Since the Cowboys have taken over Ben Avery Shooting Complex for Winter Range, for our monthly gunly goodness we resorted to Plan B, the Phoenix Rod & Gun Club 3-Gun match at South Mountain. It also had the added function of having a better rifle range (out to 300 yards!) which was good practice for the upcoming Superstition 3-Gun. There we were introduced to a cool new carny prop, the 3-level plate rack. What made it so diabolical is that the plates are progressively harder to hit; the normal size round plates completely hide the smaller square plate behind it and the triangular plate in the back is a super bitch to hit. I actually cleaned the course faster than Jon, but missed an airborne clay pigeon during the shotgun part.
The adjacent bay hosted the close-range pistol/rifle stage which was in no way a hoser-fest. I actually had more misses on that plate rack than the hard one.
No video of the long-range rifle stage where my POF-USA gas piston had a very spooky "Burp" that made me very reluctant to pull the trigger again. After taking the rifle apart later, I couldn't find anything wrong, but after I clean it thoroughly, I might want to test-fire it remotely just to be sure. The shotgun-only stage was a field full of stationary clays with two steel targets that required slugs to engage.
Speaking of the Superstition 3-Gun, I might not even get to shoot it. I was a tad late getting my application in the mail and the match filled up quickly. They're still working on squeezing me in, but if I end up on a squad other than Jon's (my car-pool ride), I still might have to withdraw.