This hasn't been the best year so far for our members. We had missed seeing Rich Molony for quite a while - turns out he was T-boned in his car and spent 6 weeks in the hospital with broken ankle, loss of memory and is just now recovering. Craig spent some time in the hospital recently, recovering from a bout of dizziness brought on by wild blood pressure fluctuations. He's back at home now and is on the mend. And, Mike Sorensen's job stress and lifestyle landed him in the hospital with bleeding ulcers. He's recovered enough to shoot, but sounds like regular visits to the stomach doc will keep him on the wagon for a while. Lastly, Kevin tangled up his feet in a softball game, arriving at the ground completely out of control. A chunk broken off the elbow end of his right radius bone has him out of action, but will heal in time for the Regional.
Revolver Match Report
In February we sent out a reminder letter to our MIA members and all known ICORE members within driving distance of our range. That resulted in some familiar faces showing up. Our January gun show booth claims credit for our brand new shooter Gregory - who had the distinction of winning the "Retro" category as he shot the match with a stock 586 and HKS twist speedloaders. He was overheard asking about gunsmithing services and getting a cylinder modified for moon clips when the match ended! Stages were the Australian Postal Match and our usual Far & Near. This was an entire match of Shots Limited stages, so the 7 and 8-shooters had no advantage at all.
The stages: Postal 1; Targets stacked like Far & Near and shooting positions somewhat the same, but shot as a continuous string. Boxes at 10, 15 and 20 meters. Start in the farthest and put 1 round in each target. Move to 15 and repeat. Move to the 10 meter and 1 round each with Strong hand, reload and repeat with Weak hand. Scores ballooned on this one, but Art remained calm to win the stage. Postal 2; Same target layout as Stage 1, but the added excitement of going prone at the 20 meter line. At the start, drop prone and tag the bottom 3 targets with 2 rounds each, struggle to your feet and advance to 15 yard where 2 rounds in top 3 targets evened up the hits. Finish in 10 meter box with 2 rounds on everything. Derek zipped through it for the stage win. Dan looked like a troglodyte as he arrived at the second box still hunched over from scrambling up off the carpet. Failure to flop cost 10 seconds and a lot of competitors ate the time instead of taking the uncertainty of the extra movement. For those that can remember, going prone and then moving forward was a feature of "The Cup" which was shot at the '94 IRC in Montrose. Nobody liked it much there, either . . . Far & Near; Scores were a bit ugly as a combination of gusty winds and bright sun threw everyone off stride. Art's 24 was good enough to win this month, but things will have to get more serious as we move closer to the IRC. Postal 3; Six targets in a row and two boxes provided the remainder of weak and strong hand practice at this match. Start in the 15 meter box and engage all targets with 2 round, then move to the 10 meter and then the familiar 1 round per each Strong hand and 1 round per each Weak hand. Art clearly has been practicing his Strong/Weak technique as he took this one with a huge margin to close out the match. Postal 4; An almost normal stage that used the same 6 target lineup. Only shooting from the 10 meter box, just put 3 holes in each target free style. If you remembered to count and reload, this stage wasn't too bad.
Rimfire Match Report
Another mis-call by the weatherman, as a predicted rainy day turned out to be delightful. Derek believed the forecast and stayed home, so Art cruised to his first overall match win of the year, taking both handgun and rifle as well as 4 stage wins. Point standings for the Rimfire championship are shown below. First place gets 10 points, second gets 8, third gets 7 and so on. Total points accumulation end with the November match. Cash prizes will be awarded thru 3rd place in Open and Limited at the Turkey Shoot.
Stage Contribution Drawing
We'll have our drawing for the 2006 stage contributor awards at the April Revolver Match. Contributors for stages are fewer than in the past due to shooting more postal events in 2006, but we added some entries for other club support like cooking and range cleanup. Winner does not have to be present to claim the prize.
April Rimfire Match
Impromptu stage design as usual - come early and help set 'em how you like to shoot. Shoot with .22 revolver or pistol, then repeat with an extra plate using rifle. Juniors pay only $5 so bring the youngsters. Newbies are $10 as usual; Regulars $15.
April ICORE Match
Far & Near plus the 4 classifier stages.
The early bird date has elapsed, but you should still send in an entry for the Southwest Regional Revolver Championship to be held in Richmond, April 21.
Early bird entry for the International Revolver Championship ends April 1st.
More Shooting in the Southern Cal Area
Hidden Valley Revolver Club - Now shooting at the Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club. Billed as a "fun match" it includes auto shooters but targets and scoring are ICORE rules. Usually has a classifier included as well.
Central Coast Wheel Gunners - Monthly matches at the Hogue Action Pistol range in San Luis Obispo, the home of the IRC for 2007. On the third Saturday of the month.
Team Lopez - ICORE matches on the fourth Saturday.