March 9 2019 Day and Night Matches

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!

Screen grab from Sean's youTube video of both matches. Link below.
Screen grab from Sean’s youTube video of both matches. Link below.

Scores! Scores! It’s all about the scores!

1. Day Match Scores at Practiscore: https://practiscore.com/results/new/76507
* Matt ( 83.76 ) and Joshua ( 83.80 )
* if 0.04 is not the closest ‘overall’ we’ve ever had, it’s close enough to closest!

2. Night Match Scores at Practiscore: https://practiscore.com/results/new/76511

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.”

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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!”
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One more edit, exactly 15 minutes after “Publishing” this, we find on Facebook:

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Speaking of Time, did you remember to move the clock forward during the overnight?

Let’s get Sean D Sorrentino’s video linked to:
At Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sean.sorrentino/videos/10213528811037898
At youTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLlsV4besK4

Our next match is a 5th Saturday Back-Up Gun (BUG) Match on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Registration/Orientation from 8AM-9AM, shooting starts at 9AM. Pre-registration and squadding are available at: https://practiscore.com/march-30-2019-5th-saturday-mega-bug-match/register

Our next full match is our 2nd Saturday IDPA @ H2O Match on Saturday, April 13, 2019.Registration/Orientation from 8AM-9AM, shooting starts at 9AM. Pre-registration and squadding are available at: https://practiscore.com/april-13-2019-idpa-at-h2o/register

*** Got the message from Amp, got a little bummed out, going to end this abruptly. Calling “STOP” and saying “paste it up and reset it, we’ll offer a reshoot…”

Come out and get your skills plussed-up Tuesdays-Saturdays for members, Friday & Saturday for anyone, and if not before, “We’ll see you at the next match.”

Feb 9 2019 Match Results

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…

Our Range Master Chris Welch on 2/2/19 - had to be at an away game on the 9th.
Our Range Master Chris Welch on 2/2/19 – had to be at an away game on the 9th.

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…

With a certain certainty we will guarantee you that the only way you are going to see Chad with his "hands up in surrender" is to write it into a stage brief at a shooting match.
With a certain certainty we will guarantee you that the only way you are going to see Chad with his “hands up in surrender” is to write it into a stage brief at a shooting match. That dog-eat-dog sly smile is not because of the jokesters in front of him, it is for the fool behind him.
Blake's Sprit Animal is a tyrannosaurus rex. (Couldn't help it, sir, 'had to')
Blake’s Sprit Animal is a tyrannosaurus rex. (Couldn’t help it, sir, ‘had to’.) Sean Sorrentino’s first day as SO**
Study Slide One: Profile - Blake (and anyone else who wants an 'ideal' grip) make yours look like this
Study Slide One: Profile – Blake (and anyone else who wants an ‘ideal’ grip) make yours look like this
Study Slide Two: top/behind view. Chad Thompson hand/handgun model
Study Slide Two: top/behind view. Chad Thompson hand/handgun model
Study Slide Three: Ray Bullard (former LEO/SWAT; current NC Private Protective Services Board 'Training Guy') really shoots (mostly) the way that Dean always 'squaks' about - shooting hand thumb straight up in the air. "Physics, not physical strength".
Study Slide Three: Ray Bullard (former LEO/SWAT; current NC Private Protective Services Board ‘Training Guy’) really shoots (mostly) the way that Dean always ‘squaks’ about – shooting hand thumb straight up in the air. “Physics, not physical strength”.
Reference Slide One: Blake. That left hand would be better off over your heart than flopping around out there barely touching anything. See the Ray B. slide, specially with a compact .40, and stick that right thumb straight up in the air. We'll discuss it in person at the next match. <3 and :) "Less recoil impulse = faster splits"
Reference Slide One: Blake. That left hand would be better off over your heart than flopping around out there barely touching anything. See the Ray B. slide, especially with a compact .40, and stick that right thumb straight up in the air. We’ll discuss it in person at the next match.

So. Next time we do this type of grip clinic (or is it glip crinic) let’s do it at “Mama Trangs” gas station and eatery. You, Blake, you buy! (haha just kidding, but that would be a heck of an adventure until she killed us all for “bling gun in here”.) There’s more than one reason for putting that shooting hand thumb up. The non-inclusive list is: (1) it opens up space for your ‘support hand’ to get in there and make a physical barrier; (2) it fills the space/gap between hand and tang with meat thereby creating a physical barrier against recoil/muzzle-flip; (3) if you run a gun with a 1911 or Beretta style safety on it that thumb needs to be up there keeping the safety *off*.

