“The Heat is On” with TRUGLO® Scopes & Turkey Chokes
By Clark Bush, All About Shooting
“The Heat is On” was more than just the name of a shooting event in Georgetown, South Carolina this past Friday and Saturday. Temperatures ranged from the high 90°s to over 100° and with the humidity level above 95% both days. With no breeze to speak of, the heat really was on for shooters at the Backwoods Quail Club Shooting Range.
Doris and Clark Bush traveled to Georgetown to compete in the still target shooting event and to earn seats (positions) that would place them in contention at the World Championship later this year. They travel the shooting circuit each year in preparation for that big event.
The shooting on Friday started early as organizers tried to get in a few squads before the real heat of the day began. So, with temperatures only in the low 80°s, the shoot began with the 20 gauge class.
Friday turned out to be Clark’s day as he shot excellent scores in each squad and was able to better the competition in the finals to win the 20 Gauge Open Class.
Doris swept the 20 Gauge Ladies Class and was also in contention all day in the 20 Gauge Open Class as well. She and Clark had a shoot-off in one squad to determine the winner.
Saturday, with temperatures even higher as was the humidity level, it was hard to keep guns dry and impossible for competitors to stay dry. Shooters would go to the line to shoot and then seek shelter from the sun any place they could find.
Doris again easily took the 20 Gauge Ladies Class and at the end of the day, it became largely a Doris and Clark competition for the championship of the 20 Gauge Open Class. After eliminating the other competition, it again took a shoot-off to determine the championship and this time Doris took the prize with Clark taking second position.
Clark also had the distinction of shooting the highest 20 gauge score of the 2-day event on Saturday.
Traveling and competing in different environments, like the one at Georgetown, allows Clark and Doris to sharpen their skills and evaluate the competition. “We normally travel from March until the World Championship in October. We also spend a good bit of time at the range but there’s really no substitute for shooting in competition to keep you sharp. Shooting in competition also helps you to evaluate your equipment. We use TRUGLO sights and chokes because they work and have never let us down.” said Clark.
On Saturday, temperatures reached 102° and the humidity was 98% by the early afternoon. Firing one full-power 3” turkey shotshell after another can take a toll on the shooter. Conditioning and experience are important for the shooter and knowing that his equipment will continue to perform is vital.
“Early in the morning when I take my gun from our vehicle and remove it from its case, the difference in temperature makes it sweat. Later in the day, the receiver and the barrel get so hot you can’t touch them. Those temperature differences and the pounding from the high-power shells can cause a scope to lose its zero but I’ve never had a problem with TRUGLO scopes”, stated Doris. “That gives me the confidence that I need to win.”
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