Team Surgeon shooter Paul Reid tied for 3rd place at the PRS New England in Dalton, New Hampshire, July 8th and 9th, 2017.
Surgeon Scalpel – 6 Dasher – KRG Whiskey-3 Chassis
Vortex Optics Gen 2 Razor
Berger 105 Hybrids, Varget, CCI BR-4 Primers, Lapua Brass
Match Report from Paul Reid:
This was a very challenging match held at one of the most beautiful locations I have ever been to. The terrain of New Hampshire is truly breathtaking.
The match consisted of 20 stages over 2 days and a round count of 181 rounds.
I have not done a lot of “mountain” shooting and the wind was amazing. Double value, half value, left, right…..all in a single stage!!!! The targets were very difficult to see as they were painted grey and sat mostly in shadows caused by the heavily wooded areas.
My favorite stage – Stage 6, Hunting for Sasquatch.
Upon start signal, shooter will engage Target 1 with up to four rounds from the standing position. Once the shooter has impacted Target 1 or has engaged it with four rounds, they will transition to Target 2, and engage it with four rounds hit or miss.
Sasquatch – Unknown (about 150 yards)
12” Square – 497 yards
The Sasquatch stood about 5 feet tall and was hidden in the thick woods. The 12” square was a challenge as there was a tree branch at around 400 yards obscuring the target (you could only see about 1/3rd of it). This was a pretty steep downhill shot from a log barricade. Super fun stage!
My most difficult stage – Stage 20, Wicked TYL with a twist
4 targets at 1200 yards – 36”, 30”, 24” & 16” squares
Engage targets from left to right, hit to move. Any miss on the initial run resulted in shooter returning to the first target. If you cleaned the first 4 targets you could keep those points and then re-engage with remaining rounds. Any miss on the second run resulted in a zero for only that run. Shooter could stop at anytime.
The wind on this stage was mind numbing. From 1 mil to 6 mils of wind (while you shot). Wind was also strong enough to affect the vertical by up to 0.5 mils. Lots of people zeroed this stage, me included.
I feel very privileged to have been able to shoot this match in such a beautiful part of the country. America is such an amazing country and I cannot wait to see the rest of it! Put New Hampshire on your bucket list, it is a must see!