The Bubba Report: Beast of the East - Day 2

by Editor 30. June 2013 16:00
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One of the things that has been so educational for many of the 70+ Tiger Team members is learning how clubs operate all over the country. It certainly has been an education for me. The format of the Beast of the East is a great example.

In The Republic of Texas, almost all of our matches are single day affairs for the shooters. Everyone other than the staff shoots the match in a single day. Here in the upper east coast it is almost a given the match will be shot in multiple half day squads. I had never heard of such a concept before I shot the Pennsylvania State match a number of years ago.

Here at The Beast of the East, the match has been setup with three half day sessions. Yesterday we had sessions in both the morning and the afternoon. Typically the squads are smaller than we see in my part of the country on this split session day. I think most of the squads yesterday were 9 shooters and less. The final session on Sunday will limit squads to 12 or less.

The shooters really seem to love these split sessions. A sanctioned match doesn’t take up your entire weekend. You can come in and shoot Saturday morning, have a great time at the match and be back home that afternoon. The Afternoon shooters have 4 or 5 hours to drive in that morning, shoot the afternoon session and be home later that night. It certainly is an interesting concept. And it seems to work well here.

One of the things that worked well with this concept is it allows the match staff to discover any bottleneck issues early and adapt without slowing down the entire match for everyone. I will admit my CSO mind looks at every match I attend for flow issues. I do that for my own education to learn how different match directors solve different types of challenges. As I came into this match, I looked at the final bay with a bit of concern. There were 3 stages in this bay and two of them had several different props that would need to be reset. My CSO warning alarms started clanging in my head.

SO day by its nature of working out the kinks in stages doesn’t always reveal bottleneck issues. I was watching this bay closely on session 1. A few flow issues did pop up early. However, the staff on this bay recognized them early. They were able to adapt the roles and responsibilities of each team member and get the bay running at peak efficiency. By the afternoon session with the full sized squads there were no longer any bottlenecks at all. The match was running like a Swiss watch. Hats off to all of the match staff here at Beast of the East. Great job folks. One more session today and this great match will be in the books.

Any of you who spend any time after the match with Miss Kitty will remember her standard post match questions. “What was your favorite stage of the match?” “Which stage had the biggest impression on you?”

My favorite was probably Stage 6 “You can’t Run” This stage had 7 targets strategically placed around a multitude of barrels. It was a great stage to test a shooter's ability to change speeds. Four of the targets were within 3-4 yards and the shooter could burn them down pretty quickly. However, the next 2 targets were out from 15 to 20 yards and were partially hidden by barrels. The shooter had to slow down and make very accurate shots. After engaging at least 5 of those 6 targets from P1 at the back of the first array of barrels, the shooter had to advance to engage T7 and possibly T6 if they had not engaged it from P1.

The fun part of this stage was there seemed to be as many different ways to shoot it as there were shooters in the match.

The stage that had everyone talking at this match was Stage 11 “Nowhere to Hide”. I’ve never seen a more difficult 6 shot stage! The shooter had to start by picking up a friend who had been attacked and was now unconscious. Dragging the friend from harm, the shooter then had to engage 1 static target. However, the process of dragging the friend then activated a runner and a drop turner. 2 rounds on each target. But since you were pulling your friend to safety with your non-dominate hand, that then meant the shooter was engage these movers and turners with their dominate hand only.

Let me tell you, I have never seen a runner move THAT fast! Lots of down 10s on that target.

The Sunday morning session is just getting started. I need to get back out on the range and take more pictures of today’s shooters. Before I go let me leave you with the overnight leaders in the clubhouse.

ESP – A.J. Stuart – 155.36
CDP – Lenny Jacukowicz – 197.68
SSP – Keith Gibson – 173.93
SSR – Vince Hlavinka Jr - 288.93
ESR – Dean Witt - 340.95


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