MARCH 2002 Newsletter

Match Report: A big turnout of 21 shooters for a “classic” Ron J match. It would have been 22 if Dan’s truck had cooperated. He spent the morning alongside the 405 trying to coax his machine to run and never made it any farther. We had 5 fun stages with the emphasis on RELOADING. In true Ron J fashion, the only footwork required was stepping into the box. Classifier CS02-01 “Close Quarter Drill” had 6 targets at pretty short range. 3 per target with a mandatory reload after 6 rounds. No advantage to the 8 shooters here, as it was Shots Limited!. Ron W had the best time. “Just Plain Fast” was a revolver version of the USPSA classifier “Bang and Clang,” except there were 3 individual strings to try and improve one’s score. 4 poppers with a single paper in the middle. How hard can it be? Alas, the 3rd string sank a lot of hopes, as going too fast caused some unplanned reloads. Art M smoked this one with 3 consistent runs. “Reloads” kept the theme going with 3 papers and one continuous string of 2 per paper and 2 reloads. Richard N set the standard with his stock 625. Continuing the theme, “Steel” presented 2 plate racks, 4 poppers and 2 stationary plates. The speed demons crashed on this one, while slow and steady took top score. “More Reloads” was just that. 4 paper and a single round plate. One round per each, reload and repeat for 3 passes total. Wally was dead on with his 8-shot and took this stage going away. The variety of stages gave everyone a chance. Stage wins were sprinkled among the shooters, but Ron W managed 2 and top Open, while Richard capitalized on his win on “Reloads” to take top Stock. New shooter Robert Perez came with his stock 6 shooter and finished in the middle of the pack first time out. From the grins, it’s safe to say we’ll see him again. Rich brought his rifle-sighted compensated pump gun and a box of shot to sample the shooters’ interest in adding a shotgun stage to some of the matches. It counted only for fun this match, but may become a regular event (see “Upcoming Matches” for more info). 2 plates and 3 milk cartons on steel stakes were the targets. Those milk cartons would spin like tops when hit. Rich had the best time at 4 seconds flat, with Pete close behind at 4.08. The big surprise was Kathy and Yuki coming back for a second run. There’s definitely a scattergun in their future!

Upcoming Matches: Dan and Cedric are going to run the April 13 match. There is going to be an optional shotgun stage for those who desire and there will be two sets of scores with the second incorporating the shotgun stage for those that shoot it. The stage will consist of five falling steel targets. If you want to participate but don’t have a shotgun, loaners will be available. Just bring your own ammo consisting of the following: 12GA. 2-3/4 inch shell, 6-1/2 to 71/2 shot size, 2-3/4 to 3-1/4 dram charge. That’s a target or light field load. Ron W and Rich will put on the all-classifier match on May 11. Far & Near Standards will be the 5th stage in May because the 2002 IRC is coming up fast. June’s Match Director is not committed at this time, but it’s safe to say that Far & Near will appear again.

Rumors: The appearance of the Performance Center .38 Super 8-shot remains only a rumor. Lots of speculation about its availability in California since the first run is supposed to be only 250 pieces.

Moving Day: As suggested by Barbara, plans are afoot to swing the east metal shed 90 degrees and extend the shelter into the vacated area. More area and a repaired roof will help us keep the clutter of sticks and chairs organized. No word on the date, but we’ll keep you posted when we need the strong volunteers to come and work.

More Shooting: While there’s another chance each month to shoot your stock 6 shooter at the Northrop Grumman USPSA match on the 3rd Saturday at the Wheelburner range, the serious shooters may also want to take in the San Diego match put on by Hidden Valley Revolver Club (HVRC) Rainbow ICORE on the 4th Sat. at the Escondido Fish and Game (EFG) Assn. If driving to Escondido doesn’t interest you, the San Gabriel Gun Club also puts on a traditional six gun revolver match with the next being in late May. Only stock six guns (no moonclips unless it came from the factory). For more info see Cedric. About every 3 months, there’s a very entertaining Snubby revolver match at the Magnolia Indoor Range in Santee on a Sunday morning. All the San Diego area information can be reached at