2021 Training Goals

As I do each year, I like to get at least some general goals and objectives laid out for the year.  However, for several reasons, this year my goals are not as “tight” as they typically would be.  For one thing, as of this writing, I am still unsure how Covid will impact things.  I […]

2020: Looking Back

Once again this year, separate from my annual “Pay to Play” article, this is what has become another tradition:  looking back at my year (see previous installments here, here, here, and here).  What goals did I achieve or fail to achieve?  What surprises came up along the way?  2020 was certainly a challenging year on […]

You Gotta Pay to Play: 2020 Edition

Here we are again.  Each of the last few years (see here, here, here, and here) I have written an article along these lines.  These are meant mostly as an audit for myself, as I find it interesting (and somewhat depressing) to see how much I spent on classes and competitive matches over the course […]

My Seventh IDPA Match of 2020

Uncharted territory!  The largest number of IDPA matches I ever shot in a year (prior to 2020) was five.  And the largest number of matches overall in a year was six.  I have now beaten both of those personal records, shooting in my seventh IDPA match of this year.  As the readers will see, this […]

My Sixth IDPA Match of 2020

These continue to be some of our least-read articles, but as I said last time, I will continue to write up at least something from each match just for my own personal reference.  And if I am going to bother to write something up, I may as well post it for all to see, right? […]

My Fifth IDPA Match of 2020

These are some of our least-read articles, but I will continue to write up at least something from each match just for my own personal reference.  And if I am going to bother to write something up, I may as well post it for all to see. The Venue and Weather This match was held […]

My Third IDPA Match of 2020

Things are starting to open up a bit more around here.  In addition to the club where I shot a match last month, the club where I shot matches in years past is starting to host matches again as well.  So I’ll end up shooting two matches in July:  this was the first of those. […]

My Second IDPA Match of 2019

How sad is it that it took me all the way until the last weekend in September to shoot my second match of the year?  That’s how it goes sometimes.  (See description of my first match of the year here.)  Family illnesses, family vacations, scheduling conflicts with classes I took, etc., all conspired against me […]

My First IDPA Match of 2018

Suddenly and unexpectedly being called upon to coach little league baseball this Spring, with games EVERY Saturday morning for a few months, forced me to delay my first foray into competitive pistol shooting this year.  Though it was fun to spend that time with my son and his teammates, I had really hoped to get […]

You Gotta Pay to Play: 2017 Edition

As I did last year, I thought it would be a good idea to look back at 2017 to see how many classes I took, how many matches I competed in, how much money I spent on those endeavors, and how many rounds I sent downrange in classes and matches. In 2017 I attended a […]