10m AP Progress: 535

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Today the distribution improved:

10 17
9 23
8 18
7 2
6 0

The sevens are almost gone! They happened when my hold drifted. Today the biggest problem was my grip was still a little stale from yesterday. It was difficult to get a consistently steady sight alignment…I could feel my grip fade during shots. The grips on the 65 do not fit me well, but I want to use them as is a little longer before I start making changes. For now, I will continue to stay the course and keep getting stronger. My hold is in the 8-ring and my triggering is getting better. The 65 is a little nose heavy balance-wise, and as my grip faded the nose would drop.

7 thoughts on “10m AP Progress: 535

  1. Ed Skinner

    I wonder if it might also be helpful to record the sequence of scores as they occur? This might show whether or not the bad shots all come in a clump. If so, that might suggest that whatever the shooter doing to “fix” the badness isn’t working very well. And when the good shots return, maybe that’ll help with recognition of what made the fix work.

  2. Jewish Marksman

    I shoot 5 shots per target, spotting each shot, and keep the targets in order. Then I record each string in order, but not the shot order (that’s too tedious for me).

    I have a spreadsheet where I graph the progression of each 5 shot string per match, but also cumulatively over recent matches. What emerged was a valley between shots 20 and 40. I surmised I was tiring around shot 20 (either physically or mentally), and then seeing bad shots made me aware of the problem which would be corrected for the last 20 shots. So now when I get to shot 20, I take an extra break and try to get refreshed so as to avoid that valley.

    So I am typically getting my 47-49 (a 50 still eludes me) targets on either shots 5-10 or 40-45. What seems to happen is I get a second wind near the end of the match.

    The “problem” with the postal 60 is the time limit is 1 hour, whereas in ISSF its 105 minutes. Under ISSF rules I could take a 20 minute break and probably do a little better.

    But as for “fix”es during a match, I don’t like to do that. Jimmy Page said of his guitar solos it was “shit or bust.” That’s my feeling about a match, you shoot what you got that day, and “fixes” are for training. I don’t go into a match under any pressure on myself–I know what my average is so I should expect a little more or a little less.

    So along those lines, if I get a few bad shots in a row during a match, I don’t try to fix it, other than to recognize what’s causing it, and put that on my list of things to work on during the next few practice sessions.

    The exceptions being when I know the problem is being caused by muscular fatigue, eye fatigue, or mental distractions. For those it is good to have minor coping strategies during a match. For example, I shoot best with a firm grip. As the match progresses however, I can feel my fingers giving during the hold. So what I do is loosen the grip, compromising stability for consistency. I keep working my grip though so it can hold out the entire 60.

  3. Anonymous

    Today’s results from the Holy Land:
    Too many 8s. I know my problem. I lost my nerve with area aiming. Front sight too close to bull. I need to shoot lower and keep a clear sigh picture. When I do I get a 10.


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