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.
Thanks everyone for another great “Mega-BUG” match today. The weather and the company was… the best. We’re going to give our extra minute of thanks to the “statisticians / score-masters” today, so thanks Shari, Andy, Carson, Scott, Claudia, Eddie and Jack. “All right! Let’s do this!”
We had three (3) shooters who completed the match with zero down points. Amazing work Matt, Larry and Duane. Since we are on the points, here’s the results at practiscore: https://practiscore.com/results/new/77900
Our Saturday, May 11, 2019 match is our 6th Annual NCRPA NC Shooting Sports Games (IDPA) Match @ H2O. Scores done during the match, medals after. Stay up to date with events and legal news at the North Carolina Rifle & Pistol Association’s website: http://www.ncrpa.org/ (We’ll open up practiscore registration in the next few days and get the link in our “Coming Soon” sections.)
So many words, let’s have another good action picture in the beautiful sunshine…
No “Gun School” today. Just a thought about the Two Main Match Rules: Be Safe, Have Fun. Today was a good day, Have Fun came first (sort of, because everyone was being safe). Great weather, great company, great match, lots of fun. Thanks again, every body, and we’ll see you Tuesday-Saturday for members and Friday-Saturday for anyone while you get “tuned up” for the match on the 13th.
What can we say besides, “Wow”? Oh, yeah, THANK YOU EVERYONE for a very long, but very great day and night set of matches. We’re not going to do a lot of photos and web-logging about these two, we’re a little tired from a hunt, the drizzle rain, and 12+ hours of match work. We are going to say THANK YOU (in all caps) again to 102 total shooters, the Match Director “Amp”, and all of the Safety Officers (SO/SOs) for all of the work that went into the 9th of March, 2019!
3. When are YOU going to use tablets so we can look at our scores the very second we holster up for the last time? “It’s complicated.”
Number 3 Subparagraph A: even if we did do in the bay tablets, six $249.99 each iPads would not have been out in the all day mist and mud. Even if we did $49-ish Android tablets… not in the mist and mud.
3B: We are more than willing to “try” – but here is the experience:
* The match goes slower and finishes later. Practiscore (app) is much, much slower than writing. So, you are not going to get your scores any “sooner” in reality, you’re just going to leave the range later. Extra-especially because it will be the $49* ‘affordable=slow’ tablets that we put at risk on a shooting range made of dirt (and mud), not the $599 latest-greatest whatever.
* Match set-up is much more complicated and takes longer to match the tablets to reality. Match/Stage design all looks good on paper, but every match what gets set up in the bays is not what is printed on the stage design sheets. Any time any change is made during “real” match set-up the ‘master’ tablet has to be updated and then the other five ‘synced’ to it. The match will start later or we’ll have to ask the VOLUNTEER SOs, MD and ‘statisticians’ to show up earlier.
* See the first * above (slower) because every stage, every shooter MUST be scored the exact same way. The same people that ask for tablet scoring get very “loudly upset” if Target-1 (T1) on their “by stage breakdown” is scored against someone else’s Target-8 (T8) because the SO & scorekeeper went left-to-right on one, and right-to-left on the other. Every stage, every shooter, exactly the same.
* Data loss happens. Computers. No hard copy = maybe no scores for one or more squads. It co-incidentally happened to us last March while scoring the night match. Poof* Exactly half of the scores were suddenly gone.
3C: We’ve said it quite a few times in seven years. Want your scores immediately when you finish the match? Use YOUR smart-phone smart! Take a picture of the front and back of the sheet. There. Done. B-b-b-ut, what about my friends’ scores “they” say. Yes, sir or ma’am, ‘competition’, we understand that. ‘They’ need to know how badly ‘they’ trounced another ‘they’. (Slowly) Smart. (pause) Phone. Twit your score, ‘they’, and ‘the other they’ can Gram ‘theirs’. You can reddit each other to death about it in the forums.
3D (there we go, multi-dimensionally): Do we sound a little ‘testy’ about this? Sorry. At almost 11:00PM when it was finally all over for the people who do the scores, do you think that ‘those they-s’ heard thanks and good match?! No, sir or ma’am. “When are we getting tablets?” ~They, 3/9/19 22:50 hours, for the umpteenth-bazilyionth time that day.
So. Here’s another reminder. Be very careful for what you ask for. We may just “go tablets” and ask you to, “Please bring your lunch or snacks because matches typically end at 3:00PM or 4:00PM like they do at all the other ranges, instead of 12-2 like they used to.” [ We’ll discuss in detail some other time about how at all those other ranges (that we love, they are friends of ours) they do not post the scores until every little thing is cleaned-up, by the shooters, including ALL of the brass. ]
One last thing about the Scores! from the 9th. “We” tried, we really, really did try, to keep the NFC, Not For Score, they shouldn’t be allowed (!!!) “weapon mounted lights” in a separate, un-used division. We failed. Sorry. If that’s not good enough, take it up with Dean at the next match: he’ll tell you “Sorry” again and “we’ll try harder next time.”
