I've been watching more movies than reading lately. That has a lot to do with time constraints (I can DVR the movies and 20 minutes watching tv vs. 20 minutes reading in the evenings...well, you get the idea)
Yesterday I shot in my first sanctioned IDPA match, The Masters 2013, at Brock's Gap Training Center in Birmingham, AL. It was ten stages of both fun and frustration.
All of the SOs, saving one man on one stage, were great. This one guy stood out as an asshole, but fuck him. The other SOs were wonderful even if they all had a variety of styles and mannerisms.
The stages were all challenging and fun, my favorite being one that was set up to mirror the scene from The Outlaw Josey Wales in which Clint Eastwood comes out of a general store, hands full, to find himself confronted by a group of Union soldiers. As they stare each other down, he says, "Are you gonna pull those pistols, or whistle Dixie?" You, of course, are Wales. That was also probably my best stage overall.
I ended up 16 out of 20 in Stock Service Pistol/Sharpshooter, and 104 of 140 total shooters. I wasn't dead last, so I'm happy about that. I shot about middle of the pack with the SSP/Marksman, which is what I'm used to.
I was almost disqualified on a stage for possibly unsafe muzzle work. One SO saw it, one didn't. The one who didn't decided I could rerun the stage after the stop call. Personally, I'm not sure. The stage required me to back up and then run down the 90 degree line. My muzzle typically goes where my eyes go and I didn't look past the 90. A few of my squad mates spoke with me after and said I was close but didn't break it. Anyway, I was very conscious about it the rest of the day.
Overall, it was a good match. I had fun, but by the end I was exhausted. My allergies were driving me insane. I had a runny nose for most of the match and was eating Claritin at lunch (which helped not at all for once). Match results didn't come out until late and I was in bed by 8:30 last night so I didn't see them until this morning.
The Glock ran perfectly though out the entire match. I the match using Winchester Ranger 127gr. 9mm +P+ JHP, my carry ammo. I bought it for the same price I see PMC 115gr FMJ going for so I figured I might as well use it and have the extra oomph for steel activators.
I'm looking forward to the next club level match later this month, and I may look into shooting a few more sanctioned matches around the southeast.
Tomorrow I'll be shooting my first sanctioned IDPA match. I'm excited as hell and also a bit nervous. I'm hoping that since I barely classified as Sharpshooter I'll run with the top Marksmen, but in the end I'll be happy as long I don't place dead last.
And if I do place dead last? Fuck it, that's a hell of a lot better than people who didn't enter at all.
I got off work a little early today so I made my way over to my favorite cigar shop, Cigars and More in Trussville, AL.
They were having a Rocky Patel and XiKar event tonight that I was hoping I'd be able to make it to. There was a decent crowd and the reps from XiKar and Rocky were great guys. They had some good deals going so I picked up a box of cigars and a v-cut cutter I've had my eye on for a while.
I also got some nice extras with my purchases including seven free cigars, a hat, a cool t-shirt, and a XiKar travel ashtray.
I sat around and smoked a couple of good cigars and had some good conversation.
If you're in the Birmingham, AL and and looking for a good cigar and great atmosphere to enjoy it in you should definitely check out Cigars and More's locations in Trussville, Hoover, or on 280. I'm partial to the Trussville location but they're all great places.
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