Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Intro To Me
These are the rules I have set for myself. I cannot practice for the classifier by shooting the classifier. It is officially off limits. All of my practice has to be on other drills. I am limiting myself to only a few hundred rounds each month for practice, if that. I cannot go to the range once a week for the next six months and expend thousands of rounds of ammunition so I can get master class by next summer. Anyone can do that. This isn't an exercise in expending massive amounts of resources to attain a goal, this is about being as efficient as possible to attain the highest level of performance possible. I will track the number of rounds and the drills I use to get to master class (assuming I get there) and post periodic reports here.
The gun I will be using is a Beretta 96D. I like a challenge, and this is a good one. This isn't exactly the gun you think of when you think of competition shooting. The long DAO trigger will slow my splits, the .40 S&W cartridge also has a fair amount of snap compared to 9mm which seems to be what most people use for IDPA. Up until now a Gen4 Glock 22 has been my primary IDPA gun, out of a Safariland ALS holster. I have only had the 96D for a couple months and put around 300 rounds through it so far (the exact number escapes me at the moment). I am comfortable enough with it at this point to start shooting matches with it, but my performance is not what it is with my Glock 22. There will definitely be an adjustment period. I hope to get that out of the way rather quickly over the winter and be on my game by the first matches early next year.