December 2010 Archives

Babes with Bullets launches on

Babes with Bullets is a series of action shooting camps for women, led at gun ranges across the country by world champion shooter Kay Miculek. Miculek started the camps in 2004, and now six years later she and its camp director, Deb Ferns, have hosted dozens of these events with more than 1,500 female alumni to their credit. The 100 percent female teaching staff working with Kay are also national and world champions.  Their techniques in bringing novices who have never touched a gun before to being proficient with a firearm, working from a holster and shooting on the move, all done in three days, is captured in the webisodes now airing at under the heading of SHOWS.


Tucson Smallbore Results - December


While the U.S. Midwest staggered under snowstorms, Tucson smallbore shooters basked in pleasant sunshine, with temperatures rising from 48 to 70 degrees, for our monthly prone match on December 12, 2010.  Mild wind conditions at the start promoted several high X counts at 50 yards, with Junior Tyler Rico blasting out the high of 36 out of 40 shots.  Jeff and Greg went "clean" with 400's, with Greg, field testing his niece's new Anschutz, emerging the winner.  At 100 yards, Lee vaulted to the top, dropping only one point, while the rest of the field seemingly got lost in some emerging wind changes.  

In the Dewar match, Lee again let only one shot stray out of the 10 ring, but it was enough for Greg to squeak by him with another 400. In the aggregate, Lee had an insurmountable lead, down only three points total, with Greg a long three points and two X's behind. Hal, firing the same point total as last month, took the honors of high iron sight shooter. Unfortunately, Bill's faulty rifle relegated him to spectator status early in the game, a reminder to all that a "spare" rifle, if available, is good insurance to bring along.

Young Tyler, fresh off of an impressive performance at the Air Rifle Championships at Colorado Springs, concluded the day shooting standing and kneeling in preparation for his next clash with the Olympians. Next month we'll be warming up for the Senior Olympics and will be using the more challenging "International" target. Merry Christmas to all.

Hope to see you next year on January 9, and don't forget the Senior Olympics on January 30.

Greg Fallon
Match Director

Bowling Pin Match Report, 12/2010


Twenty-Two Rabid Beavers

We held the December Bowling Pin match at Tucson Rifle Club today.  Last month, fourteen people showed up, and the round count got a bit out of hand, so I decided to separate the "Major" (.40S&W and up) from the "Minor" (smaller than .40) groups in an effort to cut down the number of matches.

That laughing sound you hear is fate toying with me.

Twenty-two people showed up.  With 37 guns.  Not including me and the two guns I brought.

Twelve people shot Minor.  Thirteen people shot Major.  And fourteen people shot .22 rimfire.

Last month, we shot a total of 133 matches - 105 centerfire and  28 rimfire.  My tables looked a bit chewed-on.  Instead of building new ones, though, I re-skinned them with 1/4" plywood.  Today's match went on so long seven or eight people left early. 

We shot (even with the DNFs) 156 matches, not including the reshoots on three (3) ties.

The tables didn't come home with me.  What's left of them resides in the dumpster at the range, minus what looks like the output of twenty-two rabid beavers remaining on the ground at the action range.  And we picked up the bigger pieces.  In addition, twenty perfectly harmless bowling pins gave their all for our entertainment.  About eight of them will live on as pin tops for the .22 class.

The plan had been to shoot all the minor shooters against each other, and all the major shooters against each other, then the two winners against each other for an overall victor. About 2:30PM, that idea went right out the window.  So here are your winners:
.22 rimfire:  Tie -  Travis Higgins with a Ruger MkIII and me, your humble host with a MkII; nine wins each.  Third place goes to Jim Burnett with a Browning Nomad and eight wins.

Minor:  Tie - Jim Burnett with a Beretta 92 and Larry Boykin with a Rock Island 1911 seven wins each. Third place is also a tie - Jim Walters with a EAA Witness and Ken Cabrera with a Springfield XD; six wins each.

Major:  Here we have a clear winner - Cliff Reed and his Norinco 1911with ten wins.  Second place  goes to Jim Burnett and his Clark Custom pin gun with six, and third place is a tie between me with my Kimber and Elaine Tab with hers and four wins each.
The lopsided win count is due to the number of shooters who left early. It's a lot of fun, but next month we've GOT to cut down on the number of matches.

Elaine and Bill Tab have promised me pictures, so those will be going up when I receive them.  Thanks to everyone who came, thanks especially to everyone who again helped set up, set pins, and tear down. Oh, and John Higgins won the drawing and the $37 pot.  Again.

Next month there will hopefully be FOUR tables to help speed things along. And an air-horn as a starting signal.  Sunday, January 9. Sign-up at 8:30, first round downrange at 9:00. See you there!

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