Re: New service rifle match shooter
As long as we're confessing things here, I legged at a Fifth Army Championship in Ft. Riley (probably around 1978 or so) with a 450. I'm sure there were at least two relays that never even saw their targets at 600, rain all day long and an occasional downpour. As it was, I got brief glimpses of my target, in between blowing the aperature out and trying to keep more water from getting into either my sights or the flash suppresor. Man, that was ugly! The folks who legged that day were the one's who didn't give up, cause there WAS no good relay to be on.
Ah, those were the days . . . never once a hint about stopping the match, headed back to the barracks with our gear smelling like a wet dog, and being given official blessing to break our M14s outta their bedding so we could dry them. Got out of the army and shot match rifle (M70s,naturally) for several years before going back and finsihing up the Distinguished in '99. No excuse since then, and I've been shooting Service Rifles ever since, even though I know better now!