See also last month’s “Gun Schools” in the results post.

Still a lot to get done here (!!!!!s). Moving on. We got quite a few links to shooter videos so here’s those:
Blake (and Amber) Allen’s match video (first edition) at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blakeallenshvac/videos/615448075559183/
Dustin Thompson’s individual stages videos at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dustin.thompson.75491/videos/2237254546523084/ https://www.facebook.com/dustin.thompson.75491/videos/2237252759856596/ https://www.facebook.com/dustin.thompson.75491/videos/2237250603190145/
Sean D Sorrentino’s video at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sean.sorrentino/videos/10213350115010609/ and at youTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOT7dxXdPeg

Directly/Indirectly related video from our friend Tiffany Waller of the “Tiffany Outdoors” and *new* “Gun Talk With Tiffany” youTube channels. In this post on Facebook from the 8th Dean discussed the exact same ‘thumb up’ stuff in a comment. https://www.facebook.com/tiffany.waller.92/posts/10218306506271314
Gun Talk With Tiffany: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS6r-9-ti37Pcr2Ij0EbpSA
Tiffany Outdoors: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpleMjRNixJibCnW2Y0hr7A
** 862 Subscribers, Tiff, way to go! Blink and it will be 1,000…

Sean's first 'EVAR' shooter as a SO. "The tension is palpable!" "The nerves wear off after four stages," some loud mouth always says about new shooters. They step down from 10/10 to 9.9/10 for SOs after about 400. "You done good, sir! Welcome to the club."
Sean’s first ‘EVAR’ shooter as a SO. “The tension is palpable!” “The nerves wear off after four stages,” some loud mouth always says about new shooters. They step down from 10/10 to 9.9/10 for SOs after about 400. “You done good, sir! Welcome to the club.”

Coastal Carolina Challenge 2019

The Coastal Carolina Challenge 2019 is a Level 2 IDPA match being held at Ant Hill Shooting Range (Bolivia/South Port/Oak Island, NC) on Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, 2019. $110. 180 rounds (minimum) – 11 stages and a “warm-up” stage.

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

Here’s the practiscore.com match registration page (you must sign up for a practiscore account): https://practiscore.com/coastal-carolina-challenge-2019/register

Make sure to check the boxes and/or contact the Match Director if you are an IDPA Safety Officer (SO) and are willing to SO (SSO) at the match.

Coming Soon at H2O

Friday-Saturday, February 15-16, 2019 Dean will be ‘instructing’ a “2-Day 20 Classroom Hours Minimum” long days “intense” North Carolina Private Protective Services Board “Armed Guard Certification Full Class”. 8am until *when finished very late at night* both days. Details at: http://imfscorp.com/feb-15-16-ncppsb-full-armed-certification-class/

Saturday, March 9, 2019: 2nd Saturday IDPA. Pre-register and squad at Practiscore: https://practiscore.com/march-9-2019-idpa-at-h2o/register

Sat-Sun, March 9-10, 2019: Daylight Saving Time Starts AFTER the 2nd Saturday Match ~ All Match Start times until November 9:00am

Saturday, March 30, 2019: 5th Saturday BUG Match.

Time to wrap it up. No T-Rex(es) were hurt in the making of this post. The people “picked on” are “tough and they can take it” – they know that we’re all out here to become better, learn from each other, teach each other, and occasionally beat The[e] Chad Thompson (a little bit, because he lets us). Oh, and ‘Hay, Chad, if you talk to Codename: Bananas get him to come hang out with us some time, too.’ Terry Riley, we have missed you tons and are so glad you popped in, also.

Repeat the scores link and exit on an action shot.
https://practiscore.com/results/new/74686

If you read all of this post and clicked all of the links then you would know that this is Sean's "next gun"
If you read all of this post and clicked all of the links then you would know that this is Sean’s “next gun”

 

"Catch them doing something right and dote on them over it." Blake! Awesome. Amazing. Super and Duper! (Amber, thanks for letting him hang out with us. )
“Catch them doing something right and dote on them over it.” Blake! Awesome. Amazing. Super and Duper! (Amber, thanks for letting him hang out with us. )

 

January 12 2019 Match Results

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.

