As most of you folks know, I sell range brass for the IWLA junior Chapter http://yorkiwla.org/id2.html, that they police up from the Summer blast, and the range barrels. They do a nice job of sorting, and sell by the 1000 counts, which are all a bit heavy. The monies go 100% to the kids, and the cool projects and activities they do.
You also know, prices for all things shooting are going nuts, and it doesn't seem fair to the kids to not follow suit, although in a much less dramatic way. We have decided that there will be a price increase for the Jr's brass sales beginning in Jan. What we do is research commercial pricing for once fired brass, and sell the Jr's brass for 50-70% of those prices (depending on caliber and demand), as it is sorted, but not tumbled, and not necessarily once fired.
This is advanced notice to loyal blog readers, I will sell what is in stock for 2008 pricing until Jan 1. The kids will be sorting more, so as I run out, it will be replaced early next year. I am currently out of 38 "super stuff". As an added bonus, if you can't get to the range to meet me for pickup, send along another $10/2000, and I will drop it into a USPS flat rate box and send it to you.
Even at the new prices, it is a good deal, at the old prices it is a steal. Drop me a line at email@example.com with your request, and get to reloading, spring is closer than you think.
Phil Strader, who used to shoot at York and is just a great guy as well as great shooter wrote this article on how to get started in shooting competitively. There may not be anything new in it, but it would be very useful for someone interested in shooting but not involved yet. Click here to go to article.
Consider changing parties. Most of you belong to one of the the two major parties. Maybe it's time we change that.
For years the Republican party has been the party that best defended the second amendment. But really what have they done for us? They really let us down by running a candidate this election that could not win against the most verbally anti-gun presidential candidate in history. Honestly, do you think that McCain ever had a chance? He couldn't even win the primary 8 years ago against W. Now he's like a million years old, too liberal for most Republicans, and not a great speaker. If that's the best the Republicans can do it's not good enough.
The Democrats have always been portrayed as anti second amendment, and there is a lot of truth to that. Most of the major anti-gun legislation at Federal, as well as state, and local levels is pushed by the Democrats.
We need to make our displeasure known and I think the way to do it is to change our political affiliations. By seceding from our current party we can prove to them that we aren't going to suport anyone who can't help our agenda. If enough of us leave they will have to change and beg us to come back.
I believe that our government at all levels is too big, too intrusive, too corrupt, and too expensive. Neither of the two major parties seems willing to fix any of it. If they're not going to be part of the solution than they are part of the problem.
Where do we go? Search political parties on the internet. See what the platforms of different parties are. Make a choice based on what you believe in. For me it is the Libertarian party. Which is the third biggest party and has some elected officials now.
Reregister to vote. It's simple and can be doen online or throught the mail in all states. If you're not registered at all now is the time. Don't wait until the last minute.
This blog has generally been posted to about twice a week. That's probably enough. However with the season coming to a close it may become a little more sporadic. Nothing going on means nothing worth posting about. I'm not abandoning the blog and I will post a least once a week throughout the winter. About Jan 1 we'll really start thinking about shooting again the posts will become more frequent again. I promise. Meanwhile check in once in a while, and if you see or hear anything ineresting email me and I'll include it in a post.
I will continue the series on things we can do to ensure our shooting future. If you have any ideas about that email me. I do have a few more, but a lot of thinking and researching goes into them before I post. This is a well planned endeavor. I want it to mean something.
Join the NRA. It amazes me how many shooters are not NRA members. I've heard all the excuses. "They're always asking for money." or "What have they done for me lately?" or "I don't like that candidate they backed." or "They couldn't stop that bad legislation from being passed." But, the truth is they are our best ally and resource. With over 3 million members, a ton of money, experienced lobbyists, and full time staff, they do have political clout, and they are the best place for all your research when you want to argue our Second Ammendment rights.
At $35 per year it is very affordable. The magazine is good and there are many other benefits, like insurance. Less than $1 a week is not much money when yuo consider the money we all spend on shooting. Many of the companies we regularly deal with offer discounted memberships with their products. If the NRA requests more money as a donation to fight for your rights you can always tell them no. And if you tell them not to call anymore they do as thy're told.
