MAY 2002 Newsletter

May Match: Preparation for the IRC is beginning in earnest and so for this match, four classifiers plus Far and Near. Many thanks to Rich R., Ron J. and those who showed up early to help. Classifier matches are normally long on set up and short on shooting but the 121 minimum rounds on this match made for a pleasant surprise. All the regulars made it out as did the Pizzarro’s with Kurt rounding out the roster to 25 shooters. Ron W. won the match taking four of the five stages and putting six seconds between him and second place Mike who won Far and Near by eight seconds. Dan won in what appears to be an increasingly competitive stock division. Within the stock division each of the five stage wins went to a different shooter and those five shooters all placed within 80%. See the scores here. The stages: Time To Fly (CS02-04); Four boxes with 2 papers in front of each, partially covered with no-shoots, three rounds on each paper as the boxes are navigated in a circular pattern. Far an Near; that really hard one. Racquet (CS02-02); 10 paper laid out in the shape of a tennis racquet, 2 boxes in front of it and a third sort of in the middle, two rounds on the 3 near paper, move to box B and do it again, Move to box C and engage the six paper then make a reload and shoot the last paper and the stop plate. Close Quarter Drill (Cs02-01); Four paper at 24ft and two at 27ft, from the box engage each with three shots, mandatory reload after each six shots. Twos and Threes (CS02-03); Three boxes with two paper in front of each, Box A two rounds on the first paper then three on the second, Box B three rounds then two, Box C three and three.

Rocky Mountain Regional: Some Wheelburners went to the Rocky Mountain Regional in Galeton, CO to show those midwest folks how to shoot. Rich had a good outing as you can see from looking at the report here.

IRC: The 2002 International Revolver Championships stage designs are posted on our web site. If you can’t wait for your shooter pack have a look here.

Upcoming Club Matches: Cedric is working with Gunex to coordinate the possible use of some of their "Pig Roast" stages for the June 8th match. There's also a chance we'll shoot some stages that are "similar" to the IRC, so plan to come on out and get your last practice in before the big event. Yes, we will shoot Far & Near again!

Ron J. and Pete L. will be hosting the July 13th match which will be a trip down memory lane. They plan to use stages from the First IRC. If you need some shooting advice, ask Rhonda, 'cause she was there.

Match Directing: Directing your first match can seem a little daunting. It does require some effort but the mental hurdle seems the worst. A shooter often hesitates to volunteer because they’re worried their designs will be disliked. That shouldn’t deter you. Different people bring different ideas to stage designs and variety is what keeps the game interesting. The possibilities are endless, just keep safety in mind. The generic score sheets should help and your layouts needn’t be CAD quality, a neat hand drawing is fine. If you’re not sure about a stage, run it by an old timer for pointers. So if you haven’t directed a match or haven’t in a while how about stepping forward when the call goes out. Your club will be the stronger for it and your efforts will be appreciated by all. Never forget, it’s well known among Wheelburners that many shooters aren’t having a good time unless they’re grumbling, if you hear it at your match, consider it a compliment.

More Shooting: Here’s some info on other South CA revolver matches. Hidden Valley Revolver Club (HVRC) ICORE match on the 4th Sat. at the Escondido Fish and Game (EFG) Assn. Go to for directions and information. The members of HVRC also invite you to a snubby revolver match at the Magnolia Indoor Range in Santee see this page for more information .