2012 Practical Marksman Challenge|
Mark J. Kuczka 03/08/2012
We were honored to attend the 2012 Practical Marksman Challenge match held in Opelika, AL the weekend of Feb 25 & 26. The match provided a very challenging course of fire over two days that put participants under time and in extreme shooting positions. Shooters were restricted to rifles in .223 or .308 caliber. Shooters also used pistols on most of the 25+ stages. Targets were engaged from distances of 7 to 1200 yards.
Here Jeff C. is starting off a stage with pistol shots on a steel plate. After that he'll engage the yellow target off in the distance to the left and the other rifle target through the woods past the pistol target. Rifle targets on this stage were unknown distance.
Our buddy Brian E. is nestled into these trees to get a stable position on some unknown distance plates more than 500 yards away. Brian's ability to get stable in these awkward positions landed him a 6th place finish. (BTW, he is using a rifle we built him!)
The "Jungle Steel" stage consisted of 20 plates that had to be knocked down in 30 seconds with a pistol. Our buddy David did very well on this stage.
On the "rope" stage shooters had to use the hanging rope as support for their rifles then engage two unknown distance targets across a pond. It was a very challenging stage. Our buddy Clark did pretty well on it though.
This is our good friend Jeff on the same stage. Jeff scored two out of four hits on the plates here. Only three other competitors matched that and one of those guys won the match. Good shooting, Jeff! (Oh yeah, that is another rifle Jason worked on prior to the match.)
After the match on Sunday afternoon we all took time to fellowship, share an outstanding BBQ dinner and then hand out the award. Brian (on the left) took home a new Pierce Engineering action for his 6th place finish.
We had an absolute wonderful time ROing this very well thought out and executed match and look forward to helping with the next one.