Lately, I’ve been getting more questions from people looking to get started in competitive shooting asking about competitive shooting range etiquette. Nobody wants to be the f-ing new guy on the range that does something that’s considered taboo by the experienced shooters.
One of these things that I’ve actually never heard anyone talk about, but is something that I wish more shooters would do is to take a little more care when pasting a target to preserve the scoring lines.
If a bullet didn’t go through the scoring line, your paster shouldn’t cover the line either.
At club matches, Match Directors are generally pretty hesitant to change out targets, because it’s an added cost to the match. At bigger matches, targets will be changed whenever needed, by the Range Officer crew.
So, if you’re shooting at a club match, and you care about competitive equity, try and do your best to past as little of the scoring lines as possible.
The nice thing about USPSA targets is that all the lines are nice and straight, so in most cases you can still determine the score even if a bunch of the line is covered in pasters.
However, in IDPA matches, with the newest targets, there are two circular scoring zones on the targets, and when these get covered by a bunch of pasters it can be completely impossible to determine the actual score of a hole in the target.
Inevitably, a target will get shot to the point that it’s not scorable anymore, no matter what we do, but we can preserve the target a bit longer if we all go the extra mile and just take a fraction of a second to think about paster placement when we’re pasting targets.
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