Tuesday, December 23, 2008

CURSE YOU, ILLINOIS WEATHER!!!

On Thursday, I got frozen out of my IPSC match night. Because of the impending Christmas Day holiday (and a beautiful holiday it is) we had this week's match re-scheduled for tonight.

So of course we get a combination of little snow in the morning, a crap load of freezing rain during the afternoon, and follow it up with regular rain that is beginning to freeze now that the sun has set. I tell you, how is a guy supposed to get a little recreational shooting in this week? Thursday is my only day off this week. (Yes, my state office is back on the clock Friday. I hope the other agencies lucked out with a day off.)

I guess I'll be waiting until Saturday and also waiting for the upcoming "Hangover Match" at the range on New Years' Day. Besides, this is probably God's way of saying "Save your ammo for next week. It'll be better then."

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Weekly Bowling Night Report for 12/11/08

I shot really well tonight. There were a lot of A-Zone hits, but I also got the no-shoot target a couple of times. In all, everything went smoothly except for a little problem with a magazine at the start. I'll figure out what's wrong with it and put the pliers to it until it works again. I still need more shooting time, so it looks like the weekend just got a little busy with range time.

Friday, December 05, 2008

News crew appears in room full of gun owners, escapes unharmed

Okay, I was just being silly with that post title. The reporter in this news segment was at our IPSC shooting match last night and got some footage for the report. Two of the women in our group got some screen time, too.

I'm just glad they didn't film me while I was shooting. That course of fire hates me for some reason, and it's not even filled with steel targets.
The Annual Day of the Ninja is Here!

I know, I know. Once again, you promised yourself you'd do something ninja-related on Day of the Ninja. And once again, it just sort of snuck up on you. Well, it's the Annual Day of the Ninja. It's supposed to sneak up on you. And now that you know, go forth and embrace your inner ninja! If you see a ninja out there today, give him a hug and then tell him he has shamed his ancestors for being seen!

Ninjas have made a great transition in American pop culture. Whereas they were once looked upon as sneaky little spies and assassins thanks to James Bond movies, they went through a period in the 1980s of becoming pop culture icons. Don't believe me? Well, let's see... we had the American Ninja series of movies, the tv show "The Master" starring Lee Van Cleef and Sho Kosugi, the Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle (maybe it was called that in Japan, but I doubt it), GI Joe had all kinds of ninja-riffic servicemen and women, and of course, Blue Oyster Cult released an album in the mid-80's called "Club Ninja."

Of course, the most popular ninja of them all at the moment doesn't even wear all black like his predecessors. Apparently today's ninja wears safety orange. And if you can be sneaky in that get-up, you're pretty good.

So, have an enjoyable Day of the Ninja and try not to be attacked from the shadows.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Weekly Bowling Night Report 12/4/08

I didn't shoot so hot tonight, which is normal for a classifier. Most of the targets were partially concealed behind no-shoot targets, so trying to get a good shot in wasn't so easy. The first run was the best missing once on an unconcealed target and hitting only one no-shoot target. The second run was worse all around when I hit two no-shoots and missed one target completely, and with a longer time no less.

I think it's time to see if it's as much the gun as it is my technique. I enjoy shooting the XD40 but I need to seriously consider if it's the best gun for me in competition. It doesn't fit my hand "just so" and that can lead to problems with shooting it. The Model 1911 made famous by Colt fits my hand well, so maybe it's time to upgrade to a classic style of handgun.