Having to move down the line - am I being unreasonable?

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Having to move down the line - am I being unreasonable?

Post by KB2MBC on 9/11/2017, 6:50 am

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Looking for some opinions here...
Yesterday I shot a state 2700 match, after the match came the .45 EIC (They shoot the .22 EIC immediately after the .22 900, but that's another story).
There were fewer shooters, so I was asked to move my equipment to another position in order to group the shooters closer together.
I did not comply, I told the range officer that if I have to move I might as well move my stuff to the car and go home.
So, I wasn't asked to leave so I shot. Afterwards, the line officer that asked me to move told me others moved so that I didn't have to.
Looking down the line I saw two shooters that appeared to have kept their position leaving a 4 slot gap from the other shooters. Not wanting to be a total jerk I didn't say anything.
I feel if one shooter has to move then make everyone move, it's a PITA. Is it a big deal to have gaps between shooters? Especially for a 30 round course of fire?

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Re: Having to move down the line - am I being unreasonable?

Post by MarkF45 on 10/23/2017, 3:36 pm

To the OP,

What would you do if the target frame linkage broke in the middle of the match, and some targets didn't turn anymore? That happened at my match.

OTOH, there is no rule that says there can't be a gap between shooters. Nor is there a rule that says there has to be hospital targets.

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Post by Olde Pilot on 10/23/2017, 5:00 pm

Rules about hospital targets, range officer authority, etc. are immaterial here. What is material is a person acting as a petulant child. Needs to grow up or take his toys to one of the run-n-gun sports so I don't run into him at Bullseye matches!

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Post by CR10X on 10/24/2017, 4:53 am

MarkF45:

But there is a rule that says the competitor will comply with directions from the Match Director. Therefore if the Match Director determines that movement of the competitor or hospital targets or other actions are reasonable and needed, the competitor should comply. (See previous posts and the NRA rule book.)

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Re: Having to move down the line - am I being unreasonable?

Post by DavidR on 10/24/2017, 6:45 pm

Every reason why you should have complied with the match directors request has been covered so my guess is you now understand. Being new requires you know the rules but its also good to know the why. I think the members here have laid that out. We were all newbies at one time and we have all made mistakes so put it behind you and continue to enjoy the sport.
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Re: Having to move down the line - am I being unreasonable?

Post by Schaumannk on 10/24/2017, 9:25 pm

I know this is slightly off topic, but I have been able tp pack up and move quite quickly by setting up my stuff for like I was shooting at Camp Perry.  

If you think moving your box once is a PITA,  try moving it ten times when you shoot a one day 2700 at a range with only one target line, followed by two EIC matches.  The Whittington Center springs to mind.  

Hint.    You shouldnt need your scope after the first string of slowfire with each different gun, if even then.  

Also, Go to Amazon and buy one of those cheap Amazon basic tablet cases for each gun you take to a match. The ten inch ones work fine for bullseye guns with scopes although they might not be quite big enough for a long barrel revolver.      Color code them so you know which gun is which and wrap the same color rubber hair tie around three magazines that go with each gun.  

These are water proof.  They also keep the guns from getting banged up if you have a box with no screw down rack, or cant get the screws tight enough in the alotted time.  
 
Three times this last year someone's Marvel broke a firing pin or had another issue when I was on the line near them.   The bag enabled me to hand my back up gun to the competitor in need without calling the line hot and disrupting the flow of the match.  The bags will also minimize the space you need for your back up guns.  

When you mimimize distractions to yourself, to the Match director, and to other competitors, you make the matches a much more pleasent expereince where everyone gets to focus on their shooting.  


Thank you all match directors and line callers.  Ive done it a couple of times, and was absolutely whipped after the day was over.   Much more work than just shooting.

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