This was a KSTG match. Our squad actually shot the stages out of order (3, 2, 1, 4).
- Stage 1: Classifier. While I managed to squeak a Master class run, I did so by the thinnest of margins (17.52s total). My reloads on the first two runs were bad, turning in a 6.03 and 6.18 respectively. I stopped fumbling on the last run enough to manage a 5.31 which, while far from good, was at least less not-good. On a positive note, all three runs were clean. Didn't notice it until now, but I was the only shooter at the match to shoot the Classifier clean. Finished 1st.
- Stage 2: It Should Have Been Dark. This was a very quick stage. Back up to cover, shoot two targets 3ea from left side of a wide barricade, then two targets 3ea from the right side of a wide barricade. I decided to run dry and reload while engaging the last target because I can't rely on the Wilson 10rd magazines to drop free when partially loaded. It cost me a little time but did save me from the error of reloading a hot gun while exposed to threats (which earned quite a few folks 5s penalties). Finished 2nd behind JConn who had an awesome run.
- Stage 3: Know Thyself. The idea from this stage sprang out of a conversation Vinh and I had a while back. Instead of running against the clock or having a set PAR time, on this stage you actually picked your own PAR. Then that was your time for the stage, plus any penalties. The drill was a simple draw and fire five to the body, one to the head. The trick is to give yourself enough time to make up for a fumble or bad shot but not so much time that your score is longer than it needed to be. I was originally going to do 2.5s but the guys talked me into 3.0 flat instead. Good thing, because I think I used 2.9s of that time. Shot it clean. Finished 1st.
- Stage 4: Half of Everything. This was stage 2 repeated (but only 2 on each target), then hit the three targets from the Classifier on the move. I felt like I did reasonably well and didn't make any mistakes, but joshs beat me by more than 2 seconds. Finished 2nd.
Overall finish: 1st (45.59 total). Next closed person was 55.38 so it was a good margin. The things that helped me the most were avoiding penalties and shooting clean. I dropped just three points the whole match. The other two Master-class shooters dropped 7 and 11 plus each of them had a procedural. That was the margin of victory.