Last updated on November 14th, 2017 at 04:49 pm
This past weekend I officially shot my first F-Class match, and let me tell you, it was quite the experience! Not being sure what to expect, I opted to start out slowly and only shoot on Saturday. Those plans quickly changed as the skies opened up at about 11 am and released a deluge of rain. Since I had started the day out in the pits, it meant a day of no shooting for me. After quickly taking down targets and covering up gear, everyone waited in their cars hoping it would just be a passing shower. No chance. So after about 20 minutes or so, the match was called and everyone decided that beer and pizza at Red Wing Brewery was the next best thing.
Sunday looked like it was going to be a much better day to shoot, so I changed my plans and decided to give it another try. The sky was sunny and there was just a slight breeze. Piece of cake, right? Well, not quite. I have shot a few 300 meter practice matches at Minneapolis Rifle Club using the indoor range with electronic targets, and a couple outdoor 200 yard Smallbore matches, but this was the first time I would be shooting from 600 - YIKES!
After Saturday's rain-out, the options for Sunday were to either toss out all the scores from Saturday morning, or start from where we had left off. The latter was decided, and I was now going to have t o shoot 5 matches. The day started off pretty good. I didn't have any real problems, and the encouragement I got from all the other shooters helped to calm my nerves. The first 2 matches I felt pretty good, except I was having some issues with my position and my scope. I was able to fix things for match 3, and it either payed off, or maybe I just got lucky, because I shot a 195-7x. WOOHOO!!! Unfortunately, things seemed to go downhill from there, and my last 2 match scores were indicative of that. Match 5 was especially challenging due to some ammo issues, and that caused me to lose some of my focus. (Looks like I'll be filing a "grievance" with the guy who loads my ammo.) I ended the day with a score of 913-10x, and was happy with how the day went. Even and with all the challenges of the weekend, I still can say I had a great time. I'm definitely looking forward to more matches, and getting some pointers from you more experienced shooters.
Thanks again to everyone, and thank you Ben Winget for running a great match!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS!