Friday, October 24, 2008

Bowling Night Report, 10/24/08

Last night I shot like a man possessed of greater shooting skills than he should have. Well, at least if felt that way. There weren't any steel targets, and the center targets were tough to point at due to the large number of no-shoot targets in between. Still though, I managed to do pretty well for my current skill level. I think I missed one shot total, and that was on a re-shoot.

Sadly, it doesn't look like I'll be hitting that B rating like I hoped by the end of the year, but you never know. With the opportunity to practice at multiple ranges I can get more time on the targets. Now I just need to start reloading so I can shoot more for the same amount of money.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Work and all that.

Reviewing reports makes for many long days and the occasional night of sitting around and not wanting to go out to shoot. This will hopefully get fixed Thursday night. I also need to head out to the outdoor range and test out the Hornady Leverevolution ammunition I bought for my lever-action rifle. It's in .357 Magnum, so I may try a couple out of my revolver as well. The ammunition is plastic-tipped so it's supposed to shoot flatter than regular hollow-point bullets. Will it make a difference in how I shoot? I honestly doubt it.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Bowling Night Report, 10/09/08

That was one of the most fun runs I've had in a while. I noticed that the first four targets on the 18-shot stage were steel. Steel is a very iffy creature for me. I either hit the popper targets the first time or I wind up emptying a magazine trying to knock two targets down. To top it all off, one of the boxes of ammo I brought had only 13 rounds in it, and I was scheduled to run the stage twice. I was cutting it close (for me) by having 63 shots to cover 36 shots total. If I messed up on the steel targets I might expend too much ammo in the first stage and not have enough to complete the re-shoot. So, nerves were my enemy tonight. Once the buzzer went off I went into a near-contemplative state, just relaxing, opening myself up to the environment, aiming casually but carefully and shooting. I ran both stages with 18 shots each, and did really well for my competitive class in terms of time. Now, if only I could do that during the qualifiers...

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Go Cubs Go?

More like "No Cubs No" if you ask me. They can have next year's World Series, though. The Chicago Cubs have now provided baseball fans with a Century of Consistency. That's got to be worth something, right?

Unlike the Cardinals, the Cubs got to the playoffs this year.

Also unlike the Cardinals, the Cubs couldn't get past the playoffs, so I at least have that small comfort as an avid watcher of St. Louis Cardinals baseball games.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Bowling Night Report, 10/02/08

Thanks to sinus pressure keeping me from sleeping on Wednesday night, I stayed home and missed a qualifier stage. I hate when that happens. Sure I tend to do worse on them because they involve not moving much and targets that are on average 10 to 15 yards away, but I'd gotten in more practice. So, no shooting fun last night. Next week, though, I should be there barring other problems.