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    2021 Tactical Games Nationals Are Over!

    We had 12 stages over 3 days. Round count was around 375 rifle and 375 pistol. Weather was perfect for funtivites in Texas hill country.

    This event was open to anyone, even if they didn't qualify. A person needs a top 5 finish in their division to qualify for the nationals. While people (like myself) were at the nationals, we weren't in the nationals. We ran the same stages but were scored separately.

    We had multiple "carry this heavy thing, shoot that" stages. There were two long movement stages. Day 1 had a 3.1 mile run. Weight was armor, rifle and pistol. Kicker was that it was around 85% uphill. After the run you ditched your gear and completed a 7 or 8 stage obstacle course.

    Day 2 brought a 4.2 mile weighted run. They called it a ruck since there wasn't a time cap on the stage. But most people jogged it as much as they could. The course was about 50% uphill with around half of it being on an actual road.

    The distance was broken down into two 2.1 mile laps. First lap was a pack with 20 pounds. The competitor would then add another 20 pounds and complete a second lap. Elite division had a third lap with an additional 20 pounds.

    The only running we did on day 3 was maybe 200 yards which was an awesome relief.

    I was introduced to a hellish contraption called a flip sled that was loaded with another 90 pounds (I believe it was two 45 plate's, might be wrong). Looked simple enough. Pick up the heavy side a flip the whole thing over. Knew I was in trouble when my very first lift threw the sled under my carrier and I had to promptly set it back down.

    I was seeing stars and thinking "I have 18 of these lifts, I better figure it out". I did figure it out and got my lifts but I timed out on the stage. The only portion I had left was the last firing sequence. Sucks, but hey, I learned something and saved a little ammo.

    Anyways, I had a great time with like minded individuals. We suffered and cheered together.

    My highlight of the weekend was shaking Tim Burkes hand. I saw him driving by as I was prepping for a stage. I called out his name and he stopped. He got out of his car and we met beside it. We chatted for a short bit while I tried to hide my nerd like excitement. While everyone else is germaphobe knuckle bumping, he shook my hand.

    I finished in the middle of 140 shooters. Happy with the result due to the talent that was present but I'm not content with it. I will train harder and inch closer to the top.

    ShootingUSA was there so I imagine there will be an episode coming up on the games. Tactical Games has a few short videos of days 1, 2 and 3 on their Instagram. They will probably be pic dumping here in a few days.

    Quick overview of all 3 days on TG instagram:

    Day 1

    Day 2

    Day 3

    Looks like the TG youtube channel is adding the complete stages:

    Tactical Games Youtube
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    nice!!! I'll eventually go to one

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    Quote Originally Posted by texancarbine73 View Post
    nice!!! I'll eventually go to one
    You have 4 months to prep for Waxahachie in May!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leaveammoforme View Post
    You have 4 months to prep for Waxahachie in May!
    I wish
    Now Im working 6 days/week and 60+h zero time to train for it but I will in a year or so when things settle a bit

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    Meridian is next month….signed up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by texancarbine73
    I wish
    Now Im working 6 days/week and 60+h zero time to train for it but I will in a year or so when things settle a bit
    Do something now even if it's just for a few spare minutes a day.

    Eating with better habits (less surplus, water instead of soda, skip candy bar and eat a pouch of tuna, etc) is easy without adding the time that serious meal preppers invest.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rayd8 View Post
    Meridian is next month.signed up!
    Nice! What division did you choose? I'm curious about the new Tactical division but think I'll stay in the Masters 40 for May.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leaveammoforme View Post
    Do something now even if it's just for a few spare minutes a day.

    Eating with better habits (less surplus, water instead of soda, skip candy bar and eat a pouch of tuna, etc) is easy without adding the time that serious meal preppers invest.



    Nice! What division did you choose? I'm curious about the new Tactical division but think I'll stay in the Masters 40 for May.

    I debated, but went with Masters 50+. I thought about the tactical division since you can run a red dot on the pistol. The years aren’t kind to eyesight and irons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayd8 View Post
    I debated, but went with Masters 50+. I thought about the tactical division since you can run a red dot on the pistol. The years arent kind to eyesight and irons.
    I'll be running a magnifier on my rifle next time. I had a hard time seeing the scoring area of the furthur reduced size targets. There was zero contrast between the scoring area and a miss.

    They have used index cards in the past which are easy to make out against a brown silhouette.

    Anyways, good luck and I'd love to hear about the COF/implements/obstacles once it's over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leaveammoforme View Post
    I'll be running a magnifier on my rifle next time. I had a hard time seeing the scoring area of the furthur reduced size targets. There was zero contrast between the scoring area and a miss.

    They have used index cards in the past which are easy to make out against a brown silhouette.

    Anyways, good luck and I'd love to hear about the COF/implements/obstacles once it's over.
    Thanks, I’m planning on running an (older) Swaro 1-6x. It has a duplex dot and I felt pretty good. I’d like to confirm it out to 300-400 yds since I mounted it on a new upper. What distance were the pistol targets? Steel or 3x5 cards?

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    Most pistol was 10-15 yards and shot on 8.5x11" printer paper with a standard silhouette backer. The paper had 4 or 5 individual circular targets on it depending on COF. I want to say the targets were 3" because there were decent gaps between them.

    Basically, we would do work then fire at a specific circle. More work, next specific circle and so on until stage was completed.

    There was some standard sized steel on further stuff where we had junked cars between us and the targets. We were shooting through the passenger compartments to make the hits. Some steel targets were 40 or so yards. Vast majority of pistol (and rifle) was on paper. Rifle was the same sized paper with a single triangle, circle or square on it. Scoring area of rifle targets was generally around 8-10 square inches.

    Plan on all shooting to be of the Limited variety. Each miss is a 10 second penalty with no way to make it up other than blazing through the physical stuff and making yourself more tired for the next firing sequence. If they throw in a 2 Gun style stage it will probably be Unlimited.

    It sounds kinda cliche but, about the only thing a person can expect is the unexpected. They will generally email out the stages the day before you shoot them. Don't be surprised if stages changed when you roll up the next morning though.

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