Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bowling Night Report 5/28/09

Steel targets can be a lot of fun. You get immediate feedback from them since you hear the clang as the bullet hits it and you see the target fall. Tonight was not one of those fun nights. If your aim is off just a little bit, you will miss. A lot of my shots were hitting low and right. Fixing that will be easy. Slowing down and not worrying about my time will help, as will focusing on the target a little better. I had an off night tonight. Next Thursday, though, I will do better. I may even get a little practice in this weekend, I don't know. Next week is a classifier match, so it's kind of important to get a good score there.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bowling Night Report 5/21/09

Always double check your magazines to make sure you loaded them to the correct capacity. On my first run tonight I didn't check and only had seven rounds in the magazine instead of eight. That necessitated an emergency reload in the first part of the stage, which just happened to have four targets. Transitioning between that and the next part of the stage would have made for a better reloading point. I had to switch magazines again after engaging the next three targets, because it was another four-target set and I only had one shot left. This made sure I had enough rounds to engage the remaining three targets with two shots left over. I had accounted to have four shots out of twenty-four remaining instead, and the last two targets were head-only shots as well.

The second run went great, once I ensured all of my magazines had eight shots each.

The shooting group is doing great, too. We're running over 100 scoresheets a week, including a lot of new shooters. We have some new women shooters in the group as well and they're taking to IPSC like ducks to water. Our county is getting more and more skilled shooters every week now. I think I like that a lot.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Bowling Night Report 5/14/09

Tonight's match involved moving backwards from four paper targets and a no-shoot that blocked part of the two center targets to engage the next set of targets, which just happened to be one paper and five steel targets. I saw some people turn around to run back to the next shooting position, but I was more concerned with safety. After all, you're not allowed to break the 180-degree plane that separates uprange from downrange. Not only would there be a good chance to sweep yourself with a loaded gun, you could break the 180 and endanger someone else.

My strategy was to engage the first four targets from the box, back up and sidestep to the second shooting position, then engage the steel targets. My time wasn't great, but safety in shooting games is very important to me. We're not playing with toys, after all.

My accuracy, though was very good. So, hopefully I'll score high on the match tonight. I also kept score for a good portion of the match. Trying to spread out all the shooters from their initial run-through to their re-shoots while keeping score and confirming the range officer's scores is difficult at best if you don't do it all the time. I hope our club's gallant data entry specialist can read my chicken-scratch handwriting.

In other news, it looks like I'll need to examine the bolt on my old Revelation 120. The firing pin strikes very lightly on every other shot sometimes, so I need to see if there's a problem with the pin or the extractors. At least it's easy to reassemble. When it shoots, though, it shoots very nicely. The scope also makes it a wonderful little rifle, too. I may yet try my hand at small game hunting this year.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Clearly, we need to ban golf clubs.

Next thing you know kids will be putting "gangsta style" and rappers will be mentioning Callaway instead of Glock. No one really needs a full set of golf clubs, especially in those high-capacity golf bags. Those caddies you see? They're nothing but pimps for the golf industry. They're always whispering the siren song of golf into the player's ear, like a devil on your shoulder. There will be drive-by chip shots before you know it. Kids will be getting four-ironed for wearing the wrong color of plaid trousers at Illini Country Club! Lincoln Greens will run red with blood! Panic! Mayhem! Cats and dogs living together! MASS HYSTERIA!

Wait, what do you mean that Michael Pfleger and other assorted politicians hiding behind religious garb haven't gone on a hunger strike to protest golf violence? There's no Campaign to Prevent Golf Violence funded by the Joyce foundation? Seriously? Whoa.

*the preceding is satire in crudest form*

Blaming the gun is just as stupid as blaming the golf club. It's the person who uses the golf club improperly that is the problem. Hoplophobic news writers will never explain that, though. My guess is that they focus on the gun because it can't defend itself in print or on television. It can't call the writer on factual errors, nor can it talk back on tv and make its case worse or better. Blaming the gun is the lazy way to complete an article I suppose.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Bowling Night Report 5/7/09

Missing a night due to being sick at work is bad enough, but on a classifier night? Gimme a break! Hopefully there will be a shooting match at PASA Park soon. I feel weird without going to at least one classifier a month. Besides, that D classification really grates.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Bowling Night Report, 4/30/09

My first run-throughs are rarely good, and this was no exception. I apparently rocked on second run, though. The steel targets weren't too bad last night, either. Also, I forgot that the classifier matches are the first Thursday of the month, so I ran it like I would a classifier. That could be why the first run was so lousy. Oh well. Next week is another classifier.

In other news, it's official that I'm a USPSA addict. I just got my life membership stuff in the mail on Tuesday. That's an incentive to improve, would you say so?