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PHOTOS BY JIM POWELL

Former SSUSA Managing
Editor Tes Salb shooting
the Cowboy Action Stage.

shooters and to keep the match running on
time. For someone like me, who has run or
been responsible for large military training
events/exercises, this was the hallmark of the
WSC. Each stage represented its competitive
discipline well, was at once challenging and
straightforward, and was remarkably welladministered by the range officers.
The difficulty level was entirely appropriate
for a match with "World Championship" in
the title, with stages that stretched a shooter
across a range of skills and knowledge.
A perfect example was the Designated
Marksman Challenge on Stage 9. The shooter
had a bank of three identical, roughly 12"-wide
reduced silhouette steel targets placed a few
strides short of 500 yds. After two rounds for
impromptu sighter shots and a nervous deep
breath followed by a head nod to the official,
the buzzer sounded. Each shooter had but 13
rounds to engage the three targets from each
of three separate positions. The first position
had the shooter firing a JP Enterprises .308
Win. semi-automatic rifle from a barricade,
the second position engaged the three

steel targets from over the top of a wobbly
55-gallon drum, and the final featured a small
mound of sandbags that allowed an awkward
prone position. Shooters had a maximum of
180 seconds to attempt to hit the nine targets
from the improvised rests with the unfamiliar
rifle and optic.
There was a full-value crosswind blowing
while my squad fired the stage, so there
was an included requirement to not only be
able to shoot, but also to have a working
knowledge of windholds and ballistics to
apply the right aiming point inside of the
supplied Nightforce optic. Those who didn't
were frustrated as they broke well-centered
shots only to see impacts kicking up dirt
considerably off to the side. The difficulty level
of this particular stage would be right at home
at any of the specialized military advanced
sniper courses. The best performance on the
stage was an impressive 66 seconds with all
hits. I lost track of a couple of make-up shots
and was incredibly relieved when I hit the
final target with my 13th-and final-round as
the bolt locked back on the empty magazine.

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