Prize: TBD by the ZS board.
Please print four of the targets included in this post (you may also use the Alternative target if your range master does not allow silhouette targets) and use two rounds per target. There are no caliber restrictions (except on reduced scale targets), and you may choose a weapon you are comfortable with.You're still so exhausted, but the adrenaline dump of the small skirmish refreshed you, for now. You notice that the smoke is much heavier as you approach your homestead. Fear begins to take hold that maybe, maybe, your homestead has caught a flame. Did you leave a lantern burning while you were gone? Did the wood burner burst? What could have happened?
You come to the fence line and see flames leaping from the roof of your homestead in the distance, the barn is almost entirely charred, and what livestock you had left either broke free of the fencing, or must have been stuck in their pens when the fire caught.
You frantically pick your way into your home to see if there's any possibility of putting out the fire but find that your extinguishers have already burst from the intense flames. You gasp as you struggle in the smoke-filled air, your eyes stinging with tears from the acrid mess, or from the loss, you can't tell which. As you duck to reduce the fog you grab the pack you've left by the door and dart outside.
You back away from the roaring bonfire that was once your home and move to your off-site root cellar, tearing open the door and grabbing at the few things you have left. A few boxes of ammo, jerky, a box of canned goods, a few steel cans of fuel, some more supplies that are too numerous and/or small to name. These things you load into your truck and you sit down to have, ironically, a smoke.
After you're done, you check your bearings and take an inventory. You have enough fuel to travel a fair distance between what's in the vehicle and what you had stored, you also have enough food to last you at least a week with careful rationing. Rifling through your pack you take note of your "small game getter", which will be handy later on, rope, and other goodies.
At this point you're all but exhausted, and as you pull to a far part of one of your fields, you notice tire tracks, deep gouges, scored into the mud and grass. This is something you're going to investigate later, absolutely, but for now, you're too tired to care. You kick your feet up into the bench seat, lock the doors, and hunker down for some rest.
When you wake up, you notice the infection you had previously has already calmed some and the wound site doesn't feel as hot as it once did. You look out of the vehicle and notice that your homestead is a cinder, it's going to be dark soon, and there are shambling shapes. You know that in order to investigate what happened, you're absolutely going to have to deal with the predators coming toward your area, and that you'll need a solid night of sleep to shake off this exhaustion, so you quietly break out your weapons and step down out of the truck.
From the hood of your vehicle, it's an easy progression of targets. There's one near you at 25, two further at 50, and one at the edge of the field at 100 yards. These should be easy peasy, even in your fugue state at having lost so much.
Targets (as well as expanded rules) are available on the Postal Match details page, or the links at the end of this post. Please send all targets to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the event of a tie, targets will be judged based on how close to the bullseye they were. Remember all targets should be printed on 8.5"x11" paper for scoring purposes.
Remember targets are due no later than September 30th at 11:59pm (EST). Good luck!
Target: Zombies (1 at 25 yards, 2 at 50 yards, 1 at 100 yards)
Alt. Target: Zombies Alt (1 at 25 yards, 2 at 50 yards, 1 at 100 yards)
Fake Edit: Additionally, thanks to one of our members (MingTheMerciless), we have reduced scale targets for use as well. These I am strictly limiting to .22lr for their use, which should coincide with any local indoor range caliber restrictions as well as make scoring a fair bit easier since there won't be giant holes in it.
If you want to use one of the reduced scale targets, they are available on the Postal Match page. Standard math says that if you use the 1/2 scale or 1/4 scale, you half the distance you shoot at and quarter the distance you're shooting at, respectively.