4000 meter rifle shot

While this is not particularly practical it may be that research into how to make such shots have application in extending the range in more ordinary situations:

They started at 100 m to establish zero

Then to 1000 m to confirm zero. Then to 3000 m. They ran into problems with ranging binoculars (Steiner & Vextronix) “stalling out.”

Consistent muzzle velocity is key. Their loads were within a small range, but a 1 m/sec change in muzzle velocity causes an 80 cm vertical shift in impact point — meaning 1 fps change alters that impact point almost 10″ in the same direction. So you see that firing at 4000 meters is really at the ragged edge of what’s possible with field-employable sniper-type equipment, in 2016. At 4000 m

Third, or possibly, fourth, shot was heard to connect by a forward observer.

Also, dropping a projectile in on a group of bad guys from such distances may cause them to slow or stop their current activities and attempt to deal with the perceived threat with low cost and little risk to the shooter. Sometimes slowing down enemy activities or distracting them, even by a small amount, can result in significant changes in outcomes.

Via email from kb.

16th Century Revolver

An eight-shooter from over 400 years ago. But those who wrote the constitution could never have imagined a multi-shot firearm.

Am I seeing a barrel-mounted, spring operated indexing pawl which engages tiny notches in the front of cylinder between the priming pan covers? On the other hand, maybe that lever on the right side behind the cylinder is part of the index locking mechanism.

Now what we need is a gas-operated, automatic firing, flintlock chain gun artillery piece.

What media bias?

Via Paul Koning we have The Unknown Olympic Champion Kim Rhode has won medals in six games. Cue the non-coverage:

How do you manage to win a medal at six straight Olympics and remain more or less unknown? The answer: win by shooting a gun. American skeet-shooter Kim Rhode last week became the first athlete, male or female, to win a medal at six summer games and the first on five continents, but don’t look for her on a box of Wheaties.

Mrs. Rhode, who won a bronze medal in Rio, has received little media attention despite her historic feat. The 37-year-old also lacks a single major corporate sponsor, though her ammunition and training costs are offset with sponsorship and donations from such firearms companies as Beretta and Otis Technology.

Her agent told Bloomberg he had pitched the sharp-shooter to more than 20 companies, with no luck. Our guess is they don’t want to risk a backlash from the progressive antigun culture. It probably doesn’t help that Mrs. Rhode is an outspoken critic of gun-control laws and a Donald Trump supporter.

What media bias?

Sign up for Boomershoot 2017!

Boomershoot 2017 will be April 21st-April 23rd.

Registration will be opening soon. The exact date for you depends upon whether you are staff and whether you participated in Boomershoot 2016.

  • Registration opens for staff 8/17/2016 5:00:00 PM Pacific Time.
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  • Registration opens for everyone 8/27/2016 9:00:00 AM Pacific Time.

Entry is all done online at http://entry.boomershoot.org/

If you have questions or problems with the website send me an email at entries@boomershoot.org.

Rounds in the last month

I was out of town a lot this month so the reloading and match participation suffered. Over the July 4th weekend Barb and I were in Colorado visiting the Rocky Mountain National Park. The 22nd –> 24th we were in La Push for a family reunion. And the 30th and 31st I was in Idaho working on Boomershoot stuff.

Still, by the end of the year I expect to have a lifetime total of over 80,000 rounds.

Lifetime totals:

223.log: 2027 rounds.
3006.log: 467 rounds.
300WIN.log: 1351 rounds.
40SW.log: 51447 rounds.
45.log: 0 rounds.
9MM.log: 21695 rounds.
Total: 76987 rounds.

I reloaded 1000 rounds of .40 S&W this month. 666 of those were Blue Bullets for steel matches. The other 334 rounds were Montana Gold JHPs for practice at indoor ranges.

Grip safety issue


The picture on the left is a new STI 2011 grip safety. The one on the right is the one out of my STI DVC Limited.

See a difference?

Yeah. The one on the right is missing some material. I don’t know if it came from the factory that way or it broke and I just now noticed. Part of the edge is very clean and part is ragged. It’s ambiguous from looking at it with the naked eye whether this is as intended or a failure of some sort.

I contacted STI via email and within minutes they said to return the gun and they would fix it.