Thank you and sorry again Carson, Shanna, Em (Cookie Monster) - sorry this time because I got the girls with their eyes closed :(
Thank you and sorry again Carson, Shanna, Em (Cookie Monster) – sorry this time because I got the girls with their eyes closed 🙁 ~D Also pictured: Claudia H. Thanks/Sorry** note below.

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.

First 'in match' photo - Sean S, brass up.
First ‘in match’ photo – Sean S, brass up.

Speaking of Sean D Sorrentino, here’s his match videos – first two videos of him, the third one is his compensation to the cameraman, Blake, of Blake. Watch closely for the “why” of the intro part of the Sean video in Stage 6. Thanks to Cliff for the retrieval.
Sean at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sean.sorrentino/videos/10213175846133996/
Sean at youTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPT8uLDpMI4
Blake at youTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZCJ_23povU
* of note: the video quality is far better at youTube on a desktop computer.

Speaking of videos, here is Dustin Thompson’s video of stage two at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dustin.thompson.75491/videos/2220462461535626/

** Gun School Chapter 1 **

Now – cough, cough – we must discuss a rather delicate topic. This ‘practice’ of ‘doing things in the workspace’ (gun up in front of face, pointed generally 90-degrees to the support side directly along the 180-line). This is done especially during reloading because a bunch of “millennials” have taken to the internet to say that it is faster (it is not) because they do it. Sorry to “sir” below, this is how we learn constructively.

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The image was captured as the gun was returning to the target plane from it’s farthest point “back and to the left” (see the movie JFK) well beyond the 180-degree line.

“Local matches are to prepare shooters for sanctioned matches,” ~they~ say. Safety Officer (SO) DW “should have” stopped him and done the evil DQ. Demerit to DW! All of you “workspace” kids: STOP IT! Don’t believe us? (Of course you don’t, because what you do habitually is the right thing because it’s faster because you do it.) Scroll back up and watch Sean’s video of Sean at Stage 2. The first reload looks bobbled because he doesn’t practice hopping out of a car while worried about that 180 rule and reloading. Because he doesn’t practice it, he didn’t reload his normal way. Time from palm-meets-baseplate of magazine to shot fired is 53 frames. Note that his muzzle goes up about 30 or 40 degrees but does not go left because his mind is on “can’t break the 180”. Then we go to the 2nd reload, flat-footed as it’s practiced. Magazine visible (can’t see when the touch down happened) to shot fired – after moving the gun almost 90-degrees left ~and~ 90-degrees up: 70 frames. In the real world, more movement equals more time. It is SLOWER! Now, go ahead and do that dissonance that we do so well and let’s talk more about sanctioned (and local) matches.

Sorry, forgot to mention: if you keep the gun flat or close to the targets while reloading: (1) you don’t risk a DQ or (2) sending one over the berm where the “down” is a bunch of houses. Have good habits with your “blaster”… always.

Coastal Carolina Challenge 2019

The Coastal Carolina Challenge 2019 is a Level 2 IDPA match being held at Ant Hill Shooting Range (Bolivia/South Port/Oak Island, NC) on Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, 2019. $110. 180 rounds (minimum) – 11 stages and a “warm-up” stage.

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

Here’s the practiscore.com match registration page (you must sign up for a practiscore account): https://practiscore.com/coastal-carolina-challenge-2019/register

Make sure to check the boxes and/or contact the Match Director if you are an IDPA Safety Officer (SO) and are willing to SO (SSO) at the match.

Action Photo Interlude: Carson Harrington giving the what for and why not to the new "mover".
Action Photo Interlude: Carson Harrington giving the what for and why not to the new “mover”.

Coming Soon at H2O

Our next match is our 2nd Saturday match on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Registration/Orientation 9am-10am; shooting starts at 10am. Register and squad at practiscore: https://practiscore.com/february-9-2019-idpa-at-h2o/register

North Carolina Private Protective Services Handgun Re-Certification, Friday, January 18. Details and PDF flyer at: http://imfscorp.com/jan-18-2019-ncpps-armed-recertification/

CCNCFG’s North Carolina Concealed Carry Handgun (CCH) class is Saturday, February 2, 2019. Join the Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2290979177787276/ and/or download the PDF flyer at: http://imfscorp.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019_0202_NCCCH_Flyer.pdf

IDPA and ZSA at Sportsman’s Lodge (Jacksonville, NC Area)

Thanks to John Z of the Zombie Shooters Association ( https://www.facebook.com/ZombieShootersAssociation/ ) for bringing so many to the match and for the information about “the new range”: Sportsman’s Lodge. Check the ZSA Facebook page for many details the matches. To contact them about shooting and classes at Sportsman’s Lodge see their Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/sportsmanslodgerange/ ).

