After a three month hiatus the “F” Class has returned to Desert Sportsman and was welcomed back by mother nature with windy shooting conditions. Rather than cancel the match the six shooters who showed up were treated to a stress-free session where they could work on their technique, test loads, and try a 600 yard shoot in “challenging” conditions. Wind on range 8 was gusting and conditions were “acceptable” but not good for long-range shooting. Saturday’s winds were swirling, variable in direction, and massively inconsistent in speed.
Those stalwart souls who braved the conditions still shot well with Richard posting a 181 followed by Steve at 154 and Stephanie with a 151. These scores are remarkable when you consider that maximum score is 200 and the conditions were minimal. John used the day to test his scope/AR combination, work in the pits, and just become acquainted with the unique format and scoring of the CMP matches. Although the conditions were frustrating, our shooters demonstrated good sportsmanship helping each other with set-up and take-down of the targets and their fellow competitors shooting platforms. Because F is shot from a prone position shooting pads and bags were used by all the shooters. You can imagine that wrangling a shooting pad or rigging down 6-foot by 6-foot target frames in swirling winds quickly becomes a team effort and there was no shortage of helping hands.
Weather should be better in April and Desert Sportsman will host the F class in both Target AR and Open Class. Shooters meeting is at 1030 and shooting begins at 1100 after the work party is over the and the range cleared.