Speed Steel at TCGC Sunday 11-6

Discussion in 'Competitive Shooting' started by spookshack, Oct 31, 2016.

  1. ac4wordplay


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    What Ric said is worth repeating.

    I don't know your skill level, but I've been involved with a lot of competitions and I've dealt with a lot of people entering into competition, and I strongly encourage participation in TCGC Speed Steel as an entry into practical shooting competition. If/when a participant is safe and comfortable performing in that environment (Speed Steel competition) then they may be ready for entry into the "more demanding" (movement, changing angles of fire, additional manipulations under time/stress, more rules knowledge/compliance is required, etc.) matches.

    What's the "downside" to trying Speed Steel first? If one's skill level is already sufficient that they could reasonably enter into the "more demanding" matches, then they get to look enviably competent at Speed Steel, impress and inspire friends and strangers, get a bit of valuable practice, it's a positive and self-affirming experience, they broaden their experience base, etc. This is all stuff that encourages one to continue participation. Good stuff, good for the individual, good for our match, good for competitive practical shooting sports, etc.

    What's the "downside" to trying a "more demanding" match first? Well... let's recognize that we're participating in an activity that has a risk (that we work to minimize) of death / serious injury to ourselves and to others, and all the awfulness that follows. That said, the more common downside includes:
    • poor performance
    • stress overload
    • confusion (both on the clock, and off the clock) on procedures, equipment, rules, expectations, etc.
    • safety violation/s (and disqualification) which often includes additional confusion, competitor denial of the violation ("no, I didn't do that"), animosity toward the RO making the safety/DQ observation/call, etc.
    • embarrassment
    • frustration and resentment
    This is all stuff that discourages continued participation in the activity.

    I've seen both and I know which one I prefer.



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