Revolver Match Report
A trip down memory lane as we reprised some old favorites from past IRCs. Plenty of rounds even with only 4 stages. The recent attrition of our roster somewhat evident with thirteen shooters attending. On the brighter side Paul attended who we thought gone. John declared it his best match in a long while as no meds were required to alleviate his foot pain. His scores agreed.
The stages: Option One; A simple steel stage, first seen at Reno in 1998. Everything swings from right to left with a temptingly large Option plate at the extreme of the V. After a poor first string Derek got in the groove and took the stage. For the six round shooters, it was sporting to take an extra shot at the Option plate, even with a 2 second deduction. Bowlarama; Featuring the bowling ball ramp first invented by Rich and fine tuned by Cedric. This stage is from 2004 and featured the bowling ball ramp, a clamshell and a rich array of targets. No shoots hindered some targets to the detriment of Ron and Kevin. The choice was to shove the ball smartly and get the clamshell moving quickly, or just let it roll and grab a couple of other targets before it hit the release. Lots of good ideas fell apart when the beep sounded and white tape was needed. A close contest but Derek edged Pete by a hair more than a second for this stage. Twilight Zone Modified; Twilight Zone debuted in Bakersfield in 1993 as a 15 round stage, but the appearance of the 8 shooters a year later drove this to 17 rounds for the Reno event. 5 quick plates on either side, an array of 6 large rectangles at 45 yards and a 12 inch stop plate at 25. Three strings and all count for a minimum of 51 rounds. Derek sounded like a machine gun on the close plates, but was forced to squeeze the long ones just like everyone. No problem as he took this stage easily. A Walk In The Park; Another golden oldie from the 1993 Bakersfield IRC. A long shooting area bounded by boxes on each end. Hit the start plate from the box, step out into the shooting area and pick your way down 11 targets mounted high and low, then into the opposite box to finish with the stop plate. No shoots and target placement added some excitement. Another 24 round stage that was made easier by having an 8 shot. Of course, those didn't exist in 1993! Mike took the stage win edging Pete by a second.
We hear from Richard Nasef his back and forth has ended and he and Carolyn are now permanent residents of NM. Though attending irregularly of late, another blow to the roster. Cedric and John have floated the idea of something with six rounders and speed loaders only. Perhaps a big, just for fun stage in December. If you have one of those classics and wouldnt mind warming it up, let them know so they can gauge interest. Speaking of dinosaurs, for those of you still relying on the snail mail version of this news, starting next month the news will carry the rimfire results. Only if it can fit on the two pages and a week late but hey .save your complaining for the meteorite.
October Rimfire Match
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.
October ICORE MatchA Ron and Pete affair, or could be Ron and Derek if Pete has managed to skip town by the match.
November ICORE Match
Our traditional "Turkey Shoot" match will be 4 stages of the International Postal Match, plus one totally monster "Turkey" stage to wrap up the match. A special award for the best time on the Turkey stage. The Postal is 90 rounds and the Turkey stage will be at least 45 rounds, perhaps more. It will also include a .22 rifle and who knows what else. Chef Ron is cooking, so come, bring friends, have a totally over the top day.
More Shooting in the Southern Cal Area
Central Coast Wheel Gunners have 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 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!