Sending membership cards and such today to our South African ASI members in Kwa-Zulu Natal! MOSSC broke the ice and is holding regular matches — and we have several other South African clubs asking about becoming ASI affiliates too!
Hand Sized Handgun 2019 Success! Congrats to everyone that came out for the annual Hand Sized Handgun championship at Renton this past weekend. Great weather, great stages, and some great shooting along the way. Look for stage descriptions from the match to be released into the ASI Stage Library shortly!
New logbooks are out. We put 50+ of the 2019-2020 member logbook in the mail today. Members get a fresh logbook when they renew, or when they join ASI. If you didn’t get one when you joined or renewed — most likely it’s on its way to you now!
Looking for ASI RO training? Mark your calendar for April 28 and send us e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Mike Meisner will be teaching the RO course at Renton Fish And Game Club (www.rfgc.org).
ASI’s Robin Taylor had the chance to sit down and talk ASI with radio host Lars Larson at the 2019 SHOT Show. Here’s a link to the “spot.” It starts a little slow, but gains speed as Lars and Robin get rolling.
- Glock 26: 8.6 seconds/run.
- Custom Glock 19: 6.5 seconds/run.
- Difference: 2.1 seconds (more than .25 seconds/target!)
Our thanks to the Hendershots shooting club in Hagerstown, Maryland for hosting our first East-Coast ASI Range Officer class! Sandy and Dustin Wylie flew out to team-teach and help the Hendershots crew (led by Ron David, email@example.com) get their first match off the ground.
A hearty welcome goes out to the East Grand Forks Rod & Gun Club in East Grand Forks, Minnesota. Larry Manning is putting together a fresh program our there, and could really use your help! If you’re in the Minnesota/North Dakota era, contact Larry directly at (218) 230-4280 or firstname.lastname@example.org . He needs shooters and volunteers both!
We’ve got two major suggestions:
- Assign a “prop gun handler” that will deal with all the unloading/reloading/stowage/reloading/re-prepping tasks. Just having a designated handler will increase your “throughput” tremendously, and adds an extra layer of gun handling safety.
- Don’t rely on the shooter to understand how your prop gun operates. If possible, put an identical carbine in the safety area so shooters can get a chance to handle it at their own pace. If a staged back-up gun isn’t an option, encourage your prop gun handler to explain the gun to people between shooters/stages as time allows.
- Ready Table: When shooters arrive at the match, all the carbines get uncased and laid on one of two long benches along the wall. The carbines
- must point directly at the wall (which is bulletproof), and must have a chamber flag inserted.
- Dots On: When the carbine is uncased, the shooter activates any electronic sights they might have, and leaves them on for the duration of the match. According to Grob, this one thing is a HUGE time-saver, and has some real-world lessons as well.
- Ready Area: Once the shooters lay their carbines down, they carry the rest of their gear back uprange to some benches where their gear will remain for the duration. Doing this keeps the shooter from carrying their (big, awkward) gun case to the firing line and fishing around in it to find their magazines. When the shooter is called, they walk forward to the side table with a loaded magazine or two (only) stuck in their pockets. They pick up the carbine, point it skyward, and walk directly to the firing line – no muss, no fuss, no time wasted.