Tuesday, August 11, 2009

On Indefinite Hiatus

Until I decide that I need to start writing on a regular basis again, this blog is pretty much closed. I've got other things I'd rather do.

Friday, July 24, 2009

While I've got a break...

Work has been challenging for the past few weeks, resulting in going a couple of weeks without posts. This may continue until work slows down and/or I have other stuff to blog about besides IPSC nights.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Bowling Night Report 7/9/09

You take a week off without practice and it shows. I could barely keep on target all night. Well, that just means I need more intensive work on the fundamentals. I should also go see if I need new glasses. Eh, sooner or later I'll go get my eyes checked again. I'll schedule something for one of my days off.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Bowling Night Report for 6/25/09

The steel popper targets didn't give me any real trouble this week. Everything else went poorly as I could not keep my hands steady enough to put all my shots in the A-Zone. I did okay, but not good enough for where I ought to be by now.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I decided not to go to the shooting match tonight. It's just a little on the warm side at the range there. I might go to the gun club this weekend, though, as I still haven't taken the AR out this year. Decisions, decisions.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Membership Has Its Privileges and Its Responsibilities

So, my local gun club (the Abe Lincoln Gun Club on Springfield's wonderful far west side) had its annual work day today. I staked out a spot on the 25-yard range taking down the old wire used for hanging targets and wow, that was a pain. Whoever put the posts that held the wire together decided to ensure it wouldn't go anywhere through the use of guy line anchors screwed into the ground. Both anchors were around five feet long each. I'm glad I was able to borrow a prybar for that job. I slipped the bar into the eye of the anchor and unscrewed it that way. That's some tedious stuff right there.

The wires got an interesting replacement thanks to a visit by the club president's recent visit to the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area shooting range. We now have movable wooden target frames to set into posts at 7, 15, and 25 yards at the outdoor range. Set your target at the appropriate range and height (lower for bench rest shooters, higher for standing shooters) and start practicing. The frame is too big for an IPSC/USPSA target to be attached to the frame itself, so you'll have to attach it to a larger cardboard backer if you used that specific frame pattern. I don't even think the NRA "tombstone" targets for their Action Pistol event would fit without a backer. Regardless, it'll be nice to train outside at 7 yards with my snubnose revolver and be able to use regular .357 Magnum rounds instead of just using .38 Special all the time. .38 Special is good, but it's also good to practice with full-house stuff, too. You never know what you'll have to work with, after all. I think there's about a dozen or so of the frames built at the moment, so everyone will have to go easy on them. At least, I hope they will.

The best part of the work day was hearing all of the hunters go dead silent as soon as a wild turkey strutted its way from behind the main berm of the 25/50/100 yard ranges. The work day is very good for meeting a lot of the folks in the club that you don't always see when you're out there. We had a huge turnout, too, probably around 125 to 150 members. That's always a good thing. It sounds like there was a suggestion to host an Appleseed shooting clinic in the future. I'd love to hold one at the club, but the parking wouldn't just be tricky, it'd be nearly impossible. We didn't have enough parking for everyone who showed up today, so unless that can get fixed we might not be able to do that. I'll still support one if it comes through, though. Teaching people how to shoot is teaching them a part of American history and heritage.

Also, always carry your boonie hat with you. It'll keep the sun off your ears. Even with the cloud cover we got today I'm pretty sure I'll have some sunburn on my arms. It wasn't too bad for four hours of work.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bowling Night Report 6/11/09

For once the tiny steel plate made an appearance and I was able to drop it on the first or second shot. It's a six-inch plate that sits a foot off the ground at 25 feet away. It's also a pain in the butt to hit quickly. My aim was just off all night, too. I wasn't getting my usual good sight picture. That just means more practice, then.