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Vipha M shot phenomenally well in windy conditions for LV on Saturday.
Wind was horrendous today for HV. Dust blowing, some flags/windicators knocked down. IMO less a test of guns than low wind.
The first set of targets started off very calm, and the scores showed it. Ron S 250, Mike N 249. After that the wild stuff started. The challenge wasn’t so much high wind velocity as the rapidity and violence of switches. Flags would spin in circles, and tails sometimes stood straight up vertically. Yet it was shootable. You had to pick your spots very carefully – and pay close attention to the flags, tails, and windicator. The best for me (on this day) was right to left as a gust tailed down.
On my last card a tack blew loose and the upper left corner would pull down during gusts. I worried the card would blow off – but it held. I learned to put extra tacks next time!
Many who shoot regularly at Open Grove felt these were unusually harsh winds. I think I heard someone from the East coast saying he won’t be coming back – but I hope he does. Certainly there was a luck element – if your card was during relative calm vs cyclone. Yet these conditions were good for learning, and good for making you dig very deep.