December 29 2018 Match Results, Year End Notes, Notes and Help Wanted (Needed)

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…


For the TL;DR crew, scores at practiscore:

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.

You *must* be a classified IDPA member to shoot Tier/Level 2/II IDPA matches. Here’s the match at, where you can conveniently and quickly join the IDPA as well:

Here’s the match registration page (you must sign up for a practiscore account):

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.

[ RAWR! FTDR on toast in 2… ]

December 29 2018 5×5 Classifiers

Nice job, Carson Harrington, Master (MA)
Nice job, Carson Harrington, Master (MA)

Tony Colón: see the (rant FTDR) notes below about “why your classification is not showing up at

[ RAWR! FTDR on toast in 1… ]

Coming Very Soon at H2O

Saturday, January 12, 2019 our regular second Saturday International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Match. Registration/Orientation from 9am to 10am, shooting starts at 10am. Sign-up, register, squad at practiscore:

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.

<3 You "Cookie Monster"

(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

( Everything in this area is the sole responsibility of Dean Wiley and if you have thoughts/comments/complaints about it you should contact him by email ONLY at [<– look at that, not even hidden from spam-bots] with a CC: to Andy at )

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), (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 Col[]n” 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…?

We are about 5 years out of date (50+ 'computer years') with our CMS
We are about 5 years out of date (50+ ‘computer years’) with our CMS

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 (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.


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…

2018 Matches Archive

2018 Matches Archive

  • Saturday, January 13, 2018 ~ 2nd Saturday IDPA  ~ The local Girl Scouts will be at the match on the 13th selling cookies and taking donations for Operation Cookie Drop ~ Results Post
  • Saturday, February 10, 2018 ~ 2nd Saturday IDPA  ~ Results Post
  • Saturday, March 10, 2018 ~ 2nd Saturday IDPA Day and Night Matches ~ Results Post
  • Sat-Sun, March 10-11, 2018: Daylight Saving Time Starts AFTER the 2nd Saturday Match ~ All Match Start times (below) until November 9:00am
  • Saturday, March 31, 2018 ~ 5th Saturday Mega-B.U.G. ~ Results Post
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018 ~ 2nd Saturday IDPA ~ Results Post
  • Saturday, May 12, 2018 ~ 5th NC Shooting Sports Games (IDPA) Match @ H2O ~ Results Post
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018 ~ 2nd Saturday IDPA ~ Cancelled Rain
  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 ~ 5th Saturday Mega-B.U.G. ~ Results Post
  • Saturday, July 14, 2018 ~  2nd Saturday IDPA ~ Results Post
  • Saturday, August 11, 2018 ~  2nd Saturday IDPA ~ Results Post
  • Saturday, September 8, 2018 ~  2nd Saturday IDPA ~ Results Post
  • Saturday, September 29, 2018 ~ 5th Saturday Mega-B.U.G. ~ Results Post
  • Saturday, October 13, 2018 ~  2nd Saturday IDPA  ~ Results Post
  • Saturday, October 27, 2018 – Annual IDPA Classifier as a Match ~ Classifier Courses and Videos: ~ CANCELLED ~ Combined with Nov. 24 Toys for Tots Charity Match
  • Sat-Sun, November 3-4, 2018: Daylight Saving Time ENDS ~ Matches (below) start at 10:00am
  • Saturday, November 10, 2018 ~  2nd Saturday IDPA ~ Results Post
  • Saturday, November 24, 2018 ~ Toys for Tots Charity Match ~ Mega-BUG (60 rounds) ~ Canceled/Postponed: Rain – see Dec 8
  • Saturday, December 8, 2018 ~  2nd Saturday IDPA ~ Results Post
  • Saturday, December 29, 2018 ~ 5th Saturday Mega-B.U.G. / Real-Carry (60 rounds) ~ Full-Match format: Draw from holsters; reload on the clock; “unlimited” = you may only load 5 rounds in each loading device ~ Scheduled

Match/Scores Archives:

Dec 8 2018 Match Results and Notes

Thanks to everyone for joining us today ahead of Ice-Snow-Sleet-Rain-Mageddon and making our last full match of 2018 a great one. We raised $850 and collected 35 toys for Toys For Tots ( ). Thanks a million. Lots to do, standby…

Because we (uh-hum, “I”) got in trouble for leaving the scores until last in the last match post, here’s the scores at Practiscore:

The cold cloudy sky wasn’t great for photos today, but we got a couple worth sharing.

