Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Mr. Completely's Postal Match

With all due respect to Neanderpundit's postal matches, it seems he has neglected to include one postal match. With that in mind, I have decided to take it upon myself to fill in the gap. Here's the rules:

Weapon: You MUST use a shotgun of at least 12 gauge, although if you have anything larger, that might just get you extra points. Blunderbusses and civil war cannons are also acceptible, especially if you load the cannon with bird shot.

Target: Use any paper target you like, in any size. Bullseyes, dart boards, your "favorite" politician or entertainer, that fat film maker bozo, whatever. Possible extra points for creativity.

Distance: Ten yards, or less, in fact, get as close as you want. Hell, powder burns on the target are not grounds for disqualification.

Number of shots: Basically, ten rounds, but fewer, probably, if using the cannon. No penalty for exceeding ten shots. Possible extra credit the more you shoot. Extra credit also if when you leave the range you have used up all the ammunition you brought with you. Let your conscience and enthusiasm be your guide. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting again. GO FOR IT!!

Rate of Fire: As fast as you like! I realize the cannon shooters have a reloading time issue here, but do the best you can. If at a public range, extra credit for getting a dirty look from the rangemaster about your rate of fire.

Spirit of the Rules: If you can figure a way to cheat, what the hell, no one's watching except the scowling rangemaster anyway.

Scoring: Score yourself on a score of 1 to 100. If you find yourself grinning, giggling, and generally having enjoyed yourself immensely after putting down the weapon, score yourself up near the 100 mark. If you had so much fun you set up another target and do it again, score even higher. If you keep blasting away until the range closes or they throw you out, that's gotta be hard to beat!!

On the other hand, if on completion you have an urge to shop for a French wine to go with the tofu you have planned for dinner, score yourself VERY low. You should also then seek counselling, as this is clearly abnormal behavior. I'd recommend checking with your local NRA affiliated gun club for a good counsellor and suggested therapeutic shooting activities.

After establishing your score, post it as a comment to this postal match post. Be sure to include complete details with your score........

UPDATE: Rather than posting your results and description in the comments, email them to b l o g (at) w h i d b e y (dot) c o m. See the updated rules posted above. Thanks!

Contestants: I'm expecting entries from you guys, you know who you are.......

Close Date: Sunday, June 5th. I'll do a post-contest post on Monday, June 6th.

Have Fun!!


8 Comments:

At Tuesday, May 17, 2005 1:19:00 PM, Blogger Countertop said...

Sounds like fun. I'll be shooting my match over memorial day weekend.

 
At Tuesday, May 17, 2005 8:09:00 PM, Blogger Firehand said...

Oh Lordy, sign me up!

 
At Tuesday, May 17, 2005 9:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since I'm one of the few Police Triple Masters hereabouts (Master in Revolver, Pistol and Shotgun), I'm going to stand on my creds by revealing the scoring on the last shotgun qual I did before I retired.

00 Buck, 97 (1 pellet outside of scoring area out of 45)
Slugs, Possible (6" group, combo of kneeling and offhand)

Total of 10 rounds, 5 00-Buck and 5 Slugs. Timed fire. Combat reloading.

The scoring area is anything inside the 4-ring (except the head) on a standard silhouette.

2 buckshot rapid-fire at 15 yards, reload with 3, fall back to 25 yds, fire 3 buckshot timed fire, reload with 3 slugs, fire them timed fire, fall back to 50 while reloading, drop to kneeling, fire two slugs timed fire.

You have to do this course scoring at least 96 for three consecutive quals to be a Master. I finally put my three together just as I retired and was never awarded the device, but it would have been awkward to wear it along with the two handgun devices on the uniform shirt.

I suppose that there is a Rifle Master qual, but I've never seen it shot or even offered as a course. The pistol and Revolver courses are the usual Tactical Pistol Course and Tactical Revolver Course, scoring at least 96, three times running.

Rivrdog

 
At Tuesday, May 17, 2005 9:38:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Completely said...

Hey RivrDog, no doubt you are really well qualified, but can you stand up to the pressure? Sounds like we're going to have some real shooters here, and if one of those civil war cannoneers shows up, complete with cannon in tow, he's going to be tough to beat. Just imagine ten pounds of bird shot all arriving at the target at the same time. Sends shivers up your spine ,doesn't it? They'd be laughing and carrying on like a bunch of boomershooters, by golly! Can hardly wait!!

(Welcome Aboard!!)

 
At Wednesday, May 18, 2005 8:21:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a excuse for practice with your favorite "centerfire" pin shoot gun! I know a 12 guage is centerfire but I think that in bowling pin shoots they mean centerfire pistol.

In the "spirit of the game" I went out to the back yard to try my Cowboy Action shotgun. It's not quite a civil war cannon but it is a 102 year old Model '97 with a short barrel. Tried a paper target at 7 yards. three rounds and the paper kinda went away.

How about a score for creativity? I had some old tires out back and thought why not! Did you know that if you stand a tire up with the tread facing you, you can shoot for distance. If you get it rolling on the first shot and are fast on the next couple you can get some pretty good distances.

Maybe a game like shuffle board with truck tires and a 12 guage. The skeet guys just about went nuts up at the range.

DAMIPHINO

 
At Wednesday, May 18, 2005 8:47:00 AM, Blogger Mr. Completely said...

Shuffle board with truck tires and a 12 guage? Damn, I LIKE it!! My kinda shooting, for sure!! Sounds like DAMIPHINO's already stacking up a few extra credit points here......

 
At Thursday, May 19, 2005 12:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I just happen to know where one of those cannons is, and I will email the cannoneer ("cannon-cocker" is SOOO base!) and advise him of the postal.

He would probably bring it East, but since he lives out in the mountain panhandle of ID, the logistics are a bit daunting.

He also has a video cam if I remember his gear, and maybe he might just set up a little show...

On the other hand, he might just tell me to piss up a rope, since I am asking him to do a lot of work with no help. Maybe I might have to jump into the Little Black Truck and head out there, 400-miles + though it be.....

Rivrdog

 
At Friday, May 20, 2005 4:09:00 PM, Blogger DirtCrashr said...

Oh great, I've got this old Browning A-5 from Grandpa's stuff that I've never-ever even shot before, everybody I know is a rifle shooter...

 

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