Competitive Shooting

Down Zero TV: Classifier Breakdown

On today’s special Down Zero TV, we take a look at our first USPSA Classifier Breakdown.  Today’s classifier is CM 09-14: Eye of the Tiger.  This is a classifier that has given me trouble in the past; when I shot it for the first time I managed to score 18% in what I termed my first ever “classifier meltdown.” So when I had the chance to go after it again, I was pretty excited.

Plus I got to play with slow motion on my video editor and mess around with voice overs.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMwzBm2Vtec&version=3&hl=en_US] Now, I mentioned in the video that I need to work on my press-out, and that’s very true.

The problem is that I’ve developed an excellent physical index for my draw, which means that in most situations when I’m facing the target I can just draw the gun and it will magically appear in the A-zone or the down zero area.

This becomes an issue when I’m drawing to a low probability target like a head box or a partially obscured target.

You’ll see in the video that my gun comes out to the target, then bobs up as I correct my aim to get the shots on target.

That bob is HUGE in terms of the amount of time it takes in the draw stroke and was likely the difference between an A-class score and a B-class score on that particular run.

I’ll always probably be a little intimidated by Eye of the Tiger, since it’s the only classifier that I’ve ever well and truly screwed up on.

But to go from an 18% to a 68% is a pretty huge improvement!

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Comments (2)

  1. Nice video. I think they are a great learning device. I’d appreciate seeing the breakdown on the IDPA Classifier stages with helpful hints!

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