It is summer; it is Match Time. Every summer, I would travel to Raton, NM for the week long event of Colorado/ New Mexico Regionals. As far as a match goes, the gear and the preparations for travel remains the same: firearms, cleaning kit, shooting box, eyes, ears, ammo, holsters. But, per location, particular attention must be paid. Raton, NM nestles in the base of the Rockie Mountains. The elevation boasts a nearly 7,000 feet altitude. To prepare for this, extra animal protein needs to be consumed the week before. In addition, extra water needs to be consumed. Without proper protein intake and hydration, the chance for altitude sickness increases. These nasty symptoms can include, sleepiness, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness. Not being able to fully breathe makes a big difference between successful marksmanship and a poor performance. Remember, breathing not only calms the shooter down and sets the cadence for the firing sequence, but it also establishes the basis for maintaining clear vision- a must for locking your visual on your front sight. Get to the area as early as possible to not only practive for a couple of days, but to acclimate to the high altitude. Of further importance, consider the weather. The mornings start out crisp and cool, midday is HOT, and mid afternoon sports a rain that could be a light shower or a full thunderstorm. So, pack clothing as layers: shirts, light jackets and sweatshirts. Wear long pants so as not to sunburn your legs. There is nothing more painful than sun burned backs of knees from wearing shorts. Not that I know from experience…. To top it all off, pack a travel raincoat in your shooting gear. You will be glad you protect your weapon while shooting in the rain; the raincoat proves invaluable when in the prone position at the 50 yard line!
NRA Firearms Instructor – Nancy Rothschild
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