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NSSA World Skeet Championship: Day Three

Day one and day two both ended with a medal in my hands, but day three would be much different.

The weather wasn’t any different than the last 2 days. Sunny, clear skies, light breeze in the morning turning to spiraling somewhat windy conditions in the afternoon.

Today, I’d be shooting the two part 12 gauge event in the World Championship Main competition. The 12 gauge event is separated into two rounds each consisting of 75 targets for a total of 150.

The first event started out just fine. No misses – until station five. Missed all three targets – the high, the high-option and the low.  Started out the 3 box event with a 22.

The second box was a little better, but I missed the low bird on the station 6 double for a 24.

The last box was just.. average. I missed high one and low 4. Not terrible box by itself, but with the 22 hanging over my head, it wasn’t enough to make up for the first box blow-up. The round ended as a 23.

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22-24-23 = 69 of 75 targets. Not aweful, but not good. A 71 should have been the low side for me, but things would be better in the second half .. right?

No. Too many mental lapses, not focusing, leaving early. Pretty much every one of my fundamentals was just not happening as automatically as I was used to, Very similar to the 28ga event in the minis, I was not in the zone – or anywhere near it. Without getting into exhausting detail, I shot a 67. Two birds worse than the morning and not near enough to place in the 12 gauge event.

Stay tuned for the Day Four update where I’ll be shooting the 100 target 20 gauge event.

About Rich

Rich Mitchell is the President and CEO of Anomalous Media and Editor-in-chief of Conservative Daily News. Rich is also a competitor in Skeet, sporting clays, 3-gun, Steel Challenge and USPSA.

2 comments

  1. SSG Chuck Reagan

    Just wanted to wish you luck and thank you for your post. Just moved into a home here in San Antonio and one of my neighbors is out there with you, Pat Byrnes. Extremely nice guy, great luck to get him as a neighbor. If you happen to see him could you wish him well for me. Your postings are the only internet contact I have for the competition.

    Goodluck and thanks again, Chuck Reagan

    • It’s good to know that you the post was enjoyed for a reason I hadn’t even considered. I had wanted to bring a video camera, but I was taking too much stuff to San Antonio as it was.

      Next season I will be completing my rookie year and pushing hard for the All American Rookie Honor. I should probably put my twitter and facebook pages out there so more can follow the action at the shoots.

      Thanks for your great comment and I hope your friend did well in the competition.

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