Steel match results

I participated in the Whidbey Island match at Holmes Harbor Rod and Gun Club on Saturday. The ferry ride, as usual, was pleasant. I wandered around a bit during the crossing and came upon these characters:


The two men in the foreground (Mike and Jeff) and the boy in the background ended up being in my squad at the match.

At first the weather was a bit chilly for the t-shirt I was wearing. It had been very hot the previous few days and I didn’t check the weather forecast. Within a half hour it warmed up to the point where it was quite nice and I didn’t suffer for lack of my preparation.

With my STI DVC back at the factory for repair I used my old Ruger P89 for Centerfire Iron sighted guns (CF-I) and my Ruger 22/45 for Rimfire Iron sighted guns (RF-I). The only holsters I had for the P89 were inside the waistband types and that made for a little slower draw than the competition holster with my STI. The double action first shot slowed things down some too. But, nearly 20 years ago, I had shot tens of thousands of rounds through my P89 and I had been practicing with in the last couple of weeks. The memory of how to shoot it fast seemed to come back and I did okay with it.

The stages were interesting. I forgot to take a picture of one of them with my cell phone and did a screen capture of the video from my video glasses



I have never seen a stage like the following one. The tiny plates in the center had to fall. You hit one of these for each string as the stop plate.



In this stage you shoot each of the two white plates twice, then shoot the stop plate.


Here are the results:

Shooter Division Time
Steve Mooney RF-RI-O 40.22
Jeff Kanter RF-RI-O 44.66
Jon Sletmoen RF-O 47.63
Steve Mooney RF-O 49.81
MAC RF-RI-O 50.85
Dan Lavaty RF-RI-O 52.18
Scott Bertino RF-RI-O 53.78
Joe Huffman RF-I 60.24
Jim Dunlap RF-O 76.59
Craig Justus RF-I 76.88
Oscar Meboe RF-RI-O 77.25
Steve Mooney CF-O 79.24
Thomas Alldredge CF-O 81.41
Jon Sletmoen CF-I 81.51
Joe Huffman CF-I 89.34
Jeff Kanter CF-O 92.06
Brian Lawson CF-I 93.12
Steve Murphy RF-I 100.25
Scott Bertino CF-I 101.45
Jeff Sparks CF-I 105.70
Mike Meisner RF-I 105.97
Marcus Meisner RF-RI-O 108.88
Jim Dyment CF-I 114.61
MAC CF-I 114.90
Steve Murphy RF-I 142.76
Steve Murphy CF-I 146.34
Dan Lavaty CF-I 151.30

My average time per hit with RF-I it was 0.6024 seconds and with CF-I was 0.8934 seconds. At the last match I shot here my average time per hit with RF-I was 0.7203 seconds. With CF-I it was 0.8514 seconds.

I think it is telling that compared to last time my RF shooting was much faster but with CF my shooting was slower. The gun and holster made the difference.


6 thoughts on “Steel match results

  1. joe:

    in the real world the old p-89 ruger really wouldn’t be too much of a hindrance, used to protect ones self. not the sleekest gun to come down the pike, but, they work, and the main structures are just about indestructible. (or so i am told.) and, i’ve never heard of problems w/ the lockworks. good guns.

    people ask from time to time what would be a good house gun. i am a bit of a smart ass, so i tell them that the best gun is the one you have in your hand when you need it. they say, oh, come on. and, i say, if you are an experienced shooter, whatever you shoot well. if you are inexperienced, but willing to learn the drill for the weapon, the old m-1 carbine in .30 carbine is a pretty good choice. it is simple, it is robust, and everything it does it does out in the open where you can see it and understand it. and, though people deride it for being under powered, i would note that it puts the 9mm luger to shame, and that entire soviet & chinese divisions used the ppsh with a lesser cartridge, and did just fine w/ it.

    the carbine also comes w/ a good magazine, with plenty of capacity. and, it is simple to load and use.

    i think a small rifle easier for inexperienced shooters to negotiate than a pistol, and a lot easier to master & practice with. and, again, if you think the .30 carbine cartridge not up to the task, you’ve probably had the good fortune of not being shot with one.

    john jay

    p.s. the quickness w/ which competitors shoot these pistols is pretty amazing to me. far faster than i have ever dreamed of. but, a friend has taught me how to feel the reset of the disconnect, and more than anything, this helps me w/ aim and quickness. pistol craft is an exacting discipline.

  2. “Chilly”? You’ve been getting “chilly” weather? Would that that were the case here. I’m at the point where my greatest hope has been for some relief from this seemingly endless, oppressive heat. I’m afraid that if I fart, or kick a couple of rocks together, I’ll start a brush fire. I’ve been holding off shooting any black powder because of the sparks it can drop from the muzzle, or the possible smoldering wads or such. You go outside at all and the first thing you do is search longingly for nearest shade. The dog only wants to go down to the pathetic remains of the river and stand in the nearly still water. I suspect that the fruit on the wild trees is actually shrinking.

      • The second and the last. The folks seem to like the GO FAST! stages best but I’ll put a stage or two that slows them down a bit for accuracy sake.

        • I got my best times on the last one shown. For RF-I my best time was 2.23 seconds (from low ready, aiming at the tennis ball) with shot times of 0.55, 0.16, 0.48, 0.16, 0.88 seconds. For CF-I my best time was 2.96 (from the IWB holster) with shot times of 1.40, 0.24, 0.40, 0.24, 0.68 seconds.

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