A Visual Memory of Past National Matches (Ennice)...July 9 2017 at 11:27 AM
Bob D. (Login MB-BOB)
Those of you who attended the 2015 Nationals in Ennice remember the horrid conditions on Day 1 of the Rifle match... Cold temps, relentless rain, heavy winds, low hanging clouds (not fog) at 3000 ft elevation in the pretty Blue Ridge mountains. Here's a picture of Red Course Lane 10, which -- at the top of the hill -- posed some unique challenges.
I was squadded with Phil Eakley and youngster Ben Smith. By the time we arrived at this 2-3 lane section of the course, our score cards had already melted into paper pulp, eventually replaced by new paper inside a zip-lock bag. The low hanging clouds were wafting over these lanes, drifting in and out of play. We were alternating shooting order (among we three Hunter Division shooters), and as luck would have it, I shot R10 first.
As shown on the left (not me but another shooter to illustrate), this was just about as clear a view as anyone had of this lane. But not when we shot that lane. Through my scope, I could barely find the far target, even though the clouds were rolling over the ridge and I could not see the KZ on the long shot... it was just a 50+ yd silhouette in the haze, as bad as the view on the right (a little better through the scope). Count XX-00 for me. Then the clouds really rolled in, to obscure not only the far target, but put the near target in and out of view!
Neither Ben nor Phil could see anything 5 yards past the first target. Nothing at all. Phil resigned himself to merely trying to hear -- rather than see -- his shots, taken from memory. He took it in good humor, laughing it off, hoping for luck when none was on offer. Such were the conditions that unforgettable day in Ennice!
I'm so delighted to write that the weather the next day (by contrast) was gorgeous.
What are your visual memories of Ennice? Does anyone have a photo of Leo's poncho blowing over his head? LOL
|This message has been edited by MB-BOB on Jul 13, 2017 11:48 AM|
Still trying to forget....
|July 9 2017, 2:03 PM |
Bob, the ONLY thing I want to remember about that day is the 2 great shooting partners I had. Shooting with you and Ben made it ALMOST tolerable. Now on day TWO, that was a beautiful day. I'd rather have some pics of that:-) How about it guys??
|July 9 2017, 4:50 PM |
Sunday's beautiful weather showed the course to their perfection. And more fun, too.
I appreciated your positive outlook on Saturday more than you'll know, Phil.
|This message has been edited by MB-BOB on Jul 9, 2017 4:51 PM|
I have lots of pics... here are four more
|July 9 2017, 2:19 PM |
Then I was up late double checking score cards that had disintegrated from the rain and I finished the squading for Sunday around 3am.
Many of the timers were ruined so on Sunday we didn't use them. Interestingly, I don't remember a single complaint about the pace of shooting on Sunday without the timers.
Here's Phil shooting from the barn on day 2
And Bill out in the open on day 2.
Tar Heel Air Gun Club
|This message has been edited by variant45 on Jul 9, 2017 2:27 PM|
Pics of 2015 Nats
|July 9 2017, 9:36 PM |
Thanks Scott, the rain on day one tends to overshadow the great course that was set up. That was my first Nats, and I will always remember it. Made some good friends, life long memories. What more can a guy ask for:-)
Some pics of the 2015 Nationals trip/match...
|July 9 2017, 4:19 PM |
Ah, the knot hole target...
|July 9 2017, 4:49 PM |
I hoped someone would post a picture of that target. Very unique. More unique than challenging.
Another (positive) memory. Thanks, Scott.
How did the knot hole target work,can't tell from the pic?
What indicates a hit?
|July 9 2017, 6:18 PM |
There was a conventional field target sitting on a shelf cut behind the knot hole. You can see the regular target clamps in the picture, along with a second hold drilled for the reset string.
At the firing line you could see the KZ (3/8" at 11 yds, IIRC). The knot hole was big enough to see when the target properly fell over. But the knot hole wasn't big enough to tell what silhouette sat behind. Does anyone know what it was?
|This message has been edited by MB-BOB on Jul 9, 2017 6:24 PM|
Bob, I believe it was a Squirrel N/T
|July 9 2017, 7:02 PM |
The target in the knothoke was a squirrel Bob. We use that target at our
|July 9 2017, 8:18 PM |
monthly matches. Chris had put the terminator gtarget I made him in there too.
Red plastic rifle carrier
|July 12 2017, 9:25 PM |
Do you know where to get the red plastic rifle carriers I see in some of the pics?
