Prior to starting our rimfire rifle match on Sunday, September 7th, the match director, Brian, asked the opinion of those present about changes to next year’s matches that would produce a more varied shooting experience and a more ‘level’ playing field among shooters. Not unexpectedly, most of the proposed changes were welcomed by the 12 shooters that showed up for the match.
Then it was down to business.
The 12 shooters on the line were a varied lot. And so was their equipment. Some were old experienced bench rest shooters and some were not. Some had tuners and some did not have tuners. Some had good ammo and some did not. Some had ‘tricked-out’ rifles and some did not. Some had powerful scopes and some did not. Some wanted to win so badly they could taste it and some were happy to just complete with themselves. When windy conditions were added to the mix it was no surprise that relay scores ranged from a low of 60 to a high of 240.
As with most matches, tall stories were told, excuses were made, there was some bragging, and an occasional swear word could be heard when a ‘flier’ hit the 5 ring. But after all was said and done, everyone had a good time – even Brian who had to swallow a ‘bitter pill’ and placed second, under the current rules, which state:
In the event of a tie the win will go to the shooter with the most Xs. If a tie still exists, the win will go to the shooter with the highest first miss starting with the target from relay 1. If a tie still exists, starting with the target from relay 1, the first X completely plugged out wins if not matched by the other competitor(s).
Confused? Have questions? Email Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org
For better or worse, here are the scores:
|Name||Relay 1||Relay 2||Relay 3||Total||Place|
|Bill G.||231||221||222||674 10X||4|
|Bill B.||88||78||129||295 0X||12|
After the rifle scores were read all but three shooters headed home to watch some football. The three that remained tried their luck with the Charger. Naturally, the wind picked-up and hitting those little animals took some real skill. Congratulations to Howard who recovered from a less than stellar rifle match, to win the Charger Match going away.
|Name||Relay 1||Relay 2||Total||Place|
Our next match will be on Sunday, October 5th at Range 6. Please read the 22 Benchrest specs on the club’s web site and come shoot with us. Win, Lose or Draw, it’s FUN.