Duane Stephenson shooting Stage 4 “clean”.
Dustin Thompson in Stage 5.

Our next match is a Back-Up Gun (BUG) match on Saturday, December 29, 2018. Registration from 9am until 10 am; shooting starts at 10. We will have another ‘classifier’ after the BUG match.

The concealed carry (NC CCH) class is next Saturday, December 15th. Facebook event: or PDF flyer:

IDPA Classifier as a Match After the Regular Match Match Results (say that x times fast :O )

Carson Harrington 3.68 4.05 7.53 4.12 8-down = 27.38 = SS
Jimmy Honeycutt 4.81 7.18 12.85 5.19 2-down = 32.03 = SS
Tom Nehring 3.83 4.53 10.77 8.78 2-down = 29.91 = SS
Sean Sorrentino 3.51 4.59 9.38 4.36 3-down = 24.84 = EX (up from SS)
Dean Wiley 4.24 5.12 7.74 4.81 2-down = 23.91 = EX (up from SS)
Ian Foo [ MA no need to shoot – 31.11 ]
Austin Moody [ redacted by request ]
[ — below no ‘member number/info’ found at — contact us with your IDPA # to get the scores uploaded to — ]
Blake Allen 5.01 5.05 11.71 4.43 7-down = 33.2 = SS (CCP or BUG)
Jon Smith 4.70 5.83 13.25 3.45 8-down = 35.23 = MM
Eddie Simons (?????) 4.43 5.29 10.84 4.86 2-down = 27.42 = SS

Bobby MacAlphin
Bobby MacAlphin

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year (if we don’t see you between now and then, or you don’t read our post after the match on the 29th) and/or Happy Holidays if that’s better for you.

One more time: here’s the results at Practiscore:

Bloopers and Out-Takes

Sean Sorrentino, Stage 5. “An Un-Credited Photo”


We don’t have direct links to Sean’s match video[s] for today yet, so here’s a link to his youTube channel so you can watch/wait for it:


2018 Toys For Tots Match Postponed

Nov 23 2018:

Due to the forecast of heavy rain tonight and tomorrow, we are canceling the Toys for Tots BUG Match. We will collect toys and take donations at our regular IDPA match scheduled for Saturday, December 8. If you have a toy or money to donate but are unable to attend the December 8 match, you can bring your donation to the shooting range during our regular operating hours any time before the match. We will also reschedule the IDPA classifier to after the December 8 IDPA match. For more information, call Andy at 910-984-6701


November 10 2018 Match Results and Notes

[ Next day late again sorry-not-sorry ] Thank-thank-thank-thank-POST!* A million ‘thank yous’ to all involved in the match. Shortening it up this time to say an all-caps THANK YOU to all of the veterans on their day. To the work…

Thank You Dustin Graham for 'the shot of the day' (picture not bullet)
Thank You Dustin Graham for ‘the shot of the day’ (picture not bullet)

Happy 243rd Birthday to the USMC (on Saturday during our match). Speaking of the Marines… Our next match is our annual Toys For Tots charity match on Saturday, November 24, 2018. Bring new, unopened toys valued at AT LEAST $20 or cash of AT LEAST $20 as your entry fee. This is our ‘new Mega-BUG’ (back up gun) format: Guns shorter than 4-inches, loading devices holding 5 rounds only. Registration/Collection from 9-10am, shooting starts at 10. Can’t make it?

