What is a Postal Match?

Before the internet, if friendly target shooters wanted to compete against one another they could either meet together and exchange targets, or they would participate in a Postal Match. Typically these contests were a standard course of fire that the participants shot, then mailed to the contest organizer for tally. Since the internet can provide us with nearly instant feedback, and we can trade many different targets, it seems to be an ideal format for the "Modern Postal Match".

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Tour of Other Online Postal Matches

While I would love to claim that the online version of the postal match was my idea, I can't. The internet is a terrific venue to modernize the classic Postal Match (where shooters would otherwise mail in their targets and await scoring) and can reach out to more people.

In thinking up this blog site, and doing my Google due diligence, however, I  found a handful of other postal match sites. I thought I would share with you the ones I have found.

I encourage you to join up with these other postal matches. The more participation each match gets, the better the whole idea will become.

Mr. Completely  looks to be the outright leader in the online postal match world. (Called e-Postal Matches). Each month a different blogger "hosts" the match. Targets and courses of fire are varied and are unique. In looking at the Mr. Completely Archives, there have been a bunch of different shooting tasks with variable number of shots, positions, targets etc.. I have drawn some of my basic rules (such as shooting class) from Mr. Completely's site. Thanks to you!

More locally, the Tennessee Gun Owners website has a monthly handgun shooting match. You will need to look in the "stickies" section of the handgun forum. The targets are standardized (a link to the download is provided in each monthly description.) and each match is 10 shots. Read the rules carefully as there are variations each month. You upload your target to the site by using the forum tools to upload a picture.

By the way, this site is a Tennessee based forum group that is great for networking with Tennessee shooters. There are announcements on local and regional shooting events and meet & greets. Check it out at http://www.tngunowners.com/.

I recently found what looks like a new postal match from the Delaware Shooters Forum Postal Match. It looks like they have just started off, so I don't know how much interest they will generate. The main website for the Delaware Shooters Forum is http://www.deshooters.com/

The Zombie Squad Postal Match looks interesting. Rather than shooting at bullseyes, the Zombie Squad's mission is to kill zombies. They have a very unique target. You can either mail or email your results. The directions to each match are found by clicking this link and looking through the forum for the latest month's entry.

The Zombie Squad's mission is to educate the public about the importance of personal preparedness and self reliance, to increase its readiness to respond to a number of disasters such as Earthquakes, Floods or Zombie Outbreaks. Go to their site http://www.zombiehunters.org/  to learn more.

The Florida Shooters Network Postal Match Forum lists a small number of Postal Matches they have done. While the forum is still alive, it looks like there is not much participation in the matches.

The Postal Match Forum site is an interesting concept which seems to be predominantly focused on long gun and rifle sports. The idea is that forum members upload their own postal matches for the others to participate in. Looking at the dates of the posts, this site looks like it has gone fallow, but it may be a source for some ideas.

If you know of, or come upon any other Online Postal Matches, let me know and I will post them. Send them to me at postalmatch@gmail.com

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