Carbine Matches Planned for Wade’s

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.”

Close Call At Norpoint

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.

Oklahoma’s First Match, Oct. 15-16

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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!”

 

Blue Press features ASI!

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The September issue of Dillon’s “Blue Press” has a great article on ASI by gunwriter Duane Thomas. If you shoot at Wade’s Eastside, odds are you’ve bumped into him.

Thanks to his article, we’re getting swamped with requests for information and guidance on how to start up an ASI program — people from 20 states have e-mailed us already!

If you’re looking at our site for the first time, welcome! We’re eager to talk to you about how we can bring the success of ASI to your local area. Trainer Al Wylie is in Arizona right now responding to clubs that contacted us. If all goes well, we’ll be sending Al to visit a club near you!

Norpoint Matches Underway

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ASI’s latest indoor club — the Norpoint Shooting Center in Arlington — welcomes shooters on the “last” Saturday evening of every month. ASI HQ staff reps have been (and will be) on-site for their first few matches, helping range owner Brian Halleq’s crew of range officers with the details.

The match starts at 5, but shooters are encouraged to arrive a little early to allow time for registration and other last-minute details. Rental guns are available to those who need them, and ammo is available on-site. To contact Norpoint, call (360) 386-8832 or click on http://www.norpointrange.com/