The competition was comprised of twenty-four stages shot over a three day period, the stages ran from 30 points all the way up to 160 and challenged all aspects of practical pistol shooting, to perform well at this competition required consistency and a very wide skill-set. Some stages seemed simple but their execution caught out a lot of shooters. One such stage was number 24; Four targets, one popper all engaged through a low port while staying on a raised platform. Fifty-four shooters across almost all categories zeroed this stage, only the revolver shooters came away with their dignity intact.
Shooting a revolver in this match was not easy, a case in point was Stage Three. A sixty point stage it incorporated two large levers that had to be swung upwards to move some hardcover and expose the targets. There were some tricky shots made all the harder by having to hold the lever with one hand while shooting through a port with one arm crossed over the other. Matt Griffin tried to balance the levers on his knee, it was a valiant effort that could have saved some valuable time..., if it worked. Unfortunately for Matt it failed, costing him a couple of seconds from Elliot Aysen whose smooth accurate shooting won the stage over Cliff Walsh.
Chris did take a step outside the area but appeared to bring his foot back inside without apparently making any forward progress. It happened so fast that it was easy to see why the RO’s had thought that he had shortened the distance, but the video showed no shortcut had taken place. Tilley took the matter to arbitration (sans video) and won his case, failure to win would have zeroed the stage. Although it would not have affected the outcome of the match as Chris was more than ninety points ahead of Phil Strader, it could have impacted his ability to earn a place on the US Team.
Just two short years from now, this range and crew will be hosting the IPSC World Championships. Based on this match, it would seem that the World Shoot is in good hands.