The Sanner’s Carbine Classic is a practical carbine match similar to an IDPA match but the firearm used is a carbine of intermediate caliber (muzzle energy ≤1875 ft·lbs). Competitors will be shooting primarily at paper targets interspersed with the occasional clay pigeon or other reactive target. While infrequent, there may be any number of "blind stages" during a match where the brief is limited and the competitor will not get the chance to see the stage before shooting. Round count per stage will vary depending on the stage and the amount of targets but will not exceed more than sixty shots required. Any carbine or rifle that complies with the muzzle energy limit is welcome but the emphasis will be on home defense and duty rifles. Nominal round count is 100-150, sign-ups will be on Practiscore.
Current Match Results
Sanner’s Carbine Classic February Match Report
This February Carbine Classic match was wild, wet, and wonderful! A total of 25 competitors braved the conditions to prove their dedication in the face of the downpour.
After a late-night simplification of the stages to reduce setup and teardown given the rainy forecast we happened upon a great balance of simplicity, low round count, and fun stages that gave competitors numerous interesting challenges. For example, one stage could be completed in exactly 11 rounds and therefore did not technically require a reload, however given the tricky long-distance shots required at the very end of the stage (around cover no less!) most people ended up stuffing more rounds in the gun and sending more lead downrange just to be safe.
We had a few more novice shooters came out for this match, and what a match to make their first! I can promise those competitors that this match is normally a little drier…but not necessarily any easier! In addition to these fresh faces, we have had many former novices returning to hone their skills and become grizzled veterans of the Carbine Classic.
Of course, as you might have guessed from the above, the weather was a big factor for this match. As the targets were being stapled there was faint mist in the air, and it even looked as though it might be clearing up. However, we decided to use waterproof targets and pasters just in case and that sure was the right move. As the day went on the rain steadily got heavier becoming nearly a downpour at times. Competitors, rifles, and gear were soaked to the point of failure; some rifles became manually operated, “waterproof” clothing was no longer, electronic scorepads became balky, and even a few shot timers bit the dust! But in the end, everybody rose to the challenge, forged ahead, embraced the suck, and finished off the match without incident
While the rain soaked everyone, those in Prepper division were weighed down with even more sogginess as their kit slowly became completely waterlogged. Prepper competitors are required to carry everything they used throughout the match on their person throughout the day and every course of fire, which adds to the challenge when the going gets tough. Congratulations are due to every Prepper for completing the match, and especially to Anibal D who made it look easy winning Prepper division and placing 7th overall!
Included below is the link to the scores posted on Practiscore as well as a couple photos snagged during the match.
Special recognition must be given to Mike H as the top Active Duty competitor, Gerald T as the high senior, Andrea S as the high lady, and finally Jordan B as top Junior! Great shooting!
The next match will be May 29th, which promises to bring springtime warmth and plenty of sunshine (ha!). Sign up information will be provided separately; stay tuned to the Sanner’s website for the status of upcoming matches.
Fire and Rain:
Doing the Lefty Reload Reach-around:
Ironman: Only iron sights allowed on the rifle. Sights can be of any configuration or design provided they are metallic or equivalent and provide no visible illumination, magnification, or other optical enhancements. No more than one set of sights.
Dot: One illuminated sight is permitted. Illuminated sights originally designed to be capable of magnification (whether used or not) are prohibited.
Scope: One optical or electronic sight capable of magnification is permitted.
Pistol Caliber Carbine: Any firearm chambered in a pistol caliber including but not limited to 9mm, 10mm, or .45 ACP.
Prepper: No gear requirements or restrictions except that everything used must be carried on the competitor's person throughout every stage and during the whole day (beginning of the safety brief to the last round fired). Anything dropped or not carried is "out of play", this includes water, food, rifles, spare parts, etc., however magazines dropped during a stage may be reused. Backpacks and gear may be removed briefly between stages to retrieve necessary equipment (food, ammo, etc) provided everything stays within arm’s reach of the competitor. Asking other competitors to retrieve equipment for you from your gear is allowed.
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