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—————————-THIS WEEK @ MRPC————————————–
FULLBORE RIFLE PRACTICE
We will shoot on the Camp White range
this Wednesday at 5 PM at 600 yds.
22 rounds or less prone or bench.
Frank 541 899 6872
ATTENTION IDPA SHOOTERS!
IDPA match this weekend Saturday 08/25/2018 at the Sports Park’s outdoor LE ranges.
(6917 Kershaw Rd, Central Point, OR 97502)
New shooter meeting and sign-ups at 8:30, First shots fired at 9:00
This is a back-up gun match!
Please take a few moments to double check your equipment and bounce it off of the IDPA rule book.
Per the new rule book it is now the SHOOTER’S responsibility to know the rules for his equipment and
the rules of the game! If you have any questions please ask an RO and/or come early enough
to attend the new shooters meeting.
Set up for the match will be from 4:30-6:30 on Friday afternoon and from 7:30-8:30 the morning of the match.
Please come help set up!
CPR TRAINING VIDEO
The life you save might be the life of a loved one!
If you interested in taking a full CPR class
Contact Phil Grammatica @ firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cleaning and Sealing of the floor at the Indoor Range is now completed!
Come by and see how nice it looks.
I understand the next project is to paint the inside of the range.
Next MRPC GUN SHOW will be held November 10th and 11th
Here’s an article from our friends at the Douglas Ridge Range up near Portland
Most introductory instruction focuses on things like proper sight alignment, trigger control, and breathing. Each of these is a cornerstone of good shooting in its own right, but there are some tips for the new shooter that don’t get disseminated as freely that I think they should. They are as follows:
1. Let the gun point where it wants to point.
For the best precision, a shooter should not fight his rifle. The most consistently accurate shot is the one where no adjustment is necessary to bring the gun on target. Behind this theory lies the concept of “natural point of aim” which is usually the first thing I teach someone after the basic safety rules. When held, every rifle wants to point a certain way, and it’s up to the shooter to make sure that is at the target they want to hit, not to try and wrestle the gun where it wants to go. For a beginner to be successful, they must begin to think not of the rifle as a separate object, but of the rifle-shooter combination as one unit.
Doing this is surprisingly simple: Hold the rifle in a natural shooting position (whether that be standing, kneeling, seated, prone, or on the bench) with your eyes lined up with the sights and the target. Close your eyes, and keep them closed. Relax, like you’re trying to go to sleep. Breathe in and out for two or more cycles. Open your eyes. Your eye-sight alignment will most likely have moved. Instead of wrestling the rifle over to the target, imagine your whole body as resting upon a swivel, and move the whole rifle-shooter unit.
2. Follow through.
New shooters may find guns loud and uncomfortable; beyond that is follow through. The lack of reaction to a shot is in many ways what separates a decent shot from an excellent one. Even though follow through may be one of the more common tips on this list, I feel as though it isn’t well-understood by many. At the beginning, follow through will mean taking extra time and care in reacting to a shot, waiting several seconds of more to breath, release the trigger, operate the action, and otherwise continue shooting. Describing what follow through is can be hard; it’s much easier to describe what it’s not: Movement. The ideal follow through is the one that is totally identical to the position the shooter was in when the shot broke, and is held until the bullet is downrange. Most importantly, you should hold the trigger back until you are ready for the next shot, not release it when you feel you are done with the last one.
3. Get low.
The fundamentals of shooting are cultivated best, in my opinion, in the prone position. Don’t be afraid to begin shooting in prone and then work on other stances. Prone is the most accurate shooting position, besides the bench, and that isolates your aiming errors away from problems with your shooting position. It’s also the easiest position to learn.
4. Use a sling.
Slings are cheap; a cotton or nylon USGI sling can be had for less than $20, and sling swivels for less than that, but they have a huge effect on your shooting ability. Not only will they make you more accurate and precise, but they’ll open up for you a whole new world of shooting positions that are both practical and fun. Just make sure you get an actual shooting sling, and not just a carrying sling.
5. Change it up.
If a shooting position isn’t working for you, change to a different one. In particular, if you find you have to readjust how you hold the gun after every shot, then that shooting setup is not what it could be. This problem occurs most often when a new shooter is using a bench or standing, which is one of the big reasons I recommend the prone position: almost anyone will find a properly set up prone position (preferably with a sling) very repeatable.
