Jul 14

Heatstroke Open 2015

heatstrokeThe name in itself would make anyone tremble. Take that plus 2500 acres of land in a desolate area of Oklahoma in the middle of July and you have yourself one hell of a match (no pun intended there).

B.J. Bailey and Matt Clem, Match Directors, had a great format and made sure it all ran smoothly. From the experienced ROs all the way down to how each stage was ran, makes this match alone one of the best of the year. As part of the Precision Rifle Series, this match brought the top elite guys and this gal from all over the U.S to compete. With my Ashbury Precision Ordnance custom built 6.5 Creedmoor slung around me with my Armageddon Gear sling along with my Bushnell Elite XRS 4.5-30 scope, I was ready to take on Oklahoma.

The first morning started with the raising of the United States flag which was brought in on helicopter with men in uniform. Once on the ground, the flag was raised by the beautiful voice of a young lady as she sung our National Anthem. It was such a great way to start the competition.

I was on Alpha squad which included my husband Jim, Kevin E., Andrew R., John G., and Andy H. Our first stage of the day was the helicopter stage. You had two rounds to hit a target at 220 yrds kneeling, then run to the helicopter where you were strapped in. They gave you an AR with 20 rounds in which once airborne, you had 5 different white powdered bags to shoot at. Two competitors went up at the same time. My helo partner was Andy H. and we both gave it hell!

After our squad was finished, we all loaded up our gear and walked to the next stage. My squad was not only a great group of shooters, they were so much fun to hang around. This helps make a match so much fun. We all helped each other and had some great laughs. hs3

The format for each stage was meticulous. Most stages were 3 minute time stressors which is ample time in these type matches. The ROs were all wonderful and were all experienced shooters. I can’t say enough about all the ROs. Have I ever mentioned before that the ROs are volunteers for these matches? They aren’t paid, not looking for anything but to help run a match. I cannot thank them enough for hanging out in the hot hot sun to make sure all the shooters had a fair run on each stage. If you ever attend a match, make sure you thank the ROs, because without them there isn’t a match.

The first day we had cloud cover and a great breeze. By breeze, I mean 15-20 mph winds. It felt great on the skin but made you work for every point. One fun stage was the Tree Stand. You handed your gear to the RO, once you were given the Engage command you step up on the tree stand and lower the shooter rail, then the RO handheatstroke6ed your rifle to you and you had 5 targets to engage at five different distances. It was a lot of fun. Other stages included a speed drill with a TYL right after and several different barricade stages. One great stage I had was the Beanland Custom Rifle Tower troop. On the Engage command, you dropped to prone and engaged targets from near to far, 2 pts for 1st round hits 1 pt for second round. 1st target was 854 yrds. I put on my elevation and held for 15 mph wind. Impact! First round hit, Impact second round hit. 2nd target was 883 yrds, after dialing elevation I again held for 15 mph wind, Impact ! 1st round hit. I quickly racked my bolt held same and missed right off right edge … crap! The wind picked up. Dialed my elevation for the 3rd target at 936 yrds, I figured I would hold for about 18 mph, just as I pulled the trigger the ROs yelled ceased fire. A target on another stage went down which stopped all the stages. Oh man, have you ever been to Vegas and played the card tables….you have great luck with one dealer then when the dealer changes all your luck flies out the window? Well that was me on this stage. I started back on the third target but dear lord, didnt hit a darn thing the rest of the stage. There were some stages I cleaned and some only a few points. It was a tough course but oh so much fun. There were a few times I had to break out my Hoppes 9 travel kit. Jakes bolt got so gritty that I had to remove it, clean it then lube it out in the field. I love this kit! We shot 17 stages the first day. By the end of day One I was exhausted. A good dinner, shower then bed was calling my name.

The 2nd day of the match started early again at 6am. Once the sun came up, it started beating down on us hard. Our squad started up at the top of the tower. You had 4 coyote targets which ranged from 240 yrds to 690 yrds. I hit all but one. One fun stage was the EoTech Pickup Pig Hunt. With 3 minutes on the clock, You started with your gear in the front seat of the truck and door shut. On the Engage command, you grabbed your rifle and gear. Your first firing position was on the hood of the truck. heatstroke17Since I wasn’t tall enough to shoot at the side of the truck with my rifle on top, I jumped on top of the hood in prone position and shot the first pig target with 2 shots at 550 yrds, then progressed to the 2nd pig at 777 yrds with 2 shots. 2nd firing position was on the roof with the same shot format. The 3rd firing position was on the bed rail. It was a really fun stage. My Bushnell Elite XRS 4.5-30 scope is one tough scope. It never failed me and made most stages easier. The glass is so clear you can see the trace of your bullet. I love this scope and all its capabilities.

