Rick Brenneman’s “Hand Sized Handgun” championship set a new attendance record in July, setting a new standard for attendance and prestige. HSH 2017 invited ASI shooters to experience an 8-stage course of fire designed for short-barreled handguns. Shooters could use any handgun they choose, but if they wished to compete for prize and trophy, they had to use a “hand sized” handgun with a barrel less than 3.5” long. ASI’s Washington community responded to his challenge in droves. Shooters brought seemingly every pocket pistol from the Glock 26 to snubbie S&W revolvers to the event.
Shooters included everyone from first-time-at-a-match folks to familiar faces from the local IDPA community. The course offered static steel targets, moving targets (some engaged with one hand only), and curious shooting positions – including kneeling on a piece of carpet. Merchandize prizes from YBS, Dillon Precision, and other donors awaited at the end, but the match itself was relaxed and thought-provoking – just as an ASI event should be.
Jim Till came to HSH 2017 having never shot an ASI event before. He came to get a feel for ASI, and went home with the top random-draw prize: a Dillon Square Deal progressive reloader! Did he enjoy himself? I’ll say – he’s launching an ASI club at his home range on Whidbey Island.
Seventy-five shooters in all came out for HSH 2017 – with David Willecke shooting the fastest time of the day. Results for the match appear on the ASI forum, under “latest match results.” http://asi.boards.net/thr…/…/hand-sized-handgun-championship
SafeFire “Throwing Everything We’ve Got” At October Zombie Shoot
If you haven’t had the chance to shoot at the SafeFire Indoor Range in Camas, Wash., make plans to visit October 7th.
Match Director Tim Dickerson is “throwing everything we’ve got” at his Zombie-themed October shoot.
On top of the obligatory zombies, he’s making plans to field a target that will “walk” across the entire width of the range. (Subject to HQ approval.) Talk about going to lengths to make his shoot a success!
Dickerson is looking for volunteers to help with the match, and also to help with month-to-month operations. If you’re interested, give him a call at (360) 834-7233. You’ll find all the details about the range via https://www.shootatsafefire.com/asi-match
Checkout out our new ASI location map! This interactive map enables you to see information about all our locations including club addresses and contact information for new members. As an added bonus, you can share this map with other people using the “share” feature on the top of the map.
The map will be available through the Locations link in the menu bar.
If you’re shooting in Washington, watch your e-mail. Wade’s Eastside will soon announce a pistol-caliber-carbine-only event. The first match of its type, this pilot will feature supplied carbines from the Wades inventory, used on ASI stages from earlier in the evening. Please note the carbine match will be IN ADDITION to the normal pistol events held at Wade’s, only starting later in the evening.
“I’m excited about this new chapter in our history at Wade’s,” says ASI President Robin Taylor. “I think the opportunity for growth, particularly among the Wade’s clientele, is just huge.”
The Smithheisler brothers will again make an effort to “save Sue” at the Dough Creek range in Tonkawa, Okla., December 17-18. Their “Shoot-n-Scoot” will include four stages from the ASI course collection. Interestingly, if the weather turns sour, the match will be shot INDOORS on Dough Creek’s new LASR range. Flyer available here: shoot-n-scoot-event-flyer-12-17-2016
During the Nov. 26 match at Norpoint Shooting Center, one of the shooters (Todd Epps) experienced a “squib load” and was (thankfully) stopped in time by range officer Robin Taylor. A “squib load” describes what happens when the gunpowder is accidentally left out of a cartridge. The primer fires, creating a noticeable “pop,” but with no powder to push it, the bullet stays lodged in the barrel. Trouble arises if the shooter clears the malfunctioning cartridge and fires another shot.
The overpressure created by firing a “live” round in a blocked barrel is usually enough to bulge the barrel (at best) and can blow pieces of the barrel and slide in all directions (at worst). Damage to the pistol is certain, and injury to the operator (or bystanders) is likely. Taylor heard that distinctive “pop” and shouted “stop” but Epps didn’t hear him clearly — until Taylor grabbed his shoulders, narrowly stopping him from firing again.
ASI has come to Oklahoma, with brothers Jim and Mike Smithheisler leading the charge. The brothers will field their first match in Tonkawa on Oct. 15 and 16. They’ve invited a handful of local shooters to experience their first-of-its-kind match, but if you’d like to join in, contact Jim at (580) 761-3896 or Mike at (405) 641-3796 for all the particulars. The Smithheislers hail from the cowboy action community, but they don’t stop there. Jim recently became a certified Concealed Carry instructor, which fits well with the kind of courses we use here at ASI. Jim submitted a course modification or two, adding some spice to his stages. They’re running their first match Oct. 15-16, but if you can’t make that one, the next is scheduled for Nov. 19. When you shoot with them, remember to “save Sue!”
Looking for a hat? Why not show your ASI pride with the new ASI ball cap? They come in ASI’s signature Navy blue, and have a mesh back to help keep you cool on a hot day. You’ll find matching ASI T-shirts as well in the company store (link above).
The 2016/2017 Member Logbook dropped into the mail to all members this weekend (Oct. 1), following up on the electronic version made available in the September ASI Member newsletter. The Logbook includes a step-by-step look at HOW to shoot ASI well, what the courses look like, and a place to record your scores for several of the more-common courses.
Similarly, the ASI Match Operations Guide started shipping to registered club contacts in late September, and is available to anyone looking for guidance on how to run an ASI club. The Guide includes sections dedicated to officiating, economics, scoring, match set-up, and more.