We shot the years first reservist 3gun (SRA) match in Huovinrinne shooting range.
The stages were good with enough challenge and variance.
My biggest failure was not to check the barrel line in small hole, which cost 2 misses and I also shot 1 N/S on my side, but still managed to get second in overall!
( overall and stage results)
Also I should learn how to shoot pistol, as in stage 1, I shot one unnecessary extra shot to the “close range” target:
You saw right, the target in previous picture is huge!
Due to range restrictions, the targets could be set only to the back berm. This effectively prevents building a stage with close range and long range targets, but luckily the organizer had circumvented this, by applying greatly enlarged targets next to normal size targets 😀
There is always that one particular brand, type or batch of shotgun ammunition that does not work with semiauto shotguns. Some shotguns are more picky than others and even same shotgun models some individual guns cycle same ammunition that other guns struggle with.
For DIY person it’s tempting to fix this uncertainty. Naturally lapping the bolt carrier rails, polishing all metal-to-metal contacts will help the gun to cycle. With gas operated shotguns drilling gas ports slightly larger might also help.
After doing all above I still found that there exists ammunition that does not cycle reliably with my Baikal MP-153. Mostly really old 24g skeet and trap ammunition. Some may ask that why bother? Those asking that question don’t get the tickling sensation when fixing something makes things better.
Shotgun Slug and Buckshots have nasty tendency to cost much more than most smaller shotsize ammunition. This has driven many shooters to seek cheaper ways to achieve Slugshots by modifying birdshots or using the birdshot cartridge as a base and just changing the shots to slug.
Two Special Squadders and one prospect took part in Uudenmaa court SRA qualifications competition.
The weather was great for the date ( October 25th) and the stages were mostly pretty nice to shoot, with only few complaints: the plates on the plate-rack on stage1 were very heavy and it was not easy to tell a hit from 300m and 150m metal targets (stage4 and 5).
First we had to wait pretty long for the stage officials to finish their pre-match, but after that, the timetable held and we could quickly move to next stage after the previous one was shot.
After last stage we had some car problems but managed to get to awards ceremony in time to collect the medals for 1st and 2nd in Open Division. Show gallery