Wow... Was this event FUN!!!
Even though I didn't score well on paper, I was happy with my performance. Sure my ties were slow, and that REALLY effected my overall score, but my accuracy was OK, and my movements, transitions, and reloads were all pretty smooth. Just need to work on the speed thing...
There are USPSA/IPSC matches every weekend somewhere in NC. Check out the NC Section webpage, to find a match near where you are. I can HIGHLY recommend these matches. The people are friendly, positive, and very helpful. I got a lot of good advice, and I learned a LOT from watching and talking to some of the top shooters.
Even though I was one of the slowest members of our squad, nobody ever made me feel out of place--quite the opposite. Everyone was very friendly and cordial, and we had a GREAT time with some REALLY challenging courses.
I will be getting a lot more practice, more range time, and a LOT more work on speeding up my transitions, that's for sure. This match was a REAL eye-opener to me about my own skills, and ability to shoot accurately under pressure, and engaging multiple targets.
I'm still processing the event, and have been going over the videos of 3 of the stages I ran, trying to figure out ways to improve my times, and overall performance.
We should get an OCDO contingent to go to some of these matches. It's a minimal fee (usually around $20) and you need 150-200 rounds of ammo and at least 5 magazines for most matches. You don't need a souped-up full-house "race gun" to participate--there are all sorts of classes that are weighted for your particular gun--revolver, production, limited and of course "open" (for the full-out competition guns)
If you've never shot IPSC or USPSA, I HIGHLY recommend you get to one of these matches SOON. It is a load of fun, you'll learn a lot, and it is a real "reality check" for your perceived skills.