e-Postal Handgun Match Feedback
I got an interesting email from Rivrdog regarding his take on the e-Postal handgun matches. He had tried to post it as a comment, but Blogger apparently ate it, so he emailed it to me, and here it is:
What I was going to tell you was your postals have become like bracket-racing at the drags, and how many fans go to see bracket-racing versus the real (NHRA) thing?
When your eyes stopped accomodating, you chose to outfit all your weapons with electronic or tunnel sights.
When my eyes stopped accomodating, I chose to practice point-shooting by instinct.
I can still carry a combat weapon to defend myself with, and while I won't shoot the buttons off the bad guy's shirt like you will, I will make him dead sooner than you will.
This extends, somehow, to postal matches.
Back to the bracket-racing analogy. You take your street-legal rod to the bracket races, and they put you on the line next to a Super-Comp car with a trick engine, fancy tranny and trick Traction-Masters with 14 inch gummyslicks. The tree greens for both of you, and even though your green was first, he passes you at the half-way mark. The math whiz in the booth does the math and says you won the race, even though you were looking at his trunk deck receding in the distance before the finish line.
That's the feeling we get shooting the postals against the super-comp guns. You design the postals with tiny targets, and they are perfect for your red-dotted guns. You then give us handicaps (classes) where we are theoreticaly equal in our class. We may be equal, but always, in the back of the mind, we know that we will never be able to cut the wings off the flies like you can. It's just not competitive, dispite the handicaps you give us in the rules.
Add that feeling to the fact that your ARE a gen-you-wine pistol master, and the "why try" becomes the ruling thought.
Basically what's happened is that you've turned yourself into a niche shooter. You ARE the master of the niche, but everybody else feels ill at ease in your niche competing with you, so they don't. When you try to widen the niche a bit, it's still YOUR niche, and you are still the niche-master.
How about it, shooters? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.....