As I mentioned elsewhere, it was too cold for pins, and so some impromptu steel stages were set up.
The first one was pretty simple, just five steel plate targets set up at varying heights and distances, but all around ten yards out or so; one shot per target, three runs, keep your best time. The third stage was an... er... I guess you'd call it a "cold-range El Presidente". (The loaded and safed gun was laying on the rail in front of you when you turned around, rather than shooting from the leather.) The second stage was a plate rack with six swinging plates, and a Pepper popper for a stop plate. This turned out to be just for fun, as we only had two timers...
I only shot each stage once, as I had a fairly boneheaded gear malfunction. Those Blackhawk! gloves that were so comfy in North Carolina in August? Yeah, well, they're not so hot for Indiana in February, and I'd forgotten my warm gloves at home. Once you can't feel your fingers, it takes the fun out of things.
Also on the topic of gloves, I noticed that they can cause problems with my usual high-thumbs hold. I'd been admonishing myself to choke up on the gun, and on my first run it was "BANG!BANG!... malfunction ...BANG!... malfunction ...BANG!BANG!"
...which doesn't do much for your score. I think it was a dismal ten seconds or so. Same thing on the second run. I figured out what was happening by the third run, and shot it clean in the low fives.
After the stage, someone offered me some CLP. But it wasn't lube that was the problem; it was the wrinkled fabric of the glove interfering with the slide stop and causing it to lock back between shots. I was happy that I had spent time practicing my malfunction drills. I noticed a few shooters who hadn't, and a stoppage would leave them staring at their gun like a duck in thunder, rather than keeping their head in the fight and reducing the malf.
Also, reload times varied widely among the shooters, although with the exception of the El Pres stage they weren't all that critical. A lot of folks took their head completely out of the fight to reload, and mine were a lot less smooth than they could have been.
Oh, well, just more stuff to practice. And Eagle Creek will reopen for the year this weekend! Hooray! Yay guns!