Edit: While 3-and-a-half hours into writing this post and setting up the next two matches at Practiscore a message came from Amp. “[redacted] should have been in [some other division]. I think there are a couple of hurt feelings in [division]. Fun match!”
From Dean to ‘hurt feelings’: “Sorry, again, we’ll try harder next time.”
From all of us to Amp: “Sorry, Amp! THANK YOU for two great matches and all the hard work and being such a good After The Match Feelings Counselor. They were both fun matches! All of the matches are fun matches!”
One more edit, exactly 15 minutes after “Publishing” this, we find on Facebook:
Speaking of Time, did you remember to move the clock forward during the overnight?
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks everyone for a great match on what turned out to be a great day (now yesterday – see ‘help wanted’). Almost 70 degrees and miraculously less soft, wet and muddy than was expected. A big and bold THANK YOU to all for making 2018 such a great year here at H2O. The biggest-est, boldest thanks of all to “Baby T” for joining the H2O Family this year and making Andy and Shari’s 2018 grand. Much on the to-do list. Ready Kids? Here we go…
With a huge sigh of relief, Chief Matthew “Jeremy” Hall of Coats PD is 10-8. Thanks – so many thanks – to everyone for all the thoughts, prayers, wishes and help (and offers of help) to Jeremy (ahem – Chief Hall, sir!) and his family during this rather rough-tough year. So many more thanks to you and your family, Chief, for being part of our family and letting us be part of yours.
[ RAWR! FTDR on toast in 3… ]
Coastal Carolina Challenge 2019
At long last, details/info and the [aggravating] link(s) we’ve been talking about for months. 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.
Full-Use / Small Classes in the new Range House. It’s so very, very close to our first ever “indoor class on an outdoor range”. We’re working on some “stuff”. Stay tuned.
(Above) Our favorite cookie monster, Em, back in January of this year. Guess what’s happening next month, dear H2O family? Em and her Girls Scout Troop are at it again and we sure could use your sweet-teeth and $$$$ to help them reach their goals in 2019.
[ Awwwww-wuh! Our range children and/or music should sooth the savage… ]
Beast: “RAWR” – FTDR On Toast – DW DQ? – Help Wanted (NEEDED!) – Rantery
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December 28, 2018 Dear Diary: I just [Publish]-ed my 150th weblog post at H2O’s website. “Dang,” myself asked me, “you been doin’ that page for 40 years or what?” Nope, in March of 2019 it will have been 7. That’s just the weblog… scores, SO, “brass buster”, facespace (that’s what I call The Facebook for you traditionalists), idpa.com (RAWR again because auto-correct keeps chainging idpa to idea and I have to retype, click the (x), and then fix it again after I press enter on the paragraph ) rules and the “new” Nightmare-Mode website, beach-bunny software, practiscore (same RAWR, “practicer” (x) [enter] again) site and that semi-horrible iPad software, match photos (now over 2 years behind), collecting links to photos and videos… RAWR! Say “FAULT LINE” again, I dare you!
True Story: December 10, 2016, supposed to be on the way to the range, laying in the bed sipping on coffee thinking, “Never again. Sorry, Andy/Shari, Amp, everyone.” I don’t remember why from way back then. What I do remember is that following the “recommended for you” links at youTube led me to a song-bird girl singing a lovely song and an email message from Candy Sugarman (!!!! sugarcane retype (x) !!!!!) of the Gun Powder Gals made me think, precisely, “Suck it up, buttercup” and go do the work. And, renew my “NRA Law Enforcement Division Instructor Credentials” which I was going to drop until right that minute.
Tony Colón. Thank you for shooting with us and for joining the IDPA. (In caps autocorrect doesn’t mess it up.) Here’s your first dose of IDPA in the new millennium: (1) they let you register with your name how you want it, I copied it from the site; (2) back in November when the made the website so much “better” they took away “manual entry” of classification scores (make a special file, you’ll figure it out we’re sure of it and upload it) so I cannot enter your scores; (3) I’m a (ex?) computer nerd extraordinaire and I can figure out non-documented files, no problem; and (4), when I try to upload the file the way it’s shown in the picture way up there and the 2nd file I made just for you with your name spelled correctly because I copied it from the IDPA site itself: “Last name does not match idpa [IDEA!!!!!!] user : please edit row A1001586 Coln” I’ll call them or email them or scream so loud that they hear me 10 states away whenever they decide that they’ve had enough vacation. We’ll figure it out “they” say. Thank you again for shooting with us, shooting the classifier with me, and for your patience as “we” get this resolved.
“You are an ambassador of the sport.” ~IDPA
Like “real” ambassadors, there’s a lot more of feeling like an embarrassed ass than anything else in the IDPA SO rackets. When you make a fool (spelled “a–s—s”) of yourself to one of the good-guys: be sorry (I am) and say it: “Duane, I’m sorry. You know what for.” And: nice shooting, Tex, 1 down for a whole match.
