In case you haven’t heard, we’ve had a lot of changes taking place recently at our club.
If you have already attended a match you’ve noticed that the paper scoring sheets are gone. They’ve been replaced by computer tablets which are part of our PractiScore scoring system. This slick new system allows us to register online, enter shooter scores, check for errors and quickly generate results with minimal data entry. But like most technology, sometimes glitches occur, so if you see one or more of us mumbling under our breath or pulling out our already-disappearing hair, please be kind. This is still a learning experience for the developers of PractiScore as well as the users, so please bear with us.
We’ve also purchased a bunch of new steel targets from Farley Collins of North Salt Lake Welding for use at our matches and practice sessions. We now have Irish plate racks, Polish plate racks, Wingers, and Peek-a-Boos. These are things that move while you try to hit them, and laugh back at you when you don’t. When you’ve recovered from the ammo depletion drill, remember to thank Vic Fink who carried them back from Salt Lake City.
A team consisting of Lee Bergman, Mike Shapiro, Cat Otway, and John Otway built some new mesh walls for use in our matches. Brian Craft supplied the new bases, and Joe Aldegarie supplied a work trailer for the fabrication jigs. Brad Stemple from Hellgate Tool Repair supplied pneumatic tools and donated fasteners for the project, although he was concerned about the lack of an RO while we were using the tools. The new walls are easier to use when setting up stages and give the spectators a better view of how a competitor is shooting the stage. More importantly, they provide a much better field of sight for the range officer when making sure that the bay is clear down range before starting a shooter. There is no mistaking them—they are blaze orange. We’ll be building more walls in the coming months and any assistance (especially with painting) would be welcome.
In addition, we’ve had some recent changes in our Board of Directors. Jim Clark has joined the Board, replacing Dani Hubbard, and after many years of serving as the club’s President, Paul Miner has decided to retire as President, but will remain on the Board. During his time as President, Paul prepared tens of thousands targets for matches, coordinated thousands of trophies, and was always the first person to arrive and the last person to leave a match. He’ll still be serving the club as a Director, but will be able to devote more time to actually shooting a match. Remember to thank him for all of his service when you see him at the range.
Finally, I’ll be your new President, but can’t do all of the things that Paul did for matches, so I’ll be relying on many of you to help with our club responsibilities. I know that we are a great volunteer organization and the future is bright for BSPSC!
Coming Soon In May
Mark your calendars, because we have a very full schedule for May:
Sunday, May 3rd is the Deer Creek Shooting Center range clean up day beginning at 8:30 a.m. We have a beautiful range, but it does need some care to maintain the beauty. Please bring brooms, rakes, gloves, portable power tools, wheelbarrows, and a sturdy step ladder if possible.
Tuesday, May 5th is our next Board of Directors meeting. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the meeting room at the West end of the range. All BSPSC members are invited to attend.
Wednesday, May 6th (and all of the subsequent Wednesdays during the shooting season) is the Wednesday Practice Session. Meet us on Bay 50A any time after 4:00 p.m. Each week we set up a course of fire designed to help build marksmanship and gun handling skills. This season, Joe Ocken, our club’s premier match stage designer, has been modifying some of the more interesting stages from past matches for use in our sessions. Whether you’re a new shooter working on fundamentals, or an experienced competitor working on advanced skills, you’ll find something useful (and super-fun) happening on Wednesdays. If you have any questions, call Mike Shapiro at 531-7580.
Sunday, May 10th is the NRS Slot match. Pre-Registration for the match is now open. REGISTER HERE. Set up for the match will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday May 9th and we encourage you to help with that. Targets, walls, and stage sets do not just appear magically before a match, so please volunteer to help. Not only will you have the opportunity to learn firsthand about stage design and construction, as an added bonus, a match fee discount is given to those that help set up our matches.
Sunday, May 31st is the Multi-gun match. Pre-Registration will be open two weeks in advance of the match. Once again this year, we have a donor who will contribute $5 towards the match fee of all active duty and former military and law enforcement personnel in appreciation of their service.