Always and forever: thank you to 86 participants (shooters) and all of the volunteer “staff” that make these matches go. We’ve got a lot to do today (writing this on 11/11 Veterans Day) so we’re going to dive in…
Years ago we went through “it” here in the weblogs about the mixed-bag of “stuff” that happens when people try to acknowledge the “old hands.” Friends of ours get “called out” for trying to honor their friends and family who died in service because “they/you have Memorial Day.” We get called out and see all over social media others getting “chastised” for saying “Happy” in front. Some veterans (modern understood definition: living military) are very “there’s nothing happy about it” because of the PTSD, homelessness, mis-treatment and abuse by the VA and other government agencies. Sorry, sirs and ma’ams, we’re all just people who are “trying”. We ~hear~ you, and don’t mean to offend, and won’t argue. We just want to wish all of you “Old Hands” on this day – your day – the best day that can be had and know that we honor your service and sacrifice.
Thanksgiving and our Annual Toys For Tots Charity BUG Match
We try to always start and end these webloggers with messages of Thanks. And, we mean it. We certainly want to wish you and yours a Great Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, November 28, and know that when we our giving our thanks, all of you (readers of these things and not) are on our list.
“That being said…” is the modern but[t] or however 🙂 After you’ve stuffed your guts and napped in front of the game or race: Get that Black Friday shopping done, fill the basket, empty the debit-card account and bring all those goodies out here on Sunday, November 30th, 2019 as “match fee” for our Seventh Annual Toys For Tots (Charity) (Mega-) Back-Up-Gun (BUG) Match. The Marines (Happy B-Day USMC 11/10) will be here to say a little something and take all of the Christmas we can gather back to the kids who need it the most. Shooting starts at 10:00am. Sign-up and get on a squad at: https://practiscore.com/nov-30-2019-h2o-toys-for-tots-bug-match/register
December @ H2O
On the first Saturday, the 7th, the whole crowd that makes up the Dunn Division of Concealed Carry North Carolina Firearms Group (Gunners Choice Outfitters [2019’s Best of Harnett County CCH Class], Dean Wiley, Jesse Alphin, Fundamental Safety/Patrick Riley, and more) are holding (turn up the volume and the echo): The Last Concealed Carry Handgun Class of the second decade of the 3rd Millennium…!!! (Imagine the following in all caps and bold, and shake your device/screen while reading it) You can have the whole seat… but you only need the edge! Details and occasional “tidbits” at the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2498739260400731/
Took a minute to shake off all of that excitement above… where were we? Oh yeah, on the second Saturday, the 14th, we will have our regular 2nd Saturday IDPA @ H2O match. Register and get on a squad at: https://practiscore.com/december-14-2019-idpa-at-h2o/register (shake the screen and ~hear~ another of “our” veterans, Chad Thompson, yelling:) It’s the most fun you can have with your clothes on!! (and us yelling) The Last Match of the 2nd…. well, you know. Squad 7 is for Safety Officers (only), please.
…and then, “we” forgot what we were going to write next. So, thanks again everyone, “have” whatever kind of Veterans Day you want to and ‘Thank You For Your Service/Sacrifice’, and we’ll see you out here in the bays Tuesday-Saturday for Members and Friday-Saturday for everyone.
Oh, yeah, “We wanna witch you a Merry Christmas…” (sorry-not-sorry, compulsion)
p.s. Edit: We (I, Dean) remembered: We shot a 5×5 Classifier after the match
( Very late** ) Thanks 80+ shooters and the multitude of volunteers it takes to make a great match – and Annual Classifier as a Match match – happen. There is much to-do here and we’re already two weeks late** so… “Ready, kids? Here we goooooooooo….”
Physics not Physical Strength and Don’t Give Your Gun to Your Enemy – Gun School (Re-)Run(s)
Let’s take a look at Super Model (and Safety Officer) Scott Haight shooting “at contact distance” or “from the retention(?!?!?!) area” (and then we’re going to discuss it):
Here’s ‘the thing’ about “retention” (which means “where you would retain your gun when the fight became closer than gun-distance (guns are ‘distance tools’)) area – or contact/close-quarters shooting: YOU DON’T GIVE YOUR GUN TO THE BAD-GUY (Amp! FBI!!)! [ ‘guy’ is used in a safe gender-neutral tone… vomit pause… moving on ] This whole 1930s-1950s FBI – ahem we can’t say what we want to, so – silliness makes for great “square range stuff” and fabulous Super Model Scott (Tac-Tique TM) photos. BUT!, keep in mind, when the fight gets touchy-feely if the Bad-Gender-Neutral-Thing can put their hands on you or your gun it is “non-optimal”. Let’s go way back to January 2015:
It was her first attempt. With almost 5 years in between (hope you are well “Range Baby”) we can say this: Her non-shooting hand should be “over her heart”; her shooting hand thumb should be up; and, her grip should be stronger. When shooting from retention the magazine well should be against your body and the gun directly over the holster.
