Manny, he is very good. You will learn alot,
I definitely give Manny 2 thumbs up.