Started out with my best off hand with optics. I spent more time dryfiring in Prep, 5 shots without wasting time between them. It seemed to help to get in the rhythm.
The rest of the match went well. I made a over correction off my sighters for prone and dropped 5 out the bottom and 4 in slow prone. The slow prone 9s were all eye fatigue, I need to remember to reset when I am struggling to get a good sight picture and try again, even in prone.
My shots under all of the reduced target faces
I end up with a 773, just 3 points shy of a elusive high master score, but good enough to come in first!
No XTC for a couple of weeks until I head off to Perry for their early ECI match in a couple of weeks.
York’s spring double-header is one of my favorite matches of the year. It starts with a Garand match, followed by a NRA 50 round match. It’s a reduced 200 yard match with pits.
The Garand match was fun, I shot uncharacteristically fast in slow prone but still managed a decent score. I kept raising my zero in slow prone and then, surprise, I blew my rapid prone group out the top. I pulled it back in off-hand and posted an 89 which I was very happy with.
We shot a 500 agg right after the Garand Match. Still happy with myself for shooting well off-hand with the Garand I did decent with my A4 off-hand too. A few 8s in off-hand but I posted a pair of 98s in rapids and didn’t shoot a 9 in slow prone until round 13!
I manage to come in second in the 500 agg with a 484 just a point short of High Master!
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!
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!