One interesting stage was the NightForce Loophole. The target was at 700 yrds but the catch was you had to shoot through a .5″ slit cut into a board in front of you. So with this in mind, the hubby showed me a neat trick of how to shoot this stage (think lots of math, which I love). With a quick calculation and a small prayer to God, I figured 12 yrds back from the board was where I needed to start. I used a backpack and a Wiebad bag to give my rifle more elevation. Once I spotted the target, I held for wind and sent my first shot. Just off to the right side of target which meant I needed to hold for more wind. 2nd shot impact, 3rd shot impact, 4th shot impact, 5th shot I hit the board. When my rifle would recoil it would settle more on the bag it was on. My 6th shot hit the board as well. 3 out 6 shots wasnt too bad, I’ll take it. I shoot the Hornady 140gr AMAX ammunition. The factory load has always been consistent and I trust the Hornady brand. It’s proven itself time and time again to me. Our last stage of the day was the McMillan One Minute Troop. You had 4 targets at 611 yrd, 801yrd, 1000 yrd and 1200 yrds. By this time the wind was really kicking, we were all hot, tired, sunburned and just worn down. I only connected with one hit and that was on the 1200 yrd target….go figure. I ended on a high note at least! After the match, everyone in attendance headed over to the Camargo community center where afternoon lunch was served by Smoke & Bark. They served us lunch each day and let me tell you, it was some of the best ribs, pulled pork sandwiches and potato salad I had ever ate!

heatstroke14I really want to thank B.J. Bailey and Matt Clem for a challenging course of fire and overall great match. Thanks to the Alpha squad for making the past two days a blast. Big thanks to the ROs for all their hardwork and time. Congratulations to Jim See for taking 1st place. It was an honor to talk to you during the match and watch you on some of the stages with your grandaddy long legs bipod! Congrats to Rick Reeves for taking 2nd and all the top shooters in this match. Thanks to all the sponsors who placed prizes on the table and help make this match awesome! Thank you to DeadEye Outdoor Media for taking some phenomenal photo’s & video! Thank you to my sponsors, Ashbury Precision Ordnance, Bushnell, Armageddon Gear, Hoppes 9 and Wiebad for making all this possible for me.

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Jun 07

CORE Shooting Solutions One Day match 5/30

core1CORE Shooting Solutions (formerly known as K&M shooting facilities) is the place to be when training or shooting competitions. Jim and I both signed up to shoot this match when registration was out. A few weeks before the match, Jim had to bow out due to his commitments of being a Cubscout Den Leader for our son. What was a girl to do now? Load up my gear, jump in the truck and head to Florida on a Friday night! A girl, a gun (well a few to be exact), competition gear and a pony tail flying in the wind with the truck windows down. I love the South!

Early Saturday morning I headed to the range around 6:45a.m. I had brought with me some Armageddon Gear to sell at the match and some gear that a few asked for. After I arrived and got settled in, I headed down to the zero range to make sure Jake was still “on”. Jake is my custom competition 6.5 Creedmoor built by Ashbury Precision Ordnance. I have the Bushnell Elite XRS 4.5-30 with G2 reticle mounted in Spuhr mounts. I use the Armageddon Gear Precision Rifle Sling and X-Wing rear bag. I shoot with Hornady 140gr AMAX. For cleaning and lube purposes, I use Hoppe’s #9. Only the best for my Jake! In this match, we had pistol in a few stages. “Zeke” my Glock 17 pimped out by Ashbury Precision Ordnance, performed flawlessly.

With gear in hand, my squad and I headed down to our first stage. On a side note here, I have such a passion for shooting long range. Part of going to these matches is the comradery among the competitors. I was on a squad with some great men. I always have questions, so with my Husband not being present, I knew I could count on these guys. core3

Our first stage was the “bus” stage. With rifle in hand, you had to run to an orange barricade that had 3 port holes. You had two shots at each hole at a single target at 330 yrds. Once you shot all 6 shots, you entered the bus and shot 2 more from the driver side window and 2 from the middle window. Once you completed this, you put your rifle down, jumped out the back of bus and had another orange barricade with 3 port holes that you had 2 shots of pistol through each. You had 3 minutes to complete this. I surprised myself when I made it to the pistol part! Out of 16 points I received 12, not a bad way to start my day!! After everyone shot this stage, our team made our way up to Car cover stage. On this stage, you could not touch your dial. Which means, you set your elevation (if you wanted) and do hold overs for your other targets. I dialed for the longest target which was 735 yrds, then held for my other 2 targets which was at approximately 340 yrds and 450 yrds. Most of you know by now my love for my Bushnell Elite 4.5-30 scope with G2 reticle. I just absolutely adore this scope. I get so excited with doing holdovers. This reticle, though simple, is effective. When doing holdovers, you minimize time by not having to dial elevation, therefore maximizing yourself on a stage to ensure you complete all your hits. I love holdovers.

