We had shooters travel from some distance to share in the fun and competition. Coralee, Grace, and Momma Lorraine whipped out some great meals for us and the weather wasn’t even half bad for Wyoming in February. Lee Wolff, Ed Himelhoch, and Sheila Jackson also brought a bunch of great goodies to share. Ed’s “Death by Chocolate” brownies are to die for!
We limited the number of shooters to 20 and the match had been full for some time. I was really excited to see this kind of interest and support for this match, as it has been my dream for some time to hold a real Schuetzen match here in Carpenter. It turned out to be, for sure, a real Schuetzen match! The match went quicker than I had expected and I think next year we may add a fifth relay.
My grand experiment that I had not seen at other Schuetzen matches was to divide the shooters into two separate classifications based on skill level. We used the day one scores as a qualification and anyone above a score of 875 was placed into what I called “Division One.” Others would be placed in “Division Two.” As I was hoping, there was a bit of a natural break in the scores and I think my division line worked out well.
As match director, I reserved the right to place shooters where I thought their abilities were and I did have to use it with Jim Rodebaugh. Jim shoots with me weekly and often turns in some super scores. He thought he would try out his new Schuetzen buttstock with a hooked buttplate at the match. It proved to be a bad decision and he switched back to his regular silhouette stock for day two.
This brings up two very good points. First, don’t try new equipment out at a big match and expect to do well. Second, you don’t need a hooked buttplate, fancy Schuetzen stock, or palm rest to shoot good scores at these types of matches. Use what is comfortable.
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