6. Shoot reactive targets at longer ranges, rather than paper at closer range.
Steel, balloons, fruit, bottles, soda pop, and other reactive targets give the new shooter instant feedback regarding what they’re doing. However, they don’t always cultivate great precision in shooting. To improve with precision, try shooting the same targets further away, if possible (not all ranges accommodate this). In my experience teaching newbies, it’s always more rewarding to shoot a steel plate at 200 yards than to shoot an excellent paper group at 25. Further, when teaching a new shooter with reactive targets, always call out their hits loudly so that they can hear it, and don’t emphasize their misses.
7. Shoot with both eyes open.
For guns with iron sights and some kinds of optics (red dot sights or a both-eyes-open scope), shooting with both eyes open allows the shooter to relax more, enhances their field of view, and allows them to focus more on what they’re doing. If possible, learn your eye dominance, and shoot with both eyes open.
8. Don’t worry, be happy.
Relaxation is key to good shooting. When you first start shooting, go to the range on nice days when the sun is out and you feel good, and years down the line, just going to the range will make you feel happy and relaxed. You’ll not only enjoy shooting a lot more (and thus do it more often), the good mood will make you a better shot, too.
Everything You Wanted To Know About The
NRA World Shooting Championship (And More)
by Dick Jones – Tuesday, August 7, 2018
The first time I watched the History Channel’s Top Shot TV show, I was hooked. I’ve been a shooter all my life and I’ve enjoyed shooting and competing with a wide variety of firearms, from classic shotgun events to modern action shooting. I achieved success in some venues and mediocrity in others, but overall, I consider myself a pretty good all-around shooter. Top Shot was riveting and I made it a point to watch every episode, not my usual practice with TV shows.
Short cycling a single action revolver (l.) means snapping through as many as six chambers to get to the one you missed. Top Shot’s Chris Cerino changing directions while reloading in the USPSA stage. Gear manipulation skills play a big part in the WSC (r.)
The concept of Top Shot was to find out who was the best shooter with a wide variety of guns. I admit, it was a bit disappointing when they pulled out the tomahawks and slingshots. In spite of that, it was a great series. My wife, Cherie, watched every episode with me and as often happens, we developed favorites. Our favorites eventually made it to the final showdown and when Iain Harrison and Chris Cerino faced off for the title, we were happy.
A few months after the final episode of the first season, I was at the Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Range in Columbia, MO, for the Bianchi Cup. At the initial meet and greet session in the hotel lobby, Cherie, grabbed my arm. “Look, there are Iain and Chris from Top Shot,” she whispered. Next thing I knew, she was talking to them and our friendships began. Chris and I have been fast friends beginning with that day and last year when he suggested we shoot the NRA World Shooting Championship together, I was delighted.
Familiarity with the AR platform is of paramount importance. There were three stages in 2017 that involve the AR-15
While Top Shot was a great TV series, it didn’t really feature the greatest shooters in the world. In the original series, there wasn’t a single shooter in the group that would have garnered instant recognition in a household where guns are the primary topic of conversation. Mostly, they were regular guys from varied backgrounds who loved to shoot and were good at it. I doubt there are many competitive shooters who didn’t at some point contemplate trying out for the series. I know I did and I even downloaded and completed the questionnaire. After I saw just how physically challenging the second season was for guys 10 years younger than me, I dropped it in the trash can.
Where Top Shot failed, the NRA World Shooting Championship (WSC) shines. Picture the best shooters from different backgrounds on a level playing field, shooting the same guns, targets, and ammunition. The WSC rewards a broad level of experience and favors none, the level of physical exertion is realistic for a reasonably fit person and there’s no voting or politics. Imagine a three-day celebration of every kind of marksmanship in the mountains of West Virginia and you’ve imagined the NRA WSC.
While the action stages aren’t as complicated as most matches in that discipline, they do require mental preparation to get your movements worked out
The NRA WSC is an opportunity for the best shooters in different disciplines to compete across multiple shooting venues and it’s also for regular guys with a reasonable level of skill and a broad range of shooting experience. Some of the best shooters in the world really do come, but there are a lot of regular shooters there who want to test their mettle. There are no knife throwing or bow and arrow stages, and almost anyone can compete. Instead, there’s 300 shooters from different disciplines competing in twelve different stages from 3-Gun to Trap, using identical guns and ammunition. Imagine shooting with some of the world’s finest shooters and having the opportunity to best them in your area of expertise.
