Any of you guys ever enter a match


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piccolo
December 25, 2002, 06:06 PM
that you have no chance of winning because you just want to shoot something different?

A couple years ago, one of the best shooters I know entered a USMC League 5-V slow fire match with a .45/70 trapdoor Springfield.

After that, my attitude changed and from time to time I'd try the MN course with a Springfield or some piece of junk.

I still get out there and compete with a match rifle, but from time to time I just get a case of the WTFs and go against the grain.

Anyone else do this?

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Gewehr98
December 25, 2002, 08:15 PM
Entered our monthly Any Rifle/Any Sights match with a Czech VZ-52 one month, then a NoIMkIII* Lee-Enfield the next. Probably run a 1911 Schmidt-Rubin in January's match. With apologies to Steve Smith, sometimes it ain't about winning... :D

3 gun
December 25, 2002, 10:03 PM
Every time I enter any match. I'll show up and shoot anything for the experience. That's why I'm 3 gun. Jack of all, master of none.

geekay
December 26, 2002, 08:11 AM
Which all goes to prove that "shooting is FUN", winning is more fun but "shooting IS fun".

Steve Smith
December 26, 2002, 11:28 AM
But I routinely do well enough to save face. I shoot a Service Rifle AR-15 style smallbore rifle in a night league at the Olympic Training Center. I've shown those guys up a few times...so the "wrong gun" thing doesn't come up anymore. Heh heh...


David Tubb has said it, and I fully believe it, most of the better position shooters can enter any other type of rifle shooting disciplene and do rather well. The basics are the same.

M1911
December 26, 2002, 11:31 AM
Any time I enter a match, I have no chance of winning :(

I've shot half a dozen matches in service rifle. I haven't shot one in a while, but when I was attending matches, I was starting to shoot at the Sharpshooter level. No way I was going to beat any of the experts or masters, unless they had an equipment problem. I did win high Marksman once, but I certainly didn't win the match.

Southla1
December 26, 2002, 11:49 AM
Many years ago a small rifle club in Lincoln, CA used to have a rifle match once a month. They had their own rule book, and the rule book stated "any 30 caliber service weapon". This match was fired at only 1000 inches and at 100 yards, on reduced targets. Nothing farther.

One day we took a bunch of carbines and played with them until we got a total of 5 that would hold in the X ring and took them to the match. We cleaned up both as a team and as individuals. That carbine was a breeze to reload and to shoot during ragged errrrr rapid fire. Next month they changed the rules. :D

I remember one match there when I "blew" it and had no chance of winning. Instead of shooting the target I was "ringing" a bell they had way down range. That old bell would sound off good when popped with a 173 grain GI Match load.

4v50 Gary
December 26, 2002, 11:57 AM
Running Deer. Shoot a big wood cutout that looks like a deer. It's about 125 yards and you've got three shots in about 10 seconds. Before the range got closed for rennovation and before we had to register those evil black guns, I cheated and use an AR. My brother is a real man and uses a 338 Magnum. :( Being the whimp, I don't have to take aspirins when I'm finished. :cool:

Fed168
December 26, 2002, 05:02 PM
I shoot against the hardest person on the line: myself. However, most of the time it is for fun.

Dave Markowitz
December 26, 2002, 05:15 PM
The CMP-affiliated club I used to shoot with had a match at Ft. Indiantown Gap's pop-up range. I shot it with a No.4 Mk.I Lee-Enfield -- and although I didn't win the match, I beat a bunch of guys shooting M-1s. And I shoot left-handed. :D

Snakeshot
December 26, 2002, 06:30 PM
Absolutely!

I like to shoot fals in matches against M1s, M1as and ARs. Everyone gives funny looks and a bunch o' grief.

"Whars the powder go in that thang? What country's that from? Never seen one o' them before. What is that?"

No chance of beating the best shooters with the best rifles, but I usually take a little money home and best of all- I have a REALLY good time.

rock jock
December 26, 2002, 07:00 PM
Almost exclusively, although I won a pistol match last month for the first time.

Gewehr98
December 26, 2002, 09:30 PM
I was a range officer at that same Lincoln Rifle Club from 1994-1999. The matches on Thursday nights were considered the "Fun" matches, although they were run concurrently with a standard NRA High Power match. That's where I learned to show up with a Schmidt-Rubin, when one of my pals with a K-31 showed up and cleaned house against the Garands and M1A's. I miss that place, when I last talked to a friend who still lives there, the number of steel plates had grown. I understand now that there's 10 of them, and they go from 150 yards out to that 300 yard berm. Most are still quite heavy, and mounted on car springs from behind. Talk about fun! I'll never forget that sound, when hit with a .30-06, 8mm Mauser, .45-70, or big belted magnum. Thanks for the fond memories!

Jon Coppenbarger
December 26, 2002, 09:38 PM
you mean the one next to the pottey / brick plant?

its was a fun place to shoot a match. used to go there when I lived in rocklin. what are the odd's you both are down south now and I am in colo.
my last time there was about 1990 or around that time frame.
used to make the matches at folsom before they closed and bought the new place, paradise also, stockton and a few others around that time.
jon

Gewehr98
December 26, 2002, 09:56 PM
Nice little range. Time spent there probably accelerated my divorce. ;) New wife pretty good shooter, though.

C.R.Sam
December 26, 2002, 11:29 PM
David Tubb has said it, and I fully believe it, most of the better position shooters can enter any other type of rifle shooting disciplene and do rather well. The basics are the same. The basics are the same.
Should be carved in stone.
Applies to any weapon.

Sam

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