Immediately after the match (above) we will hold our annual ‘IDPA Classifier as a Match Match’. We’re doing the ‘new abbreviated’ classifier this time. 25 rounds only. Extra toys or cash donations to the new ‘range house fund’ are greatly appreciated, but Andy and Shari said “nothing extra *required* for this one.” IDPA membership is required and we need your IDPA Member Number to upload the classifier results. Get signed up at:

See What You’re Missing (silly pun)

Sean Sorrentino’s complete match video:

Upcoming Classes

Saturday, November 17, 2018: Loflin McCraw Carbine Operators Course
Ricky Harris is doing it again. Don’t miss out there are only a few slots left. Get all of the details in the flyer and contact Ricky ASAP if you are interested. Flyer:

Saturday, November 17, 2018: NCCCFG Discount NC Concealed Carry Handgun Class
Jesse Alphin & Dean Wiley instructing. Price reduced!
PDF Flyer:
Facebook Event:

Saturday, December 1, 2018: IDPA Safety Officer (SO) Certification
Anthony “Amp” Mangum (Match Director, Safe Officer Instructor) is conducting the required classroom and range (“in person”) class for you to get certified as an IDPA Safety Officer. Contact us ( ) if you are interested and we’ll connect you with Amp.
This class will be held at True North Range in Oxford, NC.
* You must pass the ‘online test’ prior to attending

Saturday, December 15, 2018: NCCCFG NC Concealed Carry Handgun Class
Jesse Alphin & Dean Wiley instructing. Price reduced!
PDF Flyer:
Facebook Event:

<3 <3 <3

We asked google to define veteran for us. vet·er·an /ˈvedərən,ˈvetrən/ noun: veteran; plural noun: veterans
a person who has had long experience in a particular field. synonym: old hand

A little over a year ago we asked for your hopes-thoughts-wishes-and-prayers for our “own” special range friend-family “K”. K came to visit with us yesterday and reported that for the 2nd time K has beaten “the battle of the un-beatable health issue.” Happy Veterans Day, K. Thank you (another million times) everyone for the “holding up”.

To one of our ‘range veterans’: Happy Birthday Ian Foo! Missed you.

Finishing Touches

Next “full” match is our 2nd Saturday IDPA match on Saturday, December 8, 2018. We haven’t enabled the ‘registration and squad-ing’ at Practiscore just yet. Links in the ‘coming soon’ areas of this site when we get that done.

Results for the match at Practiscore:

* If you’ve been around Dean much or attended a class of his you’ve heard “Think-think-think-think-shoot (or don’t shoot).”


Oct 13 2018 Match Results and Notes

Thank you so much, everyone, for “falling in” with us on the first beautiful weather day we’ve had for a match since (wait for it) March. Started in the 60s, ended in the very low 70s, shooter count was in the middle 80s. (musically) Who could ask for anything more? (end music) An extra-extraordinary Thank You to the stage designers and MD (Amp) for six short-sweet-but-challenging and “super fun” stages**. Much todo on the list today (day late, sorry), so: standby!

Just in case Combat-Focus (or lock, aka tunnel vision) doesn't happen enough... Safety Officer (SO) Kevin
Just in case Combat-Focus (or lock, aka tunnel vision) doesn’t happen enough… Safety Officer (SO) Kevin H in Stage 5.

We’ve got so(oooo) much today. For you impatient gamers, here’s the Practiscore scores/results right after this important message. Nice Work, Brian Edwards. CLEAN MATCH!

Awesome Video and Welcome Back, Friends

Jack and Eddie (many thank you-s for the scores) re-appeared. Yay! And… Sean came back with a cool new gizmo: an iPhone 7 in a DJI Osmo Mobile 2 mount. SMOOTH (sorry caps, it really is) and STABILIZED (*caps-sorry again) video. (Yes, Apple and DJI, he will accept ‘free/promotional/review’ devices. 🙂 Us, too.)

YouTube video of Sean’s match, featuring an interesting ~intro?~ by SO Kevin H (pictured above):

YouTube video BY Sean of shooter J. Lee:

Demerit! Demerit! These aren’t the rules you’re looking for. Go about your business.

Thanks to Jay Hafemeister (and Sean’s videos above) we have been re-educated. Errrr, “remediated”. Errrr, “clarified”. Never mind, let’s talk about Stage 1, Oct. 13, 2018. Those last three targets and “rules without consequences”. Here’s what Jay said about ‘that’ stage: “Gamer suggestion: On the first stage, it would likely have been faster to retreat to the spot where you engaged the last target to engage all 3 low targets.” (Spoiler: He’s right.) Discussion(s) and rule book reading ensued. “Fault Lines” and “positions of cover”. Want to play along? The rule book in question is at:

3.2.4 If targets are hidden by cover, the targets are engaged as they become visible around the edge of cover (slicing the pie).

