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Old 08-22-2012, 17:50   #1
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GSSF Noob Alert :-)

I will be entering my first GSSF match this Saturday in Columbia... and bringing my stepdad along so he can give this whole thing a try too. :-)

I am a bit nervous, having never done anything remotely like this before. I'm not terribly concerned about the competition side of things - I am prepared to perform dismally LOL - I just want to challenge myself and have fun.

Any good advice for a first timer?
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Old 08-22-2012, 18:01   #2
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Relax, don't try to shoot too fast and have FUN! Don't be in a rush to be the first shooter on any stage. Stand back and watch a few guys shoot to see how things work. Don't be afraid to tell the RO's you are a newbie as most are very helpful. Helping paste targets can be educational also as you can see who the better shooters are and watch their technique. Not all "fast" shooters are "good" shooters.

Good luck and, what was that other thing? Oh yeah, HAVE FUN!!!

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Old 08-22-2012, 18:04   #3
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Hey, this will be my first time too, I'll be going Sunday. Maybe see ya there!

Everyone thanks for the tips, I'm looking forward to it!

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Hey, this will be my first time too, I'll be going Sunday. Maybe see ya there!
Cool! Good luck :-)
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Old 08-22-2012, 18:27   #5
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No such thing as a dismal performance as long as you're having a good time. Follow the earlier advice; stand back and watch, ask questions and then tell the RO at each station that it's your first time. You'll really be pleased at all the folks who are more than ready to help. I'll be there Sunday. ENJOY.
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It's a rain or shine event, so be prepared. I suggest:

rain gear
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folding chair
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I think we should get a "My First GSSF Match" Sticky up here...
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Old 08-22-2012, 19:44   #9
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Hope to see you out there! My wife and I will be working the match on Saturday morning (Glock the Plates). We plan to shoot on Sunday.
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I will be entering my first GSSF match this Saturday in Columbia...

I am a bit nervous, having never done anything remotely like this before...

Any good advice for a first timer?
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Hey, this will be my first time too...

Everyone thanks for the tips, I'm looking forward to it!

Chris
May I ask you both... if there was a 20-30 minute New Shooter Workshop/Briefing that ran throughout the day, at this or other GSSF matches for new GSSF competitors, would you be inclined to attend?

The brief would include initial procedures, basic rules, and generally what to expect at the firing line - as well as suggestions for succesfully shooting each course of fire.

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Old 08-23-2012, 04:43   #11
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It's a rain or shine event, so be prepared. I suggest:

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hand cleaner
Plus, 150 rounds for each division you plan on shooting and a minimum of four magazines. (It gets really frustrating when shooters have to reload on the firing line.)

Don't be intimidated by all the fast shooters you see, chances are, they're not in your division. Relax (yeah right!) and shoot your OWN match. I think you'll have a lot of fun. Good luck to all.
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Plus, 150 rounds for each division you plan on shooting and a minimum of four magazines. (It gets really frustrating when shooters have to reload on the firing line.)

Don't be intimidated by all the fast shooters you see, chances are, they're not in your division. Relax (yeah right!) and shoot your OWN match. I think you'll have a lot of fun. Good luck to all.
Ask a fellow competitor to help reload magazines if you don't have 4 of them. Sometimes even an extra RO will help.

Reloading on the line really isn't a big deal, this is a sport where we bend a lot for first time shooters.
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May I ask you both... if there was a 20-30 minute New Shooter Workshop/Briefing that ran throughout the day, at this or other GSSF matches for new GSSF competitors, would you be inclined to attend?

The brief would include initial procedures, basic rules, and generally what to expect at the firing line - as well as suggestions for succesfully shooting each course of fire.

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GSSF use to have a tape video for new shooters. For some reason they quite doing it. Unless the host club has the setup to show the video only the host clubs that are 500 miles of Smyrna GA would ever see it.
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Back to the New Shooter briefing. Columbia will be my third match and I'm fairly comfortable now but a workshop as Sardg outlined would very likely have shortened the learning/comfort curve.
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take your time !!! and plan for the whole day
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:35   #16
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GSSF use to have a tape video for new shooters. For some reason they quite doing it. Unless the host club has the setup to show the video only the host clubs that are 500 miles of Smyrna GA would ever see it.
I have heard that - and I think something needs to be done again. As noted in other GT posts, attendance has been record-breaking this year, and many of those increased numbers can be attributed to new shooters. Some 'basic training' could go a long way in adding to new shooter's understanding and enjoyment - and would likely also have the effect of speeding up play.

I've developed a PowerPoint for RO Training and am working on New Shooter Training and now bring my laptop and my video projector to every match I attend, just waiting for the OK to actually present one or both. I've presented RO Training one time; in Reevesville where the venue MD (Lisa Marie) asked that I present that RO Training.

Iím an NRA Instructor, a multiple-competition shooter, and of course a GSSF shooter and RO. I've identified a problem, I've developed a solution (actually two solutions - RO and New Shooter), I bring my own equipment to implement those solutions, and I await GSSF's approval to let it happen.
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What has GSSF said, if anything regarding either or both presentations? Would a nudge from other shooters help?
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:09   #18
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May I ask you both... if there was a 20-30 minute New Shooter Workshop/Briefing that ran throughout the day, at this or other GSSF matches for new GSSF competitors, would you be inclined to attend?

The brief would include initial procedures, basic rules, and generally what to expect at the firing line - as well as suggestions for succesfully shooting each course of fire.

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Oh yes, absolutely :-)
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Probably what would work even better is put it on You Tube.
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Probably what would work even better is put it on You Tube.
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