Now we’re going to talk about shooting-hand thumb UP (like a facebook like) — wait for it — again. Dean’s saying: “It’s physics not physical strength.” Filling the space between the “tang” (top/back of the grip area) with hand stops the recoil impulse. Scroll back up, look at Chris Kropp and Scott and note that they have no space between the “tang” and the hand (Chris because he has trained and practices in a good, high grip; Scott because he has good, manly man-hands and doesn’t “need” to put his thumb up). Now, let’s look at another Haight, also a Super Model and pay close attention to the “gap” between hand and gun:
Click or Tap on the image and view it full-size. Note these three things: (1) she is “long conditioned” (trained and practiced) in Thumb-Crossing so she is sub-consciously “pushing” her right thumb down. Look at the pressure-indentation in her left hand from her right thumb. What this ‘habit’ (training scar for you dot-mils, conditioning for you athletes) does is two fold: it opens up the space under the ‘tang’ and it is pushing her left hand down opening space between her hands, effectively “breaking” her grip. (2) Her hands are rather small for that gun. It was no doubt designed without her in mind but she handles it “like a boss!” (3) [gun-schools passed and for another day] Don’t crowd the cover. Your gun should not be in front of the “wall”. ((We are not ‘picking on’ Dear Claudia, she is ‘family’ and we are all learning and improving from this. And, she’s tough, she can take it.)) Let’s see “all of the above” in action with a new-shooter (also female, who got a long free** lesson in grip-building after her last stage):
Look closely at the first picture (Chris K) and note that there is no “muzzle-flip”. Now look at the picture directly above. Small hands, thumb down, recoil almost 40-degrees. This amout of “rise” or “flip” doesn’t matter at 2 feet. At 7 yards she was hitting “high-left” every single time. Remember, Lady-Bug: shooting hand thumb up. (and dig back through the weblogs, we have done this many times). One more so the ladies don’t feel singled out:
Because of “thumb down” and “slender” or “small-ish” hands there was some “flip” (rotation in the grip, view large note the rolled flesh above the tendon). Because of “locked elbows” and being physically larger and stronger: the whole thing went up. Note how high the gun is above the targets and his eye-line. The lesson from 7th grade Science that everyone seems to remember is, “An object in motion tends to stay in motion.” The pre-cursor to that from “AP” or college Physics classes that almost no one remembers: “An object that can get in motion WILL get into motion.” Killed on the skreets? Probably not. But, this is IDPA – a sport/competition shooting event – where all the top-players say, “When 10ths [of seconds] matter…” Controlling recoil impulse (flip or complete arm rise) makes the splits (shot-to-shot times) smaller or faster.
Where that – ahem – “silly or goofy” retention/point/contact shooting stuff comes from is D.A. “Jelly” Bryce: the F.B.I.’s first Sharpshooter ( https://www.guns.com/news/2012/03/21/da-jelly-bryce ) circa 1934-35. And: “That’s how muh Pappy done it, that’s how I’m gonna done it!” is the American Way. Cool. We’ll see you and your Bryce Stance at the next match or the BUG match on the 5th Saturday in November.
Our special thanks to: 77 shooters on the 14th and 42 BUG shooters on August 31st, and… everyone and everything… “All right! Let’s do dis.” (WoW Classic is now online for you gamer types.)
Web-guy has been MIA deluxe since starting a new J-O-B back in July. So, here’s the results of the Back-Up Gun match back on August 31st: https://practiscore.com/results/new/91059 (Ash and Ken: Nice work! Clean!) And…
From our Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/h2ofowlfarms/ ) post on September 6th: “Water water everywhere. Our early morning ride around the farm is good news. There is no wind damage. There is a lot of water standing but the roads are passable. (…) There is a lot of mud. Have a great weekend and continue to pray for our coastal communities during the recovery time.” Now (16-Sep) we are asking you to continue to pray for the Bahamas because they are suffering “Humberto” in the aftermath of Dorian. And… don’t just pray (unless that’s all there is right now, it’s plenty). If you are blessed (or lucky) enough to have anything you can give, dig around the internet for your charity of choice that is putting in the work with our neighbors over there.
We are also very blessed/lucky to have TWO stand-in “web-guys” (well… in this ‘era’ we guess it’s OK to call Claudia that). Ladies* first (and, no, we don’t care if it’s ‘socially acceptable’ to say that)…
IDPA September 14, 2019 by Claudia Haight
It was a beautiful day on the range with 75 shooters making a glorious noise. A shout out to all of the new shooters that came out to play today, hope y’all had a great time and will be back at the next match. Thank you Rachel Wallace for competing today it was nice not to be the only female on the range. Once again a big thank you to Andy and Chris, after all the rain in the past couple of weeks the range was in great shape. Everyone be safe and we will see you on the range.
