It is looking by in large the Covid restrictions are lightening up and folks are getting out to enjoys life's pleasures more. Saturdays SVFTC match in IONE was well attended having 19 able and willing shooters wishing to give it a go doing there best at not chipping the paint
... we all try !
Having a nice sunny and warm morning the match director was on site starting to set the course by 7:30 and had 3 lanes done when the troops started to arrive. Lots of help getting the other lanes established, we end up with the equivalent of 15 lanes, tho only made 14 having our forced lane ( lucky 13) an 8 shot ordeal. That being we set out 4 bell targets allowing shooters to take 1/2 kneeling. this worked out for those unable to kneel 8 Offhand shots !! or 4 + 4
Evil match director !!
About a 1/2 hour of practice then our long winded safety and shooters meeting. ( We had 3 new shooters who never have shot FT )
Squads established having those new to the game shooting with someone experienced. Also a somewhat recent trend is allowing shooters to take a few EXTRA shots FOR NO SCORE, if they had trouble figuring out how to windage dope the ever present IONE winds. * This is IMO the only way one in going to learn to counter the wind ... BY DOING IT and seeing what it takes to hit the target.
Todays weather started out with just a mild breeze that for most shots you could take em straight in ! Well that calmness was fleeting by mid match which for some is all in a days work, while others started to struggle chasing where there shots were going. * Yes indeed take a few extra NO POINT shots and figure it out
The match went w/o a hitch, no target malfunctions, No problems to resolve what so ever. Lots of laughter and giggles along the shooting line with all having a good time.
Todays results by CLASS and SCORE XX/60
Jim P 40WFTF PCP
Son L 51Hunter Piston
Bill C 39
Jesse A 29Hunter PCP
Jim C 58 * only missing 2 offhand ( Took all 8 offhand ) WOW !
Pete P 53
Scott S 53
Fred B 50
Zack L 49
Marty G 49
Conrad R 46
Larry G 45
Frank W 41
Martin O 38
Jim M 34
Rennie G 33 * new shooter
Derik H 26 * new shooter
Brian C 18 * new shooter
Thus was our 3rd formal club match for the year with what is looking to be a full season of club matches as well State and GP matches for those willing to travel and meet others while testing them self against other course configurations and weather conditions.
Most stayed for lunch where our gracious host Jim C had hot dogs and chili, chips, drinks and cookies !!
After some lunch the course was picked up and put away for NEXT MONTHS match at the Yolo facility in Davis.
THANK YOU to all who attended, those who helped set up and tear down .... Until next meeting, shoot straight, practice and bring a friend introducing them to the sport of air gun FIELD TARGET !!
Scott S & Jim C
SVFTC Match directors.