I shot in my first BUG match this past weekend, and I had so much fun, that I thought I should write about it.
those who don't know, BUG stands for Back-up Gun. This is a term that
is usually applied to the small revolvers and semi-auto pistols that
many people use for daily concealed carry. They usually have a round
capacity of only 5 or 6 shots and have a very short barrel. This is in
contrast to the large 9mm, .40 and .45 cal full-size pistols with big
magazines that most of us consider our "match guns".
When I heard
that my local IDPA club was going to have a side BUG match in
conjunction with the yearly Classifier stages, I was extremely excited. I
had just purchased a new Glock 42 ( .380 semi-auto), and was anxious to
put it through its paces. (Or have it put me through mine - LOL!)
had taken this gun to the range a grand total of twice before it was
time for the BUG match, so I wasn't terribly experienced with it. But I
figured what the heck, the match would tell me what I needed to work on.
I was worried that I only had the two magazines that the gun came with,
but that seemed to be the order of the day. One of the SO's in charge
told me that he personally ran it with a revolver and no speed clips.
the Classifier match always seems to take forever, and there are always
lots of shooters to put through it (it's just the nature of the beast),
we were encouraged to run over and try the BUG while we were waiting
turns at the Classifier. I took advantage of the lull after my turn on
Stage 2, and went to try out the G42.
It felt strange, but it was
a Hoot! There were three mini-stages in one bay, broken up into several
strings of fire each. You were limited to 5 rounds per string, and
reloaded for the next string off-the-clock. Since I only had 2
magazines, if there were 3 strings, then that meant I had to return to
the table, (keeping good muzzle discipline since there is no holster) in
order to refill my magazines. I felt a little "off-balance" the whole
time, because I couldn't rely on muscle memory to know what to do. I had
no holster, I had no magazine pouch - even the trigger pull was
different on this gun. Being the control freak that I am, I like to have
my motions be automatic, and this new situation wasn't letting me do
that. But change and novelty are good things. They keep me on my toes!
think I did pretty well, though the scores aren't up yet. I didn't have
any misses, and I didn't hit any no-shoot targets, but time is always
my issue. I'm not the fastest chickie on the block. LOL! But the
important thing is that I had a BLAST!!! I am very grateful for the hard
work that was put in by the club members to put this experiment on.
recall that there was a good bit of buzz around the time of the 1st
ever IDPA BUG Nationals this year, that BUG matches could be a new port
of entry for new shooters and especially women. There are many women who
carry concealed, but who don't have "competition" gear, or "competition
size" guns. Women often carry small guns, and carry in purses or belly
bands or something other than a traditional holster. The BUG rules allow
for a maximum of 5 shot strings (ideal for small guns), magazine
changes off the clock, and no holster work. This is great
Low-Intimidation Factor stuff to attract a whole new cadre of shooters!!
might be working, as I met at least one woman that day who came
specifically for the BUG match. She was afraid that she would be the
only woman there, yet she came anyway. Good for her!! (And I know the
feeling). I am so excited that she seems to have been bitten now! And
I've made a new shooting friend besides!