Saturday, May 30, 2009

2009 IRC June 5-7

The 2009 IRC (International Revolver Championship) is coming soon, June 5-7. At the SLOSA range. It is going to be so much fun! See you there!

Monday, May 25, 2009

A Little Bird Told Me

At the SLOSA range the birds are fairly tame. They are used to landing on the cows which surround the range and don’t seem to give much of a thought as the bullets wiz by them; they tend to zip away when the shooting starts. My friend Eric Leach (who doesn’t know yet, but I’m his long lost {annoying} little sister), is very patient. The birds sit on his targets and he waits, often shooting all the targets around him until they fly away, this can delay his time in a timed match. Last week, one bird was so stubborn and would not fly away even as the bullets wizzed by. This got me to thinking, what would a little sister do to torment a brother shooter? A fake annoying bird! What else? So I, as the group was preparing for the match yesterday, snuck off to the bay that Eric would be shooting on. There, I found really stretchy tape and taped a fake bird to the top of one of his steel targets. Let me just say that the day before this adventure I sent Eric a text message, simply saying “Tweet, Tweet, and Tweet!” As Eric shot every target except the one where the cursed bird was perched, I could see the tension building. So Eric hit that target, just an inch or so away from the fake bird, still thinking the bird was real, he hit the target again, and again. The bird did not flinch! At this point we were all laughing so hard, but the joke was still on Eric. Once he caught on that someone played a trick on him and the bird was fake he shot the fake bird, but the stretchy tape kept the bird on and it bounced back up. So Eric shot it again, but it still bounced right back up. We all got a good laugh and the squad continued to shoot. After our squad was done, I ran down range and retrieved the fake bird. Eric was well on his way to the next stage so it was my best opportunity yet…..I stuck the fake bird on his truck antenna I wonder how long it took before he noticed?

Monday, May 4, 2009

Super Squad and the Lanterne Rouge

The Take 5 Championship was this weekend at the SLOSA Range. Feeling extra energetic I agreed to take part in the “Super Squad” with a secret aim of not being dead last. I didn’t join the Super Squad because I thought I could win, I did it because I wanted to shoot with the very top shooters. Being able to watch their styles and learn whatever lessons I could from them and pushing myself, was winning. To answer the burning question, did I come in first? No. Did I place? Yes, Last. The Lanterne Rouge was the award. More than a plaque, Jim O’Young, a brilliant shooter, and role model extraordinaire, thought this would be a special way to honor persistence and determination.
This was the most difficult match I ever shot. It was raining; I was soaked, really cold, and sinking in the mud. By night fall it was so dark I couldn’t see the targets, I shoot limited with iron sights and did I mention my back sight fell off (Thank you John Allchin for helping me reattach it)? Never was I asked if I wanted to go home, except by my mom who was feeling my pain the entire time. The Squad all knew that I was in this for the long haul and was not going to give in or give up, no matter what!!!
The shooters on the Super Squad were amazing, and they didn’t complain, ever! Not a primadonna in the group. They laughed, and encouraged each other, they were friends and professionals. It was amazing to watch them shoot so fast. Barrels were lighting up like fireworks. (I admit to jumping more than once when my barrel lit-up, sparky barrel...spaaaaaarky barrel.)
In case you are wondering the Lanterne Rouge is an award started by the Tour de France in 1903 to celebrate the accomplishments of the last rider to finish the Tour. The red lantern on the back of the caboose was the inspiration for the award. The engineer of a train could look back and see the red lantern on the caboose, bringing up the rear. He knew his train was all together. Like the caboose I was bringing up the rear, and feeling a part of the team. The memories of this match will go down in my journal as the best match ever. I am looking forward to next year; hopefully the match organizers will allow me to present the Lanterne Rouge award to the last place finisher. I plan on being on the Super Squad again next year, only not in last place.