USPSA match results

I participated in an USPSA match today. The results are:

Match Results – Limited

Place Name USPSA Class Division PF Lady Mil Law For Match Pts Match %
1 Hoang, Vinh TY55787 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 767.5256 100.000 %
2 Gillaspie, Brent A89049 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 573.9757 74.783 %
3 LeRoux, Scott L3253 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 556.5122 72.507 %
4 Nguyen, Johnny A71227 B LTD MINOR N N N N 555.3398 72.355 %
5 Banks, David A79458 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 552.1760 71.942 %
6 Huffman, Joseph TY29386 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 529.4745 68.985 %
7 Rustin, Slaughter PEN U LTD MAJOR N N N N 527.5801 68.738 %
8 Galanti, Mike TY13332 A LTD MAJOR N N N N 527.0083 68.663 %
9 Tsang, Keith A71578 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 516.8853 67.344 %
10 Huang, Jemy TY71576 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 516.2424 67.261 %
11 Blair, Bruce A47451 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 455.2447 59.313 %
12 Feucht, Alan A72439 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 445.7381 58.075 %
13 Stockwell, Nicholas A89438 U LTD MAJOR N N N N 434.0948 56.558 %
14 Domingo, Noel A85786 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 418.2819 54.497 %
15 McNees Jr., Don A88218 B LTD MINOR N N N N 410.8311 53.527 %
16 Hong, Andrew A83199 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 399.8011 52.090 %
17 Cook, Jason A85741 U LTD MINOR N N N N 387.1407 50.440 %
18 Sherman, Tod TY37515 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 374.8925 48.844 %
19 Reibman, Ryan A84564 D LTD MINOR N N N N 364.6060 47.504 %
20 Landon, Ryan A84974 U LTD MINOR N N N N 354.9776 46.250 %
21 Garcia, Edwin PEN U LTD MAJOR N N N N 347.6332 45.293 %
22 Adams, Bryan A85106 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 310.2931 40.428 %
23 Parrott, Drew A88208 U LTD MAJOR N N N N 281.3870 36.662 %
24 Bregante, Carlos TY4508 C LTD MINOR N N N N 181.1482 23.602 %
25 Stockwell, Taylor PEN U LTD MAJOR N N N N 172.6321 22.492 %

I came in at the 76th percentile this time. This is a slight improvement from last Sunday. But what is most interesting to me is that at the last match Andrew Hong came in ahead of me getting 99.6% of the possible match points (I got about 78.6%). This time he came in number 16 with 52.1%. He must have had some equipment problems or something. He zeroed stage 1 and stage 2. And he came in 9th on stage 3.

Here are pictures of stage 5, “More Disaster Factor (13-08)”, and stage 7, “Window Pain”:



This was before it started raining. It got pretty muddy and for most of the match we had clear plastic bags over the targets. It wasn’t nearly as wet as last Sunday but it was enough to cause a few issues with the targets and the tape failing to stick.

New shooter report

I took a former boss of mine, Marcello, to the range today. It was over two months ago that he had express an interest in going shooting for the first time but schedules hadn’t worked out until today.

Before we stepped onto the range we did the normal safety, grip, stance, and sight alignment stuff. I thing asked what he wanted to get out of this range session. His was a different story than I had ever heard before. He was a little bit scared of guns. He wanted to resolve that. He wanted to be either comfortable with guns or know for certain that it wasn’t for him. I’m sure nearly all of my readers know how this is going to resolve.


Here is just the bull’s-eye:


That is the result of firing his first 20 rounds of .22 LR from my Ruger Mark III into a target nine feet away. I verified on another target at 21 feet the sights are a little off. The gun is shooting a little bit to the right.

I would edit the picture to emphasize his smile but it is big enough to easily see in the picture above.

