Monday, April 25, 2011

ICORE SOUTHWEST REGIONAL MATCH


It was one of those perfect days, you know, the type that started slow and foggy and turned into a beautiful, sunny, California morning.  And it was a perfect day, I decided. April 23, 2011, the ICORE Southwest Regional Match.
                After arriving at the range and signing in, I was scanning the crowd for anyone I recognized, which was plenty of. Those who weren’t busily working on their guns would give a head nod and a “Hey, Molly.” There were a few new faces scattered throughout the group and I was eager to meet them.
Junior shooters from San Joaquin Valley, Jordan and Craig, came all the way to Morro Bay just to watch! It was great to be able to talk to them about competitions and shooting this match. I told them how I won my Smith & Wesson 627 at my very first IRC, coming in second to last. I was thrilled to see two juniors as eager to shoot as I was when I first started!
                I found my squad which had its fair share of great shooters, including John Bagakis and Rich Wolf, just topping off this funny squad! There were plenty of laughter and storytelling. We were starting on a standard, field-course type stage, my favorite type to start on. I was one of the first shooters, and shooting all A shots (“A” being the center of the target and not adding any extra time) really makes you confident for the rest of the day.  
We had several fun and interesting stages. On one, the shooter either had to go prone or shoot from a box off to the side, taking a five second penalty. I really liked this stage. For one, as most of you who follow my blog will know going prone started as a weakness for me but is now one of my favorite ways to shoot. I had never gone prone with a running start, I didn’t anticipate flying forward as fast as I did, which made it even more fun even with the face-plant! I was really happy to see a stage like this, a relief after having to look into ports a bit too high up for me and leaning over too wide of walls. That stage got even better when I ran to see my long distance shots were all “A” shots again!
I got to watch and listen to so many of the pros throughout the day. It was fantastic to not only watch them but learn from them as well. They are always willing to talk to any learning shooter. John Bagakis and I talked strategy a few times for the different stages and he brought certain aspects to my attention, like not to break the 180 rule at certain spots, or even to simply focus harder!
Congratulations to all the participants!! The Southwest Regional was a fantastic match!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

BIANCHI SCORE SHEET OOOPS!

            I used to think that only the older fellows forgot things at the range. Now I know otherwise…
As most competitive shooters know, there is a lot of waiting for your turn in matches. There was a pretty long waiting line for the moving target at the Prado range the second Sunday, this month.  I set my Molly Box (A green fishing box that has been decorated with flowers and my name painted on that I keep my supplies in, a great idea from my friend Jim O’Young) down, held onto my target, and chatted with my fellow shooters. I don’t exactly stay still for very long – I just move or fiddle a lot. Sadly, I was too engaged in everything else to even think about what I was doing…passing the waiting time.
I shot (still improving!) and was reloading my moon clips, discussing with my dad how the mover went, when he asked a very important question.
“That’s great! Where’s your score sheet?”
“Right here – oh.” I realized it wasn’t in my box. Nor under it, nor beside it. I placed it in between the plasters on the moving target! (You just staple over a clean target, and between the papers is where I put the sheet, then I attached it to the plasters that move back and forth.) But they had extra targets so I didn’t shoot the ones I brought up! I looked up in dismay, watching the target move with a little slip of white hanging from under the paper; obviously bullet holes would be included on my score sheet, as another shooter shot it with precision. Unknown to him my entire match was recorded on that little white piece of paper.  Once the shooter had finished, I got a few interesting glances when I scurried up to the target, stuttering about what had happened. By the time I got back, I had the pleasure of explaining what happened to Scott from Safariland! He enjoyed the story so much he sent it to Julie G! Errr…I can explain!
It was definitely a forgetful event to remember.

Southwest Regional ICORE Match!

What's this weekend?
Good Friday? Yes!
Easter? Yes!!
Spring break? Yes!
What else could possibly be this weekend? I don't know...maybe the Southwest Regional ICORE Match! Yes!! It's going to be tons of fun, and I expect to see all you revolver shooters in the area there! See you soon!