It was a smoothly run match, well organized, good staff. The stages were fun, but they were mostly stuff you'd see in a club match, just more of it. The Irish plate rack killed me, too, although I think my favorite stage was the one with the 35-yard steel.
There was a good mix of shooting challenges: distance, hosing, leans, low ports, partials, a few standing reloads for low-cap shooters, unloaded starts, chances for a little shooting on the move, and views with targets of varying difficulty. What was missing was single-hand shooting and stages that were other than 2/paper. You could put it in the stages they had by:
- Change the stand-and-shoot with the unloaded barrel start from 2-2-2-2-RL-2-2-2-2 to two strings of 1-1-1-1-RL-SHO and 1-1-1-1-RL-WHO.
- Take a couple of the static paper targets off the stage with 2 swingers and the squatting start and make the scoring best 3/paper
- Add a few targets to the memory stage with all the classics (say, 18-20 total) by sandwiching a 2nd scoring target and a NS on some of the existing target stands and score it best 1/paper.
I noticed that Candice ended up in open. What does it take to get bumped these days? I thought it was anything goes in production now, as long as you keep it behind your iliac crest.