Shot my first Garand Match Saturday

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  1. baddarryl

    baddarryl Member

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    Shot my first actual rifle match ever at DownEastGarand Shooters on Saturday in Grimesland NC. My rifle was shooting to the right and I tried to compensate because my rear sight got a little loose for adjustment. I primarily used the match to get used to running my Garand under match conditions. I have shot IDPA and Appleseed before so I had an idea what it would be like. The courses of fire and relays were new to me. First time I had ever worn a shooting jacket and glove. It was Eastern NC hot and nasty with a 10 mph breeze. My elbows were killing me as I didn't wear a shirt under my jacket. Great bunch of guys that really helped me out. My Garand ran like a Swiss watch. Smooth as silk. I will be back.

    I managed a 231 and 209 for an average of 220 even though I completely fell apart on the final offhand stage. At least I wasn't last place!! Great fun!
     
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  2. 55fairlane

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    Welcome to the (CMP) family! These matches are addictive, next thing you know you will be building a match rifle, shooting an NRA 80 every week, and be packing to go to Camp Perry as we speak,...opps that's me, but I think your one of me/us
    You haven't lived till its 98 out your in your coat, laying prone and you sweat thru your coat, or it's a driving rain and the match director will not call the match!
    That big 30 cal is fun, try with an AR type rifle, no recoil, offhand is a breeze.
    Pics from Fort Wayne Rifle & Revolver, my home club, these were on the cover of the Indiana state Rifle and pistol magazine....I make a green shooting coat look good.....lol

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    Aaron
     
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  3. rabid wombat

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    Congrats, and good for you. I bought my first two Garand with the idea of shooting the Garand matches. Moves, family, etc (OK laziness) … and I have yet to shoot a match. I am living vicariously through you!
     
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  4. champ0608

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    Good for you and keep at it. Its a wonderful way to develop real skills with your rifle, meet new people, and travel the country.

    I just got back from the New Mexico State Match, shooting the highpower championship Saturday and the EIC on Sunday. Even though I live just one state away, I probably never would have otherwise found myself in that part of the country. It was a great weekend and mini-vacation, and its hard to argue with sunny, mild days on a range like this:

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  5. vintovka

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    You were lucky to have decent weather. My M-1 CMP qualification was on a 113F day on dirt with no shade.
     
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  6. flightsimmer

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    Grimesland, N.C., No kidding?
    I've got some good friends that live in Grimesland.

    I never thought of taking my Garand down there when I go to visit, I'll have to see about doing that next time I go there.
    Yeah, it's just 9-1/2 miles south.

    I see they have another match coming up on the 31st. of July.
     
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  7. garandsrus

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    I rest my supporting arm on the outside of the elbow, not the point of the elbow. You may need to bend your arm a little strangely, but it is a lot more comfortable while shooting.
     
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  8. vintovka

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    Was so hot and miserable those who stayed and finished were in a really bad mood. Many quit or had to quit before they passed out. I got really mad and was shooting in the black kill zone at 600 yds. Others were spraying in direction of targets to get rid of ammo as fast as possible. Everyone was sunburned and many were sick for days.
    I had brought my own WW2 issue Winchester but was not allowed to use it for some reason.
     
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