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I did my first USPSA/IPSC match today. What a blast! I had a great time with a great group of guys and learned a lot. The scores aren't out yet, but I suspect I'll be right near the bottom (though the other guys were all experienced or were shooting their first time with race guns). I don't care though, because this was a chance for me to become more familiar with MY gun.

A few observations:

- When I took my time, I shot pretty well. When I rushed myself, I pretty much suck. I hit my long shots very well, but the closer ones I shot too fast and had some misses.

- The XD subcompact is no race gun, but I was pulling some pretty fast double taps. I need to practice more, but felt pretty good about myself considering my gun was 1/2 the size of most of the ones there. It's the gun I carry every day, so I want to shoot it until I feel the gun is slowing me down, not my skills.

- I should have asked for more tips and feedback. I learned a lot, but I'm sure I could have got more feedback on my form and decisions.

- The competition is great balance between staying calm/making good decisions and shooting. Shooting production and being limited to 10 round magazines made me think a bit more than the guys that have 20+ bullets. A few times I got ahead of myself and ran dry or missed the optimal reload time. I did have one malfunction (didn't seat the magazine all the way) and did a perfect Tap-Rack-Bang almost instinctively.

- If you've never shot a match or are apprehensive about doing it, you ought to give it a try.

I can't wait for my next match!
 

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sounds like a blast
 
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