May 2006 Newsletter

Match Report

Another large turnout - no doubt as preparation for the IRC. Results were interesting as evidenced by the fact each stage was won by a different shooter. After the match, Ron J was showing off his new S&W M460 hand cannon. Hardly a personal defense gun, the noise was deafening, even at the adjacent range. Several others took the invitation to test it out as seen here. Our sighting plate was decidedly shattered, but at least that is all. From the recoil indications, it's a handful and then some. Nelson recorded the fun with his new Pentax and assembled the photos. Thanks, Nelson.

Special Award
Before the match, Dan awarded Nelson the DSA (Distinguished Squirrel Award) for meritorious conduct and special valor at the March outing. The ornate stuffed squirrel was proudly displayed and will doubtless grace Nelson's awards shelf for years to come.

The stages: CS-009 How Fast Are You?; A speed shoot with emphasis on reloading. Two strings, 7 targets. Shoot the left 3 targets with 2 rounds, hustle a mandatory reload and center target only with 2 rounds. String 2 do the right 3 targets and the center one again. Derek blazed through this one with a solid A score to take the stage. Good scores on this stage moved Ky-Won and Kevin up in class. Billy managed to shoot everything but the targets, but it was fast. 2x3 4 Times; Wind your way through some barricades and find 4 arrays of 3 targets close at hand. Some put the muzzle on the paper, others tried to game it with some shooting around the wrong side of the barricades. Art had the hot hand to get the stage win. Far & Near; Back to the traditional stage this month. Everybody was a little shaky, but Tim took the stage with Mike, Derek and Ron a scant second behind. Only one more time in June and we retire this veteran for another season. Trap Door; A "borrowed" IPSC stage with 4 groups of 2 targets and 6 poppers. Starting in the box, engage one array from the box, then the remainder as you see them. Poppers from the barricade at the end. Being an IPSC stage, the 8 rounders had a big advantage, a fact noted by Nelson who was shooting his new 7 shot 686, freshly back from Randy with a new trigger. Ron W shot it clean to take the win. "4" Practice; A steel stage with 4 10 inch plates up close and a rectangle at 30 yards. Add the complication of starting facing uprange with a turn just to make it fun. Mike D had the best ballerina style to spin and rip off the stage win. All he needed was a tutu to complete the picture.

June Rimfire Match
Rimfire steel will be offered again on June 3. Our standard format with 3 stages of pistol/revolver, then repeat with an extra plate using rifle. Juniors pay only $5 so bring the youngsters. Newbies are $10 as usual. Regulars $15. A really good time and lots of fun.

June ICORE Match
Last chance at Far & Near practice plus some challenging stages to get you tuned up for the IRC on the following weekend. On the 10th.

Stage Contribution Contest
A reminder to put on your match director hat and put in some stage designs for the remainder of the year. Each stage contributed and set up at a match gets a token in the annual drawing. Last year Dan walked away with a Franklin and Ron J got the Grant. The monetary reward is not much, but you earn the respect and admiration of your fellow shooters. That's of inestimable value. We look forward to a surfeit of stages.

Upcoming Championship Matches
Rimfire Steel on May 27 at Lopez Canyon.
IRC on June 16-18 at the Hogue Range near San Luis Obispo.

More Shooting in the Southern Cal Area
Hidden Valley Revolver Club  Now shooting at the Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club for the next few months. LGRGC was the site of the inaugural IRC back in 1992.

Central Coast Wheel Gunners have monthly matches at the Hogue Action Pistol range in San Luis Obispo, the home of the IRC for 2006. On the third Saturday of the month.

Team Lopez has 4th Saturday monthly ICORE matches in the northern Los Angeles area. The morning ICORE match is followed by an afternoon rimfire steel event. Double fun!