As we talked about in the briefing, if you are an IDPA member in the Jacksonville area, they will be hosting a Safety Officer (SO) certification course in about two weeks at Sportsman’s Lodge. Get in contact with John Z. if you would like to become a SO and help out at those matches.

[ Edit: correction ] The IDPA SO course and “new” matches are being held at Flatwoods Outfitters, Hubert, NC and hosted by Crystal Coast IDPA: https://www.facebook.com/CCIDPA/

Another Action Photo Interlude

The first two are Dustin Thompson working on that mover in Stage Five. The third one is Joe Salva “burning down” Stage 4.

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** 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…

Dustin Thompson's stove pipe left handed Stage One. Click or Tap to view full-size and note the space between tang and hand.
Dustin Thompson’s stove pipe left handed Stage One. Click or Tap to view full-size and note the space between tang and hand, the complete visibility of the tendon between the thumb and index finger, the uniformity of the color (no pressure discoloration) and the “sympathetic” right hand (make a fist at your center is the training).
Accidentally correct. When asked about his left (support/weak) handed shooting he said he doesn't think about it. Notice: no gap, pressure discoloration (appears white/yellow where all other skin is pink from the cold) and the "sympathetic" right hand.
Accidentally correct. When asked about his left (support/weak) handed shooting he said he doesn’t think about it. Notice: no gap, pressure discoloration (appears white/yellow where all other skin is pink from the cold) and the “sympathetic” right hand.

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.

https://practiscore.com/results/new/73020

 

 

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…

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For the TL;DR crew, scores at practiscore: https://practiscore.com/results/new/72357

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 idpa.com, where you can conveniently and quickly join the IDPA as well: https://www.idpa.com/matches/coastal-carolina-challenge/

Here’s the practiscore.com match registration page (you must sign up for a practiscore account): https://practiscore.com/coastal-carolina-challenge-2019/register

Make sure to check the boxes and/or contact the Match Director if you are an IDPA Safety Officer (SO) and are willing to SO (SSO) at the match.

[ 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 idpa.com.

[ 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: https://practiscore.com/january-12-2019-idpa-at-h2o/register

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 dw@mldragon.com [<– look at that, not even hidden from spam-bots] with a CC: to Andy at h2ofowlfarms@gmail.com )

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 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 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…

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: http://www.idpa.com/compete/rules ~ 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 ( https://www.toysfortots.org/ ). 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: https://practiscore.com/results/new/71386

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

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Duane Stephenson shooting Stage 4 “clean”.
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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: https://www.facebook.com/events/1959674550744910/ or PDF flyer: http://imfscorp.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018_1215_NCCCH_Flyer.pdf

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 idpa.com — contact us with your IDPA # to get the scores uploaded to idpa.com — ]
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: https://practiscore.com/results/new/71386

Bloopers and Out-Takes

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

Note

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: https://www.youtube.com/user/sdsorrentino

 

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? https://toysfortots.org/

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: https://www.idpa.com/

See What You’re Missing (silly pun)

Sean Sorrentino’s complete match video:
https://www.facebook.com/sean.sorrentino/videos/10212791377002508/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udiR8tz1Ztc

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: http://h2ofowlfarmsnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2018_1117_Carbine_Operator_Flyer.pdf

Saturday, November 17, 2018: NCCCFG Discount NC Concealed Carry Handgun Class
Jesse Alphin & Dean Wiley instructing. Price reduced!
PDF Flyer: http://imfscorp.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2018_1117_NCCCH_Flyer.pdf
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/273626526540975/

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 ( h2ofowlfarms@gmail.com ) 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: http://imfscorp.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018_1215_NCCCH_Flyer.pdf
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1959674550744910/

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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: https://practiscore.com/results/new/69824

* 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! https://practiscore.com/results/new/67873

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):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IByQ_JS7O2U

YouTube video BY Sean of shooter J. Lee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPMlCDRuyOE

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: https://www.idpa.com/wp-content/themes/idpa/assets/match-files/2017_Rule_Book.pdf

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: http://imfscorp.com/nov-2-4-2018-ncpps-handgun-certification-course/

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/273626526540975/ and/or look at the flyer directly (PDF): http://imfscorp.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2018_1117_NCCCH_Flyer.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: https://practiscore.com/results/new/67873