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FEATURE | WORLD SHOOTING

staked out an annual spot in September, so the
rolling hills of the old farmlands were breathtaking Americana, with leaves just beginning
to turn bright colors and drift in the wind. The
events-seven with rifles, six with pistols and
three with shotguns-span the gamut of competitive shooting.
Besides the broad swath of shooting skill required, the other wrinkle in the WSC is that all
events are shot with sponsor-provided equipment. Across the match, shooters fired 16 different guns from nearly as many makers. This
was a draw for some of the amateur shooters
who admittedly participated mainly for the
experience of shooting a huge pile of highend firearms (with provided ammunition) that
they may otherwise never handle in different
settings. For the professionals, who were "in
the hunt," it was a source of not inconsiderable stress, having to walk into a stage and
fire for score with a perhaps completely

Third place winner Tim Yackley prepares to shoot the
DMR challenge stage.

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unfamiliar firearm. As an example, during a
given year I teach with, consult on or review
a pretty wide range of firearms-likely a good
bit more than the average bear. Among the
firearms used during the 2017 World Shooting Championship, I had experience with just
eight of the 16 stage guns.
Across the history of competitive shooting, different approaches have been taken to
determine the winner and, hence, the "best"
shooter. Going back to well before formal
competitions, pioneers tried to fire their longrifles closest to the mark, which developed
over time into scoring rings and numbered
scores. Later, our very own NRA was formed
in the 1870s as shooters began to stretch
the potential of the then-new breechloading
cartridge rifles, firing at ever-farther targets to
determine who was best, and setting the basic
framework of long-range matches in places
such as Creedmoor, NY. A more recent development in competitive shooting was to factor
in speed, with the fast-draw craze of the 1950s
morphing into "combat" and practical matches we know today such as USPSA, IDPA, Steel
Challenge, etc., where a shooter's time plus
penalties for poor hits is the basis for scoring.
The World Shooting Championship takes cues
from all of these traditions. There were scored
events, timed events and long-range targets to
contend with. The exact blend and emphasis
is probably a never-solvable campfire debate
topic, but there was something to touch every
skillset within the championship.
There is an art to making 12 scored stages
consistent and fair for several hundred
competitors. They must be challenging
enough to accurately discriminate "great"
from merely "good" performance, yet simple
enough to remain accessible for the amateur


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