Monday, December 28, 2009

Time to get back into it!

It is time to start thinking about shooting again. Get those visions of sugar plums out of your head and start loading ammo.

We have a match tentatively scheduled for January 10th, and if the weather is cooperative we will be hosting one. Stay tuned for details.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

To All My Democratic Friends:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2010, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wish.

To My Republican Friends:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ 2010.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

2010 Schedule

Pistol Committee Schedule for 2010

USPSA Matches Will be 2nd Sunday of the month January through November like they have been for the past several years with the exception of May, which we will move to Saturday the 8th to avoid Mother’s Day. We generally close all ranges for these, although this year we did not close the rifle range in September for the hunters who were preparing for deer season.

1/10, 2/14, 3/14, 4/11, 5/8, 6/13, 8/8, 9/12, 10/10, 11/14

Fun Shoots Will be 4th Saturday of the month January through October like previous years. We do not close the rifle range for these.

1/23, 2/27, 3/27, 4/24, 5/22, 6/26, 7/24, 8/28, 9/25, 10/23

Steel Challenges

1/31, 10/31

July 8th (Thursday) – 12th (Sunday) This is the big one that replaces the Summer Blast and should be a nice money maker this year. Shooters from around the country are getting used to us having a big match the weekend after July 4th and we should remain consistent to encourage them to come. We will ask to close the pistol and rifle ranges all 4 days, and the trap fields Friday evening after about 5:00pm and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Range Brass Un-availability

The Ikes Jr's program is no longer in the business of gathering and selling range brass from the club. As their sole retail outlet, my closet is empty, and I am out of business as well.

Sorry to be the bearer of sad news. Guess we need to start picking up after ourselves again...


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Ammo availability

Ammo seems to be more available every day. Yesterday I was at Dick's and they were fully stocked. A little expensive, but it was the first ime I've seen a stocked ammo dept. in over a year. The last time I was at Walmart (which I'm boycotting by the way) they were looking much better too.

Today I got an email from Natchez Shooters Supply and the price of 223 went down again! Again still expensive, but it is dropping. They're best deal:

The way I see it manufacturers use the primers to make more profitable ammo first. Once the ammo market is doing well again we will be able to get primers. Let's hope this is true.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Do Ben and Louis a favor....

Email USPSA President Mike Voight Alan Meek and Junior Coordinator Mike McCarter at and ask them why if USPSA is so interested in supporting Junior shooters they consistently host Nationals during the school year?

In Front Sight every issue they do lip service to how important Juniors are to this sport, and how they are the future, but then almost every year they schedule Nationals in September or October after the kids are back to school.

As far as I know Nationals haven't been scheduled for 2010 yet, so theoretically we could make a difference.

Monday, November 23, 2009

A new shooting sport to try

A wonderful friend sent this to me, and I just had to share. For those into trap, this is a new game, although I bet the ammo is a bit expensive....

Monday, November 9, 2009

Steel Challenge

The November Steel Challenge went extremely well. The weather was beautiful, and it was smooth as glass. I think a great time was had by all.

The results have already been posted by our speedy webmaster at

We have another one scheduled for January 31st. Let's hope for good weather. And our PA State Steel Challenge is scheduled for the second weekend of July. Put them on your calendar.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Steel Challenge

A couple things:

Sign up is very light. It is not too late to sign up.

We are doing a very generous payout for this match.

You really don't need any experience for this one. Bring a friend.

Carbines mean 22lr or 9mm. Not 223 or 308.

Acceptable calibers include: 22lr, 38 spec, 9mm, most factory loads, and 38 super, 40 S&W, and 45 acp if they are loaded down. All rounds must be 150 pf or less. If you're not sure ask!

We will have hot dogs and drinks available for purchase.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

November 8th Steel Challenge

On Sunday, November 8th we will be hosting a Steel Challenge match. We will shoot 6-7 stgaes depending on the weather and turnout, and that generally requires 175-200 rounds or more. The entry for 1 gun will be $20, and for an additional $15 you can shoot a second gun also. You may not shoot more than 2 guns. There will be many different divisions: Limited CF, Open CF, Revolver Iron CF, Revolver Scoped CF, Production CF, Iron RF, Scoped RF, Iron RF Revolver, Scoped RF Revolver, Iron CF Carbine, Scoped CF Carbine, Iron RF Carbine, and Scoped RF Carbine. Just remember that all ammo must be 150pf or less, for safety and to preserve our steel.

Set up will begin at 8:00am, and we'll need some help. Registration will be from 8:30 - 9:30. Match briefing will be at 9:45 and we will begin shooting at 10:00am.

To sign up for this match email and just give us your name and how many guns you wish to shoot, as well as any squad requests.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Anaconda for sale

A friend is selling a Colt Anaconda 44 magnum. This gun has a 8 inch barrel and is in great shape. A very accurate handcannon. I would buy it myself but I already own 2 of them. He is asking $800 which I think is pretty fair. If you're interested email me and I will get you in contact with him.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Shoulda, coulda, woulda.

Sorry kids, been wicked busy and haven't posted.

Saturday's funshoot was a resounding success and reward for the dozen or so of us who showed up. The weather gods smiled, and even gave us a bit of sunshine for a while, made it easier to see the baby pumpkins for food of the month... . And I kid you not, within a half hour of clearing the range, the skys opened up!

I would like to thank you all for a good year. This year was by far the most successful in terms of attendance and shooter support. We attracted more new shooters than ever before, and the quality of all our family impresses me still, not only in handgunmanship (is that a word?), as several of us a have added USPSA to their sport list, but also as a people. It has been a joy to see the overall proficiency increase, as well as the fellowship that has developed amongst our gang. It is good.

Plans are already in the works for next year. Stages, events and yes, even some competitive ideas are floating about. The team trophy shoot should be bigger, better and more exciting, if I can pull it off.
If any of you have ideas of things you want to see or do, drop me a line at

See you in January. Happy Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas to all.

P.S. Oct. scores will be posted in a few days, I know a few of you are itchin',....Ian,....


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Satudays funshoot

Here's the deal.

The weather is looking real questionable, so I am setting up a shoot that can be all weather. I will be at the range by 8:30am Saturday. By 9:00am, we will, as a group, decide to shoot or not to shoot, and then what to shoot. If the weather clears, we're good. If it's pouring, and you want to shoot, we'll set something up and you can have at it, I'll watch from the stat shack.

No fret, if I am the only one there by 9:00am, that's ok too, I only live 15 minutes from the range, and I really don't even have to get out of my car, so don't feel obligated to show, if you are a fair weather shooter.

It's happened before, and the weather Gods have smiled. Of course, they have frowned too....

Hope it's sunny in the hundred acre wood


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

And now for something completely usual

The shoot formerly known as the Sept Funshoot, will be held next Saturday Oct 24th. While I haven't done the full design as yet, I can tell you it will be under 100 rounds, 8 or 9 mini stages, will have many of the things you see and love each month, and will introduce a new food of the month! Best of all, there will be a pistol caliber carbine option this month!
No advance registration, just show up.
This is the last run for the year, so lets go out in style.

As a reminder, and to those of you new to us, check out our range rules,

Make sure to check out the sidebar to the right and down for details on the funshoot.


Monday, October 12, 2009

October USPSA results

Results are available at Please check them for accuracy and report any changes that need to made to

Our November USPSA match is being replaced by a Steel Challenge match so get ready for it. Don't forget that we require 150 or less ammunition be used to avoid damage to our steel.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

October USPSA matches

Sunday, October 11th, we will be hosting 2 matches at York Izaak Walton. You may sign up for either or both. There will be 2 time slots for both, if you shoot one in the am, you will of course be able to shoot the other in the pm.

The Pistol match will be 5 stages for a total of about 93 rounds. There will not be any classifiers. Match fee will be $20, and payouts will follow our section's guidelines.

