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    So, every Wednesday night at 7pm Wade's has a double-elimination plate shooting contest. I went down, at the prodding of a friend, for my first go at it last night. Holy hell is it hard! I guess, in my head, I had visions of plates the size of gongs at 10 paces. I was in for a rude awakening. The plates are apparently much smaller and much further than your eyes would first lead you to believe. Since it was my first time I did three practice runs before my timed runs. My practice runs went very well. My timed runs went so-so. My competition rounds went abysmally. During one of my timed runs I shot a full 6 shots at a single plate without downing it. <sigh> I think there may have been some magnets involved.

    Anyway, long story short, I was the slowest of the group, and the first person knocked out of the tournament. Despite that, I had a really good time and met some nice guys who were more than happy to chew the fat and offer up advice. I don't know if I can realistically afford to go every week, but I would definitely like to get down there more often. Plus, I've got a borrowed P7 that I'm just itching to try out, and I have a feeling it would make a great plate shooting gun.

    Anyone else ever tried this? I know that the Glock Sport Shooting Foundation has their big plate shooting event coming up the weekend of Sept 8-9. I won't be going, since I don't have a Glock, but a friend of mine is a yearly competitor and has even won several guns there. Just an idea, if any of you are interested in that sort of thing.

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    I used to shoot steel plates when I was stationed in Germany a loooong time ago. Used many different calibers too. .45, 9mm, .32, .380. I don't recommend the .32 at all. My experience was that it sometimes would rock the plate but not knock it over. .45 is a bit much when you have to shoot fast and be accurate too.

    Great fun though for anyone who likesto shoot.


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    I read about it somewhere and have actually thought about doing it, just to do it. Nice post. I had heard from my neighbor that it was a lot tougher than he thought it would be. I believe he fared about the same as you.

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    Are there any other places that do that, that you may know of?

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    It looks like the Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club is very close to you. They have something called "Fun Steel", which I can only assume is steel plate shooting. They also host the Glock Sport Shooting events (there's one taking place next month) and USPSA events.

    http://www.gunsafety.org/shooting%20programs.htm

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    As far as I know, there is a plates match at Bullseye in Tacoma every wednesday.

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    wqbang wrote:
    As far as I know, there is a plates match at Bullseye in Tacoma every wednesday.
    Do you have to sign up? I have never done this so I wouldnt even know what to do.

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    USN_MA1 wrote:
    wqbang wrote:
    As far as I know, there is a plates match at Bullseye in Tacoma every wednesday.
    Do you have to sign up? I have never done this so I wouldnt even know what to do.
    It has been 3 years..... at that time, all you did was show up. Just give 'em a call.

    http://www.bullseyeshooter.com/rangemain.htm

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    cool, thanks.

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