Other than 18 rounds fired last weekend to try my new shooting glasses yesterday was the first time I got to do any live fire training since the Classifier match. During over the last couple of weeks I've been dryfiring my duty revolver right before work, 2 to 3 time per week.
I started yesterdays session after teaching a class for 4 hours. It was a day of highs and lows. We'll start with the highs first:
6 - 8 inch plates at 10 yards, ran cold (only rounds fired previously were 12 demoing an execize in class):
686 revolver, with my duty rig: Previous Best Time 4.86
M&P 45: Previous Best Time 4.09
3.87 Miss 1 Plate
3.87 Miss 1 Plate
Took one last run at the end of the practice session to burn up the last 6 rounds - 4.9 Clean
While I posted my best time to date, the wheels came off when I tried to push beyond 3.99
Bill Drills with the M&P 45 7 yards an a IALEFI - Q Target
All rounds within and centered in the 8 inch circle. There was some vertical stringing as to be expected.
These were my best times to date.
When I shot the Classifier I thought my weak hand only string was weak in SSR @ 3.88
With my 686:
2.97 down 1
As previously stated my goal for this year is to make Master in SSR, when I analyze the score from the classifier 2 areas jump out at me where I can improve on. Both versions of the El Pres were sadly lackluster, and stage 3 on a whole needs some polish.
So I worked String 5 of stage 1 Weak hand only with the revolver, Classifier time was: 3.88
Then String 6 of Stage 1 with the revolver, Classifier time was: 9.50
Moving on to the 20 yard strings of stage 3, this is where my frustration sets in. I made my bones when shooting PPC in the long distance stages, and yet now this is my down fall in IDPA.
SSR -Classifier time for string one stage 3 was 18.51 and I was down 4 points on the stage as a whole:
My time was longer and I dropped more points in the string than I did the entire stage 3 in the classifier.
Moving on to my CDP Gun
CDP -Classifier time for string one stage 3 was 20.38 and I was down 24 points on the stage as a whole:
Again longer times dropping about the same number of points as I did two weeks ago. UUHHGG.
When I look at the targets my accuracy problems for both guns revolve around the further most target around the barricade (right most target around the left side and the left most target around the right side of the barrricade). The middle targets, all shots where dead center of the down zero area. It seems that the shots on the easiest targets (right target from around the right & left target around the left side of the barricade) were center punches as well.
Note to self, continue to work on WHO and El Prez. Develope drills to improve shooting around barricades at targets furthest left or right.