York's first Falling Steel Match is announced!

On October 14th and 15th, York will be hosting our first Falling Steel Match. The match will be a half day format, and consist of 6 stages of 25-35 falling steel targets each. There are 9 gun categories, as well as team options, and you can shoot more than one time slot with the same or different guns.

Think FunShoot on steroids and on the clock!

For more details and the application, go to http://tinyurl.com/York-Falling-Steel

Monday, June 30, 2008

A8MGC

The Area 8 Multi-gun Championship is finished and it was quite a success. Stage 4 CRO Dominatin' Dave walks back to the start. Note the shooter following him and all the shotgun ammo he's carrying. This was a 32 round course with 7 Blow-outs, 15 pieces of steel, and 17 claybirds. Keeping the gun loaded was the tricky part.
The rack of prepped rifles on stage 5. What cool toys we have. I figure there was probably close to a half a million in gear there between the 99 shooters. I might be on the conservative side with that figure.
The stage 4 crew, Lew W. Scott M. and Bob K. did a tremendous job keeping the shooters moving. This stage involved about a 100 yard travel to reset every shooter. Still, they kept pace with the other stages. Amazingly there were few back-ups anywhere in the match, and the shooters used them to prep their gear, so there was really no down time anywhere. Also pictured are AD Alan M. and shooter James C.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Have a nice weekend

I won't be posting for the next few days. I'll be a Topton to help run the Area 8 Mulit-gun championship. Maybe I'll see you there.

Expect a new post Sunday night or Monday morning with the match report.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Summer Blast stages

4 of the 10 stages are mostly done for the match already thanks to a fairly small but hard working group. Bob P. decorating the props in pit 6. We are lucky to have a professional artist on our crew.
The stage on pit 7. So far it doesn't look like a lot of wide open run & gun. More ports and and tight position shooting.
Ben looking at the stage on pit 4. He swears he wasn't picking his nose.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Practice tip


GM Paul M. says you should always use either hard cover or no-shoot covered targets at practice. These targets will make you focus on your sight picture far more than wide open targets.

I agree that you must make things difficult for yourself at practice. If you can make the hard shots, then the simple ones will be really easy. The last few majors I went to I remember thinking we practice and shoot our matches at York a little on the easy side. You may have noticed that the targets have been getting farther away and there has been more and more hard cover at York. We still want our matches to be fun, and there will always be some run & gun hosaramas, but we must challenge ourselves also.

Practice is one place where we must challenge ourselves constantly. Don't practice the things you are good at, practice the things that are your weaknesses.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Summer Blast set up Sunday

Sunday, from 9:00am through maybe 2:00pm we'll be setting up for the Summer Blast. Help is appreciated and Larry never forgets hose who work for him. If you get a chance come over and lend a hand.

The Summer Blast should be quite an event this year. There are over 300 competitors this year shooting the 200+ rounds on 10 stages.

If you're not signed up yet I think it's too late. From what I hear the match filled up 5 weeks after it was announced.

Monday, June 16, 2008

My new gun room

My new gun room is complete now. Check it out.



I wish. I don't know whose this is, but it is incredible.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

More June match photos

Rich R. shooting table 3.
Paul N.
Heide S. note the two pieces of brass in the air.
Jim F. opens the door, carbine in hand.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

June match stuff

The results are up. There have been a couple changes since they were first posted. Please check to see if all your division and class info is correct. Click here to see the results.

I've put several videos from the last match on my YouTube page. I will put a few more on still. Click here to see them.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

More June match pics

Lucito shoots from the table. This pit full of 6 round stages was a lot of fun. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. I guess because it is so different from what we do these days. But, back in the old days Paul and I did this stuff all the time.
"Big Love" Scotty M. runs and guns on stage 9. Yes, that right we did 9 stages this month. We're here to shoot. This picture was taken by Dave A. on his phone and then he emailed it to me.
"Wonder boy" Greg J. helps Jeff K. calibrate steel the morning of the match. You can't underestimate how much we appreciate the help we get the morning of the match. Normally we have the bulk of set-up done well ahead of time, but things are still hectic in the am.

Jeff took a little sabatical. It is great to have him back!

Wonder Boy always pitches in, and he is becoming a force to reckon with. This win makes his 7th straight level 1 division win. He's only shot 8. He was second in division his first time out. That Sevigny guy better watch his back.

Monday, June 9, 2008

June match pics

As if winning the limited division, designing the match, setting up in the morning, and enduring the heat wasn't enough Paul M. managed to take a bunch of match pictures for the blog as well. Here's the first installment. Jan Barnes ripping it up on Pit 7. ROed by Dave R.
Wally P. moving out on Pit 1. Again Dave R. ROs.
Dave S. shooting one of the three tables on pit 5. ROs John Z. and Jim S. From what I hear everyone really enjoyed the three tables. Big run and guns are great, but I think there is room in our sport for all kinds of courses. This match certainly included the whole spectrum.

I don't have the complete results, and it doesn't appear they're posted yet, but the preliminary results showed Paul M. winning Limited, Rod E. winning Open, Greg J. winning Production, Brian C. winning L10, and I got lucky and took Carbine. That carbine shooting is a ton of fun. If you don't have one yet you need one.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Results

The results may be a little later than usual. Probably by tomorrow morning sometime. We were late getting them to Kevin so he could post the to our website, because the only two people who had copies of the database went swimming after the match, and I just got home and emailed them. What can I say, it was HOT!

Look for pictures from the match with commentary here in the next day or two.

The results will be posted on our website www.yorkiwlaipsc.org

I will eventually get around to posting some video on my YouTube page also.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Help wanted!

I could use some help taking pictures at the matches. Bob P.and I have been taking as many as we can, but he won't be at this match and I can't be everywhere, so if you have a digital camera snap a few pics at the next match for me. After the match if you have some good ones email them to me and I'll post them on this blog. I'm always looking for pictures of our matches or anything that might be off interest to others.

People seem to think this blog must be an extraordinary amount of work. Actually it's really easy, but finding stuff to post is sometimes difficult. I'm always open to your ideas.

Thanks-

Thursday, June 5, 2008

June stages

Sean and Ben rig an out and back on pit 5. There are 2 swingers, 2 out and backs, and two bear traps in this match.
If you peek throught his door on pit 4 you can see what awaits at the end. A port with 2 swingers activated by pepper poppers. There will be two doors in this hallway tyoe stage one left handed, one right handed.
The house is a 32 round run and gun affair with 6 steel at the beginning that must be engaged from about 17 yards. After that it's off to the races.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Shirts for sale!

Our new York Pistol shirts have arrived and are on sale now. We have a wide variety of colors and sizes. They are top quality shirts and very reasonably priced. We're selling regular Ts for $10 in S-XL and $12 for XXL and XXXL. We also have moisture wicking Ts similar to loose gear by Under Armor for only $15 S-XL or $17 for XXL or XXXL. We will be selling them before and after the match this Sunday. Or email me and we'll discuss other options for getting them to you. This is the front. Some feminine colors do not have the printing on the front as an option.
This is the back.

Monday, June 2, 2008

June set up

GM Paul M. shown here demonstrating the kneeling position to Kevin M. is an excellent teacher. He is the chief architect of this month's match. It is an incredible looling match so far. 9 stages, 158 rounds , and several movers. Much of the stuff is harder than we normally do, but there is still a lot of really fun stuff too. He brought back some elements from the past that we haven't used in quite some time in York for this one.
Pit 5 actually has 3 six round stages. Real fast, real simple, yet real challenging.
This is from the RO briefing for pit 4. I don't know why, but this picture just cracks me up.