Getting ready for the Nationals and am wondering how i am going to pack my baby strollerSeptember 8 2017 at 8:41 PM
|Ronnie Easton Match Director in Sacramento (Login Thumpman1)|
LOOOOOOL i know it sounds a bit strange i admit! but lately i've seen two babie carriages at matches carrying gun and gear. i've even seen an umbrella attached to one with a seat or something. i guess the take is that it will give a shooter less fatigue when moving from lane to lane. but then i think of the over all image of Field Target and what it represents to me: precision, knowledge of the game, and endurance. i usually carry my gear like most ive seen but it seems that times are changing. lol
is this the image we want our National Champion to be like.. ?? if so, i'll start looking for a carriage i guess. and then i'll have to figure out how to pack that thing.
so i thought i would post my thoughts here and see what kind of opinions shooters have on the matter. now one exception that has always been ok with me is seeing seniors using golf carts and what not. lets face it, at age 65+ it is a feet just getting vertical and making it out to the club. so i guess my question would only pertain to physcally fit shooters capable of carrying their own gear from lane to lane.
Carts are pretty common in many shooting sports
|September 9 2017, 12:40 AM |
FT is not really a "field sport", so carts will usually work. Though, on some of the rougher courses, you might need to pick up and carry your gear. I'm only 60 years old and can still get around OK, but still I get tired of carrying my gear around when I did not need to, so I made a case/cart/seat:
Carrying handle extends like luggage to tow it. It has wheels with spring suspension:
When laid over, it is a 6" high seat.
Inside is my FT pistol and other gear (pointed muzzle down - preferred direction):
It has a pull-out drawer:
Dope sheet and timer:
I tested an earlier version at a couple of matches. This latest one has some refinements. It's almost done.
|Ronnie Easton Match Director in Sacramento|
i must admit, they are growing on me.
|September 9 2017, 1:14 AM |
i guess it is the way forward then. now a plan to make it work is in progress.
anyone else have any ideas. pro's or con's.
|Ronnie Easton Match Director in Sacramento|
|September 9 2017, 3:14 AM |
can the rifles stand upright?? or do they have to point downward?
Pointed up or down
|September 9 2017, 4:00 AM |
Most other carts I've seen,(my first 3 carts included) have the guns pointing up. I've seen a number of carts that are made from golf carts. No rule that I'm aware of that they have to be pointed down, but I like not looking down the barrel.
given the popularity of wheeled carriers in general
|September 11 2017, 3:32 PM |
seems to me the rules need to specifically address this.
Otherwsie Id think the MD or other range official needs to address well BEFORE the match....... then at least we are all on the same page
|September 9 2017, 2:24 PM |
Typically, a rifle is stood muzzle-up, and hand carried muzzle-up at ranges. But the muzzle is high and not pointed at your head. Some ranges will have rules about that.
When cased, the same rules don't usually apply. Not sure about open carts. I get a queasy feeling when I see someone wheeling a cart with an open rifle, mounted low, with the muzzle pointed at their head.
Try to design it so that the cart never directs an open muzzle at you or anyone else.
Whatever direction the gun is, I prefer a case that blocks the muzzle, especially when moving about other people.
I don't even like to see the common FT carry caddys with a muzzle pointed in my direction.
Or like this?:
It might depend on the circumstances.
|This message has been edited by Scotchmo1957 on Sep 9, 2017 2:37 PM|
Gypsy wagon 4.2
|September 9 2017, 3:52 AM |
I have used a cart since I started shooting FT. I'm on the 4th one,still tweaking it, but happy. I used a"running stroller" for the base cart. You want a cart with big wheels. I used a atv scabbard to hold the gun. I just cut the top inch or so off the scabbard. This way the gun is pointing down, not up in your face. I shoot hunter, so it makes it easy to move everything on the longer walks. I like having everything I need with me, so it works well. I've been told all it's missing is a coffee maker and electric motor 😎 Not good with pictures, but if you do a search for SMGC, go to the updated calendar for 2017, dated July 9,2017, Twentycal has some nice pictures of my cart.
FYI, I'm half Hungaryian, hence "gypsy wagon"
|Bill Day |
Getting ready for the Nationals and am wondering how i am going to pack my baby stroller
|September 10 2017, 8:50 AM |
Rent a small enclosed trailer and tow it. Maybe even one of those auto baskets that attach to your rear tow hitch would work. If you have a friend that is going from your club or another club near you and is taking their pickup maybe they could give it a lift. Think out of the Box on occasion. Maybe someone will read this and volunteer to assist you.
Guys in Europe reading this are
|September 11 2017, 3:05 PM |
no doubt laughing their a$$es off at this........
One more area the US is different than the Worlds game.......
my take... the cart is one more thing to have to haul around, store at home and deal with while your in the shooters box....
OTOH Im always tweaking my carrier setup..... so maybe the cart aint so bad after all.....
|Ronnie Easton match director in Sacramento |
They might be Dan
|September 16 2017, 1:28 PM |
But like you said. We do things our way. Most that know me over the years might
be shocked at me saying this. But I have a cart now and am taking some advise here
On this thread. I am setting mine up to point downward. I believe also in that I feel
Much better about my rifle being off the ground and safe out of harms way from people
Stepping over or around my gun. I actually had a dog run across my rifle one time at a match
And my heart sank to the floor as the dogs nails clipped my side wheel. It holds all my gear.
And if set up properly, can be safer when negotiating rougher terrain