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MRPC NEWS July 18th

Medford Rifle and Pistol Club

On-Line Newsletter

July Club Meeting

Wednesday  July 19th at 7pm at Indoor Range

All are welcome to attend

 

 

Fullbore Rifle

The group will shoot at 600 yards

At the Camp White Range

Thru the White Steel Gate off Kershaw Rd

at

5 PM this Wednesday July 19 ,

22 rounds or less prone or bench.

For Information call:  Frank 541 899 6872

 

 

IDPA Match

Saturday July 22nd

8am  Come Early

More Information Available At :  http://www.idpa.com/

 

 

Multi-Gun Match

July 29 @ 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Contact

MULTI-GUN DIRECTOR Tom Cail mrpcmultigun@gmail.com

For More Information

 

 

NRA 22 Rimfire Precision Pistol Shooting

“Bullseye”

Every Monday night

Set up at 7pm, Shooting Starts at 7:30pm

22 pistol, 90 Rounds of Ammo, Hearing and Sight Protection

All Members Welcome

Target Cost $1

 

 

“Shooting Sports USA” on-line magazine

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201707/

 

 

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MRPC NEWS EXTRA

Medford Rifle and Pistol Club

On-Line Newsletter Extra

 

MRPC    USPSA Match

“United States Pistol Shooting Association

 

This SUNDAY July 16th  9am

Sports Park Pistol Competition Ranges

Oregon Section Points Match

Please come help set-up on Saturday at 9am

 

 

 

Klamath Action Steel Match

There will be an action steel match this Saturday in Keno.

Registration is at 9:00 with shooting to start at 9:30

Please show up early to help with setup if you can….

 

Thanks                 Larry Watson    csicomp@gmail.com

 

 

 

MRPC Multi-Gun Match July 29th 2017

Shooters,

 

We are having the last local match of the year on July 29th. Please arrive at the range between 0700 and 0730. We will be having 3 stages, and shooting to a maximum of 235 yards. Registration is available on practiscore at:

 

 

Match fee: $30

 

An estimated round count (bring extra of course):

10 slugs

45 birdshot

80 rifle

120 pistol

 

It will likely be very hot. I know everyone gets hot, dirty, sweaty, and wants to bail out as soon as the last shot is fired. We ask that everyone stays through the complete tear-down of the stages, so that everyone can get out of the range as early as possible. Nobody likes to be the last one at the range putting away the final pieces of steel without good company of other shooters!

 

Tom and I send a special thanks to Dave Enloe, who has been very helpful in updating our electronic scoring Nooks. Scoring should go much easier this time around thanks to his help!

 

See you there,

Jake and Tom    mrpcmultigun@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Medford Rifle and Pistol Club

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Fullbore Rifle Practice

 

We will shoot on the Camp White Range

Wednesday (July 12) at 5PM from 600 yds.

22 rounds or less prone or bench. 

 

We have some decomposed granite to lay down on the 600 yds

shooting bench area, and could use some help spreading it out.

Come a little early on Wednesday to help, even if you don’t shoot.

Frank 541 899 6872

 

 

Range Cleaning Crew Needs Help

Do you have time on Monday Afternoons to help push around the HEPA Vacuum?

Please contact Steve Sampson, Club Vice-President if you have time to help.

Steve Sampson (sampson4wd@aol.com)

More Hands Make Light Work—Help Out!

 

 

LOST KEYS

3 keys on a talon key chain with skull were lost Sunday

at the Steel Match, Jackson County Sports Park range.

 

Help a shooter out!

Contact—-Alex Neuman at Guns R Us.

 

 

 

USPSA Match

This SUNDAY at 8am at the Sports Park Competition Ranges

 

WE WILL NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS FOR MATCH SET UP.

WHICH IS NORMALLY THE DAY BEFORE THE MATCH

@ 9:00 A.M. SATURDAY MORNING

If you can swing a hammer, or help carry some wood, you can help!

 

 

 

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Members continue Range Safety Violations at the Range.

 

1.     Do not point your firearm at the concrete floor or walls,

2.     Do not point your firearm at the ceiling.

3.     Do not handle any objects or reload on the shooting bench

          while shooters are downrange.

4.     Stay behind the Shooting Benches when others are shooting

 

·        If holding a firearm at the low ready position,

the barrel of the firearm should still be pointed at the backstop. 

·        A negligent/accidental discharge into the concrete floor or concrete

walls can cause the bullet to fragment and could seriously injure someone

·        Do not point your firearm at our ceiling, it isn’t bullet-proof and we have neighbors.

·        Handling of objects or reloading on the shooting bench while someone is down

          range or on the target side of the bench is strictly prohibited.

          Accidents happen when people of distracted

·        There’s no hurry, wait until they’re back and safely behind the bench

 

Remember these violations may result in injury &/or a loss of range privileges.

                       

                             “Train Safe” to “Stay Safe”

 

 

 

 

 

“FREE” Firearm Classes

OPEN TO MEMBERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC

 

·        INTRO TO BASIC PISTOL CLASS— TWO-HOUR

·        INTRO TO PRACTICAL/DEFENSIVE PISTOL CLASS

·        BASIC PISTOL CLINIC—-Hands on Range Time with an Instructor

·        ADVANCED PRACTICAL PISTOL PRACTICE

 

TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE IN A CLASS and more INFORMATION

CONTACT  Phil Grammatica

@  714-749-7216   or    mrpctrainingdirector@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FULLBORE RIFLE PRACTICE

We will shoot Wednesday July 5th at the Camp White Range at 5 PM at 600yds.

22 rounds prone or bench.  It is going to be hot but we will give it a try. Frank 541 899 6872

 

 

New Member Orientation

Wednesday July 5th–TONIGHT at 7pm

 

 

STEEL CHALLENGE

SUNDAY July 9th Starts at 9am

Come early to sign-up and help set-up

Reserve & Competition Ranges at

The Jackson County Sports Park

 

 

12 Issues With Extreme Long-Range Shooting

by G&A Staff   |  June 14th, 2017   |  Know the factors and their effect on shooting. 0

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By Todd Hodnett – Photos by Mark Fingar

The definition of long-range shooting has been redefined over the last few years. We are now pushing further than ever, and not just launching bullets in hopes of seeing splash and making second shot corrections until we hit a target. We’re doing the math and accurately calculating for elevation at extreme ranges. Wind will be wind, so it will always be hard to ensure a perfect wind call at extreme long ranges, but that is what makes long-range shooting challenging.

Rangefinders are better and more affordable. Scopes can dial more accurately and with more vertical adjustment. Ballistic engines, like the Kestrel AB, give us incredible data. So when we talk long-range shooting, we are really talking about problem solving.

