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-