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    Plinker

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    My 1st NRA Bulleye competition is tomorrow.

    I just finished cleaning and lubing my Ruger Mark IV and CZ Shadow 2 for the match tomorrow at 9am.

    I've been anxious to try this and have been practicing on and off for the past year. Finally in January I started attending the weekly practices. Over the next few months I learned a lot from the older gentlemen there, great bunch of guys really. They really helped me with the basics and understanding how to improve my game. Finally around the end of March I was hitting high 80ís and shot a 94 several times. I was feeling confident enough to try my first match. Signed up and was ready to go, then COVID hit.

    Since April then Iíve only shot 1 time. Only a few rounds and I was mainly playing with the dueling tree. Wasnít really practicing bullseye. I got the email last week that matches were approved and a 2700 match would be held the next weekend. I signed up after a few nights consideration.

    To be honest, there are still things about bulleye that aim trying to get used to. Scoring is one of them. Takes me a while to figure it out. At least when around ppl who have scored targets for decades lol.

    I still have a decision to make. I do not have a 45 so I have 2 options:
    1. Shoot .22 for all 3 matches - if I do this I am not eligible for awards.
    2. Shoot 22 for 2 matches and my 9mm for the centerfire round. - if I do this I am eligible for awards. However, I only have iron sights and to be honest I just am no where near as precise with it as I am the 22.


    And lastly, as I finish my digital novel, I canít remember the last time I competed for something. Iím a bit nervous as well as excited. Anxious to see what kind of score I will end up with after shooting 270 shots.

    pics just because. The target is my best round from my last practice before COVID

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    Good luck and enjoy it.

    You have hopefully gotten good pointers from your mentors, but I will post the following, in case there are any other first-timers out there reading this.

    I would recommend going ahead and taking the 9mm for center-fire, and either use that for the .45 match, or possibly even better, going back to the .22 for the .45 match to get an idea how much your shooting changed over the course of the day (you can compare your .22 score in the morning to the afternoon).

    A few pointers in no particular order. I is almost a 6-hour match, so take hydration and some nutritious food, because fatigue can really get you towards the end of the day. I often times didn't prepare well enough on that, and started getting headache-y toward the end of the day and my eyes were just really tired.

    Take chamber flags, or zip ties to use as substitutes. Most places are requiring them now and have been for some time.

    Take extra batteries for your scope.

    Clipboard
    a couple pens
    a staple-gun if you have one
    a roll of masking tape, to paste any holes in the white region of the target (it happens).

    Fill out your score-cards with your name at the beginning of the match, then hand them to the person on your left or right (depending on whether you score the competitor to the left or right). You take the cards from the other person, and put them on your clipboard. When they call you down to score, ignore your own target at first, and go straight to the target of the person you're scoring. You record highest hits first. It should look like, "X-X-10-10-9-9-9-8-8-7" or similar, then you total it up and write "90-2X" on the scoresheet, and again on the corner of the paper repair center for the shooter to review. Then you check your own target, and make sure the person scored and totaled it up right. Staple up your repair center and leave the scoresheets, etc. laying in the grass below the target frame.

    You will start with .22 in the morning, shoot 30 shots slow-fire at 50 yards, going downrange with a repair center to score every 10 shots, and remember the last 10 shots get scored on the lower line of the scorecard marked "NMC" (National Match Course). Then you move back to 25 yards (remember to change your sights, if applicable), and repeat for timed fire and rapid fire.

    As for range commands, when they call "ready" if you're not ready, just yell "not ready." The RO will give you some more time and will not start the string until everyone has their guns ready. If you have a jam on timed fire or rapid (it happens), just raise your hand. The RO will note you have an "alibi string" and if the misfire is allowable (you're not over your limit), you will get another string of fire on the alibi string after everyone finishes. If the person you're scoring for has an alibi string, make sure you ask for assistance from the RO when scoring. He will have more than 10 hits on the paper, and for example if he has 13 shots, you throw away the 3 highest-scoring shots, and score the lowest 10.

