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Idaho Shamrock Shootout (NRL)
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AAR - Idaho Shamrock Shootout (NRL), Vale Oregon.

Last weekend I traveled to Vale, OR for the inaugural National Rifle League match. Kicking off the season was the Idaho Shamrock Shootout. Furthest match I've ever traveled to, almost a 1000-mile drive each way for me.

The match was held at the Snake River Sportsmans Club, outside of Vale, Oregon. The range there is a square range, and spreadout throughout a large bowl surrounded by hills and sandstone cliffs. That location in itself is surrounded by BLM land I'm told.

The match format was 10-stages each day. Each stage you would engage multiple targets with 10-rounds, with a 120-second time limit. There was one stage that had a 90-second time limit.

First day we shot off of a cliff/ridge line overlooking the range, day two we shot at the same target array, but from the base of the cliff/ridge line. A couple of the stages were the same between the two days, with most only having the same target arrays the same, but with a different stage format. Athough the targets were slightly closer (50 - 100-yards)the second day, the difficulty of the stages and shooting positions were made more challenging.

Both days the weather kept the sky gray and overcast, with an off and on again drizzle. I think I remember the sun only peaking out from behind the clouds once. Temperatures ranged from mid 40's to mid 60's both days. Wind was a varying combination of dead calm to around 12-mph, but averaged around 5-mph or less. Of course the wind decided to change on me while I was shooting the long distance targets.

Because of the sandy soil and wet weather conditions, it was very difficult to spot misses because of the lack of splash in the soil, except on the high angle shots at closer targets. Also difficult to see impacts on steel at times because of the flat light conditions and mist in the air.

There were 100 shooters registered for the match, but I believe only 97 or 98 shooters showed.

On Friday before the match, Shooter sign in took place. There was the opportunity to sight in /zero your rifle, engage a few targets out to 800-yards, and take the B&T (Atlas Bipod / Accushot Monopod) One-shot challenge. That consisted of an Ace of Spades target card at 110-yards. Of course I blew my one shot by not zeroing my elevation turret after shooting the targets out on the range.

There was also a Caracal sponsored side match, where you had 10-rounds (9mm) to engage five steel plates at 15 to 20-yards. Fastest shooter to hit all five plates (at least once) won the pistol.
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2017, 10:16:58 PM »
 

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AAR - Continued.

Day one - My Squad started on Stage 4 - Mindblower. Shooter starts standing port arms, magazine in, bolt back. At the beep, Shooter opens the passenger door to a truck and engages two targets, two shots each through the open window of the open door with front of the rifle resting on the window sill. You could use any support in the rear (we as a Squad shared a tripod with a bag resting on top of it.). After the first two targets were engaged, Shooter climbs into the cab and engages the remaining three targets, two shots each through the missing windshield area of the truck. My plan was to climb onto the hood and shoot it prone, but I missed part-two of the stage brief where the RO said you had to stay on or behind the dash, no part of your body could be on or over the hood. I managed to score five hits out of ten possible. Targets 1 - 4 at 530-yards, target 5 at 556-yards.

Stage 5 - TYL Rack, shoot five targets large to small, small to large one shot each. Smallest target is 2" wide, and my reticle covers most of it. I hit it once. Score eight out of ten. targets at 407-yards.

Stage 6 - Cliffs Roofies. Mock roof, engage two targets alternating between the two in a prone position, five rounds, then repeat in a kneeling position.

Stage 7 - Metalocalypse. A barricade made from square tubular steel, with ports in weird trapizodial shapes. Have to engage one target, two shoots from each unique opening. 490-yards. First day I get one hit out of ten, second day they turn the barricade around. I get three hits out of ten, but only score two hits because my last shot occured as the buzzer sounds. I suck at this stage both days.

Stage 8 - Strawbreaker. Large hay bails stacked up in an uneven and unlevel configuration. Five firing positions, two rounds each position, engage two targets one shot each position. This is were I discover my ultra smooth feeding Magpul PMAG AC magazines aren't so smooth, and the bolt hits and stops at the back of the feedlips when there is pressure on the mag from the bag under the forearm, or while resting the mag on the hay bail. I score three hits, and time-out when getting on the fourth position. Targets at 630, and 622-yards.