3.5.2 When cover is available it must be used, while engaging targets, unless the shooter is “in the open” and must engage targets “in the open.” Shooters may not cross or enter any openings (doorways, open spaces, etc.) without first engaging targets visible from those locations.

3.6.1 Fault Lines must be employed by Match Directors to mark the limit of a Position of Cover or shooting positions for a CoF.

(and again at) 6.3 Fault Lines
A. Fault Lines must be used by match directors to delineate cover at a cover position to reduce disputed penalties.
(…but see A-F)

So. There we have it. Except. “We didn’t (3.6.1 and 6.3A).”  So? Now what? IDPA has no rules for “Oops, MD and Club at a Club-Level match missed a little something something.” Now, what? Now… nothing. Except: if you don’t like your Stage 1 score, pretend it didn’t happen. We’ll get a can of paint or something for next match.

Thank you, Jay. It won’t happen again (we hope :O ).

Coming Soon

Reminder: There is NO Classifier as a Match match this month. We are combining the new 5×5 Abbreviated Classifier (as a match) into the Saturday, November 24, 2018 ~ Toys for Tots Charity Match.

Friday, November 2 through (possibly) Sunday November 4: Dean Wiley will be conducting a North Carolina Private Protective Services [Board] “FULL” 20-hour “Armed Guard Certification Course”. Details including cost at:

Sat-Sun, November 3-4, 2018: Daylight Saving Time ENDS ~ Matches start at 10:00am (registration 9-10 am).

Saturday, November 10: 2nd Saturday IDPA. See the bold-italic note above re: starts “later”.

Saturday, November 17, CCNCFG will be having a ~discount~ NC Concealed Carry Handgun class in Dunn, NC. Join the facebook event: and/or look at the flyer directly (PDF):

Interesting Phenomena (menomena, dah dah dee dah dah) Observed in the Alligator Swamp

"My man! Bobby Mac-A" stompin' in the swamp in which 6 alligators were trying to eat some unwise waders. (Stage 3)
“My man! Bobby Mac-A” stompin’ in the swamp in which 6 alligators were trying to eat some unwise waders. (Stage 3)

Tunnel vision. Combat/Stress Lock/Focus. Ocular occlusion. (Loss of peripheral vision.) Let’s call this one “mental (or memorized)  myopia and the associated ‘problems’ caused during target acquisition and engagement.” (Loss of real-world perspective. Do your eyes lie to you?)

Click or tap on the image above to view it full size and resolution, zoom it in, and look closely at the two targets in the back. Almost all of the shooters worked this stage like a type-writer or reading a book: front-to-back and left-to-right. Looking closely at the back targets: the left one is “head facing left with down zero body ring near the left side of the target” and the right one is flipped the other way (down zero body ring is near the right side). Now look at all the “stickers (or pasters)”. Both targets were shot as if they were both facing left. Without the “heads” the groupings are very distinctively in the same place on both. This was Bobby’s squads’ last stage so this is photographic/forensic “proof” that 85-ish shooters all did the same thing. Shot the left and left-facing target and got down-zero hits, transitioned to the right target with a “mental imprint” of the last target and got a lot (an awful lot) of down-one hits.

Except… Brian Edwards. He shot a CLEAN MATCH.

Dry-Fire practice types. Here’s a drill of the day for you. Set up the targets as above (approximately 10 yards for the far ones), 3 shots on all targets. Stop yourself when you get to that 2nd ‘back’ target and look carefully as to where that front sight is pointing. Something to think about, because it really happens/happened.

That’s it. Take the classes above. Come shoot with us at the matches above. Do the dry-fire drill above. And: come shoot with us often. Members Tuesday through Saturday. Non-Members Friday and Saturday.