We shot one stage which was a 300 yard mover. I didn’t know this, but my knowledgeable squad mate John Cuckler, who happens to be one of the match directors for The Steel City Precision match, taught me that I could use my Kestrel on these stages. On your Kestrel, there is an area where you can input the speed of the mover and it will show you the hold for it. Since I use the “trap” method on these movers, this little piece of knowledge just came in handy. After lunch we had the 500yrd mover to contend with as well as a hostage stage and more barricade stages.

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I use a Kestrel in every match. I always have a DOPE card with increments of 50 yrds on it starting with 100 and usually ending with 1000. But these Kestrels are just one of a kind awesome. It calculates the wind, humidity, density altitude, etc in every shot. And with a unique trueing feature, you can always assure that your data will be spot on. If you have never seen what these devices can do, you should check them out at www.kestrelmeters.com. Almost every competitor has one at these matches.

I love these one day matches. There is no prize table and these are just a great way to get training in for the bigger matches. We had 4 stages to complete that morning. We broke for lunch and then shot 4 stages after. Being the only female and out of 51 shooters, I placed 20th. First time to land in the Top 20 and I was excited! Congratulations to James Vick for taking 1st place. Thanks to the RO’s who were there and Huge Thanks to Bryan Morgan, Bryan Sikes, Josh Mann and John Watts for holding such a great match.

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May 03

Me and my Bushnell Gear

bushgearI have to say that I am impressed with Bushnell. I’ve been shooting for Bushnell for over a year now and they do more and more to awe me with their products. Now part of Vista Outdoor, Bushnell is more than just optics for your rifle.

Like for example, the Bushnell Elite Tactical 1 Mile Arc laser rangefinder. This range finder is one of the coolest I have ever used. It’s fully waterproof and has a Bullseye, Brush & Scan mode. This rangefinder instantly accounts for the angle when calculating distance so you know precisely where to shoot and provides true horizontal distance out to 1000 yards/meters. It also has a feature that provides holdover/bullet drop data in inches, centimeter MOA or MIL. This little piece of equipment is just pure badass.

A perfect product, especially for all the hunters, is the BackTrack GPS.huntrack1 I have the HuntTrack which I just adore. It is simple and easy to use. Let’s take deer hunting for example, before you leave your truck to head out to your deer stand, you simply click the “mark” button and then the GPS will start tracking you. This is perfect for when you’ve been out hunting all day, your deer stand is deep in the woods and you’re not really sure of where exactly you parked. Heck, this device will come in handy in airport parking or even at the mall! Some of the other features of this product is the sunrise/sunset & moon phase. It has a barometer, temperature and weather trend as well as an Animal Activity meter and Predictive Graph. Once you register your device, you can also access this app on your computer which has even more features.

powersyncAnother cool item is the PowerSync Solar Wrap Mini. Coming in at 4.3×1.25 in and 3.1 oz., this is great for Go-Bags, Range bags or purse bags! This solar charging and power storage charges your devices when you’re off the grid. Its durable, flexible solar panels roll up into a small lightweight package. On one side it has a USB port so you can charge anything with this connectivity. There are a few different ways to charge the wrap. You can charge it by wall charge or by the sun. It will charge your phone to 100% as well as other devices. This is just nice to have for those just in case moments.

Last Christmas, I bought my Husband a Bushnell TrophyCam. This small device has just been great. We have picked up great photo’s of deer, coyotes and even some wild pigs. The picture is clear. You can subscribe to the service where when something crosses the camera path, the photo gets sent to you via text, email or even Facebook! If you are a big hunter or even if you suspect you have people snooping around your home, you definitely need this camera.

These are just a few of the many items that Bushnell offers. I know I have talked and reviewed my scope before, but I wanted to share with you more that Bushnell has to offer. Go check them out!1016537_587407324686803_956353628_n

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