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, September 29, 2008

A few more photo's from the funshoot

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.

Scores are up too, go to http://yorkiwlaipsc.org/matches08.htm







































Sunday, September 28, 2008

Funshoot fun!

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.
There will be more photos soon.
Get out of the picture Nick!
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

More pics from Sportsmans Festival

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.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

sportsman and Family Fun Fest

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...
There is sure to be more pics forthcoming.
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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Support our club!

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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Invitational Team Trophy Funshoot

Don't forget! Saturday Sept 27.

If you have shot with us sucesfully at any time in the last 3 years, and you want to play, and haven't been getting emails about it, drop me a line at iwlafunshoot1@comcast.net.


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Monday, September 15, 2008

Sunday, September 14, 2008

What a day

Thanks to all who braved the heat, and the duration to shoot 4 stages of rifle and 5 stages of pistol. I think it may be the first time the water jug in the back has been completely emptied.

Here are a couple of pics, thanks to Paul M, There are sure to be more.




Paul S surveying pit 7 during the RO briefing, he has a good eye for setup boo boos.




























A bear trap is a clam shell, and a lot of fun.



















Spot on the table? Oh yea, we ned one,don't we...



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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Ben did well

Ben was 2nd B. Howard and Kirk survived without hurting themselves or others. More details when I get home.

September Invitational Team Trophy Funshoot Announced!

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.

more info to follow

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Off to Nationals

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.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Advance setup for next weeks USPSA is done

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.

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

I need help!

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!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Quality time with the kids

The guy with the camera could be the father of the year. Check out the video.

http://www.break.com/index/quality-time-with-the-kids.html

I can't do it. Can you?

Thanks to Ian who sent me this video clip.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Brass, brass, brass, and more brass.

The latest batch of brass from the youth is in.

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 ghswope@comcast.net and we'll get you what you need.

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