The Rifle match will consist of 4 stages for a total of about 76 rounds. This match fee will also be $20 and payouts will be done by section guidelines. the farthest rifle shots will be about 170 yards. The closest will be about 3 yards. There will be a mandatory reload on one rifle stage.

The Schedule:

7:30 Set-up begins. We will need help.
8:30 Registration begins.
9:15 RO briefing. All are welcome to attend.
9:45 Registration for am squads closes
10:00 Morning squads begin shooting.

12:15 Registration for pm begins
12:45 Registration for PM ends
1:00 Afternoon squads begin shooting

Typically the afternoon squads are smaller and are finished about 3:00 - 3:30. We would appreciate if you would take a few minutes to help us put things away.

We will have food and drinks available for purchase.

Please drive slowly coming in the driveway.

To sign up please email and Tom should confirm your pre-registration within a day or two. Be sure to include whether you want to shoot postol, rifle or both. If only one gun am or pm. Your name, USPSA #, division (or divisions) and any squadding preferences you may have.

Friday, October 2, 2009

October match is coming!

Sign up will start Monday, and I'll post more details then, but look forward to a 5 stage pistol match with stages copied from Open/ Production Nationals and a 4 stage Rifle match. Get your guns tuned up to shoot either or both. Our first class set-up crew will be hard at work tomorrow.

If you're not on the match notification list or need any other info email me at

Remember this is not the same as our sign up email where you can preregister for the match starting Monday.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Outdoor Show Pistol Gallery

The weather was sketchy, but at the last minute, mother nature smiled on us and gave us sunshine. Thanks to the folks what showed up to help me with our second Outdoor Show Pistol Gallery, Kevin M, John Z, Ed F, Jim F, Dave W and Cindy N. I do believe a good time was had by all.

I have a few photos to share....

Can you say Toy table?

This couple must have tried just about everything on the table, helped out by Jim F

Dad here couldn't resist the Tommy gun, it was definitly a conversation starter

This is what it is really all about, the kids. Every kid that came by left with a smile.

This young man really impressed me. His eyes were bigger than his arms, and he was having some trouble with the Tommy gun. He had the presence of mind to tell me so, and we safed the gun, so he shoot something more comfortable. I know some full growed shooters that don't have that level of maturity.

How many kids get a chance to fire a supressed handgun? Again , more smiles.
Thanks again to staff and the shooters, and we'll do it again next year.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

York Izaak Walton Outdoors show

The York Izaak Walton wil be hosting an outdoors show on the grounds Friday through Sunday this weekend September 25th-27th. Be sure to stop by if you get a chance. More details are avaliable at the clubs website. There's a lot going on, come out if you can.

The pistol committee will be having a "Shooting Gallery" where people can come and try some of our cooler guns on Sunday from 11am - 3pm. We have enough staff to run it now, but I'm still looking for a couple more volunteers. Email me at if you can spare a couple hours.

By the way, all ranges are closed Saturday and Sunday, except for scheduled events.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Back From Nat's

Well, Mark Rob and I are back from Lim, Lim10, Rev Nat's.

For the record, Rob B. took top C in revolver, way to go Rob!!!

For me, nationals gave me a new perspective on many fronts.

One of which is that we here at York are truly blessed.

There was nothing at Nat's, in the way of stages, that was any more difficult than the stages we shoot at York (well maybe the star, but that is another story). Hat's off to Howard and the entire York Team for putting on such high quality monthly matches. I now truly have an understanding of just how spoiled we are, and what a great crew we have. I heard from several shooters, of how difficult and overwhelming Nat's was. It was our monthly match (that lasted 3 days) for me. Please thank the Yorkies at every opportunity.

As to my performance, least I had fun.



Well, I promised I would tell you what happened to me at Nationals, and I'm tired of explaining it one person at a time so here's the story.

On the second stage we had to start facing uprange with hands at sides. I heard the signal turned and drew and heard the stop command.

The RO DQed me for breaking the 180 on the draw. I couldn't believe it. Still don't. But it's not an arbitration where you stand a chance, so I didn't.

Now I'm sure a lot of shooters who get DQed don't believe they did it, but everyone in attendance didn't think I did it either. I talked to one of the RMs who even said that guy was a jerk. Later he was removed from the stage from making too many questionable calls. But that still didn't get me back in the match.

The moral of the story is some ROs get off on disqualifying shooters. They can't shoot, and probably have no authority at work or at home so they finally get a chance to be somebody important and they do it by being a jerk. So you need to be extra careful to not give them a chance. Don't live on the edge. Be so safe that there's no way they can get you. That was my mistake. I was probably too close to the edge, and let some jerkweed get me.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ben smokes 'em!!

Ben won B and was 2nd Junior. He won a gun and $600. He also is one step closer to a slot on the Junior world shoot team. Oh, and he automatically gets moved to A.

Greg finished 27. Which is really good for first time at Nationals.

Kirk was 107. Which isn't bad considering there were about 100 masters and GMs.

When I get home I'll explain what happened to me

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Nationals update

Well the helicopter tour of the grand canyon went well. Then it all started going to hell. I got in a car accident in a parking lot with our rental car. No one was hurt. Today I got DQed on a bullshit call, but couldn't win an arbitration so didn't try. Wind and dust is a problem. ROs are idiots as usual at Nationals. Those who can shoot. Those who can't RO. Greg has been a little rough. Ben and Kirk not perfect but still alive. I can't wait to see what goes wrong for me next.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Hello from Las Vegas

Kirk, Ben, Greg, and I made it to Vegas for Nationals. We're flying to Grand Canyon today. I'll keep you updated

Saturday, September 5, 2009

September USPSA match

Once again it is time to sign up for our monthly USPSA match. On Sunday, September 13th, we will be hosting a special classifier match. This match will have 4 classifiers and 2 long courses for a total of 101 rounds. The match fee will be $25. There will only be one time slot.

Set-up and RO briefing will begin at 9:00am, because this is a small match we'll do both at once (put targets out and go over stage real quick).
Sign up will begin at 9:15am.
Match breifing will be at 9:50 am and we will be shooting at 10:00am.

This should be a quick and easy one.

To sign up send an email to with your name USPSA #, the division you'll be shooting this month and any squad requests. If you are sucessfully signed up you should receive a confirmation within a day or two.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

September Funshoot postponed to Oct 24

We have found it necessary to postpone September's funshoot to October 24, the 4th Saturday of the month. This will be the last Funshoot of the year, so I hope to see you all there.

Since you won't be funshooting this month, come on out to the IKE'S Annual Outdoor Show, the weekend of the 26th & 27th.
The pistol committee will once again be hosting the Outdoor Show Shooting Gallery, on the pistol range pits 1 & 2, Sunday the 27th from 11a to 3p. We will be supplying all sorts of arms and targets for your plinking pleasure (please do not bring your own), pistols and carbines alike, from a .50 cal desert eagle to a fully suppressed 9mm carbine to a Tommy gun and who knows what else. Come by and play. Bring friends, and we are definitely kid friendly.

See you all at both.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Set up for September USPSA match

The set up for September USPSA match will take place Saturday, September 5th at 11:00am. I know this is Labor Day weekend, but when else could we do it? If you can make it your help would be appreciated. As I predicted turnout was kind of slight last month at set up and it will likely be again this month. especially in light of the holiday. But, the help who did show up last month was among our best and they did a fantastic job, and I have no doubt that we'll knock it out again. There will likely be an opportunity tshoot the stages for score again afterwards this time too.

Monday, August 24, 2009

A story with a happy ending

One of my friends sent me this and I thought it was good enough to share. It's the usual story of an anti-gun government screwing over a law abiding citizen, but this one has a happy ending due to my friend's family's tenacity.

