Mike McCarter ("Mac") competed in a "Plastic Gun" match in Idaho last month. As ARPC Executive Officer, when he saw an innovative new IPSC-type target in the Vendor Tent, he couldn't resist the temptation. He bought it.
This is the guy who brought the first Texas Star target to the Columbia-Cascade Section (CCS -- Oregon) a few years ago.
Mac, being Mac, couldn't resist the temptation to premier the new target in a highly restrictive, challenging stage design, either, as you can see from the accompanying video.
The Groucho Line
The thing is, we've got a video of a stage with two main elements:
- You can shoot the majority of the targets from the side curtains (ala "The Wizard of Oz"), or you can shoot them from ...
- The Barrel. "I once shot an elephant in my pajamas. God only knows how he got in my pajamas".
Why would you NOT engage the targets from the barrel? It's impossible to push your body into the barrel unless you're tall, lean, agile, and can point-shoot because HEY! It's hard to acquire the target, and achieve sight alignment, when you're cramped in this confining environment.
Yes, the position not only sucks, competitively, but it is awkward and undignified. Still, a small percentage of the competitors CAN manage to successfully engage all of the targets through the barrel and (arguably) save some stage-time by doing so.
Still, it makes you look like Winnie the Pooh, cramming himself into a small hole in the hillside, just to grab a jar of "hunny".
Below The Groucho Line:
I don't know what would be an appropriate name to assign to the target array. I know the names that The Squad used, but they are not appropriate in a Family Blog.
Those of you who competed in this match ... heck, anyone who has watched the video ... are invited to suggest a name for it.
For now, we are merely calling it "The Idaho Bobber".
You can download the full-fidelity 10mB version at Jerry the Geek's Video Shooting Gallery, or you can access the YOU TUBE URL here, or you can watch it here:
I don't know what to call it, but I know what it looked like at the match.
I've got a quarter to award the person who suggests the best name ... see me at the next match.