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Ahrumph!:eek::(

Well, Big G, is there anyone of us regulars that could make the attempt to fill in instead??

What would he/she or a committee need to do to make that happen???
 

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that would be great...call jackie
Would ja PM me his phone #???

Oh, and as for the rest of the gang, I've never run a shooting event (match) before (kept score once), leave alone the BBB. So, is anyone closer or better experienced than ME that can lend a hand w/ the details...or take the reigns??? John Bouchamp (sp?) mebbe????
 

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I highly doubt we can make it this year, or I'd throw my hat in the ring for a committee spot. BUT...who says it needs to be a match? Put some targets out at all ranges, bring your guns and whatever you want to shoot at, have someone supervise as Range Officer for safety. Everybody bring a covered dish, or pitch in $10/person and get Sonny's to cater, whatever. It's a reunion more than anything and I don't think anybody cares about fake wood.
 

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No formal competition BBB

There's lot's to be said for a meet and greet and shoot for fun no competition format. No pressure. No setting up all night loading shells for 5 different guns to shoot in 3 classes. It would be more enjoyable and you would not be forced to be there at 8 a.m. and leave at dark thirty.
Win, Win situation. Just have someone monitor the range for safety.
No one is taken advantage of, no complaints.
Similar to the Rebal Grey Classic at the DOME in 2014, 5 years ago. Can you believe it was 5 years ago. I had people from 6 states with no formal competition. Just shoot for fun. Tom Morely was first to arrive on Thursday and Shane Gregory was last to leave on Sunday.
I was the host and with no formal competition, I was not stressed at all.
 

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There's lot's to be said for a meet and greet and shoot for fun no competition format. No pressure. No setting up all night loading shells for 5 different guns to shoot in 3 classes. It would be more enjoyable and you would not be forced to be there at 8 a.m. and leave at dark thirty.
Win, Win situation. Just have someone monitor the range for safety.
No one is taken advantage of, no complaints.
Similar to the Rebal Grey Classic at the DOME in 2014, 5 years ago. Can you believe it was 5 years ago. I had people from 6 states with no formal competition. Just shoot for fun. Tom Morely was first to arrive on Thursday and Shane Gregory was last to leave on Sunday.
I was the host and with no formal competition, I was not stressed at all.
I came to the 2nd or 3rd of the BBB/Top Gun events held at Jackie's. Can't remember the year, but I want to say around 2001 or 2. What has always impressed me is how families are welcome, especially kids. And brand new or inexperienced shooters have always been welcome. When I first went, all I had was a .30-06 deer rifle and a desire to learn.

If we go to a non-competition format, maybe we could each make an intentional effort to bring a new shooter, or at least someone who has no benchrest experience. For that type shooter, putting up a rack at 200 yards and teaching them they can hit balloons at that distance would be a worthy effort, it seems to me. We could explain about UBR matches and the people who shoot those could explain the rules, explain which ranges hold matches and talk about what equipment is used.

For new shooters who aren't interested in going full benchrest, we could each bring an extra .22LR and spend part of the day letting folks plink at closer range. We could also bring ARs and have someone like Skruske talk about that style rifle, what it is, what it isn't, and let the newbies shoot one if they want.

These are just some ideas, but I think the idea of making this an event for young or new shooters might have some merit. My deer hunting buddy is an experienced hunter, but he's never done this type shooting and he'd enjoy it, as would his adult daughter.
 

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I have been working these events since the beginning. I am too old and too tired to take on the full event. I would fill the balloons as always and might consider doing a 200 yards only factory competition. That would allow enough time for plenty of informal shooting, eating, visiting and whatever else . What say you all?
 

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John, I'll be there. Don't know about Miss Cindy. If I can help set up the frames, hang balloons, or whatever, I'll do it.

I do have one idea for consideration. In the past, Saturday was a very full, very busy day, so many of us who live some distance away always came down by Friday afternoon. If we're only going to shoot factory at 200, we might consider bumping the match time to late morning or even just after lunch. That might allow some folks to drive in Saturday morning, shoot, and then drive back home the same day, eliminating the hotel cost. If a handful of us still need/want to come on Friday to do prep work, I'd be willing.

Only shooting one distance should reduce or eliminate the situation where we have a bunch of benches sitting empty. Pack the benches full on every relay and I bet we could shoot all of 200 in about four relays, plus the shoot-off.

Thanks for stepping up, John. I look forward to helping you.
 

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I will be down there regardless if there is a shoot or not, that is move out weekend for my daughter at school. I was planning on going down packing her up then going on down to the range.

What is the cost for the balloons? I know that has to consume a bit of time to fill those buggers plus the cost of the balloons themselves because I don't think those are run of the mill Walmart balloons.

I'll nail down our timeframe for the move out and I'll help where available.
 
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