Re-Link to scores:





September 29 2018 BUG Match Results

Thanks so very much to everyone for joining us for today’s still wet and muddy from Hurricane Florence Back-Up Gun (BUG) Match. Sorry about your shoes! It was a great match with great shooters and we feel “lucky and blessed” that Florence didn’t hurt us as bad as so many of our friends and neighbors; and, that you chose to spend your Saturday with us. “Gotta go, gotta go, hauling freight,” a truck-driver friend of ours used to say when it was time to hurry up…

Friends Old and New (in pictures)

Got a lot of good action photos today. Our "new" friend's first shot of his first match (here at H2O) - brass up and hole in the zero-down.
Got a lot of good action photos today. Our “new” friend’s first shot of his first match (here at H2O) – brass up and hole in the zero-down.
Say good-bye to our dear old friend "shoot house" or "range office" or "the box". Andy and Shari (in the window) announced today that "the new building is on its way." (Sad-face and happy-face) We'll miss you.
Say good-bye to our dear old friend “shoot house” or “range office” or “the box”. Andy and Shari (in the window) announced today that “the new building is on its way.” (Sad-face and happy-face) We’ll miss you.
Say hello to our young-old friend and "range daughter" BB's real daughter Ms. M.S. So many people said today, "I almost didn't recognize her!" They grow up too fast (sad-face and happy-face).
Say hello to our young-old friend and “range daughter” BB’s real daughter Ms. M.S. So many people said today, “I almost didn’t recognize her!” They grow up too fast (sad-face and happy-face).
You haint no friend of ours. One of the post-Florence Mega-Mosquitos plaguing NC. (mad-face) Hand-modeling and kill-or-capture (or just kill) by Ms. M.S.
You haint no friend of ours. One of the post-Florence Mega-Mosquitos plaguing NC. (mad-face) Hand-modeling and kill-or-capture (or just kill) by Ms. M.S.

And, on that note (not a friend) we’ll continue on with the results and notes post.

Dear Jon (research) Letter

As was announced at the match today, we (some of us) are going to hang out with The[e] Chad Thompson tonight in Benson. We (one of us) will inquire of him what his thoughts are on “a low hit”. We’ll get back to you. Join us and listen to Chad sing and play guitar at El Charro’s Mexican restaurant in Benson, on 301 across from the IGA and Dollar General (old Walmart*). He goes on at 7pm.


(Picture above) We’ll have a new “range building (office, house)” soon. It’s going to be nice!

We are ~not~ going to hold a “classifier as a match match” in October. We’ll mark it as cancelled on the Match Page (schedule) ASAP. The “why” of that is: the new abbreviated (5×5) IDPA classifier is very abbreviated. Our plan as of right now is to “incorporate” it into the November Toys-For-Tots charity match.

CCFGNC’s “discount” NC Concealed Carry Handgun class is next week, Saturday, October 6. Join the facebook event and/or view the PDF flyer: Jesse Alphin & Dean Wiley are co-lead instructor-ing this one. And, did we mention: “discount”

Our next match is the full 2nd Saturday IDPA Match on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Sign up (pre-register) and pick your squat at Practiscore:

Thanks again everyone, and we’ll see you Tuesday-Saturday (members) and Friday-Saturday (anyone) at the range(s). And, we’ll see you on the 13th for the match.

Gotta have a girl-power action shot. Claudia: smoke, brass, down-zero that stage.
Gotta have a girl-power action shot. Claudia: smoke, brass, down-zero that stage.

No, we didn’t forget 🙂 here’s your scores/results at Practiscore: (Matt F. Oh-Emm-Gee, nice work!)

September 8 2018 IDPA Match Results

We’ve got a lot to do in today’s (day late) post about the match (yesterday). So, we’re going to do a shortened THANK YOU to the shooters, participants, SOs and other volunteers, everyone, and… one special Thank You for Stage Six and glad to see you to Ricky and Kay.

We got quite a few good pictures at the match. This post is going to be a little more “visual” than usual. Check out this fantastic ‘in action’ catch:


We we’re “lucky” to be joined by the new IDPA NC State Coordinator Bert Winfield. He and “our” Match Director, Anthony “Amp” Mangum announced a “big state match” coming to Ant Hill Shooting Range (South Port, NC) in March, 2019. 11 Stages and a “warm up”. Stay tuned for more details.

