While shooting Stage 21 at this years USPSA Handgun Nationals, a steel popper I hit with two center hits did not fall. It was my last target on that stage. The RO cleared me, and the range. He then proceeded to call the Range Master for calibration.
I stood there thinking about my run. Did it feel good or not?
This same situation happened to me at the 2013 Area 1 match. I knew I made a good hit and called for calibration to prove it. The problem was, I had a good run and felt it, but I wanted to prove myself on that popper. The RM came and shot the popper which did not fall. I was right, my hit was good. I got a reshoot, and proceeded to shoot the stage very poorly. I would have been better off not calling for calibration and loosing the 5 points.
Back to my story, I remained standing there thinking about my run, because the RO had not asked me if I wanted to challenge calibration. It was my option to do so or not. While I waited, I heard the RO’s call out my hits as they scored my run, it was not good, so I said nothing and let the calibration proceed. The popper did not fall for the RM and I reshot the stage, with a better run.
After our squad had finished and were thanking the RO’s, I called the RO that ran me to the side and told him that he had not asked me if I wanted to challenge the popper calibration. He realized he should have and thanked me.
The shooter must decide if they want to challenge calibration before they know the results of their run. If my run had been good, I would have told the RM I did not want to challenge the calibration, and inform him that I had not been asked.
What experiences have you had with popper calibration?