Target practice – Feb 7th 2012

Target practice – One handed, 3 targets at 50′ – 5 rounds for per set, 40 rounds per target.

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Yet another great boarding day

Yet another fine day snowboarding with the GMan at Wachusett Mountain. The condition were great (for man made) for top to bottom, but the upper half seemed better. We ended up parking in the remote parking and taking the shuttle to the mountain. Its a quick three minute ride in a fancy school bus with cranking music and creaky springs.

After suiting up and picking up the GMans rental board and boots we headed right for Ralph. It was fairly quite considering it was a holiday and the start of school vacation week. We did a few runs and them headed for the top.

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We boarded for a solid four hours and I feel it now! I did take one good spill but all in all it was a wonderful day.

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Freedom Trail

Today we had a firsts. We visited Bunker Hill Monument and walked down the Freedom Trail to the USS Constitution. The weather was great and we all enjoyed the great outdoors.

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Freedom Trail

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Gate 1

Friday boarding aka slush pushing!

This is the last snowboarding lesson for the GMAN. As usual I got here at around 1:30 and snagged a few tables. The spot I normally get was gone, but I managed to find a fee more and fend off a few soccer moms to hang onto them!

The conditions on the other hand are less than perfect. In fact it like snowboarding on a slushy! On top of that it’s dotted with large ice patches. In amy event it’s better than the office.

.22 Target Match

I stood in on a .22 caliber pistol match last night at my club. I had an open ended invitation to watch a match so I decided to check it out.

My club was playing the first placed team and the place was packed. Lots of guys and gals were milling about. Inside in the range a match was just finishing up. I asked the captain if I could observe and no one on the line objected.

It was great to see how the whole event played out, what people did and how well organized it was. I have included an outline of the rule below, but I was also very interested in watching how folks got set up, stance and reaction to actually pulling the trigger. The line had 4 shooters and I was standing behind the middle two and had only had a glimpse of the other two. One shooter did not seem to be effected by the recoil at all. He was using a M41 (like mine) and he clearly has an iron grip. All the others had various amounts of recoil movement.

All had very similar stance and what I call the get get ready position. This is where the line is ready and you ready your pistol by sighting in on the target. All in all it was fun to watch and if I learned anything it was that I need to practice more. These guys are good!

Competition Range Rules:

Slow fire – 10 shots in 10 minutes. Load two magazines with 5 rounds each. Load the first 5 rounds on the Range Officer’s command. The second 5 rounds are loaded at the shooter’s discretion. The Slow Fire target is the NRA-approved B-1 50 Ft. target.

Timed Fire – 2 strings of 5 shots each string is 20 seconds long. The Timed Fire target is the NRA-approved B-3 50 Ft. target.
1) Load the 5 rounds on the Range Officer’s command.
2) When the buzzer goes off, you have 20 seconds to fire 5 rounds.
3) The Range Office will ask if there are any alibi’s (failure to feed, failure to fire, incomplete [stove-pipe] ejection, etc.)
4) If there are no alibis then a second string of 5 rounds is fired in 20 seconds.
5) After the second string the Range will again ask if there are any alibis. If not, then the targets are retrieved for scoring and the shooters get ready for the Rapid Fire Stage.
6) If a shooter indicates an equipment malfunction (alibi) the Range Officer will inspect the gun to determine whether the alibi is allowed. If so, then the shooter gets to shoot that string again. Any previous shots on the target from that string are deducted, starting with the highest shots.

Rapid Fire – 2 strings of 5 shots each string is 20 seconds long. The Rapid Fire target is the NRA-approved B-3 50 Ft. target.
1) Load the 5 rounds on the Range Officer’s command.
2) When the buzzer goes off, you have 10 seconds to fire 5 rounds.
3) The Range Office will ask if there are any alibi’s (failure to feed, failure to fire, incomplete [stove-pipe] ejection, etc.)
4) If there are no alibis then a second string of 5 rounds is fired in 20 seconds.
5) After the second string the Range Officer will again ask if there are any alibis. If not, then the targets are retrieved and the shooters make their guns safe and leave the firing line.

Roses for V Day

So my darling bride surprised me with a dozen roses from NPR. You know the fund drive (aka begging for money) they do at this time of the year.

I’ll admit the flowers are beautiful and I was also very impressed with the box they came in! Call me a geek but they had little test tubs of water for each steam!

Anyhow, enough gab. Check out the pictures, and thank you to my better half, love you.

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