So, today wasn’t exactly one of my best days. I didn’t listen to instinct. I was taking back roads to the match today and there were thunderstorms last night. Yeah, wet clay isn’t fun to drive on. Doubly so when it is like driving on ice and that’s pretty much exactly what happened. All I will say is the truck is fine, a bit muddy on one side, and need of a visit to Les Schwab’s for an alignment and suspension check.
Now, I have had many people tell me that Ham Radio is pointless. Just pick up and use your cell phone. I was merely 12 miles outside of Moscow Idaho, an urban center. Yeah, guess what didn’t work worth a damn and what got a tow truck sent in my direction with a winch.
If you said cell phone, you lost, it was my Ham Radio. Cell had 0 signal. Tow truck showed up about 45 minutes later and I showed up to the match 50 minutes after it started. Luckily I was still able to shoot, not only that but first stage I shot everyone’s comment was I need to do something like that before I shoot.
What do you mean I hear you ask? Well I shot the first stage in 5.11 and aced it with the exception of a single charlie. Compare that to our local Masterclass shooter who did it in 5.85 and was mainly in the charlie bracket. I was quite pleased with myself.
I did OK on the classifier, which was a fixed time stage with a mandatory reload. I was quite pleased with myself that I only wasn’t able to make one shot during the reload string. There was another stage that was actually a blast. It was a bunch of running and gunning. You started with your mags and gun down range on two different barrels with the gun unloaded. Adam (the Masterclass) shooter did a move to load the magazine in the gun straight out of Zombie Land. I will post the video later.
It was a fun day for the match. Overall I really am pissed for not listening to my instinct with regards to navigation. Thankfully at most it’s going to cost me an alignment. I’m taking the rest of the night off, I’m kind of feeling really stupid right now for that dumb mistake.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.