These are a few things we need to seriously consider. For these comparisons, we used a .300 Win. Mag. with 190-grain Sierra MatchKing (SMK) ammunition at sea level DA (density altitude).

ISSUE #1

RangeErrors20metersRANGE ERROR
Range errors can occur with most laser rangefinders, and they become a huge problem at extended range. Even with an error of only 20 meters, the difference in drop becomes significant.

THE SOLUTION
One of the best ways to avoid this error is to hit and then miss the target with the laser. If the numbers are the same, there is a good chance you are not hitting the target.
HitMiss

ISSUE #2

ParallaxPARALLAX
Parallax is a huge problem with most of the shooters I train due to their young eyes. By not getting all of the parallax adjusted out of a scope, something as small as .2 mils of parallax could result in a shot being 15.72 inches off.

THE SOLUTION
In addition to focusing the image and reticle onto the same plane by means of a parallax adjustment, another way to remove parallax is to center your eye in the scope. Do this by making sure you have a little scope shadow showing equally all the way around the ocular lens. I even teach students to set up their cheekweld this way. Thus, if you have any
parallax in the scope when you take the shot, you can be assured the reticle is on the target where you perceive it to be.

ISSUE #3

MV_ESMV / ES
Muzzle velocities (MV) and extreme spread (ES) are huge components of hit probability at long range. When shooting a .308 at a mile, I will ignore shots that strike outside the norm of the group the gun is shooting. Here’s why:
Whether you are reloading or have great store-bought ammo, you might expect standard deviation (SD) to be around 7 and ES to be around 20 feet per second (fps). But a lot of ammo may have 40 to 70 fps ES, which, as you can see in the chart, is a point of concern.

THE SOLUTION
Demand quality ammo when shooting long range. Whether it’s factory ammo or precision reloads, make sure the ammo produces consistent muzzle velocities in your rifle. If it doesn’t, use it for short-range applications instead of long range.

ISSUE #4

MV_and_TempsMV AND TEMPS
Muzzle velocity temperature sensitivity is when the velocity can swing wildly with variations in temperature. We have seen as much as 160 fps in a 100-degree swing. We have even seen more than 50 fps with a relatively minor swing of 20 degrees. This is not a linear adjustment, so shooters must know the temperature sensitivity of the powder being used.

THE SOLUTION
Getting data at sea level and 80 degrees can have a huge adjustment in elevation calculations when going to 8,000 feet DA in 30-degree weather. The ballistic engine will calculate for the DA portion. But one must have MV temperature tables running for the engine to calculate for the powder temperature sensitivity.
This is similar to ES when calculating hit probability, but it’s actually greater because all of the bullets will be off by this much instead of one out of five being a flyer.

ISSUE #5

Temp_Humidity_DATEMP / HUMIDITY / DA
In sniper manuals, it states that 20 degrees will give a point of impact (POI) shift of 1 minute of angle (MOA). This is true at 1,000 yards but nowhere else. When looking at DA, understand that temperature will give the largest difference in holds at distance. It takes 14 degrees to change your DA by 1,000 feet.
So let’s look at the difference in elevation holds at different distances with 1,000 feet of DA, which is equivalent to a 14-degree temperature change at altitude.

THE SOLUTION
Elevation is consistent, but temperature requires staying on top of changes throughout the day. Inside 500 meters it may not be a big deal, but it begins to be a problem at 1,000 meters and beyond.

ISSUE #6

WindDirectionWIND DIRECTION
Headwinds and tailwinds are of no real consequence at shorter ranges. However, as distances stretch, this variable can affect the time of flight (TOF) to the target, and TOF is everything. We took a 20 mph headwind and tailwind and compared the different actual holds using the Applied Ballistics (AB) engine, which calculates for this variable.

THE SOLUTION
Factor in the direction of wind whenever you shoot long range. Not doing so will result in substantial misses.

ISSUE #7

ClickErrorCLICK ERROR
Because many scopes don’t dial what you put in and some don’t repeat back to zero — dialing 20 mils may only give you 19.6 — you need to perform a calibrated test to measure the impact of each round. At 100 yards, a yardstick is 10 mils. So, if you are square to the target you
should show a 10-mil coverage on the target, and your bullet should move up that much when dialed 10 mils. Any error should be linear.
It could look something like this: At 500 meters, it may be off .1 mil, while at 1,000 meters it may equal .2 mils. Then .3 at 1,500 meters and .4 at 2,000 meters. These click errors quickly accumulate into inches.

THE SOLUTION:
Test your optic and make sure it tracks true. If not, those carefully launched bullets won’t land where they should.

ISSUE #8

SpinDriftAndDOFSPINDRIFT AND DOF
Spindrift is one of the easiest variables to account for, as the ballistic engines do a good job of giving accurate data for it. But let’s look at the same ranges and how much that is in mils and inches.
Direction of fire (DOF), however, is really talking about Coriolis effect. So let’s look at a shot without the correct DOF input. Let’s say we indicate we are shooting north but we are shooting east, which gives us about half the Coriolis effect.

THE SOLUTION
Make darn sure your ballistic engine knows all of the variables. Spindrift, while quite easy to account for, must be factored into the equation. Also, recognize the direction you are shooting. DOF makes a big difference.

ISSUE #9

DragModelsDRAG MODELS
All ballistic engines are not created equal. While standard drag models such as G1 or G7 work fine out to transonic range, they don’t predict what happens in the subsonic realm very well.

THE SOLUTION
Use custom curves that Bryan Litz and Applied Ballistics have tested extensively to determine what your bullet is really doing at range. These engines work extremely well.

ISSUE #10

AerodynamicJumpAERODYNAMIC JUMP
Aerodynamic jump (AJ), or the deflection of a bullet due to wind direction, can play a huge role when shooting out to distance. If one has not accounted for AJ while truing, this could easily incur an error of 30 fps in the MV. Even if the AJ was accounted for while truing, the effect on the bullet can destroy any chances of making shots at long range.
Let’s look at 12 mph, which is small but will account for a .15 mil deviation on target, and see what this means for long range.

THE SOLUTION
Understand what AJ is and how to account for it while shooting long range.

ISSUE #11

BadBCBAD BC
Unfortunately, bullet companies don’t always give you the proper BC one should use in a ballistic computer. Instead, they give the BC at the muzzle. This same error will not affect your ability if you true on any targets you engage out to transonic. However, it is not uncommon to see as much as 2 percent deviation from actual BC to what a company may represent as the stated BC.

THE SOLUTION
Instead of trusting listed BCs, run a drag scale factor (DSF) to morph the predictive and actual algorithms back in line in the subsonic regions. This will provide a much more accurate prediction of what the bullet will do at long range.

