A great day! The weather was beautiful for our annual charity match and 38 shooters came out to participate. We use the proceeds from this match to support a charity and this year the funds were boosted by a "Poker Draw". Everyone that took part paid $5 to buy in and then after each stage a card was drawn so that at the end of the match you ended up with five cards. The person with the high hand got half the pot and the other half went to the charity. It worked well and we will probably do more in the future to raise funds. Thanks to Vic Fink for bringing up this idea and making sure that it happened.
I want to mention how pleased I was with the setup for this match on Saturday. We had a great crew of ten workers plus Mike Shapiro had all of the walls and other components laid out on the bays for us in advance. That was a huge help! It only took us an hour and a half to set up the match! That has to be a new record. Joe Aldegarie had all of the targets prepared in advance as well so that was another big job that we didn't have to deal with on setup day. This is the kind of teamwork I would like to see at every club event. I know that is not always possible because people have lives and can't always come out to help, but I think as we have refined our process we are seeing the results in a streamlined setup day. I think there are still some things we can do to make it even better and I for one am always looking for ways to change if it will make our job easier.
Our next event will be the Fred Jacobi Memorial Concealed Carry Match on October 4th. Don't forget that we will have a steel match on October 11 to close out the season.
Another multigun match is in the books, and we continue to learn from each new match. One of the first things the Match Director (me) learned is that I shouldn’t let a PractiScore setting override the proper scoring of a time limit stage. Some competitors pointed out that the correct scoring method was to stop the shooter at the maximum time (200 seconds in this case) and score the stage as shot, with all penalties included. Since I had selected a time limit in PractiScore, it automatically limited the time and penalties to a total of 200 seconds per stage. I apologize for the error, and will correct it in future matches.
We had great stages created by a new group of stage designers. As is sometimes the case, stages had to be changed during setup to accommodate differences in range bays, or to facilitate match flow. This is a necessary part of the setup process, and a result of the translating design intent to paper, and paper to props on the ground. Therefore, diagrams that are published on our website prior to a match may not be accurate depictions of the final, completed stage. They are only intended to give competitors an overview of a match.
Another thing we all learned is that Mother Nature is fickle, and doesn’t always appreciate matches. She started the day on a good note, by giving us some rain to clear the heavy smoke we had lived with for weeks. But then she alternated small showers with warm temperatures to create a seriously muggy day. Her final act was to create a microburst on the 50A bay, which scattered a trash can full of shotgun hulls, turned over a table full of shotguns, and knocked out range power. The burst of weather left the mud covered-squad wondering if it was a personal attack on them or the stage designer.
In any case, we were able to complete the scoring and synchronization using battery backup, and the match teardown was completed, even if the storage buildings were dark and full of tripping hazards. We had 36 shooters, interesting stages, and a great time in spite of Mother Nature’s harassment.
Most of you should be familiar with the photo sharing site Flickr. Our resident photographer Shawn has started a BSPSC account on the site so that you can see all of the photos that he takes at the matches. I have only been posting around 20 images at the most out of over 100 that Shawn usually provides, so the Flickr account will allow you all to see the entire collection from the matches and other activities that the BSPSC is involved in. Right now there are two albums of photos but more will follow. You can see them here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bspsc/