Two weekends ago, I hopped a plane to Virginia for the 2011 Virginia State IDPA Championship to exorcise some of the demons I had picked up from the 2011 Carolina Cup. While I wasn’t happy with my shooting at the Cup, I knew I could do better than 10th Place in CDP. So off I went with my Sig Sauer 1911 Tactical Operations that I had done some work on to see how I’d fare.
The answer? 3rd Place overall in CDP, and I can honestly say that unlike the Carolina Cup where I was neither great nor bad but just average, at the Virginia State Match I displayed some real flashes of brilliance. I did make some silly mistakes, but with a 3rd place finish I was extremely happy with how I shot at this match. I started on Stage 2, which is the first stage in the video, and as you can see I decided early on that I was going to go for broke. That strategy held until Stage 10, which started sitting on a porch swing. A miscalculation led to a bunch of lost time and my first -5 of the day. Stage 12 wasn’t much better, but I recovered to finish strong on Stage 13 and Stage 1. Sadly, however, stage 13 was thrown out of the match – that’s the one where you start with a carbine and then retreated with your main pistol. Using carbines isn’t allowed during sanctioned IDPA matches, so the final results don’t include that stage.
Here’s the gear used to bring home another Top 10 Finish for the Cheaper than Dirt Team!
- Gun: Sig Sauer 1911 Tactical Operations with TechWell TGO Magwell, 10-8 Performance sights, 10-8 Performance flat trigger, and STI extended thumb safety.
- Holster: Comp-Tac Speed Paddle
- Magazines: Chip McCormick Shooting Star 8-round with basepad
- Ammunition: Federal American Eagle .45 ACP 230 grain FMJ bulk packs of 100
- Clothing: Woolrich Elite Tactical Series Vest and Pants