Definitely worth attending. The stages were hard but fun. And it was cool to be amidst so many shooters. Also, the Orleans Hotel, which I’ve never stayed at before, was affordable and comfortable.
Scores can be found here.
I placed 126th with 55%
Brian placed 154th with 52%
Given the difficulty, my physical condition during the match (poor), and Brian’s age/experience… I think we did pretty good. There were about 260 shooters in the field.
I videoed Brian on all but 2 stages. They follow. He did pretty good for his age and experience. His best finish was 39th on Stage 9 (of 250 shooters). His CR-Speed kept hitting his mag release on the draw, so on 5 or 6 stages you will notice a mag hitting the dirt on the draw. And on Stage 17 he skipped 2 targets for HUGE penalty points and effectively zeroed the stage. You don’t get much chance to airgun the stages at Nationals, so you really have to get it in the 5 minutes they give you. You will see him hesitate and wonder “what’s next” a few places in the videos. Lessons learned!
Most of those attending said that the stages were exceptionally tough this year. Jerry Miculek, in his speech as the revolver champion, asked for a partial match refund because he had shot at “partial” targets all week! All in jest of course… but look at the target below in the first video. See much of it ??? (hint – you can only shoot brown, not white targets) (-: