Saturday dawned a pleasant 65° with sunny skies, but blustery winds. In these parts, the Texas rollers usually build in the afternoon as the temps rise. But on this day, the wind appeared at daybreak, steady at 10-15 mph, and gusting to near 30-35 mph throughout the match. A real challenge that affected everyone... well, nearly everyone.
The course of fire was 52 shots, two targets on each of 13 lanes. This included 4-shots kneeling and 4 shots standing. Elm Fork Shooting Sports came through by mowing the 2-3 feet tall weeds in the common areas and our large sight-in range.
While I had carefully carved wind-protected lanes in the tall weeds the day before, they also mowed down five of these shooting lanes into a broad field. This exposed a huge area to the winds forecasted for Saturday. Not as planned, but whatever. At least the trees were fully leafed out in spring foliage. This made the first 5 lanes very shady around the far targets, but did cut the wind a little.
I’d like to think the gusty wind promised scared away some folks. In the end, we had 18 intrepid shooters show up to challenge themselves in some guaranteed tricky conditions.
Kevin Enzian reserved himself an exclusive place in the “zone” for the day, leaving everyone behind with a Hunter PCP score of 47/52, missing only one, non-forced position shot. Stellar performance, Kevin.
Mike Vredenburg shot the next highest score, a 42/52 in Open Class. Don Carmack posted the third highest score, 40/52, in Hunter PCP, followed closely by Terry Vanpool’s 39.
Tim L's spiffy Marauder...
Matt Sawyer used an HW97 borrowed from an always generous Jeff Cloud to post a 31/52 in WFTF Piston, six shots better than Jeff (how rude, hehe). Tony Vaserfirer brought a new rifle to shoot a 27, to win Hunter Piston.
The Egret has performed well since new in Feb...
We’re fortunate to have several new folks trying FT in N. Texas. One of the minor challenges is to keep the matches on a timely track, so we can shoot a pistol match in the early afternoon. At this match, we used timers on every 2nd or third lane to coach people along and provide a hint of what will be expected at the September Rep of Texas GP. No penalties for running out the timer, but rather to make people aware... and it worked. This match consumed just 2-3/4 hours, down from 4 hours before.
Brad V. shoots standing...
Thanks to all for coming to the match. Our next will be on Saturday, June 10. Here are the Results.