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Was checking out AKOU and noticed Rob post footage of an AK/comm block centered shoot just a couple hours away from me. Even though it’s Akfiles affiliated (and I’m not one of the biggest fans of them), I’ve been interested in participating at something like this for a while but either I’m not good at searching for this stuff, or there just wasn’t much reasonably priced stuff of this around St. Louis. Now that I know of this one reasonably close by, and since all skill levels are said to be welcome, I’m interested in going next time they have it (really wish I’d have known about the winter one since it seemed even more relaxed and low key).

I was wondering if anyone has gone before, and if someone has, if they could give a bit of a run-down on how things work. Besides needing to practice a lot more, my main concerns are how best to understand the courses properly. If there’s any rules that are a given or if every course is pretty well explained to you before you get a crack at it.
 

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Well, this last weekend I made it down to Houston, Missouri, for the Kalashnicon shoot, and I have to say I enjoyed it very much, and would recommend it being given a try if anyone was on the fence of trying out something timed, with their AK's, or rifles in general, especially if you live in or not too far from Missouri. I had some bad luck just prior to the shoot with one of my tires getting punctured 2 days before I was headed down, and due to the current business hours of places, and my weird work schedule, I couldn't get it looked at before I needed to head down. Luckily my spare was good enough for the trip down there and back, so I was still able to go. Being poor with my time management, the night before driving down, I wound up going to bed after midnight, due to packing, and then had to get up at 4:30 to get ready to head down there and have enough time to check my zero with the new lot of ammo I was going to shoot there, before the stages started. But luckily I was mostly successful in that.

I was kind of nervous with the whole thing, cause I figured I might be quite a bit below everyone else in skill level, and in addition I figured I won't really be able to relate to anyone there, but the organizers did a good job of putting you at ease with that, and especially the 2 RO's who's groups I was in during those 3 days (Matt from North Carolina, and Matt P. from Missouri), were awesome in every regard. They were super nice guys, very encouraging and very helpful. I can't say enough about them making this event feel welcoming and a great experience for improving your shooting. The other folks that I was grouped with over the course of the 3 days were also pretty nice and helpful people, and the stages, though challenging, were quite a lot of fun too, and they definitely exposed you to some new conditions that help make you a better shooter. As far as the skill aspect goes, I was far from a top contender, but I think I did a decent job hanging in there. I was mostly a bottom 1/3 competitor but not consistently last, and there were also some stages where I surprisingly moved closer to the top 1/3 in the group too. I'm looking forward to when the full results get posted, to see how I compared overall (just the competitive spirit in me I guess). If I could do the preparations all over again, I think the biggest thing I'd focus more on would be mid range shooting (150-200 yards), cause I think that's where I should've performed better than I did, and I was also slower on the pistol shooting, but I was kind of content with that part cause I focused more on the rifle during preparations for the event anyway. There was lots of good prizes from sponsors at the event too, and some you could totally get just by being lucky. There were even some "celebrities" you could say, that showed up, with Rob from AKOU dropping by to the event on Saturday and helping serve lunch. I don't have the time and money to compete on a frequent basis, but I definitely intend to go to the next event they have in winter too, and honestly if the entry prices stay affordable and their RO's as cool as they were this time, I intend to continue coming to future AK events there in general. Hopefully with every visit, a more formidable shooter, but even if not, it still seems like it would be an enjoyable time, that hones your skill, even if you don't realize it when comparing yourself to other shooters.

Oh, and this is a bit embarrassing to admit, but Saturday evening, my dumbass left my rifle on the sighting in range while practicing a bit more for 200 yard shooting after the stages of the day were done. Luckily Matt Hunt and the other organizers do a final sweep of the range before closing it down, and noticed it and put it in safe keeping and contacted me, right on cue after I alarmingly realized it wasn't in my car while unpacking at the hotel. What a relief that was. But man, how the hell can you be absent-minded enough to forget your favorite rifle? Hope I never do something genius like that again.
 

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I saw Rob Ski`s video. It looked like it was a blast.<img src="http://www.theakforum.net/forums/images/smilies/cool.png" border="0" alt="" title="Cool" class="inlineimg" />
Really was. Very much looking forward to the next one. I need to get out and start doing some serious practicing for the next one. Too bad ammo prices make that more prohibitive at the moment. But there’s still a lot of other things that one can practice short of actually shooting a bunch.
 

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Cool. What rifle and ammo did you use?
I went there with my fixed stock, stamped M70 (my first build and AK in general). People had a variety of sighting systems from scopes to red dots to RPK style irons, to plain old irons like me. Ammo wise I primarily used Wolf Military Classic 124 grain hollowpoints since I’ve had good experience with accuracy from that ammo in the past. Towards the end of day 3,I tapped a little bit into some reserve copper jacketed 122 Uly Wolf too, cause I used up ammo before and after the courses for the day, just practicing a bit too, but that stuff I tried to keep to using more for the closer stages, since I hadn’t sighted the gun in with that ammo. Most people shot steel cased ammo of one flavor or another from what I saw.
 

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Thanks a lot for describing this. I'm from "Missouruh" but its too far away now, where is the shoot held and is it in the same place every time? How much ammo did you use overall? I've had a sealed tin of those hollow points for years, I'll have to check their accuracy. What pistol did you use?
 
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Thanks a lot for describing this. I'm from "Missouruh" but its too far away now, where is the shoot held and is it in the same place every time? How much ammo did you use overall? I've had a sealed tin of those hollow points for years, I'll have to check their accuracy. What pistol did you use?
To my knowledge it’s been held at the same place as long as it’s been going on. The place is called the “Big Piney Sportsman’s Club”, near Houston, Missouri. They have 6-7 different shooting areas from my memory, with a variety of distances. In general that rifle seems to like the Barnaul made stuff, especially the military classic. Mine really likes it but ymmv. I think with sighting in and the odd just for fun/practice shooting I’d say I probably shot between 600-700 rounds of 7.62x39, and I want to say maybe 250-300 rounds of 9mm over the coursecof 3 days. For the actual stages alone I would say I may have used like 400-450 in rifle, and 150-200 in pistol. The pistol I used was a S&W M&P 2.0. My rig was a plate carrier with a mag shingle for the rifle mags that held 3 mags plus a 4th in something more like a pouch, and a pistol holster with mag pouch also attached to it, along with 3 pouches for pistol mags. So I had I believe about 5 mags total for both firearms, with 4 somewhere on the carrier plus another 1 in the respective firearm. Most times I didn’t need more than 2 mags if that per stage. Maybe needed a few rounds from a 3rd mag once or twice but that was mainly due to my quick sloppy shooting.
 
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