ISSUE #12

WindVelocity_CosineWIND VELOCITY / COSINE
Always the nemesis of the long gun, cosine (the way we assign value to wind speed if it’s not blowing perpendicular to the bullet’s path) is a huge problem that gets increasingly difficult with range. Not only is reading wind exponentially harder with range, now we have to get the cosine-determined wind value perfect as well. What I want to show you is math that only relates to a miss estimate of 1 mph. An error of 1 mph wind speed yields this much distance between our expected point of impact and our actual point of impact.

CONCLUSION:
At the end of the day, I am not trying to discourage anyone from extreme longrange shooting. However, I do want to show the challenges in making shots at truly long ranges. And again, I am not talking about shooting and doing corrections until you finally get a hit 50 rounds later. That is not true long range. That is having fun, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
There is a different set of skills that allows a shooter to be “on” at extreme ranges in only a shot or two. This is the sought-after skill in long-range shooting. Even though control or even being aware of all the variables may seem overwhelming, this is the challenge, and accurately calculating for each can be a rewarding feeling.

Read more: http://www.gunsandammo.com/tips-tactics/12-issues-with-extreme-long-range-shooting/#ixzz4kSVOmBSt

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June General Club Meeting

This Wednesday, 6-21-17 @ 7pm

At the Club’s Indoor Range Meeting Room

 

 

 

 

FULLBORE  RIFLE  PRACTICE

Wednesday, 6-21-2017 @ 5pm

at

Camp White Historic Rifle Range

Off Kershaw Road @ Ja. Co. Sports Park

22 Rounds will be shot Slow Fire from 600 yards

Any Centerfire Rifle, Calibers up to 35 caliber

Prone and Bench Rest Shooting

 

 

 

 

IDPA MATCH

This Weekend  June 24th—8am

Reserve and Competition Ranges of

the Jackson County Sports Park

 

IDPA offers an exciting forum for practical shooters in which truly practical equipment,

techniques and courses of fire are mandated.

Prior to IDPA, there was no place to compete with common service pistols.

There were no shooting sports where your concealed carry holster could also be your match holster without handicap.

When you come to an IDPA match, you can not only use your duty/CCW equipment, you can be completely competitive with it!

Other shooting sports have become equipment “races”; IDPA will not.

If you’re interested in using truly practical pistols to solve challenging and exciting defensive shooting problems,

then IDPA is the sport for you.

Learn more about what makes IDPA great, from the practical skills training rules,

the variety of matches, the wide range of competitors and the ever growing community.

 

More Information Available At :  http://www.idpa.com/

 

 

 

 

This Month’s Steel Challenge Results

Fastest Shooter with Lowest Combined Time Wins

Each Stage is shot 5 times, and the slowest time for each Stage is thrown out.

A total of 5 Stages are shot, and the aggregate time is the Score.

Shooter only compete against other people shooting the same type of firearm. 

 

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RFPI=Rimfire Pistol Iron Sights?,   LTD=CenterFire Pistol Limited/Stock?,   REVI=Centerfire Revolver Iron Sights,

REVO=Centerfire Revolver Open,  (Open =Modified Firearm, Limited=Stock or UnModified Firearm)

 

 

 

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G&A Basics: The Science of Hearing Protection

by B. Gil Horman   |  August 22nd, 2013

 

It is estimated about one in 10 Americans has hearing loss that affects the ability to understand normal speech. The most common cause of this condition is excessive noise exposure. It just so happens shooting firearms is a popular activity that subjects its participants to noise levels intense enough to cause permanent hearing loss, unless the proper precautions are employed.

But how loud can a gun really be? It varies some depending on the firearm and ammunition used, but the sound is more intense than one might think. If we were to measure the report of a rifle, the sound would be checked for the following:

 

Frequency: from low to high sounds, measured in hertz.

Duration: how long the report lasts.

Intensity: how soft or loud a sound is, measured in decibels (dB).

It’s important to note when sound levels are represented in decibels, the increase in sound intensity is expressed in a logarithmic scale. The softest audible sound—near total silence—is represented as 0 dB. A sound 10 times more powerful is 10 dB. A sound 100 times more powerful than near total silence is 20 dB. A sound 1,000 times more powerful than near total silence is 30 dB. This means a change in volume from 150 dB to 140 dB is a more significant reduction in noise intensity than reducing 50 dB to 40 dB.

 

To clarify how loud a sound measured in decibels can be, it’s helpful to have some everyday sound comparisons to work with. Normal conversation occurs at 60 dB. Lawn mowers run at 90 dB, a jet engine at 140 dB, and the noise on a rocket pad during launch pushes the top end of the scale at 180 dB. So where does gunfire land in the lineup? When a gun goes off, the report slams into bare eardrums at 140 dB or more.

Some are incredulous at this revelation, saying there is no way a gun is as loud as a jet engine. However, they are confusing sound duration with sound intensity. The sound of a gunshot only lasts for a fraction of a second, but in that short time, it’s very loud.

How Much Can the Ear Take?
So what level of sound intensity is too loud for the human ear? Most experts agree you would have to be exposed to eight continuous hours of noise at 85 dB to cause permanent hearing loss, but sound spikes of 130 dB or more can cause permanent damage instantly.  This means every shot fired has the potential of damaging the ears of anyone within close hearing range. Again, there will be more incredulity at this information, since readers will say they’ve heard loud noises in the past and can still hear just fine. Here are two important things to remember:

The various tissues of the human body do not respond to duress in the same way

Permanent hearing damage can go unrecognized because it is cumulative in nature.

 

The human body contains an amazing variety of systems, each with specialized tissues to fulfill different tasks. Muscle tissue, for example, can become stronger after being strained. The first time you try a new physical activity—rock climbing, surfing or ballroom dancing, for example—muscles that have not been used quite that way before will become sore and tired. If the activity is continued over time, the muscles will adapt and become stronger. Eventually you will be able to continue those activities without becoming sore like you were the first time. In other words, our muscles adapt and become stronger.

However, the specialized tissues of the nervous system—including brain functions and hearing—do not respond to abuse by rebuilding themselves to become stronger. Instead, when they take enough abuse, they lose their functionality for the rest of a person’s life.

 

For example, think of all the professional boxers over the years who were amazing athletes in their prime, but were left with crippling brain damage by the end of their careers. They successfully toughened their muscles to Olympic-competition levels, but their brains slamming against the interior of their skulls with each blow taken to the head caused irreparable harm. It doesn’t usually happen in a single fight—although it can—but brain damage adds up over time. It’s exactly the same process with hearing loss. Each loud sound—whether in short or sustained bursts—is like a punch to the ear. It may not seem like a big deal at the moment, but it adds up over time.

