Originally Posted by pccraig
Thanks for the input. I'm a member at Bristol as well, but have only participated in a few of thier HP matches. How many shooters typically attend the Mini Palma in Bristol ?
Do you shoot Mini Palma anywhere else ?
3P & 4P smallbore has no rapid fire stages, so there wouldn't be any issues there, but the 50yd line at Bristol can get a little crowded on weekends, so asking the board to sanction an NRA stye match might be asking alot. I know the range opens at noon on Fridays, so maybe a match held in the AM might work; provided we could generate enough interest and had enough shooters of course.
What do you think ?
At the start of the season, there were about 15 people competing in the Mini-Palma at Bristol, but it winnowed down as the season progressed. In the last match, I was the only one there because the range scheduled a Carbine Match for the same morning, and everyone else decided to do that instead of the Mini-Palma. So I shot the three stages for the Mini-Palma in the same (shorter) time allotment used in the first three stages of the Carbine match. I shot my highest score ever that day, so it's too bad nobody was competing against me.
Despite the lack of participation towards the end, there are a lot of dedicated Mini-Palma shooters there, and I think next year will be very competitive.
Don't know if any other ranges have Mini-Palma events, but if they did I would probably make the effort to go, since I really like this event and am starting to get pretty good at it.
The 50-yard line at Bristol is limited in space, but I wouldn't recommend using it for a .22 match anyway. There's lots of room on the 100-yard line, plus it's more fun to lob little 40-grain slugs at that distance.
The range is much less crowded on weekends now that deer season has started. An unofficial organized match of six or more shooters might need a range officer to call time and do safety checks. If there were only 3-4 shooters, they could probably manage themselves. After all, it's unofficial, no longer NRA-sanctioned, and not going into any record books.
I missed the season's last High Power match, so I went to the season's last (my first) Carbine match at Bristol last weekend. It was conducted CMP-style, was ton of fun, and I actually shot a higher score with my little 1943 Underwood M1 Carbine than I have all year with my AR in the High Power matches.
So if Bristol ever again schedules a Carbine match and a Mini-Palma match on the same day, it would be a real tough choice for me.