.....Even in California?
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A newspaper article in a Southern California newspaper that is pro-gun and pro-shooting sports!
What's this world coming to?
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Saturday was the big day when the big name fast shooters all battle it out for Open Division honors. KeeWee and I were starting to drag a bit from the heat and excitement of the previous days, so we were a bit slow in getting out to the range. We made up for it, however, by leaving early!
Labels: Prez campaign
It seemed to be a developing trend that mornings were arriving far to early every day, and Friday morning was no exception. KeeWee and I slurped down some coffee and assorted breakfast-like things, then loaded up the Pontiac SUV and headed out to the range to watch the Centerfire Limited shooters have at it.
Thursday morning arrived WAY too early, but with the comfy bed and air conditioning we both managed to get some rest before the big day. We slurped down some coffee and ate some rolls and stuff for a quick breakfast, then loaded the gear into the rental SUV and headed out to the range. I wanted to shoot a few magazines through the High Standard to be sure everything was still working.
My apologies to those who have left comments to which I have failed to respond over the last few days. My ISP changed their spam filtering system and didn't tell anyone, apparently. Normally when a comment is left I immediately get an email notification that there has been a comment. The ISP's spam filter decided that all comment notification emails were spam and blocked them. I've now fixed the problem.
Our big adventure started early last Wednesday morning as we grabbed a quick breakfast, loaded our bags into the car, and headed out to meet up with the Whidbey-SEATAC shuttle bus which would take us across the Clinton-Mukilteo ferry, then South of Seattle to the Seattle Tacoma International Airport, also known as SEATAC. Everything went smoothly and an hour and a half later we were at the airport.
For those of you out there who shoot coal burners, here's a video on using black powder to take down a problem tree.
For those of you gun bloggers spending some time at the range this weekend with Todd Jarrett, and for anyone else not familiar with Todd, here's a short video of him in action at last weekend's Steel Challenge World Championships in Piru, California. At the Championships Todd was third overall in Rimfire and sixth in Centerfire Open.
I'm still sorting through pictures and trying to get some organized posts put together, but for now here's the story on the Steel Challenge World Champion Junior, Ryan Leonard. Ryan hails from Portland, Oregon, and he and his Dad Nick put on the Man of Steel 10 stage steel match every year at the Tri-Counties range just South of Portland, where I met them both earlier this year. Ryan finished 21st. overall in the Centerfire division, besting James McGinty by roughly a second and a half for the eight stage total.
I just got an email with some of the early results from this year's Steel Challenge World Championships here in Piru (near Valencia) California. Open class and overall winner was KC Eusebio of the Army team. Max Michel, last year's winner, came in 4th.
KeeWee and I spent all day yesterday at the Piru range watching the limited class shooters compete. I got a chance to get some good pictures of some of the Super Squad shooters in action. Dang! Those guys are fast, and with iron sights yet! Simply amazing.
We spent the day yesterday out at the Piru range shooting the rimfire open match.
The trip from Whidbey via the Whidbey-Seatac shuttle, then Alaska Airlines from Seattle to Burbank, then rental car pickup and drive up I-5 to Valencia to the Hilton Garden Inn hotel all went relatively smoothly. S. California traffic is miserable!
As you have noticed (or maybe not) blogging has been a bit light as of late. Since KeeWee and I got back from Idaho and Montana it seems like it's been a constant stream of too much to do and not enough time. Since we're leaving for California and the Steel Challenge world Championships early Wednesday, time is getting really short. Last week I built up a second High Standard Supermatic with all my favorite "herbs and spices" as a backup for my primary High Standard Race gun. It ran fairly well ,but wasn't quite as good as the number one gun. Two days later when I was cleaning the number one I discovered major cracks in the frame. Most of these are forty or fifty years old and have had a ton of ammo fired through them, so sometimes the metal just gets tired. I had to build a new number one gun, and still keep the backup as a backup since it was just a bit slower. I took my iron sight High Standard and merged it with some of the parts from the now retired number one, and it seemed to shoot almost as well as the original number one. Since it's really bright down in California, I also decided to change over to a C-More sight with a 6MOA dot for a bit better visibility. After all of the mix-n-match of gun parts I was back to having two fairly reliable open class rimfire race guns. Saturday I headed over to Kitsap to give it a try in a match. The different sight would take a bit to get used to, and it was a couple of ounces lighter, which changed the feel of the gun. I've got a bunch of pictures from the KRRC fun steel match, but I'm so short on time I don't have time to get a full post put together. The short version though, is that it ran fine all day, and although I had a bit of trouble with the new configuration, it was mostly a matter of getting used to it. Yesterday I pulled the High Standard apart to check for wear patterns and any rough spots, and to my dismay, discovered that the firing pin was broken. After several hours of additional mixing and matching I had another complete slide ready to go. I didn't happen to have a new firing pin on hand, so I used the best used one I had. I've now put around a thousand rounds through it, and it seems to be running just fine. Just so it holds together through the match! If need be I can swap to the second High Standard, or swap a slide or barrel to get the main one running.
I'm off to the Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club's Fun Steel match today, so no posting until either tonight or tomorrow morning. There's lots of new stuff to post, but it'll have to wait until I get back.
Here's one of the first pictures of the yet unreleased Volquartsen Inferno.
I just got this press release and thought I'd share it with you. If you are anywhere near this area it's well worth the effort to go to Piru and watch the match. I'll be shooting in rimfire open class, which runs on Thursday. Friday and Saturday is when they shoot the centerfire classes.
Labels: Steel Challenge
At last things were starting to move smoothly and as planned, in spite of arriving in Missoula a couple of hours later than originally planned. We got the RV parked at a friend's place, and turned in for a good night's sleep. We awoke at a reasonable hour, considering there was a match to shoot, and started getting everything ready to go. We had plenty of time to swing by a local restaurant and get a good breakfast before heading out to the range, or so we thought. Fortunately our host reminded us that we better get on the road or we'd be late for the match. We had forgotten that we had traveled far enough East that we were in a different time zone and it was an hour later than we thought. No restaurant breakfast for us! We jumped into the RV and headed for the Deer Creek range in East Missoula.
The latest e-Postal match is up at Call Me Ahab, and for those of you who have been frustrated in recent e-Postals that required such things as aiming and accuracy, this one, not so much!
Labels: e-Postal Matches
Saturday morning came way too early, but we both slept fairly well, and it looked like it was going to be a beautiful day, and hopefully, a bit cooler than the day before. We grabbed a quick breakfast, then got out the range box, range bag, and our gun cases, giving everything a last minute check-over prior to the match. We headed up to the covered pistol range for the shooter's meeting and to get signed up on a squad of shooters we would be shooting with for the day.
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