Thanks everyone – 85 shooters! – for joining us (now) yesterday in the cold, mud (sorry, we’re working on the drainage), and momentary sleet to make our first match of 2019 a fantastic one. We must give a special note of thanks and “our hearts” to Carson, he set up, shot, SO-ed, and scored during the match; set up, scored and assisted with a classifier after the match; and, did the scores in Practiscore after both; all on the 10th day after the passing of his father. Thank you Carson, and Shanna and “Em” for everything yesterday.
To the business. No impatient immediacy this post. Want the scores? Scroll all the way down. There’s going to be an extra serving of photos for this post as well, we got a lot of great action shots.
Our favorite girl scout, Emerson, who may be a little too old for her old nickname, delivered the cookies, Thanks Em! And thanks Shanna for bringing her. Thanks goes to everyone at the match for helping her towards her 2019 goals. If you would like to get some more cookies contact us and we’ll arrange it.
Claudia: thanks for the offer, we’ll get together. By the time we got done with match, classifier, scores you were off-range. Hope you’re feeling alright and we are going to be in touch.
Speaking of Sean D Sorrentino, here’s his match videos – first two videos of him, the third one is his compensation to the cameraman, Blake, of Blake. Watch closely for the “why” of the intro part of the Sean video in Stage 6. Thanks to Cliff for the retrieval.
Sean at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sean.sorrentino/videos/10213175846133996/
Sean at youTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPT8uLDpMI4
Blake at youTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZCJ_23povU
* of note: the video quality is far better at youTube on a desktop computer.
Speaking of videos, here is Dustin Thompson’s video of stage two at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dustin.thompson.75491/videos/2220462461535626/
** Gun School Chapter 1 **
Now – cough, cough – we must discuss a rather delicate topic. This ‘practice’ of ‘doing things in the workspace’ (gun up in front of face, pointed generally 90-degrees to the support side directly along the 180-line). This is done especially during reloading because a bunch of “millennials” have taken to the internet to say that it is faster (it is not) because they do it. Sorry to “sir” below, this is how we learn constructively.
“Local matches are to prepare shooters for sanctioned matches,” ~they~ say. Safety Officer (SO) DW “should have” stopped him and done the evil DQ. Demerit to DW! All of you “workspace” kids: STOP IT! Don’t believe us? (Of course you don’t, because what you do habitually is the right thing because it’s faster because you do it.) Scroll back up and watch Sean’s video of Sean at Stage 2. The first reload looks bobbled because he doesn’t practice hopping out of a car while worried about that 180 rule and reloading. Because he doesn’t practice it, he didn’t reload his normal way. Time from palm-meets-baseplate of magazine to shot fired is 53 frames. Note that his muzzle goes up about 30 or 40 degrees but does not go left because his mind is on “can’t break the 180″. Then we go to the 2nd reload, flat-footed as it’s practiced. Magazine visible (can’t see when the touch down happened) to shot fired – after moving the gun almost 90-degrees left ~and~ 90-degrees up: 70 frames. In the real world, more movement equals more time. It is SLOWER! Now, go ahead and do that dissonance that we do so well and let’s talk more about sanctioned (and local) matches.
Sorry, forgot to mention: if you keep the gun flat or close to the targets while reloading: (1) you don’t risk a DQ or (2) sending one over the berm where the “down” is a bunch of houses. Have good habits with your “blaster”… always.
Coastal Carolina Challenge 2019
The Coastal Carolina Challenge 2019 is a Level 2 IDPA match being held at Ant Hill Shooting Range (Bolivia/South Port/Oak Island, NC) on Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, 2019. $110. 180 rounds (minimum) – 11 stages and a “warm-up” stage.
You *must* be a classified IDPA member to shoot Tier/Level 2/II IDPA matches. Here’s the match at idpa.com, where you can conveniently and quickly join the IDPA as well: https://www.idpa.com/matches/coastal-carolina-challenge/
Here’s the practiscore.com match registration page (you must sign up for a practiscore account): https://practiscore.com/coastal-carolina-challenge-2019/register
Make sure to check the boxes and/or contact the Match Director if you are an IDPA Safety Officer (SO) and are willing to SO (SSO) at the match.
Coming Soon at H2O
Our next match is our 2nd Saturday match on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Registration/Orientation 9am-10am; shooting starts at 10am. Register and squad at practiscore: https://practiscore.com/february-9-2019-idpa-at-h2o/register
North Carolina Private Protective Services Handgun Re-Certification, Friday, January 18. Details and PDF flyer at: http://imfscorp.com/jan-18-2019-ncpps-armed-recertification/
CCNCFG’s North Carolina Concealed Carry Handgun (CCH) class is Saturday, February 2, 2019. Join the Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2290979177787276/ and/or download the PDF flyer at: http://imfscorp.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019_0202_NCCCH_Flyer.pdf
IDPA and ZSA at Sportsman’s Lodge (Jacksonville, NC Area)
Thanks to John Z of the Zombie Shooters Association ( https://www.facebook.com/ZombieShootersAssociation/ ) for bringing so many to the match and for the information about “the new range”: Sportsman’s Lodge. Check the ZSA Facebook page for many details the matches. To contact them about shooting and classes at Sportsman’s Lodge see their Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/sportsmanslodgerange/ ).
As we talked about in the briefing, if you are an IDPA member in the Jacksonville area, they will be hosting a Safety Officer (SO) certification course in about two weeks at Sportsman’s Lodge. Get in contact with John Z. if you would like to become a SO and help out at those matches.
[ Edit: correction ] The IDPA SO course and “new” matches are being held at Flatwoods Outfitters, Hubert, NC and hosted by Crystal Coast IDPA: https://www.facebook.com/CCIDPA/
Another Action Photo Interlude
The first two are Dustin Thompson working on that mover in Stage Five. The third one is Joe Salva “burning down” Stage 4.
** Gun School Chapter 2 **
Keep that thumb up. Hold your gun one handed. Put your thumb down. See the gap between the tang and your hand? Now put your thumb up. Gap closed. Physical barriers stop recoil impulse. Physics, mechanics, bio-mechanics as abbreviated as best as I can, signed Dean. We’ll do a clinic someday about these simple things. It was a topic of conversation in our squad in Stage One because of all the one handed shooting and Dustin Thompson’s left-handed stove pipe that someone mis-diagnosed as “limp wrist, need more practice left handed.” Their statement is true, in general, but the wrist has nothing to do with the gun getting – and staying – in motion. As luck would have it…
Maybe we’ll do a video clinic. Sean?
Enough is enough, let’s wrap this up with the scores at Practiscore and a note of thanks to the 30+ range shooters who waited patiently to get in the bays and on the rifle range until all the match stuff was finished.