Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Be careful what you ask for! You may get it! The National Flap

I write this post not to be argumentative and not to criticize others but only to try to be helpful. Those who have strong feelings need to consider the flap at Nationals.

What I saw and what I heard:  In the men's event we were down to the top 15 or so.  It was a tough group, all quick, accurate and seasoned veterans. The round was shot without any unusual happenings. The Range Master was probably our best and most knowledgeable Range Master.  After the round was over, an interloper of the opposite gender, confronts the Range Master in a verbally abusive tone and accuses him of failing to do his job by not calling "unsportsmanship violations" on a particular competitor. The Range Master in a calm but firm manner said he did not see any violations and the round was over.  The interloper then storms off to take the matter up with an higher authority.  Before the start of the next round Cal takes the mic and reprimands the competitors for making complaints about "sportsmanship" and to "stop it."  The competitors are all bewildered, not knowing that anything had happened and none having made any complaints whatsoever.

That is what I saw and heard, now here is what was going on.  There was a match between a high 3 shooter against a low 4 shooter.  The low 4 shooter has a history of "slow shooting" apparently believing he is more accurate doing so.  Apparently he was shooting  in the 7s and 8s and he won.  The low 3 shooter did not complain, he himself has a history of "slow shooting" in the mid 4s against 5 and above shooters.  Both these gentlemen are seasoned veterans, credits to our sport, and great competitors.  There was absolute no problem with the round and no complaints from anyone but the interloper which caused a public reprimand of the field.  Is this really where we want to go?

To those thinking it would be good to just ban recovery shots, this same incident is informative. The Range Master is adamant that he never saw a slip cock or a recovery shot.  A veteran spectator has said he heard a click and the "offender" did slip cock and recovered.  So were these shots the hated "recovery shots"?  Whose knows?  Is not always easy to tell.  I shot for the first time in three weeks last Saturday and did, on one shot, fumbled my draw, catching my trigger finger on the trigger guard.  I did recover and hit the target.  Would this have been a banned recovery shot?  In the Mag 7 I took what appeared to be a recovery shot after an apparent "slip cock."  After the event I find out that the ammunition was dimpled so it may have been host provided defective ammunition and a provisional shot.

Most of the anger on this issue really direct at the shooter who "slow shoots."  Banning recovery shots will do nothing to alleviate this anger. 

Some of the anger is directed towards the "aimed shot." If you are going to ban the aimed shot, remember that most of our new shooters start out as "aimed shot" shooters.

My suggestion is accept all shooters as they are.  Be happy that you have an opponent. Welcome all shooters.  If someone wants to shoot slower that should be fine with all in the sport, they are easier to defeat.  

Thank you.

1 comment:

  1. My gal won a match two years ago against a very fast shooter. My gal is slow. She's getting better, but for a while, we needed all the numbers to record a time. Everybody got one shot at each target and after four shots, ny gal had won that particular match.

    No hard feelings, hit the target. I'm still a big fan of that particular fast shooter, and I wish her the best in all her endeavors. She showed style and grace whe she lost to a much slower shooter. That's the spirit of the game.