Monday, January 30, 2012

Sunday, February 12th, Falling Steel shoot

Mark February 12th on your calendars as a shooting day.  Unless the weather makes a turn for the worst between here and there we intend to have a falling steel shoot that day.  More details will follow as we get closer, but I do know it will be a fairly low stress event for centerfire handguns and carbines only.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Spring 3 man 3 gun

The application for the Spring 3 man 3 gun at York is now available at
This is a fillable pdf.  You can type your information right into the blanks and print it and send it to me.  It is much easier to read type written versus hand written, particularly the emails, so please use this feature.

This match usually fills very quickly so don't wait too long to get your team together.  We will take a maximum of 49 teams this year.

We did increase the entry fee a litle for this year, but we're including t-shirts for all 3 team members and I've got some new tricks up my sleeves.  This match is always a load of fun and this year we will outdo ourselves.

We have also figured out several time saving measures to get this match done in a reasonable amount of time this year.

We're doing an optional "play for cash prizes" again this year.  That worked out great last year and adds a dimension to the match that some enjoy and some don't.  Do whatever your team enjoys there.

We look forward to shooting with you.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Local RO class

Confirmation emails just went out, if you didn't get one, and wish to partake, please email me at  Remember this is geared for those who are familiar with shooting at York.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

3 Gun Rifle Ammo

I use 2 types of rifle ammo for my 3 gun shooting.  Primarily as a cost savings.  One is what I call "blaster ammo" and it is for practicing up close shooting where accuaracy is not demanded.  The other is my "accuracy ammo" which I use for longer distance or more precise shooting.

My blaster ammo is almost always 55gr FMJ stuff that may be factory loaded or handloaded.  Loading good rifle ammo is easier than you think and can save you substantial amounts of cash if you shoot a lot.  If you're shooting factory ammo then the brand I prefer is the cheap Federal.  Winchester is OK.  I've shot some S&B with no complaints.  Remington UMC stuff works but I have always found the accuracy to be lacking.  I've never been a fan of the Wolf or Silver Bear stuff.  I've been to Russia and see how they make things.  No thanks.

For accuracy ammo I prefer a 75gr HPBT bullet.  I've had incredible luck with the Hornady Match ammo, and highly recommend it, but there are other kinds and it can be loaded too.  I have also used a good bit of Hornady's Steel Match, which is loaded into steel cases.  I've had no problems with it at all and accuracy is very good.  How good you may ask?  With any of the Hornady factory 75gr loads I expect sub-MOAaccuracy at all distances, and to hit 8" plates at 400 yards every time lying prone using just a magazine for a monopod.  It's still pretty impressive out to 700 yards if I do my part.

Monday, January 9, 2012

The local RO Class

 If the Fun Shoot program is to survive it is imperative that we train a cadre of responsible people to help with the operation, and safety oversight of those shoots.  The Fun Shoot program will be greatly curtailed or cancelled if we can’t come up with enough staff to help run the shoots safely and efficiently.   More people are needed to help with the action shooting segment of our program as well, and this class will help participants gain the knowledge and confidence to step up into a greater role at those matches.

Therefore, on Saturday Jan. 28th, we will be teaching a 2 part York Range Officer class.  This is NOT a sanctioned USPSA RO class, but a class aimed at increasing our Local RO Staff here at York, with our own special blend of shooting sports.

The day will consist of 2 sections.  All participants must attend the first, it will cover safety, range procedures, commands and enforcement.  The second, after lunch, will be optional and is intended for those interested in action shooting, and will cover scoring, timers, palms, and things particular to USPSA and multigun matches.

This is a serious position at York, so consider it carefully. Upon completion, participants will be expected to take on the responsibilities of safely running a squad of shooters, have the patience, desire and ability to teach new shooters, and the willingness to enforce safety violations with disqualification.

We will start promptly at 10:00 am at the trap building and we should be done by 2:00 pm.  This class is free  and lunch will be provided.  In order to attend you must be a regular participant in any of our shoots, Fun Shoots, Steel Challenge, Multi-gun or USPSA. 

Preregistration is mandatory.

The instructors for the classes will be Howard Thompson, myself, and other members of our pistol committee so you need not feel nervous or under qualified.  We need your help and want you to succeed.

If you are interested, or wish more information, email me at

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

January 8th Stake Shoot

The weather forecast looks great for Sunday, for what a weather forecast is worth, so we're moving forward with the stake shoot. Our stake shoot is an event where teams, which we will draw for or make up by some impromptu method, shoot against a similar team to see who can shoot their board in half first. The weapons of choice for this particular shoot will include centerfire handguns, centerfire carbines, and centerfire semi-auto rifles. No holsters will be necessary for this shoot but are encouraged. It's supposed to be 55 degrees so that shouldn't be an issue. All guns must be unloaded and either holstered or cased at all times except in the designated safety area or under the supervision of a range officer.

There is no pre-registration fo this shoot. Just show up. This shoot will start at 11:00am Sunday. The fee for this shoot will be just $5, for all you can shoot until at least 2:00pm. Bring plenty of ammo and all the magazines you have. Stake shooting is wildly fun but can be an ammo intensive sport. I will personally bring 200 rounds of 9mm for my carbine, 200 rounds of 40 for my pistol, and 200 rounds of 223 for my rifle, maybe more. You can bring less. When you're out of ammo you're done, no harm, no foul. There are no prizes at stake, this is just for kicks.

If you have any questions email me at


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!!!!

Hope to see everyone on the range this year.  We have an exciting schedule, with something for everyone.  Make it a point to come out and join us.