One of the items that I’m planning on acquiring as I “get serious” about Bianchi Cup is a shooting mat to practice going prone. At the event itself the mats are provided for you, but if I’m going to be practicing prone on the gravel at ACC, I need a mat.
The reason for going prone on The Practical and The Plates is twofold: 1) enhances accuracy, and 2) uses time. At the 20 and 25 yard stages of The Plates, you literally have all the time in the world to get six shots off, but I found myself shooting way faster than I needed to. Going prone eliminates some of that extra time.
The same is true on the 25 and 50 yard stages of The Practical, in that it enhances accuracy and helps maintain a steady shooting pace.
So, does anyone have any recommendations on a good shooting mat? I found one on Brownells for $175, but I just can’t bring myself to pay that for what is essentially an expensive, padded rug. Ideas in comments, if you have any.