Well, if it seems like I haven't written one of these in a while, its 'cause its been a while since I've gone to any matches. This was the fifth weekend in a row that its rained, and eigth this year. :? However, this last three weekends I've been kicking myself, as the rain cleared up early Sunday morning each time, so they held the matchs those days.
Needless to say, the boys teased me a bit about not having been there in a while. Of course, I was able to tease a couple of them back, because last match I shot was the sub-freezing and windy one when all but five of us wimped out and went home after shooting the awfulhand stage.
This time was a pretty small turn out, too, with only six of us. I guess most folks figured last night that it would either still be raining or too muddy, or both. It was pretty swampy out, but thats why God invented boots. 8)
I found out, belatedly, that it was supposed to be a Garand match today, but that they postponed it becuase they anticipated a low turnout. Since I missed both the e-mail last week announcing the Garand match and the one yesterday postponing it, I was good to go in terms of rifle and ammo. At least one shooter missed the e-mail yesterday and showed up with a '03 and no ammo.
Not to worry, as someone was able to lown him some. I was the only one with an M14 type rifle today, in what turned into an even more informal match than the pretty laid back and informal matchse we normally shoot.
I didn't have any really stellar stages, as I was feeling a bit rusty and was having a hard time getting my zero. However, I didn't blow any of the stages, which is what I normally do just before or after I shoot a really good stage, so my overall score ended up being pretty good for me. I shot 171x1 standing, 189x3 sitting (86x0 on the first string, which was low and the right, and 100x3 on the second string 8) ), 186x3 rabid prone (89x0 on the first string, which was off to left and had a lot of verticle stringing, and 97x3 on the second string), and a 178x1 on the slow prone for a total of 724x8. All in all a good day of shooting.