Thanks, as always, to all of our shooters and spectators for making today a great, fun day here at H2O. All of the SOs and other volunteers that make these matches happen: Thank You! An extra note of thanks to Shari, Andy, Carson and Eddie for getting the scores done so fast. A-little-lot to do today (not a lot lot) so here we go…
Two shooters ran the Abbreviated (5×5) Classifier today and both earned Master (MA).
Sean Haffner :: 3.19 + 3.76 + 6.09 + 3.16 = 16.20 raw with 3 Down = 19.20
Dillon Ventzke :: 2.31 + 3.83 + 5.37 + 2.47 = 13.98 raw with 6 Down = 19.98
The coming soon:
– 2nd Saturday IDPA on Saturday August 11
– September has 5 Saturdays so we’ll be having the full match on the 8th and a BUG match on the 29th.
Thanks everyone for joining us in the heat today and for gettin’ it done before it got really hot-hot. FYI it was 89-degrees at 9am when we got started! Thanks – always – to the MD (“Amp”) and the stage designers for putting together a fast-and-fun Mega-BUG match.
DW forgot Leanne’s Gold Medal for the 2nd match in a row. Another “not cool” thing 🙂
Thank you to 92 shooters, SOs, stage designers, everyone!, for making the 5th Annual running of North Carolina Rifle and Pistol Association’s NC Shooting Sports Games IDPA match a success. Chief Hall (Coats PD) thanks for hanging out with us in the heat all day – and Anna thanks for letting him and driving him 🙂 . We’ve got a lot of ground to cover this time. Stand by…
We’ll start by giving an internet high-five to the North Carolina Rifle & Pistol Association (NCRPA). They are fighting the good fight for us in NC and they are directly promoting and building interest in firearms, hunting and shooting here in NC. Check them out and join: http://www.ncrpa.org/
Super Brush donated $500.00 worth of their Swab-its® products that were given away. We must say thank you and check out their products at: https://www.swab-its.com/
92 shooters, 95 degrees (“realfeelz” around 110 down in the bays) and we were done, cleaned up, scores posted, medals given out, and off-range at 2:00PM. We must THANKS! to Carson Harrington, Eddie Simons, Jack Simons, Chris Welch, and of course Shari for getting the scores done during the match. [Sorry this is ‘next day’ – webguy had too many todos on Saturday, including…]
Happy 50th Birthday Chad and Brad Thompson. For the next year we’re going to call him Chad Fih’Eee Cent Thompson.
OK! a few announcements and we’ll let you go.
Leanne: Gold in your DIV. Dean has your medal and we’ll make sure you get it next match. And, yay again to you and Patrick.
Thanks – so much – to 78 shooters in today’s IDPA match here at H2O. We are very thankful for our first match that had real warm weather. As always: Amp, Ash and all of the Safety Officers (SO) who set up the match and worked it all the way through, thank you! Ash: there were many, many comments about how good the stages were today.
Well done on a couple of “Abbreviated Classifiers” after the match:
* Joe Weber – SSP – 19.22 – Master (MA)
* Jack Simons – SSP – 38.20 – Marksman (MM)
Our next match is the 5th Annual Running of the North Carolina Rifle and Pistol Association’s North Carolina Shooting Sports Games here at H2O on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Scores will be finalized as soon as possible after the match and medals will be awarded. Medals *will not* be held over this year! If you earn one but can’t stay for the awards make sure to have some one get your medal for you.
Our friends in the Wilmington, NC area, Buccaneer Gun Club will be holding their regular IDPA match next weekend, April 21, 2018. They announced today that they are “fully electronic” in their match scoring and will have tablets for each squad. Scores will be posted within minutes of the end of the match!! Get more info at http://www.buccaneergunclub.org/
THANK YOU “almost” Missus Patrick Robbins for letting him come shoot with us this a.m. – the a.m. of your wedding! We pushed him through and sure do hope he got there on time. Congrats again you two.
Thanks everyone for joining us this holiday weekend for what turned out to be a fantastic Mega-BUG match. Thanks-plus to all of the Safety Officers for the setup and hard work all day. Thanks-plus-plus to Ash D. for some very cool stages.
We want to wish everyone a Happy Easter tomorrow.
Not a lot of news and announcements today. The next match is our regular 2nd Saturday IDPA match on April 14th. After that is the 5th running of the North Carolina Rifle and Pistol Association’s Shooting Sports Games (IDPA match) on Saturday May 12th. Scores will be completed ASAP after the match and medals rewarded.
Thanks again to 57 shooters (2 shot two guns so ’59’ scores) and we’ll hope to see you out here for practice between now and full match in two weeks.
Where to begin? We always start with the “thanks giving” so let’s do that. Thank you to 88 day shooters and 50 night shooters. Thanks a million to the Match Director (Amp), Stage Designers and Safety Officers for about 14 “straight” hours of extremely hard work. We can’t thank Eddie and Carson enough for the “statistician” work until after 11pm (12:00am adjusted for DST)***.
