Thursday, March 02, 2006

e-Postal Rifle Match - "Tight Groups"

This year we are going to be having various bloggers hosting the e-Postal rifle matches, and Azreel, of Free Spirit Mind, will be hosting the first match.

For those of you that think I've been coming up with some tough targets in the previous matches, Azreel REALLY is tough! He actually takes score away for getting too far away from the ten ring! You can actually end up with a minus score total!

Here's his post:

Free Spirit Mind's Entry into the Monthly Rifle E-Postal Match
(Updated to add handguns)

Everyone wants a rifle that can shoot a sub 1MOA group. Very few of us have one. Here's your chance to shoot a "tight group".

You have 5 chances to shoot your perfect group. But be warned... stray outside the 10 ring and you could easily add up a negative score!

What's more - these aren't 3 round groups. Oh no... we use 5 round groups. The way they're supposed to be. You will have 5 rounds per bullseye, for a total of 25 rounds total. Hits that are on, or touch, the line will be counted as "in".

There is no warm up on the target. You may sight in your rifle on any other target for any number of rounds, but you may only fire 25 rounds at this target per rifle. What that means is that you may use 1 rifle per target. If you have a .22LR, a .308, and a .300WM, then you can enter 3 targets: one for each gun. PLEASE - only one target per caliber. If you have two rifles in .308. please, only one entry in .308: choose your best rifle.

You may use a bench rest, sand bags, etc: no vises. We're still testing YOU, not the rifle.

Rifles with magnifying optics must shoot at 100yds or greater. Rifles with open sights or non-magnifying optics must shoot at 50 yards or greater. If you are able to shoot a perfect score, you may take the target out to a farther distance for a "run off" target. This is the only case in which you can shoot the same rifle more than once at this target. This way, competitors with Sub 1MOA rifles can walk the targets out until they can no longer maintain a perfect score. A perfect score is 250. The worst score you can make is -250.

Download the target here. Targets are designed to be printed on 8.5"x11" paper. The center (10 ring) bull should measure apx. 1.75" across (the ring line is .125" or 1/8"); a group completely within the 10 ring is at least a 1.75MOA group. No, the rings aren't perfect circles. Deal with it.

Send your targets, or any questions about the competition to:

Members of Free Spirit Mind may post their targets below and taunt the late entries. Remember to include your nickname, caliber and model of rifle, optics, distance, and score. I don't NEED to see your target unless there's a tie, but you're more than welcome to send it anyway. Deadline for entries is 11:59 P.M. Pacific time March 27th.

UPDATE: Pistol classes included. I'm adding a handgun category for those without access to a rifle range, or without rifles. Point is, I don't care what you shoot - if all you have is a pellet gun, send it in anyway.

Handguns with open sights or non-magnifying optics may shoot at 10 yards (or 25 feet, whatever your range has) - this is off-hand unsupported. Handguns with magnifying optics must shoot at 25 yards (again, off-hand unsupported).

Before you whine and say "off hand on those targets at 10 yards? That's too hard!" I've shot the target already (a couple of times actually) to test it out, and yes, you CAN make a good score. I managed a 110 score with my 1911 and iron sights on the first try.

There you go, rifle and pistol shooters! Go download those targets and send in your scores! Show Azreel that you appreciate his effort by shooting as many entries as you can manage!!

If you are a blogger who would be interested in hosting a future rifle match, please send me an email and we'll see what we can do!

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At Friday, March 03, 2006 10:27:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must the targets be printed in color? I can print in grayscale on my laser printer.

At Friday, March 03, 2006 12:35:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Completely said...

It's Azreel's call on the ink color, but I feel pretty safe to say that grayscale is just fine. Azreel has used color tragets in previous matches and allowed grayscale before.

.....Mr. C.

At Saturday, March 04, 2006 8:59:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Color isn't necessary - it just looks pretty. Print it out in grayscale, or whatever color you want.

At Saturday, March 04, 2006 2:32:00 PM, Blogger carnaby said...

Can we stick one of those orange stickers on the center if we don't have a color printer, or even if we do?

At Monday, March 27, 2006 9:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we stick one of those orange stickers on the center if we don't have a color printer, or even if we do?

Go for it - And I will accept late entries (up to a point) and update the results page if needed.


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