About 5 years ago some shitbird robbed my gramp. The drug addled loser in question worked for the cleaning service we hired to clean gramp's house. They robbed him when he went to FLA for the winter. My gramp has since died. There was a bust in Vernon NY by the state police and this gun ended up on the evidence table press shot where we spotted it the newspaper. We inquired and sure enough it was Gramp's. This pistol was manufactured in 1951 and it is NRA 95% at least. I'm positive the Troopers were not going to tell us they recoverd it. My dad and uncle went to the barracks, filled out the paperwork and began a 5 year battle to recover this gun. It was clear from the outset that they really did not intend to return this gun. But my uncle jumped thru all the hoops and having worked for the troopers for 30 years, was able to get the investigator to finally release this gun. Dad picked it up friday and I shot it yesterday and gave her a good cleaning. I'm proud of my family for standing up to NY and fighting for gramp's gun. They gave it to me and it is the one gun I will never part with. My children's children will enjoy this gun.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Aug Team Trophy Funshoot

Ok, it's finally right around the corner, the weather looks good, and here are the particulars.

First off, it's the Annual Team Trophy Funshoot, and if you are new, or have been asleep for the past 3 years it goes something like this, and the pic of the trophies,

In detail:

Any pistol caliber handgun, with any sights or optics, that holds a minimum of 6 rounds, there is NO carbine option.
We will be shooting clays, paper, steel, paper that moves (but that never goes away for the single action folks), more clays, the ever popular newts (insert evil laugh here), and a little fun plinkin'.

Round count is 96, with 7 stages, simple scoring, and should move pretty quickly.

There is no setup this month, this shoot is entirely on us.

Hot dogs and drinks for sale, water coolers as well, stay hydrated.

Registration and qualifying shots start about 9am, shooter walkthru 'bout 9:45, and squads out as close to 10am as possible.

Fee is $20 for this special shoot, and as always, $5 for the under 18 folks.

As always, IWLA is a COLD range, gun handling only at safe tables, and under instruction at the line. Period. Please review the range rules at

One last thing, bring on your best game, you'll need it!

see you all Saturday


Friday, August 14, 2009

Top ten reasons to shoot the fun shoot next weekend

10. Gary and Mark put on a first class show

9. Izaak Walton is beautiful this time of year.

8. Gunfire is a joyful noise.

7. You've already got the guns and ammo. You might as well use them.

6. It's cheap.

5. Shooting cans, claybirds, and steel is really fun.

4. Big Trophies.

3. Good Hot Dogs.

2. There are no other matches that day.

1. I've seen you shoot. You need the accuracy work.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

So you want one of these?

Come out and shoot with us Aug 22 for the Annual Team Trophy Funshoot. It is sure to be a blast!

Monday, August 10, 2009

August USPSA Match

Thanks to all who came out for our August match. Despite the heat and humidity (and threat of rain, which didn't happen by the way) it was a fun and challenging match. I think a lot of left making a list of things we need to practice. Be patient and we'll get results out as soon as possible. It will likely be a week or so.

September 13th will be our next USPSA match and it will be a pistol only 6 stage match. 4 of those stages will be classifiers. If there's any you would like to see email me.

Gary shooting the easy stage, with Paul M ROing. This stage really wasn't that easy either. It had International targets at 20+ yards and it's fair share of no-shoots.
Wonderboy with brass, and smoke exiting his new Glock 34.
Even Todd S. had to concentrate this match.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Items up for auction at match Sunday

There are a few prizes that were no awarded at our PA State Steel Challenge match last month. Door prizes were randomly assigned before the match and as it happened some of the shooters who won did not show up. Match Director Kirk and I decided the only fair thing to do was to bring them to the next match and auction them off. So at the lunch break between am and pm squads we will have a brief auction. Bring a few extra dollars.

The items are:

- A black Camelback Motherlode hydration pack, with an MSRP of $210.
- 2 $200 certificates for Sport Shooters Training. These will be auctioned seperately.
- 1 $50 cetificate for final value fees at Sonny Boy Auctions
- A Nevco targets Portapopper with stand. This thing is reall cool and has an MSRP of $140.
- A 3 pack of Nevco Targets folding target stands. Very well made.

If you won't be at match but want to make an offer you can email me at with your instructions. Include how you want me to get them to you. (shipping etc)

Nothing more to say

Monday, August 3, 2009

August 9th USPSA match

Once again it is time to sign up for our August USPSA match. This month's match will be a 5 stage 132 round pistol match with one classifier included (03-10) We will shoot 2 time slots. The first will be at 9:00am and the second will be at 1:00pm. This match will help you prepare for the Area 8 or Nationals. It will be challenging.

There will also be a sidematch this month. 18 rounds all steel. You may use pistol, shotgun, or pistol caliber carbine (not 223, 30, or 762). It will cost $5 or 3 runs for $10. You don't have to sign up in advance for the side match. Plan on shooting it before or after you shoot the main match. We will run it from 9:00am until the pistol match is finished. We will not run it after pistol is over, so if you're shooting pistol in pm come early to shoot the side match.

We will have food and drinks available for purchase this match.

To sign up email with your name, USPSA #, division, am or pm time slot, and squadding preferences. If you are signed up you should receive a confirmation within a day or two.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Shameless Team Trophy Funshoot pre-promotion

Time to plug the Annual Team Trophy Funshoot, as planning for this event is well under way.

For those of you not in the know, this annual event is set apart from the usual mundane shooting kind of thing, in that it is the only Funshoot that is actually designed and intended to be competitive.
After registration, shooters qualify for skill level with 18 rounds of bulleseye. All shooters are then split up into 4 skill classes A, B, C and D. Teams are made up of one shooter from each class, in random order. (Kids that need to stay with Mom or Dad will be, we have a plan to keep you together).

Then we all get to shoot just under 100 rounds (only need to buy 2 boxes of ammo!), of individual and team participation stages, that's right, there are stages where all 4 team members have to shoot at the same time, but at different combinations of targets, of different combinations of difficulty; that is where strategy and teamwork come into play. Then all team and individual sores are added and turned in. Results are ready before tear down is complete.

Why do we do this? Well for the trophies, of course! Impressive trophies are given for First, Second and Third place teams, as well as top shooters in each gun type (Iron Auto, Scoped revolver, etc), all right there at the range, before you go home.

The Date? Saturday Aug. 22, we should finish up early afternoon. Be there or be square.
More details to follow. You don't want to miss this one.

Monday, July 27, 2009

3 man team 3 gun Rocks!

That was great fun. I feel sorry for you if you missed it. If anyone has any pictures or video please let me know and I'll post it or link to it.

The match ran smoothly, and was quick, about 3 hours from start to finish. I think everyone had a wonderful time.

My most memorable moment: About 9:00am it is raining and everyone is standing around thinking about what they're going to do with the day because shooting in the rain sucks, and surely I would cancel the match, and I announce "OK we are going to shoot today, so start loading you mags, and it will quit raining and then we'll set this thing up and shoot it before it rains again." the look on everyone's faces was like they couldn't believe what I was saying. The cool thing is not only did everyone start loading mags, but it did stop raining, and we had great weather for the next several hours.

Thanks to all for coming out. I can't wait until next year. We'll do it again.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Funshoot sucess

What a good day. The few changes we made, resulted in a huge success, by all accounts. We finished up about 1:00p, and I believe most folks left the range with a smile, regardless of their performance. I think we are on to something. If you missed out today, I'm sorry, it was a lot of fun, few backups, fast moving and simple targeting; pictures of critters, who would have thunk?

Next month is the Team Trophy shoot.

In the mean time, 3 man, 3 gun Team tomorrow, if you aren't shooting it, come out and watch a while, it is a real rush, you'll want to do it next year....

Friday, July 24, 2009

3 man team 3 gun

1. We will not have food this match. We're tired of messing with it and because this is a special match, and should be short, we didn't make any. Please bring a sandwich or something if you think you'll need it. We will have drinks available.

2. Drive slowly on the way in and out.

3. The match fee is $20 per person, and there will be no discounts this month (except juniors).

4. Set-up begins at 8:30am. Please come early and help if you can. We'll start registration when set-up is complete, and start shooting when registration is complete, hopefully around 10:00am.