Quote of the day—Anonymous UW Student

Attending the UW $11,859.00 in base tuition a year, going shooting with friends and tossing the empty wiped down ammo boxes in a string of random open waste baskets inside the Comparative History of Ideas Padelford Hall, priceless. There are somethings money can’t buy, but for everything else there’s trolling Marxists in academia.

Anonymous UW Student
July 18, 2016
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Barb L.

My gun and I had a great day at the range!

Barb L.
July 16, 2016
[Barb and I took some new shooters to the range and Barb did some shooting as well as provide support for me with the new shooters. She shot much better than the last couple of times we went to the range. I wish I would have taken a picture of her happy dance.—Joe]

New shooter report

Some friends wanted to learn to shoot so Barb and I reserved the training bay at the indoor range near us for late Saturday afternoon.

I was surprised to find both of them were right handed but left eye dominant. Many people who are cross eye dominant end up shooting with the hand which matches their dominant eye (daughter Kim is an example).

I put them at about 5 yards from the targets and gave them stance, grip, and trigger operation instructions.

I started them out shooting left handed for a couple of magazines of .22 with a suppressor then had them try shooting right handed. They both opted to continue shooting right handed. As they continued shooting I showed them how to load the magazines and operate the bolt (Ruger 22/45s) and safety.

They shot a few hundred rounds of .22 with both suppressed and unsuppressed semi-auto pistols on single targets as well as multiple bulls-eye targets. We then put up USPSA targets with “hard cover” and had them shoot two shots on the same target starting from the high ready position. We also put up barricades for them to shoot around at multiple bulls-eye targets.

I offered them some low powered .40 S&W loads. They did fine with those. I offered them full power loads. They did fine at first but then started to falter with some of the shots going a bit wild. The shots were still on the paper but off the target so to finish up for the evening I put them back on .22s.

We ended with them saying they had a really good time, asked about the class Barb recently took, and said they wanted to do it again with us.

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Quote of the day—David Hardy

Some sorta academic clown suggests he and some buddies might storm NRA headquarters.

It’d be like “The Keystone Cops Storm Okinawa.” Amusing, but rather messy for the cleanup crews. Of course an anti gunner sees nothing wrong with homicide, that’s not really the issue….

David Hardy
July 6, 2016
It is possible he and his friends might make it to the elevators
[Delusions are often functional.

In this case my hypothesis is the academic clown is able to imagine some sort of control over his hated enemy in his delusional universe and this gives him comfort that he is lacking in the real world.—Joe]

Steel match results

Ry and I participated in the steel match at the Renton Fish and Game Club yesterday. We got rained on a little bit at the beginning of the first stage but it cleared up quickly.

Except for the first stage the courses of fire had small targets some distance away with fairly large transitions:


This, of course, slowed the shooting down. This was especially true for the younger kids in the match. Compare my times on the various stages to those of Joey Meboe, Isabelle Meboe, and Matthew Meisner. Look at how close we are on stage 1 and how different we are on the other stages.

But I still did well enough that I was happy with the results.

The entire match results are here. My average time per hit with Rimfire Pistol Iron sights (RFPI) was 0.7406 seconds:

Final Name USPSA Class Division Time Stage 1 Go Fast Stage 2 In And Out Stage 3 Focus Stage 4 Pitfall
1 Sailer, Christian A86982 U RFPI 33.86 5.91 9.00 9.61 9.34
2 Paczosa, Connor A628860 U RFPI 41.39 8.41 10.53 12.12 10.33
3 White, Alex U RFPI 44.64 8.47 10.24 13.81 12.12
4 Miner, Bradley Jr U RFPI 44.89 8.85 11.47 11.30 13.27
5 Larson, Addison U RFPI 54.60 11.05 13.26 14.80 15.49
6 Huffman, Joseph U RFPI 59.25 9.89 15.39 17.41 16.56
7 Morris, David U RFPI 60.19 9.71 15.41 18.67 16.40
8 Mortell, Jeffery U RFPI 64.83 11.80 16.68 18.13 18.22
9 Meboe, Joey U RFPI 69.25 8.90 16.84 26.15 17.36
10 Bakken, Lance U RFPI 70.42 13.10 18.23 21.25 17.84
11 Meboe, Isabelle U RFPI 72.71 11.16 20.63 20.26 20.66
12 Meisner, Matthew U RFPI 131.20 11.88 36.36 37.68 45.28

