feature By: James Kirkland | April, 19
I quickly clicked on the link to the webpage (bucket.rgcevent.site) and started reading the rules:
• You are allowed to fire offhand with iron sights only. The target is a paper 1.75-inch bucket at 55 yards with no glass sights or anything to steady your aim. You choose your caliber.
• Any caliber may be used (up to .50 Caliber), but no shotguns are allowed. You may use centerfire, rimfire, black powder or cartridges.
• You must fire one shot at a time. (No automatic or burst-firing is permitted)
• You may load up to 5 shots at one time into your weapon. You may reload the appropriate amount of rounds if a misfire or jam occurs.
• A five-minute timer will start at the beginning of each round of shooters. You may clean, wipe, reload, re-sight or whatever you want, but you only have 5 minutes to send all of your rounds down range, even in case of
misfire, jam or faulty ammo.
• During Round 1, you may have a spotter indicating where your round is landing so you can adjust.
• A bucket hit is counted only when the bullet penetrates the target in a manner where the bucket has been hit.
• Once again, nothing but iron sights are allowed. No lasers or glass sights permitted.
Targets were printed up of a 1.75-inch bucket silhouette and Heather and I started shooting at it. Holy smokes, that’s a small target at 55 yards! Tambi, my coworker and muzzleloading enthusiast, saw my targets and asked about the shoot. I explained the rules and she asked if she could compete with her muzzleloader. I didn’t see why not, based on the rules, but she emailed the club to verify and they told her that it shouldn’t be a problem.
Finally, the day arrived. Unfortunately, it was threatening rain. We arrived at the club to find a very nice clubhouse with breakfast waiting for us. While eating, I was able to talk with Chuck Leblo, (the originator of the match) about the club and to go over the rules a bit to make sure there was no confusion. I asked Chuck how he came up with this idea and he told me how he was researching the type of rifle used by Quigley in the movie and discovered someone holding a bucket challenge with air rifles. Chuck changed the rules up a bit, but used their 55-yard distance and their bucket target. This was going to be their first Quigley Bucket Challenge . . .
so everything was a bit loose as far as what we were doing and how it would be done. Safety, of course, was the primary focus.
There were about 15 shooters in total, and about half of them were not club members; A good sign, I thought, for a new gun club. All of the shooters were men except for Tambi and my two daughters. The weapons of
Now let me make this very clear; this match was not run like every NRA match that I’ve competed in, and that kind of confused me at first, but we quickly adapted. As was mentioned earlier while still working out the rules, safety was never in question and I was at ease.
The first series of relays separated everyone in the group into three classes: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Subsequent relays placed winners within each class. The guy with the Mosin-Nagant took first place in Gold, I took second place, and my muzzleloading compatriot took third place. Tatiana, Heather and about 5 or 6 guys ended up in a shoot-off to determine Bronze-class winners. My little 14-year-old, Heather, bull’s-eyed the bucket twice to win first place in Bronze.
We all returned to the clubhouse for a quick lunch and then awarding of medals. Everyone that hit the bucket received an “I Hit the Bucket” medal.
A serious shoot? Maybe not so much, but definitely a fun shoot! I commend Chuck for the idea. Later he informed me that they are considering making it a quarterly shoot and dividing it up into Centerfire, Rimfire, and Black Powder classes. It was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to get some kids out shooting. I look forward to helping the Rockwall Gun Club create more competitions, especially for the youth!