Steve, that is a MTM rifle /shotgun cleaning rest. Google it and you'll
|July 13 2017, 6:37 AM |
See it first sale at Midway and other retailers. About $39
Steve, Amazon.com has it for $35
|July 13 2017, 6:39 AM |
Thanks Paul, appreciate the info!
|July 13 2017, 12:53 PM |
One of the most beautiful places you will ever shoot, when it's
|July 9 2017, 8:32 PM |
not raining. Have shot at Will's three times and enjoyed each one. Don
So they say the strongest bonds are formed through adversity!!!!
|July 9 2017, 8:50 PM |
I can honestly say that Tom Holland and I have formed a VERY strong friendship as a result of day 1 in Ennice!!!!! I was squadded with Cliff Smith and Tom Holland on day 1 and when we got to the 7th lane, we were all shaking and borderline hypothermic. Cliff said "forget this, I am not willing to die to shoot a single day at the Nats! I am going back to the hotel to stand in a hot shower." When Cliff walked off the course, I was 99% with him, and Tom saw that in my eyes and had a 1-1, mano-e-mano and basically told me that if I left, he was leaving too so I better not leave or he was kicking my ***. I appreciated that positive note no matter how hard I was shaking from the cold temps and relentless rain and wind that was battering us! Tom said, "you are doing well, and you have a shot at the podium after day 1, you better not do anything but shoot all of these targets down." I ended up in 4th place after day 1 so that was good considering the conditions we were competing in. I believe it was 43 or 46 degrees with 2"-4" of rain while we competed. We sat in water and mud puddles every lane and once your clothes were soaked, there was no way to maintain body heat. I saw grown men jumping in place just trying to keep blood flowing so they could finish up the day and not quit. Tom's Steyr literally rusted in front of our eyes out there. He has an aftermaket barrel and it VERY literally rusted in front of our eyes. I believe Tom was taking pics of the rust progress through the match! It was freaking NUTZ!!!!
I have to be honest, and say that if I ever encounter the same conditions in another FT match, I am almost 100000000% I would quit and not repeat day 1 in Ennice. I ended up with bronchitis for 3-4 weeks after that match as a result of the weather on day 1. I really do not plan to repeat that, but it definitely was a once in a lifetime experience and I am really proud of myself that I stuck with it and completed day 1. It allowed me to be squaded with Greg Sauve and Harold Rushton on Sunday and I will NEVER forget that day as long as I live!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bob- thanks for helping me NOT sleep tonight! I will be tossing and turning all night long reliving the day 1, 2015 Nats!!!!
We adults thought we were freezing, but...
|July 9 2017, 10:27 PM |
Phil and I watched our squadmate Ben Smith turn hypothermic before our eyes. He was very young. (I think I recall him saying his mom drove him to the match.) Ben was probably my height (6'0", or maybe an inch or so taller) and I swear he couldn't have weighed more than 110-120 pounds. In other words, he was very thin with little or no body fat. And he wore a long sleeve, lightweight, blue dress shirt... without
any jacket. He was soaked through by the second or third lane.
You folks know that I am overweight, and on this occasion, having a layer (OK maybe two) of blubber was a godsend, as I didn't get the shivers until maybe 3/4 match. Well before this time (1/2 match at latest), Ben's hands were shivering so bad (wild 5-6" gyrations), me and Phil on several occasions instructed (not suggested) that Ben stand under the eaves of the house to get out of the wind.
He was visibly miserable and we were concerned for him. But he was a real trooper, and stuck it out to the bitter end. I was flabbergasted to see him return the next day.
What we decide to do for this game!!!
Bob- I was standing under the eves with Ben for a few minutes....
|July 9 2017, 11:44 PM |
Both he and I were jumping up and down, I was standing directly in the corner by the sliding door, cuz Will had a space heater in the house and the windows allowed me to keep warm for a short few minutes. Ben and I were dancing like fools trying to stay warm. I remember telling him I felt sorry for him because of what he was wearing and he was all skin and bones. Fat man like myself had a layer or 2 of blubber and 2 layers of clothes under my canvas and leather heavy shooting jacket to help keep my body temp higher. Poor kid had nothing at all and he was shivering like a leaf in a tornado!
I agree, what we do for this game is beyond nutz at times!!!!
Man you guys must be wimps. That was my first real match let along a
|July 10 2017, 9:27 PM |
National. I wore a two piece Frog Togg suit with my white rubber gogo boots. I was shooting hunter and as Phil Eakley called me "A flopper" shooting prone when possible. I did not use my mat and just laid down in the mud all day.
I had a blast! Not cold at a. However my Daystate MK 4 had issues with the electronics, especially the next day. It turned out to be a wimp!
I must thank my wife for being prepared for any weather conditions as she nags me to death when I pack. " Do you have this, fo you have that,you don't you think you should bring this"? Etc...So now it is just habit to bring all I would need.
Would I do it again in the same conditions?
Hell yes! That's what adventures are made of....!!