With Iron Sighted Pistol (ISP) combined with Production (because they are very close in equipment) I won with an average time per hit of 0.911 seconds. I would have come in second place had I been competing against the people with open class guns:

Final Name USPSA Class Division Time Stage 1 Go Fast Stage 2 In And Out Stage 3 Focus Stage 4 Pitfall
1 Huffman, Joseph U ISP 72.89 12.35 20.33 21.35 18.86
2 Miner, Brad U ISP 101.74 19.84 26.27 31.17 24.46
3 Reeve, Tod U ISP 140.16 13.80 40.63 45.23 40.50
Final Name USPSA Class Division Time Stage 1 Go Fast Stage 2 In And Out Stage 3 Focus Stage 4 Pitfall
1 Komatsu, Jeff U PROD 79.52 13.36 22.94 19.95 23.27
2 Roe, Shawn U PROD 79.97 14.09 20.42 23.55 21.91
3 Sulcer, Charles U PROD 81.49 18.52 23.07 17.06 22.84
4 Mortell, Jeffery U PROD 82.69 15.20 26.10 20.65 20.74
5 Pacczosa, Dan A492542 U PROD 87.77 10.95 30.11 24.05 22.66
6 Meisner, Michael A10203 U PROD 91.39 14.16 26.31 28.11 22.81
7 Meboe, Greg U PROD 91.74 16.12 26.19 28.87 20.56
8 Larson, Bob U PROD 100.27 17.09 26.76 27.08 29.34
9 McKenzie, Don U PROD 104.46 15.41 27.83 34.10 27.12
10 Blackston, Rick U PROD 108.86 18.48 29.62 28.17 32.59
11 White, Eric U PROD 117.96 16.88 25.82 46.85 28.41
12 Wolfer, Cole U PROD 130.14 25.09 32.57 42.13 30.35
13 Femino, Jason U PROD 153.09 18.88 52.55 35.85 45.81

Ry had an open class gun but no holster for it. When starting from the low ready with something other rim fire guns they add three seconds per string to your time. This was a huge penalty for him.

Final Name USPSA Class Division Time Stage 1 Go Fast Stage 2 In And Out Stage 3 Focus Stage 4 Pitfall
1 Rathjen, Michael U OPN 59.44 10.74 15.79 18.35 14.56
2 Lai, Daniel TY44166 U OPN 80.72 14.13 21.28 24.72 20.59
3 Kanter, Jeffrey U OPN 100.39 15.58 34.94 27.87 22.00
4 Jones, Ry U OPN 121.29 23.14 31.79 41.32 25.04

For me, the difference between starting from the low ready and from a holster is 0.6 seconds or less. So… Let’s assume a holster would have slowed him down 1.0 seconds per string. With 16 strings for the match, we should subtract 32 seconds from his time to get a better idea of what his capability is. This would put him at about 89 seconds for the match with a much more competitive time.

Dillon Precision

I’ve had Dillon Precision presses for ~20 years. No idea how many rounds I’ve loaded, but I remember buying primers by the case several times. Not quite this level, but enough to give the anti-gunnies conniptions. The Square Deal B is my go-to press for pistol cartridges. I’ve not used it in a while, though, between work, kids, writing, and everything else.

Anyway, when I went to assemble some 38 Special ammo today it wasn’t feeding primers reliably. Long story short, I call Dillon Precision’s tech support (they have a toll free number), get charged nothing, get my answer, and they are sending some replacement little plastic gizzies (technical term, that) which go on the end of the primer feed tube, mailed out tomorrow at no charge. He also told me how to clean the primer feed tube by pushing an alcohol-dipped Q-tip through it with the primer follower. That got quite a spectacular bit of corrosion / crud out of it, and it definitely feeds better, now. Not quite perfectly, but a great improvement.

Dillon presses are not the cheapest on the market, but I have never been disappointed by the presses or the technical support. As a former tech-support guy myself, I have high standards, and they meet them every time. If you plan on doing reloading, you can do much worse than Dillon.

