All for the love of the sport, I summed the willpower to get up at 7 am on a Saturday to drive an hour and shoot in my first IDPA match, which was also my first shooting match in general. It goes without saying that I was completely out of my league, but everyone, especially the SO's, were very helpful. I shot in the CDP division and learned a lot about my strengths and weaknesses as a shooter. I had my first ever malfunction with the Colt which was a failure to feed the last round during the first magazine of the first series. First off, I learned that the adrenaline of competition made me jerk the trigger and fire about 6'' to the 7:30 of where I intended on the close-in headshots. I shot(missed) at one target 3 times and was told that I am jerking the trigger it by the SO. I thought to myself... s***, he's right. I'm an idiot, then squeezed and made the should-have-been easy shot. Next, I learned that I really need to practice reloading. After watching the more experienced shooters fire their last round and have the pistol reloaded in a blink, I saw just how fluid the motion can be become. Reloads probably took me 5 seconds every time, so I practiced doing that today for a while and noticed that the slide would not close on an empty chamber with my 47D's, but would close fine with the Colt factory mag? Oh well, that's for another day. I will get some snap caps or dummy rounds to keep the slide from banging when I practice in the future. It was the most fun I have ever had shooting, and I know that regular firing range shooting will never be as fun now. I had 67 points down :embarassed: and that is what I will try to work on as I now know to account for my nerves and to tell myself to slow down and make the shots. I now also know the kind of modifications I might want to make on the pistol. If I continue to fumble with reloading I may pop on a S&A magwell or shell out for a smith to cut the frame and install the Chen setup. Also, the Colt's come standard with the 3 white dot combat sights and I sometimes wouldn't re-grip correctly after a reload and would be looking at the wrong dot(the rear-right one) and the muzzle would be angled left. If I continue to do this I may want to blot out the back dots or get some different sights altogether. Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions of what they learned in their first few IDPA events I would love to hear them. And if anyone is about to compete in their first match try to account for your excitement. According to the crowd I had the happy feet!