Today started off with the M1 Carbine match. The diminutive carbine is light and difficult to shoot with high precision.
The targets are scored electronically with the scores appearing on a tablet at the firing point. Unfortunately, the glare was very bad so the photos did not turn out. The match went off without a hitch. Through the first three stages I was doing well. Then, the standing offhand stage. My first shot was a zero! I had jerked the trigger and sent the shot a hair outside of the “5” ring. Save for a “6” and a “7”, all my remaining rounds scored “8”s and “9”s. The resultant total of 350 points garnered me a silver medal. Had I not shanked that single shot, a gold medal might have hung around my neck at the end of the day.
My second match of the day was for the M1 Garand.
The first stage was the slowfire prone. I kept all my shots in the black dropping only five points.
The second stage is the rapidfire prone. my group was tight horizontally but strung out a bit vertically. Two slipped low into the “8” ring. Still, I was happy with a 94!
The match concludes with the dreaded standing offhand. My rifle wavered a bit more this time as evidenced by a trio of “6”s. For me though, the total of 78 points was good enough. A bronze medal was my reward!