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2020 AL State and WSSC

In September, both the Alabama Steel Challenge Championship and the World Speed Shooting Championship happened. Since they were two weeks apart, I wasn’t able to focus on writing a blog. Now I have time!

The Alabama Steel Challenge Championship occurred on the second weekend of September. We hadn’t planned on attending this match, but plans changed and it happened. I am so glad we went! I saw so many friends and met a few new ones. Also, my sister and I drove a tank!

I’m not sure if it was easier or harder than I thought it would be. Driving it was simple enough, but the strain of steering was a little difficult. The experience was amazing!

As I said, we saw so many of our favorite people! We had great squads and a great time hanging out with everyone. The match ran smoothly and at a quick pace.

I placed:

Rimfire Rifle Open-
4th place Overall
2nd place Junior
2nd place Lady

Rimfire Rifle Iron-
2nd place Overall
1st place Junior
1st place Lady

Rimfire Pistol Open-
5th place Overall
3rd place Junior
1st place Lady

Rimfire Pistol Iron-
2nd place Overall
2nd place Junior
1st place Lady

PCC Open-
5th place Overall
2nd place Junior
2nd place Lady

PCC Iron-
1st place Overall
1st place Junior
1st place Lady

Production-
4th place Overall

Moving on to the World Speed Shooting Championship, I had another great experience. Because of the coronavirus, the event felt different compared to last year. This does not mean it was worse than last year, but it was just different. One thing that didn’t change from last year was the fact that it was a learning experience. Not every match goes as planned, but it’s important to make the best of it.

This year, I shot seven divisions. Both rimfire rifles, both rimfire pistols, both PCCs, and Production. This felt like quite the load compared to shooting WSSC last year with four divisions! Surprising, I wasn’t too tired while I was at the match. The trip back is a totally different story. As soon as I sat on the couch in our RV, I was mentally snoozing! I am fairly certain the excitement of seeing everyone kept me awake during the match.

I am going to stray from this topic for a second and hit on something else: writing. At WSSC, I saw my article in the USPSA magazine for the first time!!! This feels like such an accomplishment. On my way to the range, I decided to randomly write a poem as a break from schoolwork. That was my first time writing a poem in probably over a year, so I wasn’t too confident in how it was going to turn out. I am so happy I started writing because the poem feels like a masterpiece to me! Of course, almost every time I read it (so about every day!), I changed something in the poem. Growth, y’all. Growth! The poem motivated me to keep writing poetry, so that’s what I have been doing in my free time.

Back to WSSC, it was a rollercoaster! On the first day with Production, I started out wondering how I was going to shoot. I ended up shooting good enough for me to be happy with my time. Out of the eight stages, I shot three personal bests, and I knocked off 13 seconds from Area 5! This definitely boosted my confidence in my pistols the next day. With my rimfire pistols, I shot a 79.12 (RFPO) and an 82.84 (RFPI). With RFPO, I shot 3 personal bests. With RFPI, I shot 2 personal bests. I also managed to place #20 on the Top 20 list for RFPI!

My rimfire rifle day didn’t work out how I had planned. I shot a 65.32 with RFRO and a 69.15 with RFRI! Nevertheless, it was not a loss to me because I still had fun, I didn’t get a DQ, and Emily did amazing! Emily finished with a 62.74 with RFRO and a 65.12 with RFRI. I am super proud of Emily for what she accomplished at WSSC!

This was my first worlds with my PCC! I just started shooting PCC in February, so I wasn’t sure where I would finish. WSSC was my third time shooting all 8 stages with the PCC divisions. I finished with a 68.93 with PCCO and a 75.27 with PCCI. Honestly, my PCCI time was far from where I wanted it, but like I said earlier, this whole match was a learning experience! I am still happy with my overall performance!

The match ran so smooth! I was expecting some craziness considering the circumstances, but I could hardly tell we were currently in a pandemic. I appreciate all the people who put on the match! The ROs, staff, and sponsors put on a great show. Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Here are my placings:

Rimfire Rifle Open-
10th place Overall
6th place Junior
2nd place Lady

Rimfire Rifle Iron-
8th place Overall
5th place Junior
2nd place Lady

Rimfire Pistol Open-
25th place Overall
10th place Junior
3rd place Lady

Rimfire Pistol Iron-
8th place Overall
6th place Junior
Lady World Championship
Lady World Record Holder

PCC Open-
8th place Overall
4th place Junior
2nd place Lady

PCC Iron-
4th place Overall
3rd place Junior
2nd place Lady

Production-
15th place Overall
1st place Junior
2nd place Lady

Proud ambassador for:

Rangestore.net
Steel Target Paint
Hunters HD Gold
Vortex Optics
JP Rifles
GT Targets
Johnny Glocks

Thank you to all my sponsors! I appreciate all your support!

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