8/11 was the last day of the world long range championships. Going into the last 1000 yard match I was in 14th place apparently! Well that wasn’t going to last long, the last 1000 yard string kicked my butt. The wind was extremely challenging and I was not on top of it. I dropped to 33rd place after shooting a 69-2V. It was a disappointing finish, but I was working as hard as I could, it was just a very challenging condition. Finishing 33rd in the world isn’t necessarily bad, the 400+ people here represent the best each nation has to offer with regards to long range shooters and it turns out I can count myself among their top ten percent.
8/12 was a practice day for the Palma teams. We shot practice at 800, 900, and 1000 yards. It was a good practice, the team is looking good. I’m very excited to be part of the team and it’s a real honor to shoot alongside some of the best our country and the world has to offer.
8/13 was the first day of the Palma Team match. This is a very prestigious match with history going back over 100 years. We shot very well at 800 yards and we shot pretty well at 900 yards. At 1000 yards we struggled a little, but we aren’t totally out of it just yet. While I was on the line at 1000 yards the wind was very twitchy and we had a cease for at least 15 minutes wherein I baked in the sun. When I got up from shooting my clothes were soaked through with sweat. I was glad to finally fire my last shot. This is a marathon match which will continue all day tomorrow. Tomorrow, my birthday, we will shoot the whole course again.
Some pictures are here:
Here is a link to a blog by Gary Rasmussen, shooting phenom and my coach on the Palma team: