End of Season Wrapup 2016

Well the end of the shooting season is upon us. Time to clean the guns and put them away till next year. However, before all that can be accomplished, a look back at how this season went is in order. Taking a moment to take stock of how you did is important. So let’s take a look at this year’s End of Season Wrapup!

USPSA
Due to time and finances (still looking for that Ammo Sponsor! Anyone? Anyone?) and the weather, I was not able to shoot as much USPSA this year. I just didn’t have the funds to buy the needed components for reloading and with my diabetes, if I get too overly hot, my blood sugar gets so out of whack, I can’t see straight. So I cut back on the number of matches this year because of that. I am hoping that next year the weather will be a little cooler and I will be able to attend a few more matches.

Even still, I think this was a great season for me. This was a learning year. Learning what worked and what didn’t. Figuring out how to plan stages, count rounds, count shots things like that. I had a blast the whole time, but that was the point.

I didn’t win any matches, and I really didn’t place well, but at least I was out there and trying to learn something new. It was frustrating at times, but it was interesting. Ultimately I was just happy to be out here shooting and having fun with my friends.

Overall, I accomplished the goals I set out to accomplish for the season and that is the main point. I had a great time. Next year, I will set new goals and try to achieve those.

Friday Night Steel

Steel was awesome this year. I shot in the Rimfire division this year and I had a blast. Back at Christmas last year, I built myself an open gun out of a .22 I had and decided that I wanted to shoot that this year at steel. It was the best decision I made. I set some new record times for myself, got to shoot some .22 and just had a blast all around.

This year I decided to just have some fun with the .22 and surprised myself. With the new dot on the pistol I was faster and more accurate then in years past. I could really rip through the stages with it. Other then a few jams occasionally, I posted some killer times. I think next year I am going to stick with rimfire and do it all again.

I had a better time with steel this year then with USPSA. Since there is not a lot of movement with Steel I didn’t have to worry about the heat as much. It was still hot at times, but over all, being in the evening, it wasn’t too too bad.

I didn’t do near as well as I had hoped in the 777 Match this year. I still had a good match time, but I got into my own head and was just trying too hard. I messed up a lot and took a few misses. That extra shot threw me off at times. But I still had a great time.

So that is it for this year and shooting matches. I had a great time and learned alot. Time to practice and get ready for next year!

Friday Night Steel, Annual 777 Match, October 28, 2016

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Match Date: October 28, 2016

Match Summary:

The end of the steel season is here and that means the annual 777 match. This is a fun match shot right before Halloween where each string consists of 7 rounds each. Instead of payouts via the Lewis Class System, they distribute plaques to the Class and overall division winners. It is a great time each year.

gopr07332While this was not my best performance, this was still a great match for me. I was one second too slow to win a plaque this year, but there is always next year. I got into my own head as I was shooting. I am not used to the 7th round and it was throwing my cadence and round counts off. So that resulted in some misses that drove my time up.

The weather was awesome for a match like this. It was not too hot or too cold. I could live with shooting in that kind fo weather all year around! The best part of this match is getting to shoot in the darkness a little. As you can see from the picture on the left, it results in some really cool image captures. That is a still from the video (see below) that I always make sure to shoot. It just shows you that even a rimfire .22 can create a ball of flame.

This was such a fun match for me and this is always a fun and great way to end the steel shooting season. I can’t wait till next year and the start of the next season season. Till then that means alot of Dry Fire and range time.

That’s it for this match.

Enjoy the video! I took the liberty to add some spooky special effects to this one for Halloween. Also I am using a new video editing software, so bear with me if the video is a little choppy or wierd while I am learning the new software.

Have a Happy Halloween!

Match Video:

For stage information and layout please see the Friday Night Steel Website.

For updated scores, see the 2016 Friday Night Steel Scores page on the blog.

NRA Birthday Special Event Station

It’s not often I get to mix two of my hobbies together, but here is one of those rare chances. In addition to being an avid shooter, I also am an amateur radio operator or “Ham”. I have been licensed since 2001 and am just a Technician Class. While I have thought about upgrading to General, because of where I live, I am not really able too operate on the General bands. It seems at times that the shooting hobby and Ham Radio go hand in hand (I have met many Hams who are shooters and vice versa), so this seemed like a fun thing to share!

On our clubs weekly net last night, I found out that the Yavapai Amateur Radio Club (YARC) of Prescott, AZ is planning on activating a special event station on Nov 17, 2016 in honor of the NRA’s 145th Birthday. They will be operating the station from Gunsite Academy, using callsign K7NRA. Apparently this is something they do every year, so if you miss out this year, there is always next year. If you are an NRA member and a Ham, you are encouraged to try to make contact with them.

More information, including frequencies, times and contact information for a certificate can be found on the YARC’s Webpage: http://www.w7yrc.org/nrabirthday/

If you have the time and the ability, try making contact. This would be a cool opportunity to at least talk to the Gunsite location.

As a side note, if you are a shooter and a ham, I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment on this post, on the Facebook page or send me an email at semiontarget@gmail.com! Nothing like being able to network a little!

Friday Night Steel October 21, 2016

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Match Date: October 21, 2016

Match Summary:

What a great end to a fun season. This was the last match of the regular season this year and it was a great match for me this time as well. I got lucky actually. I can actually shoot this match and get to shoot the Annual 777 Fun match as well this coming Friday (October 28).

fns10212016This can be chalked up to another good match. No jams, 1 miss and a slight error, but I still shot one of my fastest times. This match score is my second fastest time ever. That really made me happy. I was doing so well untill I took a miss on one of the strings on stage 1. With out the miss I would have had a new record time for me. Oh well. Live and learn.

The weather was perfect for shooting. It was a bit chilly and over cast, but that made for some great shooting weather. There weren’t as many people there this time and I think it was due to the weather holding people away. This week’d match is looking just as good. Mid 70’s for a late October match, but that will just make it more fun. Something to be said about shooting under the lights.

All in all, this was yet another great at match for me. I think I fixed the camera for this time so it won’t be all wonky. Hope you enjoy!

That’s it for this match. Last match of the year coming up Friday!

Enjoy the video!

Match Video:

For stage information and layout please see the Friday Night Steel Website.

For updated scores, see the 2016 Friday Night Steel Scores page on the blog.

USPSA September 25, 2016 – Miami Rifle and Pistol Club

uspsa_logoUnfortunately for me, this is the last USPSA Match of the year. But this was still a great match for me. I had a blast. It got a little warmer then most expected, but that still didn’t make for a bad day for late September.

As usual, John Smith, the match director at MRPC pulled together some very fun and challenging stages for the day. Some left you guessing and others made you have to slow down to not break the 180. But they were all a blast.

Even though I didn’t place all that well, I think I had a really good match. I am still in the learning process and still trying to figure it all out. It took me almost two years to figure out IDPA, so I am not going to get USPSA over night. Still I need to learn more.

This was a really fun match to get out and shoot this month. I am really enjoying USPSA and difference between that and IDPA. I really have a challenge to try to push myself up the ranks and do better. I am shooting against a lot of really good and faster shooters, so this will help to force me to get better.

What I did good this time: I had fun.

What I did bad this time: I rushed. But I did it on purpose. I wanted to see what my limits were and push past them and shoot as fast as I could. Found out that I need to work on those speeds and balancing accuracy, but it was a good chance to test myself and see what would happen. I made some really bad shots doing it and didn’t call my shots like I should have.

Scores for this match have been posted on the USPSA Results page of the blog.

That’s it for this match. Check out the video below.

Match Video: