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NSSA World Skeet Championship: Day Five

In yesterday’s shoot I had shot well. A 97/100 was a great score, but it wasn’t enough to earn a medal – fourth place by a slim margin.

On Day Five, I was shooting the 28 gauge event and needed to improve over my mini-world 28 gauge score of 90/100 as a matter of pride if nothing else.

The weather was another exact copy of the day before. Clear skies, windy and temperatures in the 80’s. While better than my mini-world showing in the 28gauge, it wasn’t as good as I should have shot and it was all because I lost focus on the last box.

The first box was a 24 – having dropped the incomer at station one on the double- yeah, the easy one. The sun was right over the low house and visibility was a major pain. I was able to pull it together and shoot straight for the rest of the box.

The second box was perfect – 25 – I was “in the zone”.

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Third box was a 24 after having dropped low 7 when it dove under my barrel right as I pulled the trigger – things happen.

The fourth box was a mess. I dropped three birds on station five and six and missed low 8. The station 5/6 problem was shadows. I could not see the targets right out of the low house from that angle. I tried a few techniques to overcome the visibility issue, but was unable to correct for it. This is something I’ll be working on with my coach over the next few months. Fourth box – 21.

Total score for 28 gauge: 24-25-24-21 = 94. For the second day in a row, my score would leave me in fourth place – just one spot out of a medal.

About Rich

Rich Mitchell is the President and CEO of RAM Arms inc. Rich is also a competitor in Skeet, sporting clays, 3-gun, Steel Challenge and USPSA.

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