The NRA and it's political wing the NRA-ILA offer facts which we can use against the anti-gunners emotional arguements. Their website is 24/7 and available to non-members and members alike. Gary S. sent me this link which further explains Obama's anti-gun agenda just this morning. It comes from the NRA.
Obama IS anti-gun. This should not be news to you, but there are some who think that he doesn't really care about gun control. Take a moment to search the internet and you will find hundreds of articles outlining his anti-gun tendencies in Illinois, and dozens more about his anti-gun campaign promises. It is a fact.
If we want to save our sport and more importantly our rights as legal firearms owners we are going to have to make a serious, and well orchestrated effort, and we are going to have to convince as many people to help us as we can. I have been giving this issue a lot of thought since the election and I am going to do a series of articles here to help promote this cause. If you are with me check back often to see what I've came up with, take the time to do what I suggest if you agree, tell your friends about it, and please comment or email me if you have anything to add, or if you think I'm wrong.
Action is paramount. If you sit back and think the NRA, GOA, or someone is going to save us you're wrong. We must all be a part of the effort. Your personal actions will make the difference. Do not sit this one out. Take time to put forth an individual effort. Believe that YOU can make a difference!
Step 1: Write your Representatives and Senators. It's not too early to start bombarding our federal legislators with letters, phone calls, and emails, telling them that we are against all forms of gun control. Go to this link if you need help finding contact info for your legislators. Take a few minutes to compose an email, letter, or make a phone call, to tell them what you believe. Keep it brief and too the point. Be organized and calm. Don't make any kind of threats, not even ones to vote them out of office. Politely point out that we use semi-autos for sport, and no gun ban, especially not the Clinton gun ban, ever had a positive impact on crime and that studies by the CDC and many other neutral and even anti-gun organizations back this up.
Most of our Congressmen already have a pro or anti gun leaning, and we probably can't sway many of them, but there may be a few. There is also the possibility that they may have to answer a call from Barack Obama, Sarah Brady or some other radical, and we want them to be able to say "Our office has been inundated with calls and emails from our constituents against any from of gun ban."
Do your duty as a gun owner. Take action now. Spread the word. We need every gun owner in the country to back us on this one.
A friend of mine called me and told me he had just bought a pistol like we use in competition in a multi-gun deal and wants me to see if anyone is interested. He's sure it is quite the ticket for Open division. You may note he has never been to a USPSA match. Check this thing out.I looked at this thing and it is some kind of dinosaur. .45 cal Auto Ordnance. Laser sight about a foot and a half above the bore. Some kind of funky thumbrest which prevents two handed firing. A strange tint hard-chrome job. Aside from that it it extremly well done and certain things lead me to believe it it probably very accurate. I think it must have been built for some kind of bullseye shooting. If you have any interest in this thing let me know and I'll get you in touch with the owner.
Our last match of the year is now in the books, and it was a great one, capping off a great season. I want to issue a huge thank you to our many shooters this year. It was an enjoyable season and I'm looking forward to next year already.
Kevin M. really focusing on the targets as he heads into a reload.
Does Tom L. Look like he's having fun here or what?
Our very own John Z. tears into some targets.
Super Kirk ROs Pat C. as he he leans out to engage some targets.
Husband and wife, Tino and Barb run Fredericksburg, believed by many to be the best club in our Area.
By now we've all had time to reflect upon the election results. We all know how poorly the Presidential election went for gun owners, but what you may not have considered is how badly the Congressional elections went for us also. The anti-gun socialists also picked up members of the House and the Senate. Depending on ballots still being counted in close races the anits may have a filibuster proof majority in the Senate.
We are in trouble, and I don't know what we can do about it. My best advice is that if you want new guns, mags, or ammo buy it now, before Obama takes office. He will quite likely have a "First 100 days plan" and it will quite likely include anti-gun legislation that will already be written up, likely passed by Congress, and ready to sign immediately upoin his taking office. Obama has repeatedly promised to pass a new tougher Clinton gun ban bill, and his history has proven that he is vehemently anti-gun. Especially the kinds of guns and mags we enjoy.
Once again it is time to sign up for our monthly USPSA match. It will be a 7 stage pistol match with about 150 rounds required. To sign up email Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name USPSA#, division, and any squadding preferences. You should receive a confirmation email within a day or two.