Claudia joined the H2O Family in April/May of 2016 at the Gun Powder Gals Practical-and-Tactical Clinic. ( 105 photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/computermedicnc/albums/72157682999377195 ) She was – and is – assisting several instructors in the Fayetteville, NC area and has since gone on to become a USCCA certified instructor, an IDPA Safety Officer, and one of our “web-guys”. She is very involved in the shooting sports, training and “politics” (2nd proponent of course).
Sean joined the H2O family in [awaiting exact date confirmation]. He is the former host of the GunBlog VarietyCast Radio podcast and current web-log manager/editor/writer at NCGunBlog ( https://www.ncgunblog.com/ ). Since joining us as a shooter he has promoted our range and matches with many videos at youTube and facebook (his youTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/sdsorrentino ), has become “An Ambassador for the Sport” – like Claudia – by becoming an IDPA Safety Officer, and is the coordinator for November’s Steve Anderson Class and Match here at H2O ( http://h2ofowlfarmsnc.com/nov-2019-steve-anderson-class/ ).
Not only have Sean & Claudia done ‘all of the above’ they put in a ton of extra work with the tablets, coordinating the pictures for this post, and ran a squad on their own on the 14th – both with relatively (or ‘really’) little experience. “Thanks for all of the amazing extra efforts” to these two.
Coming next Saturday, September 21, 2019: An NC Concealed Carry Handgun class by “2019s Best of Harnett County – Concealed Carry Class” winners Gunners Choice Outfitters (and our MIA web-guy). All the details at the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/230547294529703/
There’s two more pictures that we’re going to ‘drop’ below. Gotta go do stuff (and get to work). Thanks again everybody. And, as always, join us Tuesday-Saturday for members and Friday-Saturday for everyone for all of your shooting needs and we’ll see you in October for the match.
[ Thanks to 74 shooters and Special Guest Post Author and Match Photographer Claudia Haight ]
Hi y’all. This will be a short and sweet post for the 08/10/2019 IDPA shoot. A big thanks to Sean for all the work with the electronics, it’s flowing smoother with each shoot. Big shout out to everyone who shot well today and all the new shooters that came out. Hope to see all of you again at the next one [Sept 14]. Everyone remember to come out for the BUG match in a couple of weeks [Aug 31]. Hopefully my photos say more than my words.
Thank you – a million times thank you – to everyone for (first and foremost) spending a late (very late) Friday night and early (very early) Saturday morning to “get the match into the tablets” for our first [almost] all digital scoring match. Yes, there were hiccups. Then a million-and-one-th thank you for joining us in the 105+ “reel feelz” degrees heat and making this match a huge success. We’ve been working on this since yesterday (so early yesterday because ‘scores done when the match was done’) so no more ado…
Now. Let’s talk about ‘hiccups’. (We’ll start with the new wordpress/theme/block-editor is not showing us this – invisible ink? Tiny little arrow way over on the right hand side for any wordress/2019 newbies out there. Change it from up-arrow to down-arrow.) OK. Hiccups. Chad Thompson was “incorrectly” put in the SSP division. That Beretta of his: ESP. Guess what that means, Sean D and Joe W and Patrick R? (hiccup! bunch of words and the photo uploadered and captioned, save draft, poof, gone, sigh, try again one dollar!) Sorry, Fast Eddie Simons, you are ‘corrected’ (only here, not at practiscore.com) to Number Two Slot in ESP. Guess you’ll have to go use MSPaint on your video, Sean, like we did on the image below.
Next, since we’re talking about “The[e] World Famous Chad Thompson” (thanks for hanging out with us, Chad & Cindy) and he is the Professor-de-Professore of Firearms (and other things), let’s ‘do’ some gun school.
