Bristol Metric Prone Day One
by Hap Rocketto
Perhaps Aeolus had grown upset by the cavalier attitude of the many riflemen and women who, grown complacent during the any sight phase of Conventional prone, presumed that Metric’s only challenge would be the smaller target.
The 71 shooters were taught the error of their false pride as the winds flicked left and right, picked up and let off, and whirled like a Dervish. No one was immune to shots outside of the nine ring and eights were common among the top tier of shooters.
Howard Pitts’s 394-15X was the best anyone could muster on the 50 Yard Match. The Dewar was won with a 391-18X by Nancy Tompkins and ten day ended, mercifully for many, with Hank Gray’s 388-20X.
Gray’s final match lofted him to the top of the heap with an 1165-60X but Tompkins and Michele Bohren are right behind with 1160s.
The team match was a paper match. While any win is laudatory a paper match victory is much like successful surgery on a cadaver. The match was won by the Lapua Exactors, Tompkins and the newly crowned Conventional champ Kevin Nevius
About Hap Rocketto
Hap Rocketto is a Distinguished Rifleman with service and smallbore rifle, member of The Presidents Hundred, and the National Guard’s Chief’s 50. He is a National Smallbore Record holder, a member of the 1600 Club and the Connecticut Shooters’ Hall Of Fame. He was the 2002 Intermediate Senior Three Position National Smallbore Rifle Champion, the 2012 Senior Three Position National Smallbore Rifle Champion a member of the 2007 and 2012 National Four Position Indoor Championship team, coach and captain of the US Drew Cup Team, and adjutant of the United States 2009 Roberts and 2013 Pershing Teams. Rocketto is very active in coaching juniors. He is, along with his brother Steve, a cofounder of the Corporal Digby Hand Schützenverein. A historian of the shooting sports, his work appears in Shooting Sports USA, the late Precision Shooting Magazine, The Outdoor Message, the American Rifleman, the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s website, and most recently, the apogee of his literary career, pronematch.com.
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