He sets lots of small KZ's at the EDGE of what AAFTA guidelines allow. Sometimes, a perfectly understandable mistake takes the TDR of a specific target to the high 60's, but it is not too common (too being the operative word here LOL!).
It is, nonetheless, one of my favourite matches in a given season. Sometimes I do no good, sometimes the stars align and I do well. But it is ALWAYS full of fun, friendship, good food, good times, meeting long lost friends and friends I didn't know I had! ;-)
I cherish the coming of autumn and the September / Pre-Nationals shoot that Bill sets up.
This year it was, officially, the Maine State Championship and the awards say so. SO it cannot be wrong.
Veronika and I agreed that we needed a little bit of extra time to get there and back, and given that the shoot was scheduled for Sunday, we decided to start our trek on Saturday, after spending Friday evening in Brooklyn with the family.
So, around 10:00 hrs. we started our trek towards the north-east and picked up Leo G on the way.
After a one or two stops to stretch the legs and re-fuel avoiding the Connecticut State Taxes on gas and fuels (about 20%), we arrived into Biddeford at a very good time.
Dropped our stuff and went into town to investigate because we are always in a hurry and we never have time to "slow down and smell the roses".
We discovered that there is an excellent pub/brewery/mill in the river that divides Biddeford from Saco, called "Run of the Mill", and once seated at our table, we started hearing about "FIreworks". Well, being what we are, we decided to stay and see for ourselves.
Food was good at the "Run of the Mill", we ordered a shared pizza and a lobster roll (what else in Maine, ¿right?) and some beer.
Suddenly, the explosions told us that the fireworks had started
It was a lot of fun!
And then the bands started to play, a full-blown concert was starting, but we did have to get early next morning, so we had to leave. Maybe some day we will plan for the "River Jam.- One river, two cities" event, seems like a lot of fun.
Early to bed and early to rise, and at 07:00 next morning we were already on the way to breakfast.
A chocochip pancake and a Benedictine egg later, we were on our way to Bill's.
When we arrived, we checked in, filled our forms, signed our releases, and started settling the guns (and ourselves) down.
I shot enough to get the gun warmed up and then re/zeroed and re-trajectoried my rig and we were set!
Squads were setup and I was squadded with Leo G. so as to have the two WFTF shooters paired up. It was nice shooting with Leo, he is a quiet, reserved guy that matches perfectly my quiet, reserved, personality . . . yeah, right! ROFL!
We started on lane 6, so that meant that the kneeling lane would be the next to the last for us. Ah, well, luck of the draw.
Each lane had three targets, and we were instructed to choose an order, Leo and I agreed on a left to right order and so we proceeded.
Till we reached the kneeling lane. Take a good look at it:
Still, I ended up 2 points behind John Eroh, which made me very happy.
Then the food and the awards came after a shootoff which was done on a very interesting, if unorthodox target.
I was very happy exceeding 80% of the possible points and we returned home with Leo. Though I would have gladly stayed another night in the area, duty called and because of the High Holidays, the week is short and complicated.
If you have the SLIGHTEST chance of making this shoot someday (there are two every year), DO! you will NOT be disappointed.
Thanks to Doreen Day for a fantastic lunch, to Bill for a challenging course, and to all the shooters that attended because it was a lot fun and we did not stop laughing for a while.
Keep well and shoot straight!