I put up a more difficult target (four diamonds) and moved it out to 15 feet where he continued to do extremely well. I had him put one shot on each diamond. I had him go from low ready to fire on one diamond. I had him go from low ready to fire one round on each diamond until the gun was empty. I had him go from low ready to fire two rounds on each diamond until the gun was empty.

He kept probably 80% of the shots inside the diamonds and his speed rapidly increased.

I had him shoot a .22 LR revolver in single action mode from 15 feet. First dry fire, then live fire. He did great. Then I had him shoot double action dry fire about a dozen times. It looked pretty good even though you could tell he was struggling a little to get a consistent pause between the cylinder rotation and the hammer falling. The first cylinder of live fire was not very pretty. Everything was on paper but not many were on the diamonds. The second cylinder was much better. Nearly all were in the diamonds.

He moved on to 9 mm. Dry fire followed by a single round in the gun. He was a little bit surprised at the recoil even though I told him it would be a lot more. Then I had him shoot two rounds. All the shots were great and I had him empty a magazine into the target. Again all good and his speed was picking up as well.

I had him shoot a few rounds of .40 S&W through my STI. He could tell there was more recoil and it was a bit more than he wanted. He went back to the 9mm and soon his shots were getting a bit wild. Still on paper but not the tight groups on the diamonds like before. It had been nearly two hours on the range and I was pretty sure he was getting tired and maybe developing a bit of a flinch. I suggested he might be getting tired because of the shots weren’t as good as he was doing earlier. He agreed and we packed up and left.

I told him about professional training available from Insights offered at the same range, different range options in the area, rental guns, and competition. He seemed interested and told him I would be glad to give him more lessons. He just needs to let me know when and next time he needs to buy the ammo.

Winning. One new shooter at a time.

From my ammo depot

I have been doing some organization of my ammo and shooting up the older and small quantity stuff. I noticed the packaging for CCI Mini-Mag .22 LR ammo has changed over the years:


The leftmost is the oldest and the one on the right is the most recent.

On Tuesday I finished off the box on the left. I suspect it was getting close to 20 years old. Every round fed, fired, and ejected without a problem in my Ruger Mark III.

USPSA match results

I shot in another USPSA match on Sunday. It was raining. At times it was really pouring. At other times it was a mild drizzle. It never stopped.

One of the guys at the match has been to a couple of Boomershoots and I know both he and his wife from outside of the gun community. He came up to me, said hi, and I told him it seemed a little damp. He said, “I’m not staying. I just came to check on my stage.” He had a shovel over his shoulder and had dug a ditch to carry some of the water away.

It wasn’t the wettest match I have ever heard of but it was the wettest match I have ever attended.




Match Results – Limited
Place Name Member # Class Division PF Lady Mil Law For Match Pts Match %
1 Hoang, Vinh TY55787 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 786.2780 100.000 %
2 Hong, Andrew A83199 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 783.4298 99.638 %
3 Huffman, Joe TY29386 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 617.8207 78.575 %
4 Banks, David A79458 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 604.0272 76.821 %
5 Baleros, Rae A83018 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 549.8423 69.930 %
6 Leander, Mike A28558 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 522.8482 66.497 %
7 Glines, Sterling A81856 U LTD MAJOR N N N N 503.5897 64.047 %
8 Domiolio, Noel A85786 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 347.6279 44.212 %
9 Bell, Eric A32654 A LTD MAJOR N N N N 230.1977 29.277 %
10 Stephens, Scotti A73026 none LTD MAJOR Y N N N 141.6806 18.019 %
11 (DQ) Huggins, Rick A88883 C LTD MINOR N N N N 0.0000 0.000 %

This is a much better outcome that previous matches. Only two master class shooters were ahead of me. Another B, an A, and a Master class shooter were below me. Although clearly they were having a “bad day”. I came in at about the 73rd percentile of the shooters. This is much better than the 52nd percentile, and 59th percentile of the previous two matches.