Rounds in the last month

Lifetime totals:

223.log: 2027 rounds.
3006.log: 467 rounds.
300WIN.log: 1351 rounds.
40SW.log: 50447 rounds.
45.log: 0 rounds.
9MM.log: 21695 rounds.
Total: 75987 rounds.

I reloaded 1999 rounds of .40 S&W this month. I mangled another primer which is the reason it isn’t an even 2000 rounds. 800 of those were Blue Bullets for steel matches. The other 1199 rounds were Montana Gold JHPs for practice at indoor ranges.

Steel match results

I participated in the Whidbey Island match at Holmes Harbor on Saturday.

The weather was good. The stages were good. The people were fun to hang out with. I had a really good time.




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Here are the results:

Shooter Division Time
Brian Lawson RF-RI-O 41.74
Steve Mooney RF-RI-O 41.85
Brian Lawson. RF-O 47.68
Steve Mooney RF-O 47.79
Jeff Kanter RF-RI-O 48.40
Dan Lavaty RF-RI-O 60.81
Lance Bakken RF-RI-O 62.24
Ken Loucks RF-RI-O 70.12
Joe Huffman RF-I 72.03
Jim Dunlap RF-RI-O 72.14
Jeff Komatsu RF-I 72.33
Jim Dunlap RF-O 74.46
Thomas Alldredge CF-O 77.29
Joe Huffman CF-I 85.14
MAC RF-RV 91.42
Dan Lavaty CF-RV-O 92.51
Lance Bakken CF-LR 93.29
Jeff Kanter CF-I 98.25
Jeff Komatsu CF-O 100.42
Scott Bertino CF-RV-I 114.88
Rev Barchenger RF-O 122.47
MAC CF-RV-I 158.72
Ken Loucks CF-LR DNF

My average time per hit with rim fire iron sights was 0.7203 seconds. With centerfire iron sights it was 0.8514 seconds. At the state championship the week before the average times were 0.5758 and 0.8003 seconds. The stage design makes a big difference. These stages generally had much larger transition distances.

Jeff Kanter was at both matches and Saturday he commented on how well prepared I was for the rain in Ephrata at the championship. I gave Barb all the credit.

I want a set of these

Prosounds via Indiegogo is funding the initial manufacturing and marketing of these:


This is hearing protection (30 db) and enhancement (they claim “6X” which I suspect means about 8 db) that fits in your ear. The difficulty of getting a good check weld on your rifle will just go away but you can still hear and have good sound protection. You can wear whatever hat you want with them and you can carry them in a small pocket wherever you go.

Their media release:

Media Contact: Greg Duncan
Blue Heron Communications
(800) 654-3766

ProSounds Launches H2P Hearing Protection and Enhancement Earpieces via Indiegogo
Supporters offered opportunity for steep discounts

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Supporters who back the ProSounds Indiegogo campaign will enjoy discounted rates that increase along with the amount of product purchased. Consumers and businesses that take advantage of the larger packages will receive the greatest savings. The Indiegogo campaign begins June 22 and will run through July 22.

“The H2P earpieces will change how people protect their hearing,” said ProSounds President and Founder Weston Harris. “They deliver high-quality, high-tech hearing protection and enhancement without the inconvenience of bulky head muffs or uncomfortable behind-the-ear devices. Lightweight and low-profile, the H2P will benefit anyone who experiences loud sounds throughout their everyday life.”

Designed to provide 100 percent digital protection and enhancement in one simple device, the new ProSounds H2P earpieces represent the newest advancement in hearing protection. Engineered with Lynx™ Digital Sound Clarity for optimal performance, the H2P earpieces deliver amplification of up to six times higher than normal hearing while simultaneously blocking any potential damaging noises in excess of 85 decibels.

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That probably didn’t change things much

I went to the range today and discovered the front sight on my Limited Division gun (STI DVC in .40 S&W) was slightly loose. At 10 yards it was shooting about 1.5 inches to the right.

Almost for certain was that way during the match on Saturday. It might of slightly increased the odds of a miss at the greater distances. But it probably didn’t make that much of a difference. Still, you want all the odds stacked in you favor for a major match and this time they were not.

Washington State 2016 ISSA Championship

The Washington State International Steel Shooting Association Championship match was yesterday. As I pointed out on Friday the match was scheduled to have more rain on that date than in the previous 32 years, for that date, combined. Okay. Since it has never rained in on that date in the last 32 years even 1/100 of an inch would have satisfied that criteria. But it wasn’t just a small fraction of an inch of rain and it was very unusual weather.

