A great day in Seaford! The weather was perfect for shooting. I would have to warm up to match the conditions though. The first relay was a complete throw away at 440-16X. During scoring, several other competitors asked if I was feeling OK! “I’m alright, I just forgot how to shoot apparently!” The next relay went a bit better scoring a 452-26X. Still not good enough to help my average. I cleared my mind of the morning’s progress and thought only about basic marksmanship fundamentals… “Focus on the front sight, fire between heartbeats and breaths, etc.”
I felt better as I stepped to the firing line for the final time of the day. The command to load was given and I was ready. The whistle sounded and I went into firing methodically and smoothly as pistols to my right and left thundered in sync. The relay wore on and I forgot about each fired round, concentrating only on the next press of the trigger. Suddenly, Stage “A” of the relay was over. I had almost cleaned the 18 round stage with a 180-15X!
I felt really good and focused. The 15 yard string went smooth and I was ready for the dreaded barricade string of fire at 25 yards. For the final time of the day I loaded my .45 and holstered. Standing behind the barricade, I waited. The whistled sounded and I dropped to my knees while drawing my pistol. My knuckles braced against the right side of the barricade as my sights settled on the target. Six rounds went down range then the slide locked back on my empty pistol. Standing now, I reloaded a fresh magazine and took up a position behind the barricade to fire from the left side. This is my personal weakness as the pistol must be grasped in my left hand to keep as much of my body behind the cover of the barricade. Tactically prudent but a real bitch to score well at on the range. I slowed down as much as I dared and squeezed the trigger as smoothly as I could. The shots felt good and I reloaded for the final six of the match. Transitioning to the right side of the barricade, I sighted in on the target with about ten seconds left on the clock. Pushing hard against the barricade with a death grip on the my pistol, I let the last six go at about one per second. The line was cleared and we went forward to tally the scores. The final score for the relay was a 468-23X! This pushed my season high average up to 467.00 points @ 97.29%, a full three points higher than last season’s final high average!