Gun School – Don’t Crowd The Cover
…and don’t X those thumbs! Calling you out, Cliff, because I know you’re “tough, and can take it.” Dustin and Blake: gun school your friend. (smiley-face)
Seriously Important NOTE about the below pictures. This is also Safety Officer (SO) school. Wilton Deets (the SO pictured) IS looking at the shooter and “this locked arm low-ready, too close to that wall” problem. He had a real good, long talk with the shooter at the end of the stage. Wilton did not have “the perspective” of the camera and could not see that this shooter stepped in front of the gun four times. The camera only caught one. It’s very important because: as SOs go Wilton did exactly what he’s supposed to “from his perspective”. IDPA (and range) rules DO NOT allow photos and videos to be used in place of the SO’s decisions. Thanks, Wilton Deets, sometimes it’s the right person in the right place at the right time. Glad you were there. SOs: be looking at your shooter, not their targets! (…other SOs, ours “never do that”…)
Taking a break from ‘school’ to do Coming Soon and an action photo
July 20th, NC Concealed Carry Handgun class from “The Group” (Gunner’s Choice – 2019’s “Best Of Harnett County Concealed Carry Classes”; Dean Wiley; Jesse Alphin) All the details and link to the PDF flyer at the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/452697892182255/
Back to school special… but not really, more of a ‘tips for our new friends’ section
Do not cross your thumbs on a gun. Any gun. Ever. See the other (previous, sorry not digging and providing links) after match posts and Gun School posts. Here’s the short version of “Dean’s Kara-Te of Gun” (want the long version, CCH class above): Pistol fingers and flat hand. The shooting hand gets configured the way kids do “pistol fingers” and that’s index finger straight, thumb up. (Imagine a Facebook “Like” with the index finger sticking straight out.) The non-shooting (weak/support) hand: all four fingers tight together and the thumb – UP! Yes, yes, I (we) know… the tacti-cool guys all say, “Both thumbs should be pointing at the target, etc, etc.” When you get better at it, both thumbs pointing at the target will “just” happen. Here’s the “real cheat”: Stand up and “air gun” holding a rifle or shotgun (you point the index finger of the non-shooting hand under your rifle and wrap the thumb over the top of the rifle guys, (a) stop it and (b) be quiet). Now “play air gun” of pumpy-the-shotgun. On one of the times when you’re opening the action of your imaginary shotgun bring your non-shooting hand all the way back and wrap it around the front of your shooting hand. Perfect. If you are looking at the back of two thumb-nails that’s fine. They’ll settle into place. “Gun confusion” and “dreaded thumb cross behind the gun” happens because of the last 160 years or so of what the kids call “FUDDs” saying different firearm? stand different! hands different! color codes of mental… Sorry, old schoolers, we’re here to tell you: No matter what gun you are shooting, you stand the same, you breathe (the same), and nothing changes about your hands except the distance between them. Oh, one last thing before a couple of pictures. If you are in doubt about “is my non-shooting hand” correct: then it is incorrect and you need to just put it over your heart and shoot one handed. Let’s look at a couple of pictures (and, please, young lady, don’t take this as “picking on you”; you did Amazing! and Great! and we just don’t ever want to see you ‘hurt’.)
Thanks again everyone, especially to any one who stuck through this whole post. As always: come out and get your practice on Tuesday-Saturday for Members and Friday/Saturday for non-members. “Be Safe, Have Fun.”
For about 9 (or 10 now; 16 including reading how-to sites and watching how-to unbreak a site after changing themes after 7 years) hours over the last two days we have: — Installed a plugin to back everything up and download just less than 1 gigabyte (1 GB) of ‘our site’ — Updated to the latest wordpress — De-activated some ‘the dude that set it up in 2012’ plug-ins that were doing nothing (???? Let us know if you find something not working now please) — “Activated” the “2019 Theme” — Began fixing (and continued fixing, and some more fixing) — Studied 1/2 the night trying to find a way to get rid of the “pretty serif font” that WordPress says is “so easy to read” (but they don’t use it for any of their sites/pages), gave up, installed a plugin (limited scope, doesn’t fix ‘sizes’ like in the “Recent Posts” footer block or “lists”) — Started writing this post (our first in the new theme with the new ‘editor’ — help/how-to stuff isn’t helping)
Still on the to-do list: Get the ‘insta’ block on the home page or in the footer for those of you that don’t want to keep up with Chris’ range updates via: https://www.instagram.com/h2ofowlfarms/ , finish ‘cleaning up’ all of the pages (static pages, not posts), more… always more…
The Perfect Scores
After we posted the scores on our Facebook on Saturday we got a comment about “doesn’t show up in the events and/or tie back to the pre-registered shooters”. Yes, sorry, we know. We’re working on it. We. Are. Sorry. (That’s it for you “score heads”, stop reading, the next paragraph is for the rest of us.)