Bill W. (one of the Boomershoot Precision Rifle instructors since, essentially, forever) was one of the first people I said hi to when I arrived. After his greeting the first thing he said was, “Why does this remind me of Boomershoot?” My response, “I don’t know. Could it be the rain?” I’ve seen more rain at Boomershoot but in terms of an actual shooting match I don’t think I have ever seen so much rain.

Barb gets cold easy (her surface area to mass ratio asymptotically approaches infinity) and when we go on hikes she selects her clothes very carefully to avoid being cold. She tends to project her concerns onto me and for various occasions has given me clothing gifts to keep me warm and dry. I have rain pants and a rain coat with a liner which I took to the match. As near as I could tell, and another person commented on this as well, I was one of the best prepared people there. I was quite comfortable even when the water was running off my clothes in sheets:


The dark glasses were because those are my video glasses.

Because I was warm and dry as the rain picked up later in the match I ended up doing almost all the range officer work while the scorekeeper and shooters stayed under cover. The shooters would come out one at a time to shoot then go back under cover.

There were two people in our squad wearing shorts! Here is one of them:


On the way home my guns were out of their cases and drying out on the passenger side floor of my car and I dried the rest of my stuff out when I got home:


Here are pictures of the stages:

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Stage 4: Ouch

Stage 5: Pyramid

Stage 6: Stepped On

Stage 7: Texas Tree

Stage 8: Victory

My shooters point of view video:

It doesn’t show up in the video but when the rain was heavy there was a cloud of water ejected off the targets with each bullet impact. It made the hits much easier to see.

My guns ran perfectly this year [update].

Placement wise in the rimfire division I did essentially the same as I did last year but worse in limited division. In Rim Fire Pistol Iron (RFPI) I came in 9th out of 21 last year and 6th out of 15 this year. In Limited I was 11th out of 33 last year and 13th out 26th this year.

If we also take into account the Senior category it was essentially identical to last year. In RFPI I was the only senior participant both last year and this year. In Limited I was 2nd (behind Pat Kelley) out of 7 last year and 2nd (behind Pat Kelley) out of 8 this year.

Looking at the individual stage results closely and comparing them to the stage designs I see where I did poorly compared to the competitors slightly above and below me. It turns out I did relatively poorly on stages 2 and especially 4. These are stage types that are difficult for me to practice at my usual range. Unless I have the training bay I can’t put up multiple large targets or targets with long transitions. That is what I’m going to concentrate on for a a while when I get access to the training bay.

I had the opportunity to watch Kolby Pavlock shoot a couple stages. While shooting rimfire pistol iron sights on stage 6, Stepped On his slowest time, which was thrown away, was 1.30 seconds. The complete time for his best four strings was 4.91 seconds. That is an average of 1.23 seconds to make five shots (less than 0.25 seconds per shot). My best time for this stage with the same gun type was 2.15 seconds. He was shooting, on average, in 57% of my best time. He also won the NSSF Rimfire Challenge World Championships last October at the age of 16. His YouTube channel is here.

After lunch his mother sat down across the table from me and chatted for quite a while. They live in Idaho and we talked about Idaho, kids, and shooting. One of the more interesting things she told me was that not many people at his school know about his shooting accomplishments. The school principal once asked her, “Do you let your kids play with guns?” She told her, “No. My kids don’t play with guns.” She told her quite a bit more as well but you can probably imagine the rest of the story.

The complete match results can be found here.

Tomorrow could be interesting

7:00 AM tomorrow morning sign in starts for the Washington State ISSA Championship in Ephrata. Shooting starts at 8:00. The match is expected to be completed by 6:00 PM.

For those of you unfamiliar with Washington State it has a lot of desert. Ephrata is part of the desert. Notice in the bottom right corner of the image below that the record rainfall for this date was 0.00 inches in 1984.

That’s right, in 32 years it has never had measurable precipitation on this date.

Now notice the chance of rain during the match is 100% for several hours. Elsewhere I saw a forecast of 0.25 inches of rain for tomorrow. The range is composed of sand.

Tomorrow could be “interesting”.