This weekend was the 2017 Freezer match at KFGA. It’s a 40 round off-hand match held for charity at my local club.
I shot ok. Dropped a couple of 7s and a whole pile of awful 8s. In the 4 strings I ranged from a gross 85 to a decent 93. Which was enough for 5th.
It was a fun match, I tried some new things and put the first in competition rounds on my new barrel.
There was a day when I considered this the end of the season. But with the Creedmoor Cup and Fleet Week In just 3 or so months it’s not time to hibernate.
After the match I got to thinking, disputed my progress my off-hand has more or less plateaued falling in the 7ish point swing I saw this weekend. Rarely topping 93. My data book tells me back In the A2 days I had less variation and was able to post a couple of 96s.
Blaming the equipment is a lame excuse and I have let my stubbornness tell me to stick with the UBR. Which I had grown to love early In 2016, using a super short off-hand position. As the season went on I found myself sliding the stock longer. By October I was out to A1 length.
So I’ve decided to come home to the A2 stock.
2015 SAFS. No I’m not going back to the mag hold and hopefully not the extra 40lbs
A2 stock is heavier. There are some weight options for the UBR but the standard A2 wedge puts 3.5 lbs of additional Donk on the rifle which the UBR really can’t accommodate. Short of a custom-made gold or maybe depleted uranium weight.
A2 buttplate is a cheese grater. It’s made for shooting, not dressing up in an empty plate carrier and playing operator. Sling up and try to make it slip out of your shoulder, if it does, sling up better.
After some practice I don’t need the short length. Being further from the scope seems to help me keep my head in the same sport.
I might change my mind. But this stock feels like an old friend and it seems to me its the safe bet.
The new rules are up for EIC for 2017.
Read them here: http://thecmp.org/wp-content/uploads/Rulebook.pdf?ver=01042017
Of note CMP describes the new classifications and match rifles, presumably a shot across the bow of the NRA after their last minute location change of the NRA championships.
Personally, I’m disappointed to see further restrictions placed on handguards. It seems now only quad rails or traditional A2 tubes will be permitted for service rifle.
Under the old rules it was convenient to invite new shooters to EIC matches where they could “run what they have” with minimal modifications and cost, A2 grip and a 4x. It was win win, as they got to try out their gear to see how it held up to XTC and it helped get new people involved in the sport.
This all might seem trivial however in the “AR community” quad rails are fairly uncommon these days, modular free floats such and Mlok and Keymod are all the rage.
Under the new rules new shooters will need to find a quad rail or A2 tube, borrow a rifle, build an A4 or shoot out of competition. Because XTC wasn’t already intimidating enough?
Good news, the A1/A2 grip rule hasn’t changed. So my sticker is still relavent.
It’s a tradition at my club to shoot WWI rifles at the November CMP match.
I brought along my Rock Island 1903 and my Old Eddystone 1917.
I shot the 1917 first. The 17 and I haven’t always gotten along. However I was able to focus on that tiny front sight due to some suprisingly good light. Slow prone went well. In both rapid and off hand I was low. I either moved the sight or changed my cheek weld but it happens. I’m happy I kept them in a group off hand. That had been an issue for me at Perry this summer.
I rarely shoot my Rock Island 1903. Not that there is anything wrong with it, in fact it’s nice to shoot as it has USMC sights and a nice smooth action.
Anyway, excuses aside, I did okay with that old rifle. I had some trouble remembering how the windage worked and bounced back and fourth across the target in slow prone. Four MOA per 1/4 turn is a little delicate.
I haven’t been happy with my offhand with the wood guns all season, but I managed to post one of my better off hand scores with this rifle. It turns out trigger control is important!
Ok, I suppose Delaware is not technically Dixie but it is south of the Mason-Dixon line and Camp Butner is for sure, so close enough.
To wrap up the 2016 Service Rifle Season GTB shooting team headed to Camp Butner for the NSSC NC Championship and EIC. The NC Championship was a 1000 agg on Saturday. It was a beautiful summer day. Well, summer for us Yankees I assume, high 70s is what they consider fall in NC.
During the 1000 agg I cleaned 300 for the first time!
The rest of the match was fairly lackluster including a hot mess at 600.
The EIC the next day started out soggy off hand. I worked to make a come back but couldn’t quite make it. I ended with a 469 which wasn’t awful but a good 10 points below the cut.
Looking for some redemption the next weekend I drove down to the beach for Bridgeville’s last 800 agg of the season. My new Nightfore service rifle scope had shown up while I was at Camp Butner and this was its first trial.
The match went well and was a nice end to the season. I posted a decent high end Master score and cleaned sitting for the first time! The new scope worked very well. I’m looking forward to putting it through its paces next season.
Don’t worry this isn’t really the end of the season, there are still a couple wood gun matches left, maybe some rimfire, and of course hunting season!