For the purpose of illustration I will use stages #24 and #25 from the 2014 USPSA Handgun Nationals, held in St. George, Utah. I was an RO on Stage #25. This is how we ran it. The shooter selected to go first by the squad was the first shooter on Stage #24, the squad’s last shooter would be the first shooter on stage #25. The squad’s last shooter is not expecting to shoot for awhile, and may not be prepared. For this reason we were sure to notify the last shooter right away that they would be the first shooter on Stage #25. [Read more…]
While shooting Stage 21 at this years USPSA Handgun Nationals, a steel popper I hit with two center hits did not fall. It was my last target on that stage. The RO cleared me, and the range. He then proceeded to call the Range Master for calibration.
I stood there thinking about my run. Did it feel good or not? [Read more…]
I traveled to the 2014 USPSA Handgun Nationals alone and stayed in the match hotel, the Holiday Inn Express. I was assigned a roommate, a really nice guy from Idaho. He was very health conscience. He brought a juicer / blender, food, and ate most of his meals in the room. I admired and respected that. However, that created one challenge for me, we never hooked up to go out for dinner in the evenings. So I had to eat alone unless I could find someone to hook up with. I came up with a creative solution. I sat in the lounge of the hotel wearing a hat or shirt identifying me as a part of the shooting event. Our shooting sport is mostly a very friendly crowd and inevitably someone would come into the lounge, see me and ask, “what’s going on”? I would respond with, “I just sitting here waiting for someone to invite me out to dinner”. I never ate alone, unless I wanted to. I made new friends and experienced some new eateries. [Read more…]
I drove from Las Vegas to St. George Utah on Saturday for a week of shooting and ROing the 2014 USPSA Handgun Nationals. On my way to St. George I took a detour to visit a friend from my local shooting club who had moved to Logandale, a small ranching community about an hour’s drive north of Las Vegas. Chris and his family live in a nice home, next to a small river, with enough land to have horses and grow their own vegetables – living the life. After a short visit and tour of the property, I continued on to St. George. [Read more…]
The 2012 USPSA Nationals were held at my local range, the Desert Sportsman Rifle and Pistol Club, in Las Vegas Nevada. After shooting USPSA for about a year, this was my first major match . I arrived at the range, parked and was getting my gear ready when I saw Jerry Mercelek parked a few cars away. I walk over a say hi, chatted for a few minutes, then went back to my auto to finish getting ready. Jerry passed me on his way to his first stage. A few minutes latter he passed by me again on his way back to his car. He told me, “don’t forget your score sheets”. What he meant was the stickers that include our shooter info. These stickers are placed on the score sheets at each stage. [Read more…]