Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Competed in the World Championship of Fast Draw. 93rd out of 165 men competing. Great sport - where else can you go toe to toe with a world champion and have a chance to win. To be successful you have to be not only quick but you must hit the target. Even the world champions lose matches to us lowly slow pokes when they hit the target less than us. But eventually you run into not only the quick but the deadly.
First day was a category shoot. Went 0-2, mainly because I was missing due to nerves.
Second day was the general shoot for the world championship. Won my first 3 matches, then ran into two quick and deadly shooters in the 4th and 5th rounds. Lost my sixth round to a slower shooter on accuracy. Was eliminated in the 7th round in a competitive match with the losing shot being a .508 and the winner shooting .498. Average for the match was .568. Not bad considering at the first of the year I was still shooting in the 8s and 9s.
Third day was the resurrection matches. Went deep into the match. Got to the top 21 men out of 111 and then was eliminated again by the quick and deadly.
Fourth day was the "Blast for Cash". Fun match. Shooters are grouped by their average times in the general match. I was seeded 6th out of 30 in the Sheriffs group which was shooters shooting in the 5s. This match was really fun psychologically because you knew you were as fast or faster than everyone else in the match. Again went deep being eliminated in the 6th round on accuracy. You really kick yourself when that slower shooters gives you the boot.
Goal for next year. I am capable of shooting in the 4s. I have shot a .480 in competition. I know that is doable. Right now I am shooting in the high 5s with accuracy of about 40%. If I practice I know that I can my speed to the mid 4s. If I get my accuracy to the 60-70% range I would be one of those guys that are feared, even by the shooters in the 3s. Pork Rind from our club placed 13th. He shoots in the 5s and was dialed in. Accuracy carried him as he eliminated a prior world champion. Eagle Eye, age 15, from our club won the World Championship for youth. He generally shoots in the 5s but has been moving down into the high 4s.
What is great in this sport, is that on any given day depending on luck of the draw and the whims of accuracy, even us slow guys can compete with the fastest gun alive.