KUWAIT CITY, Jan 18: Another trilling FAST-Kuwait fun shoot night as they gathered for their 3rd weekly fun shoot where FAST Sec Archie Cajucom together with Waleed Al-Mutawah tuck their 1st win with a vengeance as they capture the top spot for the Standard and Professional Category respectively on the ‘Procedural Trap’ Scenario.
‘Procedural Trap’ Scenario was taken from the brilliant minds of FAST Pres Ronil Garcia who really made it hard for the team with a help from his shooting buddy FAST Sec Archie Cajucom who both came in early to set-up the scenario for the team. Range Officer Wilbert Zingapan is also present to observe the safety positions of the targets and ensures the safety of everyone for the competition.
The scenario was laid out wherein the shooter will start at the center of the range, starting on condition 2, the shooter has to run back at least 10 feet to his right and engage the 1st target behind a barricade at a distance of 7 feet, then the shooter has to go inside another shooting area to engage target no. 2 behind another barricade as a distance of 10 feet. The shooter has to be within the charge line to engage both targets.
After engaging two targets, the shooter has to run a distance of 15 feet to engage 4 targets behind a barricade, all 4 targets are heavily covered with no-shoot targets.
Then the shooter has to run inside a shooting area where 2 targets are to be engaged behind a drum at 5 feet distance, the shooter has to avoid shooting any barricades on this area. Then the shooter has to run with gun pointing down range to reach the last shooting area.
The last shooting area had 2 targets at a distance of 10 feet and 15 feet respectively, the shooter had to engaged the targets within the charge line and avoid hitting any barricade.
With so many restrictions, no-shoots and charge-lines, the shooter has to avoid any procedural error, hence, for the name ‘Procedural Trap’.
At the start of the fun shoot, Garcia told all the competitors that safety was the priority of both the range and the organization and briefed them with the scenario after which, they gave each competitor a 5 minutes’ walk through the course of fire.
An aggregate scoring method is used to calculate the final score for each competitor with a bullet in Alpha earning 5 points, while in Bravo and Charlie brought 3 points and Delta 1 point.
The time taken to complete the shoot plays a major part in the standing as the total score is divided by the time taken over the course to get the result.
The shooter can also get penalized and deduct 10 points from their total score if they received a procedural errors and hitting no-shoot targets, they can also be disqualified if they violates any gun safety handling rules.
If there is a malfunction of any of the range equipment during the competition, the shooter will be given or allowed to a re-shoot, although today’s competition is one of their annual shooting events, re-shoots will not be accommodated this time and all competitors will shoot 1 time.
FAST Sec Archie Cajucom had all his plans right for this course of fire and slightly took the edge this as he finished the course in 34.94 seconds, 2nd best time in the same category and collected 16 Alpha and 4 Charlie for 2.6331 hit factors and one of three gentlemen who did not received any penalty points thus putting him on top tonight.
Second place Muath Ahmad Al-Qattan is back in the range after long absence. He had the fastest time recorded at 31.56 seconds but he hit the no-shoot target by just a hair-line that earned him a penalty point.
He collected 16 Alpha, 1 Bravo and 3 Charlie for 2.5982 hit factors. He could easily take the crown from Cajucom if he had not earned any penalty points.
Completing the ‘Tough-Three’ line-up is Fawaz Al Anizi, wherein he had improved and continued to gain his accuracy with his weekly participation in the fun-shoot. He finished the course of fire under 35.23 seconds and collected 16 Alpha, 3 Charlie and 1 Delta for 2.5546 hit factors and the 2nd shooter who has not received a penalty points.
Taking on 4th place is Abdelrahman Abubakar who improved on his standings tonight as he is the last shooter to have a perfect shoot performance. He finished the course in 38.72 seconds and collected 12 Alpha, 6 Charlie and 2 Delta for 2.0661 hit factors.
Taking the 5th spot and completing the ‘Magic-Five’ line-up is no other than FAST VP Cesar Isidro who had to experiment tonight and his effort did not do him good as he earned 1 Mike and 1 penalty for hitting the no-shoot target after finishing the course in 35.63 seconds. He Collected 11 Alpha, 5 Charlie and 3 Delta for 1.4875 hit factors.
Muath Al Assaf has taken the highest number of hits in Alpha with his 17 hits and 2 Charlie under 43.10 seconds but with 1 Mike and 2 penalties for hitting the no-shoot target dragged his hit factors down to 1.4153 but earned him 6th place tonight.
