2016 was a great year at the WAC, and 86 shooters ended it with a bang at the Last Chance USPSA Limited Match. 7 stages were put together in the back bays with names like Going Out With a BOOM and Fight Till the Last Gasp. Stage 1 was particularly interesting as the start position was holding a shot gun with the choice to shoot a popper or barrel it. The person who was closest to 50% of the stage high score without going over won the shot gun.
The Gulf Coast Lead Slingers 4th Sunday match was held on the 4th Saturday as Christmas fell on the 4th Sunday this year. That didn’t stop 58 shooters from being at the WAC to begin shooting at 9:00 am. Six courses of fire, 3 field courses and 3 classifiers were on the menu for the day. Some were decorated with barrels painted as candy canes and garland around the wall. I can speak from firsthand experience that the garland does not hold up well against the exhaust from an open gun.
The three classifiers were More Disaster Factor (13-08), High Standards (03-18) and Life’s Little Problems (09-10). These were not your every day classifiers, having penal targets, low ports and 15 yd strong hand only shots. There were shooters that came to play as one shooter had a hit factor of 10.4962, and for that classifier and their division, that was at GM level, way to go! See all of the results here
There will be a 4 stage match Tuesday and NO MATCH ON FRIDAY 12/30. Set up for the Last Chance Limited Match will be on Friday starting at 9:30. The last chance Limited Match is sold out, contact Trent Cherin at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the waiting list.
Setup Started Wednesday and continued through Thursday to get the 8 stages set up. With stage names like Death Trap (double target max trap), Slide Lock, Far out man (3-35 yd shots) and Step it up (2 platform levels) there was a lot of work to get done. The RO’s did a great job at getting them all built for the staff shoot on Friday. The staff vetted all of the gizmos and angles so the shooters would have a flawless match.
Range report from Sunday morning at the WAC: Sunny, light breeze, slightly chilly and loud, with a smell of gun powder.
It was the 4th Sunday of the month, and that means a Gulf Coast Lead Slingers 6 stage match. 77 shooters where there, representing 8 of the USPSA divisions. Production and Single Stack led the way with 26 and 25 shooters. It comes as little surprise that these division were so large as the Factory Gun Classic is this coming weekend, Dec 3rd and 4th. A 6 stage match is a great warm-up to the 8 stages the Factory Gun will have.
Last month there were 70 shooters, this month there were 83. Match Director Dean Herrig was prepared and opened a 7thsquad and stage to accommodate all the shooters. There are 13 official divisions in the Steel Challenge and Saturdays match had competitors in 10 of the divisions. Production led all the divisions with 27, followed by 15 in Limited and 12 in Rimfire Rifle Open. Iron Sights Revolver, Pistol Caliber Carbine Optic and Rimfire Pistol Open all had more than 5 and Open, Rimfire Pistol Iron Sights, Rimfire Rifle Iron Sights and Single Stack rounded out the rest.
This time last month, 2 people were shooting single stacks, last night there were 16! That beat production by 1 and limited by 6. With the WAC’s Factory Gun Classic coming the first week in December, people are switching over to their single stacks to get prepared. The match also included stages influenced by what will be seen at the Factory gun. Table starts, loaded and unloaded, poppers, bobbers, and lots of hard and soft cover made for a challenging night.
Class (competitors) winners for the night were:
Carry Optics (3) – Steve Pianka
Limited (10) – JJ Malvarez
Open (2) – Will Jensen
Production(15) – Mike Howell
Revolver (1) – Bob Paul
Single Stack(16) – Mark Walker
There are only 4 more Tuesday or Friday nights to get prepared for the Factory Gun, hope to see you out there.
Submitted by Jeff Jones
Sunday 10/23 was the Gulf Coast Lead Slingers USPSA match, commonly termed the 4th Sunday Match. This is one of the monthly matches in Florida everyone looks forward too, drawing shooters from all over the state. This match was no exception with 77 shooters slinging lead down the back bays.
This match had 4 challenging stages and a qualifier. One stage had a tandem clam shell and a swinger, while another stage had a swinger activated from a different position. The addition of more challenging stages is due to what was seen at the national tournament. We are restricted on the length of the shots, but adding gizmos, no shoots and hard cover increases the challenge and better prepares the shooters for other events.
Eight divisions were represented in the match, with 5 of them having 6 or more. The limited division lead the pack with 23 competitors, followed by Production with 19, Open with 15, Single Stack with 8 and PCC with 6. Carry Optics, Limited 10 and Revolver rounder out the rest of the division. For the divisions with 6 or more, the top shots were:
Limited –Gorka Ibanez
Open – Trent Cherin
PCC – Joey Araniego
Production – Jim Gabelbauer
Single Stack – Mark Walker
The next Lead Slingers match is scheduled for Nov. 27, hope to see you there.
The Steel Match this past Saturday was one of the biggest ones we’ve had all year with 70 participants. Our steel matches consist of 6 stages with a mix of the official stages and “outlaw” stages. Each stage has 5 plates ranging from 10″ plates to 18″x24″ rectangles, with 1 designated the stop plate. The rules are simple, shoot them fast, hit them all and hit the stop plate last. Each shooter shoots 5 strings, with their best 4 times added up as their score. Penalties are assessed for misses
Jan 8th-10th – The Glock Shooting Sports Foundation is holding the annual Jng Challenge at the Wyoming Antelope Club. This match is an all Glock match. Bring any Glock handgun and enter into as many divisions as you want. There are 3 stages in any order. Stage drawings, rules and registration are available at http://gssfonline.com
Although the best time to start is first thing in the morning, you can shoot any stage at any time during the weekend. No holster needed but make sure you have your Glock in a gun bag if you don’t have a holster. All starts are from the low ready. Please do not handle your gun at your car. We provide a safe area for gunning up into a holster
Come on out and win a Glock! Make sure you register early on the http://gssfonline.com website. You will save a lot of waiting in line. Fill out the form and bring it.
To whom it may concern,
Flashback about 6 years to a cold December night back in the multi-purpose range. I remember the night like it was yesterday. There, a shy, overweight 12 year old boy was introduced to the sport of action pistol. Despite not being able to load his magazines, he became instantly hooked. That boy was me.
Fast forwarding to the present…never in a million years would I have guessed the journey that the shooting sports would endow upon me. From traveling all over the world to shoot matches, to representing the greatest county in the world at the World Shoot, to making life-long friends and relationships, to teaching up-and-coming junior shooters, I am truly blessed to have had such unforgettable experiences.
As I go off to college and embark on a new chapter in my life, I just wanted to offer my sincere gratitude. I wanted to offer my sincere appreciation for each and every person at the WAC who made this journey possible. In fact, I never would have come close without the help of all of you. So once again, thank you very much.