2016 National Matches, Camp Perry, OH

Three Coyote Point pistol instructors (Mike, Eugene, Jonathan) and coach (Kendis) returned from competition at the National Pistol Matches in July. The National Matches have taken place at Camp Perry OH since 1907, and is considered the “World Series of Shooting Sports”. Our instructors did well competing against 680 competitors from across the nation in tough conditions as the range is uncovered and open to the elements. The week long match experienced conditions with temperatures in the 90s, high humidity, and winds gusting up to 35 mph shooting at targets at 50 and 25 yards one handed. Competition builds skills in sight picture and trigger control amidst match pressure, wind, and heat. Special congratulations to Jonathan who also shot on the California State Pistol team and represented California well.

2016 California State International Air Pistol Championship – Palo Alto, CA.

Eugene (Pistol Instructor) won 2nd place with a score of 550, competing against a field of 36 competitors. Roy (Pistol Instructor) took 4th with a score of 537. Our club members placed well in the top 10 with Enrique taking 6th with a 528, and Rodolfo placing 8th. Coyote Point Rifle and Pistol Club congratulates our competitors on their excellent performance!

CA State Precision Pistol Match – June 5, 2016

CA State Precision Pistol Match – June 5, 2016 Three Coyote Point pistol instructors competed in the 2016 California State Precision Pistol Match last week in Sloughouse, CA. Temperatures reached 98 with 12 mph gusts from the SW, and 50% humidity, which made for tough conditions as the match started at 8am and ran for 7.5 hours of shooting .22, and .45 caliber pistols at target distances of 50 and 25 yards. Jonathan took 1st in aggregate Marksman class, dominating the field by shooting 1st place finishes in 14 of 16 total matches. This earned him a slot in the 2016 CA State Pistol Team going to nationals this year. Roy (2012, 2014 CA Pistol Team member) took 4th overall at the match. Eugene (2014 CA Pistol Team member) took 1st in Sharpshooter class in the following stages: .22 Slow Fire, .22 Rapid Fire, and .22 Aggregate. Congratulations to all our competitors on their achievements!

New Target Frames

New 100yd rifle range target holders were installed last weekend by the club. New steel receptacles were welded in place to hold up wood frames. Cardboard backers were stapled to the wood frames so shooters only need to carry their bullseye target and 4 clothes pins (both supplied to shooters upon admission). The clothes pins are used to attach the target to the backer. Only one bullseye target is allowed per frame and it must be centered between the frames in order to minimize frame damage from errant rounds. This improvement should maximize lane availability for the coming months.

Fixin' Up the Range

The High power range had 3 lanes "out of order" due to target frames in disrepair, causing wait list for customers for the past few weeks now.

RSOs Darrin and Piotr did some quick fixes on their Friday night shift to get a few more lanes going but found the frames in total disrepair. The following Saturday they gathered up their tools and supplies and set out to fix up ALL of the high power target frames. Darrin drove out his work truck which had a generator to work a chop saw and air impact wrench which aided the repairs. They straightened out hangers, added lag bolts, and replaced all of the wood. The range is now fully operational.

California State Pistol Team Competes At National Championships, Camp Perry, Ohio

by Steve Killingsworth

For the first time in many years, the California Rifle and Pistol Association fielded a California State Pistol Team at the National Pistol Championship Matches, held on July 7-13 at historic Camp Perry, Ohio, on the green and beautiful south shore of Lake Erie.

It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown!

"You can't win, Charlie Brown!", I said to myself, reviewing my score sheets from the 2700 match at the Sunnyvale Rod & Gun club past weekend. My rimfire portion scores were 23 points below my personal best and about 15 points below my current average. My centerfire and .45 scores were even lower. No matter how I tried, I could not focus, I could not reduce my wobble and concentrate on the proper shot process. And then I realized, I need more training.

Zen and the Art of Free Pistol

Morini CM80 Free PistolIt’s March 30th, 7:30 am. Spring is best at dawn as gradually the hilltops lighten. Arranged on a small bench in front of me are simple items: a couple of boxes of match ammo, a spotting scope, and an odd-looking pistol, it’s long black polished barrel looking like an iron flute with no holes. My target is 50 meters away and looks like a tiny black dot, just a touch of a calligraphy brush on an off-white rice paper.

Steel Falling in the Rain

Sunday Feb 2 – 8am - 10am, light rain, 46 degrees, winds from the south at 25 mph, 6 mile visibility with scattered clouds. The long awaited rain arrives this morning bringing along 10 shooters for the falling plate .22 rifle match. Plenty of custom rigs as well as classic Savage and Rugers on the line. Shooters worked under match pressure as the start buzzer went off amidst cold steel targets, cold triggers, and cold as steel nerves. Marc and Mike tied for first both dropping 23 plates, Marc won the "sudden death" shoot-off, declaring Mike second. Enrique took third with 22 plates facing the heavens. "Celeritas, Digigentia, Levitas" (Speed, Accuracy, Smoothness) was the key to winning today.

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.