I have been practicing and then testing myself with El Presidente. Here are the results from January 30th of this year. To make it easy for the spreadsheet and to reduce the need to tape the targets I only track the strings where I got all A-zone hits:

Mean Draw Time: 1.79
Mean Split Time: 0.60
Mean Transition Time: 0.72
Mean Reload Time: 2.086
Mean Total Time: 10.36

This sucks. I had no idea how slow I had become until I did this test.

And from February 12th:

Mean Draw Time: 1.60
Mean Split Time: 0.54
Mean Transition Time: 0.64
Mean Reload Time: 2.43
Mean Total Time: 9.83

Better but not by much. Things still weren’t clicking. I had to really go slow to get the A-zone hits. This was especially true with the first shot after the draw and the split times for shots on the same target. It shouldn’t take almost as long for a second hit on the same target as it did for a transition to another target over three feet from the previous one. Why was it taking so long to get on target with the sights and pull the trigger? I just didn’t know.

From March 11th, a few days before this match:

Mean Draw Time: 1.75
Mean Split Time: 0.39
Mean Transition Time: 0.63
Mean Reload Time: 2.30
Mean Total Time: 8.45

The splits on the same target got a lot better. I had been practicing with a .22 on multiple shots on the same target when it suddenly just clicked. The splits just happened without me having to think about them. The sights lined up and the gun went “bang!” without me having to think about it. When I substituted the .40 caliber it still happened.

When I shot the match on Sunday things felt a lot better. The gun went bang without me thinking about it. There were some very short range shots where either I didn’t let up on the trigger enough to get a reset or I was cycling the trigger faster than the gun was cycling the slide. I’ll have to do some tests to find out what is going on with that. And for all except the stage with the 50 yard targets I got good hits. My speed improved without problems with my accuracy.

8.45 second El Presidente’s are still slower than they used to be. I’m pretty sure I was doing them in the mid to high sevens years ago. More practice is needed. The transitions need work. I know this because of this. I should be able to remove at least a tenth of a second. I would then get down into the low 8’s for El Presidentes.

I’m going to the range tomorrow and doing a bunch of transition work with the .22. I’ll do another El Presidente test on Thursday.

USPSA match results

I finally found the USPSA match results from last month when I shot a match the day after Valentines day. One stage was particularly well themed:

Shoot them in the heart. The black is considered “hard cover”.

This (quasi) heart shaped outline on the ground is the shooting box.

The results for my division are as follows:

MRCPS The Love Zone


Match Results – Limited

Place Name USPSA Class Division PF Lady Mil Law For Match Pts Match %
1 Hoang, Vinh TY55787 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 675.1016 100.000 %
2 Hong, Andrew A83199 A LTD MAJOR N N N N 599.5350 88.807 %
3 Huang, Jemy TY71576 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 548.9420 81.313 %
4 Leander, Mike A28558 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 528.9624 78.353 %
5 Olson, Kevin A51227 A LTD MAJOR N N N N 528.2475 78.247 %
6 McClure, Dave A71541 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 443.7927 65.737 %
7 Rick, Huggins A88883 D LTD MINOR N N N N 424.4684 62.875 %
8 Harris, Brad A54628 A LTD MAJOR N N N N 419.2345 62.099 %
9 Rae, Baleros A83018 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 418.2772 61.958 %
10 Huffman, Joe TY29386 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 412.9623 61.170 %
11 McNees, Don A21888 C LTD MINOR N N N N 406.3468 60.190 %
12 Tsang, Keith A71578 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 391.8932 58.050 %
13 Tod, Sherman TY37515 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 319.1640 47.276 %
14 Russ, Kimberly TY59608 D LTD MINOR Y N N N 293.3518 43.453 %
15 Shatto, Rollie TY18977 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 290.2087 42.987 %
16 Wall, Gary TY41939 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 285.7136 42.322 %
17 Garcia, Edwin PEN U LTD MINOR N N N N 257.2086 38.099 %
18 Workman, Rob A88068 U LTD MINOR N N N N 247.2043 36.617 %
19 Harding, Matt A87093 U LTD MINOR N N N N 246.3886 36.497 %
20 Bregante, Carlos TY4508 C LTD MINOR N N N N 123.7345 18.328 %
21 (DQ) Mathena, Lee A85475 D LTD MINOR            

