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Jim O'Young

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    Silicon Valley, CA
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    Steel Shooting
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    Jim O'Young

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  1. Guy- It is with great sadness that I receive this news. You have my condolences & deepest sympathy. Loren was an incredible giver and one who made our sport a true family affair. I first met Loren when she was the "Grim Reaper" at the Bianchi Cup- the scorekeeper on the mover. As bad as you did, it wasn't so bad after you saw her smile. I will always remember Loren as the perennial range officer on Roundabout at the Steel Challenges in Piru. Every year she & Tammy would greet us, renew friendships and make us feel relaxed and at home. Loren is in Heaven, timer in hand, waiting for all of us to load and make ready. Her memory will live on within all whose lives she touched. We are better human beings for knowing her. God bless you. Jim
  2. Jim,

     

       Just saw your interview with John Scouten and I am glad to finally see your face.  I first heard of you from Vera over 15 years ago at the Bianchi Cup as being one of her mentors in the shooting sports.  In getting to know her better, she opened up on how you had helped her become the champion shooter that she became. 

       She favored me with the gift of a signed copy of her book as a Christmas present as a "thank you" for our friendship soon after it was published.  It seems that you were instrumental, along with Mickey Fowler, in getting her involved in the shooting sports and for that, I personally thank you!  It's good to be able to put a face to the name of Jim O'Young after all this time.

       I competed in one of the Steel Nationals in Florida a few years ago but none since.  I have been running a Regional NRA Action match in VA for 20 years and she was a constant competitor here until she retired from the shooting sports a couple of years ago, always donating money for the  range helpers.  You taught her well and again, I thank you for helping get her involved in our sport and promoting shooting in general!

     

    Alan Strawn, Bedford Rifle & Revolver Club, Inc.

