Dec 09

KMSC Long Range Match December 6, 2014

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“Jake” my custom built Ashbury Precision Ordnance 6.5 Creedmoor rifle with Bushnell Elite XRS 4.5-30 scope, Armageddon Gear rear bag and Wiebad arm bag.

I LOVE shooting matches down at K & M shooting Center. Whether it’s a two day or one day match, this facility and people that surround themselves there, never disappoint. The match day started at 9 am. We arrived pretty early (around 8:30, lol) and got our day started. I work for Armageddon Gear so it was only fitting that I brought some gear with me in case anyone forgot something. Our AG competition data armbands was a huge hit and I sold out by the end of the match. I love these armbands! Most stages you will have multiple targets at different distances, so these armbands are a blessing on these stages. You write your DOPE on the board so when you are running through your stage you can dial quickly. Of course, my trusty sidekick and badass custom Ashbury Precision Ordnance competition rifle “Jake” was with me. I love this rifle so much and not just because he is so accurate, I’m extremely comfortable with him and know that he will perform flawlessly. On top of Jake is my favorite Bushnell Elite XRS 4.5-30. This scope once again proved itself in a couple of stages during this match.

The match started at 9 am with a 300 yard cold bore. After the cold bore, we all formed 4 different squads. My squad consisted of some really great shooters and everyone was so much fun to be around. The game plan was to shoot 4 stages before lunch, break for lunch, then shoot 4 stages after lunch. All stages were 2 minute stressors, which means you had to complete course of fire within 2 minutes.

3 ladies were competing among the 48 shooters

3 ladies were competing among the 48 shooters

My squad started with the stair step barricade. You had 5 different positions with one shot from each position at approximately 550 yrds. The difficult part about this was getting into the positions. This is one of the huge reasons why I love these matches, they are so challenging. You challenge yourself as well as your skill.  Stages such as this one is where the Wiebad bags really help out!

The next two stages were located at the 800 yrd range and the tower. The first stage had an orange barricade. You had to shoot support side prone (which means if your right handed, you started with your rifle in your left shoulder using your left eye for the scope). You had one shot at 350 yrds, then you had to hop, jump or roll to the right side of barricade and shoot unsupported at another distance. We all got a kick out of my Husband because he did some “tactical” rolls between the positions!

There were 2 other stages to complete before we broke for lunch, one being the car stage. km7You could not touch your elevation turret and you had to do holdovers. 3 shots from the hood, top of car and back of car at 250 yards, 350 yards and 735 yards. You could only shoot each target once. I approached this stage and just left my turret dialed at 0. I wrote my holdovers on my AG Competition armband and when I got up to the stage, I just used my reticle. I absolutely LOVE my Bushnell Elite XRS. The G2 reticle is so easy to use and I get so excited doing holdovers using my reticle. I was extremely confident using my scope and I did well on this stage.km6

Misty Morgan and crew really outdid themselves at lunch. Everyone loved the grilled bratwursts, chips and cookies! Everyone doing all the behind the scenes are greatly appreciated.

After lunch, we all squaded back up and hit up the 4 other stages. My performance in my afternoon stages were a lot better than the morning. I don’t know if it had anything to do with the white Monster energy drink I had or if I was determined to try to beat my Husband, but I was really focused on the task at hand. There were a lot of new shooters out competing so it is always a pleasure to try and get to know people and help them out as much as you can.

The day ended with Ronnie Bryant taking 1st place, Brian Allen in 2nd and Jim Saunders taking 3rd. Out of the 48 shooters, I placed 26th. I love these competitions and comradery that goes with it. These matches are like no other and I welcome everyone to come out and try. I hear people say well what if I come in last place. So what if you do! It’s better than not even trying and at least you showed up to give a shot. I would personally like to thank all the RO’s who took time out of their day to be here at the match. Without the RO’s, there really isn’t a match, so thank you. Thank you also to Bryan and Misty Morgan for hosting another great one day match. The K&M facilities are one of the best places to shoot precision rifle. Check them out at www.kmshootingcenter.com

