I am one of those people that loves movies from my childhood, so much so that when I stumble onto one I can’t help but watch it, regardless of what else is on. When I stepped onto the 100 yard range and saw the target orientation of Double Trouble, a scene from Labyrinth came to mind. I thought, those targets look kind of like those creatures from the riddle scene, with two heads sticking out of thier torso.
The mental hurdle on this stage was the target orientation. Ordinarily target stands mean two shots but in this case they meant four. While not a big problem, it took me 3-4 walkthroughs before I got my reload plan sorted out.
A large field stage like this offers shooters a wide variety of options. I decided to treat it like a large circle and work clockwise. The only part of my plan that I wasn’t absolutely sold on was how I would engage the last target. My plan would have me doubling back to pick it up, but I would be right on top of it and have easy A’s. My other option was to engage that target first and shoot it at distance, saving me a few steps later.
After The Buzzer:
When the buzzer sounded, I drew my gun and began moving towards my left. I engaged the first two targets and followed the boundary line as I moved from target to target. At the time this seemed like a good plan but now I think that I should have tried to work the stage from several feet away from the boundary.
This would have forced me to shoot targets from a little further away (Maybe another 8 to 12 feet) and would have saved me several steps along the way. Saved steps translates into a potential time savings. In the video below, you can see Steve Lockwood keeping himself away from the fault lines.
I opted to back track to pick up the last target, costing me a few extra steps. In doing so, I found myself in a position where I was compelled to make sure the Range Officer was behind me. A quick look over my should only cost me a second but it caught the attention of the RO. After the stage was complete, he explained to me that while he appreciated my making sure he was clear, I shouldn’t worry about him, as it was his responsibility to be in a safe position.
While I feel my time could have been a little better, I did well on this stage and placed 2nd in Production Division. My shots landed me 24 A’s, 7 C’s, and 1 D, earning me 142 out of a possible 160 points. My time was 26.66 seconds with a Hit Factor of 5.3263 and an accuracy percentage of 89%