Today was Day Two of the Steel Safari.
From a technical standpoint, today was harder than yesterday. More wind, crazy shooting positions, and some very hard to find targets. Despite this, my score was quite a bit higher than yesterday. I didn’t shoot any better than I did yesterday, so I think the difference in score was mostly a result of finding targets faster and wasting less time getting into a shooting position.
Precision Field Target (or whatever you call this discipline) has a lot of trade-offs. One such trade-off is the choice of shooting aids. I brought Stoney Point shooting sticks. Most other shooters brought shooting tripods. The shooting sticks are much lighter than tripods, but the difference in stability is massive. Next time, I’ll deal with the extra weight and carry a tripod. That said, hiking six miles in >90 F weather carrying a 20 pound rifle, every ounce that you can cut from the pack counts. During the nine stages I shot today, I drank about 3 liters of NUUN water.
The hike to the first stage:
New Mexico has fantastic scenery:
Match director Zak Smith used a KTM 500 EXC to keep the match going. That bike is a beast: