Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Extreme Benchrest, Flagstaff, Arizona

Flagstaff, Arizona

Arimo Dave and I arrived in Flagstaff just as the sun was setting over the mountains to the north west. We had driven 672 miles, 1075 KM, from Pocatello crossing over several 7000 feet, 2100 meters, mountain pases.

We talked about all kinds on airguns, mostly the ones we couldn't afford, but the major question was how will the larger venue at Rio Salado, and the bigger crowd, 200 vs 100 last year, affect the  the shooting regimens we had gotten use to  over the last two years?

Bigger is more. More shooters, a full size FT course http://phoenixairgun.net/Phoenix_Benchrest/Field_Target.html An indoor pistol range and a 200 yard match for air rifles shooting cast bullets.

Most important is the expanded format for the signature 75 yard benchrest match. In past years, competitors were assigned, by a random process, one 20 min really, and you shot the conditions present during your relay. The winds were usually benign in the morning and became stronger as the day went on.  So the luck of the draw could be more important that marksmanship to determine the winner.

This year, constants will be assigned one morning relay and one in the afternoon. Then the top shooters from each relay will shoot one more relay at the same time to determine the winner. We are all waiting to see how this works out.