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Timberwolf
10-01-2007, 10:08 PM
APS – 09/29/07 – Tac/Prec Match Report

Saturday evening we had our monthly Tac/Prec Rifle Match at A Place to Shoot in Saugus, California. This was a night match and once again my hat goes off to all competitors as they ate a lot of dust, were confronted with 1 MOA targets in some stages, and our ever-changing thermals, shadows, wind gusts and befalling darkness. Despite this all competitors did well with the top shooter hitting 72% (that’s it back to the ¾” targets on the 100 dot drill)

Plaques were awarded to the top three competitors as follows: First Place – Pascal Bauder; Second Place – Dave McGrath; and Third Place – Mike Bonnheim. There was also a medal given to the top shooter in the 100 Yard Dot Drill event that Don Augustine snatched with 5 out of five hits. As a note the 100-yard dot drill was shot using 1” dots so five out of five hits from down in the dirt prone at night with an illuminated target is pretty fair country shootin’ in my book. Also there was a three-way tie in this stage with Don Augustine, Pascal Bauder and Dave McGrath all hitting five for five and the tie was decided by individual times for the event. Don took it with a total time of 23.45 seconds followed by Pascal with 24.87 seconds and Dave with 30.95 seconds.

The following is a breakdown of the five courses of fire:

Stage I – 866 YARD MAN ON THE RIDGE

The first course of fire is pretty explanatory from its title. In this stage the shooters engaged a Mini Iron Maiden (12”w X 24”h) at 866 yards. This was a little different than normal in that the shooter had a max of three shots to hit the target. If hit in the first shot the shooter rec’d 100 pts; if the first shot was missed the shooter was allowed a second shot and if a hit was achieved it was worth 50 pts; if missed twice the shooter was allowed a third and final shot for which 25 pts were awarded for a hit. The target is in a new area we cleared for it and except for the immediate area around it was surrounded by brush making seeing your misses extremely hard. To add to this the hill behind the target is about 100 – 200 yards behind the target. Hence if your dope is not on its unlikely you’ll see your hits to walk in.

Stage II –250 YARD DOT DRILL

This was a standard drill consisting of 5 shots being placed on a four-inch target at 250 yards in prone. The shooters had 1 minute to complete this stage and due to the dusty conditions encountered last month this month the stage was shot individually. The max score was 100 pts (20 per hit). Two people cleaned this event and quite a few hit four out of the five shots. This was the last stage shot without lighting and the sun was fading fast so I believe these were exceptional scores.

Stage III – 100 YARD 5 DOT DRILL - PRONE

This was a standard five-dot drill consisting of 5 shots in prone at 100 yards, one shot per dot. This month the dots were the standard one-inch orange target dots instead of my normal ¾ inch dots. These were used to stand out better by illumination. The shooters had 1 minute to complete this stage with individual times being used as a tiebreaker. The max score was 100 pts (20 per hit – one round per dot). As said before there were three clean scores on this section, however, Don had the fastest time walking away with the medal for this event.

Stage IV – 100 YARD DOT DRILL – OFF HAND

This was a standard drill consisting of 5 shots being placed on a 5”X8” mini IPSC target at 100 yards, off hand. The shooters had 1 minute to complete this stage and it was shot as a group. The max score was 100 pts (20 per hit). This stage, though challenging, saw four people hit four out of five.

Stage V – ONE THE MOVE

In this final stage the shooter had to engage an 18”X24” mini maiden at 100 yard in an improvised position. Seated in the back of a utility trailer that was being towed behind an ATV. The speed on the ATV was between 5 – 7 MPH. As with the first stage the shooters were allow a max of three shots. If hit in the first shot the shooter rec’d 100 pts; if the first shot was missed the shooter was allowed a second shot and if a hit was achieved it was worth 50 pts; if missed twice the shooter was allowed a third and final shot for which 25 pts were awarded for a hit. Three shooters rang the maiden with one hitting it the first shot, one the second and one the third.

All in all it was a very good match and all did very well.

proraptor
10-02-2007, 8:59 AM
man....sounds like a lot of fun....congrats to all the winners