Thursday, January 31, 2008

It would figure...

I hate snow, so when does it decide to dump snow on my little city? Why it's the same night I'm supposed to go shooting! Seeing that I don't trust other drivers much at night when it's snowing, I stayed home.

I can only practice drawing and getting a sight picture so much before I want to hit the range again.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Eh, there's really nothing much to talk about. The cold has kept me from hitting the range recently. The range I go to is indoors, but if it's cold out, it's really cold there. Likewise, if it's hot out, it's even hotter inside.

I love the place anyway. It's a pretty tight-knit group of people there, shooters and staff both.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Marines 1, Car-Vandalizing Lawyers 0

That's a nice headline right there. I can't really do much further justice to the story. A Chicago lawyer decided to vent his anti-war frustrations on a local Marine's car and expected the Marine to be deployed before any legal action can occur. No one ever said you had to be smart to get an advanced degree, and the lawyer in question proved it. Considering the judge who heard the case served in the Marines himself, I think the lawyer got a light slap on the wrist for the criminal damages charge. I think the civil trial for restoring the damaged vehicle is going to be anything but civil, though.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Bowling Night Report, 1/10/08

Well, it's a Non-Bowling Night Report, actually. I didn't go shooting tonight.

So, I'll just instead pay my respects to Sir Edmund Hillary, the man who proved that Mt. Everest was conquerable. I remember reading about it and thinking "Wow, that's a brave man" when I was little. When I read about it as a teenager I thought "Sure, he did it, but so what?" Now that I'm older I realize why he did it.

It's because the mountain was there to be climbed. No one had ever gotten to the top of Everest and returned to tell about it. It was something that couldn't be tamed, but it could be beaten for at least a little while. It was a challenge to prove that man could survive no matter what the world threw at us. It was proof a man could master himself and achieve his goal.

When I think of it in those terms, I realize that while my goal of becoming a better shooter and better competition pistol shooter is nowhere near as dangerous as his goal, I realize that I can achieve it. I may never take home a trophy or any other prize from a national competition, but I will become a damn good shooter through hard work and practice. Sir Edmund's death can trigger a reminder like that.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Bowling Night Report 1/3/07

Yes, it's a bit late. I shot poorly, to say the least, but I'm seeing what there is to correct. I keep shooting low, and when the bottom half of the target you want to shoot is covered by a no-shoot target that's bad. I'm really beginning to wonder if the gun is too big for my hand or not because what's happening to my shots are consistent with having too big of a grip for one's hand. With a polymer-framed gun like the XD series, I can't change to a thinner set of grips or sand the frame to where it fits me better. For one, I couldn't shoot in Production division anymore since the frame would be modified and for another it would compromise the structural integrity of the frame itself. I really don't want to do that to my gun, either. I'll see if I can get someone to check my grip on the pistol this week.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year! Let's go shooting!

My local practical shooting club had its annual "Hangover Match" today, so I got to the range at 9am to begin the fun.

Captain Ahab had Moby Dick, King Pellinore had the Questing Beast, and I have the nemesis known as Steel Plates. For whatever reason today, I could not shoot the stupid targets if they were made out of steel. The cardboard targets were no problem; I hit them poorly, but I hit them quickly. The steel plates, though, decided to give me more fits than normal. Even slowing down to shoot did nothing to help.

What I need is an opportunity to shoot between weekly sessions where I can work on a variety of paper and steel targets. The steel targets are usually no more than three feet off the ground, so I'm having to shoot low to begin with. I will get the hang of shooting them more often.

I will be a very happy shooter when that happens.