I hope this message finds all of you warm, happy and healthy.
I'm sending this mail in a plain text format, in the hopes that it will be
more readable for members that have mail systems that don't accept the
previous format. One user indicated that the previous messages ran
together, without paragraph spacing, and looked like a "stream of
consciousness" (or in my case, a dribble of babble). We have also had
delivery issues with users of Yahoo mail. Our messages from BSPSC have
repeatedly been rejected by Yahoo due to "user complaints". Joel Peters has
requested assistance from our host provider and we will do what we can to
help insure the messages are processed.
We will have the 2016 match schedule posted on our website this week. A
couple of items to note: We will have a New Competitor Clinic on March
13th, and a Range Officer Seminar on March 20th. The seminar will enable
shooters who are USPSA members to become Range Officers. ROs are the
backbone of our match management and we really need to increase the number
of ROs available at our matches. We are very fortunate that Kevin Imel will
be our instructor. Kevin is a great instructor, and many of you have seen
his "The Nuts and Bolts of Effective Stage Design" series in Front Sight.
Information on both of these events will be posted later this month on our
We will also have a Rimfire Steel and Chili Match on February 21st. I'll
get you more details before February, but for now consider finding your best
chili recipe and cleaning up that .22 that hasn't been fired since rimfire
ammo became as expensive as 9mm.
This year the WMFGA and BSPSC will host a special competition sponsored by
and televised on the Outdoor Channel. The regional competition will be held
in August, and will include competitors from Alaska, Washington, Oregon,
Idaho and Montana. We still have a lot of details to finalize, but
preliminary information can be found at http://ammarksman.com/learnmore
after January 15th. We will need a lot of volunteers to make this event
successful, and we will keep you advised as more information becomes
With the shooting season over and winter here to stay for a few months, what can you be doing to prepare for next year? Many will do their reloading so that they have a stock of ammo to carry them through the season. I try to do this myself so that I am not hurriedly reloading the night before a match. Maintenance and upgrading of your firearms and other gear is also a top priority during the off season, so that everything is ready to go when the first match arrives in March. Range trips are limited due to weather, but dry-fire practice at home should be a ritual. I personally work harder on my physical fitness during the winter months, which helps with "cabin fever" and occupies my mind and body with goals that I set for myself.
Another thing you can and should be doing is designing courses of fire for next season. We will need a good supply of stages for next years' matches - both pistol and multigun - so get busy with SketchUp or whatever way you prefer to draw and get those ideas down on paper! I am doing a series of short videos on how to use SketchUp for course design so look for those to be posted here in the near future. These will show you how to use SketchUp to design a course of fire in a clear and simple way, using components that we provide for you. Hopefully you will find them helpful.
We will also most likely have club projects going on after the first of the year - repairing and maintaining walls, props, steel targets, and painting hard cover on paper targets. We will try to keep you posted here on what is going on and when help is needed.
Don't let the off season go to waste - as you can see there are lots of things you can be doing so that you and our club are well prepared for next year.