Being an avid CSR member at Diggle we are well versed in positional and challenging shooting, as it is without a doubt some of the best shooting going !
Apart from the monthly competition shoots, every year we hold the PSSA CSR National Championships over a full weekend usually in September. This consists of three matches over the weekend ( Urban match, short range and long range )
Sometime ago we discussed the possibility of running another days shooting to make it a three day meet, this being the Friday before the weekend. In a moment of madness i volunteered to set up, organise and run a Precision Rifle competition for this years Nationals. If all went well we could make it a annual fixture on the calendar.
On September 15th 27 hardy souls attended the range and completed the first PR match.
The idea for a precision rifle match came to me when talking to an old friend who has a vast knowledge of law enforcement marksmanship and the training requirements for such people. In short we wanted the following :
1 A challenging course of fire based over one full day
2 The use of steel reactive targets and paper based targets
3 Positional shooting away from the norm - i.e not just prone, sitting, kneeling etc
4 Something to test both shooter and equipment
5 A competition that all could enjoy including those with less mobility than others ( so no running, no tabbing and associated crap )
To be honest the organisation of this competition was too much for me alone and this is something that will change for next years comp. 5 months of organisation in my spare time for one day took it's toll.
As this comp was intended as a test bed for running this on an annual basis i made sure that shooter numbers on the day were kept sensible so that i could maintain control, hence just 27.
Being shot at Diggle i made sure that the range safety rules and requirements were implemented in the comp along with specific safety requirements for certain stages being approved by the club committee.
Other requirements that i wanted for the day included
1 Something for each shooter to take away with them - what better than a PR 2017 shoot T shirt !
2 A trophy table with a difference, this was achieved by myself making the two main 1st place trophies ( i know too much work, but i had an idea and it worked ! )
3 A small select number of sponsors who if they wish could donate a prize to the trophy table - sponsors who helped for the day include
* Dave Wylde at Valkyrie Rifles
* Scott Kirk Mathewson at Lantac UK / USA
* AMS Firearms ( lovely chap ! )
* BH Targets
* Brian at Phoenix Tactical
* The gang at The Northern Shooting Show
All donated items for the table and all deserve praise !
The day consisted of
0800 - meet up
0830 - safety brief
0900 - start long range ( 6,5 and 400 ) steel shoot
1300+ - start short range ( 300 and 200 ) paper target based shoot.
With a few teething problems throughout the day we finished at 1730 !
I have attached a selection of the photos that i took on the day ( i know official photographer as well ! )
In short the day was a huge success. We have lessons to be learnt for next year along with ideas to make the day run smoother along with ideas for different courses of fire. As an example I now realise a 150mm steel disk at 600 cold bore is a bit tricky for some !!!
The objective for the day was met. To run a challenging, different fun and safe precision shoot, followed by beer and food with good friends !
Roll on next year !
If anyone wants to follow the competition we have a dedicated facebook page - look up - Precision Rifle Competition, like and follow.
Click on the drop box link below to view 11 of the photos. Images are too large to upload and i cant be bothered to resize each and every one. Anyway the photos show various stages of the day.
Thanks for reading