Thanksgiving Celebration

Thanksgiving celebration at the range was a day of mindfulness for what we have. We had a fantastic turnout of 35 members today. We feasted on a cornucopia of food. The turkey and stuffing were made perfectly... tender and delicious. Real mashed potatoes, made with butter, and gravy made the old fashion way with flour, salt, and pepper in the drippings. The beautiful red canned cranberries sitting like miniature quonset huts built atop the plate. Fresh salads, apple and pumpkin pies, mousse cake and more, stretched across three tables. Thanks to all for working so hard to prepare the feast we all enjoyed. I really appreciated the hard work by everyone to prepare for this event, from getting the prizes for the luck shoot and giveaway raffle, to setting up the room, and running the luck shoot event. It came together because everyone chipped in to help. It was enjoyed by all.

Revolver Match

The seasoned master shooter, long in years, young in spirit, continues to work his art, of bullet to paper as he has for most of his life. There is an inner silence, the stoppage of time, as he raises the pistol as he has done, hundreds upon thousands of times before. Like a meditative archer he stands confident, silently, patiently awaiting the subconscious ignition, brilliant flash and jolting recoil as the target is obscured by smoke.

State Championship Match in Sebastopol

On my trip up to Sebastopol to compete in the California State Indoor Conventional Championship (10/20/13), I felt and saw the beauty of fall, with the grape leaves turning a golden brown and the fog laying a soft blanket across the ranches on my way there. The rustic range has it’s own unique flavor which is as “all American” as it can get with the room’s pot belly stove and hanging American flag. Looking down the firing line, the gun boxes are steeped in tradition and honor as we shoot a discipline as old as shooting itself. This match is less about the scores shot but more about the camaraderie and shared experience of the event. Come shoot the big matches in a small range for you will learn more from the experience, than that of your score.


Falling Plate Rifle Match

Another beautiful California autumn day to enjoy the wonderful shooting sports protected by our 2nd amendment.  It was the Falling Plate Rifle match this morning, shooting at 6 inch steel falling plates at varying distances and times.  John was the overall winner today with a commanding lead in each match.  The field was riddled with jams, misfire and misses.  Here’s a few of the many exotic and custom rifles used by the competitors.


Conventional Bullseye 1800

Beautiful autumn day for an 1800!  Firing line was lit promptly at 7:30am and the .22 competition was off to a glorious start.  Bob, Nick, Mike, Enrique, and Rudy were all neck and neck till the first shot (ha,ha).  The firing line was filled with an assortment of .22s, Pardini SP, Marvel conversions, Rugers, Hammerli 208, and S&W Model 41. The Centerfire match began immediately after the .22 match.  The morning sun now blinding me off the target, I set the polarizer to 90% to minimize the dot intensity required to appear in the tube.   It’s exciting to hear the thunderous roar these .45s make during rapid fire.  It’s extremely difficult to not get caught up in the rhythm of the thunder, suddenly finding yourself shooting in perfect harmony with the group and not focusing on the perfect center X hits…. %^$&# .  Remember to dance to your own music.

Range Improvements

On July 27, 2013, members painted, replaced target holders, cut new backers, repaired walkways, repainted red safety lines, fixed lane numbers, and cleaned out both the control and target room.  This winter’s shooters will have less puddle jumping skills required due to the club installing gravel on some of the walkways downrange.  Using wheelbarrows to bring in the gravel, it was extremely hard work. Another big change was the installation of lane screens on the .22 range to help cut down on hot brass hitting you. Thanks to all the members who helped improve the range.

Just a reminder that smoking is forbidden anywhere in Coyote Point Park (including the shooting range).