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October 02, 2016

Gun Thread: 1st PERIODIC, OCCASIONAL and SPORADIC POSTAL HANDGUN MATCH

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Jim, Sunk New Dawn has a fine idea for a postal match that will prove once and for all that The Horde is the finest group of marksmen the world has ever known, or that we can't shoot worth a damn. I'm not sure which is more likely.

Either way it should be fun, especially since Jim is doing all of the work. Hell, he's even popped for prizes!

Jim has written the rules for the match, which seem complicated, but in reality are pretty simple. Please read them carefully if you want to compete, but I'll give you a synopsis:


  • Safety first, last and always.
  • B-27 target.
  • 7 yards.
  • 30 minutes to fire 50 rounds.
  • Standing only: no sitting or use of any brace or bench.
  • If you are in a wheelchair or otherwise unable to stand, then honor the spirit of the rule.


Rules and Information

AoSHQ Postal Match Downloadable PDF

The match must be "shot," any day or time of the Shooter's Choice, between the dates of Sunday, 2 Oct., and (inclusive) Sunday, 23 Oct.

The target must be an NRA regulation-compliant, full size, standard B-27 pistol target. It may be one of the color variants, but can NOT be a "hostage" or "splatter" or "scoring rings only" variant.

Distance (range) to the target will be at Seven Yards (21 ft.)

All firing will be done from the one or two-handed "offhand" position. Shooter's Choice as to variant on stance or grip. However, no sitting position is allowed, unless the shooter is a wheelchair user, or otherwise honorably unable to stand to shoot.

In no circumstance respective to the previous paragraph, will any kind of rest, brace or other physical assistance to the actual shooting of the match be allowed.

Any pistol or revolver, in any caliber, may be used for the match. Choice as to shooting double action or single action (with revolvers), or to shoot a DA/SA semi-auto as "SA" on the first round, will be Shooter's Choice.

Fifty rounds will be fired in one continuous session for this match. If you're on a public or commercial range with timed "All Clear, All Guns Grounded, Safe to go Downrange" intervals, coordinate this with your range master.

All Fifty Rounds are to be fired for score in a within period of no more than THIRTY MINUTES. This includes all reloading of magazines, revolver cylinders, etc.

If your range or range master will not allow for a continuous THIRTY MINUTE firing interval, you will then have a combined TWENTY FIVE MINUTES for the aggregate of your two firing sessions, before and after your range's "ALL CLEAR" period. This is to balance the effect of having a rest and break in your firing sequence, against those who fire the entire string in one standing.

Compliance with the above timing is on the HONOR SYSTEM. Hold yourself to the (admittedly low) standards of the ONT and The Horde, and make yourself and all of us proud of your integrity!

Scoring will comply with NRA pistol scoring standards. Again, this is a good time to enlist the aid of a qualified range master or NRA qualified Instructor. If you can properly score your own target, fine, proceed. But remember. HONOR SYSTEM. If you can't get help, please get your scorer to sign and date your target.

No one at Ace of Spades will be scoring your targets for you prior to the publication of the Postal Match Results Thread. But upon said publication, your ass belongs to the commentariat, so you'd best remember that HONOR SYSTEM and turn in the CORRECT SCORE per the shots on the target in the photo you submit.

The "How To Score" guidelines will be per the NRA's Pistol Competition Rule Book. PDF is here, and you'll want to consult the illustration in Section 14 to know how to fairly judge whether a given hit was a higher or lower score. Remember, HONOR SYSTEM.

Maximum Score will be 50 hits in the “X” ring of the target. Each hit on target has a maximum value of 10 points. 50 hits in the “10” ring, with only eight “X” ring his, would show a score of 500x500/8. It’s easier if you deduct the value of lower value “ring” hits, so a “7” ring hit would be a -3 on your worksheet. A “9” ring hit would be a -1. If you mark all the hits in a given scoring ring, then multiply those total hits, times the deduction value of that zone. Nine hits in the “7” ring would deduct 27 points from your possible 500 score. “X” ring hits are tiebreakers between targets of equal score. If targets are of equal score and number of “X” ring hits, then the results will be left to a cage match during that night’s ONT.

Numerical "Tie Scores" will be judged by the number of "X" ring hits as a subset of the overall aggregate score. In other words, between two targets, each with a presumed 408 total score, but with one shooter having more hits in the "X" ring than the other, the one with the greater number of "X" ring hits, wins the tie.

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First Photo: After you've shot your target "For Score," then please place it in such a way as to get a photo of the whole target, WITH two additional documents overlaying non-shot parts of the target. These will be:

  • Proof of date of the range session for score (that day's newspaper, the old classic, a good example). Other proofs acceptable, such as printing out that day's AoS cover page.
  • A clean 8"x11" sheet of paper, with your AoS Screen Nic, Brand, Model and Caliber of pistol used, and most importantly, Your Score! If you score your own target, at least get one witness to initial and date it, please. (we presume you won't want to put your real name or initials out there.)

Second Photo: Very simply, a nice, close, clear, sharp photo of the gun you used to fire the match. You MAY use editing tools to obscure any visible serial number.

Optional: A photo of the canoe in which you're planning to take your subsequent, and tragic, outing on a large but unnamed and unknowable body of water.

Please email all entries to: aos dot postal dot match at outlook dot com.
They must be RECEIVED BY, Midnight, Sunday, 23 Oct., Central Ewok Time.

Results will be published in the Sunday, 30 Oct, GUN THREAD and if possible, the subsequent Sunday, 30 Oct ONT.

Prizes are as follows:


  • First Prize. Coveted AoS Platinum Membership, with Three "Get Out of Barrel" cards, Ampersands and Umlauts! The undiluted praise, awe and respect of Teh Horde!
  • Second Prize. Desirable AoS Premium Membership with ONE "Get Out of Barrel" card, with Ampersand privilege. Grudging appreciation from Teh Horde.
  • Third Prize: Bragging Rights, that you stayed out of Teh Barrel. Meh. Live another day.

Have fun, BE SAFE, and GOOD LUCK!

Rules written by, Jim, Sunk New Dawn, Galveston, TX

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