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This past Saturday we had a CHASA Range Shoot Competition with approx 150 entrants. Like any competition I arrived with great expectations, but....
 
Firstly, CHASA (The Confederation of Hunters Ass of South Africa) had seen it fit to ammend the standard targets a bit. The brain shots were made a lot more difficult with minus point areas in abundance.
Secondly the usual good range control by the marshalls were a little lacking.
 
I started off Ok with the springbuck at 200m, going for brain shots, but pushed one just outside for a minus 15, which pulls your score down by 45! (30 for the lost shot - 15 for the "wounding".
At the impala I commited the unforgivable sin of shooting one shot into the wrong target. Yes, these timed events can rattle one at times!! It was a deadcentre brain shot, but wrong target. That blew me out of the game!
The warthog, standing at 35 m went fine.
Then 5 gongs at varying distances out to 200m. That was easy pickings with a full house.
All in all a poor performance on my part, but I did enjoy the day at the range!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sucks when a bad day gets you.  At least it looked like nice weather.
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Sounds like the shots were good (except for one), but the brain farts were overpowering.
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Looks like a blast, so to speak.  Had to be fun ANYWAY.  Just shooting is always good...
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Originally posted by SD Dog SD Dog wrote:

Sucks when a bad day gets you.  At least it looked like nice weather.


I was thinking the same thing, sure looked like a great day!!!
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Love those targets... where do you get them? 
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

Love those targets... where do you get them? 
 
They are generally available in our gunshops at about $3 a target. A lot of other animals are available. If you are very keen I can try and get you some?
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I would love to have some of those.  Let me get home for a few days and I will PM you about it.  Thank you.
 
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timed events, and all your buddies waiting for you to screw up, so you can hear about it until the next match. the first event sounds like a hostage target set up in IPSC. Do they take animals as hostages in So. Af. ??  Do they have range officer schools there, and certification procedures?
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Matches are toughest on the guys who are expected to win and those who are expecting to win. It's still fun though.
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Hey! Do we have any shoots like that here in the US?  That looks like a lot of fun!
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They have similar at Yuma sometimes.  Have not been able to make one yet, haven't had one when I've been out there.  I am sure there are other ranges that have similar events.  Must be some in the DFW area...
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Originally posted by Dale Clifford Dale Clifford wrote:

timed events, and all your buddies waiting for you to screw up, so you can hear about it until the next match. the first event sounds like a hostage target set up in IPSC. Do they take animals as hostages in So. Af. ??  Do they have range officer schools there, and certification procedures?
 
Yes, the clock ticking and the range officer saying "30 sec left, 15 sec ...." really gets those pulled shots going!!!
 
We do have range officer training, but like in the Army, some guys make good Sgts and other guys remain... well not so great. There is a formal training manual with set standards etc.
In terms of our new Firearms Act everybody takes anything to do with guns seriously, as accidents, firarm theft etc can cost one dearly. Most ranges now employ a certified range officer, to minimise legal damages should something go wrong.
 
No we do not take hostages or prisoners, they end up on the meat hook!
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most big shoots here have safety zones, no ammunition in that area but you can feel up the gun as much as you want, out of the safety zone, no weapons can leave their cases, or holsters-- either violation is automatic dq, (and a couple of hundred bucks in some cases).
politically correct term--hostage is called a no shoot.
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I'm hoping the new gun club in the cave area will hold silhouette matches. Closest thing I can think of to the matches 8 is shooting. 

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I got to shoot in the full up battle simulator today.  I was the topside gunner on HMMWV.  There was a driver and two other gunners in the vehicle and 4 dismounted gunners.  M4 with Barska scope made to look like ACOG, simulator geared toward realistic "ballistic operation".  Had sound and feel, both were pretty close...  Everyone was shooting against the same bad guys.  Final score, I "killed" 58% of the available enemy combatants with no friendly or civilian kills.  Everyone else killed the remaining 42% bad guys as well as a HOST of civilians and friendlies.  IDPA keeps the reaction times low and the observance better than average.  The military guys in the group don't shoot much.  One engineer, a couple of doctors, two EOD guys.  The EOD guys picked up most of the 42% and neither killed a civilian or friendly.  I think one of the doctors shot himself...
Overall, very realistic combat simulation.  The M4's were actual "deactived" weapons, the Barskas looked pretty close to the ACOG with a red + sight.  I asked why they were using Barska and almost simultaneously the 3 sim personnel answered "CHEAP and easy to get"...  
A wonderful time was had by all.  

Just for info... the most unrealistic part (other than no bullets whizzing by my head) was no requirement to reload (it shoots forever), no barrel heating.  However, I never fired in 3round burst mode.  


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That sounds like a lot of fun and excitement. Must be quite expensive equipment to set up?
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