OK. So. What had happened were… iPads don’t do that. We know. We’ve always known. But, that’s what we happened to have to do the scores with. And then: thanks to some of our shooters and Safety Officers and Andy & Shari (they put money into the shooting range, people, not the other way around, it’s not ~that~ successful yet) we got six brand-spankin-new Kindle Fires and several ‘hot spots’ to link ’em together at the range. Plan: test “it’s supposed to work A-Z” Droid based Practiscore at the BUG match. Shari, Jack, and Sean gave it their all. They ‘poured’ hours into getting everything set up in the “Master Fire”. And then… no sync. No nothing. Then sync. Double everything with no ability to “select” the current match. And then… Well. We didn’t put a Kindle Fire in each bay/stage (wink-grin-emoji, to use them or to shoot them). We ‘should have’ (shot them) but we didn’t. After the match, more “no sync, no select, turn off, turn on, reset/restart everything at least 9,000 times. And then, an hour or so later with Eddie, Jack and Christopher ‘under the gun’ to get out of there and go to (“Happy Birthday One Year Old” who-ever you are, from all of us at H2O): “Bring out the gimp!” Oops, we mean the iPads. Scores. Done. “Perfectly”
Andy asked if the ~few~ of us that ‘do scores’ (and match set ups in devices etc) would like to get together before the next match and “try” to get it done test-mode. “If we have time.” (You know how it is, One Year Olds Birthday Parties as ordered by Missuzzes and Moms…? Or ‘hang out at the range’? It’s a great big, “Yes, ma’am!”) Thanks again, a lot, Shari, Andy, Ian, Jack, Eddie, Carson, Sean, Chris, Christopher… more…
If ~you~ (any one) would like to ‘help’ let us know at the next match. If you would ~really~ like to help, dust off those “Object Oriented Developer” skills and jump over to practiscore.com because they have a “request” for volunteer programmer help to ‘fix’ the many (many, many) “known issues” with gizmo-scoring and web integration. https://practiscore.com
( above from the media library from the last time we had a “start at surrender” stage. oh, yeah, forgot to mention: last time we “updated” wordpress – 2017 – “it” dumped everything out of the “media library”. It’s all still working in/on the pages, but we can’t “re-use” the old stuff… )
Almost Forgot: Have a safe and happy “Independence Day”
Thanks to all of our Dads and Grads for joining us for our (rain delayed) Third-Saturday-Second-Saturday IDPA@H2O match. An immediate gigantic extra ‘thank you too much (too much is not enough)’ to Chris and Sam Welch -and- Scott and Claudia Haight for taking care of (sorry going to caps-lock) EVERYTHING while the usual ‘suspects’ were MIA for this match. A ton on the to-do list for today, so…
Scores at practiscore.com for the impatient types: https://practiscore.com/results/new/84262
* We’re not hearing it – mmmmmKay! – there’s a (lot) few “mis-classifications”: shush! Don’t Worry Be Happy. Everyone who did “tablet” and “online” stuff on Saturday did it “blind” and volunteered to do it. Don’t email Amp (Happy Fathers Day, Amp). **above, and we thank them here again and…
Mister (Mister) Carson Harrington Sensei (Sensei)
1) THANK YOU for helping out before, during, and after the match.
2) (Excuse us, Carson, we’re going to talk about you in the third person like you’re not here.) Carson (*caps, sorry) EARNED his “2nd (Level) [Gup or Dan; officially ‘Nidan’] Black Belt (Karate) on Friday, June 7, 2019 at Kokufuku (KO-koof’koo) School of Martial Arts ( https://www.facebook.com/kokumartialarts/ ) in Dunn. If you (“not The Carson”) are interested in “other than gun arts” as defense (karate means “empty hands”) or “just” as a personal discipline please talk to Carson at the matches or contact The Dojo through the Facebook link above.
We silently (and properly we hope) bow to you Sensei Harrington. ** and ***
** None of that “congratulations” stuff… it was not “won” and we don’t really know a ‘correct’ word to honor you in this achievement. So, silent bow. (Thinking the whole time: “Like Totes Awesomeness” and Wow-Face :O )
X) (should have been first question-mark) Happy Fathers Day Carson
Four of the Sensei in the above photo shoot or have shot with us. Far left: Charles Burrows Sensei (Renshi), owner of Kokufuku School of Martial Arts in Dunn, NC. For all of your Judo/Jujitsu, Karate, Tai Kwan Do, and other ‘forms’ of Martial Arts (including Cardio/Kardio-Kick-Fit) talk to Carson (Harrington Sensei) at the matches or check out The Dojo directly at: https://www.facebook.com/kokumartialarts/ 2nd From Left: Carson Harrington Sensei (Nidan) Middle: Sonya. When she was 13 she took a “five minute gun school” from Dean and then shot 50 rounds of .22LR “perfectly” and 10 rounds of 9mm “9/10 bulls-eyes and 1 “9” hit on a B27″. Shortly after, she not only completed her North Carolina Concealed Carry Handgun class… 100% on the written test and 30/30 rounds in the “Ten and [X] Bonus-Box”… she “assisted” the instructors with the class! When she was thirteen! She’s a little older now (sigh, they grow up too fast), but, still very young to have earned a Black Belt. Next to “Madam Sensei”: Barrett. He shoots with this father (an “almost” Sensei (“teacher”) at the dojo, and a Dr/Professor (“teacher plus plus”) at a University out here from time to time. Barrett (how could a shooting range not love that name?!) as well as the two to his right and also “very young” to have earned Black Belts.
