The heat and humidity at the Nanticoke Sportsman’s range in Seaford was brutal today. My shirt was soaking wet in the first fifteen minutes. This was going to be a tough morning.
The first relay started well, with stage “A” scoring all 10’s and X’s. Then stage “B” fell apart when we hit the damned barricade string of fire at the 25 yard line. Weak hand from around the left side of the barricade has always been my nemesis. Those six shots from the left side grouped to the far right on the B-27 police silhouette target. Tw0 rounds went wide of the seven ring. Scoring at that point was merely a formality. Net result…. A horrible 439-23X.
I mentally chalked that relay up as “warm-up”. And got ready for the second relay. I calmed myself and wiped the stinging sweat from my eyes. As the relay progressed, I forced myself to slow down and focus on my sight alignment. Stage “A” went fine, again with all 10’s and X’s. Stage “B” was better than last time with all shots scoring. Total for the relay was a 458-21X. A bit below my average, but good enough to erase one of the bad scores from last month!
Relay number three. Last chance to help my season high average.
Stage “A”, string #1. Six rounds at the three yard line; with one hand only, in eight seconds. All “X”s.
String #2. Two magazines of six rounds at the seven yard line; two handed, in twenty seconds. Nine “X”s and three “10”s. An almost perfect score of 180-15X.
Stage “B”, string #1. Two magazines of six rounds at the fifteen yard line; two handed, in twenty seconds.
String #2. Three magazines of six rounds at the twenty-five yard line; two handed, in ninety seconds. First magazine shot kneeling from the right side of the barricade. Second magazine fired standing from the left side of the barricade and the pistol must grasped in the left hand. [This is where my troubles lie.] Third magazine fired standing from the right side of the barricade. Upon scoring, I realized that I had stapled the repair center upside down on the target after scoring Stage “A”. Not that it mattered, it just struck me as odd that I did not notice it when I stapled it there. Thank heavens for those fat .45 caliber bullets. Several shots scored higher as they broke the higher scoring lines that a 9mm would have missed. Especially thankful for the shot at the bottom of the “8” ring where a smaller bullet would have scored as a “7”. Final tally earned me a 460-15X.
So, the low scoring 453-20X and 454-18X from last month are erased and my season high average moves up from 457.33 points @ 95.27%, to 461.00 points @ 96.04%!