I have shot a few matches since the April 28th match at PASA. I have been steadily maintaining the position of second place.
The May 3rd Club match at St. Louis was the closest of them. I was in the pits scoring when Don Rabun was firing his final shots. His target puller was trying to keep track of the 9’s as he pulled. I knew it was going to be close. I haven’t had to do a shoot off yet, but that was about as close as it could come. I lost by a single X. That one was a heartbreaker.
On May 20th, I headed back to PASA to see if I could put up a better score than the previous match. I had trouble in April because of the gravel firing point. This time I took a piece of wood to put under my bipod and used my Edgewood dead-bottom under my rear bag; it worked much better. Steve Siracusa shot the F-T/R range record at the previous match and was ready to give it another go. When the shooting was complete, his score of 791-30X beat the previous record and my personal best of 787-38X. We were both excited to post High Master scores.
The June 7th Club match at St. Louis was another close one. Winds were light, but there were a couple of reverses that caught me off guard. Steve shot through the conditions and beat me by one point. Don was just ahead of me by a couple of X’s. The competition was tough.
It’s been a month since my last match, an unusual lull in the middle of the packed shooting season. I have four F-Class matches in July. Three more matches plus the National Matches at Camp Perry round out August. You can bet I will be out there trying to find a way to get a couple more points and end up at the top. It's still a blast and I’m having fun the whole time. I hope to see you on the firing line.