 

Because hearing loss is painless and gradual, it can go unnoticed until the loss—or related symptoms—are quite severe. Many people think losing hearing is like turning down the volume on a television set; all the sounds get softer and softer until you hear nothing at all. That’s not the case, especially with noise exposure. What loud noises can do is punch holes in your hearing at certain spots along the frequency line. I know one sportsman who was shooting a particular gun almost every weekend for several seasons without hearing protection. When he did get his hearing checked, sure enough, along with some general hearing loss he had a gap (i.e., deafness) right at the sound frequency produced by his gun and ammunition combination. Ears do not get tougher with exposure to noise; they just stop working.

 

Besides hearing loss, there’s the symptom of tinnitus. From the Latin word for “ringing,” tinnitus is the perception of a sound when no external sound source is present. Don’t panic if you’ve had a little ringing in your ears at some point, that’s normal. However, if you are around noise loud enough to cause your ears to ring, it’s a good indicator that your hearing is in danger of damage. If enough damage is done, the ringing may not go away.

 

How to Protect Your Hearing
So how exactly should shooters go about keeping their ears safe? The obvious answer is to use hearing protection devices like sound muffling earplugs and earmuffs. These items should have a sound-reduction rating on the package shown in decibels (e.g., 21 dB, 30dB). The higher the number, the more noise they block.   But if guns make 140 dB of noise, how is a 30 dB plug going to help? First, the noise tends to travel forward of the muzzle, so the shooter’s ears are not always hit by as much noise as the gun produces. This does not mean the level of sound is safe—only reduced. Second, the purpose of hearing protection devices is not to eliminate sound, but to reduce the impact to a level that does not cause lasting damage. In short, a plethora of scientific studies  conducted over many years show hearing protection works, and it works at the sound-muffling levels common devices provide.

With hearing protection so high on the must-have list these days, most shooting ranges will have some form of hearing protection on hand for their customers. Hardware stores and gun stores also have a variety of options in stock. The cheapest form of hearing protection at pennies apiece are the disposable foam earplugs, which usually provide somewhere between 25-31 dB of hearing protection. Reusable rubber-type plugs are also available, ranging from $5-15, depending on the make and model.

 

The next step up from ear plugs are the ear-protecting muffs, which have the advantage of being reusable for years. The basic clamp-over-the-ear units can run from $10-40, providing the same 25-31 dB levels of hearing protection as the foam plugs. A popular option in really noisy areas like the indoor ranges is to use both plugs and muffs. This is a good idea, but understand the limitations of this system. A 30 dB plug and a 30 dB muff together do not provide a cumulative 60 dB of hearing protection. Instead, they each act as a separate barrier the sound must travel through successively. Hearing protection is improved, but not to as high a level as one might think.

Finally, there are electronically-enhanced hearing protection devices, including specialized hearing aid/earplug combinations, and earmuffs fitted with external microphones and internal speakers. The sound system in electronic muffs allows the user to hear surrounding sounds at a normal levels, or even louder than normal. When a dangerously loud sound is detected by the electronics, the speakers to the ears are deactivated until the noise reaches a safe level again. Prices for these systems range from as little as $50 to thousands of dollars, depending on what you’re looking for.

A Personal Matter
When I was approached by Guns & Ammo to write this piece, I hoped they wanted me on the job because of my witty prose and unquenchable enthusiasm for shooting. But in the end, they just wanted me for my body. You see, I have a moderate-to-severe bilateral hearing loss of over 60 dB in the 500 to 2,000 hertz range, along with symptoms of tinnitus. That means I wear hearing aids in both ears to help me understand what people have to say, and I have ringing in my ears.

My hearing loss is genetic in nature, which means there was nothing I could have done to avoid it. It’s a little gift from my DNA that kicked in about 17 years ago, but the symptoms are just the same as those caused by loud noise exposure. I was careful to protect my hearing before the loss, but I’m religious about taking care of what I have left now.

Is the Tinnitus annoying? Yes, on good days it’s only annoying. Do I miss hearing and understanding what my wife, kids and co-workers have to say? Only when they choose to speak to me. Don’t the cutting-edge digital hearing aids help? Yes, and they’re a real bargain at $1,400-3,000 apiece, plus the cost of replacement every three years or so, batteries, maintenance, service charges, and hearing checks.

 

While it may be better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all, I just can’t come up with any reason why losing hearing would be plus. Ear protection is far too easy to obtain and use for anyone to have a good reason to gamble with their hearing. So what is your hearing worth? The last I checked, you can start protecting it for as little as 25 cents (foam plugs) per trip to the range. Take it from me, it’s well worth the investment.

 

 

 

 

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Klamath Speed Steel

This Saturday June 3rd  8:00am

 

 

Klamath USPSA

Greeting Shooters!

Our next match is this Sunday, June 4th

We will shoot 5 stages, ~135 rounds.

 

We have new gravel and a new look! It’s amazing!

Registration is 0900-0920

(to give us time to create squads and set up the Nooks)

Please arrive and register before 0920,

Match Starts at 0930.

 

$20 match fee (juniors are $10).

Match setup is the day before,

after the Speed Steel match in the morning at 0800.

Please remember to sign-in and or pay the day-use fee at the kiosk as required.

For More Information Contact  Jake @ jspsuspsa@gmail.com

 

See Attachment for SOPSA NEWS

Upcoming Local Events in Medford

 

 

If you know a member who doesn’t get Club Newsletters,

Tell them to check their e-mail address of record in their

Membership PROFILE page of the club’s website.

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Fullbore Rifle

 

We will shoot at 600 yards on the Camp White Range

at 5 PM this Wednesday—-TODAY

22 rounds or less prone or bench. Frank 541 899 6872

From… Frank Scarlata      frankscar@q.com

 

 

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Members continue to commit

Range Safety Violations at the Range.

 

“Train Safe” to “Stay Safe”

1.     Do not point your firearm at the concrete floor or walls,

2.     Do not point your firearm at the ceiling.

3.     Do not handle any objects on the shooting bench

while shooters are downrange.

4.     Stay behind the Shooting Benches when others are shooting

 

If holding a firearm at the low ready position,

the barrel of the firearm should still be pointed at the backstop. 

A negligent discharge into the concrete floor or concrete will walls

can cause the bullet to fragment and could seriously injure someone. 

Do not point your firearm at the ceiling, it isn’t bullet-proof

 

Handling of objects on the shooting bench

while someone is down range or on the target side of the bench

is strictly prohibited.

There’s no hurry, wait until they’re back and safely behind the bench

 

Remember these violations may result in injury &/or a loss of range privileges.

