So the shooting’s done, the scores have been tallied, and I managed to take 82nd place in the Tactical Scope division out of 188 competitors. This is better than I placed last year, but only by a handful of positions. The thing that really sucks about this is that I managed to incur four penalties on the first stage, and only a grand total of six penalties for the entire match. Those first stage penalties amounted to a whopping 50 seconds worth of pain. At it’s heart, 3 Gun is a sport about efficiency; finding the quickest and most effective way to complete a course of fire. Those who do the best are those who can navigate each and every course of fire with a minimum of fuss, while hitting all of their targets and not incurring penalties for hitting no-shoot targets. As you might imagine, 50 seconds worth of penalties is not conducive to a clean run. Nor is taking an inordinate amount of time to complete a a stage.
You can see video of all of my stage runs courtesy of DocMedic here:
The two worst meltdowns were on stages two and five, where I evidently decided that missing what should have been a fairly reasonable rifle shot, was a good idea, and ended up with a time of 105 seconds. (Stage, blown.)
On the upside of things, my movement has gotten better, along with my general abilities to hit targets (suck it, flying clays!) and my pistol game is much improved, though still in need of work.
Highlights of the match definitely include the following (in no particular order): getting to meet Maggie Reese from Top Shot, meeting [url=http://exurbanleague.com/]Exurban Kevin[/url] who was ROing on one of the shotgun stages, getting to shoot a round of sporting clays after the match was over, and grabbing dinner at The Blue Adobe Grille.
Overall, the match was a lot of fun, even if my performance was well below what I believe I’m actually capable of.