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Weather doesn’t look good at all for Wednesday 4-11-18

They are calling for 100 percent rain and 80 percent at night with some snow.

So we’ll not shoot this Wednesday

However, if the weather changes I will send out another email.

Call me at any time if you have any questions.

Frank 541 899 6872

 

 

FREE Wednesday Morning

BULLSEYE CLINIC“

Tomorrow  9am to 12am

Includes Supervised Range Time

Come learn the techniques to develop a perfect sight picture

and a perfect trigger pull.

 

 

Sunday 4-15-18   Monthly IDPA Match

Sports Park Reserve and Competition Ranges

Contact Eric Hill    uspsa.medford@att.net

For More Information

 

 

Indoor Range Ventilation Project

Your patience is appreciated.  The crews have not always been able to work

on the project even when range has been scheduled to be closed for them to work.

But you should know that during the last few months, the crews working on

the project have made great progress toward its completion.  While not complete,

the Bullseye Group has used it the last two Monday nights, and the greater air

flow is really making a difference in removing the products of combustion from

the range.

 

Other FREE Training Classes at the club!

MRPC offers several training classes that range from beginner level to advanced, as well as specialty classes like the Concealed Handgun Class for Oregon and the related Arizona Concealed Weapon class. We also have a regular practice session for advanced pistol.

Once you are up to speed, you might consider joining one of our competition sports like IDAP, USPSA, Speed-Steel, etc. For more information on those and other competition/training groups go to the club’s website.  http://mrpc.info/  and click on Education.

Below are the current offerings listed in their natural progression. Feel free to contact the instructor for more information. E-mail Phil at PhilGrammatica@yahoo.com

Progressive Training Opportunities

1.     Intro to Basic Pistol Shooting

2.     Women’s Defensive Pistol

3.     Intro to Practical/Competitive Pistol

4.     Advanced Practical Pistol

 

 

Is it the Tool or Is it the People

London struggles to fight crime spike, murders soar in 2018

By JILL LAWLESS

 

LONDON (AP) — Friends say Israel Ogunsola was a bubbly young man with a knack for making people laugh. This week the 18-year-old was stabbed to death, becoming London’s 53rd murder victim of 2018. The British capital is being shaken by a spike in deadly violence, much of it involving young people with knives caught up in gang feuds.  The causes are disputed and so are the solutions. But the pain is raw.

“I’m still in disbelief, because I don’t understand why,” said 19-year-old Nella Panda, standing beside a police cordon in the east London borough of Hackney, yards (meters) from where Ogunsola collapsed on Wednesday evening. Police and an off-duty paramedic battled to save him, but he was pronounced dead 25 minutes later.

“He was just a nice bubbly person,” Panda said Thursday. “He made friends with everybody … it was always a good time when you was with him.”

Ogunsola was the 12th teenager to die violently in London since January. Many of those arrested for the killings are also in their teens and 20s.

Most of the city’s murder victims were stabbed to death. Guns are tightly restricted in Britain and shootings are relatively rare.

If the bloody trend continues, London will far surpass the 130 murders in 2017 and reach a number not seen since the early 2000s.

In February and March, London hit the unwanted milestone of recording more homicides than New York. The cities are roughly the same size, with more than 8 million people, and have similar extremes of poverty and wealth, but London has never recorded more murders in a year than the U.S. metropolis. New York had 290 homicides in 2017, the lowest number in decades.

Police and community workers say London’s surge in violence is partly driven by battles over control of the illegal drug trade and a “postcode war” between street gangs. Some victims were targeted, while others may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time — such as 17-year-old Tanesha Melbourne, killed in a drive-by shooting on Monday as she hung out with friends.

As well as multiple causes, there are multiple candidates to blame for the city’s rising homicide rate.

Some have criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who oversees London’s Metropolitan Police. But most of the police budget comes from the British government, which has cut funding to police forces by more than 20 percent since 2010.

Khan said Thursday that rising crime is a national problem and “I can’t solve it by myself.”

“Since I first became mayor, I have been saying to the government that it’s not sustainable to make the level of cuts they have been making to London,” he said.

The deficit-cutting Conservative government has also slashed funding to local councils, which run many social services, leading to the closure of youth clubs, libraries and programs for young people.

Money is not the only concern. Some argue that crime-fighting has been hampered by curbs to police stop-and-search powers — a decision made by then-Home Secretary Theresa May, who is now prime minister.

Metropolitan Police Chief Cressida Dick has blamed social media for allowing disputes to escalate rapidly, taking young people “from slightly angry with each other to ‘fight’ very quickly.”

Labour Party lawmaker David Lammy, whose Tottenham constituency in north London has seen four murders this year, blamed international gangs supplying the multi-billion dollar cocaine trade that he said made Britain “the drugs market of Europe.”

“Drugs are prolific,” Lammy told the BBC. “It’s like (food-delivery service) Deliveroo. They’re as prolific as ordering a pizza. You can get them on Snapchat, WhatsApp. That in the end is driving the turf war and it’s driving the culture of violence.”

Former police officer John Carnochan has seen a city in the grip of violence, and thinks he knows how it can be turned around.

In the early 2000s, the Scottish city of Glasgow was known as the murder capital of Britain. In 2005, Carnochan co-founded the Violence Reduction Unit, which decided to treat violence as a public health issue, rather than simply as a law-and-order problem.

“It gave us a new language. We could start to speak about prevention,” said Carnochan. “Because law and order, criminal justice, didn’t think about prevention. Our idea of prevention was an alarm, or bars on your windows.”

In Glasgow, prevention meant police working alongside teachers, social workers and others to “share the problem out” and find solutions. It also meant going to the young men involved in violence and offering alternatives — something many eagerly seized.

