Medford Rifle and Pistol Club
Local Fullbore Rifle Practice
Looks like it is going to be another hot week.
We will NOT shoot this Wednesday August the 9th.
See you all next week. Frank
This Sunday August 13th
Steel Challenge Match
Fast and Furious Fun
Come early to register and help Set –up 8:30am
New Shooters Welcome
Open to Club Members and the General Public
Entry Fee: $15 includes range fee and raffle entry
5 Stages of Steel Targets, Shot 5 Times equals a minimum of 125 rounds
Rimfire or Centerfire Firearms, Semi-Auto or Revolver,
There’s even classes for 22 Rifles and Pistol Cartridge Carbines
A class for all shooters and all firearms
Lots of Fun Learn how to be Accurate and Fast !
Held at Reserve and Competition Ranges at the Jackson County Sports Park
South off the corner of Corey and Kershaw Roads.
Do not pay at the Public Range Entrance, but tell the Public Range Entry Staff
that your coming to the Match. The ranges are through the gate at the
south end of public ranges.
Dress for the Weather—Hats, Sun-Screen, Water
2017 NRA National
Precision Pistol Championships Results
by John Parker – Thursday, July 13, 2017
Above, starting from left: Second place SFC Adam Sokolowski, 2017 NRA National Pistol Champion Jonathan Shue and third place SSG Greg Markowski.
The NRA National Precision Pistol Championships have come to an end and we have a winner. Jonathan Shue is this year’s champion,
finishing with a score of 2638-126X. The match, held at Camp Perry, OH, July 10-13 had over 500 competitors in attendance.
2017 NRA National Pistol Champion Jonathan Shue shooting the Mayleigh Cup match.
Shue (Mebane, NC) also won the Citizen’s Military Pistol Trophy as High Civilian of the National Trophy Individual and Team Matches.
In second place overall was SFC Adam Sokowloski (Midland, GA) of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU). SFC Sokowloski’s score of 2636-124X additionally earned him the High Service award. Readers may remember earlier this year when SFC Sokolowski fired the first perfect score with iron sights at the NRA Bianchi Cup. His AMU teammate SSG Greg Markowski (Columbus, GA) finished in third place with a score of 2633-130X.
Last year’s champion Philip Hemphill (Hartselle, AL) earned two nods, High Police and High Senior. He finished the match with a score of 2618-108X. High Woman was Kimberly Hobart-Fleming (New Philadelphia, OH) with a score of 2536-78X. Juan Pena-Velasquez (Lawrenceville, NJ) won High Junior, scoring 2460-57X.
The Collegiate Champion was Christopher Miceli (Haymarket, VA) who finished with a score of 2518-78X. Grand Senior honors went to Steve Reiter (Tucson, AZ) with 2545-73X. The National Guard Champion was SPC Nestor Pena (Davenport, FL) scoring 2595-88X. High Army Reserve was SFC Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, CO) with 2625-117X. The High Air Force shooter was TSGT Terrence Sears (Belen, NM) with a score of 2575-79X.
For the Team Matches, USAMU Blue won the 4-Man Aggregate Championship scoring 3477-144X. Team members were SFC Patrick Franks, SFC Adam Sokolowski (also Team Captain), SFC James Henderson, SFC Lawrence Cleveland and SSG Greg Markowski. High Junior Team was NJ Gold Jr. with a score of 3048-37X. Team members were Trevor Houlis (Captain), Michael Perez Jr., Juan Pena-Velasquez, Tyler Nell, Connor Cherney, Devin Lacross and Coach Dorothy Speers.
In 2-Man teams, USAMU Gold was at the top with a score of 1712-53X. The team consisted of SFC Michael Gasser and SSG Ryan Franks. The High Junior 2-Man team was New York State Juniors with Heather Powers and Samuel Kwon finishing with a combined 1580-27X.
If you are interesting in looking into Precision Pistol Shooting, Our local Precision Pistol Group (BULLSEYE) shoots every Monday night. We shoot the 9-target rimfire (22LR) stage of a full match. Set up is at 7pm, with shooting starting at 7:30pm and typically ending about 8:30pm. Bring your ear and eye protection, your 22 pistols, at least 90 rounds of ammunition; and we’ll get you on the line. Maybe next year, you’ll be on the award podium at the National Matches!
Practically Small ———Issues around Small Self Defense Handguns
Are single-stack, service-caliber compact pistols enough? Or are they, for many, "just right?" Left is the M&P9 Shield, bottom is the Remington R51 and top right is the Springfield Armory XD-e 9mm.
