I’ve been busy the past few weekends!
Shot some good some not so good and some mediocre matches.
Started off with a 600 agg service rifle match at Kimberton.
It was a 100 yard walk and paste. I shot a solid Master score, came in second overall, and cleaned my first target in competition!
Headed across the river the next morning for York Riflemen’s last 800 agg of the season. I dropped too many points in rapid prone in this one blowing the group out the other side by over correcting. Still squeaked in a master level score.
Took a few days off from shooting to work for a few days (boring) then hauled back to York for their fall Garand match. The weather was not cooperating but they ran two relays twice. So we were able to reenter which was fun. I shot my Garand first and posted some ugly scores then my A3 and posted a better score but still missed the cut. I’m blaming that one on the two 8s I managed in prone due to the rain. Totally not that 5 off hand!
The next weekend I had big plans to haul to Bridgeville and shoot their full course 800 agg. But hurricane Matthew had other ideas. So I headed to a walk and paste at Palymra Sportsmans Club. They do two back to back walk and paste 800 aggs which is a bit grueling. But it’s under a roof and no pit duty which is nice.
I did well in the first match and not so well in the second. The second match I was soft on the ends. I had trouble finding my groove in off hand and not really sure what I was doing in slow prone.
It was a nice match and good practice. I’m going to try and go to more of those matches next season.
Just a couple more weeks until my last EIC and XTC match of the year!
The National Matches are just around the corner! I go to Delaware fairly frequently in the summer, for surf fishing, but this weekend I left the Rod at home and brought my service rifle down for an NRA 800 agg.
The weather was hot and the air thick with humidity. We ran two relays and scored in the pits. Which can be a bit tricky but the match runs fast.
I started out strong shooting “fast and angry” off-hand. Posting a 186.
I’ve been working on sitting and it seems to be paying off as I posted a nice pair of 99s. I seem to have a habit of pulling one low right when I forget to breathe.
Back to 300 I dropped 3 points in rapid prone I was happy with my groups. I Made a windage change between strings but couldn’t keep all 10 in the 10 ring in the second string.
Back at 600 I came close to my personal best and posted a pair of 96s for a 192!
The 8:00 8 was a sighter the 12:00 eight was pulse, heat, and fatigue late in the second string.
I managed to post a nice score on the high-end of Master keeping my streak going!
Thanks to some advice from others at York a few matches back I made some changes to my sling and now pull it almost all the way into my armpit. This has really been working nice as the sling doesn’t fall down my arm mid string and stays nice and tight.
I hate when bloggers start post with “sorry it’s been awhile”mostly because I’m snobby. I am, however, behind on posting but It’s because I’ve been busy shooting!
After I got back from Talladega I was determined to dial it up a bit and shot as many full course matches as I could!
First weekend back I went to Wilkes Barre to shoot a reduced 200 yard National Match walk and paste. After posting some not so hot scores at Talladega I turned around and posted my personal best at this match!
The next weekend I drove down to Cumberland Maryland to shoot a full course NRA 800 agg. I kept the streak going and shot my first master level score across the course! Just one point less than my high at York the month before!
The next weekend I had two days of reduced course matches at Kimberton and York. Well that kill my steak, bleading points allmost every stage.
Went back to the lab a bit shot on my scatt a little and practice with my m44 training rifle. Then hauled back to Ft Hill looking for some redemption. Well, it wasn’t a great day in the hollar. I let a mistake in rapid prone get in my head which cost me in the end.
I hit the range after work this week and applied some new things I’ve picked up along the way this month and I feel optimistic I can kick the slump.
Just 2 more weekends before the National Matches! I’m focusing on service rifle this year, my poor Garand has only fired once this month! I’m not going to let up yet. I’m packing the next couple weekends with an 800 agg, a 3×600 and a EIC at New Holland!
I had a long weekend of shooting on the books but the weather did not cooperate. The EIC and the 3×600 matches at New Holland were canceled and so was the walk and paste at Kimberton. The show still goes on at York Riflemen, so I hauled across the River for their 800 agg.
It was overcast with a bit of fog but the rain stayed light. There were two relays so we scored in the pits. I was up first.
I have been shooting fast in off-hand lately and its been working for me. I shot 22 rounds off-hand in around 12 minutes and posted a 185. A seven I did not call surprised me a bit, in reviewing the video i should keep an eye on my follow though.
Rapids went well. I shot fast again in sitting, on purpose. I’ve been trying to strike a balance between pacing fast enough to have enough time to establish NPA after dropping into position for CMP matches, and not spraying all the rings of the target with wild shots.
I took my time in rapid prone and made a pretty nice group. A little to the right next time.
Slow prone went well enough that I was surprised to learn turn I came in first! This means a fair bit to me as I’ve been shooting a couple times a year at York for a few years now, I have learned a lot from the shooters there.
With some luck this might be the score I needed to get a new classification card. We will see what the NRA has to say in a couple of weeks!
In the run up to the CMP eastern games I shot a series of matches over two weekends.
First the season opener NRA 800 Agg at New Holland.
With the exception of a saved round in sitting due to a round that turned out to have some moisture in it, this turned out to be a great match for me. I shot slightly better than my average which should have been enough to earn an expert card!
Kimberton NRA and Garand Matches.
Back at my home club for the first NRA service rifle match of the year. This was my first match at this club with my new 2016 service rifle. It is a reduced course 100 yard 600 agg on a dark range which really gives the scope an advantage as it’s easier to see. I posted my first master scores and I was most proud of a pair of 99s I posted in slow prone on that tricky MR-31 target.
York Rifleman Spring Garand Match and 500 agg.
Despite all the travel games I’ve been to York Rifleman’s Garand matches are some of my favorite.
I have been to every garand match at York since 2012 and I’m happy to report I finally made the medal cut. It was a close one due to a bad LC round (At least that’s my excuse) but it felt good to break the York curse!