Feb 8, 2016
The difference between a really good match, and an average match
isn't a lot of super crazy, hard to do things. It's simple really,
and in this episode we talk about a few of the things that set some
matches apart from others.
- Matches should have clearly labelled safe
areas. It doesn't matter if the game happening at the
range requires it or not, take the time and setup a clearly
labelled safe area. All you need is a table facing a berm
somewhere, and something labeling it as the designated safe area. A
lot of ranges in our area just have people holster up at their car,
and that's just not preferable.
- Clearly written stage
descriptions. Often, Range Officers will walk through
all of the stages before the match with the Match Director and be
told how the stages are to be shot. Then, maybe 3 or 4 hours later,
they finally arrive at a stage and are expected to remember exactly
how the stage was supposed to be shot. Was it a loaded table start
or unloaded? I know I've cried foul a couple times when I've
noticed the squad behind me shooting the stage differently than I
did. Take a minute, and write out the stage descriptions for your
match, it's not hard to do.
- The 180* boundary should be clear. This
is more of a USPSA specific thing, as IDPA allows for the use of
muzzle safe points (which I really like, good job IDPA). Some bays
at different ranges don't have a backstop that's parallel to the
180*. In this case, doing something simple like setting up the
rearmost fault line parallel to the 180* gives a reference point
for shooters and Range Officers.
- Buddy System for New Shooters: Back when
we had Ben Stoeger on the podcast he mentioned that ranges near him
have a buddy system for new shooters, where newbies are assigned to
an experienced shooter to help them and answer their questions
during the match. I think it's a great idea, and I'm surprised the
ranges around here don't do this.
- Have a clear procedure for what to do with
brass. It's a little things, but I've given a lot of
unimpressed glares to people when they start picking up "my" brass.
I don't really care how you do it, but I think the best way is to
tell everyone to leave the brass on the ground all day, and after
the match, let them pick up brass from the bay they finish on. It's
simple, and leave the brass for the people who stick around and
help tear down, etc.
- Use Practiscore. For those who don't
know, Practiscore is a match administration software that allows
shooters to sign up for, and squad for an upcoming match ahead of
time. It's fantastic for many reasons, I like it because it keeps
the match from having too many people show up. Once the specified
amount of shooters have showed up, the match is full and more
people aren't able to sign up. It's also great because it
eliminates having someone sit in a stats shack all day entering
data, and it spits out scores really quickly and distributes them
via email to the shooters.
The Holly Springs, NC police department is setting up a couple
parking spaces at their new police department for online commerce
(craigslist sales, basically) but they're specifically not allowing
people to sell firearms there. I think they're being a little weird
about banning the sales but whatever.
Strict scrutiny was applied to the Maryland assault weapons ban
by judges in the 4th circuit this week. They overturned the AWB and
the hi-capacity magazine ban. Awesome.
Here's more from Andrew Branca over at Legal Insurrection.
A VA man who was open carrying was robbed of his gun last week.
He's lucky that the bad guys only took his gun and not his life. If
you're going to open carry, get a retention holster. I like the Safariland
ALS, it's the best thing going.