ASI recently started compiling its various stage designs, rules, and other instructional content into a “Shooter Logbook” for members. Every member will receive a copy of the logbook when it’s complete, giving them a way to plan, to practice — and to track their improving skills.
ASI’s Robin Taylor told us “We have a long way to go, but we’re hoping to have something so show in the first part of 2015.”
Looking for an ASI match near you? If you’re in Seattle, we heartily recommend the new bi-weekly league at Bellevue Indoor Range, Inc. Bellevue Indoor Range shares space with the famous Wade’s Eastside Guns. The two complement each other, with a complete pro shop on one side of the aisle, and a full-service range (complete with rental firearms) on the other.
Anna Tyler runs the ASI match here runs every other Thursday night, 7-9 P.M. The match sells out regularly, so call the range directly to reserve a slot. (425) 649-5995.
When you come, expect to receive a full briefing in the upstairs classroom, orienting you to the basics of ASI competition. To participate, you’ll need to be authorized by the range staff (call for details). The range has a separate safety check process for shooters wishing to draw their guns from holster.
Wade’s is one of the first ranges to adopt the ASI program, and has had great success with it. Many of the ASI stages were developed here, including most of the standard exercises, and many of the fun move-and-shoot stages that will be featured in the “Shooter Logbook.”
The pro staff at Wade’s Eastside have done a great job taking to ASI’s “customer oriented” approach, and we thought these moments from the Dec. 5 match deserved special mention.
At right you’ll see one of Wade’s Eastside’s range officers demonstrating “Alley Madness” for an incoming group of shooters. The inert “blue gun” he brought lets everyone relax and stand where ever they like in order to hear/see what will be expected of them. Unlike a “real gun” shooters could quickly pick up the “blue gun” and use it as a prop to walk through their questions — now that’s helpful!
At left you’ll see another Wade’s innovation — the poster-size stage diagram. Someone at Wade’s took the time to draw out the stages on that bay, super-size, allowing that bay’s Chief Range Officer (Greg) to point out different aspects of the stages easily. The particular bay Greg was working in tends to be noisy, so the extra-large art helped cut down on the number of questions in an area where it’s sometimes difficult to make one’s self understood. Good idea!