Total registered was 432 shooters, which according to Dave Thomas (Executive Officer for USPSA) is the record for any Area match, and the first to break the 400 mark. After all was said and done, I think the final tally was 414 shooters. Great turn out, most likely due to the proximity of Area 2 and beautiful location to vacation in. We had all kinds of weather, ranging from cool and overcast on Weds when Staff started shooting to sudden T-storm down pours on Thurs afternoon when the Super Squad was trying to finish up. Then had warming temps Fri-Sun, with a few dust devils on Friday that wrecked havoc on the Chrono Station and sent a couple hundred scores sheets and a few targets swirling up into the air into the next county. But all in all, good weather, and beats heck out of going to S. Utah in June or July. Though I am a few shades darker on my face and arms from the sun. Also got worked running shooters back to back from 0745 to 1800 hrs on Fri/Sat and then Sunday from 0745 to 1330. I think we ran 30 squads of 10-12 shooters per squad thru my stage. With only 2 RO's.
I came in 15th in SS (out of 50 or 51) at 69% of Max Michel, and was 3rd B as Junkie said. I made a few sloppy mistakes (trying to keep up with a M-class SS shooter in my squad...) that cost me either time or points, but overall satisfied with how I did. I'd like to think that I might have been able to finish a place or two higher had I not been sloppy, but probably wouldn't have done better than 3rd C given who placed 1st and 2nd C.
The match itself was a hoser match. 90% of the targets were within 10 yds, and I think we only had a few targets that were out to 15-17 yds. None were farther than that. So this was a match where speed was everything. Footwork, reloads, stage planning and shooting on the move needed to be spot on to do well, and my two Mikes were due to shooting on the fly and both were 1/8 to 1/4" inside a hardcover.
For me, 2012 Area 1 was more the match experience working as an RO. Learned a bunch, picked up some tips and tricks, and added to my knowledge of being an RO. Had to make some tough calls, got bullied by a few shooters who were on the other end of those calls (including one the size of a Polar Bear), but the RM backed my calls and we moved on. Learned an important lesson: never pass up the opportunity to keep your mouth shut. Make the call, cite the rule, then don't get sucked into an argument because all you're doing is giving them ammo to arbitrate. Less said is better.
Unfortunately I was the RO that noticed the Glock Tail on Cody's Glock, and had to bump him to Open. But at least we gave him an opportunity to go load his mags to capacity... But on the plus side, I got to RO Phil Strader (current USPSA President), Lisa Munson, and Julie Golob. I watched Max Michel and Travis Tomasie shoot a few stages, but didn't get to RO them as they shot it on Thursday with Staff.