Andy Runs Slow, Shoots Kinda Fast
So this is my match video from the Sioux Falls Practical Shooters USPSA pistol match on April 23, 2017. I came in 6th in my division (Limited) and 18th overall out of 48 shooters. My best day so far, but still really slow compared to where I want to be.
It's hard to be taught your whole life to use care and caution when handling guns. Then you get interested in a sport that involves running and moving as fast as you can (no matter how slow that may be) while holding a loaded pistol. It's hard to overcome that.
In my head I feel like I'm flying, but when I watch the video it looks like slow motion. Part of that is I'm still learning to aim fast. I'm pretty darn good at hitting a difficult target if I have all day to shoot it, but when I try to go fast it gets much harder.
The big difference with this sport with any other that I play is that I don't really have the fundamentals down yet. I could go play softball and have really good fundamentals in my swing, even though I haven't played for 4 years. Sure I'd be rusty but I've been swinging bats since I was five. Shooting a pistol is something I have only done for the last five years, and only seriously for the last two.
On the bright side I'm a hell of a lot better than I was a year ago. Getting better at this is the same as any other skill or game. Practice is required or you will continue to be average or suck. Luckily you can practice without spending tons of money on ammo by dry firing. I really don't want to suck. So I guess I'll go practice now.