stin Wylie and Robin Taylor were teaching the RO course in Alaska recently, a question came up about “what happens when someone accidentally shoots a prop?”
The answer comes down to context. If the shooter fires a shot while not aiming at a target, that’s an accidental discharge — and the hole in the prop is evidence of the fact that they weren’t aiming at a target. However, it is possible to lean around a barricade, and simply misjudge whether one’s barrel has totally cleared the edge.
The shooter shown below is a participant at the USPSA PCC National Championship. (Remote camera.) He has a clear line of sight to the target with his sights, but unbeknownst to him, his barrel is still aimed at wood.
You can see wood being blasted off the barricade as he valiantly tries to make that difficult off-balance shot.
If you’re concerned about people blasting the edge of your barricade (like this) we suggest extending the edge of the barricade slightly with a bit of easily-replaceable trim. Cardboard works well too!
Because of this phenomenon, ASI barricades are meant to create a vision barrier only — declaring the barricade to be “hard cover” makes scoring much more difficult. (The RO’s that had to sort out the below situation for USPSA had their hands full!)
The ASI rules are full of not-so-obvious policies like this one, which flow from the Founders’ many years of match experience. They’re designed to make the match easier to run, and easier to understand for everyone — without a lot of unnecessary rule-making.
ASI Releases Newest Rule “Book” and Keeps Promise to Maintain Short Rules for Competitive Sport While Promoting Gun Safety Education in a Fun and Social Setting.
The 1.5 rule book is still only 8 pages and streamlined compared to the 1.4 version. You can read it here: https://asi-usa.org/rules/
“We’ve opened up the playing field to allow the ’30-something’ calibers that are often banned by other sports,” says ASI CEO Robin Taylor. “Examples include the .32 ACP, .32-20, 7.62X25, .30 Mauser, and the entire .32 S&W family, including the .327 Federal Magnum. Also, the rule allowing revolver shooters to use a frame-mounted optic appears in print at last, along with a handful of minor corrections and fixes.”
If you find any errors or problems (typos included) Mike Meisner is working on putting together a “fix list” for next year’s release. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Club! Please welcome Caledonia Forest and Stream in St. Johnsbury, VT. Steve Towle is getting the show off the ground at Caledonia, and will be looking for shooter/volunteers forthwith! If you’re interested, look up Steve at email@example.com. You’ll find Caledonia at www.caledoniaforestandstream.com .
Setting records! The ASI club in Renton, Wash. had what we think is their largest ASI club match to date on Saturday — 76 shooters! (Technically 77, but one had to go home early.) Way to go Renton and the Northwest Practical Pistol Association (NWPPA)!
Range Officer Training Classes Open! If you want to get certified as an ASI Range Officer, you’ve got two opportunities in April. The Alaska class will include RO’ing a “live” ASI shoot.
– April 18-19, Matanuska Valley Sportsmen, Palmer, Alaska
Instructors: Robin Taylor, Dustin Wylie. Club Contact: Bruce Axtell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
– April 22, Interlake Shooting Association, Redmond, Wash.
Instructors: Mike Meisner, Marcin Pawlina. Club Contact: Rob Huntsinger (email@example.com)
Tuition for each class is $20. To register, e-mail the club contacts above directly.
Sign up right away to reserve your spot!
Snow? What snow? ASI’s Robin Taylor and Rob Beals (along with Lars Liden) had the chance to share ASI with the Puyallup “A Girl and a Gun” chapter on Sunday.
“The gals had a great time and had many, many nice things to say about ASI – your presentation definitely sparked interest in coming to a match in March,” says club organizer Jackie Russo.
The Puyallup “girls” are planning a second ASI-themed get-together, tentatively scheduled for May 20. In the meanwhile, we expect to see several members from the Puyallup chapter attending the Renton Fish & Game Club match in March.
If you’re interested in shooting with a supportive, all-female group, by all means contact Jackie Russo (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Christa Beasley (email@example.com). Christa is the local A Girl And A Gun coordinator. A Girl And A Gun has chapters all over the United States, and Beasley should be able to help you find one near you
ASI has noticed an increase in women in our sport. A 200% increase in two years across all shooting sports is massive! Way to go ladies! If you haven’t become an Action Shooting International member yet, now is the time. For more information on ASI-usa go to: https://asi-usa.org/
Connie Bowlby tells her story about how she became an ASI shooter in the January issue of Dillon’s Blue Press: https://www.dillonprecision.com/docs/January2018.pdf (page 36-37).
ASI Execs Robin Taylor and Al Wylie flew from Seattle to the San Juan Wildlife Federation in Farmington, New Mexico. Walter Gray and his crew not only got their RO certifications, they put on their first open-to-the-public ASI match Saturday afternoon.
“Those guys did amazingly well,” says Exec Al Wylie.
The Farmington class was the second time Taylor and Wylie had taught the revised RO curricula — complete with role-players and “live” squib rounds.
“We were amazed,” says Taylor. “Everything we told them would happen during the course happened during their first match. Even the percentage of women attending was nearly spot-on.”
As the saying goes, forewarned is forearmed, so the new crew at San Juan was ready when awkward situations arose. They faced a “squib” scare, and a disqualification — both major challenges for new range officers to deal with. Yet, thanks to their training, they were ready.
“They started out pretty green,” says Robin Taylor, “but by the end of the training, they’d learned a tremendous amount, and were able to deal with everything a dozen brand-new shooters throw at them. I was impressed.”
San Juan Wildlife will be holding matches once a month — shooting .22’s indoors if the Winter weather gets too cold. For more details, contact Walter Gray directly at firstname.lastname@example.org .