The 2014 Curt Peterson Southeast PA Indoor 3D Shootout is in full swing. This past weekend, Reading Archers hosted the event with 32 Targets. I had the pleasure of shooting with Zena once again and even brought my daughter along to play the role of cheerleader.
This 3D Shoot was a little different than any other that I’ve shot. It felt like a sprint from start to finish. Part of that was due to my opting to shoot behind Zena. The main reason was that I was being the type of hovering parent that didn’t want to take eyes off their kid for a second.
My daughter did great and was well behaved but that didn’t stop me from worrying. With my daughter only being three and a half, I was ultra-paranoid that she would bump into someone while they were trying to shoot, or worse yet, walk into a quiver and get an eye full of knock.
Being so focused on where my daughter was standing, when it was my time to shoot, I struggled to find my rhythm and make what I felt was a good shot. Even racing through the motions, I still found myself the last guy shooting on the line. I didn’t mind a room full of eyes on me and think shooting USPSA and IDPA (where an entire squad watches your run, from start to finish) plays a huge roll in my not worrying about being watched.
Reading Archers put on a good shoot with a lot of tough shots. I was a bit surprised to see so many small targets stretched out between 20 and 30 yards. In some ways I found it to be more fun than French Creek but I like the occasional 12 yard shot to mix things up.
The shoot was a bit crowded and we wound up waiting a little while to get on the line. Space was kind of tight behind the line and it made keeping my daughter corralled into a safe space a bit of a challenge. No one seemed to mind my daughter being there and I had four people come up to me after the shoot to compliment my daughter on being well behaved (and being so cute – she was acting as my spotter with her toy binoculars).
Despite the long shots on small animals, I hit foam with every shot. When I signed my score card I’m pretty sure it read 311 (which came as a shock since I didn’t feel as though I shot all that well). My daughter and I enjoyed ourselves and we look forward to attending again next month.