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Grand American

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Rich219, Dec 17, 2010.

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  1. Rich219

    Rich219 Active Member

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    When is the program for the Grand American usually released? It may sound premature but we're trying to plan vacation days for this summer and schedule in as many ATA shoots as we can.
     
  2. foghorn220

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    Rich I saw this on shootata website.

    AIM Grand Championship Dates: August 6 - 7, 2011

    2011 Grand American Dates Changed to August 3 - 13

    2011 ATA Zone Shoot Sites

    So it looks like august 3 thru the 13th

    You can click the link above to keep updated.

    Foggy
     
  3. grntitan

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    The Grand dates are Definately the 3rd to the 13th of August in Sparta. You can also Definately plan that the first week is Prelim Events and the second week is Grand week. Not trying to sound like a smart ass just giving you something you can plan by. As for your question on when the actual program is out, i don't know. The dates i gave came from an email i personally received from the ATA this week.



    Matt
     
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    The program should be out around June 1st.
     
  5. Rich219

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    Usually about 300 rounds per day fired?
     
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    Rich--Prelim week is usually 100 Singles, 100 caps and 100 doubles each day til Saturday. Then the Prelims end with the singles Championship starting Saturday with 100 Saturday and 100 Sunday. Grand week has somedays with 100 singles, 100 caps and 100 doubles and some days with 200 singles. There are also special events during Grand week where only State and Zone winners may shoot. This is when i do most of my shopping. LOL

    Matt
     
  7. Rich219

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    So the best week to shoot would be the first half of the Grand?
     
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    For me yes. I guess it depends on your skill level and wants and needs. I try and shoot the whole Prelim week and a event or two Grand week. Its just down the road for me though. Most people who cannot stay the entire Grand pick one or the other. I'm always shooting to win but i'm no comp for the Grand week shooters. Its just fun to say i competed with the best. Remember, anybody can win the GAH with a good day. The winner this last year was the lone 100 and it happened to be his first. How cool is that?

    Matt
     
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    I like shooting the 1st week. I can shoot singles and 'caps one day, then possibly 'caps and doubles the next...I like to mix it up a bit and since the crowds are smaller the days don't get so long like Grand week itself. That's fun too, and obviously if you're shooting good that's the time to be there!
     
  10. Rich219

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    What is the difference between "Grand" week and "Prelim" week?
     
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    Basically Grand week is the "Championship" week. I'm not real good on the history of the Grand. There is probably a neat story on why its called Grand week. There is alot of History and Tradition with the Grand and its events. The Prelims are like any other tourney and its prelim events. Don't get me wrong though, there are plenty of trophy's and money to be won during Prelims. The trophy's do get better and more prestigious on Grand week.

    Matt
     
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    The differences between Preliminary Week and Grand Week are:

    1) More all American Points during Grand Week than during Preliminary Week.

    2) All the important Championship events are during Grand Week.

    3) The $200,000 Lewis Challenge is during Grand Week (The $100,000 Handicap Challenge spans the Preliminary and Grand weeks).

    4) Grand Week consists of 1,000 targets. Preliminary Week consists of 1,300 targets.

    5) There are no 100 target singles events during Grand Week; there are 2 200-target singles events. Preliminary Week has 3 100 target singles events and one 200-target event (although lately it has been shot over two days (100 targets each day))
     
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    Thanks V10. That's what i meant. LOL

    Matt
     
  14. Rich219

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    So if I went during Grand week I would be able to shoot 1,000 rounds?
     
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    Yes.

    Last year there was an additional doubles event thrown on Thursday of Grand Week, but it wasn't included in the Grand Week High Over All. So technically there were 1,100 targets thrown during Grand Week. I'm not sure if the additional doubles event will be part of the 2011 Grand, but I expect it will be.
     
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    Thanks for the info. The plan is to make it to the Grand for a week this year along with a few other big shoots.
     
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    Great. You'll enjoy it.

    Plan on participating in the $200,000 Lewis Challenge too. A few lucky folks should have a very nice pay day. Might just as well be you.
     
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    Any recommendations for hotels?
     
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    The biggest selection is in the Fairview Heights/O'Fallon area, about 35 miles north of the WSRC.

    I usually stay at either the Hampton Inn or the Fairfield Inn in Fairveiw Heights.

    To the south there's Chester, IL and Perryville, MO.

    The east/northeast is Pinckneyville, Du Quoin, Okawville, Nashville.

    To the west is Red Bud and Waterloo.
     
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    Thanks, I was looking for hotels in Sparta and was only finding one. I can't believe there aren't more hotels within an hour drive.
     
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