I cut out early form the DayJob(tm) to meet up at PRGC with the cool kids from GreatSatanInc for a round of fun steel. We'd blown off the last couple weeks due to the 110+F temps. But today's forecast called for "only" 107.
Normally we meet at 5:30 (nominally) 5:45-ish. But today we both have evening engagements so we met at 3:30 and were the first ones on the course.
Stage one was deceptively difficult: 5 round targets at staggered distances, hit each twice all from box A (two runs). Turns out the first three are easy but #4 & #5 (diagonally across the bay) were surprisingly difficult.
Stage two was very similar: 3 normal sized circles and 2 miniatures set further back. Two hits on each from box A, then again from box B (one either side of the bay). I did my best on the normal circles and made token attempts at the minis.
I do not remember how many penalties I rang up but I'm fairly certain it's more than the sum of every other stage ever shot in my life. I'd guess 7+/-2. I also realized I'd burnt up more than half of the 150 rounds I'd brought for the match. Comparing notes while reloading for stage 3 the entire squad told the same story.
Stage three consisted of a plate rack + 2 poppers, x3. I don't know if any of us actually finished the stage. I aborted with a couple plates left on the last rack.
Part of my issues were a couple magazines that wouldn't reliably feed. Note to self, get these to the range and identify & replace the offending magazines. Single shot is a slow way to shoot.
By then none of us had enough rounds left to make a credible attempt on stage 4 so we turned in our cards and retreated to the AC of our cars.
This was my worst performance ever... Still two hours shooting [and largely missing] beats two hours working!