2023 North Carolina Classic


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The Piedmont Handgunner’s Association hosted the NCC this time.

Additionally, it was a VERY Wonderful match.

Perhaps it would be a good idea to begin by comprehending” Piedmont.”
Most romances that are derived from Latin will use the word Piedmont to mean Foothills( Pied-Foo, Mont-Hill ).
Why is this significant? because it clarifies what the” place of the area” is for us.
In the case of the USA, the Piedmont extends from New York to Central Alabama, with North Carolina obviously being a significant part.
The property will be easy, undulating hills with rivers and canyons, as well as sub-alpine vegetation, because the Piedmont is formed from the deterioration of the Appalachians.
The” Lay of the Land” also determined which newcomers would settle in that area. The founding role of Scottish Highlanders, Germans, Moravians, and Italians in creating the population centers and even giving the area its name( mirroring the Italian Piemonte, or the French Piedmont ) is not surprising.
People typically prefer to settle in areas that make them think of the” Old / Home Country.”

The place of the property means specific challenges that must be overcome for us FT shooters; it means being conscious, awake, and call to the changing conditions and how the weather flows in” dramatic” terrain. How it moves, trembles, spins and rolls, and how it affects our” little granules.”

It even means that you must be aware of the change in direction, especially for spring-pistol guns. Our MV experiences some influence because various elevations present various amounts of air mass per volume.

Finally, it means that we must be VERY CAREFUL to the” profile” of the winds along the pellet’s trajectory from muzzle to target for low power shooters( sub-12 ft – lbs ).

Let’s get to the journey and the shot after setting up the majority of the equipment.

I must first express my gratitude to my family for making the trip to this” novel to us” location. They had previously traveled by car to Ennice( 6 hours ) and Pleasant Hill( 4 hours ), both in North Carolina, but this was the first time we had visited Lynnwood. Due to development and heavy trip visitors, the drive ended up being 8 hours. The boys found it difficult, but they handled it as best they may.

To make sure the weapon was fairly in working order and that we knew where the variety was, we went straight there on Friday.
Right street signs guided us in the right direction, and we quickly discovered the range to be straight.
I took the Walther LGU out of its situation and started making sure everything was in order because there weren’t any report goals or self-resetting target available during the Friday program.

I was also fine tuning some things after shooting the same carriage at the local DIFTA suit and the Palmyra meet a few weeks prior. The lessons from Palmyra for this vacation had been that a buttplate that made shouldering consistent was crucial, and DIFTA’s findings supported this assertion.
But I mounted a WKP buttplate, which turned out to be exactly what I required.

In my DIANA 54, I had now mounted a WKP buttplate, but I hadn’t considered the various snapping systems, which caused issues. More on that in a moment.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was; zero was within 2 clicks and flight had not changed, so we adjourned to the lodge to do the check-in and sit down until the following day. This was after some shots to live in and then some more to ensure that everything was in purchase.

We arrived the following morning in time for the sight-in, and once more the weapon turned out to be secure, which is quite unusual for a spring weapons.
Family left for the North Carolina Museum of Transportation( son loves railroads ), zero and trajectory confirmed, and I focused on the Chrono certification and the Shooter’s Meeting.

After completing all necessary procedures, we entered the roads. I was taking pictures with Gerald Long, a good friend of mine. He then began cleaning each and every street. Even though I didn’t get off to a good start, I was unconcerned.
I had many memories of the WFTCs in Portugal from the training. At the top of a little valley, where two of the programs were set up, the gusts were oppressive. The program was laid out so that you had to shift from one picture to the next as they switched and swirled coming from all directions. Not just turn, but also move.

I apologize for the photos, which were taken with a waterproof camera that is, to put it mildly,” basic.”

Additionally, the majority of goals were located about 18 degrees Away, making it VERY exhausting( even more so without a Hamster or specialized FT Stock ). Not enough to guarantee an elevation POA adjustment, but very demanding of those who shoot alone or without assistance.
I had let go of a lot of points by the time we arrived at the” cul-de-Sac” of the course( lane 20 ). Yet another session.

When the standing alley came up, we were about halfway through the sure. I lost track of where I was applying pressure to the weapon during the crouched injury, and the top” wing” of my buttplate snapped.
I was upset with myself and didn’t anticipate it having such a significant impact. ……………………..

