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)
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.
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)
** 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: https://overcast.fm/+EPWHMCh8U
** 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.
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
** “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.
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: https://www.facebook.com/events/231442570881368/
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: https://gun101.com
* Please, no comments about the picture of the no-holster “pants carry”. They put it there to “trigger” / phish gun-nuts 🙂
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: https://www.flickr.com/photos/computermedicnc/albums . 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 ^^^.
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.
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: https://practiscore.com/sept-8-2018-idpa-at-h2o/register
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.
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:
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.
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