I always think of "Make Ready" as step to the position, chamber a round, settle myself and I'm ready. I shot a USPSA match in South Carolina yesterday and I learned a couple of things. I had the pleasure of watching a GrandMaster shoot, and the even greater pleasure of talking to him about how he shot and why he did things a certain way. Really nice guy, and simply watching him was eye-opening. His approach to the stages was a learning experience for me. And I screwed the pooch on a classifier stage. It was four separate strings, all starting with hands above shoulders, gun holstered. First string was to draw and fire six shots into T1 using your left hand only. I'm right-handed. Which means draw, transition and shoot. With a par of 4.5 seconds. I hadn't done that type of transition before, any time I'd shot weak hand only, I'd started from a low-ready. So I prepped at a safe table. And then when it was my turn, I stepped up, made ready, and beep, transition and $#[email protected] - the trigger doesn't feel right and I'm looking at the slide - and the round's not chambered fully. With a 4.5 second par there's no way to clear it. Yeah. That's a zero on the first string. "make ready" means "make ready". Dumbass. And then I fell apart. Shot the second string using the instructions from the third string, so went for an unnecessary reload. Parred out. Shot the third and fourth string correctly. Lesson #2. FIDO. Drive on. What's done is done. Focus on the current task.