Those of us that read the latest Fouling Shot likely noted the change proposed to Current Article 8.1 - Records. The proposed change would require ALL national records to have been fired at a national tournament. The reason given is to have conditions the same for all shooters.
In addition, a change to current article 9.3 would require a minimum of 4 moving backers to be required for all national group records.
I will address the proposed Article 8.1 change first. Why eliminate the possibility of a national record at other than a national match? This measure will eliminate the opportunity for any CBA competitor to fire a record target at other than a national match. This seems contrary for an organization having the objective to appeal to cast bullet shooters and attract new members. For a short time I held the national record for the 10-round 300 yard group fired at Clark Rifles, taken later by a fellow club member. Both of our targets had 10 clean holes, but the subsequent moving backer rule now eliminates our club from any new potential records.
I will likely never attend a national match, and I find the move to exclusivity to be very disheartening. Guess you have to be a "member of the club" to be a potential record holder. Point of interest, if this proposal is adopted, ALL Existing national records should be stricken, and as such all new records can then be fired "shoulder to shoulder with all conditions as close as possible". Take the clean slate approach, so that previous records cannot be accused of being fired in supposed unfairly ideal conditions.
As for moving backers, Clark Rifles does not have them. We cannot afford to close our range for a day prior to and after our bi-monthly matches, even if we had energetic young helpers, which we do not. As such, we are now unable to have an opportunity as a CBA sanctioned activity to set records. As a matter of fact, we now have no incentive to be members of the CBA, or to fire sanctioned CBA matches at all. What is the point?
Thoughts to consider, and I would hope the CBA not adopt Proposed Article 8.1, although the requirement for moving backers pretty much kills the hope for national records at our range.
Mike Boynton aka Pentz