5. There are still some spare shooters I haven't put on teams yet. If you're one of them don't panic. You will get to shoot.

6. If one or even both of your team members cancel still come to shoot. We'll get you fixed up with new shooters.

7. Bring some extra ammo. In some instances we could end up a team member short and we'll look for volunteers to shoot on a second team (as well as your original team) There won't be any charge if you get to shoot twice, but you'll need more ammo. More shooting is a good thing is it not?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Funshoot Reminder

This Saturday, July 25th is our next funshoot. What is a funshoot you ask? Why take a gander at the sidebar to the right for more info, as well as important links.

We expect a faster moving shoot this month, which will be a relief for July heat.

This month's shoot is open to pistol caliber carbines.

Expect to shoot about 85 rounds at things from steel to paper to bowling pins to pictures of critters.

Setup at 8:30, shooting as close to 10:00 as we can.

Please review our safety and handling policies at

For preregistration, email
For questions or any thing else email


Sunday, July 19, 2009

New idea for 3M3G

One team has decided to use pistol caliber carbines for both the rifle and pistol parts. So I guess they are shooting 3 man 2 gun, carbines and shotguns. If all three members of your team have pistol caliber carbines and you want to give this a try let me know.

Also, I had a guy ask me if it was OK to use an M16. It is if you keep the switch set to Semi. we are not allowed to shoot full-auto at our club. No matter how cool it is.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

3 man team 3 gun

The invite for the 3 man team 3 gun match was sent out Sunday night and the immediate response is impressive. Everyone who has previously shot this match is signing up quickly. They know you can't have more fun with a firearm. It's not too late to sign up though. Just email us at with your name, division, team mates if you have any, what division you would like to shoot and if you will be shooting shotgun. If you don't have a team you can sign up as an individual and we'll match you up with others in the same predicament. It usually works out very well.

Now the details of the match:
-Cost $20 per man
-No payouts
-All three team members must have pistols and rifles
-At least one member on each team must have a shotgun, more than one can shoot shotgun, but only one per stage
-Somewhere between 42 and 90 pistol will be required (min)
-Somewhere between 44 and 88 rifle will be required (min)
-Armor piercing, steel core, steel jacketed ammo, or anything else that hurts our steel will get your whole team DQed, and you will not be allowed back to Izaak Walton to shoot anything, ever.
-Somewhere between 25 and 50 shot, size 7.5, 8, or 9 will be required for shotgun (min)
-Round counts are so variable because it depends on your role within your team. Just bring plenty
-Expect 5 or 6 stages, we're not sure yet, with outageous round counts (divided by 3 shooters)
-Some stages will be shot as relays, where each shooter goes in turn
-Some stages will be free-for-alls, where all 3 shooters shoot at once
-Everything will be scored major for scoring simplicity

Divisions include:
-Open (one open gun makes the whole team open)
-Tactical - Limited pistols and shotguns, one optic allowed on rifle, no bipod
-Limited - Iron sights all around
-Heavy Metal - 308 or larger rifle (may be scoped), 45 pistol, and 12 gauge shotgun (may be semi-auto, but must be iron sighted)
-He Man - 308 or larger rifle, 45 pistol, and 12 gauge PUMP shotgun, All iron sighted

-We want all shooters there at 8:30am to help set up. We'll register as soon as we're done setting up, and shoot as soon as we're registered (hopefully 10:00)
-This match moves very quickly becuase there are a third of the usual resets. We will be done at the usual time or sooner.
- We will use Palm scoring and the results should be available by the time we've put stuff away

Monday, July 13, 2009

Steel Challenge Complete and Successful!

The 1st Annual PA State Steel Challenge is complete and it was very successful. I would like to thank all of our competitors, staff and sponsors, for their support.

The results are available at

Match Director Kirk McWilliams did an incredible job, especially when you consider it was his first attempt at the MD position. He has told me it was quite the learning experience. Be sure to thank the guys who take on that responsibilty when you see them. If you've never done it you cannot imagine the time and energy it requires. Without them there would be no matches.

Though we didn't have as much staff as we would have liked, we are thankful for the extremely dedicated crew we had. Several of them didn't even have time to shoot the match they worked so diligently. Again, be sure to thank your ROs as we need them too.

We are thankful to our sponsors Nevco Targets, AC Delco, Shooting Sports Training, GT Targets, and 511 gear. Be sure to remember them when you're shopping. Between these sponsors and some cash we set aside we were able to give out almost $3000 in door prizes. We hope to have back all of these sponsors and more for next year.

We will also be mailing checks totaling over $1500 to the following based on their performance:

1st Lim Todd Jarrett $220
2nd Lim James McGinity $120
3rd Lim Scott Warren $60

1st Open Todd Jarrett $137.50
2nd Open James McGinity $75
3rd Open Mike DiGennaro $37.50

1st Prod Dave Ohlhasso $170.50
2nd Prod Greg Jordan $93
3rd Prod Noel Robleto $46.50

1st Rev Iron Dave Ohlhasso $60.50
2nd Rev Iron Josh Lentz $33

1st Rev Optic Dave Ohlhasso $38.50

1st RF Iron Greg Jordan $99
2nd RF Iron Bucky Pollard $54
3rd RF Iron Jeff Bucchin $27

1st RF Optic James McGinity $126.50
2nd RF Optic Rich Labrocca $69
3rd RF Optic Paul Dandini $34.50

We learned a lot this year and have many improvements coming for next year. We hope to see you then.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Steel Challenge

First day of Steel Challenge went extremely well. Everybody had a great time and we saw some incredible shooting. This is really fun, and pretty good to watch too. Scores from today should be posted at our website momentarily, if they're not already there (Thanks, Kevin) and we'll continue to post daily throughout the end of the match.

We are looking at a full compliment of shooters tomorrow. If you're not busy come give us a hand. We could use a few people on clipboards (or timers). We are a little short staffed but we will endeavor to persevere.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Three man three gun

Things look great for the PA State Steel Challenge set for this weekend, so it's ime to start thinking about our Annual 3 man 3 gun match which will be held Sunday, July 25th. This is not our regular match day. We decided to add a special date to the calendar for this one.

This match is 3 years old already, and it is the most fun you can have with your clothes on. Each team consists of 3 members. All 3 must have pistols and rifles. Only one per team needs a shotgun. Sometimes all three shooters shoot at the same time, sometimes they run a relay. We use a lot of steel, some paper, and some clays. Anything is possible.

Expect an email shortly. Start getting your team together now. If you don't have a team we'll set you up with one. Our matchmaker service is free.

There is video of some of last years on youtube. Here's one, look for more too.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Steel Challenge tip

Ben and I have been practicing for the PA State Steel Challenge, and although I don't know a lot about it I have found this out: You can't afford to miss. Missing and making up shots takes a lot of time. If your time between shots on ost steel challenge courses are around a half second you're doing a pretty good job. But, if you miss one time, that adds 1/2 second to your time because of the make up shot. You would be better off spending a 1/4 second longer getting a better grip and even .05 longer per shot. Not to mention the fact that on average you would have far fewer misses.

Aim for a particular spot on each plate, follow through just an instant, call the shot as you're moving on to the next plate, and repeat. If you call a miss, then finish the shot you're working on then go back.

I think this is going to be a lot of fun, and very educational.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Funshoot fun

Yesterday's shoot went well, and I think a good time was had by all, I certainly enjoyed it and the company. Thanks for a good day.

I did, however, forget my camera. Anyone got pics or videos? If so send 'em off to me at , and I'll post 'em.

I should have scores done this evening


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sign up for the Steel Challange at Saturday's Funshoot

See Howard's post below, 'portant stuff there.

