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).
Taylor Freelance brought this Gen. 2 Glock 19 back from the dead to create an awesome-looking ASI match/carry gun. They re-profiled the slide, took a lot of weight out, and treated it to a black-over-green “battleworn” Cerakote finish. With the ASI logo laser-etched on the left side, it sets a new bar for ASI style!
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.