You may elect to shoot a pistol caliber carbine this match instead of pistol. We’ll use the same stages as the pistol shooters, but there will be alternate start positions on some stages. If you plan on doing that please let Dave know. There will be two divisions, Open, and Limited. Basically, the difference is Open has optics. If there are enough carbines and usually there are we will do payouts just like pistol.
Entry fee for either pistol or carbine is $20. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Please drive slowly entering and leaving the club grounds.
This will be our last match of the year, and it looks to be a good one. The stages look challenging and fun.
Don’t forget to vote Tuesday, your gun rights are at stake. NObama!
One of the things Leatham taught us was that shooting really long fast groups will teach you a lot about the natural rhythym of the gun and your trigger pulls. He suggested 15-20 round groups at as close as 7 yards. Of course his were still one hole, but yours should be pretty good too. One thing you should notice is that your splits (the time between shots) get faster as you go. That's because you are learning how much you have to release the trigger to get it to reset. You will naturally start keeping more and more pressure on the trigger throughout the cycle.
An important thing to remember is that a firm grip is important and necessary to do this well.
Seems like a waste of ammo, but if Leatham says to do it, it must make sense. Try it and you'll know it does.
Some of you may have noticed that the match schedule lists our November 9th match as a 7 stage pistol with a carbine option. What this means is that it is a standard 7 stage pistol match and it will be about 150 rounds. OR you may elect to use a pistol caliber carbine (no 223, 7.62x anything, or M1 carbines) to shoot the pistol stages.
This actually has no effect on the pistol shooters. We merely have alternate start positions, and some other options available on each stage for the carbine shooters. We have Open, and Limited divisions and will do payout for each like we do the pistol divisions if we have the required number of shooters.
Shooting the carbines is great fun and if you have one you should try it. It's really cool to see some of the stuff that comes out. 9mm ARs are most popular, but there are always some HKs, a Tommy Gun or two, some Mech Tech conversions, and some strange things as well. UZIs and MACs are good too. Get some of your weirdness out of the safe. It's the last match of the year. Carbines are excellent practice for rifle matches and they're generally cheaper to shoot than rifles. It is OK for more than one person to share a carbine. If you don't have one, but your buddy does, see if he'll share.
It is permissible to use suppressed carbines, and it is OK to use select fire weapons on semi-auto. I'd let you shoot full-auto, but it is against range regulations. The only problem with suppressed weapons is getting the timers to pick up the shots. Maybe if you used super-sonic ammo?
I normally squad the carbines together, but I'm thinking about distributing them among all squads to get maximum exposure among the pistol shooters, thus creating more interest in them. Leave a comment if you think this is a good or bad idea.
The poll results are in. Now what do they mean? Overwhelmingly the people who voted chose the 5 stage pistol, and 4 stage long gun match every month. That was my choice also. It is actually the perfect compromise. The long gun peopl get a lot of shooting in. The pistol-only people not only get a good pistol match in, but they are on the road home at a decent hour. and they don't have to help tear down.
Realistically, things probably won't change much from years past.
First, at the winter meeting where we plan the year's schedule we'll talk about it some more and that's where the decision is really made. This actually is a democratic organization.
Secondly, when we factor in the Summer Blast, and a special classifier match or two, it deosn't allow us to shoot the long guns every month anyway.
If it is the will of the group and the schedule allows us, we will try to work in some more long gun shooting. I am already considering asking the board for additional dates to run special matches like the team three gun, which allow for no pistol-only option.
Meanwhile, if you like long gun get yourself a pistol caliber carbine. We shoot those a couple times a year on the pistol stages with no effect on the pistol shooters at all. They are great fun and inexpensive to shoot. Some of us will be shooting them in November. If you have a pistol caliber carbine you should use it, if you don't you should try one of of ours.