And when you are signing up for the Challange, you can shoot a total of 8 pits, for around 130 rounds, with one of the stages from the upcoming Steel Challange match, and run by Kirk, the SC match director.
This shoot is open to pistol caliber carbines, 22lr standard velocity included.
Bring on your neat and weird toys (standard velocity pistol caliber only please), I know there will be at least one supressor, and one laser sight floating around.

Please review the safety rules,

Cost is $15 for majors and $5 for minors. Setup at 8:30, shooting by 10:00ish.

I promise impossible to understand stage descriptions and scoesheets.

PA state steel challenge

We have decided to waive the late fee for the PA state steel challenge, however shooters whose applications were received after 6/21 will not be getting a match t-shirt. Sorry we had to get them ordered. We did order a few extras which we will be selling at the match.

Registration for that match is progressing nicely and Saturday am and pm slots are just about full. If you're procrastinating you better stop it and send in your app right away.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Anybody get wet this weekend?

The match formally known as A8MGC is now over and it was a great time even though the weather wasn't so wonderful.

The York guys really came through and helped Dean pull off a successful match. Thanks guys.

Now it's back to business. There is a fun shoot at the club Saturday. I'm sure Gary will post more info on that here in the next day or two.

We are also getting ready for the PA state steel challenge at our club July 10-12. Applications are pouring in and it looks like sponsorship is too. If you haven't signed up yet you should do it soon.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

June funshoot

June's funshoot is shaping up to be a lot of fun, a couple of special things are in store for your shooting pleasure.

First and most notably, I have arranged, at great trouble and expense, to have a stage from the upcoming Pa State Steel Challenge Match setup at the funshoot. As you all know, the Steel Challenge match is happening the 2nd weekend in July at our club, and every one should plan to attend. This stage will be an exact copy of a Steel Challenge Stage, and your squad will be run just as a squad will be run in July, so you can see what all the fuss is about. It will be RO'ed by none other than our own Super Kirk, the Match Director of the Steel Challenge Match. He will be able to answer all questions, and sign you up on the spot.

Secondly, I am opening up this month's funshoot to pistol caliber carbines. They will run the course just as the pistols will, which presents some interesting targeting problems to solve.

Third, the bowling pin table will be back, I know you love it.

And fourth, I have lots of leftover stuff from previous shoots, so food of the month may be a bit of a buffet.

More details next week, when we get back from the Topton multigun thing, where we will be having more fun with guns than you can imagine.

In the meantime, dust off your firearms, and review our range safety rules, as infractions will be dealt with swiftly and severely. Follow this link


Friday, June 12, 2009

Izaak Walton dinner

The Izaak Walton is having a dinner at Hosses steahouse in York on Thursday, June 25th for a fundraiser. I think the pistol committee and friends should make a strong showing. Please join me.

Here's how this works: I have some tickets. Ask me and I'll give you one. Then we all eat dinner at Hosses. I suggest the pistol guys wear their shirts and meet at 6:30pm. When we pay we present our ticket and the club gets 20% of our total.

We all get to go to dinner together and the club benefits. I think it's a win-win. Mark that date on your calendar please.

Monday, June 8, 2009

June USPSA matches

Sunday, June 14th, York Izaak Walton will be hosting 2 USPSA matches. One will be a 5 stage, 120 round pistol match. (no classifiers) and the other will be a 4 stage 49 round shotgun match. You may shoot either or both.

There will be 2 time slots for each. 9:00am and 12:30pm.

To sign up email with your name, USPSA #, squadding preferences which gun or guns you want to shoot, and what your division will be for each. You should get an email confirming your successful sign-up within a day or two if you're in.

Morning squads:
Set up will start at 7:30am. Your help is appreciated.
Registration begins at 8:00am (if you're shooting afternoon you will sign up for both)
Registration closes at 8:30am
Match briefing and squads to ranges at 8:45am

Afternoon squads:
Registration begins at 11:30am
Registration closes at 12:00am
Match briefing and squads to ranges at 12:15pm
Teardown at completion of shooting. Your help is appreciated.

Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Please drive slowly on our lane when entering and leaving.

Also, we are hosting the Pennsylvania State Steel Challenge Championship July10-12th. Application is available at or for more info email Kirk at

Saturday, June 6, 2009

June match teaser

Invite to the June USPSA match will go out tomorrow (Sunday, June 7th). Expect it in your inbox or check here for signup details after lunchtime.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

New date

Please put this date on your calendars. Sunday, July 26th will be the date of our 3 man tean 3 gun. More details will follow as the date gets closer, but if you shoot rifle, shotgun and pistol you will need to shoot this match. This is the most fun match of the year.

Monday, June 1, 2009

RO class

Our RO level 1 class next Saturday and Sunday (June 6th and 7th) still has room for a couple more. It will begin at 8:30 Saturday morning and take most of the day , and then be concluded Sunday morning. Cost is $50. It is rare to have this opportunity so close to home if you have some time available this weekend you should consider it. Anyone who is a member of USPSA can take the class, and it wil help shooters of any experience level to understand the rules and make them a better, safer shooter, as well as qualified to help more at matches big and small.

If interested contact me at

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Yard sign

This has been going around the net, but just in case you haven't seen it....

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Edge for sale

One of our guys who has kind of lost interest, let's hope temporarily, is looking to sell his STI Edge. It is a STI Custom Shop gun with the tri-top slide, with a Koenig hammer, EGW sear (great trigger job), and tungsten guide rod. Also included are 6 mags with Dawson basepads, and a CR Speed holster. I doubt this gun has more than 5,000 rounds through it.

I figure in total it would be prety close to $2500 to buy this stuff new. He is asking $1800. Let me know if you're interested and I'll get you contact info.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Happy Memorial Day!

There's not much going on in the shooting world of York. We're kind of in between matches. I'l think of something better to post next week I promise.

Meanwhile, remember our veterans who gave so much for our freedom.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Area 8 Multi-gun championship cancelled

Wow, another match cancelled? Unfortunately yes.

I'm sure some of you have heard by now, the 2009 Area 8 Multi-gun Championships at Topton has been cancelled. A lighter than expected registration has led us to pull the plug. It is not financially viable, and the low turnout would not justify running an Area level match, we cannot move forward with it.

Now the good news: Dean and I have decided because we already have the stages planned, some time off from work, and Topton's ranges for the weekend we might as well do something with them. Although, we can't justify a $125 match fee and an Area Championship level match we can still put on a pretty good show, and we think we can get enough shooters to make it a very competitive event. So we are hosting a 7 stage multi-gun match the same weekend, June 19th and 20th. The match fee will be $75, and we plan on doing some really nice cash payouts, and we have some sponsor prizes to give out as well. Dean told the sponsors already committed we were downsizing and most of them said to keep the stuff they had already donated and give it out.

The details as we currently know them:
- Dean and a few of his guys, and a few of us from York will set up the stages on Thursday.
- There will be a limited number of squads shooting on Friday, mostly staff
- The majority of competitors will shoot Saturday.
- Immediately after shooting ends we will tear down stages. All competitors will be asked to help at match briefing.
- After teardown is complete we will give out prizes and checks. You must be present to win prizes. Checks will be mailed.

If you have already paid to enter the Area match you have two options. You can email Dean at and ask for a full refund and opt out of the new match. Or you can do nothing and remain signed up for the new match and get a refund of $50. You can email Dean if you want the $50 now, or you can collect it at the match.

If you haven't signed up yet contact Dean. It's not too late, but this new leaner match has a very limited number of spots available and it will fill up. Do it soon.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

May 23rd Funshoot cancelled.

Have a nice memorial day weekend, remember and thank those who gave their all.

See you in June.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Range closures

Please be aware that the ranges are closed on the following dates.

Thursday, May 14th the rifle range is closed
Friday, May 15th and Saturday, May 16th all ranges are closed for a benchrest rifle shoot.

Saturday, May 30th the entire club is closed until about 6:00pm for the Youth Feild Day.

