Having an Enjoyable Match
At every match, a new (or experienced and suddenly careless) shooter appears at the range under-prepared. This slows the whole thing down, and frustrates the shooter, the volunteers, and the rest of the participants. Here are some helpful tips:
- Know your Gear! The match is not an opportunity to test your gear! Everything you do at and everything you bring to a match must be familiar. Testing at a match is fundamentally unfair to everyone else. Practice first – you’ll have a better day – even if it means just dry practice in your home. You can’t malfunction enough to win. Most match directors will make you work through the malfunction without a re-shoot – you will get a DNF on the stage if you can’t continue.
- with respect to Ammo: use a brand you know works; use reloads that you have extensively tested.
- with respect to Sights: have them zero’d and ready to go before the match (for the AR-15 family, zero at 50 yards).
- use known-reliable mags in your gun. Number your mags so you can identify the non-performers if any, and leave those at home on match day.
- use a known-reliable configuration for your mags – do not tape / clamp them together the day before.
- bring a well-used holster worn at a location (your hip, thigh, vest) you have practised with.
- wear your tac-vest at a multi-gun – if you have practised with it.
- bring only gun(s) you are familiar with. If you aren’t sure about where the safety is or what setting makes the gun shootable … bring a different gun.
- Be prepared for the elements. The best day is when you are dry and warm when your competition is cold, wet, and shivering.
- Take care of yourself. Have enough food and water to get through the day. Everything is harder when you’re dehydrated and hungry.
- Some other tips:
- bring at least three mags at handgun matches.
- have a way ( a sturdy bag ) to bring your spare ammo up front near the line. Walking back and forth from the line to a range building or your car takes time.