The Egg Shoot (for me) was a mixed bag, but went well overall.
My original plan was to finish fine tuning my rifles on Tuesday and then head over to Globe. I went out to my range area Tuesday morning, set up my targets, got in my truck to move back to the 300 yard line, and...dead battery.
That is, dead battery and no cell signal.
I wound up walking 8-9 miles (in rain showers) and then waiting for my daughter to turn her phone on so I could be rescued.
In the end it was after 8 PM before I got home and not a shot fired.
Wednesday morning I went down and got a new battery and headed over to Globe. I went straight to the range area where we were to hold the Egg Shoot. NASA was there sighting in a rifle, I built the target rack and we ranged the firing lines for the shoot. I managed to shoot enough between rain and wind squalls to feel I was pretty well prepared with either rifle (.223 if there was no wind, .243 WSSM if it was windy).
I drove back to the motel to check in, loaded up a baggage cart, and met several of the guys before I'd moved from the sidewalk. While we were talking, my rifles fell 4 ft to the sidewalk!! Oh $%^&^%$#@#$, things are not looking good.
That evening I hot glued eggs to golf tees and made signs for the shoot.
Thursday morning I went out early, finished setting up, and managed to fire a couple of shots. Not enough to zero my rifle but I was only off about 6" low at 200 so I figured I could "hold off" and manage OK.
LOTS of folks started showing up pretty early, both shooters and non-shooters. I didn't get a count on the number of people there but I think it was probably close to 50 (with 21 shooters).
We got started pretty close to the 11:00 AM starting time in cold, wet, windy, miserable
I was in the first relay, and true to form, my second shot jammed. By the time I got it cleared Jason El Paso (our Range Master) or Yellowhammer (our Timer) was calling "one minute thirty seconds" (2 minute limit). I did manage to get 4 of my 5 remaining shots down range in the thirty seconds left, but no joy. I didn't hit an egg. Oh well, there will be a whole year to practice for the next one.
Six of the shooters did
hit their eggs at 200YDs and moved back to the 300YD line, and we finally wound up with a shoot off at 300YDs between Michael and Jimmy, and Michael won.
1st place Michael McCasland
2nd place J.A. Farris
3rd place Yotenighthunter
Thanks go to MJM for bringing his laptop out and helping with the paperwork/admin details.
Thanks also to Jason El Paso for help with the admin stuff and for acting as our Range Master.
Thanks to YellowHammer for being our Time Keeper.
Thanks to everyone who came out just to watch.
And a SPECIAL THANK YOU to all the guys who came out in the miserable weather to compete. It's because of you guys that this won't wind up being a one shot deal.
Anybody I've forgotten, please forgive me, it's not intentional.
Here's a few pics of the Egg Shoot that I took, I'm sure others can post some (that are better) too.
If you look at the side of the hill in the distance, you'll see a 2X4 wood frame. The eggs were hot-glued to golf tees and then suck into holes I drilled into the top of the target frame. I tried to size this as closely as I could to the way it actually looked to the naked eye (at 200YD). The top 2X4 is 8ft long.
Look at those clouds!! I kept hearing (from the polar bears) that it was "balmy weather", but for an AZ resident, it was MISERABLE
This is MJM and Jim at the three hundred yard line
This was a "set-up" pic after the shoot was over. I don't walk in front of loaded guns.