For my whole life, I’ve been driven to share the things I enjoy doing with others, even better if those others are people I care about. My grandson, Charlie, has a passion for shooting and the idea came to me that this would make a great experience for us to do together. With some wrangling of my daughter and son-in-law, I got a commitment to take him out of school in September for the NRA WSC.
Charlie is a capable shooter for his age of 15, but he’s certainly not championship material yet. He’s beaten me in carbine and pistol matches that involve being fast of foot and shot. He can hold his own on a sporting clays field, and he’s reasonably good with a rifle, though he hasn’t yet competed in precision rifle shooting. We have the summer to sharpen our skills and we hold no illusions of bumping Bruce Piatt or Lena Miculek from the podium, we’re shooting for the experience.
Falling plates can discombobulate even the best shooters. Shooters are allowed one Mulligan during the twelve stage match where they can do a re-shoot. Last year, Todd Jarrett took his Mulligan on the plates
Our goal is to test our skills, meet some of the best shooters in the world, and spend three days together making a memory that will stay with him long after I’m gone. While we’re doing this for the experience, we’re taking it very seriously. During the summer vacation, we’ll be shooting events and matches that will sharpen our skills and we plan to cover as many disciplines as possible. Not only will we be working on the marksmanship side of the event, we’ll also work on gear manipulation skills.
Tips for Success
If you plan to shoot the WSC you’ll want to focus on your weaknesses more than your areas of expertise. Last year my squad included some really good shooters, four shooters in my squad made the top ten in the event, and almost everyone had trouble with the Cowboy Action stage. Most modern shooters have a lot of experience with semi-auto pistols, rifles and shotguns; as well as double action revolvers and break action and pump shotguns. Most have limited time with single action revolvers and lever action rifles. Short stroking a lever gun generates a small time penalty, but short stroking a single action revolver means you have to cycle the cylinder all the way around again and this tripped up some really proficient shooters. Spend some time with cowboy guns.
One hand shooting with an iron sighted 1911 .45 ACP at 25 yards is challenging. Precise sight picture and trigger management are critical
Another area that might be problematic for some shooters is dealing with subtension reticles in the longer range rifle stages. The instructions for the stage inform the shooter of the proper hold overs, but if your experience is to click up to the proper elevation, as conventional High Power shooters normally do, you might need work on finding the right hashmark under pressure.
The Designated Marksman stage provides some less than ideal shooting positions. The ability to adapt is critical
Expect to deal with shotgun dimensions that aren’t ideal. Shotgun fit is something most take for granted, but last year, the gun we used for the five stand had a very high comb and only fit one shooter in our squad. Charlie and I plan to shoot clays with guns that are a less than a desirable fit in order to better adapt to what’s furnished at the station.
At each stage there are several guns to pick from. Shooters try each one to find the best trigger break or smoothest action
Stages of the NRA WSC will involve Smallbore. I have no idea if it will involve prone, kneeling or standing, but I’d advise practicing all three—as well as manipulation of a sling. Precision Rifle stages will likely involve some awkward positions so we’ll be working on that as well. The Silhouette Rifle stage will require serious offhand accuracy with a scoped rifle. The Precision Rifle stage will require fast bolt manipulation, awkward shooting positions, and finding the right holdover for the different ranges. Familiarity with the AR platform is of paramount importance because ARs are used in three of the stages and reflex sights are involved with both pistol and rifle.
Safety areas allow dry firing and test cycling of the guns in the stage. The single action revolvers and lever rifles wreaked havoc among the guys in my squad. Most of the professional shooters used their Mulligans here
The Action Shooting stages are simple and no holsters were involved, but loading under time pressure is definitely something to work on. Movement during the stages is limited, but it’s certainly a factor. Plan to move fast during action stages. If you’ve never shot with iron sights in Conventional (also known as Bullseye or Precision) Pistol with one hand, you’ll certainly need to work on that. In my squad it was a problem for some really good shooters.
The NRA World Shooting Championship is a challenge that spans almost every segment of shooting. To do well, you’ll need a broad range of skills, both in shooting and gear manipulation. It’s the match we dreamed of when we were watching Top Shot and your chance to test your mettle against the best of the best.
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