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Discussion in 'GSSF' started by DannyR, Jul 23, 2005.
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I shot the event with my father as usual, but we ended up waiting-out the storm that moved through the area before heading out to the match. It worked out great though. We signed in and shot the plates almost immediately (which was a refreshing change from last year). The second rack they added certainly helped to keep things moving. We had to wait a while for the Glock-M and only a short time for the 5-to-Glock. The RO's all did a great job and were very patient and relaxed. The weather was better than expected this afternoon. It has humid to be sure, but reasonably cool and the constant breeze helped as well. I'm sure this morning's weather kept the crowd pretty small, so I hope the turnout is good tomorrow as it will help to ensure we get a match again next year. Looking at my "receipts," if my math isn't failing me, I definitely shot my personal best in the 5 years I've shot the match.
Big thanks to the Oakdale Gun Club and GSSF!
Had about an hour long break thanks to rain/storms. It just so happened that the rain started right before I was up on my first course. Pretty much had a lake down at the 5 to Glock course and when it started back up, we were down to 1 lane. I got done there (didn't do too well) and knocked down the plates. From there I headed over to the Glock M and waited a LONG time. I predict that there will be some complaints that the wait at the M was really long, because it was. I did hear some vocal complaints, but I opted to keep mine to myself. I'm not a big fan of waiting 2.5 hours after signing in to get to shoot.
This was my first competition of any kind, so I wasn't expecting to do very well, which I didn't. I ended up with a a 199.35 if my math is correct. If I compared my scores to last year's results I would have ended up in 30th place in the competition division. I now realize that I need to practice more for speed than I have in the past.
First off let me say.... Oakdale Gun Club is like the Country Club of shooting ranges. Nice facility.
Even with a long rain delay (lunch break), started at 10am and was outta there by 1:30pm
They had to break out the target condoms for the rain, so that was a new experience for me. Hard to see exactly where all shots were on the target, even when going up to score them.
This was my first match this year, and I really like the scoresheet system with the carbon copy. I really liked the print outs from the handheld computers in the past, but obviously that system didn't work out.
My scores improved pretty good over last year, so no matter how the final results shake out... I'm happy!
The Vendor selling Glock items pulled out early in the day so didn't even get a chance to look that stuff over. I guess the rain scared him away. Friendly helpful Armorers up in the registration area.
Thanks to the GSSF staff for a smooth event (even despite the weather set back).
That was definitely fun.
I definitely need work on my shooting techniques, but overall I don't think I did too bad.
Thanks to WIG19 for letting me tag along and showing me how everything ran.
With my G34, my total time was, if I added correctly, 146.24 sec
with my G19, my total time was 213.76 sec.
If I practice dry firing more I know I can pull those way down, especially on the plates. Under pressure I was jerking the trigger a lot.
Tim, very good job and you had fun doing it. You will shave many points with a little more practice, dry fire and some more competition to get used to the adrenlin rush when the beeper goes off.
I am seriously thinking about a .22 upper for my G17, since ammo costs are a big factor in my practice. That way I could easily get a lot more live trigger time.
Great job Tim. GSSF shoots are about the best competitions to start shooting.
I shot Sunday, and had a good time. However, it was obvious the later it got the more the RO's wanted you to be done. By the end I felt like I was a distraction to shutting down the range.
I don't understand why the rumour is they won't have it here next year. I'm probably wrong but don't the ro's count this against their work hours? Do they get free t-shirts? I'd take that deal at my range.
A great start it was! And I'm sure you'll find it will quickly get better with a little practice and experience! Good to meet you!
As for my match, I'm quite pleased to have bettered my personal best score ever! It was only by .38 seconds (yeah, 38/100's of a second), but I'll take it!
I shot today (Sunday) and went through all three stages in less than two hours. It was a good time. I was very glad to see two plate racks and three set ups for the Glock M. The extra set ups made everything go faster. Also I noticed that ROs were taking less time to get people through the stages (I mean this in a good way.) Example; this year at the 5-to-Glock all three set ups shot (one at a time) and then all three groups went down range to score and paste targets together. Last year only one set up shot, then the range was called cold and they went and scored and pasted. Then the next set up shot basically turning three set ups into one. This year is was nice to see them utilize three set ups as three set ups.
But the vendor situation is getting worse and worse each year. This year I could buy a shirt or a shirt. The choices were white or black. I could also buy a magazine if I wanted to dig through the box of mags. I realize that Glock shirts only come in white and black but where were the hats, jackets, range bags and guns. Not to mention lights, knives and other such goodies. What an opportunity wasted to sell stuff. I was so disappointed with the selection of merchandise (or should I say lack of) that I kept my money and will bring it with me to Hallsville, MO in September.
Another positive note is that they used the 100 yard range instead of the 25. It made walking from range to range easier. How folks were squadded up for shooting and the scoring sheets were also big improvements over last year. Over all it was a good day and the fact that I did better this year than last was enjoyable.
Two ^c ^c for Oakdale Gun Club and Glock.
Good stuff & it was my pleasure; glad you took up the invite! Kudos to the OGC staff on a sweltering day (Sunday); years of good-living pouring out of everyone's body once the sun came out. Finished registering with my 3 new-member "charges" around 9:30 or so and we were all done shooting by about 12:40. Always a pleasure to go to Oakdale. Well done! ^c
(my kids & yours truly, as well as Tim I suspect, really like coming away with a dupe of the scoresheet.)
