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|Posted on November 16, 2013 at 9:05 AM||comments (588)|
WL2 ETL Nov 10th2013
Nov 9th at my place was a bonfire bash, got to bed at 2.45am. I had the comp in mind & watched the level of sauce in-take all night. Result was, up at 7.45am & no damage apart from a degree of lethargy.
I like ETL; I’ve had some good scores there over the years, and its only 20 mins up the A13.Sun was out & the trees looked bendy & I had to do better than WL1 at Kent with a duff 27.I’d re-grouped earlier in the week down at the club to get a grip on the standers, which I’m now convinced that it’s all in my head. I took three targets on a lane in my practise, one at14yds, one at 20yds & one at 32yds and mag’d down to x20 which was a change for me so far as I’ve been running in the new Sightron SIII 10-50 x 60 with IR. It got to the stage where I realised its routine you need like all other else when shooting. So, down the club, three targets and get back into the routine I’d worked on for the Worlds, and hey-ho 9 shots, 9 flops!Gun & trumpet & off to ETL, I arrived 9.20am, chewed some fat & was also prepared to play “The Last Post” at 11am. Drew lane 9 & Graham Jobson was to be my partner & music stand. We had sun, but it was rather chill with wind here and there up to around 12 mph. Off we went down the dingily dell and I shot No 2 target, a 23 yard reducer went dink on me, I’ve
had a few at 23 yds gone AWOL so I need to investigate this further (I’m still only on 2nd set of settings on my top turret). Moving on into the sun up the scope situ, a 50 yarder hard to see but got a fix and it flopped. On to the next corner and the sun was direct up the spout, so “in scope we trust” at 10 mag and it flopped also! Graham at this point was doing very well indeed, we came to the field end with the 45 ydr on the tree, I didn’t give it enough & it took my pellet and disposed of it on the other side in contempt! Graham however flopped it!On we went to the hill, vast and empty sporting all the wind possible round Tilbury, dink on first but got the 2nd, Graham bagged the two. At this point I’d dropped three and Graham dropped 1 and it was 1 min to 11am so the trumpet had to come out and Graham held the music while played The Last Post from cold, then 2 mins silence & reveille. Next lane we had
two long ones first 52 yds+ and ker-flop, also 2nd one dropped too, Graham missed one. Kneelers next on the slight angle up & flop-er-di-dop!
Most now going down, now the long walk to lane 1, took my hoody off on the way as I was getting warm. Lane 1 stander, Graham flops the two, I miss the near & flop the far. Then lane2 is off the windy cliff edge but on the cushion (this had been a stander lane at previous comps), I knocked the two Graham dinked one. From then on most were flopped, Graham now getting the odd dink more than I. The weather now was much warmer and wind had subsided to around 5/6 mph, there were a couple of long ones opposite the club house which Ig rabbed and Graham had a dink. Back now to the dingily dell & target 2 had a crack of sunshine coming through & down the pipe, couldn’t quite get the full picture so dinkery-doo, then last lane, a bloody stander so I did the opposite, missed the long and got the shortr educer! I wasn’t keeping score. But, quite happy to find a 33 and Graham conceded the extra one over the last 5/6 lanes and brought home a 32. A most pleasant day at ETL indeed and all the more pleasant for shooting with Graham, many thanks mate!I’d not been to the new SEFTA site to see any scores at all, but I thought after two shoots I’d spy on my standing in A grade. So far myself and Pedro = 2nd at 60, with Croucher in 1st place on 63, but I’m not going to let him hang on to that one, look out ICENE, remember last time I was there (40)?
|Posted on November 16, 2013 at 8:57 AM||comments (193)|
WL 1 Kent Woodsmen Oct 20th2013We all have occasional night mares; the one I always get the night before KentWoodsmen is about being on Death Row the day before they pull the deep fry switch!I go over this one with my psychiatrist & it seems to emanate from my very firstcompetition there 5 years ago & with no advice from anyone in the club, I just turnedup with my Logun Solo & a Nikko Nighteater (3-9x40) & it was proper Bay of Biscaytrawler weather where you needed to lash yourself to a tree! I was a quick shot thatday & was first in the pub with a colossal score of 3; some things will never change!