 

 

Medford Rifle and Pistol Club

 

Take Advantage of the Club’s FREE Firearm Classes

OPEN TO MEMBERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC

 

·        INTRO TO BASIC PISTOL CLASS— TWO-HOUR

·        INTRO TO PRACTICAL/DEFENSIVE PISTOL CLASS

·        BASIC PISTOL CLINIC—-Hands on Range Time with an Instructor

·        ADVANCED PRACTICAL PISTOL PRACTICE

 

TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE IN A CLASS and more INFORMATION

CONTACT

Phil Grammatica @  714-749-7216   or    mrpctrainingdirector@yahoo.com

 

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Are you ready for F-Class?

by Larry Bartholome – Wednesday, May 24, 2017

You have your rifle, mat, front rest or bipod, rear bag, and ammo ready to shoot in your first F-Class match. But are you really ready? While you read this, picture in your mind’s eye that you have all the items I listed in my first sentence already on the firing line in place.

Now, what else should you have handy? Drawing a blank, or has your mind misfired? Let me help. How are you going to keep score? What if it rains? How do you get your gear down to the 800 yard line if they don’t allow you to drive your vehicle? There are many things most newer shooters don’t consider before going to their first big match. No problem! I’m here to help.

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Simplified 600 or 1000 yard F-Class plot sheet. Photo by North State Shooting Club.

In order to keep score you are going to need a pen to write with. A backup or two would be even better. I have given away more Berger pens in the last 11 years to people scoring me than I can count, even if I had 10 hands and feet. A small clipboard would be nice to go with the pen. Blank plot sheets when you are firing are handy to write down your score and scope settings when you are done shooting (you can download free plot sheets for printing at home from the North State Shooting Club website).

Oh yes, before I forget where are your earmuffs and/or your plugs? Do you have spares? Particularly plugs. What if you left your muffs in the car? Always keep spare plugs in you rifle case or stool. Take them to the pits! Speaking of a shooting stool, they are always nice to have. You can put your miscellaneous items in it and have a place to sit to boot. Don’t forget your hat and always wear glasses while shooting. Side blinders to fit on your glasses are always handy to keep the sun out of your eyes. How much time do you have to shoot? Don’t you think a stopwatch of some kind would be nice to have on occasion?

If it rains, keep the following as dry as you can in this order: ammo, rifle, scorecard, yourself and then the rest of your gear. To keep your ammo, rifle and scorecards dry while shooting I suggest a thin sheet of clear plastic big enough to cover your riflescope from front to back (see the example pictured at the top of this article). This sheet plastic is available in many fabric stores including Wally World on long rolls 36 inches wide. Cut the plastic so it covers the scope/action area and off the sides to keep your ammo/score sheets dry. I put Velcro on my scope and stock to hold it in place and tuck it under my ammo box to hold in place. The other side I use my clipboard. You will need to experiment with your setup ahead of time.

 

A DIY solution for hauling gear.

Many F-Class shooters use their riflescope to score with, in some cases this is not possible, so a spotting scope is another item you should have. Since we are accumulating a lot of stuff, some of which is pretty heavy, it would be very nice to have a cart of some kind to haul it around. I prefer the “fold-it” cart, as do many shooters, but there are many foldable lightweight carts available from about $50 up. Additionally, sunblock of some kind is a needed item that is often forgotten.

If your range has pits with pulled targets, you should have work gloves and perhaps a large diameter (5/8-inch) piece of rope five to six feet long with knots in it to help pull the target down and up. Always wear a hat and glasses in the pits to shade your eyes from spindle spatter in case one gets hit.

As you can see, there are many things you need to consider prior to shooting your first match.  Even if you forget something, just have fun and shoot.

 

 

Medford Rifle and Pistol Club

 

OREGON CHL Class

Saturday June 10th, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 15:00 pm
Medford Rifle & Pistol Club, 1253 E Vilas Rd, Central Point, OR 97502, USA

TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE IN THE CLASS CONTACT  Phil Grammatica <mrpctrainingdirector@yahoo.com>

 

MRPC offers the Oregon CHL class to Club members at a discounted cost of $25.00, including all materials.

Members can add the Arizona CCW for only $25.00 when combined with the Oregon CHL class.

Includes the required 2 sets of fingerprints for the Arizona Permit.

The Arizona CCW is recognized 35 states, including the State of Nevada.

The price of a standalone Arizona CCW class is $30 for members, again including the required 2 sets of fingerprints.

 

During the class, the range will be OPEN TO MEMBER USE EXCEPT FROM 1330 – 1500

 

 

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5 Home-Defense Shotgun Tips and Accessories

By Dave Dolbee published on May 26, 2017 in Safety and Training, Videos

 

The number of debates surrounding which firearm is best for home defense is likely only bested the great 9mm v. .45 ACP argument. At the end of the day, it boils down to your personal means, preferences, and situation. Personally, I do not believe in limiting myself. Why choose between a handgun, shotgun, or AR, when I can have them all? That is to say, in the appropriate places, within reach at the right time, and properly secured, I like the strategy of having all three. That being said, I could make a case for only having an AR, shotgun, or pistol. It is not so much the choice of weapon, but the ammo selection and most importantly, personal ability that are likely the key factors when choosing a firearm for home defense. However, you can’t wrong with a shotgun to defend the castle.

DP-12 Shotgun right profile black

The DP-12 has two 7-round magazine tubes and two barrels. It’s a double-barrel pump gun. Pump once and shoot twice!

For those considering a shotgun, there is no shortage of arguments in your favor. Since its invention, the shotgun has served a defensive and offensive role in law enforcement, military duty, and personal defense. It is truly a multipurpose weapon. In the hands of a seasoned shotgunner, it offers a level of precision whether breaking clays or on the tactical shotgun course. The same shotgun can then be wielded by the neophyte and offer better accuracy than the handgun or rifle in a tactical, close quarters confrontation.

The sound of shotgun’s pump action being operated can be enough deterrent to stop a fight. The shotgun’s payload is a fight stopper. Semi-automatic, pump, double barrel, or one of the new modern offerings that combines these features, such as the DP-12 or Kel-Tec KSG, whichever you choose, here are 5 points to consider.

Recoil

Recoil is a force to be reckoned with, but it is not the deal breaker most think. I have seen sub 100-pound women run a course of clays, not to mention that young girl the majority of us have seen social media. She is 13 years old and cleans a 3-gun course with an ACR, Benelli 12 gauge, and Smith and Wesson M&P (check out the video). I think that is proof enough, but it is not what the young girl can do, it is what you or your loved ones can do. If the recoil of a 12 gauge is too much, drop down to a 20 gauge or even a .410. True, most do not consider the .410 shotgun, but think of what it can do from a Taurus Judge.

