Competitors often must crawl, run and duck in order to engage targets. They must also be able to reload on the move. There were 10 stages in this year’s match; all of them presented varying challenges.
AR-15 platforms dominate the open classes because they are fast, accurate and easily modified with readily available accessories. Shown are three rifles from DPMS, along with variable-powered optics from Meopta.
After each shooter, targets are replaced and reset. Here a clay pigeon frame holds four targets. When a steel popper is shot, it triggers the frame, which slides quickly across the shooter’s line of vision.
Ammo is more fun to shoot than to load, but you must be adept at both. A last minute gun change prompted Adam Heggenstaller, Shooting Illustrated managing editor, and Hornady’s Steve Johnson to frantically load magazines.