Luck was with us yesterday for the George Thompson Single Stack Match: Despite rainy weather that impeded shooters coming from Helena, and the Missoula Marathon which blocked the shortest distance between any two points in Missoula, the match conditions were perfect. The cool weather was great for shooting, and the rain held off until after the range was secured and everyone had left.
The stages were taken from the Single Stack Nationals, and were converted into detailed setup diagrams through Jeff Turek’s hard work. One stage, Hall of the Iron King 2, consisted of poppers only (22 of them) and several walls providing various options to engage the evil steel. Luckily, Mike Shapiro was able to borrow enough poppers and walls from the Bitterroot Blasters to help us complete the stage. I just wish he hadn’t borrowed the poppers that moved from side to side when I was shooting at them.
We had a visiting competitor from Sweden, Johan Modigh, who bought his wife, daughter, and a friend to the match. Johan had to borrow a pistol in order to compete, but it didn’t seem to hinder his performance. Using a stock Glock 17 in Production Division, he turned in the winning match performance. Though he was very humble, I found out later during the match that he was a Swedish National Champion. It was a real pleasure to have him join us, and we hope he will return in the future.
Nate Martin took the High Overall Single Stack honors, and offered some great personal observations about George Thompson and why the match honors him each year.
It was a fun match, and a perfect shooting day! Results are available HERE.
It’s been a while since I sent out the BSPSC news, but the club has continued to keep a busy pace. Due to some unexpected travel and tasks, I think I sneezed and May was gone! However, I do remember the great NRS Slot Match, always-enjoyable Multigun Match, and last week’s challenging MT Glock Match. I have conveniently forgotten my final placement in the matches (as I do with all matches), but I definitely had fun.
With each match we learn a little more about how to improve the experience. We will be improving our abandonment containers for multigun matches for safety and convenience. We have also begun using smaller squad sizes for pre-registration on PractiScore.com. The smaller squads help to evenly distribute pre-registered shooters, and reduces the need to move shooters between squads on match day.
The Western Montana Fish and Game Association has been making many improvements to the range. A new cover with shooting tables is shared between 50B and 50C, and work to create new storage options for BSPSC has begun on 50C. New Safety Areas are under construction, and they will provide a significant improvement in safety and convenience. A new color is appearing on 50B – green! If it continues to grow, we should have almost as much grass as Woodstock by fall.
BSPSC members showed up in great numbers for the Range Cleanup Day in April, and several people have worked to repair and restore our targets and props. We still have projects available, such as creating new fault lines, constructing some additional walls, and renewing a practice plate rack. I personally have to repair at least one wall due to my unique ability to hit walls instead of targets. If you are interested in helping with any of these projects, please send me an email.
Mike Shapiro and Shawn Stinton continue to run great Wednesday Practice sessions and they have made several improvements to increase the number of shooting opportunities for people at the practice, as well as accommodating new shooters and Range Officers. Speaking of Range Officers, Shawn became the latest member of the club to become a certified RO, and joins the other members who have chosen to help conduct our matches in a safe and efficient manner.
Thanks go out to our Stage Committee: Joel Peters, Jeff Turek, and Shawn Stinton. They have been scrambling to provide interesting and challenging stages for the matches. They can always use good ideas, so please send them ideas for stages, even if the ideas are not fully developed.
Next weekend, June 25th and 26th we will host the Joe Ocken Montana GSSF Match. The Glock Sport Shooting Foundation provides a tremendous amount of support for this match. Last year GSSF awarded over one dozen pistols, two dozen E-tools/knives, and over $2000 in prizes and random drawings. The stages are straightforward and do not require movement or reloading on the timer, so they are perfect for beginning shooters. There are numerous divisions for the different models of Glock pistols as well as age categories. You must join GSSF ($35.00/year, with discounts for joining for more than one year), and each entry (you can enter in multiple divisions) is $25.00 if you pre-register online. Membership information and registration is available here: www.gssfonline.com. This year’s match, and all future GSSF matches will honor Joe Ocken, who we lost earlier this year after a long battle with cancer.
This year we will setup the GSSF match at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 24th. Range Officers and other personnel who will be working at the match over the weekend will be able to shoot their GSSF entries on Friday afternoon, if they would like. This is not an opportunity for regular competitors, but a chance for people working the match to avoid a Sunday rush to shoot before the regular competition opens. In addition, we will offer ½ day shifts for people working the match, due to the normally high temperatures and high number of competitors. ROs must complete two ½-day shifts to be eligible for a single RO gift.
The Tuesday, July 5th BOD meeting will be held at Patti’s and my house at the normal time, 6:00 PM. We are located at 680 Big Flat Road, Missoula. We will provide different types of brats and sodas. If you would like to join us, please bring a side dish. No alcohol, please. If you and your sig-other plan to attend, please send me an email so we will have an approximate count.
Remember that the summer is a good time to get some extra training, and there are links on our website to some great resources.
See you at the range,