As you can see I didn’t do all that great. There were ‘C’ and ‘D’ class shooters who came in above me. Among other things, on the last stage I had a major brain fart and fired six shots on the wrong side of a shooting line. That was worth 60 points of penalties. It didn’t even give me any advantage to do so. I just forgot I needed to be on the other side of the line to shoot those targets.

This match was shot before (February 15 versus February 22) that last USPSA match I reported on. In that match I came in at the 59th percentile. In this match I came in at the 52nd percentile. That is a little better but it is essentially unchanged even though there was some practice between the matches.

Words still mean things II

When writing a review on a firearm, some ammo, or an optical sight, etc., it is probably not a good idea to say that you had “zero issues” or “zero problems” or “zero failures” with it. I’m going to be left wondering exactly what these specific zero issues/problems/failures were, and why you’re not telling us more about them. If you had “no issues” then it would be best if you put it just like that. “Zero issues”, on the other hand, are a whole different subject, and they are potentially very frustrating.

(for those of you who aren’t part of the gun culture, your “zero” is that particular adjustment, or set of adjustments, of your sighting system that puts your bullet right on target at a specific distance when using a specific load [often under specific atmospheric conditions])

Steel Challenge match results

I attended a Steel Challenge match last Sunday. Here are the results:

Stage # SCSA ID Stage Name
1 SC-103 Smoke & Hope
2 ?? Renton Plate Rack
3 SC-105 Accelerator
4 SC-108 Roundabout
Place Name Comp SCSA Division Aggregate Total Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 DQ Additional
1 Christian S 8   PROD 58.29 58.29 12.14 12.97 19.79 12.83   Junior
2 Alexander W 3 3362 OPN 66.09 66.09 16.73 16.24 16.39 16.17   Junior
3 Lukasz T 21 A82888 ISP 82.76 82.76 15.69 25.34 20.17 21.00    
4 Matthew M 51   PROD 83.54 83.54 16.39 21.61 25.56 19.42   Military
5 Tim R 50   PROD 87.74 87.74 19.45 23.23 22.51 21.99    
6 Steve L 64 A22574 OPN 87.79 87.79 16.68 24.08 25.48 20.99    
7 Joe H 44 TY29386 ISP 89.72 89.72 18.76 22.40 24.57 23.43   Senior
8 Jeff K 18   PROD 90.04 90.04 19.23 20.98 25.55 23.72    
9 Jeffrey K 36   PROD 93.97 93.97 19.54 18.88 28.90 26.09   Senior
10 Eric W 4 3362 PROD 96.27 96.27 19.82 23.92 29.95 22.02    
11 Tim R 49   ISR 98.39 98.39 20.56 30.00 23.87 23.40    
12 Charles B 57   OPN 99.64 99.64 21.34 29.82 23.50 24.42    
13 Justin H 58   PROD 100.54 100.54 17.96 21.27 31.59 29.16    
14 Michael M 34   OPN 104.90 104.90 22.74 26.23 29.20 26.17    
15 Dan P 7 A87261 ISP 106.69 106.69 17.86 38.78 26.85 22.64    
16 Greg M 55   PROD 108.58 108.58 20.77 21.76 31.18 34.31    
17 Lance B 32   PROD 109.73 109.73 24.65 22.43 30.28 31.81    
18 Steve N 63 A88468 PROD 110.86 110.86 20.00 27.69 29.86 32.75    
19 Charles B 62   ISP 112.13 112.13 20.65 31.21 29.75 29.96    
20 Earl B 54   ISP 112.61 112.61 18.37 34.80 28.12 30.76    
21 Dan G 47   PROD 115.70 115.70 20.27 28.90 31.25 34.72    
22 Don C 45 A85736 PROD 116.66 116.66 23.92 24.74 26.08 41.36   Senior
23 Connor P 6 A87260 PROD 117.44 117.44 18.80 24.54 21.20 52.37   Junior
24 Jen M 29   ISP 120.22 120.22 25.41 19.30 21.46 53.52   Lady
25 Thomas P 14   PROD 120.97 120.97 24.28 33.41 36.65 26.07    
26 Brad M 1   ISP 121.43 121.43 24.30 41.73 25.32 29.52    
27 Mark P 24 A75542 ISR 123.14 123.14 11.53 76.16 16.70 18.19    
28 Jason F 31   PROD 133.70 133.70 20.95 40.28 35.02 36.89    
29 Jason G 25 A86456 ISP 133.88 133.88 21.10 46.10 26.35 39.77    
30 Jesse P 40   PROD 138.20 138.20 23.98 34.09 46.09 33.48    
31 Todd H 26   ISP 140.42 140.42 29.08 44.49 28.73 37.56    
32 Campbell T 48   ISP 181.74 181.74 32.02 54.54 37.99 56.63   Lady
33 Dave N 11   PROD 214.24 214.24 41.79 76.71 50.36 50.75    
34 Patrick D 52   PROD 229.03 229.03 32.26 83.97 75.25 36.99   Military
35 Jim C 60   PROD 238.21 238.21 36.02 67.70 89.38 44.61    
36 Gail C 46   PROD 238.29 238.29 34.34 79.19 61.48 62.72   Lady

