Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Bowling Night Report, 11/25/08

What's this? IPSC night is on a Tuesday and not a Thursday? Well, we had our IPSC night this week moved to Tuesday from its usual Thursday slot due to Thanksgiving. For a little fun, our club's head honcho and builder put together a Texas Star target: 5 small steel plates on a free-spinning spoked wheel. They balance each other out normally, but once you shoot one the wheel begins to spin and the targets move. Most of the steel targets I'm used to are regular knockdown plates or poppers. Having to knock down a small steel plate that was moving was a new experience for me, and I have to say that I like it. It's as much of a challenge as the spinning or other moving cardboard targets, if not a little more so. Some of the shooters tonight lucked out: two of our shooters knocked down two targets with one shot, and one shooter knocked down three targets with one shot. The spring-loaded latches are supposed to have some give in them to let the plates drop off of the spokes when they're hit, and if you luck out and hit the right spot on the spoked wheel, you might just knock down multiple targets. That's more luck than skill, though.

The poppers were a bit on the difficult side for me tonight, but I tend to be a bit weaker on them because of shooting at a downward angle and all. The cardboard targets were their usual selves. I wasn't expecting to hit the targets at all once they started moving around, so when I burned through less than one magazine on the star I considered it a good shoot. My first run wasn't so good, with one miss total (on the cardboard targets, no less) and a time of around 42 seconds. The next time I dropped it to 30 seconds and change with no misses. The XD40 performed in its usual workhorse style and didn't give me a single bit of trouble. Other guns may come and go, but the XD40 is still a keeper to me.

In all, the rotating steel plates may not seem to be the most practical or "tactical" of targets, but you're getting practice at shooting something that's on the move and acting in a way that looks like it's avoiding being hit. Shooting a moving target provides at least a little practice out there for everyone who normally stays on a regular shooting line with static targets. So regardless of the utter practicality of the target, it's a challenge. That challenge is enough to make it a hell of a lot of fun. I hope we use that target setup more often. If you've got some cowboy shooters out there with a target setup like that, ask if you can use it. I like it as a good timing exercise.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Bowling Night Report 11/20/08

Tonight's shoot sucked, mostly because my mind was occupied with other stuff. I didn't have my mind on taking out the targets and it showed. The steel target curse came back in force tonight, as there were two smaller steel targets behind the regular-sized ones. Those were a bit tough to knock down and cost me some time. To make it worse, I couldn't keep a sight picture at all. I'm just glad it wasn't a qualifier or an actual match.

Yogi Berra was right. Ninety percent of the game is half mental. If your mind isn't on the game, you'll do poorly. Oh well, there's the match next week, too.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

National Ammo Day

Today is a day with a very simple premise: go buy 100 rounds or more of your preferred ammunition. There are an estimated 75 million lawful gun owners in the United States. Some are veterans, some aren't. Some are doctors, some are lawyers, and a few even have regular jobs, too. They all have one thing in common: they obey the laws in order to foster the preservation of public order. They're the kind of people who can be trusted with 7.5 billion (yes, billion) rounds of ammunition.

As for me, I bought my 100 rounds, with another box tomorrow when I'm at the range. How did you fare today?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Bowling Night Report for 11/13/08

I didn't get a chance to go tonight, which is too bad. It's going to start freezing like no one's business at range for the next couple of months so this was the last decent "no jacket needed" shooting night. I guess it's a good thing that I don't use a steel or aluminum-framed handgun during the matches. I wouldn't want to end up like Flick from A Christmas Story. Getting one's trigger finger stuck to the trigger would have all kinds of problems, the least of which would be lousy aim. There's always next week. I was really hoping to get to a B classification this year. Now that I can get extra time at nearby ranges I think it'll get easier for me.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Bowling Night Report, 11/06/08

It was a decent night, but nowhere near as good as last week's shoot. I missed twice on my first run through, and once on my second. Those can really hurt you when you've only got 12 shots at most. Ah, if only they could use my non-qualifier scores from last week, too, I'd look like a much better shooter. I need to practice shooting more from behind concealment or cover, I suppose. When you can't take any steps outside a small boxed-in piece of floor, it's tough to get those good shots.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

St. Thomas More, patron saint of politicians, pray for our candidates and pray for our voters.

That's pretty much all I've got to say for today.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

It's that time of year again

Our gun club had its semi-annual clean up on Saturday, so Dad and I headed over to help out. The club is setting up a range that works for both trap and skeet shooters and the area around one of the concrete shooting pads is poorly-drained to say say the least. You'd think cutting a small trench for a length of ABS drainage tile would be easy, but I had the bad fortune of cutting through some of the worst mud I've seen in a while. With any luck the new piping will help to dry out that patch of ground.

I didn't get a chance to go shooting my IPSC matches last week, either. My sinuses acted up again. Eventually Illinois will make up its mind about the weather and decide if it wants to have a cold winter or a mild one. I prefer mild winters, but we do need some good cold days to keep the mosquito populations down.