The Best of the Best Grand Aggs

by Mike Kendra on December 14, 2009

rackAt the last National Don Dixon won the Grand Aggregate match with a 548-09X, and that sounds impressive, but where does he stack up against previous winners?

Don’s score, compiled from six targets, averages out to a score of 91.3, and that sounds like an excellent set of scores.

To compare I created a list from the last 24 years of Skirmish Lines that I had laying around.

Before I get to the best score, lets look at the lowest score I found.

In October of 1990 at the 82nd National, J. Person scored a 536-03X which averages out to a score of 89.3, just two points less than Don’s average.

Without further suspense, here are the 20 best Grand Aggregate Scores:

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H.P. Gregory tops out our list, his average score was 92.6 among six targets in this event.

I’m not sure much more can be said, except that this is a topic worthy of further study. Perhaps a few interviews are in order.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike M. December 14, 2009 at 8:41 am

Notice the trends, though.

To be a contender in the Grand Agg, you need to average a 91…this would give you a 546. It won’t win ALL the time, but it will put you in the fight. I’m sure that three 546s would put the DSSA on your chest.

For a revolver shooter, a 91 at 25 yards is not terribly hard…while a 91 at 50 yards is an outstanding score. IIRC, the National Record is only a 94. But the revolver aggregate need only be a 182…which is tough (a 183 will reliably win the revolver aggregate), but do-able.

It really brings out the fact that the Grand Aggregate is dominated by the top pistol shooters. A trend that would show even more if you went back to the 1960s and 1970s.

Tom Magno December 14, 2009 at 10:57 am

Mike M. -
Excellent analysis – except that you are mistaking trend with average. When you ‘average’ over the entire 6 targets, by definition, some will be high and some will be low(er). So, given that most winning musket scores are in the upper 90′s (94+), and carbine scores are equally higher for both 50 and 100 yards, then the required revolver scores need not be 91+ to make the average over the 6 targets a 91. For instance, lets assume the musket and carbine both were 93 average at 50 and 100 yards. Reasonable assumption. That’s 372 for 4 targets, leaving 174 for the revolver (for your 546 example). That means the revolver targets need to be 87 average between 25 and 50 yards. Most of the competitive revolver shooters on the top 20 list above consistently shoot in the very high 90′s at 25 yards. So let’s say on this equally excellent day across the board, our shooter shoots a 96 at 25 yards – not unheard of. That means he/she would only need a 78 at 50 yards, also not unheard of and which is very doable (at least by the distinguished folks in the above list – I have not gotten even near that level to date).
My point is not to say that getting to 546 is easy – it is not, by a long shot. It is very hard – all the stars have to align and all of your guns – (and your skill) have to come together for every gun, every target – and you only get one try at it. My point is that it is not necessarily the revolver targets that get you over the top. It can be any of the guns that get you that Grand Agg – the higher the scores received in the long arms mean that you don’t have to shoot a 91 at 50 yard with the revolver to get where you need to be to win.

Mike Kendra December 14, 2009 at 1:38 pm

I do want to come back and add the individual scores for each target set in this table, but I haven’t had the time to dig that far into the stats. Then you’ll really be able to tell what targets make or break Grand Agg winners. Maybe I’ll have that fully researched for next year.

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