Last weekend Ben and I traveled to Fort Benning, in Columbus GA, so that he could attend the Army Marksmanships Units first ever Junior Camp. The AMU has some of our sport's finest shooters and they graciously accepted 43 junior applicants this year. The kids were divided into 4 groups of roughly 11. Ben's group pictured below were the best shooters there. Max Michel was that group's primary instructor. Max is an incredible shooter having won national championships at an early age, and he is a great instructor and in general nice guy.The kids did a lot of shooting and thanks to Remington ammo didn't cost them a cent. I should also mention that MGM Targets were the primary sponsor. The Gibsons who own MGM made a tremendous donation of time and money and they cannot be thanked enough. Without them this camp could not have happened. Other sponsors included Glock, Rob Leatham, DPMS rifles, USPSA, Center of mass holsters, Warne scope mounts, Danner boots, Chris Patty shooting supplies, Speed Shooter Specialties, Kaltron outdoors, Sheep dog ammo, and Hodgdon powders. All of them donated money and/or products that the made the clinic possible or were given to the kids. Friday and Saturday the kids would begin the day with their primary instructor and then would spend the morning with one or more of the instructors, eat lunch, then spend the afternoon with another instructor. Over the first two days thay worked on several skills with all of the different members of the AMU action pistol team. All of them are impressive. Max Michel is kind of the old guy at 25, then there is Travis Thomasie, Lee Dimaculangun, KC Eusebio, Daniel Horner, and the new guy, fellow Pennsylvanian, Brad Balsley. They were such a nice group of hosts and teachers that I cannot properly put it into words. At night, there was often homework to be done.On Friday to keep the parents occupied DPMS sent down one of their representatives with 5 DPMS rifles, and Remington donated 5000 rounds of ammo. It was like Christmas in October for me! All the ammo I could shoot and someone elses rifles to burn up. It doesn't get any better than that! On Saturday Rob Leatham, yeah that Rob Leatham, came by to spend the day teaching the parents. He said that kids are OK, but the parents are the ones who buy the ammo, and own the guns. Parents deserve something too. And boy did we get it! I've been shooting USPSA for 17 years, and I thought I knew just about everything, but I really learned a lot from Rob. His perspective on many things is different, and he explains things so well, and so simply that he makes perfect sense. He's an incredible speaker and he's a 22 time National champion, and a down to earth nice guy, but I had no idea he'd be such a great teacher. Rob also did a 2 hour seminar for the kids Saturday night. Sunday am the kids had a little 4 stage match. Ben was incredible! Even the AMU guys and the kids who are on the World Shoot Team were impressed. He even beat one of the World Shoot Team members. I was one proud dad. The drive home however, that was tough. But, I'd do it all over in a heartbeat.
The match results from Sunday are available on our website www.yorkiwlaipsc.org Thanks to all who came out.
That match is a sign of things to come. Expect more distant targets and harder shots in the future. One of the things I learned at Nationals this year (and a lesson I have learned and forgotten a dozen times in the past) is that we shoot too close and easy at York. If you catch us slipping away from it again remind me. Shooting close and fast is fun, but we pay for it at the major matches every time.
With 3 gun and multi-gun continuing to grow in popularity there is a movement to inject more rifle and shotgun into our matches, perhaps even include some every month. I'd like your opinion on the subject. Please vote in the poll and comment.
It may be a little early, but let’s get sign up started. My blog faithful will get a little head start as usual. Thanks for reading our blog.
First, and most importantly, do NOT reply to this email. Send your sign up to email@example.com Some goofball will mess this up every month. It doesn’t work. If you’re lucky I’ll be around to chastise you. If not, well, good luck.
This month’s match is a pistol only 7 stage match with 148 rounds minimum required. There will be a classifier it is 03-11.
The match date is Sunday, October 12th, please check your calendar before you sign up. If something comes up that you can’t attend please let us know asap at firstname.lastname@example.org Persistent no-shows will be removed from our email lists, and not allowed to sign up in advance.
To sign up please send your name, USPSA #, division, and any squadding preferences to email@example.com You should receive a confirmation within a day or two.
On match day we start setting up at 8:00am and all help is greatly appreciated. We start registration at 9:00am and close registration at 10:00am. Match briefing is at 10:15am and we’ll be shooting by 10:30am. This match is a little shorter than some, and it is heavy on the steel, so it should go pretty well and you should be done by a decent hour.
We do not do safety checks on the day of the match. Please contact me to arrange one if you are getting a new shooter started. We will do it on a non-match day.
As usual food and drink will be available for purchase.
Please drive slowly coming in the lane. I got jumped at the last board of directors meeting and I don’t dig that.