I re-address the question of "how small is too small" in terms of defense handgun selection periodically. Things change. Moving up from sub-compact, sub-caliber (in the minds of some), we move into the theater of single-stack compact service caliber guns.
The agency by which I was employed began issue of a "modern" semi-auto duty pistol in 1986. It was large, a 45 Auto, and was quite heavy – though it became heavier through design and model changes into the 1990s. The troops were often on the lookout for something that was slimmer, lighter in a smaller envelope than the uniform horse pistol.
After some years, an 8-shot 9mm was released. Having an alloy frame and working exactly as the issue gun worked, it was quite popular. The fact that we were on the cusp of the 1994 Clinton Gun Ban made it more popular as sworn peace officers didn’t have to bend a knee in the chief’s office to get permission to get spare magazines.
Time passed. A proliferation of states permitting "shall issue" concealed carry even moving into permit-free carry became the norm. Very, very small pistols are popular for the marginally involved, but many seek compact "double-stack" guns due to differences in the "threat profile."
Honestly, I wore a uniform carrying a revolver with 18 rounds of ammunition. With that rig, I answered calls for service, stopped violators, mediated domestics and rolled on gun calls. When we went to autos, we had 24 rounds in magazines plus one in the chamber. I carry seven more rounds than that after twelve years of retirement. I labor under no delusions that all that ammo will be needed.
Do you want to be armed solely with a six-shot .380 during a mass shooting even at the local shopping mall? Good. Chances are slim you’ll need the gun even in the commercial parking lot – one of the more likely places you’ll face danger.
The concept isn’t new — and this version certainly isn’t new — but the SIG SAUER P239 9mm is a great compact 8-shot pistol that, I believe, is still in production.
Still, what’s a good baseline? As we age, we become victims of various medical issues. Sometimes we’re compelled to go places, often against our will, where carry of firearms is frowned up or is outright illegal. Having a smaller, lighter package that’s still effective can be a handy thing.
How small can you go while still getting good handling and hits out as far as you may need?
For an example of a small, moderate capacity gun, the Remington 9mm R51 has a 3.4" barrel, is 6.6" long, is 1" wide and weighs in at 22 ounces.
Comparing it to another 9mm compact single stack, the S&W Shield: it holds 7 or 8 rounds in the magazine (the R51 holds 7). The Shield has a 3.1" barrel, is 6.1 inches long, is .95" wide and weighs 19 ounces. The frame of the Shield is a polymer, while the R51 is an aluminum alloy. The R51 is hammer fired and the Shield is striker fired – both have a consistent trigger press, first shot to last.
The XD-e on "The Test." It’s not the size of the gun or how many rounds it holds: it’s what your capabilities are with that gun.
The Shield I’ve fired many times across several samples. It’s a known quantity. I shot the Remington R51 on the Tactical Professor’s Baseline Evaluation, a fifty round course fired from 3 yards back to fifteen yards. I scored 488/500 with the little 9mm, a good performance.
Contrast those to the Springfield Armory XD-e: a 25 ounce trigger cocking ("double action") pistol that’s only an inch or so wide. The frame is polymer, the slide is forged steel. There’s a manual decocking lever reminiscent of the HK USP style: If the pistol is cocked, press down on the lever (while the muzzle is in the safest available direction) and the hammer is safely lowered into an intercept notch. Pressing the lever up – whether or not the gun is cocked – puts the safety on. The gun has a 3.3" barrel and a fiber-optic front sight.
Shootability? I set up and shot the "Test," the Hackathorn/Vickers bullseye drill, with the Springfield XD-e. The course is ten hits fired from low ready in ten seconds, from 10 yards on a B-8 repair center. My score was 92/100. Still, it’s a single-stack 9mm with a barrel just over three-inches long and I passed.
The new Safariland Pro-Fit Model 571 is designed for compact pistols like the Shield, the GLOCK 43 and the Springfield Armory XDS. Photo by Safariland.
A gun that’s been around awhile, the SIG-SAUER P239 is a neat hammer-fired trigger-cocking pistol, 8 rounds of 9mm. Unlike some of the newer guns, it has an alloy frame and is, these days, considered "old school." They’re still in production, when last I checked.
With that gun, I shot the FBI Bullseye course using Remington UMC 115 grain metal case ammo and the FBI-IP 1 target from LE Targets. I used the "decocking" feature to make all ten rounds (of thirty total for the course) "double-action" at 25 yards.
The score – 272/300 — was nothing about which to write home, but it would have kept me in the instructor school.
The smaller guns in service-cartridge format can do the job. Like any other firearm, it takes some effort.
– – Rich Grassi
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