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.




WP_20160625_11_41_56_ProDouble tap both white targets then hit the stop plate.


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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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:

Stage 1: Change Of Pace.WP_20160618_11_20_03_Pro
Stage 2: Dot The BoxWP_20160618_11_59_39_Pro
Stage 3: MountaineerWP_20160618_12_42_25_Pro
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”.

Calling all firearms instructors for new LGBTQ shooters

If you are a firearms instructor or just willing to take a new shooter of LGBTQ persuasion to the range for the first time sign up here. If that isn’t really your thing but you know someone in the LGBTQ community who wants to learn to shoot sent them there.

The creator if this site, Erin Palette, is being interviewed about it by the BBC and was linked to by PJ Media.

This could be big.

Preparing for another Clinton presidency


  • 5805 Blue Bullets
  • 7400 Black Bullets
  • 8800 Montana Gold Bullets

I also have almost all the powder and primers to go with those. I have several thousand shell casing which may or may not be enough depending on the percentage I recover from practice and matches.

This probably will be enough to get me through another election year scare and shortage of ammo and components if it looks like Hillary will win the election.

It’s time to start cranking on the Dillion 550B.

Rounds in the last month

I did a fair amount of shooting and reloading this last month. I have a big backlog of match reports to do. Not sure if I will get around to all of them but the reloading report is quick and easy.

Lifetime totals:

223.log: 2027 rounds.
3006.log: 467 rounds.
300WIN.log: 1351 rounds.
40SW.log: 48748 rounds.
45.log: 0 rounds.
9MM.log: 21695 rounds.
Total: 74288 rounds.

I only reloaded .40 S&W. Last month my total .40 reloads were 46649 rounds. So I reloaded 2099 rounds. There was one primer that got mangled otherwise it would have been an even 2100 rounds. 1299 of those rounds were with The Blue Bullets for steel matches. The other 800 rounds were with 180 grain Montana Gold JHPs for practice at indoor ranges. Montana Bullet has a, “Mix And Match Promo” on cases of bullets going on right now if you are interested.

Washington State ISSA steel championship 2016

I just signed up for the Washington State ISSA steel championship 2016.

For those of you who might considering participating here are the details:

Match starts: June 18, 2016 @ 8:00 AM · Match ends: June 18, 2016 @ 6:00 PM

Location: Ephrata,WA,98848

The annual steel shoot is here! Come join us for 8 stages of steel targets that will be set in arrays that will entertain and challenge you. As in previous years this will be a trophy match with trophies through at least third in each category and division. Lunch will be catered in and is included in the match fee.
Shooters fees are $60 for the first gun and $20 for the second. Juniors (under 18) shoot for $30 for the first gun and $20 for the second.
Register early, we sold out last year!

General match, with the following divisions:
Ladies, Juniors, Senior(55-64), super senior(65+), defender


Here is some video from last years event.

Rounds in the last month

Boomershoot made April a busy month and I didn’t do as much reloading or shooting as I usually do. Still I did do some reloading.

Here are my lifetime numbers:

223.log: 2027 rounds.
3006.log: 467 rounds.
300WIN.log: 1351 rounds.
40SW.log: 46649 rounds.
9MM.log: 21695 rounds.
Total: 72189 rounds.

Last month the total was 71352 rounds for a difference of 837 rounds. The only caliber I reloaded was .40 S&W.

Quote of the day—LRRPF52

It is one of the most fun and enjoyable shooting events you can attend in the world.

Message posted on on March 2, 2016.
[He was referring to Boomershoot. I haven’t attended enough different types of shooting events to confirm this but I’m willing to entertain the hypothesis. You should attend next year to test this hypothesis for yourself.—Joe]

Polymer tipped bullets

I have often wondered about the polymer tipped bullets from various manufactures. I have read of people seeing wisps of lead on paper targets that apparently came from lead tipped bullets that melted in flight. If the heat at the tip of a bullet can melt lead then the type of plastic used for bullet tips needs some serious consideration. But, I figured the bullet manufacturers knew a lot more about this than I did and had it all under control.

It turns out this was not the case:

the Hornady engineers observed a convex hump form when charting the new bullet’s drag. The hump was relatively small and usually occurred within the first 100 to 200 yards of flight, and following the hump the drag curve returned to its expected concave climb and drop. The irregularity may have been small and short-lived, but the shift from concave to convex, and back again, seen on the Cd vs. Mach Number graphs could only have one explanation: The bullet itself was changing shape in flight.

It did not take long for the Hornady team to realize it was not the whole bullet changing shape, only the non-metal component—the polymer tip.

The solution, of course, was to find a new polymer:

New polymers were tried and tested, and one was found that met the company’s criteria. With the new material, the Heat Shield Tip was born. Molded as precisely and consistently as previous polymer tips, the Heat Shield Tip boasts glass transition and melting points hundreds of degrees greater than the previous generation’s—475° F and more than 700° F, respectively.

