As I mentioned in an earlier email, we will have a review of the 2015 season with our match officials and Range Officers. This will be an opportunity to discuss things that went well and things that need improvement. We will also look at rules that may require clarification or interpretation. The RO meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 22nd, at Ruby’s, 4825 N Reserve St, Missoula. Any of our Range Officers (acting or certified) are welcome at the meeting.
We will have lunch provided from 11:30 to 12:30, for the RO meeting attendees and the stage design seminar attendees.
We will start the Stage Design Seminar at 1:00 p.m. The seminar will include elements of good stage design along with how to create or modify stages using Google SketchUp. We will not be discussing the detailed workings of SketchUp, but will be concentrating on how to use the tool with components (bays, targets, and props) that have already been created. We will distribute a DVD created by Joe Ocken with BSPSC components and the last 2 years of stage diagrams. If you have a laptop with SketchUp installed, please bring it with you, although it is not a requirement. If you haven’t installed SketchUp yet, you can download it, free of charge, at http://www.sketchup.com/download
Our last match of the season is in the books. The weather for our Fall Steel Challenge looked
threatening, but sunlight broke through just in time for the shooters meeting and played hide and
seek for the rest of the day. Before the match began, Jim Zimmerman from Selway Armory
conducted the long-awaited drawings for the setup crew gift certificates. Vic Fink, Shawn
Stinton, and Nate Martin won the $25, $50, and $200 certificates, respectively. Selway Armory
and 323 Construction joined forces to recognize the great people who work hard to construct our
Special thanks go to Brian Craft who fabricated our Steel Challenge targets and holders, based
on recommendations from Mike Shapiro and Lee Bergman. The new targets were almost too
beautiful to shoot with precision construction and a white powder coating (who are we trying to
fool, we shot the heck out of them). The new design resulted in a loud, clear ring when the
targets were hit, and was noticeably quiet when I was shooting.
A default setting on the scoring tablets caused them to not display the worst string for each
shooter, although the correct scores and standings were generated on the master iPad. So while
the posting of the final results was delayed, rest assured that they do reflect the correct times with
the worst strings discarded and the 30 second maximum string times per the SCSA rules.
The charity poker draw was conducted again to benefit the Salt Lake Practical Shooters
Association. The SLPSA facilities were burglarized and their timers, chronograph, staplers and
other tools were stolen. The poker and additional donations will result in $88 going to help the
Thanks to everyone for making 2015 one of our best seasons!