Slings

Slings are not normally pictured with home defense shotguns, because few feel they would need one. Perhaps, that is simply because they have never considered the utility of a sling. Let’s start with the potential downside, because that is what most would address first. The sling could be noisy and possible give away your position.

On the other hand, there are dozens of scenarios where you may need both hands free. Opening a padlock while checking your property, tending a wounded loved one before the police or EMS arrives… Also, in a worst-case scenario where you were fighting for control of the shotgun, a sling can be an asset. And what about beyond the home in a survival situation, civil disorder, or should a riot or mob ever approach your home. These are somewhat far fetch scenarios I’ll admit. I am not necessarily recommending a sling, but it is something to consider.

Spare Ammunition

Long, drawn-out gunfights are a thing of the movies, but in the intro to this story I did mention double barrels for home defense. Standard sporting shotguns with a plug would be limited to three shots, and other range in the number of rounds they can hold. I think this falls into the category of, “I’d rather have it and not need it then need it and not have it.” We hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

Interstate Arms Hawk 12 gauge shotgun right profile

The IAC Hawk closely resembles a Remington 870 with a couple of upgrades and a much lower price tag.

Here is a case where a sling can do double duty and serve as a bandolier. Other models have sidesaddle that are attached to the action or elastic or neoprene carriers affixed around the stock. Of course, in the case of the modern tactical model carrying 15 or rounds, you have a heavy weapon, but one that should be ready without the worry of reloading.

Another advantage of spare ammunition is the ability to have different types of loads at the ready including, birdshot, buckshot and slugs.

Shotgun Fit

This one is a biggie and probably the most overlooked. I’ll admit, I have recommended and sold a fair number of shotguns for home defense without asking all of the questions. Most often, the purchaser is concerned with price point, a few features, and not much else. Shotguns do need to be aimed—to a degree, this is an entire topic of its own.

Mossberg 500 JIC Flex 57340 6-Shot 12 gauge shotgun

The Mossberg 500 JIC Flex fits the bill for close-quarters maneuverability. The small size also makes it easy to store in a vehicle or motorhome when travelling.

The problem arises when a 6’2” man goes out and buys a shotgun, takes it to the range and then readies it in the home for defense. What about the lady of the house? If she went to the range, our big strapping hero probably loaded it up and pointed her in a safe direction to take her 12 gauge pummeling with a gun fit for him. Did he ever think, in his absence or when injured, she would be the main person to defend the home, children, treasure?

Let’s say our hero is married to a 5’1” woman. A shotgun with a telescoping stock is a great solution. It allows you both to have the proper fit. Otherwise, unless you shoot a shotgun with a similar length of pull, spend a few bucks and have a gunsmith fit the gun the shooter with a shorter length of pull. Remember, you’ll do better shooting a shotgun that is too short than you will trying to shoot one that is too long.

Training

There is an art to shooting a shotgun well. Fortunately, compared to other firearms, the learning curve is fast to become proficient. That does not mean a trip to the range once a year is sufficient. A home defense shotgun is potentially the last thing that stops the wolf from blowing your house down and harming everyone inside. The last defense… Do you really think a box of ammo once a year is sufficient?

Consider different shotgun courses. Look into sporting courses that will teach you to shoot a shotgun accurately. Then advance to tactical course that will teach you, and anyone in the home—yes, make it a family affair—to use it to defend your home.

One of the most dangerous myths regarding the defensive shotgun is that a person can just poke it in the general direction of the target and hit dead center. Sadly, such is definitely not the case. The shotgun must be aimed if one expects to hit the intended target.

A shotgun for home defense is a wise choice. Whether you rely solely on it, or as one part of your home defense strategy depends on you and your situation. Remember, we hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Should the wolf ever come knocking, I have a great recipe for roasted wolf…

What firearm or firearms do you keep for home defense? What training courses have you attended? Do you have a home defense shotgun tip? Share your answers in the comment section.

SLRule

Growing up in Pennsylvania’s game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Dave’s writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business, OutdoorRoadmap.com, TheGearExpert.com and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

 

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FULLBORE RIFLE PRACTICE

We will shoot this Wednesday the 24th on the Camp White Historic Rifle Range

Starting at 5 pm at 600 yards, you can shoot prone or bench.

22 rounds or less.

If you come late after 5 you can still shoot, we will put you in the last relay.

Frank 541 899 6872

 

Any Center Fire Rifle, Any Sights

 

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IDPA MATCH

International Defensive Pistol Association

 

Saturday May 27th

Starts at 9:30am   Come Early to Register

At the Reserve and Competition Pistol Ranges

Of The Jackson County Sports Park

 

Set-Up is Friday Afternoon May 26th

Contact Leif Johnson 541-890-1195 for more information

 

 

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A MISSING TIMER!

 

A shot timer was discovered missing following last weekend’s USPSA match.

If you attended the match or know someone who did, please help us locate the missing timer.

Please spread the word.    If located, please contact

either Tom Howard at  howardts@charter.net   or Eric Hill 530-598-8833 or cle150@att.net

Thanks.

 

 

 

 

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Klamath Defensive Shooting

Contact McKellar Jon <mck508@charter.net>

 

There will be a shoot on Sunday May 28th.

Four stages.

In June, we will have a three-gun match on the fourth Sunday

And a Defensive Shoot on the Third Sunday of the month.


Aloha
Jon

 

 

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05.22.17

The legislature’s three leading gun grabbers have introduced yet another omnibus anti-gun bill. This one, SB 1065 includes language from several previous anti-gun bills that died due to a procedural error made by Floyd Prozanski, a sponsor of this bill.

The bill is a 26 page monstrosity, but here are the lowlights.

Among many other things this bill does, it nearly quintuples the length of time the State Police can deny you a firearms transfer with no cause.

It also drastically complicates the process for getting a concealed handgun license . Online classes will be prohibited unless the class is provided by the NRA or an "Oregon law enforcement agency or association. "

There are currently many other online class options for CHL courses. This bill would prohibit them all and give an almost exclusive online monopoly to NRA and the Oregon State Sheriffs Association.

(It’s interesting to note that several years ago, NRA informed its instructors that if instructors offered their own online classes they risked having their certification revoked.  More recently NRA changed their rules so that NRA classes could only be completed by students who took the NRA’s online class. Even more recently, NRA reversed course again and agreed to allow certified NRA instructors to give complete NRA classes.)

The bill also requires live fire, something many NRA instructors are not in a position to offer, and it requires "training in the safe loading, unloading, storing and carrying of handguns and information on Oregon and relevant federal laws governing the lawful use of a firearm, including self-defense, the use of force, including deadly force, and the transportation and concealment of handguns."

