Got back late last night (or early this morning?) from the 24th annual Area 2 Championship (Desert Classic) in Mesa, AZ.
I took High Junior in Limited Division, High Junior Overall, and 21st Overall (out of 127). I had
Jacob Hetherington won High Junior Production Division, and Christopher Ooisthuisen (I probably butchered that last name). Good shooting guys!
This was my first year shooting the Desert Classic, and It’s probably the most fun I’ve ever had at a match.12 interesting stages, super-friendly RO’s, and an awesome prize table.
The club that’s put it on for the last 24 years, the Rio Salado Sportsman’s Club, has a nice facility and plenty of resources. For instance, they have the scrapped airframes of a couple Vietnam War helicopters (unfortunately they weren’t used in the stages this year). One year they built a long track and made you shoot from a speeding mine cart. This year we got to shoot around and under two cars, and shoot strong hand/ weak hand hanging on to a grab bar. They also put on a big Multi-Gun match, the “Superstition Mountain Mystery 3- Gun” that looks pretty cool.
The prize table was super-rich as well. They literally had stacks of Springfield XDs, GI 1911A1s, Rock Island 1911s, and NAA .22 revolvers. They didn’t give out a prize for High Junior, but as 21st Overall I still had my pick of an XD subcompact, Caspian 1911 Slide/Frame fit, NAA folding mini-revolver, and a Sun Devil Manufacturing Billet AR15 receiver set (I chose the receiver, which will probably become part of a 7.62x40WT or .300 BLK build.
A big thanks to all the staff and sponsors, especially those that helped my Dad when he had some medical issues (more on that in a second post).