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Re: Battle of Breakneck hosted by WNPS
« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2016, 07:40:00 PM »
 

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Jeff, hopefully you did better in the rain than I did.  Between my glasses and scope lenses, I couldn't see shit.  I'd clean them off, and seconds later they were the upper tributary of the Platt River.  Rain turned to snow, and I slid off the road on the way to Sidney, thought I was going to roll the truck.  Guess I shouldn't be driving 60-mph in a snowstorm?

 

Re: Battle of Breakneck hosted by WNPS
« Reply #16 on: April 18, 2016, 04:07:30 PM »
 

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Jeff, hopefully you did better in the rain than I did.  Between my glasses and scope lenses, I couldn't see shit.  I'd clean them off, and seconds later they were the upper tributary of the Platt River.  Rain turned to snow, and I slid off the road on the way to Sidney, thought I was going to roll the truck.  Guess I shouldn't be driving 60-mph in a snowstorm?

You're not the only one.  I zeroed 4 stages because I couldn't see anything out of my scope..  Started the day off strong, still ended up mid pack with 4 goose-eggs..  Thought I was prepared and I was far from it.
 

Re: Battle of Breakneck hosted by WNPS
« Reply #17 on: April 18, 2016, 04:46:28 PM »
 

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I had two goose eggs - on the stages I shot.  Our squad had a lot of issues, and with 5 stages remaining half of us just turned around and left.  Too cold, too wet, and too slow.  If we only had 1 or 2 stages left we'd have stuck it out, but 5? Not a chance.  Only 2 shooters from our squad of 7 finished all the stages, and they were the last 2 guys on the range.

The only thing I got wrong was my choice of gloves.  I need to find some waterproof gloves in case I ever have to shoot in crap like that again.

Finished towards the bottom, which came as no shock to me for having zeros on more than 50% of the stages.
Every time you make a typo, the errorists win.
 

Re: Battle of Breakneck hosted by WNPS
« Reply #18 on: April 18, 2016, 07:06:15 PM »
 

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If there's one thing I learned from that match, there are no gloves that work good in those conditions. About as good as I saw was some friends of mine that were wearing nitrile rubber gloves under their regular gloves, at least it kept their hands dry when they had to take the bigger gloves off and get on the gun.

I had 2 different brands of high dollar "waterproof" gloves I wear snowmobiling and never have problems with them through wind, sleet, powder days, etc. By mid day, both pairs were completely soaked.

I think I'm going to go with the nitrile gloves and fingerless neoprene over the top of them. It's about the only thing I can think of that might keep hands warm in conditions like that.
 

Re: Battle of Breakneck hosted by WNPS
« Reply #19 on: April 18, 2016, 08:48:18 PM »
 

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I got zeros on four of the stages, but then decent on a few of the others, I think the Fur Takers stage was my best, getting 9 out of 10 points.  Overall I finished decent for a first match and the conditions.

I too need to find better gloves.  Overall, I'm used to layering from hunting and other outdoor activities, so I wasn't completely cold.  My hands however were extremely cold.  My last two stages I was having difficulty manipulating my bolt and turret knobs due to the cold.  By the time I got back to the truck my finger tips were completely numb and a lot of the feeling didn't return until later that night.

The funny thing, despite the miserable last couple hours I still really enjoyed the experience.  I was already telling my wife that I need to sign up for another one.
 

Re: Battle of Breakneck hosted by WNPS
« Reply #20 on: April 19, 2016, 09:45:30 PM »
 

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Gloves... Mine were just a thin pair of cotton grippy-type gloves. They were sopping wet and useless by the end, but my fingers didn't get cold. All the days of coyote hunting in -25 F must have conditioned me for it.  I went with the hands-in-the-pocket until right before I shot plan.

As far as shooting went, it was pretty challenging with the wind and worse with the wet ground hampering my ability to spot misses. I was running 105 hybrids at 2839 fps and definitely could have used more horsepower. I was building some really stable shooting positions then missing the wind calls  :-\ . This was my second match and I finished middle-of-the-pack. One of my goals was to not zero any stages and despite the tough conditions I accomplished it. Unfortunately I also didn't score big on any stages. Well, I did clear the PRS tie-breaker in 50 seconds, but I imagine most everyone cleared that one.

My glass finally started fogging up and giving out on the last stage (Diamond in the Rough) while helping to spot before I was up. A couple others also couldn't see and took zeros. The RO asked if I was also going to take a zero. I said I had waited for 40 minutes to shoot the last stage and wasn't going to give up that easily. I had brought a ziploc bag full of lenses clothes and shammies, and broke them out and started wiping in an attempt to at least see and engage the closest target. It was pretty brutal with the sleet/snow being driven right into the objective lenses and every time I'd just about get it clear, it would fog up again. I could tell the RO's just wanted to go, so I said 'put me on the clock' and I wiped one more time and everything cleared up. I hit the second target on the first shot and think I hit the third one, but none of us could see well enough to be sure.

Overall a good time, but was a little disappointed with them calling off the second day.
 

Re: Battle of Breakneck hosted by WNPS
« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2016, 11:59:21 PM »
 

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what a great course of fire and fantastic terrain to shoot in!   Definitely worth the 3000 mi round trip drive from east TN.  Planning to be back next year.


re: gloves, my setup worked pretty well.   not super cheap, but my hands were never cold.  I wore under armor glove liners that i never removed, and swany x gloves on the outside, which i would pull off of my trigger hand when the clock started, or when i was working on transfering dope from iphone to match book.   i never removed the liner gloves, but did cut a hole in the thumb so i could operate the touch ID on my iphone.

https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/mens-coldgear-liner-gloves/pid1238031
https://www.rei.com/product/771065/swany-x-cell-ii-gloves-mens

both sets of gloves got wet but still stayed warm. the underarmor liner did a good job of keeping the wet off my skin.  i did not need to put a handwarmer in the pocket of the swany, though i could have.