  3. For those of you who would like to know a little more about the origin and history of the Steel Challenge, here's an interview I did with John Scoutten of Shooting USA last week at the CMP in Talladega: I hope you find it interesting & informative. Jim
  4. Great video! Congratulations on your INCREDIBLE shooting performance, Christian. You just keep getting better & better! Jim
  5. Postponing the match is the best thing to do for the safety, health & well being of all concerned. The situation in SoCal is VERY dire and there is absolutely NO reason to take any unnecessary risks. Positive thoughts go out to all those affected by the fires.
  6. It is sadness that I report the passing of Nelson Dymond. Nelson was both a competitor and involved heavily in the genesis, organization & behind the scenes efforts of the action shooting sports. For many years, he was the director of the Southwest Pistol League and then rangemaster of the SLOSA Morro Bay range, but his true legacy will be as a visionary & pioneer of the action rimfire discipline. Nelson played a pivotal role in the organization of the early rimfire matches and helped to define and shape the Ruger (now the NSSF) Rimfire Challenge. Nelson could always be counted on to help new, junior & female shooters with the loan of firearm, a box of ammo and safe, friendly instruction. In his SoCal Hollywood days, he was the firearms/shooting coach of the Swedish Bikini Team. Surviving him is his devoted sidekick & constant companion, Peaches. Rest in peace, Nelson. I'm sure there is no shortage of rimfire ammo at that range in the sky.
  7. A Steel Challenge WSSC history lesson for all of you kids & newcomers: Back in the day (circa 1987-early 90's) there were a few (only one that I can distinctly remember by name) wheelchair shooters. On Outer Limits, they shot from the center box and received 4 procedurals (@ 5 sec. each) per run. Excessive? Yes, but correct in strict accordance with the letter of the rules. They did not complain or whine, they understood & accepted the rules, applied as written. With all due respect, their skill level & competitiveness for overall placement was not on par with today's shooters (i.e. Anthony Spinelli, Dan Jordan & Trevor Baucom) In 1992 & 93, movement was eliminated from Outer Limits and everyone shot from the center box. When the Mikes reincarnated the Steel Challenge WSSC from the dormant years (1994-96), they also brought back the movement. In their words, "Outer Limits is NOT Outer Limits w/o the movement...) Fast forward back to today: John (jkrispies) brings up an interesting point about making allowances in the rules for physical disability, age or other extenuating circumstances. Yes, we want to be inclusive to all, but DO we change the core/fundamental game & principles to accommodate all and non-level the playing field and create instances of non-"apples to apples" scoring? Does USPSA or any other action shooting discipline? Zack's Outer Limits proposal of net time w/ movement, +3 seconds from the center box is intriguing. It is the same & reminiscent of when the 25 yd. plate (the one now at 20 yd.) on Speed Option was an optional -2 second bonus. It gave EVERY shooter the same opportunity to make a choice based on their skill & confidence level. Likewise, removing the movement from Outer Limits is a consistent and same COF for EVERY shooter, of ALL skill levels, ages, physical abilities, etc. How much do we want to maintain consistency, history & tradition verses evolve & change the game? The shooters with the best skills who execute on race day will ALWAYS win, whether it's the overall, or in their age or firearm type division/category. Jim
  8. Due to losing the lease on our range at the Wes Thompson facility in Piru, CA, it is with tremendous regret that we are forced to cancel the 2017 Briley West Coast Steel Championships. Mike Dalton & I would like to express our sincerest & most heartfelt thanks to all of the match staff, sponsors, competitors and friends who have made the past 6 editions of the Briley WCSC the fun, family oriented event that always puts a smile on everyone's face. May you always shoot straight, fast & safely. Jim
  9. Wow, what a shocker... Our sport and our industry would not be where it is today without Mike's vision, innovation & contributions. Rest in peace, Mike. Congratulations on a life well lived; one most of us can only dream about. Off to fire up the 1050 and crank out a few in your honor.
  10. And that is PRECISELY why we want & have it that way... "No problem John, just go for it!" Jim
  11. It is both Mike Dalton's & my VERY STRONG intent & desire to have & keep the Briley WCSC and WCS totally autonomous, separate, unrelated, not sanctioned and not affiliated with the Steel Challenge, USPSA/SCSA or any other event or organization. The Briley WCSC and WCS is its own separate entity, not in competition with any other event or organization. We purposely designed our own, original WCS stages and do not, nor will not use Steel Challenge or any other organization's stages. In the interest of growing the sport of steel shooting, any organization is welcome to use our WCS stages without payment of any royalty or activity fee, provided that they notify us of their use and that the WCS stage names & WCS be respected & recognized. Shoot them & enjoy them! Jim
  12. sweetback- I didn't realize that you were "my brother from another mother." Hope to see you at next year's Briley WCSC & Steel Challenge. We can duke it out for "High Old Fart." And remember: "D.T. Whitey!" Jim
  13. Mike Dalton and Mike Fichman had more passion about the WSSC. It showed in the success and popularity of the match. Just my opinion. Sent from my XT1080 using Tapatalk sweetback- YES, the Mikes did have a passion for the Steel Challenge (as did Don Hamilton, John & Tammy Madigan and Kerby Smith) and it showed in the quality of all their events. They also had TOTAL responsibility & control of everything (the range facilities, sponsor interface, prizes, publicity & advertising, registration, match hotel, etc.)- the buck stopped with them. Their name & reputation rode on the success or failure of the event and they were NOT going to let anybody down. As has been in the years since the WSSC left & returned to CA, USPSA has administered the event while the hosting range crew (Art Leach & SLOSA in 2015 & 16) were only tasked & responsible for the "boots on the ground" range facility logistics. This year's range setup was the best I have seen outside of Piru. Kudos to Art, Ivan & the SLOSA crew for a job well done. John- Congratulations on the birth of your new son! Thanks for the kind words. Mike, Marilyn, Gary and everyone involved with the Briley WCSC puts a LOT of passion, energy & hard work all year long into making every event the best one possible and better than the year before. stango & Scott (Nice to see you at the match, congrats on a fine shooting performance!)- Shooting in CA is only a hindrance if one perceives it to be. Things here are not necessarily firearms nirvana, but we live, shoot, compete and host large matches here. As of this moment (based on what we know about upcoming legislation), the only effect on out of state shooters is the necessity of 10 round mags (If you need more than 10 rounds per run, maybe you should consider golf?) and perhaps the elimination of PCC. Out of state competitors are unaffected by any ammo importation/registration restrictions. Come shoot with us & enjoy yourselves! In it's current form, USPSA's management model of the Steel Challenge is certainly less than optimal. Mike Foley & I had a LONG discussion about how it could be made better. Mike is an intelligent, open minded, "dollars & sense" guy who is certainly aware of all the issues. I honestly believe he will work with the powers that be to make the most viable & prudent changes (no matter how painful) to insure the viability & success of the WSSC and SCSA(USPSA). Now if he would only bring back the name badges & hat pins... Jim
  14. Here are a couple other interesting pieces of Steel Challenge history. The Zig Zag stage design was originally one of those used in the Action portion of the Masters. IIRC, it was included in the 91' Piru & 92' Five Dogs events and modified to the wider version in 93' for Fresno. When the Mikes brought back the SC in 97', it was NOT used, out of respect for the Masters (as well as the limited number of stage sponsors they were able to obtain.) Also during the 90'-93' Kerby Smith years, the movement was taken out of Outer Limits, with everything being shot from the center box. It was like shooting a long, on-center version of Showdown. The Mikes restored the movement in 97'. Kerby also tried a (D-Master) classification system for the "Amateurs" in 90' & 91' as well as a separate "Run & Gun" steel field course event in 93'. He loved the Steel Challenge very much and was a forward thinker who did his very best, trying many new ideas to innovate, evolve and grow both the event & steel shooting as well. Jim
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