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    Innovation in shooting events

    Something pretty cool has happened around Central IN recently (specifically Riley CC), which I think deserves mention. A couple match directors in different disciplines have innovated new match formats derived from existing ones, that I think show great promise and ingenuity. Rich Hawkins and Aron Bright (aka Coach) have started up long-range rimfire silhouette and "Carry Gun" matches, respectively, that are different from anything previously existing.

    The rimfire silhouette events are basically like an "F-class" rimfire event, but shot on metallic silhouettes from 50 to 200 yards across-the-course, and requiring the shooter to "run the knobs" on their scopes and work sight marks across different distances. Due to the rainbow trajectory of rimfire guns, it uses a substantial portion of the elevation range of your scope, and is therefore somewhat like an Appleseed highpower KD event squeezed into a 50-shot box of rimfire ammo, with targets that clank and don't need to be reset or walked-down and scored.

    For his part, Coach started up Carry Gun matches shot on a HOT (by God!) RANGE! No, lightning bolts didn't rain down out of the sky, and the insurance company hasn't canceled the policy of the club (that I've heard of). Again this is derived from current USPSA formats, with standard targets and timing/scoring method, nothing new there, but with stage round counts more tailored toward the IDPA end of the spectrum, and you show up hot, run hot, and leave hot. Best of all, it's done in a way that doesn't kill an entire day for the competitor (if the prospect of 5 hours - for 3 minutes of trigger time - is keeping you away from USPSA matches, for example).

    Neither of these require specialized equipment, anybody can stomach the round counts, they are derived from proven, existing formats (no earth-shattering new skillsets or administrative procedures to be learned), and neither of them requires more than 3 hours (at most) of the participants' time. In the case of the Carry Gun match, you walk away with increased hands-on time with your primary carry weapon, gained under a fun atmosphere with a small amount of pressure added to make it real. In the case of the silhouette matches, you walk away (* after putting in a little work) with a worked-out rimfire rifle that can kill any (small) varmint from 25 to 200 yards on the first shot (with reasonable range estimation and decent-quality subsonic ammo, of course). Both these matches are win-win events from a practical perspective. Both started with an idea.

    It strikes me this is exactly the kind of thing the shooting sports need, to get more people off the couch. Indiana is a pretty good place to be a shooter. A sincere thank-you to both of these "switched-on" match directors for using their heads and following up on an idea!

    So how about it INGO...what are your ideas for new, accessible event formats that could be started up at existing ranges, which meet a need not currently being met? Thinking about something new, as opposed to just adding different firearm divisions to already-existing matches?
    Last edited by Twangbanger; 08-05-2018 at 14:54.

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    Done, done, and Iím on to the next one...
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    The Carry Gun matches are also held at Parabellum Indoor range in Avon. Definitely great trigger time for the carry gun. I hope it grows
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    Kind words, thank you.

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    Sounds great. The length of pistol matches, for the actual amount of trigger time, can be excruciating...


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    The popularity of Run-n-Gun events is rising rapidly. Not held at a "normal" range though. Carry your rifle and pistol + all of your ammo. Safe your guns and hit the trail for a 5k or 10k. They are a blast. Think Warrior Dash with shooting stages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobber View Post
    Sounds great. The length of pistol matches, for the actual amount of trigger time, can be excruciating...
    When I can schedule a match at RCC the wait time is limited. Come in and from first shot to last 30 minutes or so, and you don't have to paste. You won't beat that anywhere.

    I appreciate the kind words as well.
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    Coach is a very good individual to be leading the "hot" range matches! We only have to worry about the very few individuals that are, should I say, on the dark side?!! With this huge sport there needs to be upgrades and advances! Coach is one that's not afraid to make it happen!! Keep it up!! Let's keep advancing to show the "world" (or liberals lol) we have good sense and know what's right and safe!! Keep going!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doyle23 View Post
    Coach is a very good individual to be leading the "hot" range matches! We only have to worry about the very few individuals that are, should I say, on the dark side?!! With this huge sport there needs to be upgrades and advances! Coach is one that's not afraid to make it happen!! Keep it up!! Let's keep advancing to show the "world" (or liberals lol) we have good sense and know what's right and safe!! Keep going!!
    In this case, Coach is helping bring back something that used to be the standard. Before USPSA, IPSC (at least in Indiana) was a hot range. People showed up carrying, swapped the mag with hollow points for a mag of LSWC, and they were ready to shoot. That's the way it should be and I really, really like that Coach has incorporated it into his matches.



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    3 cheers for Coach! His format for the Carry Gun matches is precisely what I've been looking for. All the matches exceptionally competitor friendly. At the Riley matches, you get to shoot a complete match in a relatively short time and have the rest of the day to catch up on honey-do's. My hat is off to Coach for sacrificing the whole day to run them without making the competitors do the same.

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