No llamas were injured during the Taos Death March on Saturday (March 26). This Death March is a “hunter-style” event designed to recreate the actual use of rifles with precision in the wild.
It places shooters in positions that allow them to spot targets from a particular spot. However, they may have to perform lateral movements in order where they can engage targets. They might also be able to spot targets from a standing position. However, something prevents an accurate shot, such as a tree branch or fence. White lines that indicate an appropriate firing line and orange flags marking the point’s boundaries at which one can engage determine the shooter’s direction towards the target downfield.
Shoot them’ Up Taos, an organization of the community that encourages shooting events for everyone and various formats in the region, was the host for Death March. Death March on private property. U.S. Optics, MDT (Modular Driven Technologies), and a local gun shop, Gunslingers, were the event’s sponsors.
The competitors competed against each to get the fastest possible time to locate specific targets across eight shooting stages and then strike them using either a match or a hunting bullet. No steel core or steel jacketed tracer or incendiary that penetrated armor bullets were permitted. The shooting stages were placed approximately 8/8 of a mile away from each other, making the event more of a marksmanship competition than a stamina contest. Shooters had to carry the equipment through the entire course.
This would happen when they achieved their goals -they’d be required to lift their equipment and mechanically shout “TIME” to signal the conclusion of the stage, effectively stopping the clock.
The stages were given colorful names like Pump N’ Stupp Middle-Aged Farmer’s Gate, ISIS Tags. The language of location guides is informative and adrenaline-pumping.
“Hunt down and kill fleabag coyotes, so you are able to steal their diamonds.”
“Defend heaven. Switch shots in between the diamond at 492 and the orange circle on 492.”
For access to the check-in area and the safety briefing area before the start of the match, it is necessary to travel along US-64 and drive through Double D Ranch. Double D ranch then slows down a bit beyond mile marker 238, where a gate to the left side of the road welcomes those participating in Death March. Death March.
There are two gates. One following one after the other requires you to leave your vehicle, open the gates and then shut them after you. Llamas roam between the two gates and relax far in the opposite direction through the shooter’s range.
A mile or so up an unpaved road that requires an ultra-clearance car and a new set of suspension and struts when you’ve driven, it is where you’ll see the cipher of pickups making a kind of line that will be the site of this Death March.
The event’s organizers are very cautious about safety, and they’re right to be when hosting an event that features numerous high-powered rifles. Every person who attends the event is given the waiver of liability and the rules book that includes security measures.
One of the most basic rules that, when not adhered to, can lead to life-threatening scenarios was that “at every station, all rifles should be placed within the area of holding, with the muzzles pointed downwards and the actions [the mechanism that functions with the breech-loading firearm] open.”
When the sensation of being around shooters firing massive rounds of ammunition became familiar, it was possible to stand casually in front of two guns propped up on the ground and surrounded by shooters waiting to get their turn. Alex Schoenfeld, one of the principal coordinators for the show, was aware of the issue and moved the guns to a different part of the route so that they wouldn’t cause any harm to others passing by the arena. The rifles could have been empty, but what’s the risk of losing a leg?
Rangers (ROs), or the person directly responsible for firing at the range during the contest, set the tone for the competition. They assisted in resetting the stage after the contestant was done firing the targets. Then, they’d help make sure that the person who was shooting next into position entered the stage in a waiting area marked with a numbered rebar staked in the ground.
With the aid of advanced technology to locate ranges and a shooting aid that tells you the best way to find the target in the field, it was hard for the shooter and the RO. The scenery comprised an ascent dotted by gnarled splintered trees. Therefore, the marks were made of white steel and would not reflect the light enough.
Competitors didn’t have any prior idea of the target’s location, and the majority of the problem did not know where to shoot. There are two chances of landing the shot you want on a smaller area of about 500 yards.
The owner of Indigenous Arms 1680, and the former Pojoaque Pueblo governor, Joseph Malachy, were one of the competitors and sponsors in the contest.
Anita Ramsey and Paul “Pecos” Gonzalez, who is relatively new to the sport of shooting in competition, were given the status of an outlaw. This designation functions as a handicapping system, where DOPE (data regarding previous shooting) and the time it takes to locate the target don’t get incorporated into competitors’ recorded time. They both declined the offer, preferring to be on the same field with the other players.
In Stage 5, Ramsey said the only thing she wanted to improve was “to start the fire beneath my sore.”
To “Pecos,” the Death March is “just for fun. shooting well is just a bonus.”
If you wear a high-quality pair of earmuffs, harm to your ears from the blast is minimized; however, the force generated by the explosion feels inside your body, even if you are not of the weapon. It makes the expression “shell blast” more tangible as a personal experience. In the background, you’d hear the roar from the rifle and then the sound of a sharp pinging from metal against metal and the sound that comes from a bullet striking hard dirt.
Joe Richard won the Taos Death March with a final time of approximately 32 minutes.
The first place brought him an additional 50 percent discount for one of the MDT ACC Chassis systems -A high-end rifle stock that can be as high as $1,550.
Richard stated that he was pleased with the shooting and hoped to be back; “The longer you shoot and improve, the better you become at shooting. You know, it requires lots of practice. ….yeah, I’ll be back there. I believe it will be that it will be in April. I’m not sure if it’s in April however if it is not in April, I’ll definitely return in May. That’s why I’ll definitely be back there to shoot it once more. I suppose I’ve got a few more wins to work on.”