Ahhh a week in Vegas, most people would think of this as fun and expensive. Well…It was!!
We shot the USPSA Back to Back Handgun Nationals for the first time this year. The match was located at the Desert Sportsman Range in Las Vegas, NV over the dates of September 19-27. It was 4 day of Open/production Nationals and 3 days of Limited/Limited 10 Nationals. We shot both Nationals on the ladies super squad and had a blast with every one of them (including our 2 guys, Billy and Mark).
The match was 16 stages that were slightly altered the day in between both matches. Each stage was completely different from the next, all posing different obstacles to challenge your skills. I believe there were only 2 stages that you faced the targets and drew from your holster.
While getting ready for the match we had to make a few last-minute alterations and gun decision. I had to borrow an open gun from my FNH USA sponsor Tommy Thacker. His STI 38 super-hybrid-comp pistol was set up very nicely, and obviously well used. It took me a couple days to get used the long trigger and a c-more sight again, but by the last day I knew where I needed to be.
For the Limited Nationals I used the new FNH USA/STI prototype limited gun. This pistol is a 40 calibers, standard frame and slide. Nothing to fancy about the gun, but it is set up in a way that can be used for those with practical and tactical needs.
I did not shoot up to my par, which was disappointing but partially expected with the minimum amount of practice I was able to do. It was awesome being back out on the range shooting with all the handgun shooters I hadn’t seen in quite a while. It has been great spending the last couple of years at home with my kiddos (which is my main job), but even better being accepted back out on the range!
Jessie Abbate won High Production and limited Lady, she was in our squad both times and was amazing to watch shoot. I was never able to watch Megan shoot, who won high Open Lady, but I hear she is incredible as well. Top Limited 10 lady was won by Randi Rogers, who rocked quite a few of her stages to take a hold of her win!
Thanks to all the range staff, match staff, RO’s, sponsors and shooters for making this a memorable match!