Just returned from French Shotgun Nationals, 2018. Shotgun competition which was held in Chateauroux. 24 stages, 44 slugs, 29 bucks, 272 of birdshot. I couldn’t get my own Remington 870 so had to shoot with shotgun which I have borrowed from French shooter, Cristophe. Thanks a lot to him for this! That shotgun had some limitations, so I was just 11th out of 40 shooters. But I am coming for the Shotgun World Shoot with my own shotgun, so it will be much easier for me to compete.

More information and photos inside…

Squad #7 with 3 guys from Ukraine, 3 from Sweden and 3 from Finland:

French Shotgun Nationals, 2018 (IPSC)

French Shotgun Nationals, 2018 (IPSC)

The shooting range is huge. It is divided on several shooting zones and you need to drive to them using your car. Each zone had 6 stages to shoot in one day. Each bay had gun rack, chair and wood shed which was very useful during the hot weather, it will also protect shooters from rain.

There were many interesting stages with lots of interesting challenges. That was the first time I saw a mandatory weak hand shooting on one birdshot and one slug stage. I had to shoot prone from weak hand on shotgun stage and it was new experience for me!

Mikael Kaislaranta Shooting Knee

Mikael Kaislaranta Shooting Knee

It was allowed to use red dots in Modified division in IPSC, and some shooters already installed such sights on their shotgun. Here’s Teemu Rintala (Rifle World Champion) shooting his Benelli M2 with Aimpoint Red Dot Sight:

Teemu Rintala, Modified Division, Benelli M2 with Aimpoint Red Dot

Teemu Rintala, Modified Division, Benelli M2 with Aimpoint Red Dot

There were many different start positions on this competitions. I haven’t seen many of them before :)

Starting Position on Shotgun Competition, IPSC

Starting Position on Shotgun Competition, IPSC

Shotgun was in a rack on many stages:

Shotgun standing in a rack

Shotgun standing in a rack

There were a lot of different decorations:

Decorations on the IPSC Shotgun Competition in France

Decorations on the IPSC Shotgun Competition in France

Range Officers didn’t use paper score sheets. There was a tablet on each stage and they entered results using it, then shooter needed to enter PIN code to confirm the result.

That system speeded up everything and made the verification faster.

Range Officer with Tablet

Range Officer with Tablet

Computer and printer to see print and check results

Computer and printer to see print and check results

Each day we had just 6 stages, 3 before the lunch and 3 after the lunch. We had about 2-3 hours. That was nice but I prefer to shoot more stages a day.

Stages were really interesting and different from othe competitions. We had a lot of fun:

French Shotgun Nationals, 2018

French Shotgun Nationals, 2018

French Shotgun Nationals, 2018

French Shotgun Nationals, 2018

French Shotgun Nationals, 2018

French Shotgun Nationals, 2018

French Shotgun Nationals, 2018

French Shotgun Nationals, 2018

It was nice to meet old and make new friends. I really like shotgun competitions where I can meet so many good people.