I have had the greatest weekend so far! Went shooting with Tara on Friday, rode with Monster yesterday, and shot Defensive Pistol today!
I'm a bad, bad, bad GunDiva and didn't clean my gun or magazines after shooting Friday. I only ran through about twenty rounds, so I didn't think that I really needed to clean the Para. I also didn't think about cleaning my magazines, because I have to do it so rarely. Funny thing, if you never let them hit the ground, you don't have to worry about dirt build-up. Except...when I did the magazine change video, I put them all on the ground. And then didn't clean them.
I'm not sure which contributed to the problems I had at the range today - the dirty gun or the dirty magazines - but I had issues with my gun not going into battery, so I had to smack the back of the slide more times than I should have to get it to go into battery.
That said, here are the videos - critique away. I know which errors I made (not cleaning my gun/magazines being the biggest), but I'm interested to hear from some other shooters.
The first stage is "Twinkle twinkle" because of the Texas star at the end. We started in position one and had to "slice the pie" from cover, hitting all of our targets with at least two rounds, then move to position two. Since I was shooting from the left, I switched hands and shot left-handed as I sliced the pie. (I'm comfortable shooting either right or left, but that took lots of practice.) After clearing all of the bad guys from the right and left, we had to move to position three, the Texas star. I usually do okay with the star - I don't know anyone who does really well with the star - but chose to take the time penalty instead of wasting time chasing the last arm of the star.
In this stage, we had to start from a semi-surrender position (true surrender position would have us facing away from the first target, pivoting and then drawing), shoot the first target from a retention position - just means one handed - as we moved back to cover, then slice the pie to shoot the other targets. Then I had to move to the other side of cover (yes, I switched hands again), shoot the "tires" off of the car and put two in the driver's head. I got a miss because I only put one in his head. Bummer.