I did a little better this time than last. I still made a serious mistake that cost me about two seconds which cost me a couple of positions. On stage two there were six, instead of the usual five, small plates that were a bit harder to hit than most. On string three is had several misses and should have reloaded before shooting the fourth string. But instead I figured I had eight rounds left and it should be fine. I again had a lot of misses and had to reload for the last two plates.

I know better. There was no point in taking that risk. I had a fully loaded magazine on my belt. It would have cost me another couple of seconds off the clock to reload before the fourth string rather than two seconds on the clock during the string.

Rounds in the last month

Here is an update on the total number of rounds I have reloaded:

223.LOG: 2027 rounds.
3006.LOG: 467 rounds.
300WIN.LOG: 1351 rounds.
40SW.LOG: 37670 rounds.
45.log: 0 rounds.
9MM.LOG: 19709 rounds.
Total: 61224 rounds.

This is a delta of 1896 rounds since last month. This is composed of 830 rounds of 40 S&W and 1066 rounds of 9mm.

I still haven’t found any of my favorite pistol powders available. But I found a pound of Longshot on my shelf and another local source had some so I bought a pound from them as well.. I’m working up a load for 40 S&W with it. Even 0.2 grains less than the suggested starting load gives higher velocities than what I really want. I’m getting 1047 fps with Montana Gold 180 grain JHP for a Power Factor of 188 when I really want a PF on the order of 175. I may reduce the seating depth and see if that helps. I was able to order eight pounds of ETR7 which I’m hoping works out okay. If so then that should keep me in business for quite a while.

Inverse Markley’s Law

Via email from Toastrider we have this:


For some reason I haven’t been able to find any commercially available ammo. It must be that a high demand for it hoovered the shelves like a lot of the other ammo. This would appear to be consistent with the abundance of large rifle ammo, moderate availability of .223 ammo, and scarcity of .22 ammo. Thus I claim we have proof that if the size of a gun is inversely related to penis size then the caliber of the gun owning man in this country is much larger than average.

Alien Gear IWB holster

I received a IWB holster from Alien Gear for review. I have the Ruger P89 Cloak Tuck 2.0 but they have different versions of holsters for a very wide selection of guns. I count 441 different pistols and 14 different revolvers.

