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APS - 10/27/07 AAR
APS – 10/27/07 – Tac/Prec Match Report
Saturday we had our last monthly Tac/Prec Rifle Match at A Place to Shoot in Saugus, California for the 2007 season. I want to personally thank all the competitors who have participated in these matches this year for your support and for helping to turn a simple idea into a reality. The matches will resume in January 2008 and will be scheduled on the fourth Saturday of every month.
Plaques were awarded to the top three competitors as follows: First Place – Don Augustine; Second Place – Ron Walter; and Third Place – Pascal Bauder. 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 3/4” dots so five out of five hits from down in the dirt prone pretty fair country shootin’ in my book.
The following is a breakdown of the six courses of fire:
Stage I –250 YARD CBS
On this stage the competitors took one CBS at a 3” dot at 255 yards. It was an either hit or miss situation with 100 points being awarded for a hit. This proved elusive for all but two competitors who went on to take 1st and 2nd place in the match.
Stage II – 866 YARD MAN ON THE RIDGE
The second course of fire is pretty explanatory from its title. In this stage the shooters engaged a Mini Iron Maiden (13”w X 20”h) at 866 yards. This stage is 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” your next shot in. Pascal Bauder, the only competitor to hit the maiden, nailed it with his first shot.
Stage III – 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 ¾ 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). 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 – OFF HAND TO KNEELING
This stage was a throw back to distant high-power days. In this course of fire the competitors fired five shots from standing then transitioned to kneeling for five more shots with one mandatory reload. The targets were 4” dots with a range of 100 yards and a max score of 100 points. Some did well on this stage with the top scorer in this stage showing 70 points, while others didn’t. What all should remember is there’s more positions than just prone off a bipod.
Stage V – OUT THE WINDOW
The fifth course of fire was a repeat of a course of fire from our initial match in Match ’07. In this course of fire the competitors engaged two poppers (4”wide) with one round each at 100 yards and one 18”X24” plate with two rounds at 400 yards through the window of our range house. The shooters were required to place their rifle (unloaded) and ammo inside the range house and start from outside beside the first set of rifle racks. At the buzzer the shooters moved into the house, acquired and loaded their weapons then proceeded to the window to engage the targets. This course had a 2-minute par time. While the targets may seem a little big for the range at which they were engaged, the odd position required to effectively shoot through the window made them very elusive in some cases.
Stage VI – HOSTAGE RESCUE – OLD SCHOOL
In this final stage the competitor place one shot into the bad guy target that was hiding between two hostages, at 100 yards, easy right? Well the “old school” portion of this was that while the shot was taken from prone no bipods were allowed which meant the shooter either slung up or shot off their pack/ruck. The scoring was also a little tough – 100 points for dropping the bad guy, minus 100 points for hitting the hostage (that’s why we had a couple of negative scores) and zero is you were lucky enough when you hit the hostage to also hit the bad guy (remember this was one shot). The shooter also had the option of declaring “no shot” and not taking the shot in which case they lost 50 points.
What I hadn’t counted on was everyone having a pack of some sort. What I thought would turn into a good exercise in sling shooting actually turned into a relatively easy 100 yard shot from a pack. The bad guy target was actually about 4” wide and needless to say there were many cleans on this stage.
All in all it was a very good match and all did very well. This was the final match of the 2007 season.
The matches will start again the fourth Saturday in January 2008.
Last edited by Timberwolf; 10-28-2007 at 3:41 PM..