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August 2012 Match Results

Technology is great when it works. The Nook PractiScore system has served us well this year right up until the August match when an update to the software exposed a glitch in the system. After nearly an hour working to resolve the problem the techno wizards decided that starting was more important and provided tutorials as needed for squads to enter their shooters manually. For the most part, there were not many problems with the scoring once things got going and even with the late start the last squad was finished shooting and cleaning up by 4 PM. Not bad for a 9 stage, 218 round match!

In all there were 86 shooters representing all divisions except revolver. Production and Limited dominated the event with 61 shooters. B Class shooter Ryan S showed up the three Masters to win Limited while Rob G showed the Single Stack competitors that shooting minor isn’t all that bad at the local club level. The 9 mm single stacks are popular by the ipsc66 guys. Ric G and Lee D battled for the win in production with Ric coming out on top with a 6.5 point lead giving Lee a 99.3% second place.

Everyone I spoke with since the match had good things to say. Even with no movers or shakers the stages were challenging. A lot of people wanted to shoot stage 4 again (masochists) while others would be happy to never see stages like 8 and 9 again. Seems like it’s the easy things that give us the biggest troubles isn’t it?

 

July 22 Match Alert

The production team of Brian, Rob, & Roy have met, connived, plotted, and planned. They were so impressed with the turnout at the last match that they had to keep the momentum going. The result is a match scheduled this Sunday (July 22, 2012) that will have 9 (yes nine) stages and require 251 rounds, if you don’t miss. Roy says that the WCRH USPSA production team each had a list of favorite ideas and plans they’ve been working on over the summer. They liked everyone’s ideas so much that ALL will be represented. With that many rounds, shooters should expect plenty of steel, drop turners, and swingers in addition to the usual assortment of classic and metric paper targets. There is always an A zone open but you have seen the way targets have been painted with hard cover the past few months. Check your “Mike” stats for the last match to see if this is an issue for you. Just saying…

The cost for so much fun remains the same. $25 for non WCRH club members. New shooters are welcome to come out and participate provided they have shot a USPSA match before or attend a IPSC practice on Thursday night.

Unlike most IPSC66 matches, this month will not have a classifier stage. Scores will still be posted on the USPSA website and be available the same day thanks to the PractiScore and Nooks used during the match and a dedicated stats team that don’t sleep until the scores are in after the match.

Set Up –

Because this month falls with the 1st on a Sunday, IDPA has their match on Saturday. Set up will begin at 4:00 PM (1600 hrs) for the USPSA match. Roy is confident that if the usual group and a few extras show up to help set up that everything can be done and ready in time for everyone to get home, relax, and have a good night’s sleep before the mayhem starts Sunday morning.

 

22 April 2012 Match Results

The first match of the year for IPSC66 at the Wayne County Raccoon Hunters got off with a bang. This was the first match using the new PractiScore electronic scoring system so most shooters had to be entered into the system. This caused some delays getting started but was a minor delay compared to the ease of scoring and the speed that match results were uploaded to USPSA.

The unpredictable Michigan weather was cooperating with warm temperatures and no rain (or snow) to dampen the day’s event. Turnout was excellent with 73 competitors ranging from juniors to super seniors and GM to unclassified. Limited, Production, and Single Stack were the best represented with 21, 20, and 18 participants respectively. The match was a 220 round count meaning plenty of reloading and careful stage planning for the revolver shooters prepping for the upcoming ICORE Central States Championship. As usual, there were 7 field courses and a single classifier: Golden Bullet Standards (CM 06-06).

 

Division GM M A B C D U X Total
Limited 2 4 4 2 9 21
Limited 10 1 1 2
Open 3 2 5 10
Production 1 2 1 5 3 8 20
Revolver 2 2
Single Stack 3 1 9 2 3 18
Total 1 2 5 10 22 7 26 73

Congratulations to Mike D, Dan O, Ryan H, James T, Geoffrey S, and Chris B for winning their divisions. A job well done!

Get the full match results at USPSA.

 

Ready for the 2012 Season

April 14 was a busy day for the USPSA club members at the raccoon hunters. About a dozen people showed up with tools in hand to prepare for the 2012 shooting season.

The response to the new walls (and stands that hold them) was positive last year so a new batch of walls with the same design were built. The design uses a heavy duty screen along with a bright orange mesh to allow ROs and observers visibility down range. The screening is heavy enough to stop most splatter from steel while allowing the wind to pass through. Building walls of this type is far less expensive than the solid walls previously constructed allowing the club to build many more than previous years. Most importantly, more walls and durable stands allows Roy, Rob, and Brian to build stages with fewer barrels. Barrels will not be eliminated entirely but shooters can expect fewer wind/barrel delays this season.

Another group concentrated their day to repairing steel. The steel targets have a few years of heavy use behind them and were in need of some care and maintenance. Everything from hinges to the wooden bases were looked at on every piece of steel owned by the club. When possible, targets were repaired on site. Steel that was beyond minor repair was inventoried for incremental repair or replacement through the year.

screenshot of PractScore on a Nook deviseSetting up should be easier this year as the storage unit was emptied, cleaned, and restocked in a way to maximize space while allowing storage of the many new walls and stands. With a little effort after matches and practice sessions the storage unit should be kept organized for the season.

Members have discussed moving to an electronic scoring system for a few years. Brian and Rob work very hard after a match to enter scores by hand from paper into the computer for upload to USPSA. Even with 70-80 shooters a match, the guys have done an amazing job getting scores in to USPSA the day of the match. That will be an easier task this year as a very generous member purchased a complete scoring system for the club’s use. The new system uses the PractiScore software from MGM Targets and Nifty Bytes and operates on the Nook. This will allow for even faster upload of scores after a match and decrease the number of issues experienced with the two sided paper scores. The PractiScore will work on any mobile device with iOS or Android. A few shooters already use versions of this to keep track of their scores during matches.

So, with more walls, fewer barrels, functional steel, an organized shed, and electronic scoring; this is going to be a great year for pistol shooters at the raccoon hunters.