This resulted in higher ballistic coefficients (BCs) which translates into less windage and drop.

My favorite bullet for .30 caliber long range shooting has been the Berger 210 grain VLD bullet. It has a G1 BC of .621. The Hornady 30 Cal .308 208 gr ELD™ Match bullet has a BC of 0.670. From 700 yards away with a .300 Win Mag with Boomershoot conditions this increases the velocity by 60 fps and decreases the drop by 2.6 inches. This isn’t enough of a difference to throw away my existing bullets but I think this is what I’m probably going to replace them with.


Barb is a very happy person and expresses this in many different ways. One of the ways is that she makes funny sounds at various times.

She works from home nearly all the time and sometimes when she “commutes” from the bathroom to her desk in the bedroom 15 feet away she will make sounds. Along with the hand motions of driving a car she will make sounds like, “Putt, putt, putt…”.

Yesterday she was kneeling on the floor next to a dresser as I was about to walk past. The area was a little tight for her kneeling at the same time I was walking through and as she shuffled back to get out of my way she started making the sounds of a truck backing up, “Beep! Beep! Beep!…”.

I couldn’t tell you how many different sound effects she has implemented. I just know they all make me smile and laugh. But I do know my favorite so far.

Last night she told me that sometime during the day she put on her holster and was practicing drawing and dry firing as it was suggested in class and the sounds sometimes just spontaneously came out during the practice session. The sounds? It was that of the spurs she imagined she was wearing, “Ching! Ching!”

Quote of the day—LRRPF52

When you put your crosshairs on a small little target 400-700yds away, break the shot, and feel the earth shudder under you, your pants start to get kinda tight…

Message posted on March 7, 2016
[That’s probably not the reason most people find Boomershoot rewarding but if that is the way it works for some people I’m okay with that.—Joe]

Ammunition versus training and practice

From here (via Say Uncle):

It should be obvious that choosing ammo carefully is important. But I hold the opinion that what we carry and shoot in a crisis has a lesser importance than how well we shoot it. In the final analysis, we are all pre-occupied with the wrong ammunition. We should be far more concerned about the ammo we did not fire in practice sessions that precede the day we have to shoot for real.

I am in full agreement. I have had no inclination to change my opinion since I first put up a web page on the topic in 1998.

Steel challenge match results

I attended the Steel Challenge match at the Renton and Fish and Game Club today. I’m moderately satisfied.  I was first in Iron Sighted Pistol (ISP). But there were only three of us in that division. I came in 5th out of 13 in Rim Fire Pistol Iron (RFPI) sighted. I had two jams with the rim fire pistol. I called mulligan with one of them and got to shoot that string over. I was 12 seconds down from the next higher scoring shooter. The four shooters above me are all in the super squad of junior shooters who won nationals last year so I don’t feel bad getting beat by them. They are out of my league.

Compared to last month my ISP time went from 91.41 seconds to 78.37 seconds. I was shooting the reduced power Blue Bullets which almost for certain accounted for some of the improvement.

Comparing my RFPI time to last month I went from 64.47 seconds to 66.19 seconds. This difference is in the noise because we were shooting different courses of fire. These differences will easily account for the differences in time.

Steve, from work, showed up and watched the first stage we shot. He also took some great pictures of me. My favorite is this one:


Although there is one picture with brass in the air and another with the gun in recoil that are also pretty cool.

The results:

