Making a game day decision, I selected my New Colt CRP-18 as the rifle I would compete with for the day. Just an hour earlier my friend who picked me up for the PR match was wondering why I had two rifles with me and accused me of being like a golfer with his bag full of different clubs. He really wasn’t that far off in reality since I run no magnification on one of my rifles and a 1-4 on the other one. Depending on the stage description I would select the best “club” for the course. Of course one of the rifles was my new Colt that I was dying to try out and was hoping the match lent itself to using the 1-4 which it did, so I pulled the CRP-18 from my bag and went to work.
Typical of PR matches, it consisted of 4 challenging stages and our squad started on state two, so that’s where I’ll start outlining our day. One nice surprise is that only 40 people showed up, I assuming since the weather was below freezing which made the pit much less muddier than it could have been.

STAGE TWO
Stage two had 5 targets, one cardbard IPSC target surrounded by a no shoot which was at 7 yards, then a small steel IPSC target at 40ish yards, then a small Robert Wright target at 100ish yards, a full size steel IPSC target at 200 yards, and a 10 inch MGM at 275 yards. Depending on your position when you shot a target, you get a specific score and starting close and working out to the furthest target you had to engage them all twice. Seems easy enough but remember in PR points are king, time breaks ties. So hitting a target off hand earns you 3 points, kneeling 2 points, and prone only 1 point.
So obviously you want to hit everything offhand if possible for the maximum point value, at least that was my strategy. I figured I’d take all the time in the world and get my offhand hits on everything and not worry at all about the time which was 120 seconds par time. No problem right? In fact I had just confirmed my zero before the match and had no problem hitting the same size target at 300 off the bench there so I felt I had this one in the bag.
Well, that’s why this stage was so insidious, it lures you in and destroys you.
The first 4 targets were no problem as expected, but that last one at 275 just would not take a round! I even stopped, took a breath and changed my hold on the rifle to the old Service Rifle position but just couldn’t hit it. Not wanting to run out of time I dropped to prone, took it out, back up to standing to hit the first 4 targets again, dropped back into prone to hit the last one again and made it without hitting the part time. Sheesh! I now know what I need to practice now! I hind sight I should have at least dropped to a knee for the last one, gave it a few attempts and if no hits gone prone. Not only did I have low points but I also had a slow time! No way to start out a match.

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STAGE THREE
Kyle Lamb stage. For those of you who don’t know, Kyle Lamb is a master gunfighter who has a drill where you have 3 targets, in our case, 3 IPSC targets about two feet apart. On the start signal you bring up your rifle on the first target from a low ready and engage it with one hit, then two hits one the second target, then three hits on the third target, then back to the second target with four more hits, and finally back to the first target where you finish up with five more hits. We had a variation on this drill in a previous match where I was over 4 seconds but that was with an EOTech so acquiring the first target from low ready was a snap, but today, using my Colt which has a 1-4 on it I wasn’t sure how I’d do. I was hopping for under 4 seconds and got 3.99!

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STAGE FOUR
There were 10 steel targets of varying sizes at 100 yards which you had to engage from left to right from prone, the go to kneeling and reengage, then to standing offhand and engage one last time. Simple stage but the directions varied from squad to squad and some competitors used the barrels for support and some didn’t so the scores varied from squad to squad. In hindsight, I would have liked to have used the barrel for my kneeling string of the stage. But, it still wasn’t a bad stage for me.

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STAGE ONE
A little bit of a variation of a pretty standard stage at this spot for PR. From the ledge you go prone and engage 4 banks of steel targets at various ranges with one small popper thrown in for fun. We had to hit them all twice for a total of 22 hits as fast as you can hit them. I was loving my Meopta on this stage. And the Colt rang everything with ease. Since we had no one else waiting to shoot the RO was kind enough to indulge me with a run through with my 1x BCM to compare times. It was good to know what I can do well with which rifle and assumed I’d do about the same but I was substantially slower with it than my Colt/Meopta. Good to know.

I really would have liked to placed well enough to get on the podium but with my poor performance on Stage Two I was knocked down to 5th, clearly nowhere near a bronze but I’m pretty happy to be there considering how little practice I’ve gotten lately. I’m also glad that my Colt performed well on the clock which was a bit of a risk since it is brand new and unproven. After Stage Two I did have trouble ejecting my last round which separated and required a squib rod to knock it out. Apparently the chamber of the Colt is very tight and narrow and I’ll need to seat my bullets a touch deeper to prevent them from getting stuck. But overall, I really like the CRP!

Practical Rifle Match – Jan 2013
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