Monday, May 31, 2010

AN OLYMPIC CHAMPION

What an Honor it was to meet John McNally, a 2000 Olympic Champion!  He actually took time to talk to me about shooting, it was so cooooool!  We both shot the Bianchi Cup!!!! (I now have something in common with an Olympic Champion!) Little did  I know that the same range where I practiced shooting the "mover" was the "Prado" range where he shot the actual 2000 Olympics!  I did not have nearly enough time to spend with him, but based on the way he shot the "Cup" I am looking forward to seeing him much more in the future...he is amazing!
 

ATTENTION NEIL HOGUE!!!!

Attention Neil and everyone one else who has been following the saga of "GOING PRONE" for Bianchi.  I finally got it! The challenged octopus has her sea legs!  I managed to get my left hand down and it all fell into place ahemmmm not "fell" exactly, but gracefully and quickly soared into the landing position and ready to shoot!  If I can give anyone one a  piece of advice about going prone, get your left hand out to stop the face plant then "Ballet A El Neil" falls right into place!
Picture by Yamil Sued at the Bianchi Cup, thank you Downrange TV for posting it! 
http://www.downrange.tv/blog/?p=3535

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Well THAT was Embarrassing...

(Photo by Cameron Chapman-Pinto)

“Your gun’s in that hand…” Neil Hogue and Eric Leach sighed again as I pounded my right hand (which held an imaginary revolver) down on the carpet to prevent my chin from bashing into the ground. Going prone was definitely a lot harder than just face planting, which at this point, I had mastered. Yesterday at the local ICORE match, Neil and Eric were showing me the different techniques for the nearly inhuman art of going prone. Yep. Shoes off (Sorry for the smell, John Allchin!), hat off to the side, a mother with a first-aid kit nearby, and my audience (Neil, Eric, John Allchin, Jim O’Young and a few others) stifling laughter, I was diving down on that mat like a crazy octopus. The goal was to be on my belly, gun drawn, and looking down my sight at the target. It wasn’t really working that well, considering how much more complicated it was than just that! I kept forgetting that my right hand was suppose to have a gun in it, my legs had to be out from under me, and that my left hand was for support. Just a little difficult! By the end of the day, I managed to be about half-way to a decent technique. Thank you Neil and Eric sooooo much!!! You guys are awesome!