Special thanks to Tim for the loan of 2 of his G19 mags to my kids which made their back-to-back shooting at the plates go much smoother and allowed taking of some pics which will be posted (I hope) tomorrow. Everybody pullin' for each other & willing to lend a hand - pure GSSF. Pleasure to meet you & hope we'll see you soon.
I shot OK; AC 73.28, MS 72.69 - so just more practice and shaving some time and taking a couple of C hits out of the mix. But very pleased all in all; only added 9 seconds total for the 2 div's on paper.
Much thanks again to Butch and all the Rochester crew for their support to the kids who had an absolute blast and are very pumped to go to Hallsville already. Thanks to Dwight for taking some pics while we were shooting plates at different points. ;f
And, yes, I was there, and Butch was smoking that stock gun. Good stuff!
Now... if the new member raffle comes up with my number I can get my G19 back.
Rounded everything off with all heading for lunch at the MN Machine Shed - excellent food and everyone was hungry, so we can blame anything that happened on the fact that we were undernourished at the shoot.
Well done again, Oakdale, Scott & Crew and GSSF!
Edit1: At the lunch afterwards dp177 was able to present the plaque (a real beaut') done in honor of the match Butch missed (Hallsville) to be with his son Chris who'd recently returned from his deployment in the Balkans. Signed, with profound thanks for his service, by dp177 (Dwight Parker), Bobby Carver and Tony Clemens, presented to Christopher Barton. A class gesture from true gentlemen.
Edit2: Was present during the "live" version of Butch's explanation of front-sight focus as described in this thread here and it should probably go into the Tips area if for no other reason than his lovely wife was there and we were all LOAO.
FWIW, stopped back by on Sunday around noon after shooting and there was an e-tool, a 34 displaying grip tape & heavy magwell w/FO front sight, variety of hats, range bags, Glock "bench" mats, plus the clothing & mags you already mentioned.
Anticipation - lots of goodies at Hallsville. ;f
BTW, how did you shoot in your divisions?
My Son and I shot Sat. afternoon. Starting at 1:30 and finished at 4:00. Much of that time was spent waiting at the Glock M. However let me be one of the first to say, "it was Much ,Much, better than last year". "Thanks" to all of the RO's and GSSF staff that made it so much better this year. It makes the 2500 mile round trip worth it.
I didn't notice that the score sheets were not marked as to what
category you were shooting, ie: Amt. Civ., Comp., etc so I don't know for sure what I scored and will just have to wait to get the sad news.
Thanks again Oakdale Gun Club, RO's and GSSF!!!
If 73.28 in AC is just "OK," I'm afraid the rest of us have a lot of work to do. That's a heck of a score.
I shot an 80.14 (which would've been a 94.14 in years past, yes I'm that pathetic that I did the math). My previous best was a 136.something way back in '01. So, after the match I was feeling like this:
But after reading your score I'm feeling more like this:
Still, I'm hoping for my first top-10 in Amateur Civilian.
Thanks very much, but you should be very happy with that score!!! ^c
With the new 'M' everyone got some time taken off their scores this year; what I noticed over time (and practice) was that, while my raw times improved, the biggest help was not adding as many of those silly whole-numbers on afterward. Be of good cheer, that's an excellent score and I wouldn't be surprised to see you right up there. (Just don't do like I did the first match and forget to write your SSN down thinking you won't win anything; then they can't send the check without the SSN.) ;J
Best of luck; sure sounds like even with the weather on Saturday there were alot of happy shooters this year at OGC. ;f
St. Paul was the first shoot for my wife and I, and we are thrilled with the welcome we have recieved from everyone. We both shot AC with WIG19's borrowed G19 and for our first shoot we scored a 208.15 for myself and a 295.25 for the wife. All the time Butch took with us and the tips and practice since have really helped. It was great meeting Tim Warner and seeing Butch and the guys again as well as meeting his family. Thanks especially to WIG19 and see you all again soon !
It has to do with changes in the deal that GSSF makes with the range and in OGC's case they basically have to pretty much shut down their facility for 3 days (less the trap range) and are not getting the incentives back from GSSF they used to. In the overall scheme of things free T-shirts are non-starters. I live in West Central WI; Oakdale is my "home" GSSF event so it's very important to me that it remain as much as several of the southern events were to the shooters down in the southern US. We all might not have a Lubbock, TX to step up to the plate and pick up the slack.
This is a whole 'nuther kettle of fish best left for a different thread, but I'd submit that if you enjoyed yourself you keep letting OGC (and their local legislators) know how much you appreciate them AND how much $$ you bring into the area because of your visit & match attendance. They are also in need of any support you can provide to convince the suburban-creeper-developers that the range needs to stay in existence. We (as customers of such ranges) are the ammo in their magazine in that fight.
Any idea how long it takes to get scores/raffle winners posted?
I am anxious to see how I did overall.
Preliminary scores are usually posted on the GSSF website in about a week, but they have been taking a while longer to get finalized lately. The Indy match hasn't been finalized yet, for instance.
The raffle, is the Oakdale gun club's baby, a phone call there may yield some info, but I'd expect to have gotten a phone call by now had I won it.
Much better than last year. Last year the plates played a mind game with me. This year I figured them out and all I heard was BANG - CLANK, BANG - CLANK, BANG - CLANK.