On his 2nd attempt, he improved on his run but still unable to avoid getting penalties as he hit another no-shoot target under 43.75 seconds with 17 Alpha, 2 Charlie and 1 Mike for 1.6229 hit factors.
Rasheed Al Twalah completes the ‘Magnificent-Seven’ line-up, the line-up that separates the men from the big boys. He completes his run under 35.30 seconds and collected 12 Alpha, 4 Charlie, 1 Delta, 3 Mikes and 1 No-Shoot for 0.9348 hit factors.
Guest shooters Wesley Henry had trouble during his run as his gun jammed several times therefore making his time 71.51 seconds with 17 Alpha and 1 Charlie but with his 2 Mike and 2 No-Shoot, his scores was dragged down to 0.6712 hit factors.
Dan Hobley, another guest shooter could not find his bearings and earned 4 penalties as he stepped out of the charge-line while engaging a targets. He finished the course under 52.18 seconds and collected all the alphabets with 14 Alpha, 2 Bravo, 2 Charlie, 1 Delta, 1 Mike and 1 No-shoot for 0.4408 hit factors.
With the above results Cajucom, Abubakar, Al Anizi and Isidro maintains their spot of the Magnificent-Seven line-up joined by Al-Qattan, Al Assaf and Al Twalah while Rotap, Al Mullah and R. Henry did not join the competition tonight.
Waleed Al-Mutawah is back at the driver seat the Professional Category after missing the 1st two shooting competition and almost had the fastest time but his gun jammed but he easily recovers and finished the course in 27.44 seconds and the only shooter that has a perfect shoot performance with 19 Alpha, recorded as the highest number of hits in the same category with 1 Charlie for 3.5714 hit factors.
Omar Al Ansari took the fastest time with 21.30 seconds but he had to earn 1 Mike with 8 Alpha, 9 Charlie and 2 Delta for 2.7700 hit factors.
Humoud Al Sabah took 3rd place and completes the ‘Tough-Three’ line-up with his almost perfect shoot performance if he had not step outside the charge-line while engaging the target and earned him 2 penalties for it. He finished the course in 28.07 seconds with 12 Alpha, 7 Charlie and 1 Delta for 2.2088 hit factors.
FAST Pres. Ronil Paul Garcia come in short tonight as it looks like he is a victim of his own scenario wherein he had 2 Mikes and 1 No-Shoot penalties. He finished the course in 25.56 seconds and collected 14 Alpha, 2 Charlie and 2 Delta for 1.8779 hit factors.
We could not have a complete line-up for the professional category as they have only 4 participants. Nevertheless, Garcia and Al Ansari continued to hold onto their ranks and joined by Al-Mutawah and Al Sabah.
Also, FAST League 2016 winners was announced, the FAST League 2016 is the compilation of the weekly fun-shoot and in order to qualify in this league, the shooter must complete or participate in a minimum of 10 weekly fun-shoots, re-shoots do not count.
The average of the best 5 individual scores will determine overall ranking. In case there is a tie, the best 10 individual scores will determine, if in case the scores are still tie, overall average taken from the number of equal fun-shoots will determine their rank.
In the Professional Category: Champion — Waleed Al-Mutawah, 1st runner-up — Omar Al Ansari, 2nd runner-up — Tamer Al Mutariat, 3rd runner-up — Ronil Paul Garcia and 4th runner-up — Mohammed Al Sadoon while in the Standard Category: Champion — Cesar Isidro, 1st runner-up — Archie Cajucom, 2nd runner-up — Abdullah Al Salah, 3rd runner-up — Mohammed Al Shatti and 4th runner-up — Majid Al Mullah. A special recognition to Humoud Al Sabah for being the ‘Most Improved Shooter’ of FAST League 2016.
Meanwhile, FAST officials had announced that all newcomers and members wishing to participate in the weekly shoots should come to the range ahead of time for a ‘dry run’ over the course.
The aim of this dry run is to ensure the newcomers safety as well as that of all those present at the range. Those newcomers who fail to turn up for this dry run will not be allowed to take part in the actual competition.
Also, FAST-Kuwait are accepting new membership and will announce the winners of their FAST League 2016 result next Tuesday, Jan 17 and inviting all practical shooters out there to join them and be a part of their camaraderie and had a lot of fun for this sport and for details, please contact FAST President Ronil Paul Garcia on 6636-8018 and Vice-President Cesar Isidro on 9953-0301, you can also look them up on Facebook ‘FAST — Kuwait’ or email them at email@example.com
By Ronchie dela Cruz
Special to the Arab Times