.22 Target Match

I stood in on a .22 caliber pistol match last night at my club. I had an open ended invitation to watch a match so I decided to check it out.

My club was playing the first placed team and the place was packed. Lots of guys and gals were milling about. Inside in the range a match was just finishing up. I asked the captain if I could observe and no one on the line objected.

It was great to see how the whole event played out, what people did and how well organized it was. I have included an outline of the rule below, but I was also very interested in watching how folks got set up, stance and reaction to actually pulling the trigger. The line had 4 shooters and I was standing behind the middle two and had only had a glimpse of the other two. One shooter did not seem to be effected by the recoil at all. He was using a M41 (like mine) and he clearly has an iron grip. All the others had various amounts of recoil movement.

All had very similar stance and what I call the get get ready position. This is where the line is ready and you ready your pistol by sighting in on the target. All in all it was fun to watch and if I learned anything it was that I need to practice more. These guys are good!

Competition Range Rules:

Slow fire – 10 shots in 10 minutes. Load two magazines with 5 rounds each. Load the first 5 rounds on the Range Officer’s command. The second 5 rounds are loaded at the shooter’s discretion. The Slow Fire target is the NRA-approved B-1 50 Ft. target.

Timed Fire – 2 strings of 5 shots each string is 20 seconds long. The Timed Fire target is the NRA-approved B-3 50 Ft. target.
1) Load the 5 rounds on the Range Officer’s command.
2) When the buzzer goes off, you have 20 seconds to fire 5 rounds.
3) The Range Office will ask if there are any alibi’s (failure to feed, failure to fire, incomplete [stove-pipe] ejection, etc.)
4) If there are no alibis then a second string of 5 rounds is fired in 20 seconds.
5) After the second string the Range will again ask if there are any alibis. If not, then the targets are retrieved for scoring and the shooters get ready for the Rapid Fire Stage.
6) If a shooter indicates an equipment malfunction (alibi) the Range Officer will inspect the gun to determine whether the alibi is allowed. If so, then the shooter gets to shoot that string again. Any previous shots on the target from that string are deducted, starting with the highest shots.

Rapid Fire – 2 strings of 5 shots each string is 20 seconds long. The Rapid Fire target is the NRA-approved B-3 50 Ft. target.
1) Load the 5 rounds on the Range Officer’s command.
2) When the buzzer goes off, you have 10 seconds to fire 5 rounds.
3) The Range Office will ask if there are any alibi’s (failure to feed, failure to fire, incomplete [stove-pipe] ejection, etc.)
4) If there are no alibis then a second string of 5 rounds is fired in 20 seconds.
5) After the second string the Range Officer will again ask if there are any alibis. If not, then the targets are retrieved and the shooters make their guns safe and leave the firing line.

Range night

Got to the indoor range last night and tested out some new ammo in my S+W M41. Up to this point it was on a steady diet of CCI Standard Velocity, but I bought some American Eagle by Federal and it seems to be just a reliable as the regular bulk pack (550) round Federal stuff. I had one hang fire in 120 rounds. It was the last round in that clip and I tried to re-fire without rotating the round but it also failed. I tossed it in the squib can and move on. All in all the results seems the same to me. Keep in mind I was shooting single handed so this was not an accuracy test from a fixed position just a will it shoot test!

Go here for details on America Eagle: http://www.federalpremium.com/products/details/rimfire.aspx?id=68

Go here for details on S+w M41: http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product4_750001_750051_764921_-1_757752_757751_757751_ProductDisplayErrorView_Y

Go here for details on CCI Standard Velocity: http://www.cci-ammunition.com/products/detail.aspx?use=5&loadNo=0032

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