It seems it’s only popular up here in the Northwest. It’s really all on the local MDs if they want to do it or not. I just ran a RTC match this weekend here in Montana. I ran it the way I wanted to and just followed the rules set forth by the RTC. Which really the big one is staying within the limits of limited division if that’s what they are shooting.
It would be nice to see more options on the east coast/NC. To my knowledge best option for any style of a "field match" would be the Mammoth one. Looks like we are limited to the absolute zero matches and guardian matches at frontline unless you're not deployed or able to take leave and catch a flight out west.
Unfortunately it seems people would rather wheel carts/wagons around full of pillows and gear..I just shot up at the September 8 Absolute Zero match and it was disappointing to see that so many competitors had already shot the exact same stages before. I’d love to shoot a more practical match like LROC or a RTC.
I agree, I haven't shot the absolute zero ones yet but will be next year as well as the Guardian one they host. I am not a fan of all the gypsy wagons of impractical/gaming gear either. I just enjoy shooting a course I haven't just to shoot and get better. I don't have the illusion of being too competitive at the PRS type shoots but a RTC or field match would be a nice humbler for some.
What, a cart like a bag lady? Were the guys with so much gear they needed a cart actually competitive? Usually the ones with THAT much gear are compensating for lack of skills and are no threat. I always bring a mat, and a tripod, but usually they’re left in the truck. Everything else fits in a daypack and I feel like I have too much. I thought that “carrying all your gear” was a rule or at least a maxim. A match isn’t a range trip.
I tend to dismiss people griping about how much gear there is. I like gear and bags and shooting stuff. It’s fun. But if you can’t carry all your shit by yourself I am now paying attention, because that’s a problem in the sport that should be dealt with and corrected. If you want to drag a Numero Uno bag with you be my guest. It does make a nice seat. But if you need a cart to me that clearly breaks the spirit of the sport.
I’m pretty sure most match books say, “you must carry your gear”, which to me does not mean pulling a cart, bringing a vehicle with you on the stages, or employing sherpas or gun-bearers. That might be something a marksman with a disability would be granted, but the rest of us should have to hump our shit. In fact, I’ve run into older guys and guys in bad shape physically who are concerned about this aspect.
Makes me think of the Norwegian match where you have to hike all your shit up the mountain in snowshoes!
I've shot 2 of the Absolute Zero matches now at Frontline Defense, and while some of the stages remain the same the targetry does not. Personally I am going to carry all of my gear between stages and attempt to use what I have to serve as many purposes as possible. When I see the big carts it doesn't affect me much other than thinking "I couldn't see myself doing that". For what I look at is as, which is an opportunity for me to get out and do some shooting and training from different alternate positions, I think the matches are great but only as tactical/practical as you make them for yourself.