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Some ASI members on vacation got to shoot a slightly bigger gun including a Gatling gun! Great little video of ASI members at play.
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
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With 65 shooters plus staff, family, and friends, the 2016 “ASI Hand Sized Handgun Championship” broke records in Washington. “You guys are doing a great thing here,” said Russ Bates. “I had a great time, and I’ll be back.”
As a senior with physical limitations ASI’s relaxed, enjoyable style fits Bates perfectly. Others, like overall match winner Malcolm McIver and Match Director Rick Breneman got a chance to shoot their pocket pistols in a serious way.
Breneman designed the match with a 5-shot pistol in mind, and several people brought them. Brian Hallaq (who runs the ASI program at Norpoint Indoor Range) brought a modern 5-shot, .38 Special snubbie. “It’s rough shooting that double-action trigger, especially one-handed,” he laughed. His skills and the moon clips on his late-model S&W made quick work of required reloads.
Stage after stage showed Breneman’s ideas – ideas that often “just can’t be done” in other sports.
On one stage, shooters fired two rounds from a supplied AR-15 in 9mm before switching to their pistol. Later they shot stationary steel targets (Steel Challenge style). Props were common – everything from plastic guns, to poker tables, to shooting from inside a real car!
As we said earlier, Malcolm McIver won the overall title in the “Non-ASI” group. Washington’s Regional Coordinator Marcin Pawlina topped the ASI competitors, with Blake Gruger topping the group for Non-Conforming Handguns.
Amid smiles and laughter as shooters waited for their scores, a prize raffle gave away two $50 Taylor Freelance, LLC gift certificates, along with ASI memberships, T-shirts, and more.
Breneman tells us the ASI Hand Sized Handgun Championship will return to Renton Fish & Game club July 29, 2017.
Scores are available on the forum now.
ASI’s Robin Taylor and Sandy Wylie sit down with the Power Factor Show’s Rick Brenneman to talk about ASI. The Power Factor Show caters to competitive shooters, so the interview includes a lot of the thinking and history behind ASI, along with discussions of how it differs from existing shooting sports.
Check out our photo area to see what our first outdoor match at Renton Fish and Game Club looked like! We had a great time despite less-than-perfect weather. Mark your calendar for the next one — every second Saturday through the end of the year. (May 9, June 13, July 11. . .)
Join us April 11 to kick-off the ASI program at Renton Fish and Game Club.
ASI’s own Sandy Wylie will serve as match director, putting forward what we expect will be a “showcase” outdoor program. If you can’t make it April 11, mark your calendar for the next one — matches will be held every second Saturday through the end of the year. (May 9, June 13, July 11. . .)
Renton offers a beautiful wooded range, with multiple shooting pits. All shooting will happen outdoors, so bring an appropriate coat or jacket.
High Demand Expected — Shooters at Renton have embraced the ASI concept, so we expect to have a pleasant mix of “regulars” and “new people.” If you’d like to know more, send us e-mail through the contact form and we’ll get the particulars out to you.
We expect to start the first group at 10:00 sharp, so please arrive by at least 9:30 for registration and the safety briefing.
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.”