Tropical Sport Shooting Association held a shotgun/pistol match after the regularly scheduled 4th-Saturday IDPA match at Markham Park Target Range on Saturday 27 August 2011. The shotgun/pistol match began promptly at 1 PM. Special thanks go to Oscar and Alan for making it work with the time we had available and in that heat.
The match consisted of two stages. Stage One required the shooter to move from right to left, beginning at a pair of vertical barricades, then past a table, then to a VTAC 9-hole barricade. At the walls the shooter was to engage a collection of pepper poppers and bowling pins, then move left and deposite an empty shotgun on the table before moving on to the VTAC barricade and engaging three targets, each from a different hole, with the pistol. Stage Two moved from left to right and began with the shooter engaging a series of pepper poppers and knock-down targets followed by three paper targets to be engaged with slugs before moving to the right, again depositing an empty shotgun on a table, and continuing on to a vertical wall. The shooter then drew his pistol from behind the wall, engaged two targets from cover, two on the move, and two from behind the cover of a barrel.
My gear consisted of a Remington 870 police trade-in with 18” rifle-sighted barrel, poly stock, and a 1-shot extension for a total of 5 in the tube. No sling was required. My handgun was my Glock 19 with Boresight Solutions grip reduction carried in a Raven Concealment holster and magazines carried in two Ready Tactical magazine pouches all held on my Jones Tactical 1.5” belt.
I have not owned a shotgun in 5+ years after the previous one I owned was stolen from my house in a break in. The shotgun just never really interested me when I have an AR to grab instead. However I’ve recently become interested in trying different platforms as I find that often the lessons learned on one reveal things you never thought about with another. If nothing else, trigger time is trigger time, and you learn why you preferred the other platform to begin with.
I came in 15th out of 17 shooters. However I had a total of 6 FTNs for a total of 180 seconds of penalty, plus three procedurals for a total of 30 seconds of penalty there. Subtracting 210 seconds from my score would put me 4th place overall. Most of my FTNs were pistol shots, and I have made no secret of the fact that I need to work on my pistol shooting skills.