I can’t ever recall giving unqualified praise for a product I have been asked to review. While I do have a minor quibble about the instructions I really like the product. As they claim on their web site, “You are not just going to like your new Alien Gear Holster – you’re going to love it. Guaranteed.”

My minor quibble with the instructions is with how they tell you to put the holster on:

First put on your pants and sturdy belt. Leave your pants unbuttoned and unzipped. Insert the holster into your pants in the front just to the right of the zipper. Then, slide the holster around to where you will be wearing it.

This didn’t work for me. The padding gripped the t-shirt I was wearing and slid it around with the holster. If I had not been wearing a shirt then it would have worked but why do this at all? Perhaps there is a good reason but I didn’t see it. I just rotated it into the position I wanted it and then slid it straight down sort of like I was tucking in a shirt.

The holster is very comfortable to wear. It has good retention for a holster without a locking mechanism. I could draw from it as rapidly as any other IWB holster I have worn and could reholster without a collapsed shell that needed to be opened up.

Although I found the defaults to be ideal for me the holster has a great deal of adjustment available. It has adjustable tilt angle, adjustable ride height, and adjustable retention.

It is a very versatile holster. You can even use it with a tucked in t-shirt.

Their warranty is awesome. With free shell trades for life if you change carry guns and forever protection against breakage.



Give this holster very serious consideration.

USPSA match results

I shot in another USPSA match today. The results for my division are as follows:

Match Results – Limited











Match Pts

Match %

1 Hong, Andrew A83199 A LTD MAJOR N N N N 376.4578 100.000 %
2 LeRoux, Scott L3253 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 292.5846 77.720 %
3 Gillaspie, Brent A89049 U LTD MAJOR N N N N 255.9800 67.997 %
4 Denton, Charis A79746 U LTD MINOR N N N N 237.9736 63.214 %
5 Mc Nees Jr, Donald A52430 C LTD MINOR N N N N 227.0105 60.302 %
6 Sherman, Todd TY37515 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 215.8692 57.342 %
7 Huffman, Joseph TY29386 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 213.4978 56.712 %
8 Feucht, Alan A72439 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 212.2518 56.381 %
9 Fischer, Sarah A77996 C LTD MAJOR Y N N N 199.2419 52.925 %
10 Adams, Bryan A85106 U LTD MAJOR N N N N 189.7108 50.394 %
11 McClure, David A71541 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 180.8689 48.045 %
12 Baleros, Rae Arsen A53054 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 169.9922 45.156 %
13 Cook, Jason A85741 U LTD MINOR N N N N 124.4949 33.070 %
14 Mathena, Lee A54215 D LTD MAJOR N N N N 120.5627 32.026 %
15 Domingo, Noel A85786 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 106.1564 28.199 %
16 Daniels, Stephen PEN U LTD MINOR N N N N 101.9012 27.068 %
17 Reibman, Ryan A84564 U LTD MINOR N N N N 95.8378 25.458 %

I really need to practice more. I’m not shooting at a ‘B’ level like I used to.

This match was all classifiers and the “National Percentage” from these stages are, according to the classifier calculator, probably as follows:

It takes 60% to be in class ‘B’. I had problems with each of the stages which accounts for some it. The best example of this was that I shot a no-shoot target and got a miss on “Both Sides Now #1”. If I had achieved the same time and got the A-zone hit I would have had a 72.9621% percentage. I hit another no-shoot target with a miss in “The Roscoe Rattle” which would have translated into 62.9157% had I been a little more careful.

I had some minor equipment problems too. In “Can You Count” I loaded five rounds into each of my magazines because I can’t count as fast as I can shoot. In both strings the magazine did not lock the slide back. In the first string I was a bit confused and it took a while to reload and rack the slide. It happened in the second string as well but I was better prepared for it and it two seconds less than the equivalent first string. Had the slide locked back like it should have I probably would have had something like a time of about three seconds less. This would have resulted in a percentage of 61.6266%.

