Thanks for this. This give some things I didnt think of like getting behind the scope reliably. Ill definitely need to use the timer on my phone.You need to get used to doing things on the clock. Don't rush yourself too much for the first match but practice doing dry fire runs on these stages on makeshift stages/props you set up in your house, basement, backyard, etc whatever until you have some sort of idea of how long it takes you to get in and out of position. Practice these stages https://www.precisionrifleseries.com/static/media/uploads/2017_prs_club_guidelines.pdf
Also, you need to practice "getting behind the scope" in a way where around on 12x magnification the reticle is already on the target or very close without hunting around for the target or fiddle dicking around too much.
ETA: Don't be one of the guys that shows up with out solid dope. At least get all the points you can in the prone stages with solid hits if your dope is solid.
Also, pay attention to what other people are doing for wind. A lot of guys just hold "left edge" or "right edge" for the first shot then adjust based off that if you're confident enough in a good trigger press and what you see through the scope as far as where the bullet hits so practice that also.
Just competed in my first PRS style match this weekend. My advise FWIW
1. Forget the clock concentrate on hits not shots within the time limit
2. Have good chrono on ammo u plan to use
3. Watch the people in your squad and listen to what they are talking about. Hope they work with you as it is 1st match
4. Have low expectations and go in with a learning attitude.
5. Have fun!!!!!!!!!!
On the subject of time management, practice good time management when you're not shooting as well. The most valuable time you can spend while you're not on the clock is visualizing your stage plan, so you can execute it well while on the clock. Second most valuable is maybe time behind glass, spotting shooters' hits and/or misses so you can hopefully learn what's working and what's not.This is good advice right here.
I would not go with 'low expectations' go with 'reasonable expectations', you're not likely to win the match, you're likely to have more misses than impacts. With that out of the way pay attention to the better shooters in your squad, transitions and work space management. Get a time management baseline, as a new shooter you're likely to take up to 12-16 seconds to your 1st shot and 5-8 to your follow ups, use this to establish a shooting rhythm and remember 5 slow impacts are way better than 8 fast misses.
Don't dwell on past mistakes, focus on the task ahead.
It is about a month and a half away. I am planning to take a class at some point. K&M is very close to me. I also looked at going down to Altus shooting for their class. I would also like to go to the Applied Ballistics seminar at some point.Reading your OP, I can’t tell how close you are to attending a match. There is a lot of good advice above, but if you still have time, I highly recommend that you attend a class put on by one of the high quality training sources out there. Here in the East, there are great places like K&M in Tennessee and a host of others that offer courses specifically geared to PRS style matches. There are others throughout the country doing the same, like Rifles Only in Texas.
These courses are worth traveling to and can decrease your learning curve considerably.
Wind changes, you lose track, etc etc. Especially in a range run where you start at 400 and work out to 1100, wind changes a lot in between there.
While I would agree that wind is the biggest reason people miss, after they have made their position. I think locating targets costs more people shots, when starting out. Really seems like the initial failures are Target location, fort building, then wind/ dope. Once everyone is comfortable with the fort/ target location, then fuck if the wind does not sand bag everything you do.This is EVERY new shooter's biggest flaw.
You can't learn that any way but by doing it.
This was extremely helpful!A few lessons I learned along the way...
You're gonna make mistakes. Accept it. And you'll make mistakes after you have a dozen or a hundred matches under your belt. As has been said - concentrate on getting hits, not getting all your shots off.
- Tell the ROs and your squad mates you are a new shooter. People will generally be very helpful.
- Reset your elevation turret to zero after every stage, then, as was noted above, dial the setting for your next stage (most matches provide the Course of Fire, or CoF, with yardages).
- Have your scope caps off/open and your magnification and parallax set.
- Get yourself a wrist coach or some other means of writing down your settings for a stage and putting it where you can see it while on the gun.
- DO NOT go into a stage with high magnification set on your scope. 12-15x is the general range. No one told me that before my first match (which was paired with a 1-day class), so I shot the first stage at 20x. It was like looking through a soda straw; I couldn't find targets and when I did find one and shoot it, it was the wrong one...
- KNOW YOUR DOPE. Get really familiar with whatever ballistic calculator you're using, and be able to trust what it tells you.
- Squadding: in the matches I've attended, you're assigned to or select a squad when you sign up. Then, whatever squad you're in starts on the corresponding stage. For example, if you're in squad 3, your squad will start on stage 3 and progress to 4, 5, etc. and loop back around, finishing on stage 2. There are variations of this; one match location I shoot has lower-numbered stages widely separated physically from the upper-numbered stages so the rotation is different. Just be sure to verify next stage with squad mates or RO if there are any questions.
- Bring food, water, sunscreen, bug repellant. Since I've had multiple sunburn-related skin cancers, I wear a wide-brimmed hat. Many people also use knee pads and elbow pads, although cheap ones can be slippery on wooden decking (ask me how I know).
- Be ready to shoot when it's your turn. When you're on deck, you need to have all your crap together ready to step up when the previous shooter steps off. As a new shooter, you should never be expected to shoot first on a stage. Again, be sure to let ROs know you're new.
- It's very helpful to practice on the clock. A shot timer is a good thing to have but the timer on your phone will at least beep at end of par time. Shot-timer phone apps are pretty much useless.
Hah, I don't plan to milk that excuse too much! Im fine with being thrown in the flames a bit and forced to learn.Yup that is all good advice and I have been giving most of it for years but expect to go first after your first match or two. "I'm a new guy" only lasts a couple matches.
Great article! Thanks for the share.Read this. I attempted to answer all the questions I had before my first match to help others.
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