The prediction of easy access to the range was somewhat optimistic as it turned out. Two inches more rain on Friday afternoon made the gully a river and the road a slippery slope. After some discussion, several opted for the Steel Challenge range for some civilized shooting, while 7 stubborn souls forded the mud and went ahead with the match. Due to iffy footing on the range, stages were adjusted to avoid movement. Everybody got mud heels as what had washed onto the range was the most pervasive sticky stuff. It will dry out quickly and then we'll have major weeds, as seen by the surrounding hills that are already showing a bright emerald green cover.
The stages: Plate Hash; Richard and Carolyn set up a 17 round steel stage on Bay 1. In the middle, the four 12 plates from Top Fuel, another round plate off to the left and distant, a couple of 18x24 rectangles and a small popper. 2 hits on round plates, 3 on rectangles and knock down the popper. Far & Near; Need we say more? The surprise here was new shooter Mike Smith handily completing the 3 yard strong/weak combo. Turns out he's a SASS member and regularly shoots right hand and left hand with a two-gun rig. Even though it was the first time he had used a speedloader, he mastered that easily and handled his Dan Wesson smoothly and quickly. Thanks for coming out, Mike. Classifier CS-012; Chosen because it had a single box, this one is an exercise in discipline and reloading. 3 groups of 2 targets, 3 rounds on each, 18 shots limited. Pretty close, but the urge to go fast resulted in more B hits than expected. Quick Step; Not a reference to the generous number of cow droppings sprinkled about on the range, but a simple steel/paper stage. Two strings. Starting with hands down in the box. Shoot only the 5 plates on the lefthand rack, then step a couple of feet left to the outside box and pick up 2 paper, a small popper and any missed plates. Right side a mirror image, except for start with hands up. 20 shots if you don't waste any. Two "spare" rounds for the 6-shooters, but some still needed an extra reload at the end. A Zones; Richard scrounged around in the shed and found the no-shoot and hard cover A-zone cutouts. A no-shoot at distance, a mid-range hard cover and a close up no-shoot provided the excitement. Stand in the box and hammer each A-zone with 6 shots only. The far no-shoot was bad for several shooters. 18 rounds only, as it was shots limited just to make it challenging.
The next club match will be on the 12th. Our perennial nemesis "Far & Near" will be featured again as we get ready for the 2005 IRC. A classifier and stages by Dan will round out the day. Elections will be held and 2005 club membership renewals will be available.
Club Officials Needed
Its the season for club elections. All positions are open and your involvement will help insure a healthy club. For example just imagine how much better this newsletter could be if you wrote it. Who knows, it may even lead to a highly paid carrier in a shooting sport publication. The possibilities are boundless. Feel free at the February match to nominate yourself or another for a position.
More Shooting in the Southern Cal Area
Hidden Valley Revolver Club holds an ICORE match on the 4th Sat. at the Escondido Fish and Game (EFG) Assn. Kerry Standifer runs the match.
Central Coast Wheel Gunners have monthly matches at the Hogue Action Pistol range in San Luis Obispo, the home of the IRC for 2005. On the third Saturday of the month.
Team Lopez has monthly ICORE matches in the northern Los Angeles area. Team Lopez is also hosting the Rimfire Steel Championships on April 23rd. Match sponsor is Ruger. More information and match application on the link above.