Final Name SCSA Class Division Time Stage 1 Go Fast Stage 2 New Steel Stage 3 Focus Stage 4 In And Out
1 Miner, Bradley Jr U RFPI 40.83 8.53 9.76 10.79 11.75
2 Sailer, Christian A86982 U RFPI 41.16 7.35 10.47 12.61 10.73
3 Hong, Robert U RFRO 44.44 7.58 13.87 10.80 12.19
4 White, Alex U RFPI 46.12 10.02 11.22 12.92 11.96
5 Mon Wai, Damon U RFRI 48.91 9.37 13.10 13.17 13.27
6 Alvarez, Cel A15861 U RFPO 49.22 9.23 13.91 13.82 12.26
7 Sailer, Christian A86982 U PROD 50.33 9.86 13.87 13.32 13.28
8 Komatsu, Jeff U RFRO 51.74 12.86 15.58 11.90 11.40
9 Larson, Addison U RFPI 54.09 7.85 15.28 14.94 16.02
10 Kanter, Jeffrey U RFPO 54.54 10.19 16.58 12.13 15.64
11 dong, james U RFRO 58.24 9.93 15.20 17.30 15.81
12 dong, james U OPN 60.48 10.72 16.95 16.73 16.08
13 Meisner, Matthew U RFRO 61.61 9.65 17.06 14.26 20.64
14 Rich, Troy U RFRO 64.13 11.28 16.51 15.28 21.06
15 Huffman, Joseph U RFPI 66.19 10.32 16.85 18.88 20.14
16 Cheesman, Enrique U OPN 66.55 11.42 18.03 15.82 21.28
17 Miner, Bradley Jr U PROD 66.78 13.07 20.11 18.24 15.36
18 Eyi, John U OPN 66.86 12.02 16.11 17.00 21.73
19 Tsang, Keith a71578 U OPN 70.04 15.05 17.92 19.40 17.67
20 Firth, Sam U RFPO 71.30 16.42 17.60 18.27 19.01
21 Mortell, Jeffery U RFPI 74.48 11.58 20.27 19.88 22.75
22 Waak, Jim U RFRO 75.49 10.74 17.81 22.25 24.69
23 Meboe, Greg U PROD 76.31 13.24 19.65 19.82 23.60
24 Meboe, Oscar U RFRO 76.31 11.16 25.78 18.49 20.88
25 Bakken, Lance U RFPI 77.55 15.10 21.03 20.69 20.73
26 Huffman, Joseph U ISP 78.37 13.40 21.12 21.44 22.41
27 Bakken, Lance U RFPO 78.45 13.99 19.71 23.39 21.36
28 Meboe, Joey U RFPI 79.00 10.10 25.02 22.17 21.71
29 Mon Wai, Damon U PROD 79.90 12.52 20.59 24.23 22.56
30 Rich, Troy U RFPO 80.16 16.13 22.42 20.51 21.10
31 Jackson, Duane U RFPI 84.23 12.77 20.00 24.55 26.91
32 Mortell, Jeffery U PROD 87.48 15.57 22.29 25.53 24.09
33 Lai, Daniel TY44166 U OSR 87.70 15.82 20.52 25.63 25.73
34 Lai, Daniel TY44166 U OPN 88.52 15.28 22.24 22.12 28.88
35 Miner, Bradley Sr U ISP 89.35 17.47 25.88 24.22 21.78
36 Komatsu, Jeff U PROD 89.82 16.36 25.68 23.57 24.21
37 Pacczosa, Dan A492542 U PROD 90.23 12.91 20.89 24.74 31.69
38 White, Eric U PROD 94.78 13.64 24.01 29.42 27.71
39 Gile, Conner U RFPI 95.31 10.21 24.97 25.83 34.30
40 Hong, Robert U PROD 98.11 14.55 29.67 27.56 26.33
41 Meboe, Isabelle U RFPI 99.67 11.04 25.66 33.40 29.57
42 Jackson, Duane U ISR 100.72 13.84 26.49 29.15 31.24
43 Kanter, Jeffrey U ISP 101.33 13.62 25.38 28.09 34.24
44 Wood, Sabrina U RFPI 158.27 17.46 42.64 46.29 51.88
45 Whitlock, John U PROD 162.33 23.83 42.29 47.12 49.09
46 Arthur, Alan U PROD 168.60 22.39 58.19 48.84 39.18
47 Gray, Jeff U PROD 179.84 32.85 62.02 38.86 46.11
48 Wood, Sabrina U RFPI

As a counter to the claim that old, fat, racist, white guys dominate the gun ownership ranks I found it interesting that of the seven guys on our squad only two were white guys. There were four people of Asian descent, and one Hispanic.

Barb’s first day of class

Today and tomorrow Barb is attending Insights General Defensive Handgun class. I’ve been teaching her how to shoot and she does well with basic shooting. She just got her holster on Thursday so I have not taught her much about the draw and only the basics of defensive shooting. But I think she is more than adequately prepared for the class:


CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMIT or documentation of good character AND BRING THOSE DOCUMENTS WITH YOU TO CLASS. You must be totally familiar and comfortable with your handgun. If you have never shot before or wonder how your gun works we recommend our Handgun Safety and Marksmanship class or our Basic Handgun Safety and Responsibility class.


Required Equipment:

Reliable, functional semi-automatic handgun; Belt holster (rigid) with sturdy belt; pants with belt loops; 600 rounds of brass-cased, FMJ ammunition (minimum); minimum of 2 magazines and a magazine pouch; Concealment clothing; Hearing and eye protection.

I think she may be a little bit nervous. She didn’t sleep particularly well last night and said she was thinking about the class a lot. But the clincher was that as she was just going out the door she noticed she was wearing her holster upside down.

Rounds in the last month

I was looking at my 9mm log file a couple weeks ago and discovered some entries that my little program would miss when counting the totals. I fixed the entries which added another 59 rounds. So even though the overall delta from last month is 1521 rounds I actually only loaded 1462 rounds in March. All of them were .40 S&W.

Here are the numbers:

223.log: 2027 rounds.
3006.log: 467 rounds.
300WIN.log: 1351 rounds.
40SW.log: 45812 rounds.
9MM.log: 21695 rounds.
Total: 71352 rounds.

The total for the year is 4598. For all of 2015 I reloaded 9531. I’m on track to reload about four times as many in 2016 as I did in 2015. I expect, at a minimum, I will exceed 80,000 rounds for my lifetime total.