I shot my first pistol match since 2019 last night. All I knew going in was that it was a EDC ("every day carry") match. I brought a 3" Model 65 and a 2.5" Model 19 to the match, figuring that I'd shoot one or the other and, if one gun refused to run, I'd have a backup.
A side note: I try to shoot revolvers in matches. For me, they are more difficult to shoot and I need the practice more. It's not just the actual shooting, it's things like clearing them and reloading that take a lot more work and need polishing.
Anyway, I got there and the match was a low-light match. That sealed the deal as to which gun that I used, I shot the M65 as it has a laser.
What I learned was that reloading a revolver in low-light conditions is tricky. I needed to hit the ejector rod harder and get the gun close to vertical. In the back of my mind, I know that going a skosh past vertical is a disqualifying event, so I may let that control me a little too much. If an empty case hangs up on the ejection stroke, it's harder to see. Aligning the speedloader with the charge holes was a trip. It was only after the match did I realize that what I could have done was to use my index finger to feel the space between the rounds and align that with the cylinder flutes.
For me, the matches are good as they allow me to find weak spots in my technique and hone it. It's not about competing with others. It's about betting better.
In reality, I'm not competitive with the other shooters. The matches are timed; you take your completion time and then add time to it for each hit that is outside of the "A zone" of the target. The only penalty for extra shots is the time involved.
So, with most revolvers, you're reloading every six shots, which takes more time than dropping a magazine, slamming in another one and slingshotting the slide. Depending on the autoloader and any state limits, you can shoot three times as many rounds with a self-littering gun than with a revolver before reloading. The bottom line is that unless you're really good with a revolver (and/or you have a race-gun that has been set for moon-clips), you're not going to beat someone who has an autoloader unless they seriously stomp on their cranks with golf shoes.
It was a challenging match, especially considering that I hadn't competed in so long. I had a great time.
I won "high revolver" and "high woman". In other words, I came in last.