Sunday, May 29, 2011

Mid-Atlantic Section Championship

The Mid-Atlantic Section Championship is full. We are no longer taking applications. Everything is going as planned and we are looking forward to hosting another great match.

Frequently asked questions include:

-What time do we start/finish?
The Saturday morning shooters should be on the grounds by 7:00am to get registered and gear up for a 7:45 match briefing and an 8:00am start. We're running small squads Saturday am and if things go well they should be done by 12:30pm at the latest.
The Saturday afternoon squads should be on grounds by 12:00pm to register and gear up for a 12:45 match briefing and 1:00pm start. We're hoping the afternoon squads will be done around 4:30pm.
The Sunday morning squads should be on site by 8:00am to register and gear upfor a 8:45 match briefing and 9:00am start. We're hoping to have Sunday's shooters finished by 1:00pm or so.

-Will there be food and drinks available?
Yes, the same group who did the concessions for the "Summer Blasts" in the past years wil be doing the food and drinks. They will be there for lunch both days and they will be offering a variety of food and beverages including some healthier choices, but they will not be doing breakfast. Please eat breakfast on the way to the range in the am.

- Will there be a chrono this year?
Oh yeah! We have the exact same set up they use at Nationals and we tested at our last local match. Be prepared.

If you have any other questions let me know, H-

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

And So I Shall

This months FunShoot will be this Saturday, May 28th.

I am planning an 8 stage, 96ish round challenging shoot with things that break, fall, ring, move, splat and a few that just lay there, for your shooting pleasure. This is open to any standard pistol caliber handgun and carbine, with pretty much any capacity higher than 2 rounds.

We will be working around the stages for the upcoming Mid Atlantic Section Match (Nod, Nod, Wink, Wink), and we will be heavy on steel, I know you folks like that.

Setup at 8:30, registration 9:00ish, Shooter walkabout at 9:45ish, shooting by 10:00ish.
Dogs and drinks will be available for sale.

Fee is $15, kids under 18 are still just $5, no preregistration is required. Scoring is optional

As always remember the range safety rules, we are all a bit rusty, so please be vigilant

For general info, go to


Sunday, May 22, 2011

May Fun Shoot

Ok, I'm not the real Fun Shoot Match Director, and I'm sure he'll post the real Fun Shoot plug here in the next day or two, but I want to tell all you USPSA shooters something. I've been saying for years what a great thing the fun shoot is. That it helps us focus on sight in, and accuracy, and trigger skills, etc. This month there is an added bonus for the competitors signed up for the Mid-Atlantic Section Championship: The walls for the back 4 stages of the MASC are up. The steel is in place. Gary is going to embed these features into the May Fun Shoot. They won't be the stages we're going to use for the MASC, but they will have certain elements in common. At the very least you'll get an idea what the dimensions of the stages will be, and you'll be able to piscture the diagrams in the actual pits. You'll know exactly how far the steel is, and what the angles of engagement of the paper will likely be. There have been a few minor changes from the diagrams and they will be known ahead of time to those who either help set them up or shoot the Fun Shoot. I'm not telling you you'll have an unfair advantage, I'm just sayin...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mid-Atlantic Section Championship

The Saturday afternoon time slot has been full for weeks now, and Sunday morning is now full too. There are a few slots available for Saturday morning, but the entry fee has increased to $100, and late entries don't get free t-shirts either. This year's shirts are very cool. It's more or less the same design we used the last two years, but this year we went with a monotone black imprint on military green shirts. Very tactical.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

This might be considered bragging...

Here is the video of Ben shooting the PSA Shootout. If you've never been there it gives you a good idea what it looks like. If you were this year you'll see what it takes to win it. Not just Junior either. All of it.

Ben at PSA Shootout

Monday, May 16, 2011

Tip of the day

Today as Greg and I were teaching a USPSA Basic Skills class we told the shooters something I want to remind all of you: The basic skills are the foundation of all the shooting we do. We all need to maintain these most elementary fundamentals and we do so only by practicing them diligently.

It may not seem sexy to practice the draw or reload dozens of times. You may think you're above repetitive movement exercises. Maybe transition drills bore you. Strong hand, weak hand, movers, the list of these basics goes on and on. But even the most complex stages are nothing more than a series of these simple skill tests strung together. A basic skill mastered is a tool. Whe you have enough tools in your tool box you can do anything. Start collecting these tools and when a stage requires a certain thing you'll have what you need.

Instead of spending your time practicing stages because they are more fun use your time to actually MASTER some of the basics. The very best in our sport aren't there because they know some secret tricks you don't. They are the best because they have mastered every imaginable basic skill. When it comes time to shoot a stage they use these very basic skill sets and weave them together like a composer does an symphony. They have practiced the simple things until they become AUTOMATIC. That is where the magic is.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Chrono at the May USPSA match

Robby Orent and I talking at the chrono at our May USPSA match.
I surprised everyone with a chronograph at our match last weekend. The primary purpose was to work all the bugs out for next month's Mid-Atlantic Section Championship, but the CED set-up was flawless and very easy to set up and run. We also wanted to just run it unannounced to make sure everyone was being honest. I caught a few people who were either still working on their loads or were trusting the books. Overall I think it was a positive experience for most people. A lot of shooters are right on the edge and now have a little more info to work with. I'm sure a lot of people will be bumping their powder measure up a tenth this week.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Wounded Warrior Project

We have raised nearly $700 for the Wounded Warrior Project so far, mostly due to our charity match last weekend. Many thanks to those who contributed. We really believe helping our wounded veterans and their families is a worthwhile cause.

If you haven't contributed yet but would like to please use our donation page

Link to our donation page

Topton is having a rimfire on steel match 5/15/2011 which will also benefit WWP.

Monday, May 2, 2011

May USPSA match

The May USPSA match, SATURDAY, 5/7 will be a 7 stage pistol match with 4 classifiers. It will cost $30 with $10 per shooter going to the Wounded Warrior Project right of the top.

The match will start at 1:00pm.

To sign up email us at with your name, USPSA #, division and squadding preferences.

If you have never shot a USPSA match before you must pass a safety check. We will be doing them on match day at 11:00am.