This month's seven stage match incorporated a quick "warm up" drill set up on all stages, and shot first by all shooters; one close target, two shots to the head, reload, 4 shots to the body. I'm seeing this done at more and more matches lately, and it's a feature I really like. And a few more rounds down range is never a bad thing. For me, this was a -0 stage.
The first scenario stage for our squad had us facing nine targets arranged in a semi-circle, with four non-threats placed menacingly in front. The stage required one body shot to each, followed by one head shot on each. I opted to make up a -1 head shot and finished -0 on the stage. Whether I actually gained that one second back is debatable, but I wanted the -0 score.
The next stage provided a number of challenges. Starting out, we engaged two close targets while backing up. Then turning, we found a challenging two-target array obscured by both a non-threat and reduced by black hard cover. Adding to the difficulty, the shots were made around a wall, requiring a hard lean. I saw a lot of wood flying on the this stage from errant shots hitting the wall, including on one of my own shots as well. I also had a hit on the non-threat. After engaging the targets from that point of cover, we stepped on an activator pad on our way to the next position which set a rocking target in motion.
After engaging the rocking target at the next point of cover, we also found three steel poppers and three more paper targets. One of the targets had barely more than the head available. Although the hit on the non-threat and a miss contributed to 12 seconds in penalties, I thought the stage was a lot of fun.
|Me taking aim, thanks to friend Larry for the pic|