A perfect day, cool and sunny. Twenty one shooters came out for this last match before the IRC. No classifier, as we shot the Australian Postal Match stages, plus our last practice for Far & Near. Gary surged back into the late arrival lead position with a last second arrival.
The stages: Steady as it Goes: From the box facing down-range. Three D-1 targets snuggled up next to No Shoots that just touched the B Ring. One round per each target, reload, two rounds per target, reload, three rounds per target. Shots Limited so those errant No Shoots couldn't be recovered. A few people ate the 10 extra seconds, but most slowed down and got the A hits. Ron W half-hurried his way to a stage win. All In a Line: One box, 6 D-1 targets, 3 rounds per target. Simple, except the targets were 20 m distant. To make it interesting, Shots Unlimited and X's counted for 1 second off. Just for fun, a mandatory reload between Targets 3 and 4. So, the dilemma is, shoot only 3 shots each or empty the gun before the mandatory reload even though the clock is running. The winning combo was slow and precise and the occasional make-up round as needed. Art showed his marksmanship on this one. Far & Near: Once more, Art shows strong in club matches. F & N scores have been off lately, but it could be that nobody wants to peak too early. Steel Is Last: A mirrored array of 3 paper and a full size popper with 2 boxes. Start in the left, shoot the left targets from left to right, a standing reload and then pick up the popper. Move and another mandatory reload, repeating in the right hand box. Shots Unlimited because of the steel. Young Billy hustled along for the win. Different Hands: An interesting amalgam of the last two boxes from Far & Near. One box, 10 meters. Three targets. Two rounds free style, reload, two rounds strong, reload, two rounds weak. Shots Limited, but no X count, so it was ok to crank up the speed. Art did the hand changes best for his third stage win of the match.
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