Thank you [so much] to 91 shooters, all of the stage designers and Safety Officers (SOs) that made the match a [another] great match. Happy Birthday Ash DeVane! One more quick shout of thanks to the ‘statisticians’ – Carson, Scott, Claudia, Shari, Bryan: ‘just wow’ and thank you. There’s too much to-do this post so here we go.
Did we mention that today started out with some very light snow? Before the set up for the match while we were hunting ( The Middle Neuse River Delta Waterfowl youth duck hunt – facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/h2ofowlfarms/posts/2067361696672756 ) some of that ‘demon dust’ fell out of the sky and made us wonder about how the day was going to be. The weather turned out about 3 degrees less-cold than was predicted, the normally ‘ruins the match’ wind was just enough to air dry the bays and it was a really good day here at H2O. Except…
Oh, forgot the “I don’t like to read those posts” link to the Practiscore scores. Note: Wilton Deets is taking advantage of the *new* (still in development) ‘social media’ aspects of practiscore and uploaded our first Practiscore Match Video in the match scores. Thanks Wilton, Awesome! https://practiscore.com/results/new/74686
So. Chris was MIA. Could it be ‘just a coincidence’ that on the one day in years that The Range Master was ‘away’ The[e] Range Master of Ranger Masters, none other than The[e] [World Famous] Chad Thompson returns to us after so-soooo many months? What are the odds? And then, The[e] Chad Thompson got “soundly beaten in a fair fight”: (1) by Dustin Thompson (and many others!) in one stage; and, (2) Matt Fowler ‘overall’. Now we’re beating him up in this post! Just kidding Chad, we <3 you and miss you all the time and hope your schedule lets you hang out with us more. And, thanks for ‘letting them win’.
*** Let’s do some Chad School ***
During the match Chad mentioned a long time ago Legendary Lady imported to NC via Vietnam, Peoples Republic Of: “Mama Trang”. We have mentioned her in previous post[s] because when Chad’s destiny put him across her path she famously asked him, “Why you bling gun in here?” She did this about an hour before a rather rambunctious “SO” asked/told him, “DQ much?!” Mama Trang, Asian accents, signs in stores long ago read: You break it, you bought it. Asian edition: You Blake You Buy! Dean said to Blake Allen: “Some day I’m going to teach you how to hold a gun and you’re going to be dangerous.” Slide show in three dots…
So. Next time we do this type of grip clinic (or is it glip crinic) let’s do it at “Mama Trangs” gas station and eatery. You, Blake, you buy! (haha just kidding, but that would be a heck of an adventure until she killed us all for “bling gun in here”.) There’s more than one reason for putting that shooting hand thumb up. The non-inclusive list is: (1) it opens up space for your ‘support hand’ to get in there and make a physical barrier; (2) it fills the space/gap between hand and tang with meat thereby creating a physical barrier against recoil/muzzle-flip; (3) if you run a gun with a 1911 or Beretta style safety on it that thumb needs to be up there keeping the safety *off*.
See also last month’s “Gun Schools” in the results post.
Still a lot to get done here (!!!!!s). Moving on. We got quite a few links to shooter videos so here’s those:
Blake (and Amber) Allen’s match video (first edition) at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blakeallenshvac/videos/615448075559183/
Dustin Thompson’s individual stages videos at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dustin.thompson.75491/videos/2237254546523084/ https://www.facebook.com/dustin.thompson.75491/videos/2237252759856596/ https://www.facebook.com/dustin.thompson.75491/videos/2237250603190145/
Sean D Sorrentino’s video at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sean.sorrentino/videos/10213350115010609/ and at youTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOT7dxXdPeg
Directly/Indirectly related video from our friend Tiffany Waller of the “Tiffany Outdoors” and *new* “Gun Talk With Tiffany” youTube channels. In this post on Facebook from the 8th Dean discussed the exact same ‘thumb up’ stuff in a comment. https://www.facebook.com/tiffany.waller.92/posts/10218306506271314
Gun Talk With Tiffany: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS6r-9-ti37Pcr2Ij0EbpSA
Tiffany Outdoors: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpleMjRNixJibCnW2Y0hr7A
** 862 Subscribers, Tiff, way to go! Blink and it will be 1,000…
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
Friday-Saturday, February 15-16, 2019 Dean will be ‘instructing’ a “2-Day 20 Classroom Hours Minimum” long days “intense” North Carolina Private Protective Services Board “Armed Guard Certification Full Class”. 8am until *when finished very late at night* both days. Details at: http://imfscorp.com/feb-15-16-ncppsb-full-armed-certification-class/
Saturday, March 9, 2019: 2nd Saturday IDPA. Pre-register and squad at Practiscore: https://practiscore.com/march-9-2019-idpa-at-h2o/register
Sat-Sun, March 9-10, 2019: Daylight Saving Time Starts AFTER the 2nd Saturday Match ~ All Match Start times until November 9:00am
Saturday, March 30, 2019: 5th Saturday BUG Match.
Time to wrap it up. No T-Rex(es) were hurt in the making of this post. The people “picked on” are “tough and they can take it” – they know that we’re all out here to become better, learn from each other, teach each other, and occasionally beat The[e] Chad Thompson (a little bit, because he lets us). Oh, and ‘Hay, Chad, if you talk to Codename: Bananas get him to come hang out with us some time, too.’ Terry Riley, we have missed you tons and are so glad you popped in, also.
Repeat the scores link and exit on an action shot.