I also had three of the spectators and assumed everything would be fine.

Nothing further from the truth, I decided to correct the scope of – 0.4 mRads and stop posting big fat zeros after more puzzling POIs. However, the appropriate adjustment would have to wait until the game was over.
Gerald, my companion, was also struggling. He started the game by clearing each street, but then he posted a zero. We believed he had been one trend away, but after more killing, we realized this was not the case.
He made the decision not to take the remaining rounds of the opposition and was gracious enough to stick with me as my scorer.
The day came to a depressing 24 / 60.
Even though the forecast called for worse climate, there was still another moment, and I hoped I could make amends.

& nbsp, We adjourned to the view in spectrum after turning in our report cards, and we confirmed that Gerald’s opportunity had ventured into uncharted territory. & nbsp,

Everything went smoothly on the first day of the match, with the exception of a few warm lines called to repair some target. After that, all went according to plan, and we finished shooting at around 13:30. And the wind remained favorable for us because by the time we had breakfast, it had begun to rain.
Even during the raffle, we had the opportunity to smoke our yearly( yes, only once at each NCC ) stogie:

( which, for once, was beneficial to me, LOL! ) After deciding to meet for breakfast at the Outback, we left for home.

It was predicted that it would start raining on the next day of the opposition at 8:00 a.m.
We arrived at the range after having breakfast with the home, and I immediately began to check all.
Although there was no weather and some pauses could be used, the wind was blowing fairly fiercely.
We moved forward after raising the target and weighting some of them.

After – 0.5 mRads of correction, I discovered that zero was still out, and eventually I was back on.
Nearly a full(- 0.4 – 0. 5 = 0. 9 ) mRad! and solely due to a shift in back alignment.
Although I have always preferred the DIANA 54’s curved weapons pads, this experience has taught me that recoiling spring guns are even more cruel of minor adjustments to shoulder positioning. Important session.
At 55, 40, and 25 feet, various groups were shot. The goal had been blown down, so I was unable to take the 10 miles. And I believed it wouldn’t really matter all that much. Another serious error.
Chronoing the gun revealed that the reading the day before( 733.9 fps ) and this day’s reading( 735.2 ) was only one frame per second, which was good.

We moved to the lanes after the gunman’s meeting and squadding, where the next match started.

Aimee DeLaCruz and I were squadded together because she was having issues as we fired into each street. But being a great officer, she persisted, made some corrections, and began to make connections.


Russell Sauer’s pictures, used with permission

Please accept my sincere apologies for the images.
However, Russell Sauer, Aimee’s father, was likewise snapping photos! And his photographs are excellent. Below, you can see some of them.

I was doing much better as the shoot went on until we hit the short 3 / 8″ targets. More” zero searching” took place over the following roads after the first lady at 10 miles informed me that something was seriously improper on the short runs.
After street 4, when I thought I had some important information, I pulled out my pill and recalculated the entire trajectory. In the short ranges( 9 to 15 yards ), there was a 12 mRad correction required. From that point on, I began connecting with the Yellow course’s 3 / 8″ KZs.

An interesting lesson was learned from one goal in particular: despite the wind blowing left to right from the top of the ridge, the majority of misses were small and large on the left. That was odd because it was not a far-off destination and most snipers were shooting at 18 to 20 feet – lbs ME.
The pellets tended to be shifted to the left and down as a result of the wind’s curling and rolling over the ridge, which also resulted in an elevated pressure zone on the targets’ UPPER / RIGHT.


I described As & nbsp as an interesting course with a lot to learn.

Overall, the second day’s final score was 42 / 60, and the total for the two days was 66. With a weapon and powder combination, certainly bad for the next time.

The wind was not as bad as it had been predicted because only the last two paths were shot in the rain.


Was there a better option? Yes! Often! It’s in our nature, in my opinion, that we can never be absolutely happy. to seek for improvement, to paint, and to great. We would definitely be playing something else if we weren’t acting this way, LOL!
I have to admit that I had a lot of fun, even though it may be sadistic of us to cherish the chance to take in the rain, storm, and darkness.


Russell Sauer’s pictures, used with permission.

I’m also researching this QSC issue. The systems will then be implemented in a DIANA.

What did I get to the WFTC’s is still a mystery.

Stay healthy and aim right!


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