February 2004 Newsletter

February Match: We faced some stiff competition for attendance with the holiday weekend, Valentines Day and the shot show. Thirteen shooters made it. The weather thanked them with a very nice day and Rhonda, Joe and Dan had five stages ready. Ron J. attended after a few months off for a medical condition and welcome to Peggy Cheng who attended her first match. She did surprisingly well considering she has never shot before. Must have been the excellent tutelage of Ron W. Neither Ron W. nor Peggy finished the match so they’re scores on the stages they completed are carried at the bottom. Dan won the match and limited with two stage wins. Pete at second overall and first open, won the balance of stages. Bob placed third overall and Mike, a relative newcomer to Wheelburners, placed a respectable fourth. The stages: Stage 1; Field course. Step out of the box into the alley and engage the ten paper two rounds and the five poppers and one plate to fall. Everybody had their own plan. Far and Near; The hard one with par times. Funnel; Two round plates left and right. Three big rectangles in the middle heading down range and close enough to each other to be confusing. Stop on a round plate. Best four of five. Peek a Boo (CS-018); Two paper at 10ft , three at 15ft. Each partially obscured by hard cover. Engage each two rounds, reload, then engage two rounds each again. Virginia count so look fast. Stage 5; Nine paper in a tight arc at about 15ft. Engage in order freestyle two rounds each. Reload, then first three freestyle, next three strong hand and last three weak hand. Don’t lose track.

Club Match: The next club match will be on March 13th. Pete and Derek will be setting up stages. The theme will be stages seen at prior IRC’s. I expect we will see Far and Near but not sure about a classifier.

Range Clean Up: Our annual range clean up was held January 24th. We had an ambitious plan. Clean and organize three bays, two of which suffered severe fire damage, and put a burned shed into commission. We didn’t get everything done but an enormous amount of work was completed. Some two to three tons of refuse was removed. Brush was cleared. The shed was made useable and we even dispersed some of our inventory over the three bays. A number of comments were heard at the February match about how much better the place was. The crew of volunteers really put forth a huge effort. The club owes them a heartfelt thanks. Without them our club could not long survive. Those attending: Dan Hall, Yuki Ichikawa, Rob Liest and son. Heeday Magome, Rich Richards, Harry Rungaldier, Rhonda Skelton, Gregg Smith, Ricardo Sepulveda, Ron Williamson and Cedric Yoshimura. If you weren’t able to make it you still have a chance to fulfill your club duty. As I mentioned we did not finish all we wanted. We still have some dispersing and organizing of the inventory and sheds to complete. We plan on having mini work parties to last about 2 hours after club matches. No extra driving, just bring some gloves and a desire to pitch in. More at the next shooters meeting.


R.O. Class: You know it’s a topic of interest when 10 shooters attend a class on super bowl Sunday. Including ICORE Chairman Chris Saulpaugh. The class was something of a pilot to determine the direction of an R.O. accrediting program which does not currently exist under ICORE. This shooter thought the course was outstanding. Having been through the rulebook many times and done considerable informal range officer duties, many new and important things were learned. About three hours were spent in the classroom and another hour under hot range conditions. Many thanks to instructor Rich Richards for putting the course material together and patiently presenting to the group. His impressive experience level in ICORE events really made the course.


More Shooting: Here’s some info on other South CA revolver matches. Hidden Valley Revolver Club (HVRC) ICORE match on the 4th Sat. at the Escondido Fish and Game (EFG) Assn. Go to http://members.cox.net/hiddenvalleyrc/ for directions and information. Team Lopez has monthly ICORE matches in the northern Los Angeles area. For more information and a contact, go to http://www.22rimfire.org/teamlopez.htm .