ACTS 8-20-2011

The August 2011 match allowed the shooter the option of standard ACTS scoring or putting 5 hits on paper targets for no time added penalties. Hits are normally scored on paper and add time to the shooter’s score.

I believe I shot faster with volumetric scoring on the move. The fact that hits outside the zero zone add a full second at ACTS makes me slow down more than I normally would for those shots. Maybe its just a psychological effect and I feel more comfortable pushing my speed when I know I can get 5 hits on a target rapidly on the move and have it neutralized rather than have a couple seconds added if I went too fast. Ironically most of my 5 shot groups were in the 0 zones.

After watching my videos I think it was probably a wash between firing two shots and getting two -1s, or firing 5 at targets past 25 yards. Obviously someone getting double 0s with only 2 shots would be faster. Firing 5 has the most benefit to shooters that would get at least one -3. If you’re not hammering them out, firing 5 is a waste of time even if you would have gotten at least one -3. I’d like to experiment on my own shooting stages both ways to see which is faster.

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About SinistralRifleman

I've been competing in the action shooting sports since 2002. I believe competition shooting to be an excellent way to build gun handling and marksmanship skills and encourage all gun owners to seek out some form of competition shooting. Anyone can become reasonably good at it if they devote the time and resources to do so. Winning, while nice, need not be your goal; bettering yourself through the pursuit of excellence is something we all can achieve.
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