I drove from Las Vegas to St. George Utah on Saturday for a week of shooting and ROing the 2014 USPSA Handgun Nationals. On my way to St. George I took a detour to visit a friend from my local shooting club who had moved to Logandale, a small ranching community about an hour’s drive north of Las Vegas. Chris and his family live in a nice home, next to a small river, with enough land to have horses and grow their own vegetables – living the life. After a short visit and tour of the property, I continued on to St. George.
My plan was to check into the hotel then visit the range, and walk stages Saturday afternoon, then spend the next day, Sunday, at Zion National park which is about 30 miles east of St. George. I arrived at the range on Saturday just after 90 miles winds came through and rearranged many of the structures on the range. Sturdy car-ports were slid out of their bays, heavy gear tables were thrown around (one even sticking into one of the stage walls, and many stage walls were blown down. I stayed and helped clean up the range. There was still much work to do to put the entire range back together. So it looked like no trip to Zion for me, oh well.
A call went out, and about 40 people showed up Sunday morning to help. We had the entire range rebuilt by about 2pm. Everything was done except hanging paper targets. Paper would normally be hung the night before the match begins, however, there was still a chance of rain Sunday evening. So it was decided we would hang paper Monday morning.
Morning began with a Staff meeting followed by the RO’s going to their assigned stages and hanging paper. The RO’s then went and joined our assigned squads to begin our shooting of the pre-match. Mondays shooting ended around 4pm, while Tuesday and Wednesday’s shooting ended around 2pm. This gave us RO’s a little time in the afternoon and evening to rest up for the next four days, which were sure to be long.
This years Nationals was the first, that I’m aware of, that had the production, limited, limited 10, and open divisions all shooting in one big match. 28 stages in four days. This format was selected to assist many of the shooters to prepare for the IPSC World Shoot which followed a few weeks later.