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Jim O'Young

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    Silicon Valley, CA
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    Steel Shooting
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    Road Bicycling to stay in shape for Steel Shooting
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  1. If you're evaluating lightweight 10/22 barrels, you may want to take a look at the new Briley "Raptor" barrel: https://www.briley.com/p-63729-briley-raptor-165-ultra-lightweight-1022-rifle-barrel.aspx Designed specifically for Steel Challenge shooting, it weighs just over 10 oz., has a hardened stainless steel breech face tendon & muzzle threads, and a proprietary chamber reamed both for accuracy AND reliability. From the very beginning, I was involved in the concept, design, prototyping & testing- in both Briley & OEM Ruger receivers. I, and everyone
  2. And tomorrow was to be "Open" day for me at the Steel Challenge... The good news is that you now have plenty of time to turn that mover score into a GREAT one!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

    1. Jim O'Young

      Jim O'Young

      Hello Alan!


      I just saw your message. For some reason, I didn't receive it when you sent it and I apologize for my VERY late reply.


      Thank you so very much for your kind words. Yes, Vera is an incredible person and it has been a joy to be her friend for the past 30 years.


      These days, Vera is promoting her book, working on another edition, involved with the Women of the NRA and learning how to shoot sporting clays. For a person in her 70's, she is not slowing down- but that is what you would expect from Vera.


      I'll be sure to say hello to her the next time we speak. Unfortunately, we are not able to get together very often due to this pandemic.


      Thank you for all of your efforts in keeping Bianchi shooting alive & strong and please stay safe & healthy.


      Best regards,



  5. 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
  6. Great video! Congratulations on your INCREDIBLE shooting performance, Christian. You just keep getting better & better! Jim
  7. 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.
  8. 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. Ne
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. And that is PRECISELY why we want & have it that way... "No problem John, just go for it!" Jim
  13. 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 o
  14. 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
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