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Dec 05

Hunting with Jake

jakehuntingOver Thanksgiving weekend, my Husband and I decided to spend the Holiday deer hunting in our hometown. It’s something that we both enjoy doing and a great way to spend time together. I usually bring my Weatherby Sub MOA 308. This year I decided to bring my prized competition rifle Jake. Jake is a custom built Ashbury Precision Ordnance 6.5 Creedmoor with a Pinnacle Series 24” fluted barrel, AAC Blackout brake, Xtreme titanium action, Huber Concepts single stage trigger, with a Bushnell Elite XRS 4.5-30 scope with a G2 reticle. All this glory is wrapped up in an APO Supersport alloy series chassis. Jake has been my partner in crime this past match season. We have traveled all over the U.S. shooting in tactical precision rifle matches from Colorado and Texas to Florida, Virginia, North Carolina and a few states in between. It was only fitting that I brought my bad boy out in the woods to see if he could hit a deer as well as he hit steel during matches. I feed Jake Hornady match 140 gr AMAX and he performs well.

Jim got a head start on me the first morning. We awoke at 4 am and I checked the weather on my phone. 23 degrees outside. I was so warm and comfy, I decided to stay at my in-laws home and hunt in their back yard where there were a lot of deer sightings plus I could enjoy the big cup of coffee in my pajamas. I promised my dear Husband that I would join him in woods that evening as the temperature was sure to be a little bit warmer (a whole 45 degrees). That evening as promised, I joined my Husband. We got in our deer stands around 2:30 pm. I was in a stand facing a big green field and my Husband was in another deer stand about 300 yrds from me. I absolutely love being out in the woods with nature. I had 6-7 big turkeys come out in the field just scratching around and doing their thing.20141129_082721 They all had beards on them but I didn’t shoot. I didn’t want to scare away any potential deer. Those turkeys stayed around for at least 20 minutes before moving on. A few hours had went by and suddenly I saw 4 does. They were about 50 yards in front of me and I looked at each one through my scope. They were beauties. But I just knew that there would be a big buck coming out so I waited. And…..I let them walk away with no big buck in tow. It got to be about dark and Jim texted me to see if I was ready. We went back to the camphouse where the other men were and I just sat around listening to their stories. Jim and I went back to the house to get ready for our next morning adventure.

4 am comes awfully early. I looked at the weather on my phone and it showed that it was 38 degrees. So I jumped up, had a little bit of coffee and got my “hot hands” ready to go! We were back in our deer stands by 5:30 am before daybreak. And…..we sat. And sat. It was Black Friday and I thought to myself, I’m not fighting crowds nor am I spending any money, it’s just me and nature and I was quite content. I’m not a big shopper anyway and truth be told, I shop a lot online. A few hours went by and out came the big turkeys again. 2014-11-29 07.42.39I got bored so I did a selfie photo, trying to entertain myself. I played around on Facebook while keeping my eye on the green field in front of me. Around 12 noon we came out of our deer stands for lunch and around 2 pm jumped back in the stands. It wasn’t until it started to get dark that those 4 big does came out again. I measured each one in my Bushnell XRS scope and tried to pick out the biggest one. I aimed right behind the left shoulder because that is where the biggest mass of vitals are, plus that is where my Husband has taught me to shoot a deer. Now, I’m not a person that likes to go out and kill an animal for the fun of it. I like to hunt to provide meat for my family and others. I had perfect placement of my crosshairs on the deer and then I cleanly broke the trigger. One shot and the deer went down. I thought Jake might get a little nervous as he is not use to deer hunting. But he was a pro. I got so excited I texted Jim and immediately I texted Morris Peterson, owner of Ashbury Precision Ordnance to tell him the good news of Jake. After Jim and another guy loaded the deer we took her back to the hunting camp where they cleaned it up. I was so excited over this big doe I got. We iced the meat and got ready to go watch the Iron Bowl. Our night ended great, with a Bama win and thinking about the tenderloin breakfast we were going to have the next morning!bigdoe2bigdoe

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Oct 30

For the Love of Jake….