*** Murphy’s Law (the old one, not Robocop) = technology dependence inevitably leads to technology failure (ok, maybe yes Robocop). “Tap, Rack, Ready.” We tapped the night scores into the iPads, we racked them (synced them together), ready checked them for uploading and: 19/50 scores complete. This is why we do it on paper. And, thanks again a million more Carson, Eddie and Shari (!!!! get well soon, Shari !!!): 30 scores just entered re-entered and *luckily* uploaded without further incident. “Guns and computers are man-made machines and prone to failure.”
Jumping back to thanks: thanks Craig for convincing Las Gringas to bring the catering truck and get everyone well fed. Thank you Las Gringas for coming. Contact them for your events: https://www.tacoslasgringas.com/
Yin-and-Yang and the Art of Shooting Range Family
Suddenly – thinking about a dear friend and ‘great’ shooter saying of the Night Match that it was great and different and new and so on and so on – we (I) got thinking about that same great friend and his wonderful wife (our other great friend/family). She is having some health related life trials right now and needs our “collective positive energy and good vibrations” (or hopes, thoughts and prayers for those of us that don’t have to speak in Californian – aka normal – people). Here’s all of us <3-ing to you “Ms”. <— that’s the yang
Yin. We asked in these pages once before for the *good stuff* for our friends-become-family R & K. K is on the way-way-way-UP in relation to the health glitch. Thank you everyone and we <3 you R&K.
Back to the 10th
One of our long time regulars shot in the night with us. His first time working his “Master” level skills in the dark. Not to misquote him we’ll just paraphrase it as: Wow! Best! Must do it again! Thanks, sir, we will. Changing nothing but the lighting changes everything. There’s many lessons in that – especially in relation to guns – but we’ll leave it at: think about it. Compare the same shooter same stages day and night scores. If you didn’t join us last night or last year then make sure to join us at our next night shoot.
“Nice work, Sirs.” goes out to Chris W. and Joshua Y. for “making MAster” in the 5×5 classifier. Chris 18.46 and Joshua 19.30.
Thanks to Sean S. for the above night photo and pre-thanks for the pending video (due late on the 11th). We’ll get links up here and on our facebook page when we have them. Or, you can just “wait for it” by subscribing to his youTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/sdsorrentino
Did you remember to move the clocks forward from 2am to 3am? Reminder: from now until the clocks change ‘back’ Registration / Orientation is from 8:00am and matches start at 9:00am.
Dean Wiley is holding a Concealed Carry Handgun class on March 24th. Links in the coming soon sections of this site soon.
Our next match is a 5th Saturday Mega-BUG match on the 31st. “Our” new format: 60 rounds “required” with all loading devices loaded to 5 rounds only, but: shoot until you are happy. Not “limited” any more.
After that the regular 2nd Saturday IDPA Match is on April 14.
The 2nd Saturday in May match will be the NC Shooting Sports Games Annual match here at H2O.
Facebook events and updated webpages and idpa.com / practiscore.com listings asap.
We’ve got to wrap this up – sorry it rambled – we were up until 11:30-ish doing and re-doing scores.
Thanks to 53 shooters for waiting through ‘a little’ rain for a late start – but very good – match. Extra-thanks to all the “New Safety Officers” who beeped us into action for their first official time today.
We’re going to keep it short today. But, first:
Happy Birthday Ash!!!
…and last. Wow, Kevin. 15 seconds out in front!
The NC Concealed Carry Handgun class mentioned today is on Saturday, February 24. Get all the details and a link to the flyer at the (link->) facebook event.
Our next match is Saturday, March 10. Daylight savings time starts that night so matches from April until November will have registration/orientation from 8am until 9am and shooting starts at 9. Join the (link -> ) facebook event to stay up to date with the March 10th happenings.
Nice work to Ian Foo and Chris Kropp. Both earned Master (MA) classification today. They shot the new Abbreviated (5×5) Classifier. Here’s their times & scores:
Ian: String 1: 3.01 String 2: 4.58 String 3: 6.31 String 4: 3.37 Total raw time: 17.27
* Points down: 2 Total: 19.27
Chris: String 1: 2.77 String 2: 3.59 String 3: 6.80 String 4: 2.88 Total raw time: 16.04
* Points down: 2 Total: 18.04
A little bit colder than predicted, but that’s alright, 95 participants and a lot of spectators warmed our hearts. Thank you everyone for coming out – and we missed you to so many of our regulars. Thanks again, also, for all of the purchases of Girl Scout cookies from our local troop and favorite Cookie Monster “Em” and the donations to Operation Cookie Drop. We have much to-do in this one, so here we go!
The Not Chad Is Not Bad rule: You take Chad’s (or whoever is ‘top’ that day) score-time (94.2) and double it (188.4). If your score-time is less than that, you can “benchmark” yourself as “doing very well”. If it is your second match… and your score-time is 176.58, and your draw involved double-concealment (sweep and pull-over), and your first shot is that long-double-action-Beretta-pull, and you are a ‘youth/junior’ category shooter: AWESOME! The other part of the Not Chad Is Not Bad rule: beginners should be extremely proud of themselves to finish within a 4-times-Chad score-time (368 as a ‘benchmark’ for 1/13); everyone, all shooters finished way, way under that (305). Everyone: AWESOME! We have AWESOME! people at our matches. Just sayin’ 🙂
2018 – Upping Our Online Game
For a lot of reasons we are making big efforts to do ‘better’ with our use of the internet this year. We are going to add Facebook ‘events’ for all of our matches (Feb is online at: https://www.facebook.com/events/560248977641170/ ). We are “listing” them at idpa.com and practiscore.com. We will make bigger & better efforts to assemble participants photos and videos and get them shared in the events, here, and other places.
