Redneck Shooters Challenge
It is not my intention to reinvent anything, merely to tweak it a little bit to make it more audience specific.
Artoftherifle has a post about The Redneck Shooters Challenge.
In a nutshell,
- "The" four field positions: Prone, Kneeling, Sitting, Off-hand
- Five shots from each position
- 4 MOA target (about four inches at 100 yards)
- Ten minute time limit
Changes I am contemplating...and reasons
8 MOA Target
The only common big game in the Eastern United States is the White-tailed Deer. Most deer are shot at ranges of less than 100 yards. "Targets of opportunity", where the game and the hunter are mutually surprised are likely to be less than that. Shots from stands are likely to have aids like shooting sticks or a rail to steady the rifle.
The heart/lungs of a mature White-tailed deer is easily 8" across in any dimension. 8" at 100 yards is 8MOA.
Reactive targets are most interesting to nearly all shooters.
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Most guns used for field work have a "first zero" near 25 yards. That eliminates a bunch of tweaking on the firearm that might not get un-wound. A firearm that is all tweaked up for specialty shooting might not be optimal for grab-and-go.
Number and positions
One shot from each position plus one shot from any position for a total of five shots.
- Kids are competitive. They are in a rush to see how the other guy does. Five shots allows more "rounds" of competitition
- One shot from each position places a premium on getting into position quickly, smoothly and with a minimum of fiddle-frothing.
- Most often, the shooter is presented with one, non-running shot in the field. Successful hunters make that one shot count.
- Conserves ammo.
Hunting is thrilling. You should stay home and watch TV if your pulse does not rise when hunting. Also, many of these "targets of opportunity" occur on the way out to the stand or on the way back. Walking raises your pulse rate.
Twenty jumping-jacks next to the bench sounds about right. Ten pushups or situps might be OK substitutes. Clock starts immediately upon completion of the calisthenics.
This is where I need the most guidance.
Literature suggests that players are most motivated when they perceive that there is a fifty percent chance of success. When kids at a basketball practice are warming up, undirected, and shooting baskets...most of them choose to practice at a distance where approximately 50% of their shots will go in.
The only way I can see to make this work is to have a minimum of four levels, Pre-apprentice, Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master. My gut tells me that Pre-apprentice should have no clock. Apprentice might have two minutes for their five shots. Journeyman might have to shoot over obstructions (and choose the appropriate field position) and have 30 seconds (three seconds to settle into position and three seconds to squeeze off the shot). Master ???
My readers have a great wealth of shooting and hunting experience. I want your thoughts. Is there already a shooting protocol that looks like this? Assuming that the target is alert to something not-quite-right but has not located the threat, how much time is "reasonable" for a hunter to get into a shooting position?