Tactically Sound** is Not For Competition (NFC)

IMG_6759 Working around a RIGHT hand corner the gun in the RIGHT hand
IMG_6759 Working around a RIGHT hand corner the gun in the RIGHT hand


IMG_6760 Working around a LEFT hand corner the gun in the LEFT hand
IMG_6760 Working around a LEFT hand corner the gun in the LEFT hand

** Thanks for the pictures and HAPPY 18th BIRTHDAY Chase.
** Co-incidentally “it” is discussed in the September 1st 2018 American Warrior Show podcast. Also in the podcast a little good natured “chops busting” from Mike Seeklander and Kyle Lamb for Law Enforcement and Military to “go shoot competitions!” Serious good listending:
** Co-incidentally: “it” was mandatory (one handed only) in Stage One.
** NFC because: slow. How much do *you* practice ‘off/support/weak/other’ hand or true ambidextrous gun skills? Yes For Competition because: Sound Tactics practiced = less slow.
** This is the Great Stage Six brought to us by Ricky and Kay.

Oh, yeah. Happy Birthday Chase.
Oh, yeah. Happy Birthday Chase.

Training and Standards (Dear Jon Mini-Number Three)

Don’t crowd ‘cover’. (Cover stops/slows bullets, concealment hides things.) It doesn’t seem internet-loud enough, so sorry for the CAPS: DO NOT CROWD COVER. And “sorry” Mister Anonymous but we “see something, say something” sometimes. ** note(s) about thumb after

When you don't leave room for your arms and gun between you and an object you WILL go full Charlie's Angels or "Praying Gun Guy/Gal"
When you don’t leave room for your arms and gun between you and an object you WILL go full Charlie’s Angels or “Praying Gun Guy/Gal” and that’s bad, mmmm-kay
Plant the feet "up against the wall" and look what becomes of stance. The splits and the hits suffer(ed) when you are not in an "aggressive stance".
Plant the feet “up against the wall” and look what becomes of stance. The splits and the hits suffer(ed) when you are not in an “aggressive stance”.

** “That” thumb thing. The “old schoolers” still insist on crossed thumbs. The “new schoolers” scoff and bark: “Both thumbs should be pointed at the target!” Dean barks: “You should be looking at your gun sights and at least one thumb nail. Keep the shooting (or “strong”) hand thumb UP!” The why(s): (a) if you “use” a gun with a safety your thumb MUST be “up there” to operate the safety; (b) putting your thumb down opens up space between your hand and the ‘tang’; (c) if your “shooting” hand thumb is blocking the space then your “support” hand has no where to go that is ON the gun. It’s about physics not strength. See: all of the pictures above. (Chase: you are forcing your left hand down and opening up a small gap between hand and tang/back-strap; muzzle-flip ~is~ happening because “an object that can get in motion does, and objects in motion tend to stay in motion.”) Co-incidentally (seems to be the word of the day): recent discussed with Tiffany W. of the Gun Powder Gals on ‘other’ social media. We’ll have a ‘class/clinic’ some day at the range. Go back to the first image in this super-post: you can see both of his thumbs sticking up from the other side of the gun.

Ian Foo shoots not only with his right thumb up (looking at the nail), it's so high that his left hand is actually applying pressure (see the discoloration?) to the frame but also to the slide. Try to guess how much "left-low drift" Ian suffers. (Answer: none.)
Ian Foo shoots not only with his right thumb up (looking at the nail), it’s so high that his left hand is actually applying pressure (see the discoloration?) to the frame but also to the slide. Try to guess how much “left-low drift” Ian suffers. (Answer: none.)

The moral of this story of co-incidence: Do what works (what really, really works). Not what someone some-whence “said so”.