Last *** note(s). The Dojo hosted a “Gun-Fu” NCCCH class once, we may do it again some day time/schedules permitting. A special “thank you” and Happy Fathers Day to Charles Burrows Sensei (Renshi) for the photo and the permission to mangle an attempt to “exchange” promotion of each-others “Martial Arts” businesses and to ‘honor’ the amazing “teacher” students of both.
HAPPY FATHERS DAY
From all of us to all of you (Fathers and anyone with one 🙂 )
[ Soon ] The long-awaited backup and theme change and complete revamp of this web-site. Chris mentioned integrating the ‘social media’ (instagram) on Saturday. Mobile friendly (aka “reflexive”) and all kinds of bells and whistles are ‘dreamed of’. Check back often…
So many of our “Range Babies” are growing up too fast and Graduated from high school, college, and even secondary (or post-graduate) colleges in the last month or so. We love you “kids” and are proud of you.
A Super-Shout out to Super-Girl (Dean has called her that since she was… um born) Savannah Weaver, daughter of Dwight and Crystal of Gunners Choice Outfitters ( https://www.facebook.com/Gunners-Choice-Outfitters-269051406372/ ). Happy Fathers Day, Dwight! and Happy Birthday (a couple of days ago) Crystal. And we could not say to/of our “range daughter” anything as well as her own father did, so a little copy/paste from Dwight. On May 12th he said under the picture (below): “Why are we in Tucson? Savannah’s graduation from graduate school. The girl has made us so proud and we pray for God to give her strength for the next 5 years as she works on her PHD. It’s so over the top of my head, I struggle to remember the details. But her professors are proud too. A 4.0 for her last semester. And all this talk about DNA, genes, Microbial stuff. Man, I feel dumb all of a sudden. A Doctorate in Molecular medicine? Over my head. But, you go Savannah Weaver.”
Word count says 951 before this sentence. Done. Last time: Happy Dads/Pops/Fathers Day to “all y’all”. See you in the bays.
[ Long Post Warning ] So much to be thankful for this time around. First, foremost, to 77 (ish) participants/shooters we give you our thanks and appreciation. The “Oh, Wow, how can you say it enough?” thank yous deluxe extra: Ian Foo and Claudia & Scott Haight “donated” a tablet each (3 total) towards getting the scores done faster-faster and Ian did a test-drive of live tablet scoring in his squad. Above and beyond you three! Thank you(s) deluxe extra. We must not move on without thanking the stage designers and everyone who did the set up work. Really (surslee) fantastic stages for our 6th NCRPA Shooting Sports Games IDPA Match. Without further “to-do” let’s play long post…
[[ No, we didn’t ‘forget’ that the match was on tac-pants day. They don’t (yet) sponsor us so… Just kidding five-eleven (but not really though, sponsorship?) so “Hay, everyone, need clothes and accessories for your ALWAYS BE READY?” https://www.511tactical.com/ NO? Well, your mother does and guess what day it is (on Sunday, Five-Twelve)? ]]
Speaking of Mammy, HAPPY MOTHERS DAY (insert your favorite hearts <3 and flowers and smoochie-kissie-faces emojies/emoticons here) to all of our “range moms”. Thanks for letting us borrow your husbands, sons, and daughters on the Saturday before Your Day. Shari and Claudia: again to you and extra because you worked all day, too.
