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Timberwolf
03-23-2008, 2:52 PM
APS – 03-22-08 – Tac/Prec Match Report

Yesterday we had our monthly Tac/Prec Rifle Match at A Place to Shoot in Saugus, California. We had quite a few new faces for this matches and several old as well. The day was nice and clear but very blustery with ever changing gusts and thermals whipping through our little canyon making even the most mediocre 200 yards shot a test of wind calling skill.

Plaques were awarded to the top three competitors as follows: First Place – Jason Chan; Second Place – Ryan Kerr; and Third Place – Pascal Bauder. There was also a medal given to the top shooter in the 100 Yard Dot Drill that Jason Chan took with a high score of 80 in 37.77 seconds. As a note the 100-yard dot drill is shot using 3/4” dots so four out of five hits from down in the dust in prone is pretty fair country shootin’.

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

Stage I – 860 YARD SPANK THE MAIDEN

The second course of fire is pretty explanatory from its title. In this stage the shooters engaged our also infamous iron maiden at 860 yards. This was scored on decreasing value - 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. Only one competitor was able to “spank the Maiden”, our match second place scorer.

Stage II – 520 YARD SMACK DOWN

In this third stage the shooters engaged a 12”x12” plate at a distance of 520 yards in the prone position from the field to the rear of the range. High weeds, soft dirt, and uneven ground, coupled with a gusty wind, and changing thermals made this a challenge but several connected on their first shot. As with the first stage the competitors were allowed a max of three shots with decreasing score.

Stage III – 250 YARD DOT DRILL

In this stage the shooters placed five shots on a three-inch dots from a distance of 250 yards from prone. This was shot in the field behind the range on a slight incline. Each hit counted a total of 20 points for a max of 100 points. No shooters cleaned this stage with the majority scoring one and two hits. The match winner, however, managed 4 hits out of the 5 rounds. As note the wind during this portion was beginning to pick up somewhat – of course it didn’t help too much that I was waiting for the wind to pick up before giving the commence fire command.

Stage IV – SNIPER IN A CAN
In this stage the shooters engaged a 12”x12” metal plate at a range of 425 yards from an improvised supported sitting position. It sounds pretty easy, except for the fact they shooter was seated inside a dumpster shooting out of the top with the lid propped halfway open allowing just enough room to shoot through. The shooters were allowed to use the lip of the container as a support. If you want some fun shoot a rifle from inside a metal container, even with the muzzle outside of the container the blast still gives it a nice ring.

Stage V – SHOOT AND SCOOT

This stage was the most physical of the courses in the match as it required the shooter to low crawl approx 30 yards between two points of engagement.

In this stage the shooter started in prone and engage a potato on a stick at 100 yards. The competitor then low crawled in a ditch for a distance of approximately 30 yards where they engaged a 12”x12” plate at 400 yards to the left of the ditch from an improvised prone position while they remained in the ditch. The shooters then advanced approx 3 yards to the left of the ditch and engaged a 3” popper from kneeling. Though a strenuous stage two shooters, including the match winner, managed to make hit 6 out the 7 rounds. Each hit counted for 20 points, with a max score for this stage 140 instead of the normal 100.

Stage VI – 100 YARD 5 DOT DRILL - PRONE

This stage has become a norm at my matches. As the title says it is a standard five-dot drill consisting of 5 shots in prone at 100 yards, one shot per dot, using inch dots. 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) with the winner having the high score of 80 points.


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

rksimple
03-23-2008, 3:12 PM
I didn't know Jason hit it first round. Thats awesome! I suck!

Timberwolf
03-23-2008, 3:16 PM
I didn't know Jason hit it first round. Thats awesome! I suck!

Whoops - corrected - thats what I get for cutting and pasteing then not proofing.

rksimple
03-23-2008, 3:17 PM
I hit it on the second round, but I put a spoiler into the dirt by the buff for my first round. It worked well!

rksimple
03-26-2008, 6:04 PM
Sorry for the delay:

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rksimple
03-26-2008, 6:05 PM
Continued...

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rksimple
03-26-2008, 6:06 PM
Couple more:

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Pthfndr
03-26-2008, 6:44 PM
Dang, does anyone down there NOT use a muzzle brake? And what's with the green grass. How can you have dust if there's green grass? What a bunch of wussies.

rksimple
03-26-2008, 6:50 PM
Dang, does anyone down there NOT use a muzzle brake? And what's with the green grass. How can you have dust if there's green grass? What a bunch of wussies.

The brakes are merely to annoy the competition. The grass...well its only green for maybe a month or so out of the year, then everything goes brown.

EmphaticThumb
03-26-2008, 7:03 PM
Great pics, I love the ones of the dumpster stage.

PistolPete75
03-26-2008, 10:34 PM
are we all gainning some extra weight? sure looks like it.

wildcard
03-26-2008, 10:38 PM
are we all gainning some extra weight? sure looks like it.

Na.. i'm just wearing a puffy jacket :)

PistolPete75
03-26-2008, 10:41 PM
dude, i just woke up from a 6 hour nap. i feel funny waking up at this time.

Timberwolf
03-26-2008, 11:08 PM
Dang, does anyone down there NOT use a muzzle brake? And what's with the green grass. How can you have dust if there's green grass? What a bunch of wussies.

