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FEATURE | WORLD SHOOTING

The NRA Precision Pistol Stage featured
the Kimber Gold Medal Match pistol.

had somewhat casual experience with a
single or perhaps two or three disciplines.
Even most of the pro-category shooters had
true experience within only a slice of the
disciplines closest to their specialty. Looking
through the scores you could see pretty easily
where most of the top 20 shooters' weak
spots were, and it varied. Bullseye pistol is
perhaps the most predictable event on the
roster, yet many of the top hands struggled
there, while the shotgun events dashed a
large number of hopes, including mine.
The match makes use of what I think is
perhaps the most brilliant conflict-resolution
tool I've seen in the shooting sports: a
"mulligan" card. Each shooter had a card for
one free "re-do," redeemable on any of the
stages as long as the shooter called for his or
her mulligan immediately upon finishing the
scored run on the stage in question. Whether
the shooter had issues with the provided
equipment or was simply unhappy with the
score, the mulligan was there to give a single
chance to improve within the match. I found it
to be a brilliant device, and when and where
to use the mulligan became a source of great
internal debate among the shooters. I used
mine to re-shoot the Cowboy stage after

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letting my speed overtake my aim and slip a
shot just off of a target. And in proving that
there is such a thing as the "curse of the reshoot," I ironically repeated the same scratch
miss on the mulligan run.
Many questions about the WSC format
revolve around the provided stage guns/
ammunition/optics. In most of the stages
the shooters had at least some opportunity
to handle the equipment and dry fire at a
ready table while waiting their turn. In most
of the stages where distance or precision
was involved, the shooters were able to fire
a quick sighter and compensate their holds
accordingly. The stage guns undeniably
provide an "X-factor" that the shooter must
overcome, but it works out. For example,
I had one rifle and one shotgun that fit me
almost comically poorly, resulting in increased
challenge. On the other hand, on one stage
the rifle was an almost perfect replica of one
I'd previously competed with-to include the
same stock and optic-while another shotgun
was a perfect duplicate of one I've shot for
years. The match approach assumes that true
champions overcome such challenges; I like
the approach and concur with the sentiment.
The sponsorial support for the match was


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