Sunday, February 15, 2009

I Meant to Do That

This weeks practice was very interesting, filled with “Ooops!” and “Darns!” I had difficulties with the moon clips. (Moon clips are what you put in your revolver to keep the spent bullets together and easy to find.) I couldn’t figure out why the moon clips wouldn’t snap up out of their holders. This was an “Ooops” moment, I had the holder upside down. Then as I was loading more moon clips. I was trying to use a very complex (Cough) instrument (Cough) to speed up loading. I couldn’t figure it out. Another shooter watched for a few minutes, then showed me by flipping it over, it will work. It was upside down, “Ooops.”
Randy was having a good time laughing at that, but I was enjoying myself, pointing out how it was Randy’s fault that the moon clip holder was upside-down… It was his fault…right? No, not really…I meant to do that!
Finally I began to shoot and I was doing well for my first few shots then a squib. (A squib is a ‘squib-load,’ and not the creatures from Half-Life) A squib load is when there isn’t enough powder in the bullet when it is fired and it doesn’t leave the barrel. It can be really dangerous. Thankfully, Randy helped me get the squib out of my barrel and I continued practice.
I did super good, getting almost all my shots near the middle of the target.
Over all, the day was a total “I Meant to Do That” day. As usual it was a great day. I would love to hear about your “I meant to do that” moments! It would be fun to read and share how others stumble and fumble and still laugh and have fun. Encouragement all the way around because we all have “I meant to do that” moments.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Jelly Belly Challenge

Would you shoot for Jelly Bellys? I would, and I did at the last SLOSA club Steel Challenge Shoot. I bet you’re thinking of something else (jelly belly)! Jelly Bellys’ are delicious jelly beans. My favorite candy! During the shoot, my squad gave me a challenge. I learned quickly not to waste bullets. For every bullet that missed the target I had to pay ten Jelly Bellys’ to the participants in the challenge, but my squad members had to pay up Jelly Bellys too. Oh yeah, a painful yet effective way to improve accuracy.
By the end of the day, my scores were pretty good. The “Outer Limits” actually felt a little more coordinated. I managed to keep my feet working with my brain (and trigger) and I wasn’t down too many Jelly Bellys at this point. As the shoot progressed the Jelly Belly tally grew, but not just for me! The score sheets were no longer looking like score sheets. Jelly Bellys’ were being tallied everywhere- on the margins, on the back. I wonder what our number exacting score coordinator, John Hausman must have been thinking when he looked at those sheets?
Getting in the Zone was still my goal for the day. The sounds “Plink Plink… Plink Plink Plink” was my rhythm. When I heard those plinks I would sigh in relief or jump up and down, because the run left all my Jelly Bellys in tact. My squad members laughed as I would look at them and say “No Jelly Bellys on that run!” There were jokes and fun all around. And the best comment of the day after one squad member’s run was “I meant to do that!” Hmmmm… forfeiting Jelly Bellys?
Randy Lee and Gary Thompson were the big Jelly Belly winners of the day. I owe Randy 90 Jelly Bellys and Gary 100! Now, the difficult task of deciding the flavors for the bounty that I have to pay. I guess I will have to sample them all to figure out which ones taste the best. It seems the Jelly Belly challenge went over well, in-fact if any of you SLOSA club shoot organizers read this, you might want to take note of a new and fun shoot…..A Jelly Belly Challenge!