I am happy to introduce this new challenge because it means that there’s a new era beginning for The Everyday Marksman. We’ve long talked about the importance of getting involved in competition to sharpen your own edge and test your skills. When I ask people why they don’t compete more often, the answers almost always involve some combination of time and cost.
With time, the match date is inconvenient and conflicts with daily life, or the location of the match is too far away to be practical. With cost, it comes down to high entry fees, travel, and ammunition.
Well, there’s an answer to that: postal matches.
I first came across the idea of postal matches via John Buol Jr. over at the Firearms User Network. He helps organize them for the Army Reserve Marksmanship program. Since he introduced them to me, I’ve noticed a lot of places where they pop up.
The idea is simple. The match begins and runs for a set amount of time. You only need to pick up the target and compete from your home range at a time that’s convenient for you.
The fees, if there are any, are reasonable and help cover the administrative costs.
Sound good? I thought so. Let’s talk about the challenge.
The Everyday Marksman Postal Match Series
I’ll have the official rules of our matches posted on a separate page, but to give you a quick summary of it looks right now…
Matches are held every quarter, and run for eight weeks. That gives us time to tabulate results and make announcements before the next match.
Each match will have a different flavor of style. Some might be pistol-oriented, others might be precision rifle, practical rifle, or even speed-based. Sometimes there might even be obstacles and barriers to work with.
The rules for each match will be specified when it is posted.
At its heart, this is an opportunity for members of our tribe to come together in the spirit of friendly competition.
The completed match target must be submitted within the specified eight-week timeframe.
All members of our community, The Marksman’s Quarter, are eligible to submit one completed target to the division of their choice. Non-members may enter by paying a small entry fee on our support page. If an existing member wants to submit more than one target or compete in more than one division, then they must also pay the entry fee.
Scores are submitted on the honors system. Suspicion of cheating will be dealt with swiftly and harshly.
All entries will be submitted in the appropriate section of the community.
The Postal Match Challenge
Now that we’ve got the basics out of the way, let’s talk about the challenge. This challenge has two levels of achievement.
Level 1: Competitor
The only requirement of Level 1 is that you submit a score for any postal match. The division and score do not matter here. All I expect is that you have fun and work on your skills.
Level 2: Match Winner
As this one sounds like, you. must win any particular division of any given match. You can only win this badge once but I encourage you to keep on competing and participating.
A Final Note
Before signing off, I just want to say thanks for participating. I hope this new postal match series continues sparking interest and competitive spirit amongst the community.
I look forward to the results!
- Dan K
- Mark C