While NRA instructors should certainly be qualified to train in loading, unloading and carrying of handguns, (and we hope this would be a normal part of any class), very few are qualified to teach Oregon laws and, in fact, NRA discourages instructors from getting into a discussion of statutes. Nowhere in this bill is there any discussion of what would make a person qualified to teach Oregon and Federal laws on self defense, or the use of force or deadly force. Not only would this bill prevent most instructors from teaching a CHL class to begin with, since most don’t have ranges, but the potential liability to instructors is staggering.

We have no doubts that, should this bill pass, we will soon be faced with a requirement that CHL classes must be taught by lawyers. Think about the restrictions that will place on class availability and the added expense.

Of course, there is nothing that has happened in the almost 30 years that Oregon has offered CHL’s that indicates any of this is necessary.

This bill does many other bad things and has serious technical flaws, but its clear intent is to create more obstacles and impediments to lawful firearms ownership.

Please take action now and tell the Oregon Senate to vote no on SB 1065.

 

New Jersey State Police Sue Gun Maker,

Citing Defective Handguns

The lawsuit says that many of the guns malfunctioned by not ejecting shell casings when fired.

Author: Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has sued gun manufacturer Sig Sauer, saying it sold defective handguns to the state police.

The company, based in Newington, New Hampshire, sold 3,000 handguns to New Jersey State Police for nearly $2 million.

But the lawsuit says that when the weapons were delivered in 2014, many of the guns malfunctioned by not ejecting shell casings when fired.

The lawsuit says Sig Sauer failed to provide new guns to the state by an agreed-upon date.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports that the New Jersey attorney general has filed a breach of contract complaint,

seeking a refund, plus nearly $900,000 to cover the cost of purchased holsters.

Sig Sauer didn’t respond to a request for comment.

 

 

 

 

Special Ops Gadgets for Elite Military Teams

It’s like a supermarket for Navy SEALs. A grocery store for Green Berets. A Costco for commandos.

 

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It’s a conference for military special operations forces and their gadgets, weapons and tools. The Special Operations Forces Industry Conference is held yearly in Tampa. Here, the U.S. Special Operations Command — the Tampa-based unit that oversees all of the nation’s elite military teams — shops for equipment.

Lantern-jawed Marines in camo mingle with computer geeks in chinos who run complex intel programs on the convention floor. Panels such as "Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit Sessions" are popular, and alphabet soup acronyms are common in casual conversation ("Are you going to the USSOCOM J-Code Directors Panel?").

Outside the convention center, maritime displays of sleek boats with mounted weapons cruise by, and underwater drones surface.

Prototypes of new gadgets and gear are showcased. Robots, holograms, tanks, lethal weapons — it’s all on display.

Here are some of the interesting gadgets that were on the trade show floor during the weeklong event, which wraps up Friday.

Underwater Drones

Deep Trekker is a Canadian company that sells underwater drones. The small grey cylinders with cameras can be remote-controlled on land or in the water, and Sam MacDonald, president, says the device can dive down 150 meters — it’s great for hull inspection or contraband, checking out port security.

"We’ve also had it used in the Special Forces, for things they can’t really tell us a lot about," she said.

Bomb Disposal

Joseph Smith of Massachusetts-based Endeavor Robotics smiled patiently when a reporter asked whether his company’s robots were in any way like the ubiquitous Roomba vacuums. At more than $100,000 each, the 510 Packbot overcomes stairs, obstacles and debris. It can reach speeds of 5.8 MPH (9.3 KM/H); perform bomb disposal, surveillance and reconnaissance; and detect hazardous materials.

Smith, a Marine, looked around the trade show floor.

"I would say that this room is probably filled with the world’s best in class warriors, yes."

Simpler Rifle

Gabriele de Plano of gunmaker Beretta showed off a new rifle,

that a soldier doesn’t have to carry around a ton of batteries for the rifle’s components.

"Overall, we’re simplifying the system; we’re adding capabilities with what the soldier can do with his assault rifle," de Plano said.

The rifle’s components run on six AA batteries

Spidey Sense

Jeffry Pietersz of the Netherlands-based TAGS-Systems not only sells things that will help soldiers rappel up and down buildings but

is also a little like Spiderman himself.

"When a special forces team wants to enter a ship, they use one of our compact launchers to shoot a grapnel and hook onto a ship with a rope attached," Pieterz explained, tugging on a device and a rope attached high into the convention center rafters. "And if they want to climb the ship, they can use one of our power ascenders to assault it. This is a battery-powered ascender — it has an exchangeable battery, and it has a lifting capacity of 150 kilograms. Optimized for a fully equipped operator. It will hoist yourself up 60 meters per minute."

With that, he zipped into the air.

 

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OREGON CHL Class   Not to late—Call Tonight!

TOMORROW Saturday May 13, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 15:00 pm
Medford Rifle & Pistol Club, 1253 E Vilas Rd, Central Point, OR 97502, USA

TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE IN THE CLASS CONTACT  Phil Grammatica <mrpctrainingdirector@yahoo.com>

MRPC offers the Oregon CHL class to Club members at a discounted cost of $25.00, including all materials.

Members can add the Arizona CCW for only $25.00 when combined with the Oregon CHL class.

Includes the required 2 sets of fingerprints for the Arizona Permit.

The Arizona CCW is recognized 35 states, including the State of Nevada.

The price of a standalone Arizona CCW class is $30 for members, again including the required 2 sets of fingerprints.

 

During the class, the range will be OPEN TO MEMBER USE EXCEPT FROM 1330 – 1500

 

 

 

May Steel Challenge

It’s Mother’s Day, so Ladies Shoot for FREE !

Steel is serious “Fast and Furious” Fun

This Month’s Stages are specially all set up for fast shooting

This Sunday May 14th

Come Early to Sign up @ 8:30am   Shooting Starts at 9am

5 stages     125 round minimum

 

 

 

                                                            Next week the

Club’s “May” General Meeting

Wednesday Night  May 17th @ 7 pm

 

Our speaker will be Dave Corbin who has recently

returned from the NRA General Meeting in Atlanta

 

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Fullbore Rifle Practice

TODAY—Wednesday May 10th

We will shoot at 600 yards

on the

Camp White Rifle Range

at 5 PM,

 

22 rounds of  less.

Also there will be a 5 shot varmint fun shoot.

