Colorado MultiGun just concluded its first annual Practical Rifle Team
Challenge (PRTC), and I am pleased that it was so successful. This was
a different kind of match than what both long-range ("sniper")
shooters and 3-Gunners are used to, and from the positive comments
we've heard so far, I believe people will be talking about this match
for a long time.
CMG's Match Announcement.
The purpose of the match was to "test a 2-man team's skills shooting
rifle, carbine, and pistol to their effective ranges at practical
targets in the natural terrain using what gear they can carry." The
location for the match was the NRA Whittington Center, which many of
you know from Rocky Mountain 3Gun. If not, the land consists of old
old mine claims (the ruins of hose buildings are spread throughout),
along with a world-class conventional shooting facility, and many
thousands of acres terrain.
Building the match, we wanted to stress practical long-range rifle and
carbine shooting at reactive targets, while requiring the shooters to
move and negotiate the natural terrain. As a result, the stages were
"run" more or less like 3Gun stages (where one team shoots at a time
on the clock), but with time limits much longer than the average 3Gun
stage. Our shortest time limit on the field stages was 10 minutes, and
the longest was 30 minutes.
The match consisted of 7 stages: 4 field stages spread throughout the
"front" NRAWC range (N. and S. of the main E/W road), 1 "mega-stage"
held on the North side of the NRAWC property (off HWY 555 where the
Sporting Rifle Match is held), and two night stages on the 1000-yard
High-Power range. The two night shoots were the only stages held on
square ranges, and that was just for safety.
Part of the challenge of this match was taking some broad parameters
we set down in the match description, and the team figuring out what
they need to bring and carry to successfully negotiate the courses of
fire. I had one shooter ask me how they were supposed to mechanically
range targets without knowing the target sizes.
General & Scoring
At each position, there was a stake in the ground which the shooters
had to be able to touch while shooting, and written on the stake was
the number of each type of target ("1R, 3C, 1P"). In addition, pistol
targets were painted blue, carbine targets orange, and rifle targets
white. Each rifle target had to be hit once, with no more than 2 shots
fired; carbine largest were hit twice; and pistol targets once. Each
rifle hit was worth 4 points, carbine 1 each, and pistol 1. Each full
minute the team finished early earned them an additional bonus point.
There were no "gimme" pistol targets in this match. We had several
steel IPSC targets beyond 40 yards, and many small plates and poppers
from 20-30 yards.
Stage 1. Mine
This stage had 4 shoot positions, with 14 rifle targets, 1 bonus rifle
target, 9 carbine target, and 1 pistol target. At the second shooting
position, there was an 1180 (KD) bonus rifle target, which was worth
10 points, or 2.5x a regular rifle hit. There was no FTE penalty for
bypassing the bonus target. This same target was re-engaged as a
mandatory target from P3 and P4, where it was right around 1000
yards. There were only a half dozen hits on this target during the
entire match, and three rifle shooters hit it from the "bonus"
position. I managed to tag it from the two mandatory positions, but
missed at the bonus position. The time limit was 20 minutes, and most
teams finished this stage with a few minutes left on the clock. This
stage was won by Moots/Neth, with strong finishes by Buchanon/Brandt,
Cross/Clark, and Kuhn/Every.
Stage 2. Graveyard Canyon
This stage had 5 positions, 3 rifle targets, 7 carbine targets, and 14
pistol targets. It was the shortest-range stage of the match, with the
longest rifle shot being about 370 yards. The time limit was 15
minutes and most teams had about 5 minutes left on the clock. This
stage was won by Moots/Neth, with strong finishes by Smith/Sanchez,
Stephens/Allison, and Miller/Swonson.
Stage 3. Cannon
This was a much more stationary stage, with only two position
separated by maybe 10 yards. From a barricade, both shooters engaged
two targets each, and then moved to the the second shooting post where
they each engaged 5 targest, carbine to 490 and rifle to about
990. The time limit was 10 minute and most teams finished with about 4
minutes left. The stage was won by Cross/Clark, with strong finishes
by Horseman/Neal, Samuel/Kolar, and Moots/Neth.
Stage 4. Cooper
This was a long field stage with significant movement, and targets for all weapons. It took place in the Cooper Rifle Walk area, but we placed all our own targets. The time limit was 25 minutes, and most people finished with less than 5 minuts left. The stage winners were Cross/Clark, with strong finishes by Dowd/Ragulsky, Moots/Neth, and Smith/Sanchez.
Stage 5. Sporting Rifle
This was the "Mega-Stage", and had the most movement - probably over
1/2 mile - and the most targest for carbine and rifle. It had I think
23 rifle targets and just under 20 carbine targets. The time limit was
30 minutes. Only two teams finished the course of fire with bonus time
point. The stage was won by Stephens/Allison and Samuel/Kolar (tie-
same points), with strong finishes by Dowd/Ragulsky and Smith/Sanchez.
Stage 6. Night Stage 1.
This stage was shot in full dark. Both team shooters were on the
200-yard line. For 10 seconds, a stationary target was illuminated,
then disappeared. It then reappeared and "walked" 20 paces, and then
came back 20 paces. Points were essentially total
hits. Sternburg/Field crushed this stage with 30% more hits than
anyone else, the other strong finishes coming from Stephens/Allison,
Stage 7. Night Stage 2.
This stage had 7 teams on the 300-yard line, each assigned a number
(1-7). As time passed, IPSC targets would be raised and illuminated
for 10 seconds each. Each IPSC target had a number on its head. When a
team saw its number, their "rifle" shooter was to put as many rounds
on the target as he could, before it was darkened and lowered. Each
target had three 10-second exposures. Each group of 7 teams was on the
line for approx 10 minutes. This stage was crushed by Kuhn/Every, who
were shooting a 260 AR-10 as their rifle (18 hits). Cross/Clark were
only 4 hits behind (14).
Link to Results: 2006 PRTC Match Results
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