Yep, it’s that time of the year again. The time when I put up the stats for the year and talk about the highs and lows from the previous year and shooting season and perhaps even list some predictions and goal for the next season. Right off of the bat the biggest thing to notice from this season was I shot a lot more than last season. In fact, over double the shots fired this year compared to last year; 12,599 vs. 6,112. I was able to make more matches this season as well as really stepping up my live fire training. Although I didn’t make Master this year, I grew a great deal as a competitor, and even had several overall Production victories. Not too shabby for a lowly A Class shooter. My hip injury continues to plague me and really limits the amount of training I’m able to do, especially dry fire. I went from 1-1.5 hours of dry fire a day to pretty much zero. My gun handling skills really took a nosedive and glacially slow draws and reloads are not the way to bump up into Master class. But as bleak as that sounds, I really think I’m a much better competitor than I have ever been.
One thing that really helped me this year was joining the TFI Academy, a training program with a coach (Keith Tyler), weekly dry fire/live fire plans for me every week, and a monthly training day for me and the rest of the team. Not being able to do the dry fire component of it did limit what I was able to get out of it, but focused training with a coach was very beneficial nonetheless.
Among some of the highlights of the year, shooting my first major matches. I’ve shot a sectional match before, but this year I shot the sectional, Area 1, and the Oregon State Championship. My P320’s performed flawlessly all season and let me focus on the shooting, so the matches were all on me.
This year I am going to dip my toe in the Carry Optics water, and just picked up a Sig P320 RX to get me started. I’m sure it’ll be fun, but it’ll have to be orders of magnitude to displace my passion for Production. Shooting is fun regardless, so I’m sure it’ll be a kick.
As far as goals for the next season? Well, making Master would be nice, but not a huge priority for me to be honest. I want to keep improving and shooting my best every match. I’m sure as my skills improve I’ll stumble into a M card, but I really want to win matches, not just classifiers. I know this year’s goals aren’t really all that specific, which kind of defeats the purpose of setting goals, but most of my goals are “enabling goals” that should up my game all the way around.
So, until then, shoot strait and train hard.