But I didn’t shoot like that. I made mistakes and my shooting represents that of a solid ‘C’ shooter (40%->59.9%), not ‘B’.

Must be at least six inches

Height over bore, that is.

I’ve only half jokingly mocked other “future weapon” designs in the past, saying that the trend is toward an ever more clownishly high sight axis. My educated guess is that this is in fact a psychological problem.

With the lower velocity of the grenade/shotgun, it would make actual sense to put it on the bottom, with the flatter trajectory rifle barrel closer to the sight axis.

The new terms like “Soldier integrated such and such” (which obviously turn ordinary warfare into something totally new and different) are also the result of psychological problems. Years ago, while reading one of the supposedly big cheese U.S. military publications, I found that such a thing as an “army” is, technically speaking, no more. No, ladies and gentlemen; we now have a “Soldier-Centric Force Structure” instead, don’t you know, which no doubt changes EVERYTHING.

The advantage you see is that people who have actual experience in stuff are no longer needed, and can therefore be safely and conveniently brushed aside. Who needs an Army General when you can have a shiny, new, Soldier-Centric Force Structure Command and Control Engineering Specialist? Hmm? Was General Patton a Soldier-Centric Force Structure Command and Control Engineering Specialist? I don’t think so. All he did was lead an Army to kill a bunch of folks and break things. Feh!

And who needs a stupid old rifle when you can have something that looks like it came out of a bad Sci-Fi movie written by an ignoramus, and having the ergonomics of a cinder block?

Quote of the day—Carl Z.

This is somewhat like a family reunion.

Carl Z.
December 31, 2014
[This was part of the note which Carl sent to me with his check for Boomershoot 2015.

It’s true. Many of the people who go to Boomershoot have been attending for many years and it’s the only time they see each other. It’s a very friendly and happy place. No real competition, just everyone turning money into noise, laughter, and smiles.

Be a part of it.—Joe]

Steel Challenge match results

As I reported the other day I attended a Steel Challenge match last Sunday. Here are the results:

Stage # SCSA ID Stage Name
1 ?? Go Fast
2 ?? No Forgiveness
3 ?? Focus
4 SC-106 Pendulum
Place Name Comp SCSA Division Aggregate Total Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 DQ Additional
1 Steve M 34 A86909 OPN 66.34 66.34 12.46 17.52 17.55 18.69 Senior
2 Christian S 23 PROD 71.80 71.80 10.37 27.73 14.22 19.36 Junior
3 Jon S 42 OPN 83.20 83.20 12.29 31.39 21.35 18.05
4 Cel A 26 TY54938 ISP 83.43 83.43 12.78 18.37 21.37 30.79
5 Joe H 39 TY29386 ISP 96.86 96.86 16.92 23.68 25.27 30.87 Senior
6 Steve L 29 A22574 OPN 100.95 100.95 14.93 30.38 24.29 31.23
7 Michael M 1 PROD 111.28 111.28 14.78 36.52 29.07 30.79
8 David L 8 ISP 121.39 121.39 21.61 28.39 29.63 41.64 Law
9 Don C 11 A85736 PROD 126.14 126.14 19.73 38.49 32.14 35.66 Senior
10 Steve N 35 PROD 129.43 129.43 17.59 35.38 27.84 48.50
11 Mark P 40 A75542 ISR 129.76 129.76 26.85 39.08 31.61 32.10
12 Thomas P 4 PROD 140.92 140.92 19.94 32.46 34.12 54.28
13 Brad M 14 ISP 141.71 141.71 19.15 44.93 30.84 46.67
14 Koby W 32 PROD 143.88 143.88 19.58 49.42 28.43 46.33
15 Jen M 43 ISP 161.30 161.30 25.17 38.62 42.54 54.85 Lady
16 Chris S 10 PROD 185.27 185.27 20.80 53.06 47.61 63.68
17 Jason F 46 PROD 197.40 197.40 20.15 67.26 32.86 77.01
18 Jesse P 7 PROD 201.80 201.80 25.36 53.75 45.52 77.08
19 Ryan B 12 PROD 211.82 211.82 25.77 64.61 49.41 71.91
20 Craig S 9 PROD 212.21 212.21 22.93 60.11 51.89 77.19
21 James W 13 PROD 252.02 252.02 24.66 73.43 43.40 110.47 Senior
22 Bob L 20 ISP 336.19 336.19 51.71 86.61 86.05 117.74

