Smith shoots with speed and precision

Tom Smith won the Rappahannock Pistol and Rifle Club annual centerfire pistol speed event June 10 at the range in White Stone.

The NRA-style pistol competition consists of five 8-inch steel plates shot from 15 yards, reported Michael Loser. The competitors must knock down the plates using a maximum of six shots.

If all plates fall, the time is recorded as the competitor’s score. Failure to knock down all plates or not in a specific order, garners a five second per plate penalty, said Loser. The competition is run with three stages of two strings—left to right, then right to left. The best five strings are averaged for an overall time. The competition is a balance between speed and accuracy.

Smith won the competition using a Smith and Wesson 686 revolver shooting 38 special loads. David Antonio placed second and Mark Tures was third.