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Battle of Breakneck AAR
« on: April 20, 2016, 11:04:49 PM »
 

Jeff M

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Precision Rifle Forums was a sponsor for this match, so of course I was very excited to attend this match!

Thursday morning the truck was packed, and we were on the road.  Got in pretty late, met up with Eli for dinner and beers.  Had a great time, it's always good to see old friends!  EWHeuser met us out as well, and we all sat and shot the shit until the wee hours.

Friday morning it was range time.  Woke up extra early to get AprilDawn to training with JS Griswold and Rick Reeves.  She had to be there at 7, which meant we all had to be there at 7 (EWHeuser rode with us back and forth from the hotel), rather than the 9 AM that we normally would have for regular sight-in.  Alas...

Got her all settled in, got dope to 1000, and after truing Applied Ballistics (her 6 Dasher sends an SMK at 2960), Eric and I headed back down to the practice range.

Got on targets, trued Applied Ballistics, and called that good.  Side match time!!

Went and shot the speed rack.  Cleaned it.  With the quickness.  Then I stand up, and the RO compliments me on the effectiveness of my suppressor, saying they didn't pick up a single shot.  Ugh.  Went and got my money back on that one.  The winner did it in 9.16 seconds or something insane.

AprilDawn came back down from training (she hitched a ride), and so I gave her my tickets to shoot the mile.  She took two good tries, but didn't manage to connect with anything - except the target camera!  Oye.  At least nothing was broken, it was just knocked a little bit off-center.

By now it was already cold and rainy, and I had put my gear in the truck. I gave away my ticket to attempt the loophole side match.

Friday night was pulled pork for $10/person at the firehall.  Same as last year, but minus the corn on the cob (little early in the season for that).  It was tasty.

Woke up early Saturday morning.  After putting on layer upon layer upon layer of clothes, we headed out.

Squad moms got the briefing in the trailer, and we were told we'd be doubled up, and everyone was shooting the top.  This was so that in case the match had to be called due to weather, all competitors would have shot the same stages.  Made sense.

The cold bore shot at 1k was dropped since they wanted to get to it immediately with the storm blowing in.

From the getgo, it was readily apparent that a LOT of time and effort had gone into the stage layout.  Target placement and size were excellent, and even without the wind, they would have presented sufficient challenge to even the best shooters.  There were plenty of targets that were attainable for the lesser-skilled competitors, too, so everyone was sure to get some impacts and have some fun.

The weather, on the other hand, was just ATROCIOUS.  You couldn't have asked for worse weather.  Windage on some shots was more than the elevation - some guys even mixed up their windage and elevation dope the numbers were so backwards!  The bulk of the day I used between a 15 & 20 mph hold, but gusts were recorded on Kestrels up to 45 MPH.

Stages were close enough together that walking was easy, and yet still far enough apart to allow for a clear delineation between squads and keep guys from getting all mixed up.

Unfortunately, due to weather, ewheuser, myself, and another guy on our squad, gave up on the last 5 stages.  None of us could feel our fingers anymore.  We couldn't load mags, couldn't adjust windage/elevation, and in general, in that condition, we didn't feel it was safe for us to be behind the trigger.  Being able to feel when you're going to break the trigger is very important, and that was a level of feeling we no longer possessed after being out in the elements for so many hours.

Lesson learned?  Find some type of waterproof gloves.  I have no idea what, but that is a necessity.


Sunday morning rolled around, and day 2 was, in fact, cancelled.  Everyone went to the firehall where awards would be held.

JS Griswold won the match, and grabbed a rifle with a JAE chassis, Bighorn action, and smith work done by TS Customs (the rifle in the build thread Travis posted).

Many other awesome prizes were there for the taking.  Unfortunately, finishing 119 out of 140-some-odd competitors didn't afford me the opportunity to grab anything really cool.  But, with 5 zeros for the stages we were unable to finish due to weather, combined with the 2 stages I zero'd on my own (I forgot some of what Jim See taught me about wind!), I didn't have much of a chance.  That's over half the stages available to be shot that I had zeros on.

It was great to meet all the guys I've been talking with on here, and on FaceBook, and to see all the J Allen shooters there.  I don't think I've seen so many at one match!  Way to represent!!

Eli, Quinton, Lee, and gang - you guys really went above and beyond with the stage layout, and I really wish we would have gotten the opportunity to see them all.  I'm sure you guys are disappointed, but from what we did see, it was amazing!  Thank you for all your hard work, and until next time...
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Re: Battle of Breakneck AAR
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2016, 09:11:18 AM »
 

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That match was a blast and one of the more miserable things I've done all at the same time. My squad kinda got the shaft since we had to shoot all of our long range stages really late in the day. On those i was holding for a 30mph wind. But with the rain i couldn't see any impacts and my last 2 stages were miserable cause 1 I was laying in a 2" deep mud puddle and 2 couldn't see a thing out of my scope.

It was awesome to finally meet you though and tell April to quit trying to kill cameras haha
 

Re: Battle of Breakneck AAR
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2016, 01:05:51 PM »
 

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Thanks for the write up.  Sounds similar to the weather we experience at the Cup last year.  A hard lesson learned, but because of it, there are items in my pack that I would have never thought of putting in there.
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Re: Battle of Breakneck AAR
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2016, 09:20:22 PM »
 

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great write up jeff!   totally agree about the stage preparation.  really great stages!  it's a shame they had to call the match on day 2, but it really was the right decision for a dozen different reasons.

see my glove recommendation in the other thread.

conditions in this match were an order of magnitude worse than the cup last year, which was just a little rainy and not cold or windy.
 

Re: Battle of Breakneck AAR
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2016, 05:55:41 AM »
 

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My rain jacket was useless at the cup last year.  It soaked through by noon on the first day and once I got wet I was miserable.

The Breakneck sounded extremely rough weather wise.
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Re: Battle of Breakneck AAR
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2016, 08:43:13 AM »
 

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good cold/wet weather gear are worth their weight in gold

i still carry them even when i think i won't need them.   i tend to keep them stuffed into the scabbard of my eberlestock