but I keep thinking I should get in a Garand Rattle Battle or something. I'd just have to find or form a team that doesn't care how bad I shoot.
The first thing that struck me is the parking lot. Walk around a little and you see license plates from more than 40 states, probably all but Hawaii.
I went mostly to buy some supplies from Commercial Row vendors, and to visit the CMP store. But I wandered out to the firing line to watch a little.
The match moves to the same slow, safe, well-ordered cadence as a match anywhere, just more shooters. The targets sit above the top of the berm. Any "hits" just pass through the paper and wind up in Lake Erie (which has a big area closed to boaters during the matches). The range is large enough for 1000 yard matches, but the match I saw was probably 200 yards. It's a huge field, and there's no relief from the weather. I don't know how much fun it is when it's 100 degrees and humid, or 60 degrees, rainy, and windy.
For spectators, a match is a little less exciting than watching golf, so I went back to shopping, picked up some powder, projectiles, and a pulled-pork sandwich. Not a bad place to visit, and it's an easy drive from S.E. Mich.