Post by garcsecretary on Jan 17, 2020 23:56:15 GMT
By unpopular demand, the informal competition on the 29th Jan will be shooting holes. Said holes are 12mm diameter drilled into an overly thick bit of steel plate.
Rules are simple: 1. Steel plate set up at end of 25yd indoor range. 2. Shoot one pellet per hole - number of holes to be decided on the night. 3. If the pellet goes through the hole without even the merest touch of the steel (paint nicks give testament) you score a point 4. If you miss (you can argue as much as you like, but if the backing paper is intact then you ain’t shot through the hole, simples!), then congratulations you own a big fat zero. 5. And in fine tradition he/she with the highest score wins
Now here’s the thing; this comp requires frequent visits to the plate, so you might as well participate as your shooting will be disrupted. The comp will start at 19:30.
You don‘t need any fancy rifle or mega scope, must rifles can ‘cloverleaf’ at 25yd. So don’t be shy. Oh, you can shoot .20, .22, .25, any calibre really, but you’ll have to thread a bigger bit of lead through the same holes as the person shooting .177 - your choice!
Aside bragging rights, it has become the norm to put a £1 in. Thus the winner can buy a bag of chips on the way home. If we get enough people taking part we may have sufficient dosh for 2nd and 3rd prizes.
First off – Thanks to those taking part and congratulations to our winner – Bri who throws off the “Mr 10m” mantle.
This was the second ‘go’ we had at this discipline. The number of people taking part was really, really good. There was a strong sense of ‘all together’, instead of us doing our own shooting thing.
Seeing a number of people practising with rifles not often bought to Denwood was quite a sight. Because of the numbers we decided to start a little earlier, at 19:00. Gratitude to those who helped set up the benchrest table and putting the hallowed “Steel Plate of Holes” in its pride of place at the end of the indoor 25m range.
Ten marksmen decided to pit their skills against the “Steel Plate of Holes”. Of note was Bruce, because he took part with an HW98 that he hadn’t shot before (maybe that comment says more about my view on springers). After he had proffered a bunch of excuses reasons, he came joint 6th.
The rules were simple, two rounds of five shots (one at each of the 5 holes). To score, the pellet must pass through the hole without touching the sides. A piece of paper behind the “Steel Plate of Holes” shows if the pellet went through the hole; paint chipped off the “Steel Plate of Holes” means it didn’t go through cleanly.
As everybody was taking a step back so as not to go first, I pulled parental rank and got Robert to go first (sorry Robert). He started with a very good score of 4 from 5, bettered only by Dead-eye Bri with 5 from 5. Copious amounts of paint was necessary to covers the chips and splats (in large part due to four shooters scoring 0). Second round and Paul pulled it out the bag to get the highest score of the round - 4 from 5. Dead-eye Bri scored a middle of the road 3 from 5, while Robert lost his 2nd place by scoring only 2 from 5.
Colin did what is becoming his signature strategy: first round left-handed, second round right-handed – god help us if he decides to get serious!
While hoping to get three rounds in, we only got two done, but here’s the scores:
1st – Dead-eye Bri (8/10)
2nd – Paul (7/10)
Joint 3rd – Robert and Steve L (6/10)
5th – Chris (3/10)
Joint 6th – Les, Nick and Bruce (2/10)
9th – Colin (1/10)
10th – shooting with borrowed rifles; Matthew (0/10)
Compared to last time, Bri (7/15) and Robert (2/15) improved dramatically.
The comp was enjoyed by most (possibly all, just that I didn’t get to talk to everyone afterwards); so much so, I’ll be running it as a formal club comp alongside the pistol comps. We’ll still have the ‘kitty’ (Dead-eye Bri walked away with £7 and Paul £3), as it’s nice to get a prize.
The logistics aren’t the same as for the pistol comp, so the comp will be held on the third Wednesday of each month, starting February 19th. October will be the last month – so we can present a trophy at the AGM. I’m thinking of taking the best seven scores, thus letting people miss two comps due to holidays etc. and not be penalised.
SO, GET THOSE RIFLES OUT, GET PRACTISING, BRING A POUND AND GET TO DENWOOD ON THE 3RD WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH.
And that goes for you too SteveP, you had your taster with Dead-eye Bri’s gun, so no excuses. And Russ, WTF mate, get shooting with us!
Oh! realised I used the term ‘marksmen’, I’d like to have to use ‘marksperson’!