We love brakes down here, tends to keep people at bay LOL We shoot next to each other with brakes without even a flinch . . . now whose the wuss. :rolleyes:

Get a real good look at that grass . . . within a month it'll be brown, within two months it'll be mostly gone and by September that smooth area with the knocked down grass will be a bare spot covered in talc powder dust that will obscure your vision after the first shot, with or without a brake. :eek:


On a side note I love those pics of the "sniper in a can" stage. I wonder what new and innovative COFs I can conjure up next. :p

ar15barrels
03-27-2008, 12:10 AM
does anyone down there NOT use a muzzle brake?

Don't worry, I'm slowly taking care of the guys without brakes.
By the time you come down, everyone should be fully equipped. ;)

Vu 308
03-27-2008, 11:32 AM
Rual my booty!

Looks pretty rough...glad someone has their K Swisses on to deal with that rough terrain. LOL

PistolPete75
03-27-2008, 11:45 AM
that's me with the k swiss. don't recommend using tennis shoes unless you want to ruin them in 1 day. i keep forgeting to wear my boots.

Timberwolf
03-27-2008, 1:32 PM
I highly recommend the wearing of boots in Sept. Once is gets warm the area around where you see Pascal kneeling beside the shooter and the area around the pushed down grass will buzz occassionally if you venture off the paths.

By the way we have two buzzers there - the Pacific and the Mojave Green. The Pacific is a wuss and will generally split the scene well before you see him unless you startle or corner him, the Green is territorial and an aggressive little sh*t with dual venom - neuro and hemo toxin. We normally shoot them on sight.

Prc329
03-27-2008, 1:43 PM
My first match there we saw a Bobcat chilling in the bushes.

Pretty cool actually. Ryan pointed him out. Took me a second to see him.

rksimple
03-27-2008, 1:51 PM
My first match there we saw a Bobcat chilling in the bushes.

Pretty cool actually. Ryan pointed him out. Took me a second to see him.

I remember that. We were going down to set up and he was watching us. Pretty cool.

The Mojave's are mean and nasty. I've killed a few up here and they still make my skin crawl.

Pthfndr
03-27-2008, 6:32 PM
I highly recommend the wearing of boots in Sept. Once is gets warm the area around where you see Pascal kneeling beside the shooter and the area around the pushed down grass will buzz occassionally if you venture off the paths.

By the way we have two buzzers there - the Pacific and the Mojave Green. The Pacific is a wuss and will generally split the scene well before you see him unless you startle or corner him, the Green is territorial and an aggressive little sh*t with dual venom - neuro and hemo toxin. We normally shoot them on sight.

We have our share of rattlers on our range up here also. More than few have been dispatched over the years. When we used to do our UKD walkup I always kept a sharp eye out. It would suck to have the targets appear and plop down in 2 ft grass next to one :eek:

dd03
03-27-2008, 10:33 PM
This looks like a really fun match. I won't be able to participate for a few months, but what equipment will I need? I noticed shooting mats, knee pads, and elbow pads. Is there anything else I'm going to need?

wildcard
03-27-2008, 10:58 PM
This looks like a really fun match. I won't be able to participate for a few months, but what equipment will I need? I noticed shooting mats, knee pads, and elbow pads. Is there anything else I'm going to need?

All you NEED is ammo, scope, and a rifle capable of hitting a target at 865 yds. Recommended equipment includes a sling.
Comfort items include a mat, knee pads, and elbow pads. Long sleeves and pants are always my preference.

Just equip as your budget allows but start with what you "need" and you'll be fine.

PistolPete75
03-28-2008, 9:38 AM
This looks like a really fun match. I won't be able to participate for a few months, but what equipment will I need? I noticed shooting mats, knee pads, and elbow pads. Is there anything else I'm going to need?

all you really need is the willingness to have fun. a descent bolt gun would be nice, remington 700 or savage 10fp. you'll have lots of guys to help you out.

Pascal
03-28-2008, 9:47 AM
Yeah, it's also very relax compared to other matches. We actually help each others a lot with spotting - Last time I forgot to take my pads with me and I just simply borrowed it from another shooter. Heck, it your rifle wasn't working, you probably would have quite a few members let you use their rifles so you can finish the match.

Those matches are great for training and for "Big Match" preparations. I usually try new things, new ways of doing stuff, strategies, etc... some months I'm doing OK, some months I completely suck but I always learn stuff, and that's the most important.

dd03
03-28-2008, 4:02 PM
Thanks for the info guys.

Right now I'm really busy with school, and finances won't allow me to have much fun. But I'm hoping this will change in a few months.

I'm looking forward to meeting you guys and having a blast.

Timberwolf
03-28-2008, 4:08 PM
Thanks for the info guys.

Right now I'm really busy with school, and finances won't allow me to have much fun. But I'm hoping this will change in a few months.

I'm looking forward to meeting you guys and having a blast.

Any time you want to give it a try just let me know - hell I even have a spare rifle if needed.

dd03
03-29-2008, 11:10 AM
Timberwolf,

Thanks for the offer. Right now, I can't even afford the ammo. But I'll be meeting you guys in a few months!!