September 2005 Newsletter

Match Report

Turnout for the Postal Match was excellent, including some people we hadn't seen in a while. Stepping out of his car in his trademark boots, Lorn caused many jaws to drop. Last seen at an ICORE match about 10 years ago, he looked calm and collected as he smoothly moved through the stages. Likewise, Ray came out to shoot in Limited class, causing Dan to grumble as he sorted the scores after the match. The twenty shooters were equally distributed in Open and Limited class. While Ron W won overall, Rich M was pushing hard. Seems only a short time ago he was in D class.

The stages: Ready, Fire, Aim: A Vic Pickett original. Two close-up hoser targets and 3 farther downrange accuracy targets inspired the name of this Postal Match stage. Two boxes, start in either one. Hose the near target with 6 only, reload and put 2 on each of the distant targets. Move to the opposite box and repeat. The accuracy part helped slower shooters such as Ron W who took the stage win. Three Views: Three boxes, three target groups and three no-shoots, placed so that only 2 of the shoot targets were clearly visible from each box. Shooters were pretty much divided on the approach, either stand in the first box and take 4 targets while dodging the no-shoots, then move to the middle box to take the remainder. Or, move through all boxes suffering a little time, but with clearer shots. 3 rounds on each target forced a little extra concentration, but the scoring was Shots Unlimited, a first time event in the Postal Match. This was Ron W's stage design and he showed how it should be shot, using all the boxes. Quick Step: A simple but potentially disastrous stage designed by Rich Richards. 3 boxes, 3 targets, 3 rounds per each. String 1 all freestyle. String 2 was free on first, strong on second and weak on third target. Confusion on where to reload, remembering to move and changing hands all added to the excitement. And the time. Dan stayed focused and took the top stage time with his Limited iron. AB_BA: Not the name of a Swedish singing group from the 70's, but derived from the scoring areas on the targets. Adapted from a Rex Jones original design. One box, three target groups. Nearest group with A zone on outside target, no shoot, B zone on inside target. Midrange target fully exposed. Far target group was the mirror of the near target group. Two rounds per target, two strings - left to right, then right to left. Also a Shots Unlimited stage because of the no shoots. Because this was the first year for Shots Unlimited, most competitors forgot and didn't make up the B hits. Some went into gatling mode and emptied the 8 rounders, but the clock was running. Rich M captured the best time. Phoenix Triangle: One of our re-released classifiers. Seven targets with a little memory test involved. In the first box, shoot the left diagonal, reload and then the right diagonal, then move. Second box gets the two nearest outsides and the middle target. Last box gets the far outside targets and the middle target again. Dan had a brain fade or got caught gaming, but his efforts earned him two procedurals.

October Rimfire Match

The rimfire steel will be offered again on October 1. 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.

October Match

The next club match will be held October 8 on our regular second Saturday. Dan is Match Director with Heeday, Ron J and Cedric contributing stages.

More Shooting in the Southern Cal Area
Hidden Valley Revolver Club. Now shooting at the Police Pistol Range in San Diego on the 3rd Saturday. The September 17th match is the Postal, so if you want a "do over" take a drive down to San Diego.

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.