“Congrats for coming in 4th at Nationals.” says my friend Brian. Well in one way I suppose that is true. Sounds pretty awesome if I don’t mention that there were only 4 women in my category and that overall I was really 76th. But heck. I will take it! The leading lady was Katie Harris. She is only 15 and taking 3 Gun by storm. She was 22nd overall. That is impressive. Several had found out that this was my second match ever. The first being last weekend. They were impressed how well I did because they thought this was a tough match and to be thrown in to a big name event adds stress. So I will pat myself on my back and now continue to practice.
Speed. I need speed. Watching my videos I can’t believe how slowly I move through the course. When out there I feel I am moving pretty fast. Must be the adrenalin. I did not want to bore you with another video. I am learning they are for my benefit only to learn from. So Sunday was the last 3 stages of the 12 in 3 days. We finally had sunny warm weather. When all was finished we were able to clean up and met back at the headquartered hotel and had the awards ceremony. The usual suspects were in the top spots. Taran Butler won Open, Daniel Horner from the AMU won Tactical. I am considering trying the Limited Tactical division. Limited is iron sights or red dot. Usually only about 15 in this category. I do know my iron sights. I will play around with this. I think it adds a bit of cool factor. But if I get sponsored with a scope I certainly would not turn that down. Now on to standout events of Nationals.
One thing I have always felt about the shooting community is how generous, helpful and honest they are. Remember when I left my new rifle at the 1000 yard line overnight in Sacramento? It was still there the next day. At this awards ceremony the entire room came through for one of the volunteers that had an accident. In several stages of the match there were steel poppers that would release flying clays. To reset them if you did not put up the steel popper before you set the trap the trap would snap. If you are standing right there you will get hit. In fact Charles and another guy on our squad got bit pretty bad by it. Charles had a swollen and bruised hand and the other guy got sliced as well. Turns out about 8 people got whacked. But one woman, Betty was whacked so hard she broke all of her knuckles on her left hand. She was rushed to the hospital, totally bandaged with arm sling and she still came back that afternoon and continued working. Turns out she has no health insurance and had to pay out of her own pocket. When Dan Horner came up to accept his award he told everyone he was donating the shotgun he won to a raffle and anyone who had a $20 bill on them should put their name on it and it would be drawn out of a hat. In 10 minutes over $2500 was raised and given to Betty. Wow. It was very emotional and she was speechless. That is what I call a community.
Thank you to USPSA and all of the sponsors of the event, DPMS being the lead sponsor. The match was held at The Desert Sportsman’s Club. Everyone raved about how well it was run, the great volunteers and the great stages that were designed. I will definitely be back next year and they promise not to schedule it at the same time as NRA week again. Smart move. Now to focus on Boomershoot that will be in 2 weeks. Exploding targets. Yea baby.
“Shoot Like A Girl! If You Can….”