Points to Benjamin!
Some of those articles make some valid points as well.
I see your point and now that I think about it, I do see some of that in my kids. I've always been one to set my own goals and then acheive or fail based on my own criteria. I think that comes with maturity and I am starting to see the shift in my kids as well, even in Xbox. I'll even check my goals against the top shooter by looking at their perfromance and seeing if they tanked a stage. The few times I beat James in a match or on a stage, I ask him how he shot or what he was doing...most times there is no reason to celebrate because he was testing something or had a malfunction. For instance, this year at RM3G, squadded with Miculek and Casanova (Division winners of the match), I beat them both on Stage 5, but they both caught an early morning upslope with shifting winds and had to chase rounds back and forth while I shot a touch earlier in still air. I had a good run, but realize conditions had an effect. I've set my goals for this winter, and next year based on my own personal analysis of my weaknesses, checked against the perceptions of those who know me, but I remain my harshest critic.
I just think the gaps in 3 Gun are too large for a classification system to be valid:
- We have a significantly lower number of shooters than USPSA
- The complexity and length of stages spreads out the competition
- The types of matches vary greatly
- Technology and techniques are changing rapidly
In all of the other shooting sports, and Xbox, the definition of success is more easily defined with a number. I can look at the individual scores in any other shooting discipline and determine if the shooter shot par, below par or exceptionally. That can not be done in 3Gun. If classiifications are adopted, the drive will be to dumb down the stages in order to make the classifications mean more. I want the target to be the top shooters, not the 50% shooter. I do honestly beleive the "Run heads up against the top" mentality of 3Gun is what drives people to this sport. I've dealt with phenominal pistol shooters who are scared, enthralled, curious etc. about the "all out" nature of 3Gun. That excitement, I think, will be diluted by a classification.
That's my story and I am sticking to it.