As most of you know, an AAFTA sanctioned GP event needs to fulfill some conditions, mainly:
More than 100 shots over two days
Be advertised well in advance
Have a minimum Average Troyer Difficulty Rating of 30
Each course must have at least 10 positional targets.
Have a minimum of 15 TWO-DAY shooters
Have a minimum of 20 shooters each day.
In reality, if a GP is put together, it is not at all difficult to exceed the attendance numbers. It IS almost impossible to keep all shooters happy when they see what a 30 Troyer course is REALLY like! LOL!
At these two legs we had 32 shooters on the first day and 26 shooters on the second day.
Airgunners are gluttons for punishment, we know that. And based on that knowledge, I will foist on you, dear reader, a little more punishment by writing this entry. Of course it is a secret that AAFTA will take this entry as the "Official Match Report", so I cannot be as colorful as I would like, but, we need to be multi-purpose.
Some stories truly start at the end, this one didn't. For days we had seen the weatherman (oopssss, sorry, not PC enough!!!!!!); weatherpersons go back and forth with predictions for the weekend that ranged from sunny and hot to deluges and thunderstorms to make Noah balk. It was SO bad, that it prompted one of our MD's to post a note in the forum:
"The match will be held no matter what the weather conditions are so all attending please check the weather forecast and prepare accordingly."
Luckily, our rabbit's foot proved as reliable as always (though not in my personal benefit) and the luck for good weather held. Varied and challenging, but no rain.
We started day one at Broome County's Sportsmen's Association's excellent High Power range to do our registration and sight-in:
A few very dark targets added to the challenge and when a dark target is placed at the extreme limits of the allowed distance under cover of trees and with an overcast sky, it was TOUGH.
But still, some shooters shot better than others and when all the points were counted, these were the standings:
After loosing a few points that put me back on track.
It was not temperature oscillations, as the temperature had not changed that much. It was the amount and orientation of the incident light.
As usual, I experienced a few challenges, like having to take two shots kneeling because the target's KZ was not visible, from my very low shooting position:
My squad mate, Matt Brackett had bigger problems, he was simply not "in the groove" that day. He usually beats me, but more than a few things were not in their place.
The Match high score was posted by a WFTF PCP shooter, Mr. Thomas Holland, and the second best scores were posted by a Hunter PCP tied with an Open Piston shooter: Mr, Bill Day and Paul Bishop respectively.
Veronika posted a personal best, shooting 81% of the Match High. Overall, she would have posted the third highest score of the day.
Congratulations to all high shooters!
The winners were:
Thanks to all the shooters for their continued support of the League and its events. Some drove considerable distances to attend and it is sincerely and greatly appreciated.
And thanks to the Love of my life, my wife, Veronika, without whom I could not do half of what I can do when she is around.
Now that the party is over, there is only one thing that we can possibly do: Start planning the next one!
Hope to see you all somewhere in some lane, sharing an FT course.