Oops, sorry, got distracted watching Sean Sorrentino’s video of the match over at youTube. Sean earned the Bronze medal in SSP EX. https://youtu.be/ECZmGAVu5GI
About those medals… this was the sixth running of (hang on it’s a mouth full) the North Carolina Rifle & Pistol Association’s (NCRPA) NC Shooting Sports Games International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Match at H2O. NCRPA “really and truly” supports and fights for “the gun stuff” right here in NC. They are not an international juggernaut with executives paid in the 7- to 8- figure range like “that other (National)” group – you know the one. They keep the pressure on our State legislature as well as keeping the fun in gun by doing so many events like the Shooting Sports Games. Please, another please, if you can, check them out and contribute any way you can at: http://www.ncrpa.org/
Proud Moms – Yin and Yang and a little “Gun School”
[Yang first] To the mothers of Kendrick Castillo and Riley Howard… and to our “own” Christina “Kaz” (one of the medal winners was wearing a “5th Annual TSgt Adam Ginett EOD Memorial Shoot” T-Shirt) “I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom.” ~Abraham Lincoln :: “We dare not wish you anything, or claim to have any useful words ‘for’ you.” ~All of Us at H2O
Can we learn a thing from Misters Castillo and Howard? Sadly, yes. We are given another example of this: That foolish “Run, Hide, Fight” thing invented by some elected guy in Texas and picked up and made crazy-famous by the FBI in 2018 is… foolish. UNC Charlotte “broadcasted” it as their warning. Dear “authorities”: deeply scared people are only going to see/hear the “run” part and end up shot in the back. Need proof: see the “planning documents” from the Movie Theater shooter (Colorado, 2012) and the ‘reports’ of the majority of the (gun-shot) injuries from these latest two “events”. Please, anyone reading this, just dealing with the reality, tell your (self and) young people: “Ask yourself, ‘What if a shooting happens?’ What will I do? Give yourself no more than 60-seconds to think of an answer.” Pre-visualization is what makes us – humans – able to perform. Now, here’s the “teachables” to go along with your thinking or planning: (1) Motion attracts the human eye, “RUN!” is motion and will attract the shooters eye. Don’t Run. If nothing else, “take a knee” (aka get small and get your large leg muscles in motion, if you’re the praying type… well you’re on your knee(s)); (2) No GUN does not mean un-armed. Because we are talking about bad-guys’ favorite gun-free zone here, schools, let’s talk about “arms” that “should be” readily available in all schools: “The pen is mightier than the sword.” If you are going to “crazy-brave” and RUN! at a shooter, put your pen/pencil/stylus (eye-liners ladies) in your hand and stab it in their eye, neck, guts, anywhere. Stab it deep with your thumb over the back of it. Once it is in good anywhere you can get it, DROP your weight on it (hold on tight and pick your legs up, curl up fetal and pull that newly inserted anatomical-handle you made with you to the ground). (2b) Books make “pretty good” gun/bullet shields. There should be books somewhere near schools. Your tablet is not as good as a book, but it is something that will at least slow a bullet. Because of the “madness” that is the reality of school shooting you cannot have any form of “equalizer” in this fight, but!, that does not mean you give up “the right to any defensive advantage you can find.” If you get close enough to tackle and nothing else is “at hand” then take “the bite of your life out of that bad-person” – inflict great/painful and hopefully “disabling” injury on them any way you can. The un-speakers say, “Any amount of force, including lethal, is ‘justified’ under the law…” (( OK, enough, if it “helps” or gets to one… ))
[Yin] Happy Mothers Day to you, Mrs. Toth. Both of your ‘kiddos’ did a fantastic job at the match. Well, and your Hubby-Kiddo, too but he doesn’t “really” count 😉
Josh Toth – the (scary movie fan-fare and jump-scare kitty screech) dreaded Blackhawk Serpa holster and a little more Gun/Range/SO-School and a Medal Shout-Out to Duane Stephenson
Duane: our deepest apologies. “It was hot!” ?? No excuses, we didn’t pay close enough attention immediately after to see that, once again, but this time with several extremely difficult and two moving targets: You shot a CLEAN MATCH (zero down) and earned yourself a Gold Medal for “Most Accurate”. We’ll be hanging on to that for you.
Set your way-back clock to March 22, 2016 and remember that Dean says this so much so that he calls it “One of my ancient Chinese sayings that I just made up”: I LOVE it when gun people blame inanimate objects for the ‘bad habit / action’ of a person. What had happened were… on Josh’s first load and make ready two of the SO’s noticed a bending of the trigger finger when drawing the gun from a (SCREAM!) Blackhawk Serpa holster. “We” discussed it, corrected it and there is a photo captured from about mid-match showing that he had just never been taught the correct way to draw a gun FROM ANY HOLSTER. 22nd… March… 2016… “Glock Professional Training”…
Here we go… again (sigh). “If I have to hear one more time that a holster somehow sucks fingers into a dangerous position blah blah blah then I say to you, ‘It really is California Ghost Gun Ghastly TRIGGERS that suck innocent fingers onto them to create mass shooters.’ ”
Gun / Range / Safety Officer / Participant / Etiquette School Sub-Section
“Don’t touch my stuff!” ~Clean Match Shootin’ Duane Stephenson a match or two ago. “Don’t tell me no lines/lies and keep your hands to yourself.” ~a song. Duane said it, semi-jokingly and in a good way because another shooter reached down before a ‘table start’ stage and moved Duane’s gun. It has been noticed by several Safety Officers (SOs) and the MD, noticed and ‘quietly, politely mentioned’ by the “victims”, and mentioned by some spectators that some of the SOs “touch” or “grab” at shooters and/or their equipment. Sorry SOs and thank you for all you do. (But!) If you *see* that something needs adjusting, correcting, moving or something of that sort then you MUST TELL the person what it is and how to fix it. You MUST NOT touch a person or their equipment without first ASKING for express permission AND RECEIVING that express permission. Sorry – and thank you – again SOs and anyone else guilty of this little faux pas.
