We did it! In the UKPSA’s most hard fought category, Mini-Rifle Open, Team Red Flag broke into the medals and secured a Silver with 2nd place in this year’s UKPSA Postal Competitions.
Last year, we fought hard and squeezed out a 4th place in the team medals, and were determined to improve on that this year.
However, the field of competitors grew as the popularity of the sport continues to rise. This year, in the hardest fought division, there were 126 competitors, and 18 teams battling it out for those top 3 spaces.
By the end of Round 3, we had disappointingly dropped to 5th place. It wasn’t looking good, and the gap between us and 4th place seemed unachievable.
But, the Team Captain, Senior, set the pace for the final 4 stages, and pulled out some smooth, fast and accurate shooting.
We even spoke with Alan Wragg, scoring the results, who confirmed we had pulled it out of the bag with a cracking last round of scores.
When asked, Senior just said, “By that point, there was nothing to lose, so I just went for it..”
This year has been another great year for the team.
We’ve made new friends from our ventures over to Rossendales. Met the always charismatic Iain Corrigan, who made us so welcome at out first shoot.
We took in both the Northern Shooting Show and The British Shooting Show, and over the last few months added several more firearms to our collection, including 2 Alfa-Proj .357 LBR’s, a box fed Bora Shotgun and the incredible new Typhoon F12, so plenty more opportunities to start chasing medals in the upcoming Winter League.
Sarah at Field & Falcon, has continued to look after the team, not only with cups of coffee, but sourcing new firearms, hard to get parts to fix Senior’s guns that he keeps breaking and copious amounts of ammo to keep us practising. If you need any gunsmithing, go and have a chat with William, the gunsmith, and be sure to ask him about Cowboy Action Shooting.
Our trip to the Czech Republic in September this year, saw the guys put us through the next level of training, taking last years basics and building on our skill set. They also, at our request, added in some more stress based scenarios – to help with those stressful competition scenarios. Quite how having a bag placed over your head and water poured over you reflects a UKPSA comp I don’t know – however, it may certainly give Iain at Rossendlaes some ideas for next year.
If you haven’t checked these guys out, we can’t recommend them enough if you’re looking for a Section 5 experience. Check them out at next years British Shooting Show, and be sure to tell the Team Red Flag sent you. Check out the video below:
So we move forward into the UKPSA Winter League. with a bit more flexibility to shoot multiple disciplines, we’re going for it this year, and blowing off the cobwebs on some of the firearms in the cabinets.
We’re going to be competing as individuals and teams in Mini-Rifle, LBP, LBR, Underlever and Manual, Standard and Open Shotgun.
As always, get involved, give the postal comps a try. Their easy to run in most clubs, indoor or out, they allow you to see where your skills lack, how you perform under a little pressure, and most of all – they’re darn fun!!
Jump over to the UKPSA website to find out more.