Friday, March 31, 2006

ePostal Rifle Match for April 2006 - "Head-Shot"

Welcome to the April ePostal Rifle match. Thanks to Mr. Completely for giving me the oppourtunity to host this months match.

The scenario is this:

You're tucked away in bed with your wife, snoring the night away. The kids are tucked away in their rooms. Slam! You're jolted out of dreams of the next pin shoot by something very heavy shattering the front door. It takes every effort to pull yourself out of the deep pit of sleep. Every movement takes a conscious thought as you roll off the bed and reach for your house gun. A shriek from your daughter's room pierces the night, shooting a gallon of adrenaline straight into your heart. In an instant your house gun is in hand and you are head for the hallway.

Your SureFire lights the way and reveals a scene from your worst nightmare -- your daughter is being dragged out the front door. The attacker pauses in the doorway and shoots you a leering grin as your daughter cowers in his arms.

You've got a split second to take your shot. The distance is about 7 yards and you're precious daughter is blocking a body shot so its going to have to be his head. A twitch in the wrong direction and the unthinkable will happen.

The targets are 2 copies of the standard Midway pistol target. Cut away a quarter of the the white from one of them and staple or tape the two circles diagonally from each other with one to the lower right of the other. The upper left is the goon's head, the lower right is your daughter's.

Scoring is +10 for the black, +5 for the rings away from the hostage, -100 for any shots to the lower right area. Start with your favorite house gun unloaded. Then quickly load and fire as many rounds as you are comfortable with. Categories will be broken down by sighting system, not caliber. You can enter as many times as you want.

Good luck! I hope to shoot it myself this weekend. Results are due by the end of April, email scores and/or pictures to my1911 *


At Friday, March 31, 2006 10:47:00 AM, Blogger Rivrdog said...

Sounds like a good shoot, but I will ignore the rule about having the gun unloaded, as mine is NEVER unloaded.

If you keep a gun for primary defense, and it is not in your safe, it should be in condition ONE, loaded. If a shotgun, leave the action open. If you live in a locality that has an idiotic restriction on keeping guns locked up, you have a very demonstrable choice of evils defense if you get charged with unlocked gun. Choice of evils is a valid defense in any state.

BTW, in that scenario, I am not going to fire a head shot at 21 feet. I am going to charge the goblin, closing the distance, put the barrel to his head, and fire a contact shot. Zero chance of hitting daughter that way. If he is shooting at me, I will evade his rounds as best as I can, but will keep advancing. The important thing is HER safety, not mine.

He will probably drop daughter and run. I will cut him down, and keep charging out to his vehicle to kill his accomplices, if any.

For the family guy, this scenario is potentially there, more so all the time. A sniper's surgical head shot may seem to be the correct answer, but it's much better to charge. About five different things can spoil that head shot, even at close range, but a charge followed by a contact shot has everything going for it.

I do head shots. I practice them almost every trip to the range. They are not the best choice here.

At Saturday, April 01, 2006 7:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I agree with everything you said.

The problem is if we did it that way we wouldn't have a contest :)

New rules -
0 feet, contact shots.

The reason for starting unloaded is to have you doing something before taking the shot. I'd actually prefer you having to run 50 yards to get your heart pumping. Starting with a fast load was the best I could think of for this contest.


At Monday, April 03, 2006 7:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7 yard headshot offhand with a handgun - absolutely within the skill level of any half-way decent pistolero -- on paper that is. I manage 100% success on head shots out to 25 yards on paper/steel.
Under the conditions described in the scenario I suspect this would be a completely different shooting challenge.

At Monday, April 03, 2006 7:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OOPS I'm a dummy.
Got fooled by name of target and distance to think this was a pistol shoot.
My bad.

Otherwise comments remain the same.

At Tuesday, April 04, 2006 6:55:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heheh, yes its a Rifle match. I chose a short range challenge for my black rifle with only a holo sight and a flip-up GG&G iron sight. Too many of the recent rifle matches have really needed optics.

But note that the classes will be broken down by sighting system, not caliber. eg. red-dot/holo-sight, iron, magnified optics or eyes closed :)


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