G-ManBart Posted January 15, 2008 Share Posted January 15, 2008 (edited) First off, I'm posting this not as sour grapes, but rather, in the hopes it will prevent someone else from learning an annoying lesson the way I did. Many people here will know what match this was, so let's not discuss that part of it...this is simply a learning point for everyone, not a criticism of the match or the people involved. At a recent match there was a stage with a clamshell pressure plate that you stepped on to release a mover at the back of the range. This was the final shooting position that you entered by opening a door, stepping through and hitting the activator. There was also a popper right in front of you, a swinger slightly to your left and a static target off to the right a bit. The mover started out slowly and then went pretty fast, so the smart plan was to go through the door, step on the clamshell, hit the popper, index up to where the mover would appear, hit it as it came out and was going slowly then take the static target and the swinger. Here's what happened: I stepped through the doorway, hit the popper as I was stepping onto the clamshell (gotta admit hitting it on the move was pretty cool), indexed up to where the mover was supposed to come out and nothing happened I moved my feet a little and then bounced up and down a couple of times...finally the mover came out, I engaged it and then hit the swinger which was waving at me (mocking I think) and totally forgot about the static target in the confusion of trying to figure out what had just happened....it was off to the side enough to not be in my line of sight. I'm not going to make an excuse about forgetting the static target, but I think everyone has experienced what happens when you get thrown off your plan by something crazy...not much good is going to happen. The RO's call was shooter failure and not range failure. I politely asked for a RM/MD decision (can't recall whether he was the RM or MD) and he agreed with the RO. I was told that we'd had plenty of time to test the activator and I don't disagree. When I tested it I guess I stepped far enough forward to activate it so it didn't occur to me to check different foot positions to make sure it would always activate. I commented that I realized nothing was going to change my score, it might not be a bad idea to consider lightening the spring a little (after the match, of course) so the same thing couldn't happen again....I wasn't thrilled with the reply that it had never happened before, so it really wasn't worth "fixing" or something similar, but it's their show and not mine. It seems to be a bit silly to have an activator that you can be standing on with both feet and not have it work, but it might just be the nature of the device. I think the learning point is pretty obvious. If I ever see an activator like this again, I'm going to make sure I get way the heck on the front of it and stomp the hell out of it! On a related note, and something that didn't really occur to me until later was that after the RO called the range clear and we were talking about the activator he started messing around with the plate and checking how it was adjusted. I'm certain he was only doing this out of curiosity and probably checking to make sure nothing was broken, which I can understand and don't hold against him at all. I probably would have done the same thing...sorta "what the heck?" I should have asked him not to touch it so it was in the same condition when the RM/MD got there....sort of like not touching a popper that didn't fall. It probably would have been a BS additional protest, but the RO did change the way the device was adjusted so who's to say it was correct during my run? When I demonstrated what happened to the RM/MD I stood on the plate and the mover still didn't come out, so it's not likely much was changed, but it's still something to keep in mind. So, that was two mikes, an FTE, plus all the time waiting, moving my feet and bouncing up and down...40 points and additional time. By my rough estimate the points alone dropped me ten places in the overall order and cost me some cash back for being top 3 in class. The positive thing was that it made me just mad enough at myself to get fired up which led to two top-5 stages that pulled me back into the game a little. If you ever see one of these evil devices, stomp it like you want to break it! Edited January 15, 2008 by G-ManBart Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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