Sunday, May 31st pits 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 are closed all day, and the rifle range is closed from 11am until 2pm for a multi-gun class.

I know that seems like a ton, but a lot of activity is a sign of a healthy club.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Match results

The results from the May match should be posted momentarily at our website

There are a couple scoring issues we're working on. These results are preliminary. One of the classifiers was laid out incorrectly and will remain a scored stage, but will not be sent in as a classifier. The other was not entered properly in the Palms, but we may be able to salvage the data. Sorry for this confusion. We knew the learning curve with this new system would be steep. We hope you'll bear with us while we get the hang of this.

Thanks for participating. From all reports it was a fun, but very challenging match. Some of these stages looked as tough as any I've ever faced. If you didn't do well don't be discouraged. I hope to shoot them one day at practice this week.

Look forward to June. We'll be hosting a 5 stage pistol match and a 4 stage shotgun match.

Friday, May 8, 2009

May match is still on

Accordingly to the accuweather hourly forecast for tomorrow we could get lucky so we are still full speed ahead for our monthly USPSA match. Hope to see you there.

Oh by the way, we do have a contigency plan to scale back the match a little should our luck run out, but we are shooting either way.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Free NRA membership

In case you were not aware... The NRA is giving FREE 1-yr memberships to everyone who wants to join.They are trying to build up their membership to fight pending legislationthat impacts our right to keep and bear arms. It is very important thatanti-gun congressmen see how many people they will have to fight to gettheir legislation

If you're a shooter and you're not an NRA member you should be ashamed of yourself.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

York USPSA match Saturday May 9th

On Saturday, May 9th (the day before Mother's Day) we be hosting a USPSA match at York Izaak Walton. We expect it to fill up quickly. You may sign up by emailing your name, USPSA #, division, and squadding preferences.

Replying to this email will NOT get you signed up. You should get an email confirming your successful sign-up within a day or two if you're in.

We will be hosting a 7 stage pistol match (one of which is a classifier) with about 160 rounds minimum required. Match fee will be $25.

Set up will start at 10:00am. Your help is appreciated.
Registration begins at 11:00am
Registration closes at 11:30am
Shooting begins at 12:00pm

Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Please drive slowly on our lane when entering and leaving.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

PA state steel challenge

On July 10-12th we will be hosting the Pennsylvania State Steel Challenge. There are very limited number of slots to this match that is in very high demand. Sign up quickly.

We will give cash prizes to division winners and all entries will be eligible to win other prizes including guns by random draw.For application and more info go to: Application

You really need to shoot this match. It will be a lot of fun and just about any type of hangun is allowed including rimfires. It is a great match for kids and ladies.

If you have any questions about this match email Kirk at

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Scoop on the May USPSA match

Our May match has several details that are unusual so take note:

A. It is not on our normal match date. May 9th is a Saturday. We chose not to have our match on Mother's Day. We must keep our spouses and mothers happy.

B. The club is having a kids fishing derby on the grounds that day and they have asked us to start our match later in the day. The start time (shots fired) will be 12:00pm. Set-up wil start at 10:30am and signup will start at 11:00am and end at 11:30am. We must keep our other club members happy.

C. Speeding on the club grounds will be very strictly enforced. We may even have a speed trap on the grounds. Anyone caught driving over 10mph on the way in will not be allowed to shoot. Anyone caught speeding on the way out will not be allowed to shoot in next month's match. The board is unhappy with some of you speeding in and out, and with the kids on the grounds for the fishing derby it cannot be tolerated. Please be considerate.

D. There will only be one time slot this month. If we can't start until noon I doubt there will be any need for a second start, especially since it would be like 4:00pm.

E. Rob Burkindine will be our guest Match Director this month. I've been sharing the workload with several of our guys for quite a while, but Rob is designing the stages, picking the classifier, overseeing set-up, and doing the match briefing. He's also got a devious twist in mind for you sandbaggers.

Sign-up will not begin until May 3rd so don't jump the gun on us.

If you think you might like to bring your kids up early to take part in the fishing derby let me know at and I'll get you more info.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Area 8 Multi-gun championship

After a lot of thought we have decided to change the the Area 8 Multi-gun championship to a single day format. This match will now take place on Saturday only. Competitors will no longer need to stay over Saturday night. We have also cut the match to 7 stages so we can complete it in one day. The enty fee will remain the same, so that we can put up another great prize table. Apllications are availabe at although it is not completely accurate currently it is still fine. Sign up today there are a limited number of slots available.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

RO class June 6-7th, 2009

There are still a few slots open for the June 6th and 7th RO level 1 class. Contact me if you want in at This is a great opportunity. These things don't come around every day.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Fun shoot poll results and the decision

The fun shoot poll results were very useful. Contrary to what Gary and I surmised a large number of people were very interested in scoring. As we expected a large number don't really care either. The number against scoring was rather small. The discussion in the comments was very good and we learned some things there as well.

The decision was implemented right away Saturday and seems to be a reasonable compromise. We are going to keep scoring, but it has been simplifed and more importantly not emphasized. If you want to keep score, and have them published that is fine, and if you do not that is fine too. 30 of the 45 shooters scored their targets and returned their scoresheets. 15 people took adavantage of the relaxed procedure and did not bother. We think this should satisfy eveyone and keep the fun shoot enjoyable for all.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Assault weapon poll results

We did well in the polls. The one at WGAL was 77% in our favor and the York Daily Record one was 91%! That shows that we are not alone.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Multi-gun class at York

Dean Deturk and I will be hosting an entry level multi-gun class on Sunday, May 31st at our club in York. Multi-gun is three times the fun of pistol, but is slightly more complicated and can seem intimidating. The intent of our class is to help people make the transition from handgunner to multi-gunner easily and quickly. We'll share our years of experience and teach you multi-gun specific skills and discuss equipment options in detail. We'll even let you you use our long guns if you don't have your own yet, or want to try something different.

For more information go to

Sunday, April 12, 2009

New poll for Fun Shooters only

Gary and I were just conversing and we wondered how much it really matters that scores are kept at the fun shoots. We can see several advantages either way, but we want your opinion. Think about it and take the poll to the right.

We think that some people may be relieved if scores were not kept, and would be less hesitant to shoot if others didn't know how well (or poorly) they shot. It may be more relaxing. Less performance anxiety, so to speak. It would also allow some to shoot a little closer or farther than the defined distances. If there are no scores there will be no cheating. Scoring some of the stages also takes a lot of time, so perhaps the shoot would move along better without it. No scores would make life a lot easier on Gary and Mark for sure.

On the other hand, some people may really be into it for the competition, and without scoring they may have no interest at all in the Fun Shoots.

Please feel free to comment also.

April Funshoot

This months Funshoot will be this Saturday, 18 April. Setup start at 8:30a, registration closes at 10:00a, shooting about 10:15a or so.

You can email to to pre-register and do advanced squadding requests. We WILL be accepting walk-ons.

Please read and understand our range safety rules as posted on our blog page Please make sure anyone new you bring understands as well. Things have been getting a bit sloppy, and I believe it is simply from ignorance of procedures, not blatent disregard of them. If you have ANY questions or doubts, leave your gear in you car and ask at registration, before making a silly mistake. Violations will get you sent home for the day, loosing your registration fee.

Round count will be between 100 and 150. All standard velocity, pistol caliber handguns that hold a minimum of 6 rounds accepted. There is NO carbine option this month.

As always, if you have any questions at all, please email me at


Thursday, April 9, 2009

VA-MD Section match

This is always a good match and you should shoot it if you can, but don't forget our match is Sunday that weekend, so be sure to shoot their match on Friday or Saturday. H-

"The VA-MD Section Championship is alive and well! The match is scheduled for June 12, 13, and 14 2009 at Fredericksburg, VA. 9 stages plus chrono, with a round count of well over 200 (stages still under development). Once again it will be the half day format. Lew Walker will be the Match Director.

