I owe my success at the last 3 Near and Far Standards I have shot, to using this practice aide I made up last year. Previously I had never shot anything less than a 68. My measurements will be different for you. Just trust the 25 and 50 are close and then Move the 1/4 scale around till you feel the heights and swing are accurately represented. This aide centers around target sizes for simulating the 25 and 50. for those ranges and distances it is fairly accurate. For the 10 and the 3. I used the same ones I just spaced them almost 24" apart in the same room with slight adjustment and distances. I tweaked it till it looked through the sight and felt like the real thing.
I never did the 10 and the 3 because the dimensions change so widely based on the shooters heights and angles of swing from the 10 and 3 or depending on your space allowed. I prefer to air gun the wall swinging my finger to my recollection of the X-ring placement at a comfortable distance. I set everything up for the 10. I simply took a step forward when practicing the 3. Practicing the 10 and the 3 are not about your hits. While x-hits are preferred hitting A's is easy at this distance and I say forget about hits and concentrate on time. Time to the reload, The reload, and time after reload are the three variables to practice. knowing the times perfectly will stop you from swinging your cylinder open to show clear only to hear the buzzer go off. You can attribute some C and every B hit to finishing too early. By varying each of the 3 parts (before, reload, after) slightly for any given situation will change everything. I cant express this enough. The 50 and 25 are all about getting on paper. The 10 and the 3 are all about the reload. And what happens after. If you nail your reload over and over you memorize a cadence that leaves no extra time at the buzzer. This is perfect. If you bobble your reload you learn a cadence that again leaves no time at the buzzer. (Almost perfect) If you totally screw up your reload and go for a second reload you then quickly spray the targets hoping to get all the rounds on paper. (Awesome recovery) You always rush to the buzzer if anything goes wrong. Your entire $200 entry relies on these two reloads. I used to HATE the far and near standard. It is much more fun to shoot when you have no mikes, and average 16+ X hits. Learn the times. Memorize the pars. Practice shooting the wall and knowing exactly where you are at in time and you will do better. I watched someone this weekend have a light strike and then click it around only to run out of time. Each pull is counted for and orchestrated into a script. If you miss your mark you move on. Never pause, never make up. Bang or no bang you move on with the script. You complete the script in the allotted time. That said. Get a timer. Set the par you wish to practice. Put on your belt with dummy rounds, set the timer to delay start. Hands relaxed and go! Do this 100 times over the course of the next few months and you will be amazed at your scores. You won’t rush the bottom should your reload go as scripted. If you throw all C hits on the bottom after a reload because you sprayed and prayed you are 18 seconds to the good vs. all misses on the bottom row trying to get accurate hits after a failed reload. YMMV
I encourage others to submit their tips and aides. It is a stage that carries a lot of weight at the IRC. Knowing that you should practice it OVER and OVER. You know it will be there, why would you pay $200 bucks to enter, fuel, room, time away to not?