DSC_5192 - postAs most you know, my prized competition rifle is named Jake.  How did I come up with that name you ask?  I absolutely love the State Farm commercial where the Husband is downstairs in the middle of the night talking on the phone. The Wife comes downstairs and demands to know who is talking to. The Husband says “Jake…from State Farm”. The wife grabs the phone and says “Who is this” and the Husband says “Jake…..from State Farm”. The wife asks him, “what are you wearing Jake…from State Farm” and he replies “Khakis”. The wife hands the phone back to the Husband and says “Well she sounds hideous!”  Not only is this one of my favorite commercials, but I wanted to be respectful to my Husband, and since I had never dated a guy named Jake, this name stuck!

Jake is a custom built Ashbury Precision Ordnance (APO) 6.5 Creedmoor with a Pinnacle series fluted barrel, AAC blackout brake, Xtreme titanium action, Huber concepts single staged trigger set at 2.5 lbs all wrapped up in an APO SuperSport alloy series chassis. My optic is a Bushnell Elite XRS 4.5 x 30 with a G2 reticle, in Spuhr mounts. I have Jake outfitted with a sniper skid plate on his foreend that helps with shooting off barricades and also keeping him from getting cut and scraped. I utilize my Armageddon Gear precision rifle sling to carry Jake from stage to stage and also use my sling on different barricades and in the sitting shooting position. I keep Jake well cleaned and lubed with Froglube. I have never had any problems with Froglube and would highly recommend to everyone. It’s biodegradable so for those adventurers, I hear you can eat it and not die!

I started shooting for Ashbury Precision Ordnance last year. We worked together in fitting the best rifle for me. APO took my body size into account, as well as other measurements to make sure this rifle was “the one”. By taking my size into account, they wanted to make me a “lightweight” rifle. You see in the tactical precision rifles matches that I compete in, you are given a certain time limit to complete the course of fire and within this course of fire you are moving with your rifle. So having a lightweight rifle was paramount for me. A lot of thought went into Jake as in the type of metal to use when building him. Take for example his action. It’s made out of the lightweight metal titanium. Jake’s weight, without his optics and bipod, is around 10 lbs. When you add the optics and bipod, he comes in around 13 lbs.  CAGE2

One of the great features of this chassis is the push button system. You can adjust the shoulder stock up and down by the push of a button. This comes in extremely handy on some of the obstacles in my matches. It allows the shoulder pad to be in a comfortable position everytime you shoot no matter what you are shooting off of. This is probably my most favorite feature and one I use A LOT. Another push button feature is the adjustment of length in the stock. When I let someone shoot Jake, we adjust the length so that whoever is shooting is getting an accurate shot. The stock folds by the push of a button.

Something that is also worth mentioning is the adjustment of the grip. You can move the grip forward and backward. You want this perfect so you have just the right trigger to finger alignment when breaking the trigger. Also you can adjust the angle of the grip. There are three different angles to choose from.

Jake eats, well um, shoots, Hornady match grade 140 gr AMAX. I have tried other ammo, but my best groups come from this Hornady load. If it ain’t broke, why fix it? Ah hem……don’t even get me started on my Husband “breaking” Jake a few months ago. He’s gaming me you know.

At 100 yrds, my rifle consistently shoots ¼ MOA. Jake is extremely accurate and I couldn’t be more proud of him. I shot this past competition season with only my Jake. He and I have had some great times and some not great times. None of it being his fault of course, I will take the blame for my mistakes.

As you can see, Jake is more than just a rifle to me. This is very cliché, but he is a part of me. He has been with me from the beginning of my competition season and we’ve shared laughter, tears and a lot of traveling. I feel comfortable going into a match with him because I know how he is going shoot well. I’m the one that still gets the jitters and he’s the one that always calms me everytime the RO yells impact. It’s a great relationship.10592731_710579022369632_6273609169569896004_n

 

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