I think I did okay for not having shot one in a year and a half. I also had at least three malfunctions in stage 1.

I think there is an error in my score for stage 3. I remember the first two times being in the 7’s and the last three all in the fives once I had it figured out. But they have one of my times as 8.35. I think it should have been 5.35. It doesn’t matter that much. It wouldn’t have changed my placement if that is what really happened.

I have a new part on my bench for my gun that I hope will fix the malfunctions when I try to shoot really fast. I should have it installed and tested by tonight.

Words still mean things

We all knew why the infamous H&K catalog depicted cartridges loaded backwards in a pistol magazine – photographers are not necessarily knowledgeable in the fields of their client’s businesses. In the gun industry however, we have Oleg.

I only bring this up to point out, once again, that a cartridge is not a bullet, any more than a tank of gasoline is an automobile.

The bullets shown on the catalog cover were not backwards. They were seated in the cases in the proper orientation. The cartridges however were inserted backwards into the magazine. Some people have loaded bullets backwards so as to achieve some desired terminal effect, as was explained in John Ross’ book for example.

If you walk into a gun store and ask for bullets, they’ll show you the bullets. If you ask for cartridges, they’ll bring you to the shelves of loaded ammunition. The standard, “Well you know what I mean so quit yer damn nitpicking” only comes after you’ve cleared up the misunderstanding that will certainly ensue when you use the wrong words.

Later I’ll post a story about my using one wrong letter in one word in a correspondence with a customer, and what happened because of it.

Anyway; many years ago we hired a sketch artist to depict a saxophone in a humorous cartoon advertisement. It was going to be an ad by a music instrument dealer, directed at musicians, so we wanted it to be accurate (we wanted our humor to be taken seriously). Since we knew the artist was not a sax player, we brought her in, showed her the various signature features of a sax, and then gave her one to study before doing the artwork. The ad also involved a dinosaur, so we had her look up that particular species of dinosaur and study it. That’s the kind of thing Walt Disney did for his cartoonists, and so it’s far from being a new concept. He brought a live fawn into the studio for his artists to study before doing the movie “Bambi”.

One of these is not like the others

I was doing some reloading and came across something I have never seen before. One of these is not like the others:


These are Winchester Small Pistol primers (WSP). Lot number YAL201G.WP_20150209_001

I found this primer without an anvil in the first 1000 of a case of 5000. I’ll be watching for this sort of anomaly in the future. But it’s not something I have seen before in reloading over 60,000 rounds so the odds of it being of critical importance is a little low. Not that I would necessarily have caught it before, but I’m going to do my best to make sure I catch flaws like this from now on. I just never imagined I should inspect the primers before using them.

These are primers I purchased five to ten years ago so I doubt there are many, if any, from this lot still “in the wild”.

You never know

Sometimes you know a blog post or tweet will get some attention. I expected the days of effort I put into the Smart Gun stuff would get some attention and it did. Other times something I put a few seconds into gets attention which I didn’t expect it all.

Today I went to a Steel Challenge match at Renton Fish and Game Club. I tweeted about how wet it was after the days of rain we have had around here. No one seemed to care and I didn’t expect anyone would.

Expected a similar non-reaction when I tweeted:

Interesting. There were three people that made it a favorite and two retweeted it. The combined followers of the people that retweeted is over 40,000 people.

You just never know how must attention something you say or do is going to get.