Stage 9 - 3rd Rock from the Cliff. Three positions off of a rocky ledge. First position, engage target one with three rounds. Second position, engage target two with three rounds. Third position, engage target three with four rounds. I smoke this stage, with 7-seconds remaining. I ask the RO if I cleaned it, and he says NO. I pull my mag from my rifle and have one round remaining in it. Oh, I guess that's why I missed one. Targets, 343, 370, and 417-yards.

Stage 10 - The Long Ranger. Five targets, two rounds each. Wind goes from calm to a 5-mph R-L as I start shooting. Cannot see hits/misses. Only scored one hit. 893, 970, 1046, 1096, 1144-yards.
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AAR - Continued.

Stage 1 - MGM Pop it Like It's Hot. Five pistol popper style reactive targets. High angle shots off of rock ledges. Engage targets near to far, position one. Then move to position two and engage targets far to near. Score six out of ten here. Targets at 316, 342, 406, 464, and 531-yards

Stage 2 - Cliff Rock Run. Three positions from over the edge of a cracked cliff wall. Three positions, one of three targets from each position. Three, three, and four round sequence. Have to stand on top of the cliff, port arms when the beep sounds, then climb down the cliff to the shooting positions. I extend my bipod legs all the way out, folded forward, and able to span the gap from the cliff to the first rock position, and shoot it prone. I then jump down to engage targets from the other rock positions, and timeout on the last position. Score three hits. Targets (66% IPSC) at 766, 830, and 799-yards.

Stage 3 - Swingers Party. Shooting through a hangman's noose (looped) around the front of your rifle, engage five targets, two rounds each. We as a Squad all share a tripod and use a leg to support the rifle just behind the loop. I score three hits. Targets at 208, 246, 305, 366, and 445-yards.
 

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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2017, 10:19:04 PM »
 

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AAR - Continued.

Second day, as previously mentioned, you were pretty much shooting at the same targets at each stage as the day before. However, they made it more difficult because of the positions shooting off of rocks, and rock outcroppings. The only stages the same were the metal barricade, the long distance targets, and the hangmans noose. They did not allow the use of a tripod the second day with the hangmans noose, and my shooting sticks were too short as you were pretty much in a standing position.  Also, one of the stages had a spinner target, which required you to fully spin the target before you're allowed to engage targets worth points.  It took me five shots, to fully spin the target, then proceeded to make five hits on steel with my remaining five rounds.

Well, I managed to make it through this fast paced match without zeroing a stage. I made plenty of mistakes, mostly poor planning on how to approch a stage, for example. Twice I planned on, and deployed my shooting sticks, and wasted time finding out they wouldn't work as planned. I also caught myself rushing shots so I didn't time out, but made numerous misses, where I should have taken the time for quality shots which would equate to more hits and less misses, even though I may have timed-out.

Day one I fired 83 out of 100 rounds possible, day two I fired 78 out of 100 rounds possible. Bonus, I was able to recover every piece of brass during the match, which is amazing considering all the brass falling through the cracks in the rocks, many out of reach of human hands.

In the end I placed 44th out of a 100. I felt I could have done much better, but looking back, I finished ahead of many well known, and usually better shooters than me. At the awards ceremony, it was humbling to be with such a large group of great shooters, many before this point known only by name.

Had a great time, and look forward to the next NRL match in April at Gunsite Academy (Arizona).
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2017, 10:52:01 PM »
 

Jeff M

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Excellent AAR, Alpine, thanks for posting!

Sounds like the NRL is off to a good start!

Were there film crews or anything there?
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2017, 08:25:57 AM »
 

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Should have covered this earlier.  The match was a well organized event.  From the NRL supporting it from the top with media, support, etc., to the Match Director and his team working hard at the local level.  It was evident during the match, that a lot of hard work went into making the match run smooth.  You could see that every stage was well planned out, and that was a key factor making it successful.

Yes, Contengency X (CON-X) was on site with a crew filming and photographing the match from the start to the awards ceremony.   Coverage of each stage occurred, and posted on Facebook and possibly elsewhere?
 

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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2017, 05:40:14 PM »
 

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Good to hear that.  I had heard that Con-X was going to be recording all the matches and producing a TV series.  I hope it works out!

Were you required to sign any type of media/image use waivers?  Just curious...
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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2017, 06:51:47 PM »
 

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No waivers presented or signed.  But they did mention in the brief that if you didn't want to be filmed or photographed, let them know.