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managed to make the monthly Georgia Mountain Tactical Shooting Club today and shot my G17.

It was a light turnout with only 19 shooters. I came in 6th. The top two guys were shooting race guns. The top guy was in my group. His pistol is a custom built job with an SVI wide body frame with a Caspian slide, sort sort of compensator, and optics. It's a 9mm. He is an IPSC shooter and pretty good at it. I didn't get a good look at the number two guy's pistol as he was in another group. Less than one point separated spots three through six. Five points separated spots one and two with the shooter in third coming in a point behind #2.

The top guy was my squad's RO. He also designed the courses for today's match. One stage was written to have the stage start with the pistol and mags for reload on a table. This is how our group shot the stage. We later learned that at least one other group decided that they wanted to shoot it from the low ready instead. I don't know how much this impacted the overall results.

This is a club level match with its own rules. I enjoy it because it is a low key match and will continue to attend when time allows, but some of the guys that I shot with today whom I also shoot with at other places are getting more and more frustrated with the cliquish nature of this match and the constantly changing rules to favor a select few. This is only my second time making this group's regular match; so, I don't have enough of a frame of reference. I was a little perturbed that our group shot the one stage as designed while another squad simply decided to change the stage in the middle of the match.


They keep a running classification and divide shooters into four divisions based on their average score. A shooter must shoot three matches in order to be classified, and the most current three scores are used to determine classification. The four classes in ascending order are Novice, Tactical, Pro Tactical, and Competitor.

The top guy from today's match is now the top rated shooter. The #2 guy from today is now #5 overall.

There are currently 75 shooters classified. I won't be classified until after my next match. Based on my average from the first two matches, I would be a Pro Tactical, but it is hard to get a read on it. The two matches I have attended involved a lot of movement. I missed last month's match, and it had no movement in it at all. I very much enjoy how low key these matches are, but I would like for the rules to be more stable and for the matches to be more consistent as far as design. However, I do fully recognize that there is an averaging effect in play for a shooter that makes a majority of the matches. Three months ago, one of the stages had a smallish steel target at 35 yards that gave a lot of shooters trouble. I didn't make that match.
 

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Sounds like a lot of politics involved, but sounds like you had fun, too...

If you enjoy shooting with your friends and the politics don't bother you, keep it up... It sounds like a lot of fun other than the group that bends the rules... Is there anyone you can complain to? I mean they are actually cheating...
 

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I don't think I could deal with the rule changing. If every shooter is not firing the same course that is not "competition", but is probably good practice!
 

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Don't let him fool you. He changes the rules too. The last match I shot with him, we're supposed to shoot all 20 targets and he decided he was only going to shoot 19. LOL :)
 

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Sounds like a lot of politics involved, but sounds like you had fun, too...

If you enjoy shooting with your friends and the politics don't bother you, keep it up... It sounds like a lot of fun other than the group that bends the rules... Is there anyone you can complain to? I mean they are actually cheating...
The "tacical" shooting club is considered an associate organization of the range.

Here is the GMSTC web page:

http://gmsa.homestead.com/TACTICAL.html

There are bylaws which call for officer elections and such, but it appears that the group running the matches is also changing the rules. I don't know how they would react to complaints. I've only shot two matches with them, but the guys that have been shooting with them longer are voicing more frustration.
 

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The "tacical" shooting club is considered an associate organization of the range.

Here is the GMSTC web page:

http://gmsa.homestead.com/TACTICAL.html

There are bylaws which call for officer elections and such, but it appears that the group running the matches is also changing the rules. I don't know how they would react to complaints. I've only shot two matches with them, but the guys that have been shooting with them longer are voicing more frustration.
It's a tough call...

Maybe you could just casually ask one of the range masters or officers if there were going to be any deviations from the written rules at the next match... If he asks why you are asking, that kinda opens the door for you.

It looks like a great place to shoot, judging by some of the pictures... still... It's monumentally unfair for them to be "bending" the rules like they are... Your call, my friend!
 
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