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Wind question..

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by blkcloud, Jun 6, 2011.

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  1. blkcloud

    blkcloud Active Member

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    Wondering if there is a rule on stopping a shoot because of sudden wind?
    We were shooting yesterday at a sctp comp. It started at 12 noon, light breeze very nice day, at or around 230 terrible gust of wind came up, people chairs were blowing over, caps were flying off, and the targets.. well they either went straight up like sporting clays or straight down like the spring was broke on the thrower.. One target that went up and was missed came back and almost hit the trap house.. I asked the scorer about us stopping and letting it die down but no cigar.. we had to keep shooting unless it started lightning.. I have never been in this situation, and didnt know the rules.. thanks!
     
  2. Calkidd

    Calkidd Well-Known Member

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    The show must go on. During the LasVegas1000 we were getting at least 30 mph winds and we continued to shoot. However, they did cancel one day, but that was because of a pending lighting storm heading our way.

    Bryan
     
  3. Hap MecTweaks

    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    Unsafe conditions trump all rules pertaining to the show must go on. Management can stop it or shooters getting hit with flying debris in severe winds can also. When Mother Nature ruins a good day, even a chicken has enough sense to run up under the porch and you know how big his head is??

    Hap
     
  4. N. J. BOB

    N. J. BOB Active Member

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    Come and shoot in New Jersey, there is never any wind ???????
     
  5. Auctioneer

    Auctioneer Well-Known Member

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    You can hear lighting but you keep shooting. If you see lighting then you can stop.

    Wind, sorry you keep shooting. Hint, you have gun trouble. You can't close your gun. You have something in your eye. Your gun may have broke. You have a leg cramp.
     
  6. hmb

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    If the conditions are dangerous you stop shooting. HMB
     
  7. Hap MecTweaks

    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    Can you imagine the fun a good Philadelphia lawyer could have when and if a wind blown object seriously injured a trapshooter at a big range? Especially if told to continue shooting or else?

    Hap
     
  8. missed some

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    Nobody in trap shooting has to do anything. If you want to shoot you can, if you want to pull out you can. good luck finding squadmates after you pull out of a few, some won't shoot in the wind. Living in KS. I can't remember the last time i shot when it was calm. But the choice is absolutely yours and yours alone....... mark crist
     
  9. Rastoff

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    You simply have to use some common sense. If there is debris flying around I would stop it. Wind strong enough to cause a missed target to head back toward the line is too much.
     
  10. goose2

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    How about one complaining about the heigth of the birds. I think they are supposed to be a certain height to be a legal bird.
     
  11. BIGDON

    BIGDON Well-Known Member

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    Yeah and phony excuses got a couple people suspended a couple of years ago.

    Unsafe is unsafe - walk off the line and talk to shoot management.

    Don
     
  12. 635 G

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    In the military @ Charleston, we had tropical working hrs. 0600-1300. Also, if the heat index went over 100 knock off ships work. There should be some kind of safety guidelines as far as dangerous/health related conditions are concerned. This game is just that a game, no one should die trying to participate.
    Last year @ Sparta there were a few close calls.

    Phil Berkowitz
     
  13. missed some

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    and who is forcing anyone to do this?? The choice is YOURS!! But if others will and want to shoot in the wind, why do people complain?? We have more windy days than calm ones in KS....
     
  14. pdq

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    I like shooting in the wind. In a lot of cases, it completely hoses people who hold way high over the house and spot shoot the targets at a predicted spot. Miss a couple of shots and the effect on them can be amazing.

    I just hold lower than normal in case of a diving target and tell my myself I'm shooting doves. Roman candle targets? Follow them up and when the time is right, break, em. It's fun.

    I don't mind 30 - 40 MPH wind if that's all there is. If there's driving rain right into your face however, that's a different story.

    Nothing can be more fun for a squad than to have targets flying everywhere and still breaking them. Lots of fun stories afterwards. Similar to shooting wobble trap.

    It's rarely calm around where I shoot -- you learn to compensate.

    Pete
     
  15. 320090T

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    Learn to shoot in the wind and you will beat 75% of the other shooters. Can't remember if Nora or Phil said that in a clinic.
     
  16. metal1

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    im from the so cal desert and it is rare for it not to be blowing 30 it really does make a better shooter out of a person.jeff
     
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