BCSA (Broome County Sportsman Assoc.) is one of the closer matches for us with a 2.5 hour drive down to Binghamton. I started my travels at 4:50 am and got to Eric's by 5:10 am and we were on the road by 5:15 am. What's funny is that we seem to always pass Paul Manktelow on our way. Not that we're speed demons or anything, but we drive at 10 over and Paul drives at 5 over in his red Mustang with a black racing stripe down the center. A honk and wave from us and we continued our journey.
Up in Rochester the weather was great, but as we got closer to Greg's we realized the rain had set in. We were the first to arrive with Greg and Pat questioning our sanity. They were almost positive that nobody would show. However, another 30 minutes later and we were bringing out additional tents and setting up additional sight-in targets to accommodate the 22 people that showed up to shoot in the rain. It's really nice when it's raining and you know you'll be shooting from under a tent.
Greg kept his pre-match speech to a very bare minimum and we began to shoot. Shawn Pragle and I were squadded together so of course we giggled a bit because of the 8# elephant in the room :) There was 1 cold line due to a string tangle but other than that we all just had fun shooting.
After shooting and before the scores were announced, Betsy Dunlap brought out a cake to celebrate her husband, Doug's, 70th birthday this week. Greg then started with the results and handing out the medals.
I ended up with 49/60. I had one technical error (shooting the wrong target) and a bunch of missed shots on the standing/kneeling. But for the difficulty (35.9 troyer) I was happy with how I shot. Greg announced that I had the high score for the match, so that was nice. I beat Brian V. by one shot, similar to last weekend at Ray's when he got me by 1 shot.
We then started the pistol match and I later wished I had sighted in earlier. I ended up missing 4 shots in the first two lanes because of this. Pistol was shooting to the left by almost a full mil-dot. In the end I ended up with 31/40 and both Eric and Nic got 33/40, so if I'd just sighted in I <could of, would of, should of...>
Despite Nic's sight picture being clear today Eric ended up winning the shoot-off. We helped clean up the targets and strings and headed to McDonald's for a quick lunch. Our good-bye's said we headed back to Rochester.