Let’s get back to that holster and combine it with “range etiquette” and go to a couple of more sayings. “Opinions are like…” ~oops, too grown up for a family range post. “Good intentions pave the road to H-E-double-toothpicks.” When mention was made of JT’s finger many “well intended” people offered “break/disable” the button solutions. Thanks, guys, love you to death, but… look again at how Glock and Glock’s Shane teach people to draw guns and keep your “inanimate object opinions and work-arounds” to yourself. Please!!! He got “remediated” in his draw (Steps one-to-two) technique and showed his ability to do so *SAFELY* before he was allowed to shoot. Your “messing with” and “further comments about” his holster only served to ‘take away’ from his competition experience. We’re sorry, Mister Josh Toth, we are all “works in progress” and very proud of you and amazed by your “skills”… none of “us” that “messed” with you and your holster were “doing matches” (to medal contention level) when we were your age — but we “meant well”.
** Any one who earned a medal and did not get it delivered by a friend or stay to get it in person: We will keep them for you until the end of the June 8th match. And then… they are gone! We send them back to NCRPA so that we don’t have to pay for them and they can use them at other NC Shooting Sports Events this year. **
REV* – MM
Wayne Brown – Gold
SSP – UN
Conner Fowler – Gold
Adam Sale – Silver
Steven McGeachy – Bronze
SSP – MM
Larry Minner – Gold
Cole Williams – Silver
Barry Lewis – Bronze
SSP – SS
Ken Dickson – Gold
William Bayer – Silver
Blake Allen – Bronze
SSP – EX
Austin Moody – Gold
Patrick Robbins – Silver
Sean Sorrentino – Bronze
SSP – MA
Joshua Yount – Gold
Joe Weber – Silver
Brian Edwards – Bronze
SSR* – UN
Ed Arthur – Gold
Josh Anderson – Silver
SSR* – MM
Adam Barringer – Gold
* We are/were well aware that the SSR/ESR divisions no longer exist and that we mis-categorized the revolver shooters. Wayne Brown ‘should have’ received silver here. It was our mistake so we let it stand.
CDP – MM
Horse Freeman – Gold
CDP – SS
William Benbow – Gold
CDP – EX
Mike Boulus – Gold
CDP – MA
Anthony “Amp” Mangum – Gold
PCC – SS
William Bayer – Gold
CCP – UN
Zack Smeltz – Gold
CCP – MM
Howard Hoadley – Gold
CCP – EX
Todd Barber – Gold
Wilton Deets – Silver
Hal Belk – Bronze
CCP – MA
Brandon Bolton – Gold
Chris Kropp – Silver
Carl Hershiser – Bronze
ESP – UN
Matthew Brojakowski – Gold
Larry “Distinguished Senior” Burkett – Silver
* it is ‘right’ at practiscore this time Larry – thanks and sorry
KC Cody – Bronze
ESP – SS
Dustin Thompson – Gold
Bert Winfield – Silver
Eddie Simons – Bronze
ESP – EX
Dominic Mittica – Gold
Patrick Parker – Silver
Lon Layton – Bronze
ESP – MA
Richard Banks – Gold
Brandon Bolton – Silver
CO – SS
Brad Kiger – Gold
CO – EX
Jeff Boaz – Gold
CO – MA
Matt Fowler – Gold
We had other stuff to say about (1)range/brass clean-up [Are you OK JY?], (2) tablet scoring coming soon(er) but not quite yet, (3) all of you amazing people patient/tolerant enough to sit through all of this 🙂 . However, with image rotation (below), setting up the next match at practisore, and uploading a classifier to idpa.com we are at 5-hours-45-minutes into this “thing” so: Some More Pictures of Medalists and that’s all folks, see you in June or in-between for your shooting range needs…
I’m sorry to so many of you ‘pictures not uploaded’ and ‘no captions above’. ~The Web-Guy
We didn’t get any photos from Saturday’s match (yet) so above is a Golden Oldie from a Trophy match a while back. We used that one because the next match is the 6th Running of the NCRPA’s NC Shooting Sports Games (IDPA) Match @ H2O on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Medals will be awarded to the top three in each Class/Division after the match. You must be present when we hand them out to get a medal. Pre-register at practiscore: https://practiscore.com/may-11-2019-6th-nc-shooting-sports-games-at-h2o/register
That’s it for this go around, web-guy was out of place (teaching a concealed carry class).
Thanks again! And, we’ll see you out here Tuesday-Saturday (members) and Friday-Saturday (everyone) between now and The Games on the 11th.