Another “Giant Thanks” goes out to Candy Sugarman and the Gun Powder Gals. They have been making and maintaining Facebook events and promoting our matches and ranges “just because” for a lot of years also. If she/they have any spare time we are going to keep them as co-hosts of our Facebook events. Check out the Gals at: https://www.facebook.com/GunPowderGals/
(Picture above) It’s Girl Scout Cookie time. Thanks again everyone for helping Em and her troop. Locals and “defense aficionados” you can double-up on your “got something really good for my time and money” by contacting her father (Carson Harrington, Sensei) and Charles Burrows, Renshi at Kokufuku (ko-koof-ku) School of Martial Arts in Dunn. https://www.facebook.com/kokumartialarts/ Or, talk to us when you’re out here at the range and we’ll get you together with your cookies.
A little birdie told us… or the wind… that someone asked: “What takes place at an event like this?” We hang out and shoot some guns, Sue. Make some friends. Dote on our “new friends” and their amazing children and amazing children’s *correct* choice of firearms (Beretta! we could use some sponsorships for Chad T. 9LL Only and up-and-coming Sean C., please kthnx). Oh, we push their Girl Scout Cookies, too. “Buy more Girl Scout Cookies and shoot Beretta,” we thought we heard the wind whispering. Hang out, shoot some guns a little longer, start calling our friends “family”. Like that, not much really. Why did we say “Sue?” Don’t know, the wind we’re guessing. The wind also said in a howling, haunting kind of way: “OMG! Pattie?! He doesn’t practice that!? Look out Chad (who does practice a lot a lot), someone besides Joshua and Kevin is puttin’ the pressure on you!”
OK. Enough of all that. Range Membership info is on our “Ranges” page. A couple of announcements from Amp (Match Director) at the match that seem important:
* All Mega-B.U.G. matches at H2O are going to be “full match format” (draw from holsters, reload on the clock, load to 5 only, unlimited shooting) from now on.
* There is much interest in another day-and-night set of matches. We’re working on it. Coming Soon.
Thanks to everyone who made it out today – not so cold after all! And, thanks everyone who shot with us all year. 2017 has been a great year at H2O. We wish you all a happy new year.
Memberships – Going Fast! (Thank You again “Members”)
Yearly fee for each member is $425. Family memberships (limited to 2 family members) will be $600. Contact us about “corporate memberships.”
The range is open for members only weekdays on Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday.
The range is open to members and the general public on Friday and Saturday.
Shooting is on a first come first serve basis.
The range will be closed Sunday and Monday.
Applicants are be required to attend a range/gun safety class before membership will be approved. All members are required to display a membership ID badge at all times when shooting at the range. Members are required to sign in and out on each visit to the range. Members are allowed to bring guests (limited to 2 guests per day) for a cost of $20 per guest per day.
For more information, contact Andy Howard 910-894-6701 or Chris Welch at 704-942-7881.
Today “we” (me, DW) told Jon in person about the following video. It coincidentally appeared while we were writing the original “Vol. 2” about the exact same topic. Here’s Sig Sauer’s “P320 Training Tips: Transitions with Lena Miculek” video at youTube:
She did an excellent job of keeping it short and to the point. It’s a real is-should-be or problem-solution lesson. Here’s what she left out: Why. Why do so many people “pause” between targets. The number one reason that we see at the matches is, that shooters pause to evaluate the target before moving on. As you become more confident in your “fundamental skills” your transitions (and even the same target shot-to-shot “splits”) should become faster. You have to “know” (trust) that if it all looks right at the front sight and feels right at the trigger-press the hole is going to be there. The number two reason: breaking the fundamentals. A lot of shooters “pump” the gun (go to ‘three’, or a center ready, high compressed ready) between targets. Or worse (and slower) they “duck” the gun (kind of a half-circle locked-arm low ready and back up) between targets. Watch the video again: note that she does not take anything apart between shots or targets. Think: tank.
Now. Next practice session or match you shoot get someone to record video of it for you. Please, share links with us if you upload those videos somewhere. Review yourself and/or get with the SOs, experienced shooters and instructors and have them help you review and see if “splits” or “transitions” is a thing you need to work on.
The original version was wrapped around splits and transitions because it was based on the results of the Toys for Tots Mega-BUG match last month. Everything is equal in a BUG match (start at ready, no reloads on the clock) so the score-times are a result of only… you guessed it: splits and transitions. That (November) Match results at Practiscore: https://practiscore.com/results/new/47351
That’s it, Dear Jon, for Number or Edition or Volume Two. More next year!