After having several people tell me that, if they had to choose between either Canton McKinley’s regional or the National Matches at Camp Perry, they’d pick the Canton McKinley regional, I was intrigued. So, when the time, came I was sure to sign up.
In talking to people that recommended the Canton McKinley regional so highly, their reason always came down to community, a significant amount of the bullseye community comes to the Canton McKinley regional. Here is a shot from the firing line.
While the competitive shooting community is general welcoming regardless of where I’ve shot, what I think Canton gets right is the several opportunities to gather for meals.
The first night was a cook-your-own steak night. Each shooter is given a steak which they then cook on the many grills that are on the patio outside. I wasn’t confident in my steak grilling capabilities, so I let Roger cook mine and Destiny’s steaks. ?This was a lot of fun.
The next night, we had BBQ that was cooked and served by the ORPA junior pistol team. The last night was a kielbasa grill, along with a stocked Budweiser truck. ?
Tuning for Camp Perry
Shortly after showing up to the Canton McKinley regional, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the firing points were uncovered. This was a welcome sight to me since it allowed me the ability to test my iron sight zero, ensure that I had the right equipment, etc. before then heading to Camp Perry.
Of note, we got rained on quite a bit on the last day at the regional. This sucked. But, I just kept telling myself, “I’ve never done this! This is good practice for Perry! This is fun!”.
The full results for the matches that I shot are below. In summary, I took second sharpshooter and EIC points for both service pistol and rimfire pistol.