“When you say it out loud it seems so obvious,” Carnochan said. “If you are a young man leaving home every night and you feel you have to put a knife down the waistband of your trousers to go out, that can’t be a good thing.”

Between 2005 and 2015, the number of murders in Glasgow fell by half. Carnochan thinks a similar approach would work in London.

But solutions seem a long way off in Hackney, an area of poverty and gentrification, where public-housing blocks stand alongside million-pound ($1.4 million) Victorian houses and fashionable boutiques. Police have arrested two 17-year-olds in Ogunsola’s death, but young people worry that more tit-for-tat violence will follow.

“People are just angry with life, and with this it’s just going to make more people angry and it’s just a continuous cycle of anger,” said Panda, the victim’s friend.

She is mourning a friend she ran into just a few hours before he died and asking unanswerable questions. What if he had not been on that spot at that time? What if medical help had come sooner?

“His mum and his dad could have been holding their son today in the hospital, instead of getting ready to bury him six feet under,” she said.

 

 

Shot Placement Vs. Power —

What Round Is Right For Your CCW Needs?

By Jeremy D. Clough
The recent resurgence of the 9mm, including its re-adoption by the F.B.I., has brought us back into the everlasting debate about its effectiveness for personal defense. The argument stretches back over a century to the Thompson-LaGarde tests in 1904 when it was first officially found “inadequate.” Bullets have come a long way, and the modern 9mm JHP is not the 115-grain ball round of yore.

Naturally, this leads to some truly entertaining online snark battles, where 9mm supporters often resort to saying, “It all comes down to shot placement,” as though this ends the discussion. This is correct — bullets that don’t hit important things probably won’t count — but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

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Left to right: There are a lot of chamberings out there from which to choose. Left to right: .38 Spl., 9mm, .45 ACP, .45 GAP, 10mm, .40 S&W and .357 SIG. All would be great defensive cartridges, but whatever you choose, make sure you can shoot it effectively. 

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Shooting tight groups on the range is one thing — shooting them under duress in the real world is another thing altogether. Photo by Gail Pepin.

It should be obvious shot placement alone, without reference to the projectile, is not adequate to stop someone bent on killing you. Most of us don’t think a .25 Auto can be relied on for a one-shot stop, even if put in the “right” place. It happens, but not reliably. We also don’t assume the same about the .22 Short, 4mm rimfire, pellets from a .177 CO2 pistol or 6mm airsoft BB’s. Shot placement matters, but so does the projectile. Col. Cooper argued the projectile was the most important part of any weapon platform. Far from ending the discussion, this is really where the question of adequacy starts. And adequacy applies to both the bullet and the shooter.

While we should all work hard to place shots precisely, it’s a serious leap to assume you’ll always be able to deliver flawless shot placement under stress, no matter how good you may be on the range. It comes down to the difference between shooting offensively — and defensively. Hunting, for example, is offensive shooting. You pick the ground on which you intend to ambush and shoot the animal, you select the rest you want to use to support your rifle and you can wait for the shot you want, or even choose not to take it, with no real consequences. It’s entirely different from walking into your kitchen at 3:00 AM and immediately getting charged by someone who snatched a butcher knife off your counter. And oh, he’s high on meth.

Can You Hit?

Lots of poachers kill deer with a .22, but would it really be your first choice? They have the advantage of setting up their shot. You don’t. While it is possible to gain a momentary advantage once someone has the drop on you, remember self-defense is a response to a fight someone else started — and you can’t avoid. Your attacker picks when and where and how many people they’ll bring with them. Their actions generally determine what kind of shot you get, or if you get one at all.

There are exceptional people who can make those precise shots, but that’s not most of us. Since we’re talking about hunting, W.D.M. “Karamojo” Bell, an early ivory hunter of African lore, was famous for killing elephants with a rear brain shot using rifles as small as .256 caliber, which some of us consider a little light even for whitetail. He could also shoot birds on the wing with a rifle, hitting 60–80 percent. Bell’s biographers say up to a hundred hunters have gotten themselves stomped to death trying to copy his small-caliber shots on dangerous game, because they couldn’t make the shots he could. He was the exception — the dead hunters are the rule.

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A compact platform like this customized 9mm GLOCK 26 by Robar may make better sense. Don’t let just the caliber make the decision for you.

Is It 9mm Vs. 45?

With this in mind, you need to ask whether the pistol you carry will do the job without a surgically placed shot. If you don’t think it will, consider something with more power. On the other hand, if you carry a pistol with so much recoil you can’t place an accurate follow-up shot, you need to dial it down to balance out the combination of accuracy, power and speed. Hmm, this sounds familiar.  If you can handle it, a .45 ACP in a small package — like this Springfield Armory XDS Mod.2 — makes for a great defensive gun …

For three years I often carried a 1911 in .45 Super, the Texas-born .45 ACP derivative shoving a 230-gr. JHP down the bore at 1,100 fps and 165-gr. frangibles at a blistering 1,400. It’s potent, but proved beyond my ability to run in a hurry. I switched to a 9mm Browning Hi-Power because I was so much faster with it I felt the speed advantage on the draw and follow-up shots overcame the reduction in power. Over the past several years I’ve trained enough with a standard .45 auto the reduced recoil of the 9mm no longer offers me a speed advantage, so I’m better off with the heavier caliber. Even the .45 has also benefited from the same advances in bullet technology that has increased the effectiveness of the 9mm.

Caliber choice is a balancing act between power and your ability to direct this power where it needs to go under duress. It should be the most powerful thing you can shoot well. It will change with age, physical condition, skill level and other factors, and only you can decide what works best for you. Remember, shot placement is important — but it’s not the only essential thing

 

 

 

 

 

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