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.
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!”
Looking for a hat? Why not show your ASI pride with the new ASI ball cap? They come in ASI’s signature Navy blue, and have a mesh back to help keep you cool on a hot day. You’ll find matching ASI T-shirts as well in the company store (link above).
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!
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.
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/
Thanks in part to volunteer Marcin Pawlina, the ASI Forum went live in October.
Go to asi.boards.net and register. You’ll find match schedules, updates on the rules, and most importantly, SCORES!
If you have any questions about the forum, contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly.