Well, as I stated in my intro to this site, Nate has been trying to get me to compete with him for quite some time and I finally decided to give it a try. Sat May 2nd was the day. Nate and I were up until 3 A.M finishing up things we should have had ready two days prior J I needed a shooting mat so I finished that at midnight and then started trickling over 200 rounds of ammo while Nate made a bi-pod for his rifle. We loaded everything up in the truck and hit the hay for a couple hours of sleep. We were up early and on our way. I went with hopes that I would at least be able to hit the target and to have lots of fun. It was a cold day with grueling 12-16 mph very gusty wind conditions (typical for North Dakota. The wind only stops here long enough to change directions)
If you weren't on your mat, it would likely blow away. I never really kept track of the score, except I heard Nate say that I tied on the first relay, but the other shooter took the lead as he had more X’s than I. After the second relay, Toby
came up to Nate and I and said I had won the second relay! I was pleasantly surprised but, still didn’t think I would place very high after all there were 11 other guys shooting too.
I felt no pressure as I had no idea where I was as far as score goes. I am not a very competitive person by nature and don’t strive to beat people in events. however, I am always striving to do better than I did the last time, anyway when the match was over and they tallied up the scores I was shocked to have made it to first place (as you can see by the permagrin in the pix) They told me I should point to my score and my hubby’s score right below. I was one point below the match winner, which also shocked me as I felt I wasn’t shooting very well due to the wind conditions; I guess it was tough for everyone else as well. I was shooting Nate’s (now mine
) 6x47 Lapua, prone, off a bi-pod, with 41gr. of 4350 and 105 Berger’s. I am totally hooked! And can’t wait for the next match.
It is kind of boring watching an “F” class shoot. but it is really exciting being a participant. I enjoyed all aspects of it from shooting to scoring to running the targets in the pits.
Thanks for letting me share my excitement!! It is a great sport and I hope you catch the excitement too.
The video clip is to give you an idea of the wind we were dealing with. Nathan's mat was blown into a heap next to mine and you can also see the flag down by the targets. I don't think it laid down the whole day. I felt wind whipped with grit stuck to my face.