.22 Rimfire Challenge Shoot

A good crowd of shooters eager to challenge the steel showed up on the Short Range on the morning of October 22, 2016 for the scheduled .22 Rimfire Challenge Shoot. Each participant had with them a .22 rimfire handgun and a .22 rimfire rifle as needed for this shoot. One by one, each shooter stepped to the firing line and fired 10 shots at the steel with their handgun in the order prescribed by the match director. Each string of 10 shots was timed and penalties were assessed for target misses and other things. When all the shooters had completed the 50 round handgun shooting they switched to their rifles and proceeded to shoot at the rifle targets as directed. Overall, each shooter fired a total of 50 rounds at the pistol targets and 50 at the rifle targets.

In the .22 rimfire challenge game the shooter faces off with either a .22 rimfire handgun and/or a .22 rimfire rifle against five or more steel targets placed at various distances and heights. Firearms can be semi-automatics, leaver actions, revolvers, etc. as long as they meet the requirements of the particular shoot. No fancy equipment is needed.

The challenge part of the .22 rimfire challenge shoot comes in as the shooter attempts to place shots, as directed, on each target as quickly and accurately as they can. Each shooter when called to the shooting line loads 10 rounds and shoots at the steel targets as rapidly and accurately as possible. The goal is to hit the targets as directed by the match director in the least amount of time with no misses. Time penalties are charged for each target missed or for such things as shooting targets in the wrong order. Each shooter goes through the first round of targets five times for a total of 50 rounds fires. After all shooters have gone through the first target stage, they move to the second target stage and shoot those targets as directed, going through those targets five times for another 50 rounds fired. At the conclusion of each stage the shooter is allowed to toss out his/her worst time and then record the sum of his/her best four times for score for the stage.

After all the score sheets were tallied for this shoot and the times placed into the official record, shooting honors for this event went to:

1st Place Neil Dozler
2nd Place Jim Garges
3rd Place Taylor Smith

My sincere thanks to everyone who came out to this shoot, helped set up and tear down, and had a good time making the steel targets ring. There will be another one, so for those who didn’t come out, watch the calendar for the next one. Bear this in mind; every hit on the steel makes the steel ring – a sound that brings gladness to the ears and a smile to the lips. Come on out and get your smiles on.

Tim Brown…………Match Director

Help Wanted

The Rickreall Gun Show will be coming up on Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11, 2016, at the Polk County Fairgrounds. As usual, the Four Corners Rod and Gun Club will support their gun show efforts by having an information and membership table at the show to make our facilities, programs, and activities know to the people attending the show.

Member volunteers are needed to man the table. Two members are needed at the table for each of four shifts or a total of eight members. Table shifts will run from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM and 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Sunday.

Club members manning the table will receive free admission to the gun show. This, of course, is in addition to the reward of being of service to the club, gaining an opportunity to meet and talk with a lot of interesting people, and being able to browse around the show and look at all the goodies.

Members desiring to help will need to sign up for a shift so that their names can be given to show management for name tags and free entry. To sign up for a shift, or if you have questions, please call Tim Brown at 503-390-1922.

Rimfire Defender Pistol Shoot

It was the night of the “little guns” for the shooters who arrived at the Indoor range on the evening of October 11, 2016 for the scheduled Rimfire Defender Pistol shoot. As the shooters took to the 10 meter firing line with their opened sight short barreled “pocket pistols”, in front of them in the target holders were one sod poodle target, one small silhouette target, one sabertooth woodchuck target and one sabertooth prarie dog target. As instructed by the match director each shooter loaded the announced number of rounds and fired at the targets in the order given – round and round and up and down, side to side, back and across, etc. – until they had gone through their first fifty rounds. After the first round of shooting was concluded, the targets were replaced, the shot ones scored, and the shooting fun continued for another fifty rounds. When all the targets scored, and the range cleaned up, shooting honors for the evening’s fun went to:

1st Place James Krehmke
2nd Place Dan Dolan
3rd Place Tim Brown

As has been said before, my thanks to those who came out and enjoyed the evening’s shooting fun and challenges. And as said the same number of many times before, those of you who stayed home missed out on a lot of shooting fun, great pistol practice, and really good fellowship. So mark your calendars as this shoot is held every month. Come on out and join in the fun.

Tim Brown…………Match Director

Tim’s Tidbits

Once again our old world kept on a turning and the stars, sun and moon stayed in their places so here we go again. Each month in these pages, I try very hard to find and pass on information about your rights, legislation, and the whacky things that go on around us. Some months I find a lot to pass on and some months not so much. But there is always something going on that is worthy of note. So let get going.

With the election just day away as this is being written, there is not much going on in the gun world except concern over what will happen based on who gets elected. Both candidates have made it very clear where they stand on the Second Amendment and gun ownership rights. On one hand there is “guns should be kept out of the hands of those who might do harm with them” and “the Second Amendment should be repealed as it is out of date” and on the other hand there is the Second Amendment is just fine as is. Here in Oregon, the song from one side is lets “Californicate” our gun laws and ban certain guns, etc. and restrict rights, and on the other side leave the law abiding gun owners alone and go after the law breakers.

Persons on each side believe deeply that their point of view is the right one. And under our system of laws and government, each side has the free right to their beliefs without fear of being ridiculed by the other side. Or so it would be in a perfect world. In reality, each side thinks and expresses a rabid opposition toward the other side. And those who don’t think the same as they are considered wrong in their opinions at the very least.

But that is not the point of this writing. The point is that each and every person has the right to express their opinion. Not only in what they have to say but more importantly by what they do. And that means via the ballot box. It is not only our right but our very duty to make our voices heard by voting. In no other country in the world is the freedom of the ballot box as sacred as it is here. Yet many take it so much for granted that in virtually all elections they let others make their decisions for them because they don’t vote. Either because they are too lazy to mark their ballots or they feel their vote won’t count. But in reality, each and every vote counts. There are countless examples of where one vote made all the difference.

No matter which side of an issue you are on, or which candidate you support, your
voice will not be heard unless you vote. So get out there and do your duty. VOTE.
Make your voice heard. Have a say in what type of society in which you want to
live. It is up to you to decide if you want a hand in your own fate or if you want to leave it to others to decide. Enough said.

There is some good news coming out the uncertainty surrounding who will be our
next POTUS (that’s President of the United States for you who are not into
acronyms). The sales of firearms are at an all time high. More background checks
have been recorded in the past few months than in the any of the same months on
records. Guns are flying off the shelves in quantities never seen before in
anticipation of the possibility that the incoming administration will be, as
expressed, a very anti-gun, anti-second amendment one. People are stocking up in preparation of what they feel may be the worst time in American gun ownership
history. We shall see. VOTE.

OK enough harping. Told ya this month’s edition would be a short one. Let’s conclude with these.

Another from the sign at the veterinary clinic on Cordon Road reads: ‘I kissed a pug. And I liked it.”

“You can’t fix stupid, but you can occasionally head it off before it hurts something.” Stephen Adams.

“Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns; why should we let them have ideas?” Joseph Stalin.

“A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.” Bertrand de Jouvenel.

Well, that is all for now. More maybe next month if the world keeps turning and the sun doesn’t get too close to the earth. Until then, shoot straight, keep em in the ten ring, be safe on the range, be vigilant and protective of your freedoms, and God bless the USA.

Tim Brown