Speaking of training! Jesse Alphin, Dean Wiley, Gunners’ Choice Outfitters and everyone else involved with the “Concealed Carry North Carolina Firearms [facebook] Group” are putting on another “It’s not about pulling your shirt over gun, that’s just the catalyst to this little slice of Destiny” North Carolina Concealed Carry Handgun Class. B-b-but wait! There’s more! This one is “on sale”. $80 if you use your gun and ammo, $85 if you use ours. You MUST sign-up in advance at, or by calling, Gunner’s Choice Outfitters (in Dunn, NC 910-892-1699). All the details, links to the detailed PDF flyer are at the facebook event:

Speaking of training! (Déjà Vu?) Our friend “Cole” brought three of his ‘students’ to the match as part of ‘training’. How awesome is that? Need some of that kind of training in or around the Garner, NC area:
Please, no comments about the picture of the no-holster “pants carry”. They put it there to “trigger” / phish gun-nuts 🙂

OK. Nearly and Dearly Done (just one more thing)

Here’s your scores/results at Practiscore:

Or two… our next match is a fifth Saturday [Mega] BUG Match on September 29th. Watch the “coming soon” areas of this site for the “registration and squadding is open” link (at Practiscore).

Switching to “First Person” Mode for the Dearly Done Thing

Why this is next-day late. I went to the 49th Annual Coharie Tribal Pow-Wow. I go because I’m Injun, because for over a decade (until his passing) a dear friend, H.B. Surles, “made me” take him, and I love-love-love taking pictures of the dancers. You can see lots of “sets / albums” of the Coharie Pow-Wows and the matches here at H2O at my flickr: . This time, in particular I went because of “Faith”. Faith Hedgepeth danced at the Coharie Pow-Wow from the time she was two or three until the year before she went to UNC-CH. I don’t know that I ever met her “officially” but I’ve probably got and shared hundreds of pictures of her. “Co-incidentally”… “If you don’t think it’s your job to protect children you are a sad, sad human being.” says Kyle Lamb in the podcast linked to way up there ^^^.

If you know something or think you know someone who might know something and so-on let the LE or Crime Stoppers or *some one, any one* know. If being a “good person” isn’t enough: $40,000 reward.

…and the kids are up there “protestething too much” a silly ole statue while an experienced “beat a girl to death” (after other wicked-evil ‘stuff’, man) Bad-Guy is loose in their midst… 🙁

…off the box, thanks again everyone and see you on the 29th



August 11 2018 Match Results

Thanks goes out to 75 shooters for braving the hot-heat and mud-mud and joining us today. Dancing between the raindrops “they” say – we danced between the rain events* today and it turned out really good. *=storms at 4AM and 3PM. Thanks deluxe, as always, to our Safety Officers (SOs), Match Director (MD) Amp, score keepers and stage designers.

Today's action pic: Welcome back Jason H. (He said it's been about a year.) Stage 6 in the rifle bay.
Today’s action pic: Welcome back Jason H. (He said it’s been about a year.) Stage 6  rifle bay.

OK! Thanks for your patience and understanding. It is done (and tested). Pre-registration for the September 8 Match is open at practiscore – and squadding works. Free practiscore account is required. Check it out and sign-up/register and pick your squad at:

September is also a five Saturday month so we will be holding a Back Up Gun (BUG) match on the 5th Saturday, September 29th at 9am. We’ll get registration opened up at practiscore in a few weeks and will have links on the coming soon areas of this site. First-time match shooters: BUG matches are an excellent low(er) round count way to get into competitive shooting.

Keven K. and Brian E.
Kevin K. and Brian E.

A good friend of ours, Kevin Kelley (above picture left), is moving away. He’s been shooting with us since we started having matches and he’s been “winning” a-whole-lot of those matches – including today’s. (blah blah no “winners” in IDPA, whatever he set the bar, then 🙂 ) We’ll be missing you, Kevin, and wishing you all the best. Come hang out with us when you get a chance.

Can’t think of anything else right now, so the scores for today’s match and one more good action shot:

SO Barry Lewis gettin' it done on Hackathorn's 1-2-3-4-5 drill
SO Barry Lewis gettin’ it done on Hackathorn’s 1-2-3-4-5 drill

p.s.: Oops, suddenly remembered. Where were you today Sean? You better bring a note for this absence!!!! Since Sean S. was MIA today, anyone who has match video, please, please send us a link or share it on our facebook page.