 

Contact Frank 541899 6872 for more information

If you show up late you will still shoot

 

 

OREGON CHL Class

Saturday May 13, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 15:00 pm
Medford Rifle & Pistol Club, 1253 E Vilas Rd, Central Point, OR 97502, USA

TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE IN THE CLASS CONTACT

Phil Grammatica <mrpctrainingdirector@yahoo.com&gt;

 

MRPC will be offering the Oregon CHL class to Club members at a discounted cost of $25.00, including all materials. Add the Arizona CCW. MRPC member’s price $25.00 when combined with the Oregon CHL class. Includes the required 2 sets of fingerprints. The Arizona CCW is recognized 35 states, including the State of Nevada. The stand alone Arizona CCW member’s price $30.00 includes the required 2 sets of fingerprints.

 

During the class, the range will be OPEN TO MEMBER USE EXCEPT FROM 1330 – 1500

 

 

 

May Steel Challenge

Fast and Furious Fun

Sunday May 14th

Come Early to Sign up—8:30am       Shooting Starts at 9am

5 stages     125 round minimum

 

 

 

Training Your Mind

by Malcolm Cooper – Monday, May 8, 2017

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of our series on Great Britain’s Malcolm Cooper, who won gold medals in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics in the smallbore three-position event. Planning for the unexpected helped Malcolm Cooper (pictured above, center) win a gold medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. At his left is silver medalist Alister Allan (GBR), the bronze winner is Kirill Ivanov (USSR). Going into the finals, Allan had 1181, Cooper 1180 and Ivanov 1173. Cooper pulled it out over his teammate in the final, 99.3 to 94.6. Mr. Cooper passed away in the U.K. on June 9, 2001. Read Part 1 here, and also check out Mr. Cooper’s article on contingency planning.

As a shooter, you know that if you spend time training the body to shoot, your performance will improve. You should realize, however, that the mind can be trained, as well as the body. When you do realize this, you will be able to work out ways to improve your mental performance and address any problems you may have.

Society teaches us, wrongly I believe, to analyze our mistakes. I believe that it hurts your performance to analyze bad shots, since it requires you to focus on what has gone wrong. It points the mind away from what you are trying to do right. The mind functions like a good computer. If junk goes in, junk will come out. The idea is to train your mind not to let the negative thoughts in. Whenever a negative thought comes in, a positive thought should be substituted. For example, after a run of 10s, you may think: “I’m going to shoot a nine anytime now.” You should say to yourself: “I will not accept that,” and substitute the image of a good hold, the front sight centered on the bull, a perfect release and follow through. If negative thoughts are blocked every time they enter your mind, and positive ones substituted, the mind will begin to think only one way—“I can.” Soon, “I will” will replace “I can’t” and “I won’t.” Once you do this, your confidence will skyrocket and you will start to believe that you really can do all kinds of things with your mind. Once you believe that the mind can be trained, you can go on to the next step, which is to develop a series of thoughts that will help you fire a good shot.
"Mental training is no substitute for technical training … an untrained mind will hold back a well-trained body."
This series of thoughts is another way to train your mind. You can actually work out for yourself exactly how you want to think at a certain time and place. You can sit down and determine the thoughts that would be most helpful to a good performance. Use your imagination to see and feel what a good performance on a shot is like. You must be able to think about that good performance before and during the firing of a shot. For example, before the rifle is picked up for a shot, you should envision a perfect sequence of: Settling the rifle, relaxing with it in the center of the hold area, breathing out, taking the final hold, seeing through the sights with the bull in the center, breaking the shot and following through. This perfect sequence can then be carried out.

Imagining a perfect shot just before you shoot can help bring to your mind exactly what you want, and it increases your ability to repeat it. It also helps keep your mind fairly occupied with performing properly. If you are constantly calculating your score, you are wasting your mental energy and you are not thinking of what you need to in order to do well. It is a good practice to follow a bad shot with a mental review of what you want to think, and then be sure to think correctly during the next shot. This confirmation of proper thinking will tend to eliminate poor thinking and the memory of the bad performance.

Another form of mind training is learning to follow your instincts. All input from training and matches becomes part of your natural instincts, and these instincts can become your best friend. I’m sure that there have been many times when you have wondered how many clicks you needed for wind, answered the question, and then thought: “No, that can’t be right.” You then went with a more conservative number of clicks, only to find out that your instincts were right. I enjoy following my instincts. I get quite a kick when I follow them and they are right, which they often are. While there is an element that draws me back to caution, the rougher the conditions, the better I seem to do by following my instincts. Now, for the most part, I don’t wait on the wind, but go with my instincts for a sight correction and shoot or hold over.

Mental training is no substitute for technical training. It is regrettable that having the mind trained as you would like doesn’t help the body do what you want it to. On the other hand, an untrained mind will hold back a well-trained body.

 

 

1872 Creedmoor and the First Annual Matches

by SSUSA Staff – Thursday, May 4, 2017

1872 Creedmoor and the First Annual Matches

With financial help from the state of New York, a site for the "American Wimbledon" was purchased in late 1872. Located on Long Island, the Creed farm, that resembled an English moor, was dubbed "Creedmoor." After considerable clearing, development and construction, the range was opened on April 25, 1873 and the first Annual Matches were held at the new range. NRA’s program gained wider acceptance and even the skeptical Regulars began to change their ideas about marksmanship training, and in the years ahead took steps to adopt systems developed at Creedmoor.

In September 1874, the Irish International Shooting team arrived in New York for the Creedmoor International Rifle Match. The Irish presented themselves for the match with confidence and in high spirits. The crowds that day were reported to be between 5,000 and 10,000 strong, which showed the enormous support already present for the fledgling sport in America.

The course of fire was 15 shots to each man at 800, 900 and 1000 yards. Unfortunately, the details of each individual score at the various distances have been lost in time, but we do know that the U.S. was well ahead after the 800 yard shoot. The Irish then caught up after the 900 yard and finished the 1000 yard shoot ahead by one point. The U.S. still had one man left to shoot and it came down to his very last shot with which he scored a four, giving the U.S. team the win over the Irish by three points. The U.S. was triumphant and the Irish team was graceful in defeat.

Subsequent competitions at Creedmoor in 1876 and at Wimbledon, England in 1877 brought more attention to the sport and a scientific approach to marksmanship. Now, the best shooters in the world faced off against each other in formal competition.

By 1902, Congress was presented a bill for the institution of a National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice. The bill did not pass despite the support of President Theodore Roosevelt and his Secretary of War, Elihu Root. But, in 1903, thanks in large part to the efforts of NRA President Gen. Bird W. Spencer and New Jersey Senator John Dryden, legislation was successfully reintroduced as an amendment to the War Department Appropriations Bill authorizing the creation of the board (now known as the CMP) and the establishment of the National Rifle and Pistol Matches, known today as the National Matches.

 

 

 

 

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