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Thanks to Scott at Pistol-Gear.com I am now ready for my first USPSA match this weekend. My Blade-Tech holster and Hume belt were waiting for me when I got home tonight. As usual Pistol-Gear’s service is second to none.

Now it is up to me to shoot straight and fast.

Thanks Scott!
 

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There is no reason to thank me. I did what I was supposed to do. I thank you for trusting us with your business.

If I can offer one piece of advise, just go slow. A slow hit is better than a fast miss. Please report back, letting us know how you did.

Best of luck!!
 

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do more than that, report to all us people interested in what a match is like exactly what you have to do. If you could write us a nice long post describing EVERYTHING (well, with in reason! lol) I would appreciate it. I wouldlike to know what kind of stuff you have to do and all. Thanks!
 

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pooh-bah, have fun first and foremost!!!

I just started completing last year, and was amazed at how in the first stage I had fired off rounds w/o even looking at the sights. You get caught up in the timing thing and excitement. Remember: you can not miss fast enough. First comes hits, then speed. Going fast first will just get you alot of friendly hits and overall slow time. Smooth is the most important, speed comes last. You'll be amazed at how calm and smooth that fastest shooters will look.

Also, carefully watch others shoot. Don't be bashful about walking around the stage before you shoot. If there is movement, plan exactly where your feet will end up, then you can run through the stage in a much more organized manner.


I'm lucky at the local club and an experienced shooter who was very willing to help me with tips was in my squad. He said he'll continue to help me until I catch up to him in times..... lol

Get there early, lock on to someone with experience, and listen. You're going to have a blast!! In my experience it is an amazingly friendly sport on the local level and newbies are welcomed.
 

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regarding going fast.... what they said.

After 3.5 months of once a week competition and going about every other sunday eve to a local practice match, I am finally starting to see my front sight. The scores show it too. I used to finish down around 17-18 overall (usually ~30 shooters). Now I am finishing close or in the top 10.

Do NOT get too caught up in the competition aspect of it. That just increases the stress on you. Just go out and enjoy the action. You will make mistakes, and if you have a competetive nature (which I am assuming you do since you are getting involved in an individual competition sport) you will probably be trying to force yourself to speed up. Just shoot and check your targets.
 

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The last couple of matches that I shot I have started to work myself into a hole where I try to go too fast. THis insures lots of Mikes(misses), and stupid things like failure to engage. The next match I am at I am planning to take it nice and slow and get back to how I used to shoot.


If you ever have a weekend you are not going to be shooting you should send your XD to Rich at Canyon Creek. HE is a Grand Master in the Production division and can tune your XD to near perfection.
 

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Don't think I can stress it enough, but have fun. Pay attention to other shooters and the RO. Don't worry about speed, it will come. Did I mention to have fun? 8) Good luck!
 

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tank69 said:
Don't think I can stress it enough, but have fun. Pay attention to other shooters and the RO. Don't worry about speed, it will come. Did I mention to have fun? 8) Good luck!
In my book fun is a mandatory objective. I have fun with everything in my life, especially my spouse, job, family, friends and my hobbies.

So the key is to shoot straight and slow in the beginning. The speed will come with time and considerable practice.

Shooting slow in a competitive environment will be one of the hardest obstacles to overcome. I will do my best to heed the advice of my fellow sharpshooter’s.
 

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The Grand Pooh-Bah said:
Shooting slow in a competitive environment will be one of the hardest obstacles to overcome.
It certainly is - without a doubt.

I still struggle with trying to slow down. Smoothness is the key.

Smooth=Fast.
 
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