This is a stage we created the morning of our last steel challenge match. The outside plates are 10 or 12 inches around and the two inside plates are 8 inches. The round plates are at about 12 yards with the big target a little closer. The CED big board shows the times very well, and you can see all the draws and transitions on it. At this match I was using a slightly different stance, a little lower and wider than my normal stance. Normally I don’t pay too much attention to my stance, but Chris Tilley suggested I try getting lower and wider in my stance. I like it so far. I like stages like this that end with a big target up close. It allows the shooting to naturally speed up at the end for some great transitions. The left side is a mirror image of the right side on this stage, which is another local creation at the same match. The outside plates were at 15 yards or so, and the stop plate at about 30. Since I have been focusing primarily on movement skills for IPSC shooting, my surrender draw (both wrists above shoulders) had gotten a bit rusty, but these turned out OK. I shot this array far right, inside right, far left, inside left, center stop plate. This allows the last 3 plates to be in a row left to right and is my favorite way to shoot a stage like this.
I really like this stage. It was at about 12-15 yards in a nice little cluster, with an 8″ stop plate. The gun never really stops moving on a stage like this, and the plates are so close together that the gun just floats around and shoots the targets, with me as a third party observer. All shooting could be this simple if we would just allow it to be. This is our local “double trouble” stage, and we run it every month. It requires 2 shots to the bottom square, and one to the top circle from 7-8 yards.The fact that we shoot it at every match makes it both my favorite and least favorite stage. If the match is close, I’ll shoot it safe and consistent, generally getting 1.2-1.35 times for all five strings. On this day, I wanted to really burn one down for the camera, and it didn’t turn out so well. (What have we learned about trying?) This was my best run, with a .84 draw. Double Trouble is a nice mental challenge, as we struggle with our instincts on it. We know that we can’t shoot faster by trying, but we want a record time so bad…
This is our local Friday night Bowling pin match in Columbus, Ohio. The match is different every week. This week, the table was at about 25 ft and the rails were at 35-40 feet. The last pin must be shot without disturbing the red penalty pins. This is a great skill test and was the first competition match I ever shot. If you’re ever in Columbus on a Friday night, let me know and I’ll get you directions. This is the classifier 99-49 speed-e-standards from a local match at Rayner’s Range near Zanesville, Ohio. (Host of the Buckeye Blast) It’s always amazing how close the targets are on this one, and the last 2 targets on the right are the dangerous ones if you set up to favor the first one like I tend to do. One tip on this type of array is to point your toes at the outside targets to minimize the feeling of being off balance as you shoot the outside targets. Try it and see!
10 A’s and 2 Cs in 3.69 seconds.This is the best El Prez I have ever done in live fire. I’d love to tell you how I “made it happen” but the truth is I wanted to shoot A’s on the targets as quickly as I could. Without exaggeration, I have done over 100,000 dry fire El Presidentes over the past two years and it’s all in the turn once you get your transitions together. Bill Drill – I found out recently that the start position for a real Bill Drill is hands over shoulders, so I’ve been doing them wrong all along. Oops. It’s still a good drill this way and great cure for trigger freeze.
Bill reload drill is a dry fire drill from my book, Refinement and Repetition, and is a real tension machine in live fire. With so much happening so fast, the only way to shoot it well is to let the subconscious mind control the body. My conscious mind is not fast enough to do this, but my subconscious thinks it’s no big deal. I’ll admit it…I never get tired of this one. 🙂 At the 03 Pennsylvania Tri-State they had this goofy clown stage where a popper activated a hydraulic port for a few seconds to reveal all the targets. There was a mirror image of the activator and port on the other side and you had to decide if you could take ’em all from one port. There were 7 papers and one steel behind that port and I KNEW I could do it. What’s cool about this stage is that Phil Strader shot it better in Limited than all the open shooters.
From the 04 AL state match. I had just finished applying Lanny Bassham’s Mental Management principles and this was the last stage of my first ever clean major match. All I saw was A-zones…the no shoots didn’t even exist. It feels great to shoot a classifier at 100% at a big match just by shooting the stage. There was a debate on Brian Enos’ shooting forums about splits and transitions and it made me curious to see how fast I could do a Bill Drill on three targets. It turns out that transitions can be appreciably faster than splits. I believe it’s because we wait for the gun to return during splits but we can drive the gun to a new target faster than this natural returning action. I do know that this 1.39 for six A’s on three targets is better than any Bill Drill I’ve ever done….
These two were also inspired by a debate on Brian’s forums…it was faster to shoot this array far to near every time, in spite of a better draw on the close target during the near to far runs. It’s just easier to speed up and stay in control than it is to idle down from high speed with accuracy.