The match has been posted on The Area 8 web site and on the match calendar at and will be on where you can download the application.

Match fee is $75, with Juniors shooting for $55. T-Shirts $15. The application has been on the web for only a few days and I have already started to receive entries! The match has filled up in the past and I expect it to do so again.

We need CRO'S, RO's and other staff to make the match a success. There will be a generous Staff package available for full and part time staff. Please indicate on your application if you will be available to Help at the match. We will need a crew for set up and tear down in addition to the match staff. This is your section match and if we all pitch in it will be a success.

See you on the range,

Jeff Salzberg
VA-MD section Coordinator"

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Snuck in Funshoot reminder

Remember, the Funshoot this month is April 18, a week early.

Don't be late.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

April USPSA matches

A heads up for the blog faithful.

On Saturday, April 11th (the day before Easter) we be hosting 2 USPSA matches at York Izaak Walton. We expect them both to fill up quickly. You may sign up for either or both by emailing with which match, or matches, you want to shoot, your name, USPSA #, division for either or both matches, and squadding preferences. If you are only shooting one of the matches be sure to specify whether you would like to shoot at 9:00am or 1:00pm.

You should get an email confirming your successful sign-up within a day or two if you're in.

We will be hosting a 5 stage pistol match (no classifier) with about 120 rounds minimum required. Match fee will be $20.

We will also be hosting a 3 stage rifle match with about 85 rounds minimum required. Match fee will be $20. Rifle divisions we will recognize include Open, Limited (no optics), Tactical (one optic, no bipod, no outrageous comps, etc) and Heavy Metal (308 & 30-06, with no optics etc) If there are 5 or more in division winner gets paid. We also pay winners of classes using pistol classifications. Do not bring any steel core or armor piercing ammo. We will be shooting steel.

Set up and registration will start at 8:00am. Your help is appreciated.
Registration closes at 8:30am
AM shooting begins at 9:00am

Registration for pm squads begins at 12:00pm
Registration for pm squads closes at 12:30pm
Pm Squads begin shooting at 1:00pm (earlier if possible)

Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Please drive slowly on our lane when entering and leaving.

Thanks, H-

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

PA state steel challenge

On July 10-12th we will be hosting the Pennsylvania State Steel Challenge. There are very limited number of slots to this match that is in very high demand. Sign up quickly.

We will give cash prizes to division winners and all entries will be eligible to win other prizes including guns by random draw.

For application and more info go to: Application

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Range Safety

It seems like common sense to me, but apparently not everyone thinks like I do, so I'm going to spell it out for you.

When you show up to any of the organized matches, either USPSA or fun shoots, you must follow there rules:

1. Your gun(s) must be unloaded, and separate from any loaded magazines, and separate from any ammunition when you arrive at the club.

2. Any gun(s) you are not using in the match today should be left in a locked vehicle, not lying around the range.

3. You may only handle your gun(s) in a designated safety area or as commanded by a range officer. Your vehicle is not a designated safety area by the way.

4. You may not handle loaded magazines or ammunition in the safety area.

5. You may not load your gun, or possess a loaded gun anywhere on club ground except under the direction of a range officer.

6. Guns, whether they are loaded or not, may only be pointed downrange. Allowing the muzzle to wander uprange even if unloaded is unacceptable.

Failure to follow any of these rules at any time will result in match disqualifacation and especially flagrant or repeated offenses may result in your not being invited back.

If you have any questions about gun or ammuntion handling ask a match official before you do something stupid.

I have personally seen several violations of the above rules in the last few months at both USPSA matches, and fun shoots, and we will not be issuing any more warnings. All of my range officers and match officials will be watching carefully, and have to right to disqualify you at any event. From this point forward any safety violations will result in you being able to get home early to watch that TV show you were thinking about.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

What do we do if it rains on Funshoot day?

A new shooter poses the reasonable question.

Between 9:30 and 10:00am on funshoot day, we decide by consensus, at the range, what the group wants to do. If you want to shoot in the rain, I'll run something. If you want to stand around and shoot the stuff, that's good too. If you are a fair weather shooter, you probably would already have stayed home, and that's good too.

We have had a few awesome shoots, 1/2 hr after a lot of folks left, and the weather cleared.

Weather in the hundred acre wood, is known to be a bit different than in the surrounding county...from time to time...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

USPSA basic skills class

We held the first USPSA basic skills class last weekend and it went very well. We have another this Sunday at noon, and there are still a couple spots open. The basic skills class is for new shooters, D class and, maybe even some C class shooters. For more info see

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Funshoot Correction and Clarification

An observent funshooter caught my typo (which I have corrected, so don't go lookin' fer it).

To clarify, no .22LR at all for the carbine squad.

.22LR pistol is always welcome.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Funshoot "Special" Squad

I have been asked to form a special pistol caliber carbine squad for the up and coming funshoot. This request has been granted.

The Deal: This would be a squad of PISTOL CALIBER CARBINES only. No rifle stuff at all. 9mm, .40, .45 etc in carbine platforms like an AR, Mechtec CCU, Thompson, Kel-tech, HK MP-whatever, Full Size Uzi, etc qualify. No M1 .30 Carbines or .22 carbines. they hurt our steel.

If interested, signup at, and let me know what carbine you want to shoot. If there is enough interest, it's a go, if not, we may mix a fewpistols in with the group and do it anyway.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Please read the blog

Please read the blog entry, and the sidebar article in the greenarea to the right of this section of the blog entitled "funshoot info" before emailing me questions. I have fielded many questions today that were answered there.

Please forgive me my errors, I'm still workin out the bugs.


March funshoot

For those who have forgotten, next Saturday, the 28th is our monthly funshoot. See the sidebar article to the right here for more detail. This month will be busy, with the usual stuff, choose your own, bulles/ppc, plate rack, steel and more steel, tin cans, at least 2 USPSA stages with easy scoring and fun round counting (something a little different), and a surprise food of the month ( even I don't know what it is yet, but I'm thinkin messy). Round count should be around 130 or so.

As imitation is the finest form of flattery, and since it worked so good for the USPSA folks, we are launching a new preregistration thing this month. To pre-register and do squadding requests, drop an email to, with your name and who you want to be squadded with, and we will do our best to accommodate. This should help us plan for the day. Please use only for registration. For questions and other issues see sidebar to right.

Don't worry if you don't register, walkons are always welcome, and encouraged.

As always, all you need is a standard velocity handgun that holds a minimum of 6 rounds, a safe way of carrying it (box, bag or holster), and a safe attitude. Don't handle any handgun unless you are at the safe table, or the firing line, and no ammo in the gun unless instructed to do so.

The fee is $15 for adults and $5 for the under 18 crowd.

If you have something unusual, bring it out, we'd love to see it!

See you Saturday.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Shopping in Texas

I like this video. But, it could easily be shopping in PA. Or shopping with USPSA shooters.

Shopping in Texas

Monday, March 16, 2009

RO class June 6-7th, 2009

There are still some openings left in our RO level 1 class June 6th and 7th. This opportunity doesn't come around all that often. Being a range officer is important because it takes some of the burden off of the guys who do it all the time, thereby ensuring they don't get burned out, and keeping the sport alive. RO certification not only makes you more qualified to help out at matches it also makes you a better shooter, because you understand the rules better. The cost is $50. If you need more info or an application please email me at

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Open gun for sale

One of my friends is selling one of his Open guns. I will personally vouch for the accuracy and reliability of this gun. I know it works. H-

BEDELL CUSTOM – 5” Open 38 SuperComp
_ STI Frame & Slide.
_ Schumann UltriMatch Barrel – 38 SuperComp
_ Lightened Slide. Serrations rear & lighting cuts in front. (per pictures).
_ Bedell Comp. (Titanium). Bedell logo on right side & TOPGUN on left side.
_ Dawson Ice Magwell. (Silver)
_ Swenson Ambidextrous Safety. (cut & rounded per pictures).
_ Koenig Hammer.
_ EGW Hard Sear.
_ STI Hammer Strut.
_ Extreme Race Disconnect.
_ Aftec Extractor – 38 Super Comp.
_ STI Drilled & Taped Mag Release.
_ SC Mag Release Button.
_ STI Beavertail.
_ SC Slidewinder Slide Racker.
_ SVI Trigger System (Flat Trigger Medium Installed)
_ C-More Serendipity (Blk) click switch 8 MOA sight system.

