Howdy Kentucky Lawman!!
Cal showed us this format when he visited us 2 years ago. We have used that format since then for our regular monthly matchs. I like it for several reasons. First, for new shooters, putting someone new on the line at 21 feet is definitely more intimidating to them than 15 feet. So shooting at 15 feet first seems to give them a little bit of confidence before going to the further distances. For new shooters, or even seasoned shooters, hitting the target a few times with decent times will make up for the misses and slow times. To me, it is about the shooters coming back because they felt good about what they had done.
Second, it seems like if you start at 15, then go to 18, 21 feet doesn't seem so far away for most shooters, especially the newer folks.
Third, this is "fast draw" so alot of folks really turn on the speed at the closer distances more so than at 21 feet. I love seeing the smiles and cheers from the folks when they shoot with more common lower times at the shorter distances. It is all about fun and personal satisfaction and achievment.
It is very popular at our club. However, for our next two monthly matchs, we will be shooting everything at 21 feet getting ready for our state championship in July.
Our Club Championship in November is shot at that format as well!!!
Hope to see ya soon Lawman!! Tell the Mrs I said howdy!!