So there I was again going down the dark tunnel of gloom, the M20 as the weatherjust got worse from Hurricane Kentish Colin! With Granddad & son in the car wearrived at Ham St, with no rain, there was a hole in the cloud & some sun was dousingthe course!!!! But the wind 20 mph+
We got started in a three-some, Stan Kempton & I and a novice lad, Harry on lane 13,the wind was a real blast left to right. I’d not really shot since the Worlds & I had thenews scope on, the Sightron with the IR dot in red. I started well I have to say, butwhat ever I had learned in Germany on standers (as I got them all in the three daysthere), I suddenly forgot & missed all 4 (I need to re-group here).The course was very much the KW lay out, some real long ones at 53/4 yds making itreal hard to judge the wind, but I now have hash marks on the rec (like mill dots) &my judgement was much better & I got most long ones & all my kneelers. My eyes letme down with looking at any numbers on targets & if the string is run to ground andthe target is up the tree crossing another with the number at the bottom of the tree itseasy for me to plonk the wrong target, or, then I spend too much time using my scopeto put a number with a target, this tends to be a slight problem at KW. For all the windwas the enemy here today but thank God the rain didn’t arrive!
Summing up for all, wind took the casualties and I think a high score was 33, personally looking at my own problems on the day, I had one go off on me with heavyfinger-mode, I missed a 14.5 yarder & I don’t know why so I need to re-visit mysettings which are three weeks new & might have an odd PC print-out pilot error?I missed a few (2) to wind, but the 4 standers I’m furious about, even if I’d got 50%of my standers & no pilot error on the 14.5 yarder + heavy finger I might have comeaway with a 32/3! BUT, its early days, back to drawing board for two weeks now &check my close mid on the turret before WL2 at ETL.
|Posted on September 30, 2013 at 2:13 PM||comments (197)|
The World’s FT Comp, by a worlds virgin.
If you were a good amateur footballer, you’d be quite shocked if one day you wereasked to play for England & in the World Cup final, wouldn’t you? But, would yousay yes?Well I was shocked when I was asked earlier in the year if I wanted to take place asnumber 8 in the England FT squad to go to Ebern Germany this year. I was proud tobe asked and I was proud to answer yes but the chances of shooting as well as the restof the venerated squad such as John Costello (winner only dropping 6 out of 150targets), Andy Calpin, Simon Ayers, Jack Harris & my own club mate member CraigMcDonald; was slim, and I knew this. But in ones mind there’s always the chance ofpulling a good one out the bag and then one also had 4 months to practise!I’d not had good consistent results throughout the year, but I’d had a couple ofblinders with a winter league clearance and a 45 at GP9 2012, & a 46 at the Essex 50.What one cannot know as a Worlds Virgin is what the course will be like, I’ve done afew tough ones at Anston & Millride but you know if it’s the Worlds surely it has tobe the toughest? Other compatriots’ plant rumours in your head of 25 mil satnders at32 yards or full size at 45 yards. I knew in my own game my main weakness werestanders, so after buying a new shooting jacket, I worked on them down at the club!As the adventure took off from Stanstead with our SEFTA posse which inc. Dan Eley,Cliff Church, John & Robert Walker, Craig & Barry McDonald I felt impendingdoom & that wasn’t down to Easyjet! On day 2 we arrived amongst hundreds ofothers all mingling & me feeling a bit solo, the idea was to get air, plink & check allwas ok after the flight, all seemed ok after 30/40 shots so I put all away to have a lookaround, the general mood seemed to be all were happy to be there and to see eachother again. The reception that night was fun & traditional and generallymisunderstood by most but a beer or two was quaffed down. Home, sleep, thentomorrow!Up early, great breakfast & off we went, we wanted to be there for 8am for 9am topark & plink. I was on the red course day 1 starting at lane 5 with a Russian girlGalina, a South African Gerhard, & Thomas from Germany, all were in the nationalteams as I was. Getting on to the course was a bit of a mountain goat job with a holein the fence and a real clamber up through recently carved forest up to the main trackwhich was hard to do with both hands occupied! We got to the track on the Blackcourse then had a 15 min walk up the track to the red course then lane 5 where I wasto meet the opposition who would turn out to be friends by the end of the comp.Imagine a sharp slope a few hundred feet high with a forest on it with a straight flatgravelled track driven through it half way up, to your left is sharp down, right sharpup, so it was roughly 25 targets down & 25 up & many to that extreme! There was adistinct lack of wind, but there was a mild stir here & there, trick was spotting it at all.I started well and had only dropped 2 in the first 14 or so, the difficulties here seemedto be either the track bevel down into the abyss with a near target 20 feet below andnot sliding in, plus it would also be a 15 mill & the face plate is not facing up towardsyou, or it’s long in the foliage and it’s dark as a Butlins Holiday! The wheels began to
come off on the 2nd 25 of the day on the way back, shooting up hill.
exact! The 2nd kneeler we came to one was not able to adopt the basic elbow on knee,
Land. Also congrats to my club matey Craig McDonald who came 8th & shot in a