Overall, it was a blast. I stayed around afterword and we did a supplemental revolver-only shoot. Two shooters taking out 5 steel targets each. I really need to work on slowing down, because I might have been fastest (among the ~10 revolver shooters there) if I didn't keep missing (yes, it does sound stupid to read that sentence to myself :P ). There were actually several runs where both shooters would run out of ammo before finishing the course. But, that is what this is about; learning to maintain solid technique and focus under pressure.
Unfortunately, I didn't get my best run on film. Interestingly enough, I did by FAR the best on my first run, with 18 shots on 17 targets (6 two-shot silhouettes and a 5-shot swinging star). I was surprised I only missed one shot on the rotating star. Most of those were A-zone hits also. I honestly think that I was so nervous on the first run that I just slowed down and focused hard on the basics. After the first run, I got a little more comfortable and started rushing. Here are a couple of the other ones.
[Just copying the Youtube descriptions]:
The run called for 18 shots and thus two reloads for me. The third shot of my run was what felt like about a half-powder charge (either 5.6 or 7.6gr, as opposed to 13.2gr of powder, depending on how I made the mistake in loading). Having then become distracted by the bad load (my own reloads), my first thought when I actually DID empty the cylinder was that it was somehow a dud, so I went to just pull the trigger again. Sigh. But, other than forgetting I didn't have a 20-round cylinder, and botching both reloads (didn't hit the ejector rod hard enough and you can see me pulling the empty cases out) the run turned out pretty well with mostly A-zone hits. (And yes, that is me laughing :P ). If there is anything I take from this, it will be that if it doesn't go bang when I pull the trigger, just reload! That and, of course, keep track of my shots as best I can.
On this one, while I do specifically remember keeping the front sight in focus, I think I was forgetting to actually line it up with the rear sight :P . Thus, I had several misses this run. Just need to slow down! I would have saved probably 5 seconds (largely by omitting that last reload) by taking an extra quarter second to aim correctly on each shot.
Here, I just rushed. Five targets with six shots, and I missed two. The funny thing is I didn't even realize there was a target still standing until after a few people bellowed that nobody won! Definitely a couple lessons to be learned here: Don't let yourself get rushed, and don't stop shooting til the target's down(!!!!).
All runs were done with 200gr bullets @ 1500fps, out of my 8-3/8" .44 Magnum Raging Bull.