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David Tubb: From my notes at the 2004 Long Range Championships, Camp Perry, OH: Shot the Leech Cup on Saturday. Conditions were pretty good that morning. The Leech Cup is “THE” any-rifle-iron-sight event fired at 1,000 yards. Fired a 200-12X—a respectable score. High scorer from each relay goes to the shoot-off after the conclusion of the team matches (normally late afternoon) and my 200-12X made the cut. Shoot-off protocol is three sighters and 10 shots for record – X’s count. I Shot 100-4X in the shoot-off. Just so happens that one of my competitors and long time friend—Nancy Tompkins-Gallagher, shot the same score. After about 10 minutes of waiting around, we both now go into the sudden death shoot-off. Sudden death is exactly as it sounds (no sighters). As each shot is taken, if you shoot a lesser value shot than your opponent, then you lose the match. In sudden death, the X ring is only as good as the 10 ring. (A 10 is as good as an X.) So the two of us start shooting with a large crowd watching at a bank of about 15 targets. The other class shoot-off’s had now concluded, but the entire bank of targets cycled with each set of sudden death shot sequences, so it was important to keep your shots on your assigned target number. The sudden death firing sequence gives you 1 minute to shoot the shot and at the end of the minute, all the targets cycle down into the pits. It then takes another couple of minutes to go through the administration of asking are there any 5’s are there any 6’s etc. until we get to the “are there any 10’s?” You hope your target doesn’t appear from the pits when they ask, “are there any 9’s”. So one can imagine that having up to three minutes in between each of your sudden death shots that the wind and mirage conditions can certainly change at 1,000 yards. I would shoot

a shot and then look through my spotting scope, then bury my head on my left arm to relax my eyes and try to remember what the conditions (wind and mirage) looked liked just after I fired that shot. Nancy was probably doing the same. The targets would cycle up and Nancy and I would repeat with another sudden death shot. After looking back through the scope and judging if and how the conditions had changed from three minutes earlier, I would make minor corrections. As I said earlier, this occurs in the late afternoon so the light is fading and our eyes are tiring. This sudden death took about 40 minutes to produce a winner. I was told later that this was the longest sudden death event in the history of Camp Perry. It was late enough in the afternoon that I was beginning to use a “frame hold” (entire target is visible in the front aperture) because the sun

was beginning to get low in the sky. On the 17th shot, one target did appear from the pits when the “are there any 9s?” was announced— and it was over. To recount: 20 shots for record to make the shoot-off; 10 shots for record to finish the shoot-off; another 17 shots for record until the sudden death winner was declared. A total of 47 shots in the 10 or X ring, with iron sights, from 1,000 yards, all the while with wind and mirage conditions continually changing. This time, luck was on my side. [Editor’s note: Tubb’s “luck” continued that year. Following an unaccustomed second place in service rifle, Tubb did not lose a single point over the next four days of shooting the long range events: Three 600s, two 1000s and one Palma for a score of 1450–101X, out of a possible 1450.]

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Shooting Sports USA - September 2010
Meet Your NRA Competitive Shooting Division
Contents
Shooter’s News
Range Bag
Score Sheet
National High Power Silhouette Championship
Sight Adjustment Savvy
Expert Forum: Wind Shooting
2010 National Pistol Matches
A Page From History
Coming Events
Member Info./Classified Ads
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Shooting Sports USA - September 2010 - Meet Your NRA Competitive Shooting Division
Shooting Sports USA - September 2010 - 3
Shooting Sports USA - September 2010 - Contents
Shooting Sports USA - September 2010 - 5
Shooting Sports USA - September 2010 - 6
Shooting Sports USA - September 2010 - Shooter’s News
Shooting Sports USA - September 2010 - Range Bag
Shooting Sports USA - September 2010 - 9
Shooting Sports USA - September 2010 - 10
Shooting Sports USA - September 2010 - Score Sheet
Shooting Sports USA - September 2010 - 12
Shooting Sports USA - September 2010 - 13
Shooting Sports USA - September 2010 - National High Power Silhouette Championship
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Shooting Sports USA - September 2010 - Sight Adjustment Savvy
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Shooting Sports USA - September 2010 - Expert Forum: Wind Shooting
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Shooting Sports USA - September 2010 - 2010 National Pistol Matches
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Shooting Sports USA - September 2010 - A Page From History
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