February 2005 Newsletter

Match Report

A sunny day - what a rarity these days! A little road work by Rich and Ron on Saturday made it pretty easy access for the 15 shooters. Art showed determination and brought his car across as well. Ranges were in pretty decent shape and the mud had dried, but there is some clean up needed once the rainy season has passed.

We held our annual election and amazingly enough the existing board was returned to office. So, you will have Ron Joslin to kick around for the coming year. Membership renewals and shirt sales still need to continue, as we depend on that income to cover our range rent and insurance for the year. Come on out in March and support the club, please.

New shooter Nicholas Gurule shot his first ICORE outing with Wheel Burners. Mike Smith returned to have another go at Far & Near, but was plagued by a case of "end shake" and too many misfires. He's undaunted, though, and promises to be at our March outing in 2 weeks.

The stages: "Stomp'n Grounds" - a clever arrangement from the fertile mind of Dan. Only 17 rounds, but no really decent way to get a leg up with an 8 rounder, so just take the reloads and suffer along with the rest. Three target groups in a "shoot 'em as you see 'em" stage. Barrels in front, hiding two small poppers, grouped with two paper. Moving left, a paper and two more pesky poppers plus a round plate - two hits, please. Continue left to the group featuring the debut of the step release. A spring driven rod is cocked below a trap door. Stomping on the platform unlatches the rod and it enthusiastically yanks whatever is connected. Here, it released the swinger that got in the way of two paper and a small knockdown plate. Art shot it smoothly for the win. "Aquarium" - that "Top Fuel" array just keeps getting used over and over. Four vertical plates - all white (looking like bubbles rising?). A rectangular stop plate to the right. Keep your best 4 of 5. What? You didn't have 4 good runs? Welcome to the club. Top to bottom or bottom to top. Some couldn't decide and shot some of each. Art squeaked by Pete to take the win. Far & Near - Cedric brought out some new carpet, but many still elected to stand up and turn at the 50 yard line. The usual complaining and whining. Which says we need the practice. This pain will continue until the IRC, so come out to share it with us. Classifier CS-010, aka "Exercise One, Two, Three. Three boxes, three targets and three strings. From the 25 yard box, two on each. From the 15 yard box, three on the outside targets. From the 10 yard box, three on the middle, reload and do again. 18 rounds of shots limited fun. Ron sandbagged the least for the stage win. "Rich's Doings" - Just your basic steel stage with two 10 inch round plates down low and in front, two more up high and distant, and a 6 inch stop plate just a foot closer than the back two. Everyone started on the front plates, using zig zag and both right and left hand rotation while searching for the magic method. Plenty of standing reloads for those not respectful of the tiny stop plate. Art had to beat Billy to win this stage.

March Match

The next club match will be on the 12th. Match Director (and newly re-elected President) Ron Joslin will entertain us.

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.