    Have both mags loaded before the string of 10 begins.

    Don't rush on timed-fire. 20 seconds is plenty of time to get off five 10's.

    On rapid, make sure you have that first shot ready to fire as soon as the target turns. Your sights should be in crisp focus, before the target turns (don't focus on the target turning, then waste time adjusting focus back to the sight).

    Have fun, report back, and...(get in bed!). Good luck.
    Last edited by Twangbanger; 1 Week Ago at 22:56.

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    Plinker

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    Awesome reply!!! Thank you. And yes, Iím headed to bed 🙂

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    Best of luck!

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    Grandmaster Cameramonkey's Avatar

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    Good luck.

    Breathe.

    Relax.

    Concentrate on just not DQ-ing. Survive the match and have fun. The rest will follow. Because if you are stressing, its no fun. And its supposed to be fun. Dont worry about the awards and winning. Concentrate on everything else (being safe, breathing, NPOA, etc) and if you are supposed to win, it will happen.
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    also, where do we sign up to touch Frank's equipment?

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    Plinker

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    [QUOTE=Triton;8345948]I just finished cleaning and lubing my Ruger Mark IV and CZ Shadow 2 for the match tomorrow at 9am.

    I've been anxious to try this and have been practicing on and off for the past year. Finally in January I started attending the weekly practices. Over the next few months I learned a lot from the older gentlemen there, great bunch of guys really. They really helped me with the basics and understanding how to improve my game. Finally around the end of March I was hitting high 80ís and shot a 94 several times. I was feeling confident enough to try my first match. Signed up and was ready to go, then COVID hit.

    Since April then Iíve only shot 1 time. Only a few rounds and I was mainly playing with the dueling tree. Wasnít really practicing bullseye. I got the email last week that matches were approved and a 2700 match would be held the next weekend. I signed up after a few nights consideration.



    Where are you shooting this match?
    banana is my safety word

  7. #7
    Plinker

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    This is with the Southern Indiana Rifle and Pistol club. They have an indoor range in Georgetown and an outdoor range near Borden. https://sirapc.com/

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    Plinker

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    Well. First one down. I came in last 😜 with a score of 1904, out of 2700.
    here is what I learned:
    1. This requires a lot of gear. - I now have a list of basic items I need. (Tape, good stapler, brass catcher so your casings donít pelt the guy to your right)
    2. spotting scope is needed
    3. i need to bench my CZ Shadow 2 and figure out where itís hitting
    4. 50 yards is a freaking hard shot with iron sights
    5. i need much much more practice with my CZ
    6. if shooting 22 for the 45 match, clean it before the match starts
    7. scoring for the alibi shots is confusing
    8. pace yourself with slow fire. - this is where the spotting scope would have been really handy to check each shot and I wouldnít have finished in a minute and a half
    9. strength training. - start holding the 5lb dumbbell while watching tv. - I stopped doing this and noticed quicker fatigue and more arm wobble
    10. 50 yds is a heck of a freaking hard shot even with a red dot
    11. most people there are really great and open to help out, they have been doing this for years
    12. the Pachmyar box I ordered off EBay wonít work, it doesnít allow for scopes pistols (back to gear again
    13. i will need to buy a .45
    14. i will need to start reloading
    15. i will need to figure out a way to convince my wife these things are needs 🙂


    all in all I had a great time. Pride is bruised from the low score. But thatís how it goes. Sometimes you just need to jump in and get started.



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    Master

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triton View Post
    ...Sometimes you just need to jump in and get started.
    Exactly. Congrats on getting the first match done.

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    Expert russc2542's Avatar

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    You don't need the stuff but there's a reason for the common format: it does make some things easier. plus you look like one of the cool kids when you roll in with the same gear as the others lol.

    Don't sweat the irons, I'm shooting irons for all 3. tape over the glasses for your non-sighting eye and using an aperture on your other. it does wonders. I'm sure I could do better with a dot but I'm stubborn.

    My club's only doing 900s, I think my eyes would fall out by the end of a 2700. Not to mention my shoulder.


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