Trigger pull set to 15~18oz crisp

Gun, case and 1 (140mm) Tuned/Polished SPS mag. $ 2,000.00 (firm).

Options for buyer:
Tuned/Polished Mag Set (you will need if shooting open) 3-140mm & 1-170mm $ 430.00.
Extra 170mm Mag $ 120.00
Armscor Brass 1 case (2500) NIB - $ 275.00 (won’t find it cheaper anywhere) Above gun loves it.
Starline Brass 1 Box (500) NIB – 65.00 (won’t find it cheaper anywhere).

Contact me if you're interested and I'll get you in touch with seller (no, I don't get a commission)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Still doing match pictures

Some of the guys chose to use pistol caliber carbines to reshoot stages in afternoon. Here is Greg J. ROing my son Ben. The evil Sean M. He's the one who designed Razor and Switchback. They're not as bad as some he has given me for later use. Practice up. Paul S. ROing Rob B. Note the blurring from the speed of these revolver shooters.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

More March USPSA match pictures

Here Jim S. ROs new guy Jim T. who couldn't stop smiling all day.This is the guy who does your registration. "Dominatin Dave" It was very hectic this match and you can see by the expression how hard he worked on this one. And you know he did a hell of a job.Topton Match Director Dean D. has his game face on waiting for the start signal. Gun troubles kept Dean out of the running for a good finish, but that's part of the game.

Monday, March 9, 2009

March USPSA match

The March match is complete and a rousing success. The two time slot format seemed to work out well, and because of it we were able to accommodate a record number of shooters including over a dozen who had never shot a USPSA match before. The weather was great, the stages challenging, and I believe everyone had a great time. A hearty thank you to all who shot, and to the York staff who ran this one, especially the staff in registration and stats who really went above and beyond the call of duty this time.

Here's a picture of Lucito ROing Jayson on "Razor" which was undoubtedly the toughest stage. Many shooters simply didn't have enough ammo in their mags to take on the 22, no 23 pieces of steel.
Sean M. who we're going to miss greatly when he moves back to Colorado next month, designer of "Razor" and this stage "Switchback" ROing Jonathan M. who was our best newbie this month, and actually finished quite respectably. Watch out for this guy in future matches.

Gary S. (yes, the one who runs the fun shoots, and also works his tail off for the USPSA matches) is ROing Louis on the standards. Louis won Open and was our high overall shooter. Note the youth movement at the top of the results. It makes me feel old.

By now you should have received the preliminary results in an email. If you haven't and want to be on that list, which is also our match announcement list email me at

Results are also available at

Saturday, March 7, 2009

A request from the Stats lady

"Hi - Dawn the stats girl here...This blog is to share info on getting the stats out quickly and accurately.

Things that help me to enter data accurately: Include your name and shooter number on the scoresheets. It helps to put the name that is in the database rather than nicknames, initials, etc. I know some of the shooters by name but not most of you so it is difficult to enter the stats if I don't have both the name and shooter number. This is really important in multi gun matches.

When you register, please include all the information so I can make sure it is scored correctly. If you don't circle major or minor, open or limited, I just leave what was in there. That may or may not be accurate. If it's not accurate, we have to go back and change score results and recalculate.

Fill out your score sheets completely. Don't forget to fill in the number of steel hit - some people actually miss the steel - or give up, so steel is not always all A's. If it is left blank, I don't know if it should be A's or misses. Add your columns and make sure the total matches the total round count for the stage. I get a fair number of sheets that do not add up. Then we have to track down the person, etc. etc.

Include times on the sheet - believe it or not, I've gotten a lot of score sheets without times. Shooters signed off on the sheet. The sign off on the score sheet should mean that you actually looked at the sheet to make sure it was accurate.

Finally, bring your scoresheets up to the stat shack promptly. If you're coming from the back - bring up sheets. The sooner I get them, the sooner I can enter them. This helps me get the scores out quickly.

What do you need to simplify the scoring process?

Thanks, Dawn"

Dawn does a hell of a job. Let's make her job as easy as possible. Howard

Friday, March 6, 2009

USPSA instruction

As there seems to be a serious demand, I am going to resume offering basic USPSA instruction for shooters new to USPSA, as well as C and D class shooters who wish to learn some of the sports required skills in a structured environment at a reasonable cost. This level I class will focus on basic skills such as accuracy, the proper firing grip, the reload, and engaging multiple targets quickly and accurately. It is a three hour class designed to be an entry level intro to better shooting techniques than many will shooters learn on their own. This will be the class I wish was available when I was new to USPSA shooting. The cost will be $50. The date of the first class will be March 29th and there will be a limit of 8 shooters per class. For more info follow this link.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Sunday's stages

As promised I will reveal the classifiers to be shot Sunday. They are 99-28, 99-33, 03-05, and 03-18. There are also two really great field courses designed by Sean M. One is 31 rounds, mostly on paper with a fair amount of movement, and a 30 rounder with less movement, but 22 pieces of steel! The minimum round count is 119 rounds, but I would pack some extra. There are 37 pieces of steel, and some of them aren't real close.

Also, please note the morning flight is full, and the afternoon flight is nearly full. If you haven't signed up yet you better get on it. If you have you should have recieved a confirmation email.

I put in a request for great weather Sunday and the weathermen (who still can't be trusted) are calling for 68 degrees at the range. Welcome spring!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

TEOTWAWKI in the stat shack!


The GMAIL box is on fire and we're likely going to set a couple records in March. First, We have have over 70 shooters signed up thus far, and the emails just keep coming. We will probably host our biggest March match ever, and it's not inconceivable that we'll break the monthly record for shooters if this keeps up.

We will also be hosting the largest number of new shooters ever for this match, it could be upwards of 20. So you experienced guys please take a newbie under your wing.

I'd like to ask for some help with the sign up emails.

When signing up for the Match, please put the following information in THE TITLE line of your email: Name, USPSA #, division, class, PF and time (AM/PM).


John Doe, A55555,C LIMITED, MAJOR, PM

Try to be as accurate as possible on your division and PF, or you will end up in 'open minor' in the stats and most people will not like that. On match day, the stat shack is bombed and changing you then is a little problematic.

What you will get in return is a monsyllabic reply, probably mispelled, that says "confirmed for the PM". I just don't have time to tell everyone what time we are setting up and what time the match starts, that information will be in the MD's sign up email and the blog. Suffice to say, setup always starts at 8am and we can always use the help.

Given the formatting in GMAIL, multiple registrations off one email is a huge PIA. I do sign up on an excel sheet first, then load into the match DB the night before the match.

Thus far, we have over 100 emails in the registration box for March. I've been in there for four hours so far this month.

If you have any other information you want to share, you should probably send that directly to the MD's email, as the GMAIL box is only for sign up and it's only going to be me going in there in the future.

New shooters, please review the procedures here:

We are all committed to sharing our sport with as many people as possible. This is a volunteer sport and your assistance is appreciated! I'm looking forward to seeing all our friends this Sunday!

Dave Albanese

Monday, March 2, 2009

Funshoot results are up!

Or will be soon, our wonderful webmaster will place them at just as soon as his fingers do the dancin'.
A special note; thanks to the whining of a number of shooters, the USPSA stage in pit 6 was thrown out for score.
Seriously, that stage had some problems with the activators and such, so to be fair, out it went. This will be remedied in a way I think you will like next month.

Thanks again for a wonderful day, I enjoyed your company, you folks are really a special bunch.