Yes it’s that time of the year again, the “off season,” which is reserved for looking back over the previous season to see what worked, what didn’t, what goals I met, what goals I missed and why, reevaluate my equipment selections and my pet loads for each system and whether or not I need to make any changes. It’s also a time of goal setting. Where do I want to be this time next year and how do I get there? I also start getting supplies together for the upcoming season as well as start working to identify what, if any, instruction I want to take and start lining it up now since good coaches/trainers book out very early.

One thing I think you need to do during this time is to look back over your shotlog, which I hope you’ve been keeping, to see where you’ve been spending your time so to speak, and look for trends, know how much consumables need to be acquired for the next season, and to help add “color” to how you did over the last season and how to make better decisions for the next season.

Looking over the stats I was shocked at how many rounds went down the pipe of my M&P Pro. I didn’t get to compete nearly as much as I wanted to and as I write this I haven’t shot a USPSA match since September. I did train hard early in the season and did shoot 1300 rounds in two days in Mike Seeklander’s class which accounts for part of it. But I see a direct correlation between that time and with my USPSA classifier scores. I had set a goal last year to move to B class in Production but had sliped down for a while and had to dig out. I did start clocking some decent B class scores and at 56.48 I’m getting close. Between lack of time to practice or make matches and an ongoing injury I’ve just skirted my goal.

Another thing I see when I look at the numbers is that for the amount of time I have to train and compete I shoot too many systems. I do tend to get diluted over all of the different systems and disciplines available to me. I love the shooting sports and time and money were unlimited I’d compete in them all. When asked about my favorite shooting sport I usually reply, “the last match I shot!” That being said, I will have to decided which is more important to me this year. Getting really good at ONE sport or having fun across several sports. I’ll have to make the decision soon and map out my path for the year.

As far as goals met this year and accomplishments I’ve made, I’m happy that I earned my Rifleman’s Patch at an Appleseed Event, I shot my first big championship match and even took 2nd for my division, I generally place in the top handful of competitors in Practical Rifle, I competed, and didn’t finish last, in my first major sniper match, got first round hits on 1000+ yard targets, got to train with Mike Seeklander, and most importantly of all, had some real breakthroughs in the mental aspects of the game.

Setting goals for this year, of course I’m throwing down finally getting into B class for Production as you might expect. But most of my goals this year aren’t so much quantifiable but more around the mental aspects of shooting. Good stage planning, prep, and visualization, more dynamic movement when shooting, regular dryfire practice, and moving to a more process oriented mindset while training and competing which will make sense to anyone who’s read Lanny Bassham’s book, With Winning In Mind. I really believe that shooting each round as best as I can will get me where I want to be and working on the mental game is going to put me in the winner’s circle more often faster than anything else.

So that’s it, my Year In Review and my initial map for the next season. We’ll see how well I’ve done in 12 short months away from now.


Shooting Stats for 2012
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