Friday, December 28, 2007

Bowling Night, 12/27/07

Two words: Freakin' Poppers!

I don't know what it is with those steel popper targets. Maybe it's the fact I'm shooting down towards them since it's not at chest or eye level. Whatever it is, though, I lose more time in a match with those targets than anything else.

After going through the stage and then going through the reshoot, I found that I spent even more time on the re-shoot than the first run-through. These should be easy targets, as they stand out as bright white against a dark background. For whatever reason, though, it's one of my slowest sections of a stage.

Someday, though, I'll figure out what I'm doing and get over that hump.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

I wish you all peace and happiness for the years to come.

"For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord." - Luke 2:11

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Bowling Night, 12/13/07

Well, I think I saved Santa's helpers last night. Our no-shoot targets were decked out with little red Santa hats last night. My shooting wasn't great, but it wasn't bad. I got a really good tip about using my support hand when firing two-handed. Keeping the grip of my support hand strong will help me keep on target. I'd like to score a lot more A-zone shots since those will both score and time. The big success for me will be able to achieve the double-tap: one shot followed up a second that is so quick that they'll land close to each other. It's not a mythical shot by any means, but it's going to require a lot more practice on my part. Recoil isn't a bad thing with regards to the XD40. Keeping it under control with a strong support hand will mean faster follow-ups and better scores. Practical shooting is a skill that requires a lot of self-control as well as controlling your point of aim. It's a lot like golf or bowling in that respect. You have to be very precise even though you're dealing with a lot of physical forces trying to keep you from doing what you want: gravity, wind, muscle power, speed, centrifugal force, all the fun parts of motion. If a stronger grip will help tame those forces a little more, it will be worth it.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Bowling Night for 12/06/07

I have a love-hate relationship with my monthly IPSC qualifiers. Any good shooting I do on the other weekly stages disappears with the qualifier stages. Last night's run was no different. I was shooting low most of the time. My guess was I was pushing the gun down to fight recoil. It just tells me that I need to practice double-tap shooting more often. Despite all the problems, I still managed to have a fun night of shooting. Between the social aspect of the shooting match and the common pursuit of refining a useful skill you can have a lot of fun even if you're not a perfect shot.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

So Public it's even on NPR!

Today, December 5th, is DAY OF THE NINJA! Get out there and enjoy your inner ninja! Walk, sneak, and even work in your cubicle... like a ninja!

Funny how this holiday always manages to sneak up on us, isn't it? Ah, sometimes I amuse mysA;LFDHGL[L;REJYHY80-SDHG

Ow... those ninja critics are murder!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Advent is here

The cold weather decided to show up along with one of the most important seasons of the Church. I won't complain a bit about a longer or warmer autumn. Advent is still a wonderful season regardless of the weather. Pope Benedict's homily on hope intertwines with his latest encyclical. The letter, Spe Salvi, deals with the theological virtue of hope. I'd suggest reading it. It's a very academic text, so the Holy Father has plenty of footnotes to provide further reading and research on this subject. The story of Saint Josephine Bakhita, a girl from Darfur who was sold into slavery in her home country and finally freed in Europe meshes with this message: regardless of status, hope is God's way of reminding us He is with us. The relationship between faith and hope is also well-discussed. It might be a bit long for some, but it's worth reading through to the end. It might allow for further insight into the nature of faith for some of you.