Thursday, March 02, 2006

e-Postal Handgun Match #6 "VORTEX"

It kinda makes you dizzy just looking at it, doesn't it?

This month's handgun match "VORTEX", is a real challenge, as it's relatively easy to do fairly well, but nearly impossible to max the score. It's guaranteed to set your head spinning!

This "VORTEX" has three classes. Depending on the number of entries, sub-classes may also be recognized.

TARGET: The same target is used in all classes.

The target can be downloaded from here:

It is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file. When you print it out, the outer ring should measure 7 1/4" inches across. If you print it out and end up with something different, try un-checking "fit to page" in the print settings.

CLASS ONE: Rim fire. Any rimfire handgun with no more than a 12" barrel, any sight. .177 or .22 air guns will be combined with rimfire, unless there are four air gun entries, then a separate class will be created for them.

CLASS TWO: Center fire. Any centerfire (non-revolver) handgun with no more than a 12" barrel, any sight.

CLASS THREE: Revolver. Any revolver with no more than a 12" barrel, any sight.

DISTANCE - All Classes: 25 feet, or Ten yards, which ever is available at your range.

FIRST TARGET SHOOTING POSITION: Standing, un-supported, off-hand, one or two hands on gun permitted.

SECOND TARGET SHOOTING POSITION: Any shooting position - bench rest allowed. No gun vises or clamps. We are testing your skills, not the guns!

PROCEDURE: Ten shots at the first target, un-supported. Ten shots at the second target, support permitted.

SCORING: In each class you are allowed ten shots at each target, twenty shots total. Each bonus 20 point bull can only be counted once, no matter how many times you shoot it. Touching the black counts as a hit. Each target has a perfect score of 140, for a perfect total score of 280.

Ties will be decided based on the un-supported target score. If it's still tied, it will be posted as a tie. You can re-shoot with a fresh set of targets if you don't like your score and want to try again.

Mark your score on each target with a legible felt pen, along with the class and type of gun used. Don't write your name on the target, only the name you want to appear in the results, as your target may get posted on Mr. Completely.

STRATEGY: Are you better off to risk trying for the 20 point bonus bull and risk missing it, or should you play it safe and go for the ten ring ,where you still might get a nine or eight is you are off a little? That's part of the challenge!!

MULTIPLE ENTRIES: You can enter more than once, in fact, it is encouraged. Shoot everything you own, and everything you can borrow! Take a buddy to the range, get him entered, then borrow his gun and enter that! The only restriction is that you can only enter once for any given gun, in any individual Class.

Different calibers in the same gun count as one gun. For example, .38SPL and .357MAG are considered as one, as would be .44SPL and .44MAG. Different guns of the same caliber and barrel length can be entered. A .22 conversion on a .45 frame counts as a second gun, so you can take off the conversion and shoot the .45 too.

PRIZES: Nope, it's just for the fun of it and the bragging rights!

SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY: Take a digital photo of, (or scan) your targets, and email the picture, along with:

1. Your score for each target page and the total of both pages.

2. The name(s) you want used when we post the results

3. Gun description - Brand, model, semi-auto, revolver, black powder, caliber, barrel length, and type of sights

4. Class: Class One, Class Two, or Class Three.

5. Anything interesting or unique about your entry that other shooters might enjoy hearing about.

Email it all to b l o g (at) w h i d b e y (dot) c o m

If you can't scan or send target pictures, send everything else to me in an email, and we'll arrange for either fax or snail mail for the targets.

The rules are subject to revision as needed, should the need arise.

All entries must be received by Midnight on Monday, March 27th, and results will be posted within seven days, or less.

If you have any questions, leave the question in the comments to this post, or send me an email, or both.

Have fun!!


At Thursday, March 02, 2006 3:31:00 PM, Anonymous azreel said...

The link to the target is down...

At Thursday, March 02, 2006 5:17:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Completely said...

Found a typo. It works now....

.....Mr. C.

At Thursday, March 02, 2006 6:48:00 PM, Blogger carnaby said...

The only thing unclear to me is this. Do we basically "warm up" and then stick that target up, have a go, and that's that, or can we take a few mulligans, i.e. shot a bad score, so put up a fresh one and try again. I'm guessing the former since most sports don't give re-do's.

At Thursday, March 02, 2006 6:50:00 PM, Blogger carnaby said...

Er, let me doubly clarify. We can intentionally shoot these for practice, and then take two and intentionlly shoot them for score, and that's our score? Honor system and all that?

At Thursday, March 02, 2006 10:07:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Completely said...

"You can re-shoot with a fresh set of targets if you don't like your score and want to try again."

Some matches you only get to shoot the match once. This match you can shoot targets, throw them away, and shoot another set, then submit your best targets. In effect, unlimited mulligans.

.....Mr. C.

At Thursday, March 02, 2006 10:13:00 PM, Blogger Rivrdog said...

Nothing hostile here, Mr. C, but I notice of late that most of your postals allow the use of electronic/optical sights on pistols.

Since the overall purpose of pistol comptetition is to get good in case one needs to win a competition with life in the balance, I would suggest at least one out of three matches be iron-sight only pistols.

I've not decided whether to dude up a pistol for competition with an electro-optical sight, but I'm leaning to the Not side.

One should practice like one intends to fight, and I know few crack pistoleers who intend to fight with a competition race-gun with red dot on top.

I've decided to include a carry-gun class, any type as long as it is less than 6" barrel with factory (CARRY!) sights on it at the pin shoot next week.

I'm guessing that it will be one of the most popular categories....I'm guessing that I might even win it, and might have a shekel or two to back up my brag...

At Friday, March 03, 2006 5:51:00 AM, Blogger OXEN said...

I'll be doing this one, looks fun.

I'll have to use one of the all purpose ranges and set the target distance myself though. The standard handgun ranges at my range are 7,15,25/50 yards.

At Friday, March 03, 2006 5:56:00 AM, Blogger OXEN said...

You can count me in on using an AIRGUN

At Friday, March 03, 2006 10:46:00 AM, Blogger Countertop said...

Revovler - Can I shoot a round with my blackhawk in .45 Colt then switch cylinders to a .45 ACP? Is that the same as the .45 ACP to .22lr slide conversaion?

At Friday, March 03, 2006 12:32:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Completely said...

OXEN: That's three airgun entries promised so far. One mare makes it a separate class!

Countertop: Just changing cylinders still counts as only one gun. Same with 22lr / 22magnum or 38/9mm cylinder changes. The 1911 conversion with a different barrel and guts, and a different lighter slide makes it even feel like a different gun with different balance.

Might just re-consider this rule on future matches, though....

......Mr. C.

At Sunday, March 26, 2006 9:40:00 AM, Blogger Owen said...

I'm in for the airgun class.


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