Have fun and be safe next week, I’ll be with Ben at AMU junior camp, H-
Changing targets at the Bullseye qualifier. Mallory shooting. This little girl can really shoot. There were 3 kids at the shoot. They all ended up on the same team. Their team won! Craig S. was on the second place team. Craig is the guy who ran PPC matches at the club for years. He did a great job, but PPC was fading away and there was nothing he could do to save it. PPC was just stale and dying all over the country. When he was worn out from it we transformed that program into the fun shoots. All the old PPC guys including Craig seem to be happy with the change. Mark is Gary's partner in running the fun shoots (as well as being an integral part of the IPSC program). The two of them do a excellent job and I'm sure I speak for a lot of people when I say "Thanks for another great season guys!"
We Shot all kinds of things, bowling pins, claybirds, full soda cans , ton of steel, and some real live actual targets. It was grand. Here are a few random sightings. Click on an image to see it larger.
Another year done, hard to believe. What fun. It was a good day. The weather cooperated just enough, and we had 21 shooters compete for 20 trophies. It was good.
Here are photos of the winning teams. There will be more to follow. Scores will be posted soon.
First place team, Ben T and team K! Way to go gang!!!! Incedently, the young Mallory took first place in her division, beating me. This family has got it going on!
Second place team: The Dr., Howard, Liz and Craig. Sorry Blake, your wife took you out!
Third team, but no slouch, Dave, Ed,Paul, and Bernie.
The point spread was less the 500 out of 3600 scored. The competition was steep!
Thanks every one who turned out. We had a good day, and a good year. It is you folks that make this happen, and I am proud to be able to make it happen for you. 2008 was our best year yet, ad I hope 2009 will be even better.
Gary at his post and a bunch of kids waiting to shoot. We made some money, but the real deal was getting some kids from non-shooting families an opportunity to shoot. They all loved it of course. Although the shooting gallery was my concept, and it was a great success, it could not have been accomplished without the guys and girls who pitched in last weekend. Gary has become more important around the pistol program than I have been the last couple of months. I'm not going anywhere, I've just been really busy. So be sure to thank him for all he's done. The pistol program would not be what it is without him. Paul N. helping a little girl and her dad. Kids never forget this kind of experience. This is "The table of fun." These were the guns you could choose from Saturday am. The table constantly evolved throughout the weekend depending on who was working. We do plan on doing the shooting gallery again next year with many changes. We'll need even more manpower so plan on attending.
If you missed it, you missed some real fun. From vendors to fishing to shooting, it was a good time. Not too late! It is still on tomorrow (Sun). Check out the schedule http://yorkiwla.org/id26.html.
For us, it was the shooting gallery. We attracted many shooters, new and used. Many shooters left the pit with a big smile, as they shot something new, or shot for the first time and liked it.
These pics are what it is all about, newbees from early on. These two young ladies left with not only a giant smile, but they both asked Dad to do it again, and they did. Watch out for these shooters in the raw, they will be competing in not so many years, is my bet.
This young lady is quite the shot. A first timer, with some excellent coaching from Howard and Dad, I am sorry to report, the Bear didn't make it, and she is 17 yards away.
Her younger sister is spending some trigger time with an airsoft gun under the tutelage of Paul N. We called on him to coach a number of rather young shooters, he really is quite gifted. Thanks Paul!
Incidentally, Mom and Dad had a friendly competition with a suppressed 9mm AR that showed up, and once I fixed the loose optics and re zeroed it, it was basically a draw...
The York Izaak Walton Sportsmens and Family Festival is this weekend. You should plan on attending. There is a lot going on. You really need to check out the club's website "click here" to see the scope of this thing.
The pistol committee will be running a shooting gallery back on pit 1. Come shoot a little or just stop by to say hi. You can even stay and help a while if you like. We'll have a wide array of guns and targets for people to try. Hours for the shooting gallery are 10-5 on Saturday, and 10-2 on Sunday.
Although we are primarily shooters don't forget we are part of something bigger. Our club does great work and offers much more than just our ranges.
This is it, the first teaser for the team trophy shoot in two weeks. I have been getting some questions about this invitational thing, and it goes like this; If you have successfully shot with us in the last 3 years, you are invited. This shoot is closed to new shooters, so only used shooters need apply. Simple.
Spread the word to anyone you may know that may not get this email, and share blog site with anyone interested.