Rant Reduction Act of 2018 – Help Wanted / NEEDED
(I’ve been at ‘this’ now for over 3 hours… multiply that by 150. *sigh*) I spoke with Carson H., Eddie and Jack a little yesterday, they are at least willing to listen to “This is what ‘we’ need help with re: H2O range digital stuff” and think about “is there anything ~you~ can do…?
H2O needs a (group?) of “Online / Social Media Director(s)”. We desparately need to “Update” the WordPress, but, we are well aware of the millions of complaints from WordPress users about how “Update” = “Kill” in the realm of WP. We (I) would like to assemble a “team” to attack this thing with a good plan, some good back-ups, and get the H2O website bouncing down the “modern” information super-highway once again. We “need” to get mobile-friendly (reflexive) and up-to-date throughout the site. The next “follow-up(s)” with that is co-ordinating the “web site presence” with Social Media (currently limited to Facebook and Dean’s 2-year-out-of-date photos at flickr). We need: events at Facebook, follow-ups/updates/photos/videos all linked-together in the many popular social platforms (that’s instagram, twitter, others for you young people, “the forums” and youTube for those a little longer in the tooth).
H2O needs, what those in the Curriculum Vitae set call, “Statisticians.” We like to call them, “Score Keepers.” It’s a little more complicated than tapping on the tablet. You have to be very familiar with Practiscore and the (web-sites-suck-in-2019) very complicated and not very sensible website at practiscore.com. (I’m about at wits end, I’m going to throw this computer across the room and shoot a clean 5×5 Abbreviated Classifier into it in GM type time… me: practiscore auto: practicer me: nuh-nuh auto: huh-huh) Until we get tablets down in the bays (lots of people keep asking for it, we might just deliver, so get ready to spend an extra 1-2 hours in the bays during the match you “I want MY scores right now MY match is over and I won’t take a picture of MY sheet to have MY scores with MY phone either” people), “statisticians” add up the down-points on the paper so that “we” can enter them into the tablets as “one paper target” instead of “the hard way” (see setting up a match at practicer <—!!!!!). When all the scores are entered, we “sync devices” and post results. Links need to go up here (website) and any social media (currently Facebook). As the “push” for tablets in the bays gets harder, “statisticians” will have to set up the match online and in the “master” tablet and be responsible for “pulling” exact un-change-able perfect stage designs (in writing) from the stage designers.
Also, does anyone know how to add a “Local Level” match at the “New” (Nightmare Mode) IDPA website? When I try it says “Level 2” and up.
“Must be able to work well with others and be self-motivated…” (hahaha just kidding) The Great Rewards? Shoot your match(es) for free? Free “membership”? Negotiable, but we don’t have a lot of $$$$ to pay some one, if you catch our drift.
Still with me, H2O friends and family? You better be! ( <3 ) Here’s the short: “Dean’s tired, boss. Dog tired.” Sorry it’s “loopy” and “ranty” – I promise I’ve been self-editing for a long time. But, I think it’s better to attack it this way then to just send an email to Amp/Andy/Shari saying: “Done. Out.”
I (and the “we” of the range/match people at H2O) need a few “willing, coordinated, and committed” helpers. We’ll put something together for reward other than “you can write it on your resume/CV and linkedin” and we’ll give you Big-Love here and on our Facebook page.
IDPA Last Rant
“I have two rules for the match: Be Safe and Have Fun. If ~you~ are not being safe then I am not having fun.” ~Me, Dean
RE: those fault lines. Rhetorical Q: When some one is shooting a gun, what should be the MOST IMPORTANT thing on their mind? IDPA Answer: where their toes are while they are balancing precariously on one foot, hanging all of their body weight on an empty plastic barrel-stack and reaching unnaturally around and in-front of the ‘barricade’ to shoot that impossible target mostly blind with the support hand. Because dangerous-stupid-human-tricks are so much more satisfying to win-winners of “Andy’s and Shari’s beautiful big back yard shooting fellowships” than being safe and having fun. The thrill of holding up that “procedure finger”, the anticipation of someone falling down or dropping their gun and getting to say “Dairy Queen”, the agony of the feet…
A shooter on my squad yesterday said (in paraphrase): He is not going to come shoot full matches (or maybe not even another BUG match) with us because the fault lines were too difficult for him. The straw that broke the camels back so to speak, not “only the fault lines”.
My heart is broken. I need to return to paying some $ and shooting for my own self in Andy & Shari’s big beautiful back yard. …and leaving! as soon as my last shot is fired with my own scores kept up with by me. Thanks “idea” – I don’t want to be an embarrassed ass of the sport any more.
2019 – HAPPY NEW YEAR
Going back into “we” mode. Happy New Year 2019 H2O Friends and Family. We cannot thank you enough for all you have done and all of this post that you have read 🙂 If you are “interested” in helping out with the digital stuff let us know ASAP! Next month marks the completion of SEVEN full years of operation of the shooting range(s) and matches here at H2O.
Scroll way back up there and look at all the good stuff prior to the FTDR rant, because it’s good to end positive, what a cute little baby…
…and because that’s where I left the Dec 29 BUG Match scores link 🙂 …ahem, cough, “we”, that’s where we left the link…