Ben and I are leaving for Nationals in the am. Kirk and Dan B. are going with us. Todd S. is going too. Russell F. and Rob B. are there now. We know you would wish us all luck if you could. See you when we get back. Have fun at the match without us.
Many, many, many thanks to the dedication, and possible insanity, of the 8 of us that showed up. We pulled down everything in the back, and setup 5 stages in 4 pits of pistol action for next week, did some shed cleaning and general tidying up of the area. All that is left to do back there is the final calibration of steel on match day. Every one stuck it out for 4 1/2 hours, but it is done. A more dedicated and valuable group of folks there never was, if only there were more...
Sunday morning we have 4 stages of rifle to setup, sure could use some help, especially from the rifle shooters!
Thanks again to Paul, Tom, Kevin, Kirk, Scott, Mark, Ed and me.
The Sportsman and Family Festival is coming up and I need a definite schedule of my help on the shooting gallery. It should be fun and it will make money.
I need volunteers willing to work in 2 hour blocks. 9-11, 11-1, 1-3, and 3-5 on Saturday. 10-12, and 12-2 on Sunday. I need at least 3 people on duty every shift. The work will be easy, but you'll be supervising shooters who may or may not have any experience. You may bring your own guns if you would like to let others shoot them, and this is encouraged. Applicable calibers include 22lr, 9mm, 40, 38 super, 45, 38 spec, 357 mag, and 44 mag. I'm not opposed to others, ask me. I will be supplying ammo, or reimbursing you for yours.
Think about it and let me know what shift or shifts you would be willing to work. Keep in mind that Saturday is Southern Chester, and Sunday is a Ravens home game.
Plan on attending the Festival either before or after and taking advantage of some of the things going on. For more info on the Festival go to http://www.yorkiwla.org/id26.html There will be a lot for kids to do, and they're really going to dig the shooting gallery!
The kids really have it together this year, and the quality of the separation is much better. It's cleaner, and they have been chucking all aluminum and steel. They even separated out the nickle plated stuff, thinking it was steel. We will be getting some batches of all nickle plated stuff in the semi near future.
Priced thusly;Per 1000 rds, in bags of 500+ 9 mm $20 38 spec $30 40 $30 357 & 44 Mag $40 (available soon in bags of 250) 45 $40 38 super "stuff" $40 (mixed head stamps) 223 $40 warning, it may be crimped 308 and 30-06 $80 warning, it may be crimped (available soon in bags of 125)
If you are interested, see me at the range, or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you what you need.
Ben took some pics at this months fun shoot. Sorry I haven't posted regularly, but I've been busting my hump making up for all the vacation time and preparing Ben and I for Nationals.Gary is the man in charge of the fun shoots. With his able sidekick Mark they do a heck of a job with them. They truly are fun. Low stress and interesting. Easy? No, not really.Greg J. was the overall winner this month. He shot a great score. When you hear someone say cops can't shoot tell them to come see me with their checkbook. I'll arrange a little one on one for them.This is some of the steel in pit 4. 7 to 20 yards. Those of us who shoot a lot of steel know how unforgiving it can be.This is the Red Dawn thing Gary mentioned. 6 innocent tomatoes at like 7 yards. Explosive with the right calibers and bullets. I'm glad Mark and Gary had to clean that mess up.Doing the scoring after the shoot. If you look at this picture carefully you can see who really does all the work at the fun shoots. It's not me.
Our FunShoots are a great venu to introduce yourself, your friends and family to shooting. We don't ask much in the way of equipment or experience, just that you are safe at all times.
Our FunShoots feature a unique variety of targets and shooting options, to accommodate the novice .22 plinker to the pro multigun shooter.
The emphasis is on safety and fun. You can learn more by watching this blog, and just showing up on shoot day. We usually shoot the 4th Saturday of the month.
For more info email Gary at email@example.com
Action Match Info
Action Matches are matches where shooters are shooting with movement in timed stages, using centerfire handguns, rifles and shotguns, sometimes separately, sometimes together in sucession. This is probably the most fun you can have on the range.
We encourage all interested shooters to come out and watch (with proper eye and ear protection). If they want to become a "qualified competitor" we are happy to teach them (FunShoots being the most popular inroad). Non qualified competitors can not just show up and shoot.
These matches are generally on the 2nd Sunday of the month.